Hong Kong is a free port, and is a heaven of shopping. Most people shopping in Hong Kong are keen on articles of luxury. In fact, if you want to experience the real local life in Hong Kong, the street markets are worthy to pay a visit. Strolling around these street markets, you can enjoy the happiness brought by various local products (including clothes, unique souvenirs, electronic products, and seafood) and the surprises of grabbing a bargain.
Here, let’s list the top street markets in Hong Kong.
Lascar Row, also named Cat Street, is separated into the Upper Lascar Row and the Lower Lascar Row by the crosswise Lok Ku Road. Lascar Row is at the end of Hollywood Road. There are tens of antique shops along this 200-meter street.
It is the street market of antiques and old groceries, and is a great place for people who are keen on discovering junk shop pieces.
What you can buy: Oriental antiques are sold there, including porcelains, jewelries, silk fabrics, coins, jade articles, copper wares, embroidery, paintings, and wooden works of art. You also can find various old articles there, such as phonographs, old watches, old pens, old telephones, and old toys.
The Lascar Row Centre is quite near Lok Ku Road, and is the centre for selling oriental artistic products, handicrafts, and antiques.
Though the quality and the grade of the goods there are lower than those sold in Hollywood Road (another antique street market), cheap and fine goods can be founded there: the central premise is that you are a good bargainer with sharp eyes.
How to get there: After you arriving at Sheung Wan Station (上环站), take Exit A2, walk along Hillier Street (禧利街), and get to Queen's Road Central (皇后大道中), and at last, step up the stairway on your right to Lascar Row.
The Hollywood Road got its name for the hollies in both sides in the past. It can be a part of old Hong Kong town.
There are hundreds of antique shops in different sizes, which are all full of various antiques, and look like museums.
What you can buy: There, you can buy Chinese style furniture, scrolls of artistic works, and porcelains; antiqued electronic fans, phonographs, watches, pens, and lighters from the Western countries, and gold, silver, jewelry, and lacquer works from Asian countries (including Japan and Thailand).
Most tourists visiting Hollywood Road are for purchasing antiques. Many of the antiques sold there are really precious relics, and the source of these precious relics is always a controversial item.
The Hollywood Road is a combination of eastern and western cultures. Soho area (the South of Hollywood Road) has many foreign style restaurants and bars, and the west of Hollywood Road is quite near Lan Kwai Fong, one of Hong Kong’s attractions with lots of bars and restaurants, which bring visitors more convenience after strolling around and shopping in the antique shops in Hollywood Road.Location: Hollywood Road is in Shuang Wan, neighboring to Lascar Row (in the east of Lascar Row).
What you can buy: The Dried Seafood Street (海味街, /heye way jyeh/) is Des Voeux Road West between Queen Street and Centre Street. Various dried seafood from around the world is available there, including dried abalones, dried scallops, and dried sea shrimps.
Besides various dried seafood, dried medicinal materials, cured meat, sausages, edible bird’s nest, and dried fins are also available.
The street side booths begin their business at 4pm every day, the busiest period of the Temple Street Market is from 6pm to 12pm, and the best time to visit there is from 8pm to 9pm.
What you can buy: Various kinds of goods sold in low prices are available in this 600 meters long street: such as clothes (including colorful T-shirts and embroidered Chinese jackets), handicrafts, tea sets, jade articles, antiques, and electronics. Some “famous brands” are also available there, but often priced very cheaply, because many of these goods are fakes and copies.
Other things to do: In addition to the street market itself, you will also find lots of stalls serving unique snacks on plastic seats, and clusters of fortune tellers offering palm readings, face readings, and tarot cards. What’s more, you can also appreciate some Cantonese operas near Tin Hau Temple (in early evening). It is really a great spectacle to experience the civil life in Hong Kong.
It is probably the most famous street market in Hong Kong, and is about 1 kilometer long. Lady Street Market got its name for mainly selling feminine cares in the past, which attracts numerous ladies to there. Today, it is a must-visited street market for tourist visiting Hong Kong.
What you can buy: Though ladies are the main customer group of this street market, clothes for women and men, plenty of cheap Chinese curios, household articles, accessories, tourist souvenirs, and copies and fakes are available there.
What you can buy: Stanley Market is located in south Hong Kong Island. It is a great destination for purchasing featured gifts. Shops and stalls there sell various goods, including Chinese-style works of art, silk fabric, antiques, and king size clothes. Bargaining skills are needed when you are purchasing goods there.
Stanley Market is at a fisherman village: Stanley Village. It is quite near the coastal beach, where there are many bars and restaurants. After shopping at Stanley Market, you can walk to the beach to have a meal (about 25-minute walk), as well as appreciating the graceful sea scenery.
How to get there: You can take bus 40 (from Exit B at Causeway Bay Station), bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 (from Ext D at the Bus Terminal in Exchange Square, Chung Wan) to get there.
What you can buy: Apliu Street Market is a flea market for brand new or second-hand electronic equipments, audio equipments, and communication products. Though the electronic products there are really rich and affordable, buyers should be argus-eyed, so as to bargain and to see through some sellers’ tricks.
What’s more, China Highlights suggest you take good care of your belongings and strictly guard against theft when shopping in Apliu Street Market.
How to get there: Take Exit C2 at Sham Shui Po Station, and then you arrive at Apliu Street.
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