In Hong Kong, if you’re one of those people who love DIYs, sewing…this is THE place to go.
It’s called “Sham Shui Po”.
You can get there by MTR red line from central, it takes about 20min.
When you’re there, it makes you feel like you can create anything in the world.
You probably can if you have the skill!
If you’re going there to shop, make sure you bring…
- list of things you want to buy
- a little carrier
- bottle of water
Now take Exit A2, and start walking straight in between the shops with colorful parasols.
When you reach the end, cross the road and start walking to the left.
There you will see shops with hundreds and thousands of beads and all the other things you will need.
For fabric seekers, keep walking straight and cross the road on Nam Chong Street.
When you walk straight on this road, you will see many shops with fabric samples filling up the wall. These are shops where you can order the fabric and come back later to pick it up. They tend to be more expensive than other street shops.
Here are few places where you can check if you just want to shop on the day and get good deals.
After the last crossing, if you walk straight, you will see “Wa Fat” on your right.
This place is good for cheep and cheerful materials.
If you wish to buy nice silk and other kind of materials, try their other branch just around the corner (keep walking straight and turn right, it’s on your right on the second block).
217 Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po
Ricky 6172 0303 (He speaks English and is a very nice gentleman)
If you’re looking for even better deals, the shops on the street just around the corner are the best.
To get there, from the first Wa Fat shop, keep walking straight and turn right.
You will see bunch of shops on the street on your left.
Here, most of the shop owners don’t speak English, but fabrics are very reasonably priced.
Now you just got to dig in and find what you’re looking for.
There is another shop that I like to go to for fabric, it’s called “Moon Yue Piece Goods”.
1/F, 125-127 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po
You keep walking straight from the first Wa Fat shop, it’s a bit tricky to find this place but you should see a purple sign on your right.
It’s upstairs on the 1st floor, they usually have colorful fabrics outside next to the staircase.
On weekends and holidays, most of the shops are closed, so I recommend going during the weekdays.
Because there are sooo many things, it can be quite overwhelming and you could easily end up with a bag full of nice fabrics and beads by the time you finish…so make sure you make a list of what you want to buy before you go there!
Also, when you get hungry or thirsty, at the end of Yu Chau street, across the road, there is a little coffee shop that serves good cup of coffee and small things to nibble on.
I always go there when I finish with all the fabric shopping.
For lunch, there are several Chinese restaurants in the area, some quite famous, I tried Japanese restaurants opposite of all the beads shops and that was quite alright.
Happy shopping! I hope you will find what you’re looking for and more!