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Exploring Sham Shui Po


Exploring Hong Kong Culture in Sham Shui Po


From Sham Shui Po Market to Dragon Centre, you’ll find that true Hong Kong culture lies in Sham Shui Po. Read on to learn more about the beauty you can explore in this neighbourhood.


Sham Shui Po is a bustling stomping ground for your next Hong Kong cultural adventure! It is bound to be an exciting thrilling journey as you go “treasure hunting” in Sham Shui Po Market and Dragon Centre, hunting for the best bargains in town and finding unique, one of a kind items. Sham Shui Po is regarded by many as the best places to experience authentic Hong Kong culture in all its glory, from nostalgic Canton dining to shopping splendour and sightseeing in heritage sites. Check out our picks for the top tourist attractions, what to see, eat and do in this busy part of Hong Kong!


Top 4 Tourist Attractions in Sham Shui Po

Below you’ll find the greatest tourist splendours in Sham Shui Po, from heritage sites and ancient temples to exciting treasure-hunting finds and shopping malls in the area!


1. Treasure hunting in Sham Shui Po Market


Start your day off right with a little bargain hunting! Sham Shui Po is home to the famed Sham Shui Po Market. This market is home to another world of collectables, souvenirs and accessories, ranging from handicrafts and textiles to iPhone cases and electronics. Like an open-air flea market, hawkers set up small stalls and you’ll simply be amazed at what there is on display and for cheap too! Bargain your way through Sham Shui Po Market and dig through to find the best offers out there, be it souvenirs, electronic accessories or fashion items, to bring home for friends and family.

62 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po

10:30AM - 8PM


2. Treasure hunting in Dragon Centre

Well-visited among local families and young people, Dragon Centre in Sham Shui Po is yet another haven for “treasure hunting.” Make your way through a maze of small shops and restaurants in this nine-storey shopping mall complex. The coolest treasure though has to go to the now defunct indoor rollercoaster on the top floor in Sky Fantasia, the children’s entertainment centre. It marks the second indoor rollercoaster in Hong Kong.  This building, though outdated, won the Hong Kong Institute of Architects 1994 Certificate of Merit Award. It’s easy to see why, with the interiors boasting everything from hundreds of fashion accessories shops to an ice skating rink, arcade centre and an international food court. Here, you’ll find many local shops and designers but you’ll also find familiar names and high-end stores as well, like Adidas, Giordano and Baleno.


Sham Shui Po, Yen Chow St, 西九龍中心

10AM - 9PM


3. Tin Hau Temple

On 180-184 Yee Kuk Street in Sham Shui Po, stands a beautifully constructed cultural heritage icon, the Tin Hau Temple. Not to be confused with the Tin Hau Temple in Tin Hau on Hong Kong Island, this temple of the same name was built in the Qing Dynasty in honour of Matsu, the Chinese Goddess of the Sea. Local fishermen in the area used to come here to pay respects to Matsu, in hopes of bringing calm seas, abundant fish stocks and pleasant weather for the coming seasons. Tin Hau Temple is open every day from 8 AM to 5 PM and admission is free of charge.

180-184 Yee Kuk Street, Sham Shui Po




4. Heritage of Mei Ho House

Live like a local and take a look at how housing development projects have evolved over the past 60 years. This calls for a trip to the Heritage of Mei Ho House on Block 41, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po. This lesser-known tourist attraction is not just any residential apartment block, it actually houses a fully stocked museum as well. Mei Ho House is the oldest public housing complex, built in 1954. It is now regenerated by the Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association (YHA) and this Grade II historic building has a lot of historic relics and memorabilia, from old photographs, clothing, textiles to household items. You’ll find interactive exhibition pieces and stories told by former residents that showcase Shek Kip Mei’s rich heritage and public housing history from the 50s to the 70s. Best of all, you can expect hardly any waiting lines and the admission is totally free of charge.

Block 41, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po

TUE to SUN 9:30am – 5:00pm

Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)

(852) 3728 3500

Public Guide Tour:

Cantonese: 2:30pm – 03:15pm Daily

English: 11:30am – 12:15pm on Alt. Sundays

Top 3 Restaurants in Sham Shui Po

Tired after spending a day of treasure-hunting, bargaining and sightseeing? Take a rest and while you’re at it, head into one of our top 3 famous, traditional foods you can find at some of the most iconic restaurants in Sham Shui Po. You’ll be amazed at how cheap and delicious Sham Shui Po can be!


1. Sher Wong Yip


Hong Kong culture is full of some weird and wonderful things and that includes eating wild animals in Chinese street food. Ever tried snake soup? Well, this is your chance and if you’re going to bite the bullet and sample some snake, you have to try Sher Wong Yip’s Snake Soup parlour. This family-style diner in Sham Shui Po still remains very traditional, keeping in tune with Hong Kong’s long legacy of serving snake soup, which in Hong Kong culture is a “warm” food that supplements the body with physical “yang” energy. Believed to represent virility and strength, snake soup is also added with all kinds of special spices, fried condiments, and toppings to spice up a delicious midday snack. And for just under $50, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a second serving of snake!


G/F, 139 Nam Cheong Street, Sham Shui Po

11:00am – 10:00pm

(852) 2728 5600

Must Try: Snake Soup

Below HK$50 (US$6)


2. Hop Yik Tai

Sham Shui Po is home to the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the city. The name of the restaurant itself is enough to attract food lovers from all over the world. But what makes this restaurant so special? It's the cheong fun, or rice noodle rolls, a dish made of rice rolls coated with sesame sauce. The combination of the sesame sauce and rice rolls is simply heavenly and many Hong Konger's favourite. The restaurant has been around for over a decade, with only an ordinary menu, it has gained popularity but managed to maintain its authenticity and taste. A plate of chee cheong fun and siu mai, along with an extra curry pig and skinned fish ball radish, is a local Hong Kong meal for two. 

Hop Yik Tai, 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po

06:30am – 8:00pm

(852) 2720 0239

Must Try:  Cheong Fun (Rice noodle Rolls) (豬腸粉) fish balls, pork skin and braised radish

Below HK$20 (US$3)


3 Lau Sum Kee Noodle

Dining at Lau Sum Kee Noodle isn’t just about food quality, it’s a whole theatrical performance. Lau Sum Kee Noodle at 48 Kweilin Street near Sham Shui Po Market celebrates the art of handmade noodles, a 60-year-old tradition and prominent facet of Hong Kong culture. Owner of Lau Sum Kee Noodle uses his own body weight and a 6-foot bamboo stick to make his super soft and stringy noodles. Their signature dishes include their shrimp roe noodles with wonton and classic pickled radish, a true Hong Kong classic!


48 Kweilin Road Sham Shui Po

12:00-10:00 PM

Below HK$50


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