Where To Go and What To Buy
Sham Shui Po is a market lovers’ heaven, but with street after street packed with everything from fabrics to electronics, accessories to phones, it can feel slightly intimidating on first arrival. To make your trip go smoothly, The Hong Kong Hub has done the legwork and produced our definitive guide to where to go and what to buy.
Where to go?
Famous for once being the place to get dodgy electronics, Sham Shui Po has cleaned up its act somewhat and is now the go-to place for those looking for anything related to cameras, TV’s, music equipment and phones. The selection is mind-blowing and it makes sense to know what you want to find before you go because there are so many shops and stalls that it can feel a little overwhelming to just browse. The shops along Apliu Street and Kweilin Street are the best options with everything you could possibly imagine, but be ready to bargain and don’t accept the first price offered! These streets have a bit of a flea market feel so there are lots of second hand items ranging from jade trinkets to electronics.
Another great place for electronics is Golden Shopping Centre which is packed with small shops selling computer items. The narrow walkways can make it a pretty uncomfortable place to wander about, but if you have some computer knowledge, then this is the place to come.
For fashion lovers, the place to go is the clothes market on and around Cheung Sha Wan Road. Bargains galore with everything including menswear, outdoor wear, children’s clothes and accessories and women’s clothes – some good, some bad and some downright scary! Prices are very low and it’s worth rifling through the rails to snap up a bargain. Ki Lung Street has bags, outdoor clothes, fabrics and also a lot of butchers and dried food stalls – interesting to walk down but probably not the best street for shopping.
If you are looking for children’s clothes and toys, then try Fuk Wa Street and Kweilin Street. Filling party bags or looking for stocking fillers? Then look no further than here with a good selection of clothes, toys and gadgets.
Sham Shui Po has street after street of wholesalers which sell fabrics in every colour, pattern and cloth imaginable. Great to browse, and you can pick up swatches of fabrics, neatly presented on boards that you can take home. If you don’t see yourself sat at the sewing machine rustling up a new outfit, then another great use for these is to add them to the kids arts and crafts box! Head to Ki Lung Street and Shek Kip Mei Street for great selections. If you love beads, accessories and jewellery making stuff then Yu Chau Street is the place to come. There are numerous shops all next door to one another selling every kind of colour and style imaginable both bulk and retail.
Here’s a map with all the info http://goo.gl/maps/fnZF2
The best and quickest way is to take the MTR to Sham Shui Po Station and leave at exit A2 which comes out on Apliu Street. The market spreads from there and it’s a good focal point if you find yourself becoming disorientated.
Take a list. The size and scale of the streets and the variety of things on offer can make it a tad overwhelming, but go prepared and you won’t leave empty handed
If you can go on a weekday, then it will be much quieter than the weekend
Things to watch out for?
Keep an eye on your bag as there are pick pockets operating in the area. Buyer beware – be very careful what you buy and don’t rush into any decisions. Ask to see electronics working especially phones and computers, just so you can be sure that you are buying the genuine article, and remember, if it feels too good to be true, then it probably is.