Imagine an atmospheric street market built around a temple. Add another, where people buy a stone that has purported mystical qualities. Then, mix these with a street dedicated to the sale of kitchenware. Now you start to understand why visitors and movie directors alike are drawn to the quirky and visually stimulating neighbourhood of Yau Ma Tei.
When the sun goes down, the traders have already laid out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge. Welcome to the Temple Street Night Market, a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie.
Address: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane;
MTR Jordan Station, Exit A. Turn right onto Jordan Road and then take another right onto Temple Street.
The Chinese character for jade is a combination of the words for beauty and purity, but there’s far more behind the Chinese obsession with this stone than looks. Jade has been long associated with long life and good health in Chinese culture, making it a prized material for good-luck charms. Few Hong Kong newborns will be left to start life without a jade bracelet from grandma, and people of all ages receive new amulets each year based on their zodiac signs and computations of the ancient Chinese almanac.
Address: Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C. Walk along Nathan Road to Kansu Street, then continue along Kansu Street until you reach the Jade Market.
Shanghai Street (Yau Ma Tei section) is one of Hong Kong’s oldest thoroughfares and still has a number of preserved old Chinese shop-house buildings. It’s also where you should head if you’re looking to stock up your kitchen with that necessary accessory! Purchases here will be practical (and affordable), with piles upon piles of inexpensive kitchenware on sale. Expect to find local staples, such as traditional thick chopping boards and bamboo steaming baskets used for dim sum.
Address: Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B2. Walk east along Prince Edward Road West until you reach the market;
MTR Yau Ma Tei Station Exit C. Walk along Man Ming Lane to Shanghai Street.
More than a mere district, Tsim Sha Tsui is a giant world bazaar, where Hong Kong’s glittering harbour is met by an alternate sea of stalls, shops, markets and malls.
Keep the date of your return flight in mind when you enter Harbour City because this place is so vast you might forget about leaving. Hong Kong’s largest mall is actually three malls in one: Ocean Terminal, Ocean Centre and Gateway Arcade. The upshot for the shopper is a choice of over 450 shops, around 50 restaurants, three hotels and two cinemas.
Address: 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2118 8666
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit A1. Walk along Haiphong Road for approximately five minutes;
Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui.
At 29 floors, The One is Hong Kong’s tallest retail complex. The shopping here is diverse thanks to an integrated tenant mix that ranges from luxury jewellery and watches, fashion and accessories, hip youth brands, skincare and cosmetics, a premium supermarket, homewares and lifestyle goods.
Address: 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Tel: +852 3106 3640
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit B1
Battling whether to dedicate your precious travel time in Hong Kong to art or shopping? Well, at K11 you can have both. Browse through this mall’s broad selection of fashion and accessories, electronics, and beauty and lifestyle products; before checking out its cool art exhibitions and events that run all year round.
Address: 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: +852 3118 8070
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exits D2 or N4