While Sham Shui Po may be famed for its raft of street markets and fabric stores, it is also home to a whole host of ‘cheap eat’ joints and independent cafes. From classic cha chain teng to traditional local snacks, if you ever wondered where to eat in Sham Shui Po, scroll on to discover the very best eats this special district has to offer.

Kakurega Ramen Factory

Kakurega Ramen Factory is a Japanese Ramen restaurant in Sham Shui Po
The cozy traditional Japanese interior of Kakurega Ramen Factory (© Kakurega Ramen Factory)

Kakurega Ramen Factory is a Japanese restaurant specialises in Tsukemen – a ramen dish that consists of noodles which are eaten after being dipped in a separate bowl of soup or broth. Their signature Tsukemen noodles are served in creamy pork bone broth, as well as mouthwatering toppings such as Japanese braised pork belly and onsen eggs. An absolute must-try if you are in the area!

Room 7083, 7/F, Dragon Centre, 37 Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 3487 0989

Kedai Kopi Semua Semua

Malaysian Restaurant Kedai Kopi Semua Semua in Sham Shui Po
Homemade style Malaysian dishes at Kedai Kopi Semua Semua (© Kedai Kopi Semua Semua)

As one of the best Malaysian restaurants in Hong Kong, Kedai Kopi Semua Semua draws crowds who are willing to queue for its authentic, delicious home-style Malaysian food. The most popular items here include Penang Asam laksa, kaya toast and their signature claypot Loh See Fun (silver needle noodle) served with chopped pork, pork sausages, and chopped scallion.

G/F, 251 Ki Lung St, Sham Shui Po | +852 2447 9188

Gingko House

gingko house sham shui po new restaurant

Local social enterprise Gingko House launched a new café in Sham Shui Po. This welcoming Hong Kong-style café upholds the tradition of supporting elderly employment, offering the community affordable, nutritious meals from just $2. With a menu ranging from porridge and rice pots to a selection of Hong Kong-style dishes, all MSG-free, it truly makes you feel at home. By supporting this café, you’re helping a wide range of people in need, including those who receive free meals and individuals with swallowing difficulties who benefit from the special “soft meal” option.

201-203 Yee Kuk St, Sham Shui Po | +852 2778 8966

Café Sausalito

specialty cafe in Sham Shui Po
Iced coffees and specialty coffee beans from Café Sausalito (© Café Sausalito)

Café Sausalito is a specialty coffee shop and micro-roastery that has been serving great coffee in the Sham Shui Po neighbourhood since 2014. Located on Tai Nan Street, this charming café boasts a fantastic menu of single origin specialty coffee, coffee cocktails, all-day breakfast, pastas, bagels, and salads. Everything you’d want in a café, they’ve got it.

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201 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 3689 3292

宗像屋 Munakataya

Japanese restaurant specialises in sashimi bowls in Sham Shui Po
Fresh sashimi rice roll and sashimi donburi at Munakataya (© Munakataya)

They only serve one thing here and then variations of it and that’s the sashimi donburi. It’s exceptionally good value for money and you can eat it three ways. Did I also mention that it’s totally Instagram worthy as well?

English instructions and menu are available. First you eat the sashimi mountain as a donburi bowl, then you make hand-rolls with the seaweed they provide and then at last, soup is poured to make an ochazuke (soup with rice) to finish everything off. This is the most basic option, and it was only $108HKD. How amazing is that?!?

Shop B, G/F, 60 Castle Peak Road, Sham Shui Po | +852 2178 3322

Le Petit Salon

small cafe in Sham Shui Po
Le Petit Salon’s coffee table counter and menu (© Le Petit Salon)

How about a cup of Joe? Sham Shui Po is the third location for Le Petit Salon and the first one on the Kowloon side. Nestled and hidden in the Dragon Centre, Le Petit Salon is located on the 11th of the mall. They mix and roast their own beans and prices are very decently priced. Try their Super Mocha for a decadent and satisfying cup of coffee.

Shop Shop 111A, 1/F, Dragon Centre, 37 Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 2892 3398

公和荳品廠 Kung Wo Beancurd Factory

old style local restaurant in Sham Shui Po
The traditional interior inside Kung Wo Beancurd Factory (© Kung Wo Beancurd Factory)

Who knew a tofu store could get so popular and famous? You may have tried tofu pudding before, but let me tell you, no other tofu pudding will be comparable to this store. There are no additional flavours such as with red bean or black sesame paste to choose with the tofu pudding, but it is the softest, smoothest and most amazing bowl of tofu pudding you will every have. Make sure you also buy a brick of fresh tofu for cooking at home; it’s million times better than store-bought tofu.

G/F, 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 2386 6871

坤記糕品專家 Kwan Kee Store

traditional dessert shop in Sham Shui Po
Red bean glutinous rice pudding from Kwan Kee Store (© Kwan Kee Store)

Interested in Michelin recommended Hong Kong style snacks? This is the place! This small and unimposing place sells cakes/puddings called “gaos” that are beloved by the locals. The texture is more glutinous and may not be everybody’s cup of tea; however, the local favourite is the bowl cake. As it may be obvious with the name, the bowl cake is made by pouring the batter into a bowl and then steamed. It’s slightly sweet and every bite brings back a dose of nostalgia for the locals.

