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Lok On Pai Siu Lam Market

This market has more than 100 stalls selling potted plants, toys, handbags and T-shirts. It’s also a great place to bring kids while you search for bargains – they’ll enjoy the atmosphere in itself, and then they can head to the popular playground to burn off some energy while you browse and bargain to your heart’s content.

Sat-Sun 11am-8pm
59 Tsing Fat Street, Siu Lam, Tuen Mun

Flower Market

A famous Hong Kong experience, the Flower Market is vivid and incredibly colorful, a reminder of how exotic the flora of this part of Asia can be. You’ll find everything from orchids to houseplants, and the scents are ravishing. Note that flowers can wilt in the heat, and you may want to get there early to both beat the crowds and get the healthiest blooms.

7am-7pm
Flower Market Road, Mongkok, Kowloon

Goldfish Market

They don’t just have goldfish here of course, they have any kind of fish you can imagine, and a few you probably can’t. Two full streets of watery critters darting around make for a great scene, which kids usually enjoy. You can also buy and aquarium and everything you need to go with it, as well as get fish food and plenty of free advice.

10:30am-10pm
Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, Kowloon

Ladies’ Market

Probably Hong Kong’s most famous market, this is a tourist destination, but definitely also a real market, and a great place to bring visiting friends or family. The hubbub and energy are great fun. The name is misleading – think of it as simply a classic Chinese market where nothing that turns up should surprise you. Be extremely surprised, however, if that cheap Coach bag or Rolex turns out to be genuine.

Midday-11:30pm
Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, Kowloon

Temple Street Night Market

Another classic destination for visitors, this night market is great fun to wander around on a warm evening examining the wares or getting some dinner from one of the food stalls that line the pavement. To add to the sense of commerce as entertainment, there are also fortune-tellers prowling around for customers and sometimes Cantonese opera. Worth visiting regularly.

4pm-midnight
Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei

Jade Market

Think of this market as an education in the many shades of green – but don’t think of it as a place to buy jade unless you know what you’re doing, or are with someone who does. With over 400 stalls, there are bargains available, but you probably won’t get them. Buy cheap pieces that you like the look of rather than take a chance on a pricy number that might disappoint.

Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Kansu Street by Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Stanley Street Market

Very much a tourist market, it’s worth heading out to this seaside community for a nose around before enjoying a meal on the promenade and then a swim. Twisting allies contain a covered market with both souvenir tat and useful items like linen and beachwear available to browse and bargain for. Avoid the weekends if you can, when crowds get thick and it can be hard to move around.

10:30am-6:30pm
Stanley Market Road, Stanley

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