Craft stores galore, Michelin-recommended restaurants, quirky cafes, vinyl stores and more, here’s your ultimate guide to what to eat, shop and do in Sham Shui Po.
Where in the world can you find street vendors selling miscellaneous computer hardware next to Michelin-recommended restaurants, a vinyl records store just a stone’s throw away from a cute cafe, and flea market clothes stalls next door to a craftaholic’s dream? Shopping in Sham Shui Po is truly a one of a kind, and with plenty of food and drink options dotted around the area to keep you fuelled, this busy district is anything but boring. So put on a pair of comfortable shoes and get ready to explore!
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Sham Shui Po Food
ALIVE EATERY by Alive Food
At Alive Eatery, everything from the homemade cultured coconut yogurt bowl to the cauliflower taco with homemade tortilla and house brewed Kombucha is made from scratch. If you haven’t already guessed from its name, this place specialises in fermented foods packed with healthy bacteria that are good for the gut.
Nothing satisfies food cravings quite like a good burger, and Burgerman never fails to deliver. There’s something for everyone’s taste as you can choose from a variety of options including Wagyu beef, Portobello mushroom, pineapple chicken and the creatively named Mermaid Burger. A side of sweet potato fries wouldn’t go amiss, either.
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Garden Bakery Cafe
If you’ve lived in Hong Kong for a while, you’ll be familiar with this beloved bakery – perhaps you’ve grown up eating Garden’s cakes and breads. This factory building is where the magic happens, and the cafe on the ground floor serves up some pretty delicious goods made fresh daily. Avoid the carb coma by taking a little walk down memory lane with its display of retro biscuit tins.
Garden Cafe, G/F, Garden Company, 58 Castle Peak Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2720 1055
Heritage Tea House
Just a short walk from downtown Sham Shui Po, and with an atmosphere so tranquil it’s a bit like eating in a zen spa, Heritage Tea House is your best bet for a moment of peace and quiet in one of Hong Kong’s busiest areas. The real winner is this restaurant’s homemade dumplings and noodle soup, served with healthy iced herbal tea.
Hop Yik Tai
While Mong Kok is famed for its street food, Sham Shui Po offers just as good a selection in a slightly less hectic environment. This particular stall is famed for its cheung fan, or rice noodle rolls, which are made fresh every day; rather than stuffed (as you might find in a dim sum restaurant), they are served up with a variety of rich sauces. This popular little eatery was recommended in the Michelin Guide, so prepare to queue – but trust us when we say it’s worth it.
Hop Yik Tai, 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2720 0239
Kakurega Ramen Factory
Who doesn’t love Tsukumen? Hidden within Sham Shui Po’s famous Dragon Centre, this ramen joint may not be much to look at, but don’t let appearances fool you. Serving up just 100 bowls a day – 50 for lunch and 50 for dinner – guests should expect to queue. Noodles are handmade, laboriously kneaded, shaped and cut every morning, and the short menu offers three types of broth which come with a half-boiled egg, scallions, and thinly-sliced pork.
Kakurega Ramen Factory, 7083, Dragon Centre, 37 Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3487 0989
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Man Kee Cart Noodle
This humble Michelin-recommended neighbourhood haunt has not one, but four shops in Sham Shui Po running along Fuk Wing Street, and if you’ve sampled its cart noodles, you’ll understand the need for so many. Swing by for a comforting bowl of noodle soup and have fun experimenting with the myriad of different toppings available. The sweet and sticky Swiss Chicken Wings are also a a popular item here.
Morning Queue by No Milkshake No Life
Claiming to not be a cafe but rather “your comfort food club”, Morning Queue is home to Nagoya Style Chicken Wings, Cheesy Fries, Crobenedict Smoked Salmon and Pancake Burgers, and Bacon Grilled Cheese sandwiches – not to mention the best milkshakes in town (with five boozy options available!).
