So you’ve heard about Shanghai Street in Hong Kong and the stores selling kitchenware items galore. Whether your kitchen needs a revamp, you are scrambling to plan a birthday bash, or need supplies to entertain guests for an elegant affair or casual BBQ, Shanghai Street is the one-stop shopping street for all your needs.
From the Yau Ma Tei MTR, start walking on the left side of the street and pop into shops as you see things you like. Some shops carry the same items, so be sure to ask about prices. Some shops small offer discounts, so bring your bargaining skills!
Au Lee Cheung Knife Store: Knives, cleavers, scissors and other sharp items at a discount.
Where: 297 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. +852 2771 0871.
Man Kee Chopping Board: In business for over a half century, this is the place to go for wood cutting boards cut from a single piece of wood (think the size of big tree trunks!), bamboo steaming baskets used for dim sum, and seasonal items such as wood mooncake molds. They also sell all kinds of kitchenware ranging from stock pots and wooden spoons to drinking glasses, serving platters, olive oil dispensers and so much more...
Where: G/F, 342 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. +852 2332-2784, www.mankee.hk
I Love Cake: This is a baker's delight! I Love Cake sells everything under the sun for baking such as cake molds, baking sheets, sprinkles, cute cupcake paper holders, popsicle sticks…you name it, they've got it.
Where: G/F, 338 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. +852 2671 2671, www.ilovecake.hk
Chan Chi Kee: This is the place to purchase genuine handmade woks and knives. And it's been featured on Anthony Bourdain's Hong Kong episode in The Layover. If it’s good enough for Anthony Bourdain’s kitchen, it’s good enough for our kitchen!
Where: G/F, 316-318 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. +852 2385 0317/ +852 2384 7515, www.chanchikee.com
Woodwork Professor - Rice buckets, mooncake molds, and more, all made from solid wood.
Where: 333 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, +852 2385 0317.
There are plenty more small shops selling specialty items, including beautiful Japanese ceramic plates, teapots and serving platters. Stop in, dig around, and have fun! Final tips- Shanghai Street is one of the longest streets in Hong Kong, so wear comfortable shoes! Happy Shopping!