Traditionally, people in Hong Kong did their grocery shopping at wet markets. There are still about 78 of these markets throughout the city, selling every kind of product from fruits and vegetables to fresh seafood, flowers and live poultry. Many of Hong Kong’s wet markets also specialize in cooked foods which can be either taken away or consumed at the market itself. These markets have both open-air and indoor sections and some like the Wanchai wet market have an air-conditioned area as well. These wet markets aside from fresh food and cooked food vendors, also host vendors of apparel, toys, costume jewelry and many other knick-knacks.

The wet markets typically offer lower prices and fresher produce than grocery stores and supermarkets, although westerners may find they get charged slightly higher prices than the locals. In reality, few expats venture into the wet markets as they prefer to do their grocery shopping at supermarkets, though many domestic helpers who cook for their employers tend to visit these wet markets every morning to shop for fresh ingredients.

Many of these wet markets have stalls that specialize in selling Filipino, Thai and Indonesian produce. Since many domestic helpers hail from these countries they also shop for their own foods at these wet markets (In Hong Kong you are required to either allow your domestic helper to share your food or give her/ him an allowance of $750 a month for food).

Only cash is accepted at Hong Kong’s wet markets. Bargaining is generally not acceptable, however, the vendors do reward loyalty and will likely offer discounts if you visit them regularly. Regardless, the prices you will pay at the wet markets are much lower than those at the supermarkets. Be prepared for the fact that the market vendors are unlikely to speak English and you may need to engage in a process of pointing and nodding in order to choose your produce.

A complete listing of all the 78 food and cooked food markets in Hong Kong can be found at:

http://www.fehd.gov.hk/english/pleasant_environment/tidy_market/Markets_CFC_list.html

Major Wet Markets in Hong Kong

District Name Address Produce Website
Central / Western

Hygiene Department Tel:2545 0506

Hong Kong Island

Bridges Street Market 2 Bridges Street, Central
6am to 8pm
Fish, Poultry Website
Centre Street Market 44 Centre Street,
Sai Ying Pun
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre- 6am to 2am
Cooked Food, Wet Goods,
Dry Goods, Fruits
Website
Shek Tong Tsui Market 470 Queen’s Road West, Shek Tong Tsui
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Fish, Poultry, Cooked Food Website
Sheung Wan Market 345 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Fish, Poultry, Cooked Food Website
Smithfield Market 12K Smithfield,
Kennedy Town
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Fish, Poultry, Cooked Food Website
Sai Ying Pun Market 45 Centre Street,
Sai Ying Pun
6am to 8pm
Wet Goods, Fish, Frozen Meat, Poultry Website
Queen Street
Cooked Food Market
1/F, 38 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan
6am to 2am
Cooked Food Website
Eastern
Hygiene Department
Tel:2563 4340
Causeway Bay Market 142 Electric Road
6am to 8pm
Fish, Frozen Meat, Fresh Meat, Poultry, Dry Goods, Wet Goods Website
Electric Road Market 229 Electric Road,
Fortress Road
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Fish, Poultry, Cooked Food Website
Java Road Market 99 Java Road, North Point
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Fish, Wet Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Poultry, Cooked Food Website
North Point Market 160 Tsat Tsz Mui Road,
North Point
6am to 8pm
Fish, Frozen Meat, Fresh Meat, Poultry, Dry Goods, Wet Goods Website
Sai Wan Ho Market 12 Tai On Street,
Shau Kei Wan
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Fish, Wet Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Poultry, Cooked Food Website
Shau Kei Wan Market 153 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East
6am to 8pm
Fish, Frozen Meat, Fresh Meat, Poultry, Dry Goods, Wet Goods Website
Quarry Bay Market 38 Quarry Bay Street,
Quarry Bay
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Fish, Poultry, Cooked Food Website
Yue Wan Market 33 Yee Fung Street, Chai Wan
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Fish, Poultry, Cooked Food Website
Chai Wan Market 338 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Fish, Poultry, Cooked Food Website
Kut Shing Street
Cooked Food Market
10 Kut Shing Street (at rear of 17 Cheung Lee Street) 6am to 2am Cooked Food Website
Aldrich Bay Market 15 Aldrich Bay Road
6am to 8pm
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Fish, Cooked Food Website
Island South
Hygenie Department
Tel: 2552 8406
Aberdeen Market 203 Aberdeen Main Road, Aberdeen
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Poultry, Fish, Cooked Food Website
Ap Lei Chau Market 8 Hung Shing Street, Ap Lei Chau
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Poultry, Fish, Cooked Food Website
Tin Wan Market 11 Hing Wo Street, Aberdeen
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Poultry, Fish, Cooked Food Website
Yue Kwong Road Market Yue Fai Court, 18 Aberdeen Reservoir Road, Aberdeen
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Poultry, Fish, Cooked Food Website
Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Market 1 Nam Long Shan Road, Wong Chuk Hang
6am to 2am
Cooked Food Website
Stanley Waterfront Market 20 Stanley Market Road, Stanley
7am to 10pm
Fish, Wet Goods, Dry Goods Website
Wan Chai
Tel: 2507 3364
Bowrington Road Market 21 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Poultry, Fish, Cooked Food Website
Lockhart Road Market 225 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Poultry, Fish, Cooked Food Website
Tang Lung Chau Market 59 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay
6am to 8pm
Fish, Wet Goods, Frozen Meat, Poultry Website
Wan Chai Market G/F, 258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
6am to 8pm
Fish, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Vegetables Website
Wong Nai Chung Market 2 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley
6am to 8pm, Cooked food centre-6am to 2am
Wet Goods, Dry Goods, Fresh Meat, Frozen Meat, Poultry, Fish, Cooked Food Website

Organic Markets

There are few organic markets in Hong Kong and it cannot always be guaranteed that those sellers who claim their food is organic are behaving honestly. The Produce Green Organization guarantees the farming methods of their produce and a full list of participating farms can be found at the following website:

http://www.producegreen.org.hk/download/PGF2004miOD.pdf

The Kadoorie Farm and Botanical gardens hosts a small organic farmer’s market every Sunday at the Star Ferry Pier in Central. This farmers market cannot compare in terms of size and variety with the farmers markets in the West but perhaps it represents a growing awareness of the green movement in Hong Kong.

Many local Hong Kong farms even allow you to visit and actually pick fresh produce from their premises. Strawberry picking is especially popular at these farms but, of course, you have to pay to gain access to the produce. Its well worth the price if you are going to get fresh produce at the end of it.

Some of the farms in Hong Kong that welcome visits include:

The YMCA Tung Chung Organic Farm
http://www.tc.ymcahk.org.hk/organic_farm/en/index.html

The Rainbow Organic Farm in Fanling
http://www.strawberry-farm.com.hk/

Lychee Valley
No.11 Tai Tong Shan Road,
Shap Pat Heung,
Yuen Long
Tel: 2470 2201

Lychee Valley is not simply an organic farm it also has a petting zoo and also offers pony rides for the children. Admission to Lychee Valley is $20 though if you wish to pick fruit you have to pay $60 to eat as much as you can when you are there and you have to pay $80 per pound if you wish to take away the fruit.

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