Hong Kong’s best markets are famed as places to pick up fashionable and cheap clothing, accessories, jewellery, electronics, toys and a whole lot more besides. You will find fake goods at many markets too, although you can also find genuine designers just making their way in the fashion world. In Hong Kong, there really is a market for every style and taste. Kowloon is home to many of Hong Kong’s finest markets owing to more space and cheaper rents than can be typically found on Hong Kong Island, although it’s fair to say that markets are found all over Hong Kong, and they offer a great alternative to the endless malls and department stores.
They are often bustling with crowds of people so do be prepared to fight through the crowds to find what you’re looking for, but it can be a lot of fun. Not least, taking part in the haggling session that has to take place to get a fair price. Barter hard at night markets in Hong Kong because the traders will almost always start with inflated prices.
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For fashion goods and accessories at cheap prices, Ladies Market is the place to shop. Operating from early afternoon until late into the night, this long, narrow market runs the length of Tung Choi Street in Mongkok. At its southern end, closest to Mongkok MTR Station, you will find the main collection of fashion stalls, many selling fake designer goods, while further north there are many traders selling plants, animals (it’s nicknamed Goldfish Street by the locals) and homeware.
Despite the name, Ladies Market is not just for women. There are plenty of options for guys too, along with kids clothing, fashion jewellery, shoes, bags and typical Chinese souvenirs such as tea and snacks. The quality of many of the items is not great, but then neither are the prices. Don’t forget to browse the permanent stores found behind the market stalls on either side as they stock some of the best items Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 23:00
- Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Temple Street MarketKowloon
The largest night market in Hong Kong and as much of a spectacle as it is a shopping activity, Temple Street is one of the ‘must dos’ on your first trip to the city. It is the most ‘touristy’ market in Hong Kong and for that reason some people are put off Temple Street, but this has the advantage that most people around here speak English and there are loads of places to snack and grab dinner dotted around. Temple Street opens around 17:00 and carries on until around 24:00. It is spread out over a kilometre with everything from cheap fashion and apparel, electronics, cheap art and homeware, and lots of souvenirs. The thoroughfare is wider than many other markets so it’s less intense than, say, Ladies Market nearby. The nearest MTR Station is Jordan, just two blocks away. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 23:00
- Location: Temple Street, Kowloon (In between Jordan and Yau Ma Tei)
PMQ is not a market in the traditional sense of the word, however this is the best place in Hong Kong to find small arts and crafts shops, boutique fashion, and apparel. PMQ is actually the ex-Police Married Quarters (hence the name), and this multi-storey housing block has been converted into floor after floor of boutiques, along with occasional pop-up stores in the large courtyard.
Mid-range art pieces, fashion jewellery, and a host of fashion brands can be found at PMQ which is a social enterprise of over 100 young, local entrepreneurs. They are using this space to showcase local designers to an international market as well as creating a cool place to hang out. PMQ is located on Aberdeen Street in Central. It is easy to find: just walk along Hollywood Rd. from the Mid-Levels Escalator and find it on the corner of Aberdeen Street. Read More...
- Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, SoHo, Central
- Tel: +852 2811 9098
Jade Market is a collection of hundreds of jewellers set up in a squat (and quite rundown) indoor market. It is, however, a great place to pick up some inexpensive fashion jewellery, such as bracelets, pendants and rings, or some beautiful ornaments made of this semi-precious stone. Of course, prices at Jade Market vary radically depending on the quality of the item in question. The market traders drive a hard bargain but can generally be trusted that their items are as they claim. Find Jade Market at the top end of Temple Street Night Market, between Jordan MTR and Yau Ma Tei MTR stations. For more high-end jade items, there is a whole street of permanent shops next to the market. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 14:00 - 24:00
- Location: Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
For a change of pace, head to Hong Kong’s southern coast to enjoy the heritage charms of Stanley Market. This quaint fishing village looks and feels the complete opposite of Hong Kong’s built-up northern shore, and here you will find art and crafts, faux-antiques, calligraphy paintings and plenty of other souvenirs to take home. As well as the market, there is a range of shops in Murray House, a Victorian-era listed building that also contains some fancy restaurants. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 18:00
- Location: In Stanley New Street by the Stanley Food Market
- How to get there: Taxi or bus numbers 6, 6A or 260 from the Exchange Square terminal. Going by MTR depart at Chai Wan station via Exit C then catch green minibus 16M to the market.
