Temple Street, Hong Kong
It's the only "monument" in Hong Kong that I had to see twice. Standing close to the hotel, it is a temptation to any woman, and I couldn't escape it.
Being critical I would say that it is only a street market; being honest I must admit that it has something special - richness, variety, and all the life that it brings to the area.
Being confession time, I must recognize that I - me - myself also bought a couple of cheap things.
I always spend an hour or so at the Temple Street Night Market. Sometimes I leave with good bargains, sometimes I leave with nothing. Its a bit of a lucky dip really.
What I like about the area is that as the evening wears on the streets surrounding the market become a focal meeting spot for both tourists and locals and it can be difficult to find somewhere to sit and eat. I admit the hygiene standards of some of these dining establishments look suspect. but the food itself looks, smells and tastes good making the Temple Street precinct one of the best places to go for local cantonese cuisine.
The market stocks a variety of "stuff" and like other market areas in Hong Kong it is worthwhile also checking out the shops which line both sides of the street. There are stalls selling mens casual surf style clothing and underwear (jocks and socks) and while pricing is similar throughout, its definitely worthwhile searching out the lowest price seller as most of the items are the same make and quality. There are also loads of mobile phone accessories, and mobile phone shops in the area do pretty good deals on phone covers, screen protectors etc.
At the northern end of Temple Street there are traditional Chinese medicine stalls, fortune tellers and mobile karaoke bars alongside jade and trinket stalls and a few of a sexual nature.
While not encouraged, bartering for the lowest price is expected. Unless you particularly want an item and are prepared to pay full price, only offer half of what is asked. There may be some light hearted "pleading" with a calculator produced displaying what they want you to pay, but remember its perfectly OK to say no thanks and walk away. There is another potential customer just behind you!
To enjoy the best atmosphere head to Temple Street Market Stalls and the Dai Pai Dong "restaurants" from 8pm onwards.
What to buy: Mobile phone accessories, Calvin Klein underwear, socks, toys, souvenirs, belts, wallets, t-shirts, CD's, Mao memorabilia and jade. Pirated DVD's are sometimes available but not readily advertised.
What to pay: Obviously, as little as possible. Its a market and bartering is a ritual when shopping in Hong Kong.
Temple Street is a street located in the areas of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon. It is known for its night market and one of the busiest flea markets at night. It's like China town in South East Asia but the difference is you are already in China.
The night market is in the Yau Ma Tei, Jordan. the market mainly sells cheap merchandise and food items. but it's a shopping paradise when it comes to souvenirs...any kind of souvenir you are looking for you'll definitely are gonna find it in that place all you have to do is bargain.
What to buy: SOUVENIR
The Temple Street night markets were a lot of fun, and definitely worth a visit. Plus the added bonus of these markets, is that they are at night, so not quite so hot as day markets. Very easy to get to using the MTR, just take the Jordan exit, make sure you take exit A onto Jordan Road, turn right and keep walking, then turn right at the third intersection which is Temple Street. I think the markets dont start til about 6-7pm and sell all the usual market products, I bought some soccer stuff, mirrors, phone covers, leather bracelets, table runners, bags etc. all at great prices.
Hong Kong has many great markets but there is no more typical that the Temple Street Night market in Kowloon. As soon as the sun sets the merchants start to set up there booths and street stalls start cooking various types of food. This is where your gonna find the cheapest souvenirs around town. The market runs til about 11 PM every night. The market is about 2 blocks away from the Jordan MTR stop. Plenty of people around no need to worry about anything totally safe. Highly recommend it.
Make sure to haggle for the prices on items.
This famous night market is where it's happening in Hong Kong, in shopping terms, in the evening. You can challenge the local chess experts or buy some "lucky" jade, believed by the Chinese to ward off evil. You may also develop your shopping strategy while enjoying the fare at any of a huge selection of open-air restaurants or by consulting the fortune-telling parrots. Temple St is also known as ‘Men’s Street’ because of the huge amount of men’s clothing for sale, because of the number of gangster films that are set here, and because of the variety of… um…’men’s pleasures’ that are on offer at many of the stalls. The open-air market usually starts around 2pm and is located in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon.
What to buy: Just about anything that you can imagine.
What to pay: Test your bargaining skills.
Nathan Road, Stanley Markets, Causeway Bay Malls and Temple Street shops. Enjoyed all four , but for value and atmosphere and big bargains, street cafes etc, Temple street markets at night is a treat. Up there with Nanjing Road ( Shanghai) for knockoffs. If you just like to hear serious bargaining, it's to be found here. Watching the peddlars and fortune tellers was fun.