Tian Tian Di Dessert House
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, head to popular dessert spot Tian Tian Di Dessert House, recognisable for its large, bright-green signage. The shop serves up local delights, including sticky rice balls in ginger soup and flavoured shaved-ice mountains, and its molten mango puddings are a must-try. While English menus are available, they’re not as detailed, so be prepared to experiment a little!
Tian Tian Di Dessert House, G/F, 120 Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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Tim Ho Wan
Nobody does Char Siu Baos quite like Tim Ho Wan, and this branch may possibly serve up the best. We’re not sure if it’s the hunger that inevitably kicks in after a day of exploring Sham Shui Po, or whether it’s the little open kitchen where you can watch your dumplings being steamed, but something about this particular Tim Ho Wan makes dim sum taste extra good. You might have to wait a while for a table – but it will be worth it!
Years & The Park By Years
Plant-based cafe Years serves up vegetarian Japanese and Western set meals cooked simply. A number of the dishes here can be made vegan. If you’re looking for more plant-based options, you’re in luck: Years’ recently opened sister branch The Park by Years – also found in Sham Shui Po – which boasts a menu that’s 100% vegan and 100% delicious. We’re talking Sichuan Dan Dan Spaghetti, Keto Tumeric Cauliflower Steaks and Hot N Spicy Impossible Potato Skin.
Years, 191-199 Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 6338 3719, email@example.com, yearshk.com
The Park by Years, 132 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 5336 4000, www.facebook.com/theparkbyyears
Sham Shui Po Cafes
Café Sausalito offers all the usual suspects, as well as single origin pour over coffee and a few original concoctions. We love that this shop also works hard to protect the environment and add to the local community by encouraging customers to bring their own cups, providing free water for those who want to refill bottles, and working with partnerships to minimise food waste and host live music on weekends.
Coffee Brown x Phvlo Hatch
With an eye-catching emerald green shopfront, you can’t miss this stylish cafe. Hidden behind the shutter gates lives Colour Brown, the Instagram-famous coffee shop partnered with part sustainable fashion platform, part local NGO, Phvlo Hatch. The cafe offers a limited supply of single origin coffee to ensure freshness, alongside filling food offerings such as ramen, bagels and pasta dishes. Before you leave, follow the winding staircase up to the exhibition and workshop space above.
Coffee of the Day
Get your caffeine fix for the day at COTD. The square-shaped coffee shop thinks out of the box with unconventional offerings such as Grapefruit Cold Brew Coffee, Cocoa Mousse and Hojicha Yuzu Soda. As an extra treat, each cup you order comes with an encouraging quote. Want your brews to-go? COTD also supplies cold brew coffee, and tea and custom drip-bag coffee blends in packs to fuel you throughout the week.
Sap Sann (十常八九)
Minimalist Sap Sann plates up delicate desserts like strawberry shortcake, Swiss rolls and caramel pudding that are almost too cute to eat – at least not without taking a snap for the ‘Gram first! No visit is complete without ordering its namesake Sapsan toast. With wooden tables, a hand-drawn menu by local artist Aimai and tatami seating, you’ll be transported straight to Tokyo.
Found on the corner of Wai Chi Street and Wai Chi Lane, this charming little lifestyle space combines a cafe with a stationery shop (can you think of a better combo?). Pull up a bar stool outside, or take a seat at the large communal table where you can enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee as you flick through a magazine or write about your day exploring Sham Shui Po in your journal.
A coffee shop, bookstore, exhibition space and design platform all wrapped up in one, Openground is a great place to while away a quiet afternoon. While the concept store attached hosts interesting intimate talks and workshops with master artists, the cafe serves masterpieces of its own in the form of Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Tarts, marbled Banana Cheesecakes and generously filled Lemon Roll Cakes that pair perfectly with the cold brewed house blends.
Sham Shui Po Shopping Guide
The market on Apliu Street can be a bit of a shock to the system at first, but for those with a keen eye and serious stamina, it will quickly prove to be a treasure trove of electronic trinkets. Oh, you’re planning a weekend of serious home improvement and need an antenna, a jackhammer or a shower head? Or perhaps you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea and have your heart set on a drone? Located directly outside MTR exit A2, the stalls lining Apliu Street are overflowing with electronics, so whatever it is you’re looking for, this is a pretty good bet.
Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Bead Box Ltd.
If DIY jewellery is more up your alley, head to Bead Box instead. You can’t miss the store – just look out for the fake and slightly dusty European-style brick walls with windowsills overflowing with plastic greenery. The shop itself boasts a huge selection of pendants, beads and pretty much anything else that can be hung from a piece of string; you’ll find everything from animals, snowflakes, skulls and the whole alphabet.
Bead Box Ltd., 221 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3106 5566
Spend a few hours (trust us, you’ll definitely need more than one) to explore this nine-storey shopping centre. With an indoor roller coaster on the ninth floor and a skating rink on the eighth, you can imagine how expansive this mall is. It’s a great escape from the heat on a hot summer’s day and has plenty of affordable food options if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat.
Golden Computer Centre
We all know the Wan Chai Computer Centre, but believe it or not, the Golden Computer Centre in Sham Shui Po has an even wider range of electronics for much cheaper. From bluetooth speakers and USB chargers, to computer consoles, games, cameras, laptops and more, this maze of a shopping mall is filled to the rafters with everything techie you need!
Golden Computer Centre, 146-152 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Ki Lung Street (Button Street)
If you fancy a spot of sewing on the weekend, pop by Ki Lung Street fabric market to pick up an array of fabrics at bargain prices. Quite often the stalls will stock seasonal fabrics (so you may not necessarily find velvet in the summer months) and sell it by the yard. You can also pick up sewing thread, needles, thimbles, sewing scissors and other sewing tools.
Ki Lung Street, between Shek Kip Mei Street and Wong Chuk Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Going to a really fancy dress party? Kiwi’s range of dazzling accessories will ensure you stand out in a crowd: think bejewelled and entirely OTT earrings, necklaces, pendants, tiaras, hair clips, brooches and even those tiny lacy hats with elaborate decorations that mysteriously cover half your face with netting.
Kiwi Accessories, G/F, 219 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Leather Stores: Alri Star, The Lederer and Teepee Leather Workshop
There’s no shortage of leather stores in Sham Shui Po, and one of our favourites is Alri Star. With the tell-tale smell of leather drawing you in, this high-ceilinged shop holds everything you could ever need for leather crafts, including some lovely handmade items. If by some ill fate you can’t find what you’re looking for, try one of the other stores in the area: there’s The Lederer, where you can pick up DIY leather stitching packs or the Teepee Leather Workshop, where you can learn the craft itself.
Lucky Weaving Lace Co. Ltd.
For crafty DIY-ers, stores like Lucky Weaving Lace Co. are a veritable goldmine. Anything that can be tied into a knot is sold here: there are rows upon rows of ribbons and string, from old-fashioned lace and floral embroidery to leather cords and strands of pompoms; they have it all! Rather than spending a fortune on gift wrap, why not dress up presents with a little visit to Lucky Weaving?
Nam Shan Estate
A 15-minute walk from Sham Shui Po station will get you to this public housing estate made famous by way of the ‘Gram. Nostalgia abounds in the playgrounds of Nam Shan Estate with its colourful arched monkey bars and giant Aeroplane Chess-themed playground, best shot from above.
Nam Sham Estate, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
There are all sorts of ways to get crafty, so why not pick one that allows you to smell good, too? A family-run business, Savon Workshop is the place to head for soap-making enthusiasts, stocked from floor to ceiling with deliciously fragrant oils, dried herbs and flowers, and handmade soaps and skincare. Not ready to experiment at home by yourself? The store also runs soap-making workshops.
Sham Shui Po Toy Street (Fuk Wing Street)
Wander down towards Fuk Wing Street and you’ll be greeted by a plethora of shops and stalls selling everything from kids toys, wholesale stationary, gift items, souvenirs and decorations. Whenever we’ve got a party coming up, this is our go-to spot for themed decorations at fantastic prices.
