Finding Korean grocery stores in Hong Kong isn’t easy. For years there have only been a handful, and they remain mostly relegated to a small side street in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Recently, due to the popularity of Korean music, films, and TV dramas, Korean food has been gaining visibility around the city. In addition to small snack stalls, food court shops, and eat-in restaurants, there are now also fast-food options.
But what happens if you’d like to cook your own Korean food? Aside from small offerings at City Super, Aeon, Jusco, and other local supermarket chains, it’s hard to find grocery stores that stock a good range of Korean products.
Korean grocery stores, Tsim Sha Tsui
Exploring the Korean food markets in Tsim Sha Tsui opens up a whole new world of possibilities to intrepid cooks. The several shops found in TST offer fresh produce, seasonings, drinks, soju, beer, frozen foods, pre-made side-dishes, dumplings, snacks, candies, ice cream, and even household products.
Now, in addition to Kimberly Street, (not Kimberly Road,) there are a few shops that have opened up along Austin Avenue, amidst a large number of Korean restaurants.
The epicenter of Korean grocery stores is still Kimberley Street in Tsim Sha Tsui.
There are several ways to enter Kimberly Street, but it still doesn’t get much pedestrian traffic. It runs parallel to, and is sandwiched between Granville Road and Kimberly Road. There is also an entrance near 33 Granville Road, and a few staircases that lead down to it from Kimberly Road.
The main entrance to Kimberley Street is at the intersection with Carnavon Road. If you stand in back of The One shopping mall, Kimberley Street is just across the street.
The Korean Food Mart is located at 5 Kimberly Street and has been around since 1995! They even have an online Korean grocery store here.
This one sells fresh side-dishes:
You can also arrive at Kimberley Street by walking onto Shun Yee Street at the intersection with 33 Granville Road.
This newer Korean food market is located at 22 Kimberley Street.
There’s another entrance to Kimberly Street at Observatory Road next to an Audi dealer and a motorcycle parking area.
Beyond Kimberly Street, there are a few Korean food markets now located on Austin Avenue. Nearby, you’ll also find around eight Korean restaurants of varying degrees of authenticity.
Worth a visit!
It’s easy to get to Kimberley Street and Austin Avenue by MTR. From the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, take Exit B1 and walk up Nathan Road to The One. From there, walk down Granville Road, and turn up Carnavon Road just in back of The One. You will find the entrance to Kimberley Street on the right.