Cat Street Market
Cat Street Market
3.5
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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
All the Fun of a Flea Market
4.0 of 5 bubblesMar 2021
For those who like the treasure hunt of looking through collections of bric-a-brac and antiques in search of something a bit special and a bit different, then this is worth a visit. However it won’t appeal to everyone and it’s more flea market or car boot sale than antique. Be aware that just how antique any of the “antiques” really are, is uncertain. Things that look time worn, may or may not be. I really couldn’t tell but it’s colourful and has the fun of a scavenger hunt. The street has stalls on either side and shops sitting behind them. The shops are pricier and have the more expensive antique stock while the street stalls have an eclectic range of items including old movie posters and ads, Maoist relics and memorabilia, old watches, statues, coins, carved dragons, wooden mah jong sets, chinaware, beads and jade. All sorts really. Look out for the Hang Lung Arts Antiques shop with a wonderful collection of 1960s porcelain cultural revolution figurines out the front. The market is a relatively short street so you can have a quick 10 minute browse, unless something catches your eye. It’s easily combined with a visit to the impressive Man Mo Temple which is just across the road. Getting There: From Mid-Levels escalator in Central, walk about 10 min down Hollywood Rd, towards Sheung Wan and the Man Mo temple (you will see pink street signs). Opposite the temple, a set of stairs leads down to the market which is on your left. If you are looking for it on a map, you might need to look for Upper Lascar Rd which is the proper name.

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Neighbourhood: Sheung Wan
Unlike most of Hong Kong’s other popular districts, Sheung Wan welcomes wanderers with an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. Art galleries are plentiful and boutique cafés are tucked away in every side street in the sub district known as “PoHo.” Browse through the vintage clothing and handmade leather goods stores – it’s no surprise fashionistas flock to this area. History enthusiasts will be rewarded with sites of beautiful architecture, reflecting Sheung Wan’s past as one of the earliest settlements by British forces. As night falls, the entertainment scene reveals itself to be just as laid back with its private kitchens, speakeasies and underground bars dotted throughout the area. When in Sheung Wan, everyday feels like the weekend.
How to get there
  • Sheung Wan • 4 min walk
  • Sai Ying Pun • 10 min walk
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kormensandiego
Manila, Philippines755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I love walking around in the morning passing by the shops before they open. Most of them open 11am or after. Then come back in the afternoon. There are a lot of interesting stalls along the way especially at the portion of Cat Street Market in Upper Lascar row, and they are selling unique stuff, so take some time to look through in more detail.

In the mornings, it's a bit quieter and I love stopping to take photos of the small alleys and art graffiti. You'll have to wait longer to include a human subject in your photos but there are enough not to be a nuisance. I passed by the street back in the late afternoon and it was really busy. I started walking at Possession St which was just a block away from my hotel, then strolled down Hollywood Rd, all the way to Central, ducking into the smaller streets and Upper Lascar Rd, Tai Ping Shan, among others, along the way to traverse the area in more detail.