Jardine’s Crescent MarketCauseway Bay
Jardine’s Crescent is often referred to as the equivalent of Ladies Market in downtown Hong Kong, and although it is a lot smaller, there is typically more in-trend fashion appealing to Hong Kong’s teens and young adults. Of course, many of the stalls are selling identical items bought in bulk from mainland China so do check items carefully and bargain hard.
Located in Causeway Bay, Jardine’s Crescent makes a welcome respite from the overkill of top-end designer fashion in this area of downtown Hong Kong. Although this market gets going around 15:00, it is best after 18:00, with some traders even open past midnight. It's fair to say this is the most fashionable night market in Hong Kong.
- Opening Hours: 15:00 - 24:00
- Location: Jardine’s Crescent, Causeway Bay
Cat Street Market (Upper Lascar Row)Sheung Wan
If you tire of the mass-produced products found in most street markets in Hong Kong, you should head for Cat Street, the name given to a row of intriguing antiques shops on Upper Lascar Row in the SoHo district of Hong Kong. You never really know what you will find in the many shops along Cat Street and that is part of the charm. Art and homeware features heavily; anything from Chinese pottery, to Buddhist images, kitsch ornaments, and plenty of silk and jade items.
The name is a reference to the many stolen goods that used to pass through this street in the 19th century. Stolen goods were commonly called ‘rat goods’ and the people who bought them were called ‘cats’. The name stuck to this day, although there are few, if any, stolen goods traded here now. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
- Location: Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Road, Sheung Wan
- Address: Soundwill Plaza II, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2970 0828
Apliu Street Flea Market really is the place to come for cheap, second-hand and new electronics in Hong Kong. Situated just north of the more popular Temple Street Market in Kowloon, many would argue that this more local-feeling market is a much better place to grab a bargain, even if there isn’t as much on sale.
Those looking for cheap phones, TVs, computers, tablets, radios, stereos, DVDs and electrical household items will easily find what they’re looking for. Whilst the emphasis at Apliu Street is firmly on the gadgets, some stalls also sell cheap clothing items, watches, accessories and antiques – meaning this flea market isn’t only reserved for those looking to snap up a bargain on technology. Read More...
- Location: Apliu Street Flea Market, Apliu Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong
This Hong Kong market often gets left off many travel itineraries in favour of the bigger, more popular Kowloon street markets, but those who make the effort to head further north find Fa Yuen Street Market is a bit of a hidden gem. Attracting mainly locals and expats, you will find lower prices than most other markets, with lots of fashion items, watches, shoes, bags and accessories. Head north along Fa Yuen Street and the street stalls turn into lines of sports shops, commonly known as Sneaker Street. This is the number 1 place in Hong Kong for sports shoes and sneakers. Located in Mongkok, Fa Yuen Street runs between Prince Edward MRT and Mongkok MRT stations. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - 22:00
- Location: Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2315 3188
Tai Yuen Street Market (Toy Market)Wan Chai
This packed Hong Kong street market is filled with toy shops selling everything from Barbie dolls to Lego bricks and board games. There are also stalls selling clothes and souvenirs so it’s great for a browse even if you’re not in the market for a Buzz Lightyear or Mr. Man puzzle. Tai Yuen Street Market runs down the one side of Wan Chai Wet Market, from Queens Road East to Hennessey Road. If you’re in the area, check out the factory outlet stores on Spring Garden Lane that runs parallel.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai