Street markets are a huge part of everyday life in Hong Kong, so to get a real feel for the culture it’s great to browse the stalls amongst the locals. Here are our top 7 markets to visit in Hong Kong.
The Ladies’ Market
Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
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The Ladies’ Market is Hong Kong’s most famous market, and so it is a great place to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life. Despite the name, this market sells clothes for both men and women, along with very convincing copies of designer bags, watches and wallets for a fraction of the price. You’ll also find lots of little Chinese trinkets and jewellery, so it’s the perfect place to come to find gifts and souvenirs to take home with you.
Location: Start at Prince Edward Station (Exit B1)
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Also in Mong Kok are the famous flower markets where you can buy beautiful blooms of various different flowers. There are also stalls selling succulents and colourful hanging baskets. Even if you aren’t looking to buy anything, these markets are a lovely location for an afternoon stroll and to breathe in the fragrant scents of the flowers.
Location: At the junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon.
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The jade markets in Yau Ma Tei are perfect for jewellery lovers. In China, jade is a very sacred stone that has long been believed to bring long life and prosperity, and symbolising morality, beauty and grace. Along with jade stones, here you’ll find lots of other semi-precious stones and pearls, as well as beautiful jewellery and little ornaments. It’s a great place to come if you’re looking for little presents to take back to friends and family or for a little memento to keep for yourself.
Cat Street Antique Market
Location: Upper Lascar Road, Sheung Wan.
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Although some would say it’s more of a big flea market than anything else, the Cat Street markets are really fun to browse through and pick up some Chinese antiques and pretty trinkets. There are also stalls selling jade, silk products, coins and posters, and if you’re searching for some possibly more genuine Chinese antiques, head to the nearby Hollywood Road where the more serious antique dealers are located. Nevertheless, this is a great place to pick up some unusual Chinese souvenirs and gifts to take home.
Temple Street Night Market
Location: Jordan Station, Exit C2
Starting at 6pm in the Mongkok area, the Temple Street night market is one of the liveliest markets in Hong Kong. Temple Street spans from Man Ming Lane in the north to Nanking Street in the South and is lined with stalls selling electronics, gadgets, fakes, souvenirs and clothing. This market is a really fun way of diving into the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, and you can also try some great local food while you’re there as it is surrounded by open-air street food stalls. Temple Street night market is also known for its fortune tellers, so have some fun and see what the future holds!
Location: Stanley Market Street, Stanley.
Stanley Market is quite touristy and smaller than most other markets, but still worth the visit. It is full of Chinese souvenirs and ‘I heart Hong Kong’ memorabilia, and because it is more geared towards tourist than it feels less hectic with less bartering and haggling going on. The Stanley area itself is a lovely place to visit. As Hong Kong’s version of a small seaside town, it is full of character and charm, and feels like a bit of a respite from the slightly manic atmosphere of central Hong Kong.
Location: Tung Choi Street North, Mongkok.
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Goldfish market is not your average Hong Kong shopping destination, but it is good fun to walk around. It is basically a street-front pet store, selling fish, lizards and snakes in just about every colour and species you could think of. Bags of goldfish hang along the shop fronts all down the street, giving the road its name. In Chinese culture, goldfish are thought to represent wealth and money, so the tradition of selling them in bags means that the purchaser gets to take home a ‘bag of gold’. This is a particularly good market to visit during Chinese New Year to see it at its most vibrant.