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Haggle Time: A Guide to Hong Kong’s Best Markets

Often touted as a shopping paradise, Hong Kong is full of glitzy department stores and maze-like malls, packed with the world’s most iconic and famous brands. But for those looking to develop a real understanding of the Hong Kong shopping scene, a visit to one of the city’s bustling markets is an absolute must. Get ready to haggle for everything from flowers to flip-flops, gadgets to goldfish, as we take you on a tour of Hong Kong’s best markets.


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Ladies’ Market

Ladies' Market
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With stalls overflowing with bargain clothing, accessories, and souvenirs stretching for over a kilometre, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street is the perfect place to put your haggling skills to the test. This bustling markets takes its name from the huge amount of clothing, accessories, and accessories on sale for women of all ages. However, with other goodies such as watches, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets also up for grabs, men and children can also enjoy having a browse. Many stalls sell the same goods, so it’s wise to bide your time and shop around for the best price. Discounts are possible, with the more experienced hagglers able to get as much as 50 percent off the original sale price. Be warned however that some stall owners can be quite forward in their sales approach!

Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
How to get there:
MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along Nelson Street for two blocks
Bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier and get off at Nelson Street station
Open: 12 noon – 11pm (open daily)


Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street Night Market
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When the sun goes down, traders fill their stalls with goodies, as opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge in this culture-fuelled popular street bazaar. Named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main strip, Temple Street Night Market is steeped in local atmosphere, and is a hugely popular attraction for anyone looking to buy trinkets, tea-ware, electronics, and menswear. From watches and sunglasses, to belts and T-shirts, this colouful market has it all. Jade and antiques are scrutinised, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles, and other treats are consumed by locals and tourists with gusto. Sometimes referred to as the “Men’s Market”, this is famous for its electronics, wallets, and novelty lighters, and the obvious place to go if you are hunting for mobile phones, tablets, hand-held devices, or other small gadgets. Be prepared to haggle as prices here start unrealistically high.

Location: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
How to get there:
MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane.
MTR Jordan Station, Exit A. Turn right onto Jordan Road and then take another right onto Temple Street.
Open: Most stalls are set up by 4pm and close around midnight (nightly)


Stanley Market

Stanley Market
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Set in the quaint village of Stanley on the south of Hong Kong Island, Stanley Market is a huge hit with locals and tourists alike due to its enormous selection of brand-name clothing items, and accessories, jewellery, home furnishings, souvenirs, and knick-knacks, which can be bought at reasonable prices. Compromising one main street and several adjoining alleyways, the market is a nice, manageable size and the perfect place to take a stroll and pick up a bargain. The stalls do get a little cramped with shoppers on weekends, however, so it pays to pick a quieter time to go – especially if you get overwhelmed by the sprawl of other markets. Most goods here are already fairly priced, but keep an eye out for discounted leather products, cheap artwork, electronic gadgets, silk, and silver jewellery. And if that’s not enough to grab you, the nearby eateries along the breezy seaside strip surely will!

Location: Stanley New Street and Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
How to get there:
Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D.)
MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit F1. Walk to Jardine‘s Bazaar and then take minibus 40.
Bus 973 from Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui outside Silvercord Centre.
Open: 10.30am to 6.30pm (daily)


Wan Chai Market

Wan Chai Market
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Arguably the best market in Hong Kong for children’s toys and gifts, Wan Chai Market is also a popular hot spot for locals looking to buy a variety of household goods including china, clothing, and bric-a-brac. Goods such as bags, accessories, underwear, and sweet and savoury treats can be found here at rock-bottom prices, but be warned that the quality is not always top-notch. You can also find several butcher shops, vegetable stalls, and fruit stalls, which sell fresh produce at much lower prices than the local supermarkets.

Location: 258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How to get there:
MTR Wan Chai Station (the market is directly south of Exit A3)
Open: 6am to 8pm (daily)


Cat Street Antiques Market

Cat Street Market
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Those looking for arts and crafts, paintings, antiques, or rare souvenirs will find a world of hidden treasures on Cat Street. Tucked away in the little back alley of Upper Lascar Row in Sheung Wan, this market boasts a fantastic congregation of antique dealers, art galleries, and trinket shops. Ancient Chinese snuff bottles, old propaganda posters, and rare Ming dynasty furniture can be bought at haggled down prices. This is also a great place to browse bargains in jade, silk products, embroideries, and wooden handicraft items, but be aware that while most vendors will claim they stock genuine antiques, some are undoubtedly excellent fakes or copies – so take care before buying anything expensive.

