Hong Kong’s night markets hold a special place in its culture. In the daytime, these public spaces are used for socialising, and at night, they transform into lively bazaars. Today, they serve as bustling hubs where one can find everything from street food and affordable clothes to fortune-telling, handicrafts, antiques, and toys. Beyond satisfying late-night cravings, these markets serve as cultural hubs for daily needs and entertainment.
Visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the streets while exploring unique souvenirs such as jade jewellery and Feng Shui items. Bargaining skills may come in handy when purchasing from the stalls, as not all items bear price tags!
Temple Street Night Market — Jordan
Constructed in the Qing dynasty and named after the Tin Hau temple built on the site, Temple Street made its mark on Kowloon’s map as early as 1887. We invite you to soak in the nightlife of Hong Kong as you stroll through this 600m-long street in Jordan. As one of the best night markets in Hong Kong, a diverse variety of Hong Kong-style treats, from fish balls to snake soup, is offered by 22 food stalls near the iconic Temple Street Archway. Don’t miss the nostalgic sweets like Ding Ding candy and coconut wraps. In addition to trying out different treats, there are various fortune-telling stalls near the Tin Hau Temple; visitors can also enjoy live music performances there.
Opening Hours: 2PM to 11PM, Everyday
Location: Temple Street, Jordan
How to get there: Take the MTR to Yau Ma Tei Station (Exit C) and walk west on Nathan Road for about 10 minutes.
Ladies’ Market — Mong Kok
During the 1970s, unlicensed hawkers cluttered Hong Kong’s roadsides, and Tung Choi Street (Ladies’ Market), spanning from Argyle Street to Shantung Street, became the first recognized hawker zone. The Ladies’ Market is an open day and night, with numerous street stalls, offering low-cost items and fantastic deals. Frequently visited by both locals and tourists, it’s a treasure trove of fashionable finds and tech gadgets. While there might not be many street food stalls, the shopping could leave you hungry. Recharge at one of the restaurants along the road, offering traditional Cantonese food like comforting bowls of Wonton Noodles to keep your energy up.
Opening Hours: 12:30PM to 12PM, Everyday
Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
How to get there: Take the MTR to Mong Kok Station (Exit E2) and walk along Nathan Road towards Shan Tung Street
Kwai Chung Plaza — Kwai Fong
Conveniently accessible by MTR and buses, Kwai Chung Plaza is a three-level shopping haven, often feeling like a maze. The top floor boasts a rich array of Hong Kong local and fusion street food, from grilled squid to ice cream waffles, making it a paradise for street food enthusiasts and high school students to grab lunch. On the second and third floors, you can find uniquely designed clothes, cosmetics, and small goods. It’s a vibrant mix of dining and shopping, an authentic Hong Kong experience. Though not the most spacious, you can spend hours just walking around, checking out each store. Kwai Chung Plaza promises an enjoyable night market adventure!
Opening Hours: 11AM to 10PM, Everyday
Location: Kwai Chung Plaza Block 3, Kwai Foo Road, Kwai Fong
How to get there: Take the MTR to Kwai Fong Station (Exit B) and you’ll find Kwai Chung Plaza within walking distance.
Tai On Building — Sai Wan Ho
In Tai On Building, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere with Hong Kong street snacks, including iconic egg waffles, bovine offals, cart noodles, fish balls, and more. With some food stalls open until midnight, this night marekt is a haven for night owls, offering a variety of delectable treats. The stall ‘Dan Kee,’ selling the classic Gai Daan Tsai (egg waffles), is a must-try in Tai On Building. Don’t miss the affordable bovine offal, a local street snack paired perfectly with sweet sauce and mustard.
Opening Hours: N/A
Location: 60-64 Shau Kei Wan Rd, Sai Wan Ho
How to get there: Take the MTR to Sai Wan Ho Station (Exit A), cross the street, and you will find Tai On Building.
Ap Liu Street Market — Sham Shui Po
Ap Liu Street is named after a nearby village, renowned for duck raising (“Ap Liu” means “duck cage”). This lively Hong Kong flea market, open daily, showcases an array of affordable electronics, vintage cameras, and retro radios. On this surprisingly small road, you can embark a night market hunt offering pre-loved treasures, from antique watches to retro accessories. For the latest gadgets, head to The Golden Computer Arcade, a hotspot for cheap computer hardware, games, consoles, and tools in Hong Kong. Wrap up your treasure hunt with a visit to Hop Yik Tai, a Michelin Guide Restaurant, renowned for classic silky-smooth rice rolls with sesame sauce and soy sauce.
Opening Hours: 10AM to 9:30PM, Everyday
Location: Ap Liu Street, Sham Shui Po
How to get there: Take the MTR to Sham Shui Po Station (Exit A2)
Fa Yuen Street (Sneakers Street) — Mong Kok
Sneakers Street, officially Fa Yuen Street, is the ultimate destination for sneaker enthusiasts in Hong Kong. Stretching from Argyle to Dundas Street, this market blends high-end brands with discounted sports shoes, making it a go-to spot for sneaker lovers since the 1980s. Conveniently located in the heart of Kowloon, adjacent to Nathan Road and accessible by public transport. It displays an extensive range of sneakers, sportswear, and fashion items from renowned brands, offering a variety of prices and limited-edition models. With over 100 sneaker shops, it is the best night market in Hong Kong to find the perfect pair. Don’t miss the nearby Ladies’ Market, just a short stroll away.
Opening Hours: 11AM to 11PM, Everyday
Location: Fa Yuen St, Mong Kok
How to get there: Take the MTR to Mong Kok Station (Exit D3) and walk along Argyle Street to Fa Yuen Street.
Jardine’s Crescent Market — Causeway Bay
Discover a hidden gem in Causeway Bay, the bustling heart of Hong Kong. Stepping into Jardine’s Crescent feels like entering a miniature Ladies’ Market of Hong Kong Island, providing a vibrant open-market atmosphere. Tucked away in a small lane between Sogo and Times Square, this market surprises with its diverse offerings. From clothing and accessories to stockings, and fashion watches, the stalls brim with treasures. The entire street is adorned with stalls set up by vendors, open every day regardless of the weather. It’s the perfect night market for a quick dinner solution in Hong Kong.
Opening Hours: 6AM to 8PM, Everyday
Location: 16-36 Jardine’s Cres, Causeway Bay
How to get there: Take the MTR to Causeway Bay Station (Exit F) and walk 1-2 minutes to reach Jardine’s Crescent Market.
Tai Yuen Street Market (Toy Market) — Wan Chai
Tai Yuen Street in Wan Chai is a treasure trove of toys, collectables, and festive decorations. With a history spanning over half a century, this street witnessed the development of Wan Chai. In 2006, the street housed 156 fixed stalls, yet the development plan led to the removal of 70. However, Tai Yuen Street resiliently adapted, retaining 86 stalls and embracing change. Some stalls have stood the test of time, passed down through several generations within the same family, elevating its importance beyond a mere market. Known as ‘Toy Street,’ it’s a haven for toy enthusiasts and model collectors. Seasonal stalls offer Chinese New Year and Christmas decorations. Tai Yuen Street is where tradition meets modernity in the heart of Wan Chai.
Opening Hours: 10AM to 9PM, Everyday
Location: 1 Tai Yuen St, Wan Chai
How to get there: Take the MTR to Wan Chai Station (Exit A3), cross Johnston Road, and walk for 3 minutes to reach Toy Market.
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