Set amid bustling Mongkok, Fa Yuen Street Market is a must-visit Hong Kong street market. It’s best known for sportswear—one stretch with scores of sports shops is known as Sneaker Street—but it’s a mecca for all sorts of goods and clothing. There’s an indoor wet market with stalls selling cooked food and nary a souvenir in sight.
Fa Yuen Street Market is easy to visit independently: just hop on the MTR, then cruise the stalls for goods. However, both the wet market and the cooked food center will be hard to navigate if you don’t speak Chinese. A good local guide can enhance the shopping experience.
Fa Yuen Street Market typically features as a stop on Mongkok walking tours, market walking tours, Hong Kong market tours, and occasionally on Mongkok food tours. You can also request a Fa Yuen Street Market tour when planning travel with a private guide.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Rather unusually for a Hong Kong street market, the goods on Sneaker Street are rarely fake—expect great discounts on older models.
- Bras, briefs, and women’s outerwear at the Fa Yuen Street Market are made for very petite frames.
- Leave room for a snack at the Fa Yuen Street Cooked Food Centre, which serves traditional dishes.
How to Get There
Set in Mongkok, on the Kowloon side, Fa Yuen Street Market runs from Dundas Street to Prince Edward Road. Just take the MTR to Mongkok station, select exit D3, and turn right along Argyle Street until you hit Fa Yuen Street. Taxi drivers generally speak English but in case of doubt, show the Chinese characters: 花園街.
When to Get There
The stalls tend to get going around 10am or 10:30am and start to close over the course of the evening—although it’s not unusual for shops and stalls to still be serving at midnight. Weekdays are less crowded than at weekends and Fa Yuen Street Market is open year-round, with the exception of the first two days of Chinese New Year.
Sneaker Street: the Fa Yuen Street Sports Market
Hong Kong’s trend-conscious youth have been shopping for the latest sneakers on Fa Yuen Street since the 1980s, and sneaker junkies will be awestruck by the range on offer. Besides the latest offerings from mainstream global brands such as Nike and New Balance, look for chic boutiques with niche brands and Asian favorites.