Shanghai Street is one of the oldest roads in Hong Kong, located in the Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok areas of Kowloon. It was completed in 1887 and, at 2.3 km long, is one of the longest streets in the city. It also used to be one of the busiest commercial districts in Hong Kong, lined with shop houses selling a wide variety of merchandise.
Commercial districts have since boomed in other parts of the city and businesses at Shanghai Street may have waned but a number of old Chinese shop-house buildings in the area were preserved, providing a glimpse of the old Hong Kong. Some of the shops were converted into restaurants, shops and art galleries.
Today, the street is known as Hong Kong's Kitchenware Market, providing the city's cooking utensils and kitchen supplies needs. Shops, particularly between Yau Ma Tei and Jordan, offer everything you could possibly need for a home kitchen or commericial kitchen such as professional-grade knives and pans to accoutrements used for cooking traditional dishes such as bamboo steamers for dim sum and moon cake moulds.
To get to Shanghai Street, take MTR to Yau Ma Tei Station, get out at Exit A1. Walk along Waterloo Road to Shanghai Street.