Adventurous travellers should head straight for these funky markets that best illustrate Hong Kong's living culture. Each of these markets has its own charm and contains hidden treasures just waiting to be uncovered. Even better, you can haggle! Great for all kinds of consumer goodies.
Ladies Market (Tung Choi Street)
Ladies Market in Tung Choi Street is the place for bags, accessories and inexpensive women's clothing. Men's and childrenÃ¢ÂÂs clothing and toys are also on sale.
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market is ordered chaos in action and the perfect place to pick up a few bargains.
Temple Street is awash with rows of brightly lit stalls hawking an astonishing variety of clothing, pens, watches, CDs, cassettes, electronic gadgets, hardware and luggage. The busy food stalls offer a range of delicacies including fresh seafood and hotpot dishes to tempt your appetite. Fortune-tellers cluster at the Yau Ma Tei end of the street, and so do Chinese opera enthusiasts seeking kindred spirits for impromptu performances.
Simply absorbing Temple Street is a memorable experience.
Although this market normally sets at 2 pm, it actually pulsates with life after evening. It is a very popular and busy open-air market. The shops and stalls in this market feature items like leather products, garments and antique pieces. Accessories like stylish hand bags, junk jewelries, crockery, home decorative items, pottery and lots more are sold out here. The Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong permits and provides good bargain on the prices. You will also come across some marvelous Cantonese opera singers, Chinese chess players, street dentists and amazing astrologers in the area.
Stanley Market is the perfect place to buy something special for friends or relatives. The historic lanes in this old fishing village are jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and curios, as well as larger-sized clothing. Plan to stay for a few hours and sample the fine restaurants in the restored Murray House or along the main street on the waterfront.
A long, packed roadside market great for inexpensive clothing, accessories and domestic goods. Tiny stalls have goods tumbling off tables and shelves into shoppers'bags. Many stalls feature hair-related items, bags, women's tops and blouses, fine knits, cellphone accessories and household items, and at the end is a small wet market and flower stalls with very low prices.
Li Yuen Street West
Li Yuen Street East and West
Find ready-to-wear garments or have them made to order. Featuring great designs, fine silk and other fabrics, traditional styles and beautiful colours.
Li Yuen Street East and West, Central, Hong Kong Island (MTR Central Station Exit C then walk along Des Voeux Road Central towards Sheung Wan)
Where to Shop in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a shopper's paradise. It is the perfect place to pick up a unique bargain or indulge in an unexpected extravagance, if you know exactly what and from where to pick. From morning until late at night, shopping malls are open and filled with shopaholics. Being a popular international port, Hong Kong is always abreast with the ever-changing fashion and trends. The stylish people of Hong Kong more often than not display the latest trends on the city streets.
The region boasts of a remarkable range of international department stores offering latest designer styles and off-the-peg fashions. Most of these department stores are strategically located in the same vicinity, thus enabling shoppers to find what they are looking for easily and quickly at a reasonable price. When shopping in Hong Kong, don't get carried away by the varieties offered and don't buy impulsively. There are numerous stores that sell almost the same products, but at different prices. Look around to compare prices before buying, especially for expensive products. Always deal with reputable establishments, such as members of the Hong Kong Tourist Association.
Hong Kong Flower Market
It conducts a wholesale and retail business of flowers at lucrative price offers. The fragrance and beauty of the flowers displayed in this market create a charming aura. Many bonsai trees and indoor plants signifying good luck are also sold out here. You can also get some gardening implements and accessories like plant hangers, stands, pots and dried flowers. The splendid arrangements of the flowers and the exquisite rainbow colored flora will surely delight your senses and you will be instantly and naturally prompted to purchase some of your choices.
Some of the major and popular imported flowers sold in the Hong Kong Flower Market are roses, chrysanthemums, orchids, tulips, carnations and lilies. Some rare flower species are also available. Flowers are the most beautiful gifts one can ever give or receive. This market is thronged by people who come here to purchase fresh flowers for any occasion - marriage, anniversaries, parties, birthdays, business parties and even for minor cases like decorating houses and gifting to friends, relatives and loved ones. Small and big hotels too purchase flowers in large numbers to adorn and deck up the interiors.
Hong Kong Central Market
Located at the corner of the Queen Victoria Street, the Hong Kong Central Market features traditional Chinese handmade goods and unique handicraft items. It is considered as the first market in Hong Kong. This market excels in meat products.
The market comprises of six floors. A central court occupies the extensive space. The ceilings and windows are quite high in order to ensure sufficient natural air and light. There are two entrances to the market-Des Voux Road Central entrance and the Queen's Road Central entrance connected to the ground and first floors respectively.
The Hong Kong Central Market offers few shops and emporiums displaying Chinese goods and commodities. One such significant store is the CRC Department Store. You can purchase some interesting and affordable garments and crafts items. You can also find in abundance some rare aromatic roots and herbs, and exclusive painted snuff bottles. The production of all such goods involves inexpensive and easy labor. This also lowers down the price range.
The Central market in Hong Kong sells grocery and a wide variety of other food related products. The second floor houses the vegetables and fresh fruit stalls. Apart from this fresh sea fish and other fish, chicken, poultry, ducks, pork and beef meat are sold in this market. You can purchase such stuff at reasonable prices. It is one of the biggest meat markets in South-east Asia.