While the top dogs in the Shopper’s Paradise that is Hong Kong maybe its glittering shopping malls from IFC to The Landmark to Harbour City, the city’s market streets still pack a mean punch for visitors and locals alike looking for a good bargain. The eclectic wares of mostly counterfeit goods, the rushing crowds and the negotiating shopkeepers make the city’s market streets a must-see for any tourist.
Ranking high on many people’s lists is Temple Street Night Market, which starts at the junction of Temple Street and Jordan Road and ends at Kansu Street. Along this 5-block long shopping strip, the stalls don’t open before 4pm, with the most activity happening between 7pm and 10pm. As you walk along you’ll find everything from fake designer clothing and accessories to phone cases and Chinese-inspired souvenirs piled up high. Here, there’s more a focus on men’s clothing and shows, so for any dudes looking to do some serious haggling should take Exit C from Yau Ma Tei MTR Station and walk towards Man Ming Lane to get to Temple Street Market.
For the girls, there’s of course Ladies Market. Unlike its night-time counterpart above, this flea market gets going much earlier in the day (a little after noon). So it’s possible to spend the afternoon bargaining here before heading to Temple Street Night Market in the evening. The selection in its 100+ stalls range from almost real designer handbags and clothing to costume jewellery and lingerie. To get here, get out of Exit E2 from Mong Kong MTR Station and walk along Nelson Street until you hit Tung Choi Street, which is 2 blocks away.
Don’t forget: bargaining is encouraged at these two bazaars, so try to get the price as low as you can (usually a deduction of 30-50% from the original price is a good deal). Don’t think the price you’re getting is reasonable? Don’t worry, try again at another stall as there’s a high chance you’ll find the same product at multiple stores. Also, be sure to check the item you’re buying for defects as there’s no exchange policy at the markets. Caveat emptor.