What to buy: Anything and everything...600 metres of shops ....crammed with bargains...some glitzy and others good value. It's the atmosphere more than anything.Naturally you will be mindful of your belongings in such a crowded place.
you can buy souveniers and other items at the night market in Temple street. Prices are negotiable. There are also lots of street foods in this area.
What to buy: Souvenier items
toys and games
What to pay: it depends on you budget, How much you can spend, but prices are negotiable specially if you will buy in volume.
Fairly similar to the Ladies Market, the Temple Street Night Market is the more famous and larger of the two. The market is located in Temple St which is just to the west of Jordan MTR station in Kowloon. The market is sometimes known as Men's Street as it is very popular for men's fashion. The market starts at 2pm in the afternoon, but is lively at dusk daily. Traffic is closed on the street at that time, and visitors swarm into the street. There are more than hundred stalls with colourful lights in the market. There are carts bulging with goods from clothing to mobile phones and watches. Stalls have items mainly for men, jeans, t-shirts, pants, lighters, shoes and men's accessories. Cheap merchandise is common in the night market. Cheap second hand goods such as cassettes, video tapes, old newspapers, antiques are also sold there. The night market is famous for its snacks and roadside dining, which serves local street cuisine. It sells a wide range of delicious local delicacies.
Throughout my stay in HK, I came to Temple Street twice despite walking through every stall they have during both visit. The things they have here are very interesting, something that I seldom find elsewhere in HK. The shopkeepers are not very aggressive and doesn't intimidate people. End the trip here with seafood dinner at any of the restaurants here.
What to buy: You can buy Hong Kong related souvenirs here like the road signs, 'I heart HK' tees, Chinese notepad with the leather cover. The pens, mahjong tiles fridge magnets. You can even get those toy puzzles like rubiks, tangrams etc here. Oh, they even have adult toy stalls. And they have the usual 'authentic' watches, bags, tops, shoes. I didnt really buy much, but there are many interesting stuff sold here.
What to pay: Most small stuff bought in bundles are sold at HK$100. You can try to bargain, but very rare. I didn't try to bargain, the only way to make it cheaper is buy a bit more and still pay HK$100. Haha.
Temple Street is great for souvenir type merchandise, men's and women's clothing and accessories and electronic gadgets. This is the only place I felt comfortable bargaining. They expect it there so you can do it. The protocol is to offer half of what they are asking. If they say no you can turn to walk away at which time they will make a counter offer. Just realize that their prices are already at wholesale/bargain prices so their counter offer is a great deal. It comes alive in the evening after around 4 or 5 pm with impromptu opera singers, performances, fortune tellers and some good food stalls.
What to buy: Anything you want, they have it all here.
What to pay: You can expect to spend less in Hong Kong for the same item that you would buy in the US.
This is Hong Kong's most famous open night market. They open at 2pm but it comes to life in the evening. Very crowded. Sells really cheap merchandise. More than a hundred stalls decorated with very colorful lights. Popular for road side dining. They have lots of food stalls offering local delicacies.
What to buy: Souvenirs, knock-off watches and purses, clothing, electronics, food, and endless things you don't really need.
What to pay: Everything is cheap but it's very popular to tourist so make sure to haggle.
Wanna see Hong Kong normal people's life? Just go to temple street. It's crowded at night and there sells many cheap & interesting stuffs. Products are shown tall and makes the street special busy. You may find some souveniors to bring home.
This market opens at about 4PM but it really doesn't seem to get going until about 7PM . They are much more willing to bargain here than at Stanley Market. We walked from Nathan Rd...not too far!
What to buy: We found some mens " Polo Shirts " 3 for 20HK..hard to beat that. They even had XL. There are lots of knockoff purses and I wish I had bought more fashion jewelery !!!
There are lots of little resturants on the fringe of the market. Definitely not gormet though. They had cheap cold beer though.
Temple Street night market had it all. Although you can find most things in Ladies Market, now you can try out most of the street markets in Hong Kong, like Temple Street, Flower Market, Li Yuen Street (Central), Wan Chai. When we were in HK, we just went to most of the street market to shop as Singapore hardly find these markets to shop :(
Most street markets offer low prices from watches, toys, bags, shoes to clothes. Of course, got to bear in mind you can't compare street market quality to up class shopping malls.
What to buy: If you have kids crazy over animated movie 'CARS' stuffs (Lightning Macqueen, Mather, Sally, Sheriff..), sure you can find alot in these street markets, Temple Street (toys), Flower Market (clothes). They are cheap & nice, toy cost HK$10-35, long sleeve top 2 pcs @ HK$50. (My son is one of them..Ha ha!! And we had foreigners came up to us asking where to get the toy my son is holding... :)
BOOTS, Boots lover!! Yes you can find many many in Hong Kong during winter (Nov-Jan). They cost from HK$99 onwards!! They comes in many many different designs, colours, materials & height.