This allowed me to get my bearings of the area, scout out my preferred stops and later on come back for a bit of shopping.
Written 1 October 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
For those who like the treasure hunt of looking through collections of bric-a-brac and antiques in search of something a bit special and a bit different, then this is worth a visit. However it won’t appeal to everyone and it’s more flea market or car boot sale than antique. Be aware that just how antique any of the “antiques” really are, is uncertain. Things that look time worn, may or may not be. I really couldn’t tell but it’s colourful and has the fun of a scavenger hunt.
The street has stalls on either side and shops sitting behind them. The shops are pricier and have the more expensive antique stock while the street stalls have an eclectic range of items including old movie posters and ads, Maoist relics and memorabilia, old watches, statues, coins, carved dragons, wooden mah jong sets, chinaware, beads and jade. All sorts really.
Look out for the Hang Lung Arts Antiques shop with a wonderful collection of 1960s porcelain cultural revolution figurines out the front.
The market is a relatively short street so you can have a quick 10 minute browse, unless something catches your eye. It’s easily combined with a visit to the impressive Man Mo Temple which is just across the road.
Getting There:
From Mid-Levels escalator in Central, walk about 10 min down Hollywood Rd, towards Sheung Wan and the Man Mo temple (you will see pink street signs). Opposite the temple, a set of stairs leads down to the market which is on your left. If you are looking for it on a map, you might need to look for Upper Lascar Rd which is the proper name.
Written 12 April 2021
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masaccio
Huntingdon, UK1,922 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
The range here is from outright tat to real antiques so you really need to wander a lot to find the kind of place you want. Store holders haggle like pros and I had one following me down the street with counteroffers to get anything.
Written 30 December 2019
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Newport, RI217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
If looking for 1960s Chinese propaganda posters or a copy of Chairman Mao's Little Red Book, Cat St Market is it.
Run by Old-Timers, there are fascinating coins, photos of Old Hong Kong, ornaments and everything else.
Poke around & surely you'll find something of interest. Combine with Man Mo Temple as it's only a couple minute walk.
Written 28 December 2019
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Paul B
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Cat Street Market is just a little below some of the nice fine art establishments on Hollywood Road. Find your way to the Man Mo Temple and head down the stairs just across the street to Upper Lascar Road/Cat Street - that's the east end of the Cat Street Market. While this isn't the place for lanterns or clothing, it's a great place for souvenirs that range from small Chinese zodiac carvings all the way up to very high end porcelain and jade carvings. We regularly bring back small carvings from our trips and were looking for something with a little more scale. I particularly recommend Tom Antiques Co at the far west end of Cat Street (on the north side) - he's one of the last two or three stores. Tommy Ko is a very entertaining man willing to spend a lot of time with you just educating you about the carvings in his shop. In the end, we purchased a medium-sized (11in/28cm x 7.5in/19cm) jade carving of Pi Xiu (or Pi Yao) for around HK$1,500. There are lot of options along Cat Street (and we visited many) so you can get a reasonably good idea of a "fair" price for what you're looking for. (I'm not an expert by any means) Tommy spent a lot of time talking with us about the various carvings and Feng Shui creatures and helping us to appreciate the differences in the wide range of carvings he carries. We would have paid more for just that. We also bought some small wood carvings of our birth-year Zodiac creatures next door for HK$20 each.
Written 28 November 2019
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ajanduc
Wellington, New Zealand137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
It used to be said if you’d had something stolen in Hong Kong, it was likely you’d find it at the markets on Upper Lascar Row. The thieves were known locally as ‘rats’, the sellers became known as ‘cats’ and so the Cat Street Market earned its name. Nowadays, the markets themselves offer up a slew of antique and faux antiques and are great for a photo opportunity. But what I really love is the junk shops located on the stairs on the surrounding streets, never before will you have seen such varied antiques from all eras, all mixed together. I picked up some great additions to my props collection here - ceramics, small brass dishes, figurines etc. It opens around 11 am (till 5 pm) and it's not too far from the Man Mo Temple.
Written 27 October 2019
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Alli B
Saint Louis, MO222 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
I came here excited to do some souvenir shopping, being tired of the craze in the Ladies Market. But there’s something to be said for competition. All the stores are priced the same, so it’s probably a waste of time trying to compare shops. It’s in a prime area too, so it’s overpriced for location.

There’s not a massive selection either, so don’t make a trip just to see it. Grab food, see the Man Mo Temple, and then walk through it.

I hate to say it, but it looks like I gotta go back to the ladies market.
Written 20 August 2019
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,655 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Cat St is a street market, lined with antique and bric-a-brac shops and stalls. It is worth visiting if you combine it with a trip to the Man Mo Temple. It is not a must-see on its own but the Man Mo Temple is definitely worth seeing and Cat St is just another minute away.

The market is like a colourful time-warp. You'll find relics from China’s past - little red Mao books, Mao statues and figurines, memorabilia from the Cultural Revolution and Bruce Lee movie posters. They all sit alongside coins, snuff bottles and old watches and phones. Just how reliably ‘antique’ anything is anyone’s guess. However, it’s still fun if you enjoy scouting through curios and novelties. If you like flea markets or a garage sale, then you'll enjoy Cat St. Have a dig around and you never know what will catch your eye.

There are also lots of cheap and cheerful souvenirs - carved dragons, porcelain and jade. Bargaining is fine.

There’s some variations on how the nickname, ‘Cat St’ stuck but the most common story is that the area was known as a haven for thieves (known as ‘rats’). A thriving second-hand and stolen goods market grew up around here and those who bought stolen goods were known as the ‘cats’.

Getting There:
If you are coming from Central on the outdoor escalator, get off at Hollywood Rd. Turn left towards Sheung Wan and walk about 7 - 10 minutes to the Man Mo Temple. Cross the road, head downstairs and you will come across it on your left (see photo).
The real name is Upper Lascar Rd.
Written 9 July 2019
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igal27
Rehovot, Israel4,878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Business
I happened across this market by chance, on my way to the Man Mo Temple in Central (I believe the market itself is in Sheung Wan, just at the limit between the two neighborhoods). You won't find the most high quality items here, and the prices might not be the cheapest, but if you're looking for some nice, not too expensive souvenirs to bring back home, this is a good place to do this. There are many stands set up all along the street with a variety of jade, metal, wood and other items that travelers are normally interested in buying as souvenirs, and you can of course bargain with the seller when you find something you like.
Written 16 June 2019
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michele200929
Marlton, NJ45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
I stopped by here after visiting Man Mo Temple. I was staying in the area so this was about a 10 minute walk from my hotel. Now, I know nothing about antiques but it was a good place to grab a few souvenirs. From what I understand some of the items are unique/authentic and others are your typical souvenir type things. Nice street to stroll down and have a look at what they are selling.
Written 15 March 2019
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