After the decline of the mines, fishing became Lei Yu Mun’s main industry and stilt villages sprung up to house the stock. As trade took off, restaurants appeared, and the Lei Yu Mun fish market became a popular attraction, allowing diners to select their dinner fresh from the stalls, then take it to a local restaurant for an alfresco dining experience.
Nestled in the channel separating Kowloon from Hong Kong Island, this sprawling fish market is a popular sight on harbor cruises, when you can glimpse it against a backdrop of a former quarry. For more intimate experience, stroll the now-paved walkways and glimpse the selection of live seafood up close. For an even more immersive experience, though, you can find a fish, choose a restaurant, and sit down to enjoy an authentic Lei Yu Min meal.
Things to Know Before You Go
- It’s usual to bargain with vendors, especially if you’re buying large quantities.
- If you’ve supplied the fish yourself, restaurants will only charge preparation costs. Side dishes and accompaniments cost extra.
- Look out for restaurants with a QTS symbol, as these have passed the tourism board’s service standards. If you’re unsure, ask your market vendor for advice on the best spots nearby.
- This is a must for foodies and anyone interested in Hong Kong’s social history.
- Note that the conditions that the fish are kept in can be upsetting to see.
How to Get There
The nearest MTR station is Yau Tong. From there, walk or take the Green Minibus no. 24 to Sam Ka Tsuen Pier.
When to Get There
The market is at its busiest in the evenings or at weekends, so midweek visits during the day are best to avoid the crowds.
Beyond the Market
Lei Yu Mun isn’t just a fish market. Build up your appetite on a hike to Devil’s Peak, or enjoy a gentle stroll along the pier after satisfying your stomach, with a visit to the Lei Yue Mun Lighthouse, Tin Hau Temple, or the remains of the former quarry.