As a born and bred Hong Kong Islander, you might’ve heard of the infamous Temple Street Night Market in Yau Ma Tei. However, since Islanders rarely venture to the “dark side”, most people probably haven’t experienced the local flavours and atmosphere told in the urban legends. If you want to live and breathe Kowloon nightlife for one night, head on over to Temple Street to have an alternative night out!
Hong Kong may be labeled as the shoppers’ paradise, but on Temple Street you’ll find all kinds of quirky and one-of-a-kind knick knacks. If you don’t want to be a fashion clone and wish to stand out from the crowd, you can find all sorts of accessories that will complete your outfit. Other than fashion pieces, visitors can also find all sorts of teaware, handmade works, jade pieces, antiques and even adult toys. The beauty of Temple Street is that you can practice the art of haggling with the shop owners. Even if you receive a tiny discount, the sense of accomplishment can be overwhelming.
Temple Street is also referred as “Men’s street” due to the vast array of men’s items available on the street. Usually men have trouble shopping in a women-dominated fashion world and end up sitting on the sidelines, but at the night market you can find all kinds of jeans, watches, electronics, toys, computer hardware and suitcases.
If you feel hungry after your shopping spree, head on over to any local “Dai Pai Dong” (equivalent to local diners) to experience the local flavours and delicacies. On Temple Street you can find all sorts of traditional Hong Kong cusine, such as seafood, “Bo Jai Fan” (clay pot rice), Chinese noodles and the famous “Na Ja” noodles. Don’t forget to go to the night market on an empty stomach, since you’ll be tempted to go on a food adventure and taste all the quality cheap eats on the street!
Other than shopping and eating, you can even get your fortune read by fortune tellers at the night market. If you’re not a firm believer in traditional Chinese fortune telling, there are also tarot card stalls available to cater to the alternative crowd. Since all the fortune tellers on Temple Street claim they’re masters of the art, nowadays it’s hard to tell which ones are professionals and which ones are crooks. No matter the type of fortune telling, we recommend maintaining a semi-cynical attitude, since fortune tellers tend to tell people what they want to hear, where they predict everyone will gain a huge fortune and retire early in the near future.