Don't miss picking up gifts, jewellery, fashion and souvenirs from Hong Kong at these markets around Mong Kok, Kowloon
From the eclectic boutiques of SoHo and Central to the local designer paradise of PMQ, Hong Kong is a shoppers paradise. So if you have finished exploring neighbourhoods like Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island, then it’s time to head over to Kowloon to experience some of the amazing markets around the Mong Kok area. Whether you are looking for souvenirs, gifts, jewellery or just a classic Hong Kong experience, these markets have all the colour and excitement you can imagine.
The Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok is a fun outdoor shopping experience, where you can try out your negotiating skills and nab a bargain. Selling everything from ‘designer’ handbags to ‘silk’ scarves and robes – while not everything at the Ladies’ Market is authentic, it’s an excellent place to pick up souvenirs, gifts and things for around the home.
The selection of luggage is one of the best in town, and don’t be afraid to ask if you can’t see what you want in the stall, as many owners simply can’t fit all their wares in and rent spaces behind them where they store extra products. Other must-buys at the market include novelty USB flash drives, headphones and art, and even if you aren’t in the market for a purchase, the hustle and bustle of the street is a quintessential Hong Kong experience.
The Ladies Market, Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 通菜街女人街
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden
At the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, bird lovers gather every day from 7am to relax with their songbirds. It’s a great place to go and enjoy the diversity of Hong Kong, as hundreds of coloured birds in cages enjoy the fresh air and create a unique harmony while their owners catch up on the local news.
If you are looking for your own songbird, small stalls sell a variety of the tiny birds in colours of the rainbow. These shops also sell birdcages that range in size and material and the traditional metal and wooden ones can make great gifts or souvenirs.
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, 222-224 Prince Edward Road West, Prince Edward, Hong Kong, 九龍太子太子道西（入口處於界限街及園圃街)
If you are looking for a stunning photo opportunity, then visiting the Flower Market is a must. Colourful blooms litter the street alongside a range of dried and artificial flowers in every variety you can imagine.
Besides the flowers themselves, the surrounding shops sell everything that you need to grow your own plants, including seeds, soils, pots and tools. If you are looking to grow your own herbs or create a terrarium, then this is the place to go.
Flower Market, Flower Market Road, Prince Edward, Hong Kong, 九龍太子花墟
Electronic Flea Market
Located in the heart of Sham Shui Po, Apliu Street is the ultimate flea market. Walk the length of the street and find sellers of used musical instruments, electric tools, old remote controls, jewellery, antiques and so much more. Many of the items will just be piled up high on the street, so if you spend some time looking through, you can find some hidden gems.
This is also a great place to visit if you are looking for anything to do with lighting. The shops have an array of LED lights, fairy lights and bulbs for sale in every colour imaginable – perfect for Christmas and special occasions.
Electronic Flea Market, Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, 深水埗鴨寮街
Goldfish are a hugely popular pet in Hong Kong, as an aquarium filled with the fish is said to bring a home good luck and on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, visitors can shop for their own unique fish. Wander the street and see thousands of fish hung in plastic bags ranging in colour, shape and size – each looking for its forever home.
As well as the goldfish, a range of other reptiles can be found at the market, and you can also shop for aquarium needs, such as coral, filters and food.
Goldfish Market, Tung Choi Street North, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 通菜街北(金魚街)
Temple Street Night Market
Opening after dark, the Temple Street Night Market in Yau Ma Tei is a fun place to shop for Hong Kong trinkets. This is where you will want to go if you are looking for an affordable Chinese tea set, chess set or jade pendant. Vendors also sell a selection of watches, jewellery, clothing, games, fans and accessories, making it the perfect spot to pick up gifts or souvenirs.
Walking through the stalls in the evening is an experience in itself, as the market is surrounded by local street food vendors, musicians and fortune tellers that all add to the fun atmosphere.
Temple Street Night Market, Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, 九龍油麻地廟街