Food markets in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s food markets are a reminder of the city’s rich history. Selling everything from meat and seafood to vegetables and flowers, in every variety under the sun. Shop like a local in the city’s ‘wet markets’ and more…
Hong Kong's markets were traditionally divided into wet (selling seafood, livestock and fresh vegetables) and dry (selling clothes, textiles and electronics). Wet markets gained their name as a result of the constant hosing down and cleaning of the floors, and the melting ice that keeps perishable produce fresh. On your first foray into a wet market, you’ll likely be confused by the purchasing process. Markets often use the traditional ‘catty’ measurement system, where one catty equates to roughly 600 grams. The sights and sounds of wet markets are reminiscent of old Hong Kong, though a warning to the faint of heart – the butchers and fishmongers are known to take their craft to the front of the market stall. Choosing to buy your food from one of the city’s markets is beneficial for several reasons; you’ll likely be doing the environment a big favour, as market sellers use significantly less plastic packaging than their supermarket counterparts. As well as this, the majority of the produce is local, and purchasing here supports the city’s farmers.
Hailed one of the best fresh food markets in the world, the Kowloon City wet market is famed for its high-quality pork, though it sells a range of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables from farms in Hong Kong, mainland China, and throughout Southeast Asia.
Address: 102 Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City
When to go: 06:00-20:00, Monday to Sunday
One of the city’s iconic sights is the bustling Chun Yeung Street market, intersected by the active tramline running through the middle. The traditional market sells meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables with stalls on either side of the tramline.
Address: Chun Yeung Street, North Point
When to go: 08:00-18:00, Monday to Sunday
Hong Kong’s oldest market slices through the modern Central district, with vendors offering fresh meat, vegetable, seafood and flowers. What once occupied an entire intersection from Graham Street, Staunton Street, Gauge Street and Wellington Street has now shrunk to a shorter strip of land, making way for the government’s gentrification and redevelopment plans.
Address: Graham Street, from Queen’s Road Central to Lyndhurst Terrace.
When to go: 08:00-16:00, Monday to Sunday
Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags and to buy local at the weekly farmers’ market, offering organic produce directly sold by the city’s farmers and producers, supporting local agriculture.
Address: Star Ferry, Central Pier 7, Man Kwong Street, Central
When to go: 12:00-18:00, Wednesday (exc. public holidays)
Back by popular demand, the Sai Kung Markets host a series of Sunday markets at indoor locations, with vendors selling a range of specialised and artisanal produce, from food and drink to jewellery, arts and crafts, clothing and eco-conscious creations.
Address: Hong Kong Academy, 33 Mai Wan Road, Sai Kung, New Territories
When to go: 5th November, 3rd December
On the boundary of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai, Bowrington Road houses an indoor and outdoor market, as well as a cooked food centre. The outdoor market is alive with energy, with vendors offering a range of fresh meat, seafood, and vegetables.
Address: Bowrington Road, Wan Chai
When to go: 06:00-20:00