Weekend Markets in Hong Kong
Broke in HK but still itching to update your wardrobe? Looking for some handmade crafts to bring back as souvenirs? Or even just hungry for a bit of freshly baked cake?
Weekend markets in Hong Kong are perfect to add onto your weekend itinerary, and I don’t mean weekend markets of the touristy sort such as those you’d find on temple street or in Mong Kok (god forbid I go there on a Sunday).
I’m talking markets with a carnival atmosphere offering unique hand crafted goods that aren’t too crowded and whose vendors who aren’t there to cut your throat over haggling. Sounds good don’t it? and yes, these sort of places actually do exist in Hong Kong – I was surprised, too.
Weekend Market Reviews: which is worth visiting?
I expect a lot from my weekend markets. They often aren’t in the most accessible of places and are out in the open. So it better be worth the damn trip down if I’m braving the weather for it. This weekend I visited two markets: The Pawn rooftop market in Wanchai and Handmade Hong Kong at Discovery Bay.
1. The Pawn Rooftop Market (frequent; for exact dates, follow the website/FB page)
A so-so market. It was small with very few vendors (limited rooftop space) and expensive. Not for anyone broke in HK. But with it’s central location, it’s worth checking out if you’re in the area and have some spare time. The food offerings looked pretty good, and you can get a proper meal here. Better yet, a portion of the proceeds go to a social cause.
2. Handmade Hong Kong (every second Sunday of the month at Discovery Bay)
DEFINITELY worth a visit. Put aside two hours to wander around this massive area, where you will find a huge diversity of vendors selling anything from outdoor barbecue sets to children’s apparel. Plenty of unique handcrafted goods, and most at very reasonable prices (e.g. 200~300 HKD for a dress, 50 HKD for earrings) A great place to pick up baked goods, produce, accessories, children’s apparel, home decor and souvenirs. I gave this weekend market a 4.5 only because the ferry trip over is really pricey, and I wish there had been some food vendors offering meals! Take all my money!!
Getting to Discovery Bay:
Discovery Bay is pretty accessible by MTR+Train or by ferry. The easiest way is to take the ferry from Central pier 3 that will take you to Discovery Bay’s pier, which is just next to Discovery Plaza where most of the weekend markets happen. It’s a 30 minute journey which runs every half hour (to and fro), and costs 37 HKD one way.
Other useful links to check out for more:
Sassy Hong Kong:
This online magazine has a section on weekenders! Signing up with their newsletter was how I came to know of the rooftop market at Pawn shop.
Best finds of the day! Vendor recommendations:
*Photo credits to their owners, who have been linked. The evidently crappier ones are mine haha.
Thanks to the internet, you don’t have to be at these markets (or even be in Hong Kong) to get your hands on the wonderful things I found today! Here are short introductions and links to some of the vendors that really made me wish I was swimming in HKDs.
Beautiful and humorous stationery with an Asian twist created by a family besotted with paper. Expect an array of colourful wrapping paper (my favourite was one with dumpling prints) and adorable greeting cards!
*This post will be expanded as I visit more!
Turns out there’s a Salvation Army family store right next to where I stay, so I went in for a bit of a browse because, y’know, I got 20 hong kong dollars in my pocket.
So there I was, staring at the display window. “Nice”, I think to myself, “they’ve actually got some quality stuff here. Topsider boat shoes! Sperry boat shoes! Nubbad”. So I walk in, expecting maybe a couple of Topshops at giveaway prices.
What I find instead is wayyy beyond what I expected… (don’t I sound like a Buzzfeed article description right now? haha)
Before that though, I’m also on the look out for outrageous outfits to discreetly snap photos of to post up here. Like:
Periwinkle blue on a pastel base? Really? Scoff
ho ho GODDAMN PEONIES on a silk shirt, you can’t get anymore Chinese auntie than this
(Ok actually the clothes in there really weren’t that bad at all. These were honestly the WORST I could find. Even these I might wear if the granny mood came over me)
Then I start molesting the women’s jackets section and whoah- wait – that logo looks familiar. I take a closer look.
Why, yes. It is indeed what you think it is.
SHANGHAI MOTHER EFFING TANG
One helluva heck of a brand to find in a Salvation Army family store.
A fully silk jacket going for 880HKD (~110USD). Their jackets usually range from 4000-6000HKD+. In a Salvation Army family store hahaha what.
Not quite what I was expecting with my 20HKD budget but, WOW.
image from http://www.salvationarmy.org.hk
These guys have some awesome shit.
Dem Hong Kong donators got some standard, I’m pretty impressed.
I was actually thinking of donating whatever I brought over before leaving but ummm not sure I’d meet their standards with my cotton on dresses