The last time I was in Hong Kong, one of my Chinese friends recommended I shop at Stanley Market. Known by the locals as a little bit touristy, it’s still visited by many foreign tourists who love the atmosphere of the massive market as well as enjoy buying cheap products from all over Hong Kong and China. If you’re looking for one of the best shopping experiences in Hong Kong, you must not miss Stanley Market. It’s easy to get to and has so many cheap things to buy you’ll have a difficult time choosing.
How to Get to Stanley Market – Hong Kong has some of the best public transportation in the world, and getting to Stanley Market is a breeze. I went with my Chinese friend, so we got to Stanley Market the typical Hong Kong way. We took the MRT underground train to Chai Wan station, got off the train and from there took a green minibus, number 16M, which dropped us off right at Stanley Market. You can also take a taxi, although it’s much more expensive. Or, if you don’t mind sitting on a bus for a while (and it is a great way to see Hong Kong) you can take a bus to Stanley Market from Exchange Square Bus Station.
Things to Do at Stanley Market – Don’t forget, while the main reason most people go to Stanley is for the market, there’s also a thriving community close by with many things to see. You might as well make a day of it and see other things as well as the market.
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is in the area, which is a wonderful place to learn about the ocean-faring history of Hong Kong. Also, don’t miss the beach, Tin Hau and Kwun Yum temples and Murray House – a renovated Victorian building that’s home to some wonderful restaurants overlooking the bay, and a great stopoff for lunch or dinner after a hard day of shopping.
What to Buy at Stanley Market – When you first arrive at the market, you’ll be blown away by the sheer choice. Stalls stretching as far as the eye can see, selling everything from food to clothing, shoes to bags, toys to t shirts – just about every item you could possibly want, and more.
The best buys at Stanley Market are Hong Kong and Chinese crafts. You’ll find these in the so-called antique shops. I say so-called as most of what they sell are not antiques but reproductions, however you’ll still find some lovely handicrafts at relatively inexpensive prices. Look for small bamboo bird cages, Chinese ornaments, ornate boxes, paintings and pottery.
Don’t miss the clothing shops and stalls, with cheap prices on t shirts, skirts, blouses, shorts, pants and shoes. You’ll also find a few fresh flower stalls selling the most beautifully colorful flowers, lots of toy stalls, hardware shops, watch and jewelry stalls, linens and hand-embroidered items. I bought a couple of wonderful handbags, one was leather and one a fabric bag, and both were only a little more expensive than I would pay in Bangkok, where I live, so a good deal. They’re beautiful quality too.
Where to Eat at Stanley Market – Stanley Market is in a wonderful location with lots of Hong Kong-style restaurants near by as well as some gorgeous cafes overlooking the water, and even western chain restaurants if you’re looking for a change from Chinese food.
I recommend the restaurants at Murray House for lunch. Not only do they overlook the bay, but the food is wonderful, not too expensive and the atmosphere amazing. Or, if you’re looking for a change, why not try Sukho Thai, as my Chinese friend swears they serve some of the best Thai food on the island.
You’ll also find Lord Stanley at the Curry Pot, PizzaExpress, Pickled Pelican, New Star Restaurant and many others close by. Or, if you just feel like a coffee and a snack, check out Pacific Coffee or Juice Station.