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“Wonderful smells”

Des Voeux Road West
Ranked #277 of 909 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: Known for its markets specializing in foods
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The dried seafood shops are concentrated here and so the smells are free for all to taste.

Highly recommend you take the ding ding to the end of the road and walk back. Very interesting seafood to be looked at. And even shark's fins taller than a person.

Thank HKeater
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Great place to see varieties of dried seafood used in Chinese cooking. Middle class Hong Kong, some nice restaurants.

Thank PreyeshM3
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

This is one of the most genuine neighborhoods in Hong Kong. You can go to Central if you are expecting urban and modern city view; however, if you are looking for something different, Shek Tung Tsui (this neighborhood around Des Voeux Road West) is definitely a great choice.

Not until the 1950s was this place transformed from the biggest brothel district to a normal neighborhood. It is not only along the tram stops, but also near the HKU metro station. Regardless of the easy access to this area, this neighborhood has long been peaceful and very local.

For food, there are lots of eateries opened for several decades. They run family business, and rely a lot on community network. That's why their food is usually hand-made and set up good reputations. There's even a noodle shop named "Yung Kai" on the Whitty Street/Queens Road West, selling home-made noodles for HKD 19 per bowl.

Looking into the local neighborhood, there is a bookstore called 精神書局 and a local charity center of a Daoist god. I met some elderly people sitting in the back alleys between the buildings, preparing some fruit and vegetables. They showed great hospitability, and gave me fresh oranges for free.

However, this neighborhood is now facing gentrification, similarly to Wan Chai, where a lot of local houses were abolished for up-market stores. This is a great spot on Hong Kong Island, where you can see the blending of old and new trends of Hong Kong.

It is a neighborhood full of stories :).

Thank zhijingj
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Visited this area whilst walking from Kennedy station to Central.

Loved the food stalls which are traditional and not McDonalds prepared food. Saw numerous places to get breakfast where a person on the footpath in front of their shop cooking and serving directly to their clients.

Small shops, preparing the food in plain sight. This is what I thought Hong Kong would be like, more Asian less Western.

A great place to wander, you could spend an hour just exploring.

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Reviewed 29 May 2016

I loved my time walking along this road which is literally teaming with dried fish shops. The small can be a bit overwhelming and you probably don't want to know what everything is but the sight is amazing and many of the shops are very photogenic but check they allow photos. Also there are birds nest shops and herbalists. Be sure to explore the backstreets to the south of this road as well.

Thank sheepygold
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