Hong Kong’s Best Markets

July 19, 2012 by

Local Recommendations, Things To Do, Travel Tips

Sweater booth in Ladies Market

Sweater booth in Ladies Market. Photo courtesy of ThisParticularGreg via Flickr.

If you’re visiting Hong Kong and have an appetite for shopping, the following suggestions should be helpful. The opportunities for consumption in the Pearl of the Orient are practically endless, but it pays to be discerning.

Costume Market

With Hong Kong being a party town, costumes, masks, accessories and jewelry are the order of the day on Wing-wo Street in the city center. If you happen to be in the area during the weeks leading up to Halloween, though, prepare to face some serious crowds.

Stanley Market

Oriented toward tourists, Stanley Market is a good place to hunt for souvenirs and “I Love Hong Kong” tees without the bother of hardcore haggling or any of the other hassles that occur at most shopping centers. For newcomers, this is a great place to warm up before venturing out to more adventurous destinations.

Ladies Market

Arguably the most famous market in Hong Kong, this gender-specific-monikered-marketplace specializes in clothing (despite the name, there are plenty of options for men and women alike), Chinese curios and an assemblage of designer knockoffs and copies.  There is no better place to experience the hustle and bustle of this extraordinary city than at Ladies Market.

Wan Chai Street Market

If it’s a bargain you’re looking for, Wan Chai is hard to beat. A favorite with locals, this market is effectively a giant, low-cost department store specializing in kids’ toys, clothes and novelty items.

- John Reality

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