To experience the authentic local culture of a place, the most down-to-earth way is to have a stroll in the night market. Being highly accessible and widely diversified, the Temple Street Night Market is undoubtedly one of Hong Kong’s foremost tourist shopping attractions.
The lively Temple Street Night Market extends from Man Ming Lane in the north to Nanking Street in the south and is cut in two by the Tin Hau temple complex. This popular street bazaar is named after the temple. There are tons of goods available for you to scrutinize such as trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques. There is a tip for you to remember always: Any marked prices should be considered suggestions – this is definitely a place to bargain. You will find it extremely easy to hunt the treasure at an unbelievably economical price.
Apart from the cheap deals, this "Poor Man's Night Club" is also well-known for its interesting entertainment at night. Fortune-tellers from different factions will overwhelm you by their zealous invitation. Occasionally, some free, open-air Cantonese opera performances will also be available for the public.
Enjoying the hustle and bustle with the delicious food will let you fully in the dynamic culture of Hong Kong. Whether you are just looking for a bowl of street snacks or a full HK-style meal, the numerous options in Temple Street Night Market will surely fulfil your needs and surprise your taste bud.
Although the market opens officially in the afternoon, the best time for visit is definitely between 7pm to 10pm when it is clogged with stalls and people. Reaching Temple Street is very simple, just take exit C2 from the Jordan MTR station and walk along Bowring Street or exit C from the Yau Ma Tei MTR station and follow Man Ming Lane.