Once the most prosperous street in Kowloon, Shanghai Street still has some magic up its sleeve. More than two kilometers of unique kitchenware and trinkets line this thoroughfare that extends from Mong Kok to Jordan. With its old-school shophouses and its quirky colorful stores, this street characterizes all that’s best about Kowloon. Compiled by Danielle Harris and Jack McCormack
15 Wing Lee Sandalwood
Incense makers since the 1920, Wing Lee Sandalwood is one of the most reputable names in the industry. The shop on Shanghai Street is a veritable kaleidoscope of colorful joss sticks and it’s not uncommon to see them preparing log-sized incense for festivals or local temples.
434 Shanghai St., Mong Kok
16 Home Classics Furniture Company
Home Classics resembles your grandma’s house, with different treasures and knickknacks stacked on top each other like a Jenga game. The scent of freshly carved wood would be overwhelming if it didn’t smell so damn good.
446-448 Shanghai St., Mong Kok. 2116-0389
17 Kam Fat Co.
If you have a kitchen chock-full of baking materials but have come to the startling realization that you don’t even know how to make a piece of toast, have no fear. Kam Fat Co. offers baking classes for those in desperate need of direction.
457 Shanghai St., Mong Kok.
18 Chi Tat Prize Co. (捷達獎品)
So, you and your friends have a competition going and the winner deserves a trophy— or better yet—you want to give one to the loser to shame them. Look no further than Chi Tat to provide mock trophies, ribbons and medals for all your sarcastic awards show needs.
466 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 2332-1889.
19 Sun Kwong Nan Café
Serving classic, delicious Malayan food in a relaxed environment, Sun Kwong Nan Café has been a local favorite for years. With quality curry beef and Hainan Chicken, it’s no wonder this place is always packed. 631 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 2395-0695.
20 Prestige Lighting
What sets Prestige apart from the other, almost indistinguishable lighting stores along the northern end of Shanghai Street, you ask? It’s the clocks. Their walls of ultramodern, retro and antique timepieces have a knack for getting you excited about telling time.
638 Shanghai St., Mong Kok