Temple Street, Hong Kong
An entire street devoted to all the craps in the world, especially fake stuff. Fake Gucci, fake Prada, fake LV, fake Rolex, fake Tag Heuer....you get the "fake" picture. Unlike Ladies Street flea market though, there is a real food section here. Walk past the stalls selling souvenirs and fake couture, and you bump right into a labyrinth of street stalls and restaurants offering a universe of delicious local food. Look out or seek out the stalls selling Smelly Tofu (you can smell it from a distance) - a local delicacy - "Chinese Blue Cheese", sort of - smells like sewer, taste like heaven.
What to pay: BARGAIN IS THE ORDER OF THE NIGHT.
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.
Locals and tourists alike love this market and it goes from sundown until about 11pm.
No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to this market. You can even eat dinner here where many vendors set up to serve seafood, fresh juices and satay sticks.
What to buy: You can find everything from jade and umbrellas to flash lights and adult toys.
What to pay: All prices are open for negotiation so never pay the asking price!
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.
I was quite dissapointed when I arrived at Temple Street Night Market, all the books and website I'd read described it as a big night market with lots to see and do. It was ok but not as big as I thought, definitely worth a look. Watch out for the vendors selling "sexy movies" and "sexy magazines", there are some nice little stalls and plenty of places to eat. Quite a lot of restaurant owners in the street try to persuade you to come and eat at their place. I did eat at one and the food was FANTASTIC! There are also alot of fortune tellers there and some people playing old Chinese Instruments, you have to pay $10 to take a photo so just beware. Overall worth a look but not as good as I though it was going to be.
What to buy: Souvenirs, Dragon Beard Candy, other small local products.
What to pay: Bargain Bargain Bargain! Ha
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.
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.
The night market in Kowloon, just off Nathan Rd will have almost anything you fancy; music, t-shirts, bags, watches, silk products, inexpensive jewellery, shoes... Bargain hard, but to let a good thing go for a few HKdollars is not really worth it. Here you will find the very good bargains you are looking for.
Even if you are not looking for anything in particular, just enjoy the choice of products. Should you buy something, the bargaining itself will be a fun experience.
The stalls are starting to set up around 4 pm, so don't arrive too early!
What to buy: At the night market, you can buy anything you fancy, of course for that price it will not be the real McCoy (Boss, Gucci, prada, Rolex, North face....), and quality may vary.
Great place to shop for souvenirs, whether it be tshirts, toys, costume jewelry, fake name brand watches/clothes. Be sure to bargain!
Officially opens at 2:00 pm but really gets going in the later hours after dark
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.
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.
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$100. Haha.
This is Hong Kong's most famous open night market. They open at 2pm but it comes to life in the evening. Very crowded. Sells really cheap merchandise. More than a hundred stalls decorated with very colorful lights. Popular for road side dining. They have lots of food stalls offering local delicacies.
What to buy: Souvenirs, knock-off watches and purses, clothing, electronics, food, and endless things you don't really need.
What to pay: Everything is cheap but it's very popular to tourist so make sure to haggle.
There are lot of Hawkers selling clothes, Watches, Bags, Suitcases, Toys, Binaculars, and etc all around. This particular market is operational from 17.00 hours to midnight. I have forgotten the name of that particular street. It is popularly known as Night market, the products are very economical and you can even bargain.
What to buy: Clothes, Watches, Toys, Bags and electronics.
What to pay: For watches around HKD 25.00
T.Shirts around HKD 10.00 to 25.00
I found Temple Street Night Market (Jorden MTR, Kowloon) much better than The Ladies Market (Mong Kok, Kowloon) It have much more laid back stall holders and you felt less indimidated. What ever you think do offer very low prices and do not worry about walking away I was buying bags that started at 280HK$ for less than 100HK$ after all the haggeling it is part of the game and you are ripping no one off - if they sell it to you they are making a profit. I know its bad but I did buy 5 DVD's from Temple Street Market and four work great only one does not and that is a little jumpy the first 10 mins then settles down any how for less than 1 pound each who'd complain at one no working.
What to buy: Designer Bags (copys) in fact bags of all kinds I went mad and got 15!!!!!
Cartoon Character Towels, Plushes and Mobile Phone Charms - quality is okay and they can be very cheap. The towels are useless to use but great to use for sunbathing on or even to pin to a childs wall as decoration.
What to pay: Most bags can be bought from 50p but not much above 18pounds (for a very very good copy of a designer evening bag.