Suggested Route - Kowloon
Address: 100/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Location: 63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Direction: Take mini bus (#74) at ELEMENTS Kowloon Station bus stop. Alight the mini bus at Prosperous Garden, walk 2 minutes to Mido Café at 63 Temple Street.
This retro cha chaan tang (1950) with mosaic tiles and metal latticework stands astride a street corner that comes to life at sundown. Ascend to the upper floor and take a seat next to a wall of iron-framed windows overlooking Tin Hau Temple – atmosphere is what makes it Kowloon’s one of the most famous tea cafe, despite simple food and service.
Jade Market and Jade Street
Location: Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Direction: After visiting Mido Café, just walk 3 minutes to Yau Ma Tei Jade Hawker Bazaar.
There are about 400 registered stalls in Jade Market selling trinkets, souvenirs, charms and jewellery made of jade, a stone considered to have mystical qualities by many people in Asia. This is a fun place to browse and to buy inexpensive mementos of your visit, but think twice before buying anything costly unless you are a jade expert. Jade Street is actually a part of Canton Road situated between Kansu Street and Jordan Road. Jade and gemstone testing is available at Jade Plaza on Jade Street. A giant jade stone, weighing three tons, has been placed at the junction of Canton Road and Jordan Road as a landmark and you won't miss it.
Location: 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Opening Hours: Mon - Wed: 1:00pm - 10:00pm, Thu - Sun: 10:30am – 10pm
Direction: Walk 1 minute from Yau Ma Tei Jade Hawker Bazaar to Broadway Cinematheque.
Cinematheque is one of the most popular venues in town for film fans to satisfy their appetites for international indies. The art house cinema was opened in 1996 in Yau Ma Tei, a historical neighbourhood that’s no stranger to film crews.
It became a local cultural landmark when it began hosting a series of film festivals, including the Asian Film Festival, Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Korean Film Festival. It also offers retrospective programmes that introduce great filmmakers such as Francois Truffaut, Yamada Yoji and Krzysztof Kieslowski to a new generation of cinephiles. Broadway Cinematheque also houses a café, and bookstore.
Photographs are sourced from Broadway Cinematheque Facebook page
Location: Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Direction: Walk 1 minute from Broadway Cinematheque to Shanghai Street.
Shanghai Street (Yau Ma Tei section) is one of Hong Kong’s oldest thoroughfares and still has a number of preserved old Chinese shop-house buildings. It’s also where you should head if you’re looking to stock up your kitchen with that necessary accessory! Purchases here will be practical (and affordable), with piles upon piles of inexpensive kitchenware on sale. Expect to find local staples, such as traditional thick chopping boards and bamboo steaming baskets used for dim sum.
Yau Ma Tei Theatre
Location: 6 Waterloo Road, Kowloon
Opening Hours: 1:00pm – 8:00pm Daily
Direction: Walk 1 minute from Shanghai Street to Yau Ma Tei Theatre.
Built in 1930, the Yau Ma Tei Theatre is the only surviving pre-war cinema building in the urban area of Hong Kong. The theatre closed down in 1998 and was listed as a historic building in the same year.
In 2012, the building reprised its role as a place of entertainment when it reopened as a venue dedicated to Cantonese opera. Fans of the genre will be pleased to know that this intimate venue is favoured by younger up-and-coming performers. And, some of the shows come with English surtitles, so non-Cantonese speakers can also enjoy the action on stage.
The building’s restoration was faithful to the original, making it an ideal venue to enjoy the richness and colour of traditional Chinese theatre. The building is flanked by high-rise apartments on one side and a fruit market on the other. 100-year old structure was the Engineer’s Office of the Former Pumping Station in Shanghai Street. After the pumping station ceased operation in 1911, different parts of this Water Department facility were demolished or converted for other purposes. The remaining structure was given a heritage listing in 2000.
Kowloon Wholesale Fruit Market
Location: Reclamation Street, Kowloon
Direction: Walk 1 minute from Yau Ma Tei Theatre to Kowloon Wholesale Fruit Market.
Kowloon Wholesale Fruit Market (Yaumatei Wholesale Fruit Market) was founded in 1913. There are still a number of relics of pre-war signboards on the outer walls of this historically valuable building. The market is located in the area enclosed by Waterloo Road, Reclamation Street and Shek Lung Street and has been the place for fruit wholesaling in Kowloon. Although the market moved to Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Market Complex in 1990s, many wholesalers are still operating here. The hours from 4:00am to 6:00am are the busiest of the market every day. Container lorries keep coming in and out to deliver fruits. A huge number of labourers are busy carrying fruit boxes. Piles of fruit boxes can be found everywhere in the market. It is also interesting that many wholesalers use the word “lan” (I.e. wholesale market in Chinese) as the last character of the shop name. Location filming at individual shop requires applying to the respective wholesaler.
Information is subject to change without prior notice and is for reference only. Visitors are advised to check with the respective merchants prior to visit.