Four days into Hong Kong for a holiday & Part of my trip highlight was Fabric Hunting in Hong Kong . Sham Shui Po (SSP), Hong Kong largest fabrics & DIY supplies. This old and traditionally working class neighborhood might seem intimidating at first glance, but with a little help from our handy neighbourhood cheat sheet, you’ll be navigating this market shopping mecca with ease in no time.
“Quoted” from Hey Kumo blog “Indeed, the Fabric Street in Hong Kong is something to behold. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of textile shops in the area, with their samples hung out for your picking.” Every crafters’ dream to be to in this side of ‘paradise‘.
My Kimberly Kowloon Hotel (where we stayed for four nights) situated nearby Tsim Sha Shui MTR and it took us about 5 minutes walk. I took the Tsuen Wan Line and head to Sham Shui Po MTR ( very important to get to the right exit – take exit A2) .
Before you start exploring here are few tips and tricks that will help you make your trip to Sham Shui Po with ease and to successfully buy the fabrics you are looking for .
Ki Lung Street
If you fancy a spot of sewing on the weekend, pop by Ki Lung Street fabric market to pick up an array of fabrics at bargain prices. Quite often the stalls will stock seasonal fabrics (so you may not necessarily find velvet in the Summer months) and sell it by the yard. You can also pick up sewing thread, needles, thimbles, sewing scissors and other sewing tools.
Ki Lung Street, between Shek Kip Mei Street and Wong Chuk Street, Sham Shui Po
Fuk Wing Street
Wander down towards Fuk Wing Street and you’ll be greeted by a plethora of shops and stalls selling everything from kids toys, wholesale stationary, gift items, souvenirs and decorations. Anytime a festival is coming up, this is my go-to spot for themed decorations at fantastic prices. Organising a party and in need of party favours? Check out Fuk Wing Street!
Fuk Wing Street, between Kweilin Street and Nam Cheong Street, Sham Shui Po
Shopping Tips :
1. Make sure you make a shopping list
I’m a big fan of list-making anyway, but when there’s so much choice available, it can be difficult to stay focused. You may end up leaving with a bunch of stuff you didn’t plan on buying and forget to pick up what you wanted in the first place!
2. Wear comfy shoes
It goes without saying that when exploring, you should wear comfy shoes. Don’t go pounding the pavements exploring street after street and shop after shop in 6-inch stilettos!
3. Bring reusable shopping bags
Again, it goes without saying that we should try to be as environmentally-friendly as possible and unfortunately the shops around Sham Shui Po pass out plastic bags for every little purchase as if it’s going out of style.
4. Bring cash
A lot of shops don’t take credit cards and the ones that do quite often require a minimum spend. There’s a Hang Seng and Bank of China cash point in the MTR station, or you can pop by Dragon Centre for HSBC.
5. Opening hours
Most shops are open Monday to Sunday from 11am till 6pm, however the fabric stalls on Ki Lung Street are quite often closed on weekends, so make sure you time your shopping trip appropriately to ensure the shops you want to visit are open.
Some additional Things to keep in mind :
1. When ordering Wholesale: The wholesale dealers will usually close for weekends, but the street stalls towards the southern end of Kilung St will still be open.Wholesalers should be open by 10am or so, and most close around 6pm; street stalls start and finish a little later.The street stalls and a few of the shop fronts keep the fabrics on the premises, so you can get it immediately. Wholesalers normally fetch stock from their warehouse on demand, so they will often have a minimum length for ordering (like 3 or 4 yards). Unless a particular fabric is right out of stock and they need to reorder .You should be able to collect your order within a couple of hours (leave a deposit and your cell phone number, then go and do more shopping).
2. Exit A2 from Sham Shui Po Station leads out to Pei Ho Street, which you simply follow for about 120-metres in a southwest direction and you will reach its junction with Ki Lung Street .