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GUIDE TO BEST THINGS TO DO IN TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET

INSIDE: Everything you need to know about the best things to do in Temple Street night market for everyone in the family! 

When we travel, our normal nightly routine of dinner, bath, book, bed goes OUT THE WINDOW.

There’s no way we are missing out on even a drop of fun, and night markets can be super dooper fun for kids.

Temple Street Night Market has something for everyone.

Including delicious Hong Kong street food you must try. 

Take a look. 

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Best Things to do in Temple Street Night Market Hong Kong

The Temple Street Night Market has been popular for decades.

Temple Street market is a local institution AND the last remaining night market in Hong Kong. 

Tin Hau temple is in the middle of the main street, and is surrounded by market stalls AND incredible food options (claypot rice, seafood, noodles) via street stalls and restaurants.

You can’t miss it.

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Best Things to do at Temple Street Night Markets 

Enter via the giant red pagoda, and get set to enjoy the Chinese festivity of a Hong Kong market, complete with:

  • tonnes of fortune tellers (set up in a row of tents along Market street)
  • singers
  • curios stalls
  • street food stalls and food courts 
  • tea houses
  • laidback eateries and family-run diners
  • Cantonese opera shows (your best chance of an impromptu performance is outside the Tin Hau Temple, between 8:30pm until 11:00)
  • local entertainment, including the possibility of a Lion Dance!

Designated a no-car zone between 2pm and midnight, the street is labelled a “Part-time Pedestrian Area” and yellow barriers are put in place to police that.

Temple Street Night Market is open nightly, 7 days a week.


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What to buy at Temple Street Night Market

No matter what you are looking for, you’ll find it here. 

  • fun fashion
  • nail decals, hair and beauty goods
  • women’s and children’sclothes,
  • mensware, hats and caps, sportsware
  • trinkets
  • technology and electronics
  • fancy mobile phone cases
  • music
  • teaware
  • watches
  • household items
  • jade jewellery
  • luggage tags
  • luggage bags
  • traditional Chinese arts and crafts
  • antiques
  • mobile phone accessories
  • Luxury handbags (fake copies) and leather goods

You can definitely find a treasure or two without blowing the budget.


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What to buy from Temple Street Night Markets for kids

Kids will LOVE the color, chaos and cute things for sale.

There’s:

  • keyrings and hanging trinkets shaped like pandas, lucky cats, and miniature dolls
  • toys in all shapes and sizes, mostly Chinese junk, but bright and appealing to kids
  • fun technology, like these cute USB sticks
  • video games
  • Hello Kitty and Disney backpacks, plush toys, t-shirts, handbags, purses, dolls 
  • cute new socks

Get ready for the haggle – it’s the done thing.  

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Temple Street Night Market street food eateries

Foodies should make a beeline to Temple Street night market to explore all the different food options available for tasting.  The Temple Street night market food prices are very reasonable, as it’s primarily a local’s market, rather than a tourist one. 

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Temple Street Night Market food stalls 

Pull up a seat at any one of the food stalls to try some Hong Kong cuisine and delicacies including:

  • garlic chilli prawns
  • chilli and garlic scallops
  • steamed fish
  • sweet and sour pork
  • deep fried oyster
  • deep fried squid
  • soya goose piece
  • deep fried spicy chilli crabs
  • deep fried spicy mantis shrimps
  • fried crabs with ginger and spring onion
  • Yeung chow fried rice
  • fried rice noodles
  • hot bowls of noodles
  • traditional prawn dumplings
  • won ton
  • sliced fish cake, and
  • fishmeat balls
  • roast pigeon

Don’t miss trying Claypot HotPot Rice.

This is a rice dish filled with a bunch of tasty ingredients including:

  • Chinese sausage
  • minced pork cakes
  • salted egg
  • salted fish
  • chicken
  • mushrooms 
  • preserved meats

It’s topped off with thick sweet soy sauce on top!  


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Hong Kong ‘dai pai dong’ (food cart)

Check out the dai pai dong food carts in Hong Kong Temple street market for these cheap feasts: 

  • egg puffs
  • curry fish balls on skewers 
  • egg tarts
  • crispy chicken
  • dumplings
  • steamed crab
  • cheung fun (chewy rice noodles)
  • siu mai (a street version of a steamed dim sum classic), and
  • fried octopus tentacles.

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Popular Hong Kong drinks

You can also pick up drinks on the go to try, including:

  • fresh green coconut juice
  • fresh sugar cane juice
  • fresh mango with coconut juice
  • fresh papaya with coconut juice
  • fresh pineapple with coconut juice
  • bubble tea 

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About Temple Street Market Grocery Stalls

There’s also plenty of food stalls at Temple street night market where locals buy their fresh food.

Look out for the seafood stalls at this Hong Kong night market, filled with:

  • scallops
  • prawns
  • whole fish
  • oysters
  • crabs and
  • crayfish

And the local butchers stalls too, even though the sight may make you gag! 

Spy the sausages, pigs, giant squid, blocks of tempeh, and other Hong Kong delicacies ready to be cooked by locals at home for dinner. 

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Fruit stalls at Temple Street Market

Pick up some cherries, grapes, and local Hong Kong fruits such as Chinese pear, common fig, persimmons, Chinese plum and pomegranate for tomorrow’s mid morning snack break. 

You can also buy giant cups of:

  • strawberries
  • cut up slices of dragonfruit
  • pawpaw
  • cherries
  • star fruit
  • mango, and
  • lychees.  

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Places to see in Temple street Night market

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Temple Street night market address: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Telephone: N/A
Website: Click here
Email: [email protected]

Temple Street Night Market Hours:

  • Open nightly, 7 days a week
  • From 4pm to 10pm ish

Hot tip: Visit once it’s dark. This is when the night market comes to life! 

Temple street market entry fees:

  • Free to enter. 

How to get to Temple Street Night Market MTR

By MTR rail:

  • MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane; or,
  • MTR Jordan Station, Exit A. Turn right onto Jordan Road and then take another right onto Temple Street.

Parking: We recommend taking public transport in Hong Kong. 

Map of Temple Street Night Market in Hong Kong

Toadstool Rating: Temple Street markets in Hong Kong with kids

Night markets can be a little taxing on the ticker!

There’s nothing worse than losing sight of your child in a shopping market during the day but at night, it’s catch-your-breath kind of stuff.

My advice is to put the toddler in the ergo to keep them close by. 

This leaves one free hand to keep hold of the other child, before he darts away to look at some trinket that has captured his attention.

Trailing one child in one direction is all I can manage, so the Ergo earned its keep on nightly jaunts like this.
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