[Hong Kong] The disappearing Hong Kong street-level wet markets


Just thought I’d post pictures of the dying breed of street level wet market stalls in Hong Kong before they all got moved indoors by the government. All sort of lovely produce, seafood, and meat. They are wet, a little slippery, and totally out of fashion with the younger generation. But this is where the good food is found. Haggling is a given.

Seafood stalls:

Fish ball stall with all manner of fish balls, including some Chiu Chow style:


(For the Horde!) #2

I thought they are already disappeared.


I have still seen many in my last years visits, though streets food moved to those buildings:

Hong Kong island
Wanchai (Queen’s Road), Causeway Bay (Electric Road), North Point (Cheng Yeung Street), Chai Wan
Aberdeen, Ap Lei Chau, Kennedy Town, Sai Ying Pun

I am less familiar of the wet markets of Kowloon, but I have seen for sure:

Mongkok, Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei, To Kwa Wan…

The feeling of outdoor and indoor markets are very different. I like outdoor markets much more, in all countries, more lively.


Love the wet markets! Shame if they ever dissapear. Remember encountering live kuruma ebi in tanks and freshly made tofu at the Wanchai market a couple years ago. Everything looked wonderful.

(Peter) #5

I echo your sentiments. HK has always been special to me because of the lively wet markets - pulsating with life, full of colour. I oftentimes wished Singapore can be more like that.

This morning market is at Canton Road, Mongkok - which we had to walk through to reach the retro HK China Cafe.

This street market is in Central, which we explored after dim sum breakfast at Lin Heung nearby: