Go beneath Hong Kong’s glamorous surface, beyond its dazzling intensity and into its many neighbourhoods - there you’ll experience Hong Kong like a local. Each neighbourhood has its own culture and personality, shaped over time by fascinating people, communities and stories, as well as rich and varied histories.
Sham Shui Po is a district of simple pleasures. A historically blue-collar neighbourhood, this area just north of Mong Kok offers a lot of cheap but cheerful experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the city.
Instead of glitzy, glass-panelled skyscrapers, here you’ll find buildings that hide a rich history behind their humble façades.
Don’t come here for a fancy gourmet meal. Instead, come here if you want to try Michelin-recommended noodles and snacks that only cost £5. Stop by any of the street food vendors to experience a fresh new flavour from family ran restaurants that have been there generations.
If you’re planning to do a bit of shopping, be prepared to spend several hours here, sifting through all the eclectic wares. Sham Shui Po’s open-air street markets are a fantastic way to experience the lively local culture.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Sham Shui Po became known as the heart of Hong Kong’s textiles manufacturing industry. Although the industry experienced a downturn in the 1980s, the area has remained popular with designers and craftsmen, thanks to the sheer variety and affordability of materials on offer. The new generation of creative entrepreneurs is bringing a new sense of style to the neighbourhood.
If you want to experience Sham Shui Po to the fullest, our walking guide will show you the best things to see, eat, buy and do, from traditional temples built by early immigrants to concept stores and coffee shops that are bringing a new energy and attitude to this bustling district. Along the way, you’ll discover all the simple pleasures that give Sham Shui Po its distinct charm.
Plan your next visit to Sham Shui Po.