Shopping in Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po is a treasure trove of electronics, fabrics, toys and more. This is your complete guide including map of the key shopping areas.
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 HK HUB has done the legwork and produced our definitive guide to where to go and what to buy.
(This post was originally written in December 2012 and was reviewed and updated in October 2016.)
Toys, Party Bag Fillers, Seasonal Bits & Pieces
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 Fuk Wing Street for a good selection of clothes, toys and gadgets. Fuk Wing is also your go-to place for seasonal items, including Halloween accessories and Christmas decorations.
Sham Shui Po has street after street of wholesalers selling 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! To purchase smaller quantities of fabric you can find retail shops and market stalls on the corner of Ki Lung Street and Shek Kip Mei Street.
Yen Chow Street Hawkers Bazaar is another good place to pick up smaller quantities of fabrics, it looks uninspiring from the outside but inside you will find a big selection of styles at good prices.
Sewing & Crafting Accessories
If you love buttons, ribbons, 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. One of our favourite stores is Tao Yuan Fashion Beads at 259 Yu Chau Street, here you will find a kaleidoscope of colourful beads to scoop into your basket, not to mention the kitch but cool bead sculptures in the window display.
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.
Flea market, electronics, phone accessories & gadgets
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 Computer Arcade on Fuk Wa Street 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.
Here’s a summary of where to find things and a handy mobile-friendly map.
- Apliu Street – flea market (phone accessories/gadgets/clothes)
- Golden Computer Arcade on Fuk Wa Street – electronics
- Fuk Wa & Kweilin Streets – kids clothes & toys
- Fuk Wing Streets – kids toys especially party bag fillers / seasonal decorations
- corner of Ki Lung Street and Shek Kip Mei Street – fabrics and sewing
- corner of Ki Lung Street and Nam Cheong Street – beads/buttons/ribbons/sequins
- Dragon Centre on Yen Chow Street – cafés and toilets
- Yen Chow Street Hawker Bazaar – fabric market
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 and don’t expect much to be open before 11am.
There are lots dai pai dongs and cafés in the area (particularly on Un Chow Street) but one easy place to go for refreshments and a toilet break is Dragon Centre mall on Yen Chow Street. Here you can escape the Sham Shui Po market madness for a while, for coffee try Cafe 360 on the 6th floor.
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.