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Time Out Hong Kong By Time Out Hong Kong

Sham Shui Po is a colourful district with plenty of things to eat, see, buy and do. If you’re short on time, check out this highlights route, which is designed to show off the best that this district has to offer, all in one single day. Recommended by locals who love and know this neighbourhood best, this easy walking tour allows you to experience the many facets of Sham Shui Po, from historical landmarks to creative new design stores and from bustling shopping streets to beloved eateries. Happy exploring!

Kung Wo Beancurd Factory

Kung Wo Beancurd Factory has been in Sham Shui Po since 1960. The old-school store sells various soy products, which have remained popular throughout the years. The signature beancurd puddings are smooth as silk and boast a rich soybean flavour. The beancurd puffs, deep-fried tofu and homemade sugar-free soy milk are also worth trying.

Address: 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2386 6871
Wong Kee Flea Market (Fuk Wing Street)

This tiny little store on Fuk Wing Street is a treasure trove of toys, stationary, party décor and other fun knick-knacks. There are plenty of bargains to be found here, whether it's a cute stuffed animal or a new hat that costs only a few dollars.

Address: 81 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

A rising local designer backpack label, Doughnut started as an online store before opening a boutique in Sham Shui Po in 2013. The brand has since expanded and now has several stores around Hong Kong. Its cute backpacks and hipster-esque luggage come in countless colours and sizes and are perfect for any outdoor adventure or fashion statement.

Address: 68 Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2386 3279
Website: https://doughnutofficial.com/
Kwan Kee Store

Locals come to this corner eatery for its homemade Chinese sweets. Recommended in Michelin’s street food guide, the shop is most famous for its bowl puddings – aka put chai koh in Cantonese – which are made with white or brown sugar and studded with red beans. Other traditional treats include white sugar cakes and black sesame rolls.

Address: 115-117 Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2360 0328
Apliu Street

This busy street is lined with shops and stalls selling all sorts of electronic gadgets. You’ll never know what bargain you might find here, from the latest mobile phone accessories to vintage typewriters and home appliances. While you’re here, be sure to check out Audio Space. Not only is this store known for its high-quality audio products, it was also featured in the iconic 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller, Infernal Affairs, starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung.

Address: Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Sam Tai Tsz & Pak Tai Temple

Two temples in one complex, Sam Tai Tsz Temple is a Grade II historic building originally built in 1898 by Hakka immigrants to honour their patron deity, Sam Tai Tsz, after a particularly deadly plague swept through Sham Shui Po. Full of fascinating details, the temple houses cultural relics that date back to the late Qing dynasty (1644-1911). After exploring this fascinating site, head next door to Pak Tai Temple – a Grade III historic building built by local fishermen in 1920 to honour the Emperor of the North, the eponymous Pak Tai.

Address: 196-198 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Yu Chau Street (Bead Street)

Yu Chau Street – also affectionately known as Bead Street – is where you can shop for all the beads and sewing supplies you’ll ever need. The stores stock everything from wood and plastic to glass, which can be used for handmade jewellery, bedazzling smartphones and even decorating gel nails. If you’re not sure where to start, try Mei Tat Hong, which offers a wide range of beads, buttons, ribbons and even high-quality Swarovski crystals. Another recommended store is Mee Ngai Wah, which specialises in costume jewellery, especially those made from sterling silver.

Address: Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2386 6871
Ki Lung Street (Button Street)

Ki Lung Street is also known colloquially as Button Street due to the amount of wholesale vendors selling different types of garment fasteners. Aside from buttons, zippers and clasps, you’ll also find stores here that sell ready-to-wear pieces, as well as various textiles. In fact, Ki Lung Street is also home to a fabric market that’s frequented by local designers. If you want to pick up some fabric, note that most stalls start selling from the early morning and are closed over the weekends.

Address: Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Brothers Leathercraft (Tai Nan Street)

Just a few doors down from Alri Star, Brothers offers fine Italian leathers, as well as tools and accessories for aspiring craftspeople. The store also operates a workshop near their flagship store, where you can learn how to craft your own basic leather wares to bring back home.

Address: 207-209 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Tel: +852 9136 0897
Website: http://brothersleathercraft.com/
Pei Ho Street

This bustling wet market is the perfect place to experience Sham Shui Po like a local. The street is lined with stores and stalls that sell fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and all sorts of daily necessities. The street also houses numerous snack stalls, so you can grab a quick bite to eat while you browse though all the goods on offer.

Address: Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Hop Yik Tai

Made fresh every day, the delicious cheong fun – or rice noodle roll – is incredibly smooth and pairs perfectly with the combination of sweet sauce, sesame sauce and soy sauce. This humble snack costs only a few dollars and is recommended even by the Michelin Guide. It’s no wonder there are queues all the time.

Address: 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2720 0239
Golden Computer Centre and Arcade

Originally dedicated to fashion wholesale in the 1970s, the mall eventually morphed into the mecca for gamers that it is today. Occupying the first floor and basement, Golden Computer Centre and Arcade is a maze of tightly packed stores that stocks the latest gear, games and gadgets. Prices vary from store to store, so be sure to visit multiple shops and compare prices before you make a purchase.

Address: 146-152 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon (Arcade) / 94A Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon (Centre)

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