Location: Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
How to get there:
MTR Central Station, Exit D2. Turn right onto Theatre Lane and walk along Queen’s Road Central towards The Center. Then take the Central Mid – Levels Escalator to Hollywood Road.
Open: Around 10am to 6pm


Flower Market

Flower Market

Delve into a jungle of exotic blooms and delicate aromas among the dozens of shops and wholesalers at Mong Kok’s Flower Market. Houseplants and blossoms are said to bring luck all year round, especially in the run up to Chinese New Year, and this is the perfect place to pick up some petals to keep the good fortune flowing. Gorgeous orchids can be picked up at a mere $15, while pots of various sizes, materials can be purchased for under $100. Look out for the more unusual plants such as cacti and Bonsai trees, which can be snagged at delightfully low prices.

Location: Flower Market Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon
How to get there:
MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B1. Walk east along Prince Edward Road West until you reach the market.
MTR Mong Kok East Station, Exit C. Walk to Sai Yee Street via the footbridge and follow the signs.
Open: Around 7am to 7pm


Goldfish Market

Gold Fish Market
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Like flowers, goldfish are thought to bring good luck to the home, and Tung Choi Street North – better known as the Goldfish Market – is lined with bags of aquatic beauties of all shapes, sizes, and colour. In between tanks of fish, which range from a few dollars to gaspingly high prices, you will also discover a few amphibians and reptiles crawling about, as well as impressive saltwater aquarium setups complete with coral, pebbles, and decorative features. If you are looking for a lucky companion, this is the place to go.

Location: Tung Choi Street North, Mong Kok, Kowloon
How to get there:
MTR Mong Kok East Station, Exit C. Walk to Sai Yee Street via the footbridge and follow the signs.
MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B2. Walk east along Prince Edward Road West until you reach the market.
Open: 10am to 8pm


Shanghai Street (Kitchen Street)

Shanghai Street aka Kitchen Street

If you need some new pots and pans, or are looking to explore the joys of baking, then Shanghai Street (Yau Ma Tei section) has everything you could possible need to stock up your kitchen with the necessary accessories. Among the piles upon piles of inexpensive kitchenware on sale you can find chopping boards, bamboo steaming baskets, cutters, cake tins, jelly moulds, and cake stands at rock-bottom prices. There are also shelves of cooking ingredients, ranging from flour and icing sugar, to food dyes and decorative sprinkles, so you can get super colourful and creative in the kitchen. I Love Cake, Chan Chi Kee, and Man Kee Chopping Board are among the highlights in this baker’s paradise.

Location: Shanghai Street
How to get there:
MTR to Yau Ma Tei, Exit A1. Walk along Waterloo Road and turn left on Shanghai Street. Start shopping on the left side of the street.
Open: 10am to 7pm


Fa Yuen Street (Sneaker Street)

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One of the easiest markets to navigate, Fa Yuen Street – often dubbed as “Sneaker Street” – sits very close to the Ladies’ Market and is home to the greatest gathering of sports shoe and sportswear shops on the planet. Fashion conscious Hong Kongers have been shopping here since the 1980s, bagging the latest designs of statement-making footwear,as well as limited-edition releases from all over the world. Discounts are possible, but as this is predominantly a market for locals, many vendors will stick to non-negotiable, but still low, prices.

Location: Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
How to get there:
MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit D3. Walk along Argyle Street to Fa Yuen Street.
Open: 10.30am to 10.30pm


Jade Market

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Get lost in a sea of green at Hong Kong’s famous jade market. Associated with good luck, health, and often given to newborns as a tradition in Hong Kong, jade plays a key role in Chinese culture (and fashion) and you are sure to find the perfect piece among the hundreds of stalls here. The most common items to be poked through are jade accessories, including rings, bangles, pendants, and earrings, but expect to come across some more unusual finds as well. Jade varies in colour (from deep green to yellow, brown, and white) as well as cost, so whatever your preference and budget, you will unlikely walk away empty handed. The stall keepers will help you choose the right one, and will happily make slight alterations or even tailor a piece to your own taste. Little fact: if your jade breaks, take it as a good sign that some bad luck was headed your way and the amulet took a hit on your behalf. Great excuse to buy another one!

Location: Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
How to get there:
MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C. Walk along Nathan Road to Kansu Street, then continue along Kansu Street until you reach the Jade Market.
Open: 10am to 4pm


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