Fuk Wing Street, between Kweilin Street and Nam Cheong Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tin Fu International Ltd.
Tin Fu is the place to go if you’re looking for beads, trims and other accessories. This open corner store is impossible to miss – its plastic crates are full to the brim with garishly bright beads in all shapes and sizes. The beads sold here come in all imaginable colours, from neon to silver and gold, and further in to the store you’ll find a huge array of charms and pendants.
Tin Fu International Ltd. (Yu Chau Street), G/F, 241 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2720 2896
Tin Fu International Ltd. (Tai Nan Street), G/F, 214 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2392 8062, www.tinfultd.com
Music lovers, this one’s for you. With records from the vinyl heyday of the seventies and eighties, Ah Paul’s (the owner who is a true enthusiast and a bit of a legend) tiny space is chock-a-block full of musical gems, stacked high from floor to ceiling. Be warned, though – prepare to spend some time browsing, and if you have OCD tendencies, it’s best to just stay away.
Vinyl Hero, 239 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 9841 7136
White Noise Records
This quirky records store and its resident cats are no strangers to local vinyl collectors. Spend hours combing through stacks of vinyl here, where you’ll discover a wide collection of music genres from jazz funk to city pop. We love that White Noise Records also holds live shows to support up-and-coming musicians.
What To Do In Sham Shui Po
Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC)
If you’re keen on exploring some local arts and crafts, follow quiet Pak Tin Street to the JCCAC. This multi-storey former housing estate has a courtyard in the middle and is best described as a multidisciplinary arts “village”. The charity-run space provides studios to the local arts community and is a great place to soak up the creative spirit. Visitors are welcome to stroll around at any time and, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch an exhibition day.
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum
Surprise! Sham Shui Po isn’t all about shopping and food. Discover some of Hong Kong’s ancient history at the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb, which was uncovered in 1955 during construction work and is believed to be from the Eastern Han dynasty ca. 25-220AD. The tomb can be seen behind glass panelling, and the exhibition hall next door is full of pottery and bronze artefacts excavated from the tomb.
This creative space curates and organises a range of art happenings, including art exhibitions, cultural workshops and artist talks. Past events include a pop-up featuring live plants and an Instagram photo exhibition curated by local photographer Wing Shya.
Sam Tai Tsz Temple and Pak Tai Temple
Visit the two neighbouring temples, Sam Tai Tsz Temple and Pak Tai Temple, ranked as Grade II and Grade III historic buildings respectively. The former was built in 1898 by Hakka immigrants in honour of their patron deity, Sam Tai Tsz, and houses artefacts from the late Qing Dynasty. Pak Tai Temple was built in 1920 by local fisherman for worshipping the God of the North.
Sam Tai Tsz Temple and Pak Tai Temple, 196 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Sheung Li Uk Garden
If you’re looking for respite from Sham Shui Po’s busy, market-lined streets, take the stairs behind the Garden Bakery Building up to the park. It’s not spectacular – don’t go looking for flamingos – but it is a quiet, green and sheltered spot where you can enjoy a sweet bun and watch some Tai Chi. Sounds pretty relaxing to us.
Sheung Li Uk Garden, behind the Garden Bakery Building, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This video was created in 2018 and some of the shops we visited back then have sadly now closed.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Melissa Albarus on 30 May, 2018, and was most recently updated in June 2021 by Nicole Moraleda.
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Hero image courtesy of CHUNYIP WONG via Getty, image 1 courtesy of ALIVE EATERY by Alive Food via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Heritage Tea House via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Morning Queue by No Milkshake No Life via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Years via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Café Sausalito via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of jojo (sharemyfoodd) ◡̈ via Unsplash, image 7 courtesy of Openground via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Steven Wei via Unsplash, image 9 courtesy of Mandy Choi via Unsplash, image 10 courtesy of CHUNYIP WONG via Getty, image 11 courtesy of White Noise Records via Instagram, image 12 courtesy of Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre via Facebook, image 13 courtesy of Parallel Space via Instagram.