Kaleidoscopic Kowloon

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From extreme luxury and Hello Kitty Dim Sum in Canton road to traditional local goldfish markets, in Hong Kong there’s something for every type of traveler.

Speaks for itself that my Kowloon highlights are so diverse that I couldn’t title this blog post otherwise. Here’s my list of must-do’s while wandering around in this part of the city:

(Window) shop till you drop in Canton Road

Think all the luxury brands you can imagine, times 20, in one street. Needless to say you won’t be spending a lot of money here, but watching Chinese youngsters buying Chanel bags as if it were sandwiches, it sure is an experience.

Good thing I did find 1 store that was wallet proof – if you don’t go crazy, like I did. It’s called kikki-K and it has the most beautiful (minimal and/or pastel pretty) stationary you’ll ever see. A shopping paradise for stationary addicts like myself. Oh and turns out the MUJI store – Japanese minimal design items for an affordable price- is right nextdoor. Double YAY!

kikki-K & MUJI Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Have Hello Kitty for lunch (or as a 3pm afternoon snack)

Yup, you read that right. In HK you can try dim sum in the shape of this cute little cat figure. Definitely only for the kitsch-proof traveler. Definitely only in Asia.

Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine – Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Pick out a goldfish (or a more exotic friend) at the Fish Market

In HK, goldfish are considered as animals that can bring good luck to your home. In Tung Choi Street North you’ll find a bunch of small shops devoted to selling these colourful species or their tropical friends. It’s a serious affair but mostly a really funny sight to watch the locals pick out their new fortune fish.

Goldfish Market – Tung Choi Street North, Mong Kok, Kowloon

Walk around the city and enjoy the pastel prettiness

If you are up for a longer walk, continue your trip from the Fish market all the way up to the concept store 22 Degrees North – you have to have a goal, right?!  This way, you’ll pass by very local streets and areas. No touristy things whatsoever, so try to submerge yourself in the Asian big city way-of-life and just enjoy all the small details around you. I took some of my prettiest photos in this area!

22 Degrees North 88 Nam Cheon Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

Tip: Hipster places like these concept stores often reunite themselves to be easily found. Ask for the map of all their local ‘partners’ in the store and walk around the area to find the others.

Well, that was it for Kowloon, I’m very curious to hear your tips, ideas and thoughts about this area! Please do leave me a comment below to share all your travel inspo and love.

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  • ann


    More, more, much more of these words, pics and tips!

    • carolinewygaerts

      Soon on the blog ! More about Central Hong Kong and the foodie venues around Star street!
      Thanks for the love!

  • Lara


    Oh kei cute die hello kitty dim sum!! 😀

    • carolinewygaerts

      Hihi, I know! Could N O T resist. En ‘t was eigenlijk nog lekker ook !

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