If you’re in the market for some Hong Kong souvenirs, odds are jade’s at the top of your list. While a number of high-end dealers sell wallet-shredding jewellery items and other pricey mementos, more affordable souvenirs can be had at the popular, indoor Jade Market, from decorative home accessories to cell phone accessories.
If there were one word to describe the Ladies’ Market – which, like the Goldfish Market, occupies a stretch of Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok – we’d have to go with “hectic”. Crammed with stalls selling everything from t-shirts and hats to trinkets and gadgets, it’s less a destination for its wares (despite the name, it’s welcoming to men as well as women) than its slightly mad, unique ambiance.
Apliu Street Market
As you’ve likely gathered, Hong Kong’s markets are often thematically divided, and the Apliu Street Market is no exception: come here for all things electronics. Though you’re likely to find some of the latest gadgets amidst the piles, vintage pieces – from rotary phones to old-school cameras – may be some of the biggest draws.
Looking to do some cooking? If Apliu Street is host to all-things electronic, the shops and vendors along Shanghai Street are your destination for kitchenware. Opt for the items that you might have a hard time finding at home: from steamers to other bamboo-hewn products to woks and ceramics. You might want to give the cleavers a miss, though – they’re not so luggage-friendly.
Written by Claire Bullen