A marketplace since 1840s
Long before the British colonised Hong Kong, this was already a place where people shopped for fish, meat and vegetables. ‘Hong Kong Market Place’ opened for business in May 1842. