Temple Street Market
There is something "homey" and down to earth about Temple Street’s main street market. The Temple Street Night Market is one of Hong Kong's tourist shopping highlights.
It is homey because it is easily accessible and comparatively small. The main part of the pedestrian market is about a kilometer long, so it is hard to get lost, and many food stalls and restaurant tables serve up good and comparatively cheap fare on the southern side of it.
It is down to earth because the stalls are laid out on the straight and comparatively short street, and there is a mix of different kinds of goods that can be bought conveniently along it.
It is easy to browse on the street. It is more of a tourist street for foreign tourists. There is a combination of accessibility, simplicity, quietness, a mix of products, and food that has earned the street reputation as one of Hong Kong's foremost tourist shopping attractions.
It has a nicer feel and is more relaxing than overcrowded Mong Kok, which is often full of crowds of young Chinese people. Mong Kok has bewildering winding lanes and a confusing mix of various different market areas.
It feels quieter and more airy especially around sunset. The street is closed to vehicular traffic during the market hours.
Entertainment: Free street entertainment is often put on by performers or others hoping to get some cash. But unlike other places, the noise level isn't grating. It may seem unusually quiet for a Chinese shopping street.
A Variety of Bargains
A lot of tourists read about Temple Street online, and coming in from various points on the Nathan Road Golden Mile and Tsim Sha Tsui, they eagerly walk there first, looking for bargain shopping goods such as souvenir T-shirts, suits, and other things.
The products range from clothes, to jewelry, to souvenirs, gadgets, toys and electronics. This makes casual shopping and bargain hunting for various products more convenient.
In contrast to the Ladies' Market in Mong Kok, the street is known as more of a street for products for men though there is probably equally as much for women.
Trading hours: The street market officially opens at 2. But most stalls are open about 4 pm when the buildings cast their shade. They close around the middle of the night.
For the best bargains: Avoid the stalls and main shops fronting the street where most tourists usually browse. Try to find stalls or small shops selling the same things behind them.
Many tourists also know about its reputation as a street for getting a cheap, authentic Chinese dinner. So many foreign tourists wander in to the southern side after dark and sit down at the open-air restaurant tables. The beer glasses and tea cups are brought out. The fare is average, and the price is a little below average.
Dinner and snacks: Coming in from other big attractions in Tsim Sha Tsui, the street is a place to relax, browse and occupy a dinner table with friends for a while before going off to someplace more exciting or going to bed. Continue to read Hong Kong food.
Restaurants put out their tables by around 6 or 7 pm depending on the season or weather.
- MTR: Getting there is easy. From both Jordan MTR and Yau Ma Tei MTR, it is a few minutes walk. From Jordan MTR, take Exit A and turn right on Jordan Road for three blocks until you get to southern Temple Street. From the Yau Ma Tei MTR, take Exit C and turn left. It is the second street you come to.
- On foot: Walking to Temple Street from the Star Ferry takes about 25 or 30 minutes. You can walk down Nathan Road or cut through Kowloon Park.
- Bus: Bus 7 that goes down Nathan Road to the Star Ferry pier is ideal. The fare is about 4.2 HKD (0.54 USD).
- Kowloon Park is nearby. You might want to stroll around Kowloon Park, about a seven minute walk away, and see the animals or exercise before or after dinner.
- The IFC Mall, the Space Museum, the Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Cultural Center, the Museum of History, and the Science Museum are all in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Questions and Answers About Temple Street Market
Hi Mark, I suggest that you take a night cruise tour, please check details here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/hong-kong/day-trips/hksic-26.htm or take a Kowloon Evening Tour. Our guide and driver will take you to the Hong Kong Observation Deck, Symphony Of Lights, Temple Street Night Market. http://www.chinahighlights.com/hong-kong/day-trips/hkalc-38.htm
I updated this article on August 5, 2013
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