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Shang­hai Street

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

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