The best way to discover a city’s pulse is by heading to its wet markets. From shop owners bantering in their local dialect, to housewives shopping for their family’s daily needs, the unique personality of a neighbourhood can be seen at every corner of its wet market, and the Shek Kip Mei Wet Market is no exception. Established over 40 years ago, this neighbourhood establishment has over 300 stalls selling an array of fruits, seafood, meat, accessories, clothing, and household necessities. Browsing around here is almost like going on a treasure hunt, you never know what affordable gem you might find. If all that walking has left you with an appetite, the ground floor of the wet market is full of local restaurants, including the famous dai pai dong ‘Kin Kee’, best known for their fried dishes.
Often dismissed as a mere stop along the way to foodie haven Sham Shui Po or shopping destination Kowloon Tong, rarely does anyone think of hopping off the train at the Shek Kip Mei MTR station to explore what the area has to offer. Yet, over the years, this once-forgotten corner of Hong Kong has been transformed into a hip and lively neighbourhood – not dissimilar to Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town – with cool, artsy concepts by passionate people constantly popping up. From traditional wet markets to Instagram-worthy housing estates, follow our guide for all the best gems in Shek Kip Mei that you shouldn’t miss. By Anna Kam