STEPPING INTO OLD HONG KONG: YAU MA TEI
Yau Ma Tei is an area sandwiched between Mong Kok to the north and Tsim Sha Tsui to the south. Together, the three areas make up Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon's core urban area and the district with the second highest population density in Hong Kong. Before the ceding of Kowloon to the British in 1860, Yau Ma Tei was a bay where Tanka fishermen gathered, and the harbour has survived several rounds of reclamation. The Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter became an area where restaurants on boats served indigenous seafood, and ‘typhoon shelter' dishes remain popular to this day.
Food & Beverage美味餐飲
The Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market is arguably Yau Ma Tei's most famous landmark. Founded in 1913, it originally also sold vegetables and fish, but the vendors moved with the opening of the Cheung Sha Wan Vegetables Wholesaling Market and Fishery Wholesaling Market. The fruit wholesalers still operate to this very day, and the busiest hours of business are in the early mornings from four to six o'clock. It's always fun to watch traders dealing in the eye-catchingly colourful produce. This is also a good place to stock up on larger quantities of fruit for gatherings over the festive season.
Kubrick bookstore houses a café with a nice range of food and drinks. If you're not put off by people inevitably milling around waiting for seats to free up over the busy weekends, nobody will actively kick you out and it's all too easy to while the day away there. Opposite the Tin Hau Temple, Mido Café is a bit of an institution. With its décor of mosaic-tiled walls and floors consistent since the 50s, it emits a very old-school vibe that is a large part of its charm. Try to grab a seat along the curved wall; when the neon sign outside lights up at sundown, you'll feel like you've stumbled into a Wong Kar Wai film.