Broke in Hong Kong, 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 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, clothing, 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.
Best finds of the day from Discovery Bay! Vendor recommendations (which you can also purchase by shopping online):
*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.
Stationery: Lion Rock Press
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!
Follow their Facebook page to stay updated for when they’ll next be at a market:
Other useful links:
Restarting in April 2014 with an Easter special, this is another big scale event held in Quarry Bay that is family-oriented. Expect entertainment, farmers’ produce, and handmade goods!