A Guide to Temple Street Night Market
May 27, 2019
by Jamie Bennett
No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Temple Street Night Market. This distinctly local and ever popular street bazaar comes alive every night with vendors selling all sorts of goods from clothing to handbags to electronics to tea ware and even jade. There is also an abundance of street food available and other entertainment, such as fortune tellers and opera singers.
Where is it?
Temple Street Night Market can be found along Temple Street in Kowloon. It starts in Jordan at the intersection with Jordan Road and goes all the way up to Yau Ma Tei, ending at the Man Ling Lane intersection.
When is it?
Temple Street Night Market operates every night of the year. Most stalls will be ready to sell by 4 pm but it only starts to get lively after the sun goes down. The market officially ends at midnight, but some stalls will stay open much later if there’s still a crowd.
How to get there
Temple Street Night Market is easily accessed by public transport. Either take the MTR to Yau Ma Tei Station and take Exit C to turn onto Temple Street from Man Ming Lane or go to Jordan Station, turn right onto Jordan Road and then take another right onto Temple Street from Exit A.
What to buy
Temple Street Night Market has an almost endless choice of consumer goods on sale. Expect to see a wide range of leather handbags, wallets and belts, fashion accessories, branded and custom-made t-shirts, mobile phone accessories and electronics, novelty toys, art and paintings, jade and other semi-precious stones, antique curios and much, much more. There’s even an adult section hidden on the west side of the Yau Ma Tei library. Be warned though, this is a market for cheap goods, so expect the quality to match the low prices.
When shopping, be sure to bargain hard. Don’t be afraid to walk away if you feel the price is too high. It’s more than likely that the vendor will shout out lower and lower prices as you leave. Anyway, there’s a good chance you will see the same products further down the market, where you may get a better price.
A highlight of Temple Street Night Market is the fortune tellers. They set up at the north end in between the main stretch and Tin Hau Temple. Different fortune tellers have different methods. You can choose from palm reading, ear reading, Chinese astrology or using a small bird to divine your fortune from a large deck of cards.
Just behind Tin Hau Temple, opposite the fortune tellers, are the Cantonese Opera singers. These amateurs gather from around 8:30 pm until 11:00 most nights (excluding Wednesdays) to practise their art. If you would like to take a photo, be sure to ask permission first.
Temple Street Night Market is a great place to sample Hong Kong’s unique street food. Here you can try curry fishballs, fresh rice rolls, stinky tofu and egg waffles to name a few. There are also numerous open-air seafood stalls. These are quite touristy and somewhat overpriced but can still be a lot of fun. Otherwise, you could always eat at one of the best restaurants in Jordan.
Like any crowded space, it’s best to be careful of pickpockets and never leave your bags unattended. Also, do take note that this is a red-light district. That said, Hong Kong is an exceptionally safe city and you should feel more than comfortable walking around the area no matter what time of day or night.