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Sham Shui Po is a district where you can see a beautiful blend of tradition and modernity. It’s one of the top neighborhoods in Hong Kong for visitors who want a more in-depth glimpse of the local culture.
In this article, you’ll know exactly why a lot of people fall in love with this neighborhood. We’ll cover 14 places you shouldn’t miss when you’re planning a trip here!
This list has something for every traveler who wants to explore a different side of Hong Kong, the one you’ll see beyond the tourist crowds.
1. Pei Ho Street Sports Centre
Address: Pei Ho St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2729 1010
- Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 11 PM
At Sham Shui Po, there’s a perfect place for people who love being active – the Pei Ho Street Sports Centre.
It’s basically a gymnasium open to the public who feel inclined to use the exercise equipment, pingpong tables, and such. The best thing about this is everything is free!
Every month, the gymnasium also offers different kinds of activities that the locals and visitors can enjoy.
After spending hours at the Pei Ho Street Sports Centre, you’ll be famished! You can check out Sun Heung Yen, a Hong Kong style fast food restaurant just across the gymnasium. Their most famous dish on their menu is the egg and beef sandwich. In fact, this is what attracts most of their visitors, so be sure to try it when you get the chance!
2. Nam Cheong Park
Address: 20 Sham Mong Rd, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2370 9954
Operating hours: Open 24 hours
Nam Cheong Park is one of our favorite spots to go to when we just want to lay under the sun and unwind with a good book. If this sounds like an ideal afternoon for you, you’re going to like it here.
Anyway, there are also several amenities here that make one’s stay convenient like toilets, playgrounds, and fitness equipment for elderly people. You’ll see some people jogging here too, mostly during the morning or at night, so don’t hesitate to bring your running shoes with you.
Nam Cheong Park also attracts a lot of visitors because it’s quite accessible to anyone who can use the MTR. Just get off at Nam Cheong station and you’ll be able to find your way in no time!
3. Dragon Centre
Address: Dragon Centre, Yen Chow St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2360 0982
- Monday to Friday – 6 AM to 10 PM
- Saturday & Sunday – 6 AM to 11 PM
The Dragon Centre is a 9-floor shopping haven with numerous stores and restaurants to discover. Everything is within your fingertips when you’re inside, so what’s not to love?
Some of the shops they have here are SaSa, Adidas, and plenty of local stores that sell clothing that could be called a gateway to Hong Kong fashion.
Meanwhile, a few examples of restaurants available here are Peking Handmade Noodles Restaurant, Karam Kitchen, and Hunger Burger.
If you’re planning a trip to the Dragon Centre, we highly suggest going here with an empty stomach. There are a lot of shops to check out, sure, but people tend to disregard the restaurants available here. With the different cuisines to choose from, Dragon Centre is also every foodie’s dream.
4. Smiling Plaza
Address: 174-188號 Un Chau St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2361 9813
- Monday to SUnday – 10 AM to 10 PM
Another shopping mall at Sham Shui Po is the Smiling Plaza. With the neighborhood being known as one of the top shopping destinations, it’s only to be expected that we add another one to our list.
Anyway, a lot of locals go to Smiling Plaza to find unique treasures and collectibles like Pokemon cards and other playing cards.
While this isn’t exactly the place to go to if you want to have access to the hottest trends, there are, however, local fashion shops that are worth checking!
If you’re a gamer, you also have to check out the game store they have inside! They sell several Bandai and Konami games that might be hard to find elsewhere.
5. V Walk
Address: 28號 Sham Mong Rd, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 3612 1000
- Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 10 PM
Another shopping mall in our list is the V Walk. If you’re looking for something in trend, V Walk probably has it – especially if it’s famous with Gen Z.
They have both local and international clothing brands like Bread N Butter, Brand Off, Levi’s, Pe:tite, Uniqlo, and more.
There’s also a cinema in this mall and numerous dining options such as Moto Mala, Kee Wah Bakery, Genki Sushi, etc.
V Walk is in one of the most accessible spots in Sham Shui Po. Underneath it is the Nam Cheong MTR, so it’s impossible to have a hard time finding this mall.
6. Tung Chau Street Park Squash Centre
Address: 九龍深水, 163 Tung Chau St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2728 4888
- Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 11 PM
They say the best things in life are free and that’s exactly what going to Tung Chau Street Park Squash Centre will make you feel.
Here, you can play tennis, table tennis, squash, and other activities that require you to be active. The courts feel so private that you’ll be surprised you don’t have to spend a dollar!
While there are areas that welcome quite a crowd, you’ll be surprised that you’ll also discover corners that offer an escape to all that. If a competitive sports game isn’t your thing, you can always opt for a more laid-back experience and just meditate and enjoy your surroundings.
Inside, there’s a Tung Chau Street Park Kiosk where you can purchase snacks and drinks that would keep you energized throughout your sports game. Make sure to check it out if you need to fuel up!
7. Oi Man Sang Dai Pai Dong
Address: Sham Shui Po Building, 1A-1C Shek Kip Mei St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2393 9315
- Monday to Sunday – 5:30 PM to 12:45 AM
Dai Pai Dong is what you call food stalls that you find on some streets in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of Dai Pai Dong these days.
We say it’s unfortunate because it’s distinct to the local culture, which a lot of visitors seem to enjoy (and locals like us too, of course)
Anyway, Oi Man Sang is one of the Dai Pai Dong in Hong Kong that’s still in business. In fact, it’s been in the neighborhood since the 50s! If you really want an authentic Hong Kong experience, Oi Man Sang is one of your best bets.
They have numerous good dishes, but our favorite would be the salted egg yolk prawns! We highly recommend you try this one. That said, everything we tried off their menu is quite good, so it’s impossible to choose the wrong option when you’re at Oi Man Sang.
