The Street Markets of Hong Kong
When we sisters decided to visit Hong Kong, we conducted an extensive research on the city. Most of it ended in mentioning about the various street markets throughout Hong Kong. It’s interesting to note that some of the markets are named after the goods they are specialised in selling. Even though we were not regular street market shoppers, we were quite intrigued by the varieties offered in these markets.
Taking up the help of our constant travel companion (The city map), the first market we reached was the Flower Market at Prince Edward Road. As we entered the street we were welcomed with the breathtaking display of colourful flowers. The fresh floral fragrance had a long-lasting effect thus rejuvenating our senses. The street consists of both small vendors and premium flower shops selling all sorts of exotic flowers. Apart from the flowers, this market also sells ornamental plants, seeds of fruits and vegetables, garden decor and farm fresh fruits. We started hopping from shop to shop just to have a look at the beautiful blossoms, and reached the Yeun Po Street where the famous Bird garden is located.
The Yeun Po Street Bird garden is a regular hang out for the songbird owners who get their caged birds mostly in the evening to catch up with the fellow owners. The traditional Chinese style garden has stalls selling these pretty singing birds, bamboo cages, porcelain water bowls for the birds and other bird care essentials. You might not buy these singing birds but the memory of the enchanting melody from these birds is worth taking back home.
After our beautiful experience, we walked back to the Prince Edward road in search of the Fa Yeun street market. The densely crowded market is famous for sneakers (hence also called Sneaker Street) and sportswear. The market stretching from Prince Edward to Mongkok is one of the cheapest retail streets selling all sorts of clothing for men, women and children. We walk along the market bargaining for the prices in various stalls, testing our haggling skills and thus being successful in grabbing couple of dresses at a reasonably cheap price.
The Tung Choi Street that is adjacent to the Fa Yeun Street has another market selling variety of Goldfish, hence named the Goldfish Market. You will also find a wide range of aquatic plants and impressive aquariums displayed in various shops. We came to a sudden halt and took a U-turn from the street (literally ran away) when we saw a container full of floating eels making both of us queasy.
Walking down the Tung Choi Street towards Mongkok we reached the ultimate shopping paradise for all the women: the Ladies Market. A girl will definitely get a decent retail therapy with all the options available for clothing, accessories and cosmetics at a bargain price. Once again we were happy souls with all the treasures we managed to grab through bargaining.
Ditching the decision to take MTR, we walked along Nathan Road enjoying the site of busy evening shoppers and headed to the Jade Market. Even though the market does not have the premium quality jade collection, it’s a good place to shop for reasonably priced good luck charms. Wide range of jade accessories like bangles, necklaces, rings and other home décor items are available here with the price ranging from $100HKD to $1000HKD.
We ended our Kowloon market hopping with the famous Temple Night Street Market, which is 2 minutes walk from the Jade Market. The market opens every night at 7pm and is a hotspot among the locals. As the night approaches, tables and chairs are laid for diners and stalls are opened on the street, fortune tellers and opera singers taking their place in every corner of the street. If you are looking for good time and great Cantonese food, this is the place to hit in the night.
Among the various other markets in Hong Kong, the Western Market and the Cat Street Antique Market were the ones that caught our attention.
The Western Market at Des Voeux Road, Hong Kong is a colonial structure built in the 19th century mainly selling Chinese clothing and wholesale silk fabrics. This declared monument also houses a couple of cafes in the ground floor and an impressive banquet hall on the top floor.
Walking up north from the Western Market we reached the Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street) in Hollywood Road. This street has its fair share of shops and stalls selling antique furniture and collectibles, jade items and art galleries.
At the end of the market is the Man Mo Temple (God of Literature and War), where large incense coils are hung from the roof creating a calm and holy atmosphere.
As we went exploring further down the Hollywood Road, we came across a wide array of restaurants and pubs along with themed high street retail stores. Just another great place to unwind and relax!!