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Shop 10, 115-117 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 2360 0328

劉森記麵家 Lau Sum Kee Noodle

traditional noodle shop in Sham Shui Po
classic shrimp roe with dry noodle at Lau Sum Kee Noodle (© Lau Sum Kee Noodle)

Founded in 1956, this place is an oldie but a goodie. The noodles are still made with bamboo rods and the dish to get here is the shrimp roe with dry noodle. Free of charge and on every table is a jar of picked radish, and those are the most brilliant complement to the noodles. There are two locations within walking distance from one another; the address listed is the older store.

G/F, 48 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 2386 3533

文記車仔麵 Man Kee Cart Noodle

local Chinese noodle restaurant in Sham Shui Po
Staff at Man Kee Cart Noodle cooking noodles with different toppings (© Man Kee Cart Noodle)

The cart noodle store that has a half block queue during noon time and has two stores right next to one another. Cart noodles are the absolute favourite noodles of choice for the locals and Man Kee is known for their spicy sauce and pork intestines. Ordering here is easy as all the toppings are laid out in front of you and you just have to point out what you want and pay. The wait-staff then carry your noodles to a table for you after you’ve ordered and paid. Make sure to try the pork intestines, chicken wings, marinated squid and pig trotters. Don’t forget to ask for the spicy sauce.

G/F, 121 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 9059 5104

合益泰小食 Hop Yik Tai

street food restaurant in Sham Shui Po
steaming hot plate of rice rolls with sauces at Hop Yik Tai (© Hop Yik Tai)

The ultimate place for a quick and delicious breakfast of champions! The rice rolls are so yum here. You can choose to either eat in or to hover over your steaming hot plate of rice rolls in the alley and most customers opted for the latter. It is very important to make sure the rice rolls are smothered with sauce (soy sauce, peanut and sesame sauce, and hoisin sauce) and then topped with toasted sesame seeds.

G/F, 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 2720 0239

Papa’s Burger (老爹漢堡)

casual burger place in Sham Shui Po
The casual and fun interior of Papa’s Burger

If you’re craving for a burger, Sham Shui Po has got you covered as well. Papa’s Burger has got some creative Asian influenced burgers as well as the normal fare. We like the foie gras wagyu beef burger – yes, we usually go all-out when it comes to burgers.

G/F., 65-71, Yen Chow Street,, Sham Shui Po | +852 2374 6007

添好運點心專門店 Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists

famous dim sum restaurant in Sham Shui Po
Different kinds of dim sum on offer at Tim Ho Wan (© Tim Ho Wan)

Located right in between Prince Edward and Sham Shui Po MTR station, we decided to add it in into our list anyway. With several locations around Hong Kong to choose from, the Sham Shui Po location is one of the bigger locations with two levels. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, someone has probably told you about Tim Ho Wan, the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world. Several of their locations are 1 Michelin starred, the Sham Shui Po location being one of them. Unless you have dietary restrictions, it is literally a crime to visit Tim Ho Wan without ordering the BBQ pork buns.

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G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 2788 1226

飛鷹餐廳 Flying Eagle Restaurant, Steak House

old style steak house in Sham Shui Po
A sizzling hot plate of steak served with fries and veggies at Flying Eagle Restaurant (© Flying Eagle Restaurant)

Have you ever been to an Old Hong Kong style steak house before? The steaks come out on a sizzling hot platter and sauce is poured immediately over the steak, creating a tantalising aroma and an incredibly loud sizzle. The steak meals usually include bread, a soup (try the Russian Borscht), the steak, sides, and a beverage for around $120 HKD. Yes, it’s a complete steal.

The steak is particularly tender and soaked with sauce at these steak houses, so while we’re usually medium-rare steak eaters, we tend to opt for medium to medium well at these steak houses.

258 Lai Chi Kok Road, Sham Shui Po | +852 2395 2576

維記咖啡粉麵 Wai Kee Noodle Café

traditional cha chaan teng in Sham Shui Po
Pig liver with instant noodles and toast from Wai Kee Noodle Café (© Wai Kee Noodle Café)

This place is so famous in Sham Shui Po that it has got three stores right next to each other, and there is still a queue! How is that even possible? And do you know what they’re famous for? Pig liver and instant noodles. Yup, you read that right. If you want to go the downright local path, try the pig liver and beef with instant noodles and then get a kaya toast with it. Whilst we do like pig liver, we didn’t get the hype over the bowl of pig liver noodles; however, the kaya toast here is delicious. The kaya toast has a very strong and fragrant egg flavour to it, and it’s just the perfect amount of sweetness on a well-toasted piece of bread.  If you’ve got a major sweet tooth, try the kaya French toast instead.

G/F, 62 & 67 Fuk Wing Street / Shop D, G/F, 165-167 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po | +852 2387 6515

Header image credits: 添好運點心專門店 Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists

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