8. Hong’s Dessert
Address: 323 Lai Chi Kok Rd, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 9034 3832
- Monday to Sunday – 3 PM to 12 AM
Hong’s Dessert isn’t what you’ll typically find in Western dessert shops that serve blueberry cheesecakes and oatmeal cookies.
In fact, this shop offers a lot of local concoctions that will leave you wanting more. Think of glutinous rice balls, red beans, sago, and evaporated milk in one medium-sized bowl.
Expect to line up for up to 30 minutes when you’re at Hong’s Dessert. Not only because the shop is small, but it’s also because a lot of locals and visitors frequent this place.
Address: Hong Kong, Sham Shui Po, 南昌薈地下G24號舖
Contact details: +852 2318 1611
- Monday to Sunday – 6 AM to 10:30 PM
If you’re on the hunt for a good breakfast or brunch place in Sham Shui Po, we can almost guarantee that you’d love Hash.
Most of what they serve has western influences with distinct local twists like the Hong Kong macaroni soup for example.
Unlike the western macaroni soup, the Hong Kong style calls for fried eggs, sausages, and vegetables. This restaurant has been undiscovered by a lot of tourists over the years, so consider this one of Hong Kong’s undiscovered gems!
They also have sizzling plate options that are often overshadowed by their bestsellers. If you can, you should try these as well!
10. CHICHA San Chen
Address: Hong Kong, Sham Shui Po, Sham Mong Rd, 28號G25舖
Contact details: +852 2323 7266
- Monday to Sunday – 12 PM to 9 PM
Originally from Taiwan, CHICHA San Chen has expanded in several other countries like Singapore, Philippines, and Malaysia.
If you find yourself in Sham Shui Po, you should try their good quality teas! They have sweet flavors like fresh milk with brown sugar bubbles, lemon condensed milk, and tea latte with taro bubbles.
To those who are not fans of sweet drinks, don’t fret. They also have tons of options for you such as dong ding oolong tea latte, mango green tea, and black tea with fresh fruits.
They also have a seasonal menu, so there’s something different to try every time!
11. Bino N’ Booze
Address: Shop A G/F and 1/F, Hyde Park, 205 Hai Tan St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 6353 5519
- Monday to Thursday – 3 PM to 11 PM
- Friday to Sunday – 12 PM to 11 PM
Bino N’ Booze is surely one of the restaurants that offers quite a unique experience. You might be wondering, “A restaurant? Isn’t it a bar?”.
We get it. It’s because of the name, isn’t it?
Actually, it’s a hotpot-style restaurant with a unique twist. You’ll find that their soup bases are infused with alcohol, which is sure to bring something new to the table.
While adding alcohol to dishes as a way to spice up the flavor isn’t an entirely new concept, this isn’t something you hear a lot when it comes to hotpot.
Be sure to try their brown sugar glutinous rice cake or the mango pomelo sago! A lot of people tend to miss this part of the menu because they’re already full from the hotpot. However, you know what people often say: leave room for dessert!
12. Teawood Taiwanese Cafe & Restaurant
Address: Hong Kong, Sham Shui Po, Sham Mong Rd, 28 號2 樓L2-40&41 號 V Walk
Contact details: +852 2851 0566
If you’re struggling to find vegetarian dishes in Hong Kong, look no further. Teawood Taiwanese Cafe & Restaurant can surely whip you up something for your diet.
For example, they have omni pork dishes like hand pulled noodles with omni pork and eggplant with spicy omni pork – both quite delicious, even for meat-eaters.
Speaking of meal lovers, they also have dishes on their menu that are based on meat like rice with fried sirloin steak and marinated minced pork and sweet and sour pork with fruit.
We know you’re waiting for our recommendations! Our staff managed to try a lot of dishes here on our first visit. The dishes that everyone fell in love with were rice with fried chicken filet and marinated minced pork and rice with soft boiled egg and marinated minced pork.
13. Dozy Cafe
Address: 199號 Ki Lung St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 9280 5801
- Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 6:30 PM
Dozy Cafe is one of the cafes we love at Sham Shui Po. We like calling it a hole in the wall, but not for the reason you think.
This indoor cafe is located along a street with numerous shops. They don’t have a door, which is why sometimes seats would spill out on the streets. Better ready your phones, because every spot here is quite Instagram worthy!
Anyway, aside from its intriguing vintage interior, we also quite like their dishes and coffee. Most of their dishes are quite light like sweet potato fries and seaweed scrambled egg toast.
Drinks-wise, their coffee options are more on the classic side (cappuccino, flat white, and espresso), but their coffee beans have quite a distinct taste that you won’t usually see in Hong Kong.
You have the option to opt for a non-dairy milk like oat milk and chocolate oat milk.
14. Wing Shing Cafe
Address: 320 Lai Chi Kok Rd, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2711 0788
- Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 10 PM
Wing Shing Cafe is another Chinese-style cafe in Sham Shui Po that you’ve got to try. To be honest, we’ve recommended this numerous times to anyone who would ask about where to go in the neighborhood!
Their top selling dishes are deep fried pork with spiced salt and rice, lava French toast, and luffa and sliced pork rice in soup.
If you’re a visitor and would like to experience where locals really eat, you can check that off your bucket list once you’ve been to Wing Shing Cafe.
Be sure to try any dishes under their noodles in soup option. It’s truly life changing especially if it’s your first time ordering something like this in Hong Kong! We tried everything and while they’re all good, the garlic pork chop with instant noodles takes center stage. Whether you want to try something else or you want to opt for our recommendation, we’re sure you’re going to enjoy it.