Five awesome things five minutes from Sham Shui Po MTR station

Explore this great neighbourhood in a flash

Sham Shui Po is renowned for its specialised street markets and as a hub for all things electronics. In fact, there’s so much to see and do in the neighourhood that we’ve an entire guide. If like most like Hongkongers you get about the city by MTR, you can easily experience some of the best things that SSP offers, from local desserts to its shopping markets, without straying more than five minutes walk from the MTR Station. So there’s no excuse why you can’t make a trip to these awesome places. 

Best things near Sham Shui Po MTR station

1

Apliu Street

Exit C2 takes you straight out onto Apliu Street, one of Hong Kong’s most iconic street markets selling everything related to electronics, from charging cables to aerial drones. In the area for a spare part? You can easily pop along to the market and find what you need in 5 or 10 minutes. Another hidden gem to look out is Audio Space, an upstairs wholesaler offering audio equipment and amplifiers, also famous as a location for popular local movie Infernal Affairs

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2

Alri Star Leather Factory

A brief walk from Exit A2 is this incredible leather shop that boasts a wide selection of products that cost around $550 per piece or $100 per metre. You can find all the tools you need to create custom DIY leathergoods including blades, chisels and gouges. Keen to get started but don’t know where to begin? Alri also offers workshops – off-site – so beginners can learn how to put all these wonderful tools to proper use.

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3

Common Room & Co

A lifestyle concept venue that’s an art gallery, independent bookstore, makerspace and coffee shop all rolled into one. Enjoy the single-origin beans on offer and learn about different coffee brewing methods such as hand brew and ice drip while browsing through the array of books and artisanal products. This hipster haven is less than five minutes from Exit A1. 

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Kung Wo Tofu Factory

Simply cross the street outside Exit B2 and say hello to one of the best makers of tofu pudding in all Hong Kong. The classic dessert is extra smooth here, featuring a rich soybean flavour.  Aside from the famous pudding, this authentic retro restaurant also does amazing tofu puffs, deep fried tofu dishes and homemade sugar-free soy milk – all individually less than $10.

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5

Lau Sum Kee Noodle

Just a few steps from Exit D2 sits the renowned Lau Sum Kee Noodle restaurant. This noodle shop is one of the last places in the city that still makes its noodles the traditional way – made daily, kneaded with a bamboo pole – from scratch. The signature is the wonton soup noodles with dried shrimp roe. It’s a great place to refuel if you’re done shopping or in the area for a quick visit. These fantastic local noodles cost less than $40. 

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By: Olivia Lai

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