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Where to find the best farmers’ markets in Hong Kong

By Beverly Ngai 16 November 2021

Header image courtesy of 大埔農墟 Tai Po Farmers’ Market (via Facebook)

Despite the convenience of grocery stores and wet markets, nothing rivals the freshness of home-grown produce procured straight from the source. Due to the productive community of local farms quietly toiling away in Hong Kong’s rural backwaters, our city boasts a number of vibrant farmers’ markets where you can stock up a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables along with artisan products—all without the wasteful packaging and excessive carbon footprint!

However, the only catch is that these fleeting marketplaces tend to open only for a short window of time every week or month, so knowing when to visit is key. To save you the trouble of research, we are giving you the lowdown on the best farmers’ market in Hong Kong to eat more consciously and support local farmers!

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Photo: @taipofarmersmarket (via Instagram)

Tai Po Farmers’ Market

Tai Po Famers’ Market is more than just a place to pick up groceries—it’s a community and cultural experience. Laying claim to the largest farmers’ market in Hong Kong, this history-steeped marketplace backs its venerated status with over 30 stalls, as well as a rich hawking heritage that dates back to the late 1800s!

Its strong cultural atmosphere comes through immediately as you walk through the wooden, temple-like gate entrance, and the excitement only grows as you let your eyes roam over the cornucopia of fine local goodies. In addition to seasonal produce, you can also fill your bags with health food products and handcrafted goodies, such as chilli sauces, dried noodles, and more. It’s an excellent way to sample the quality of local Hong Kong products.

When: Every Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

Tai Po Farmers’ Market, 12 Tai Po Tai Wo Road, Tai Wo Estate, Tai Po | (+852) 2471 1169

Photo: Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation

Central Farmers’ Market

Who says you have to venture all the way out to rural reaches of the city to get your hands on cream-of-the-crop local produce? Held every Wednesday at the Star Ferry Pier in Central, this city-centre farmers’ market is ideal for those mid-week grocery runs. While the market itself is rather compact, stall tables are always piled high with ripe fruits and veggies, and quality is guaranteed to be top-notch. Vendors must qualify as an organic and sustainable farm under strict standards set by the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) in order to sell. To make the most out of your visit, take time to chat with the farmers directly and learn more about where your food comes from!

When: Every Wednesday from 11 am to 6 pm

Central Farmers’ Market, Central Ferry Pier 7 (Star Ferry Pier), Central

Photo: @saikungfarmersmarket (via Facebook)

Sai Kung Farmers’ Market

While you are out enjoying your well-deserved weekend getaway in Sai Kung, be sure to take a stroll through the Sunday farmers’ market that stretches along the scenic seaside promenade—we promise it will feel more like an adventure than a chore! Comprising around a dozen stalls, the market pulls together the freshest and tastiest fruits and veggies from certified organic local farms. If you wish to check off multiple grocery tasks at once, you are in luck—just beneath the farmers’ market, there are also boats lined up against the pier peddling fresh and dried seafood.

When: Every Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

Sai Kung Farmers’ Market, Sai Kung Waterfront Promenade, Sai Kung | (+852) 2792 1762

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Photo: 美孚有機農墟 Mei Foo Farm Fest (via Facebook)

Mei Foo Farm Fest

Colourful organic produce, freshly baked goods, busking performances, and a whole roster of arts and crafts workshops—Mei Foo Farm Fest has all the bases covered, whether you are planning a Sunday morning outing with the family or simply making your weekly grocery rounds!

Neighbourhood regulars and visitors alike seek out this pulsating community hub to get their fill of organic, farm-fresh produce, baked bread and pastries, and crafted teas, alongside a healthy sprinkle of entertainment to keep things fun and lively. Beyond supporting farmers, the market also frequently partners with community-driven organisations to empower grassroots businesses and provide a platform for various artisanal trades!

When: Every Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

Mei Foo Farm Fest, Kwai Chung Road, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Mei Foo | (+852) 3480 7883

Photo: 荔枝窩有農墟 Lai Chi Wo Farmers' Market (via Facebook)

Lai Chi Wo Farmers’ Market

Lai Chi Wo Farmers’ Market may only come around once a month, but it’s always a real treat that the local community looks forward to with much anticipation. Since the market’s founding in 2017, local farmers in Lai Chi Wo have made it a tradition to gather together on the first Saturday of each month to show off the fruits of their labour.

Hosting around 10 vendors, the market prides itself on its diverse and unique offerings, ranging from freshly picked produce, spices, and Hakka-style rice cakes to handmade soaps, lip balms, and even locally grown coffee beans! Lai Chi Wo might be a trek to get to, so why not make a day out of it and squeeze in a walk to see native mangroves?

When: First Saturday of every month from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm

Lai Chi Wo Farmers’ Market, Lai Chi Wo Village

Photo: @goldcoastpiazza (via Instagram)

Gold Coast Farmers Market

Set against the picturesque seaside backdrop of Gold Coast Piazza in Tuen Mun, the Gold Coast Farmers’ Market is a monthly occasion worth marking your calendars for. On the first Sunday of every month, the Mediterranean-style courtyard is transformed into a buzzing market as families and shoppers throng the site with tote bags in tow.

Load up on organic produce from local growers like Au Law Organic Farm, Hong Kong Organic Farm, and Chun Kwan Organic Farm, who grow their produce in the New Territories. Already know what you want? You can also opt to pre-order from the vendors directly and pick up your goodies at their stall—easy as pie!

When: First Sunday of every month from 11 am to 4 pm

Gold Coast Farmers Market, Gold Coast Piazza, 1 Castle Peak Road, Castle Peak Bay | (+852) 2452 6566

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Beverly Ngai

Junior editor

A wanderer, chronic overthinker, and baking enthusiast, Beverly spent much of her childhood in the United States before moving to Hong Kong at age 11 and making the sparkling city her home. In her natural habitat, she can be found baking up a storm in her kitchen, journalling at a café, or scrolling through OpenRice deciding on her next meal.

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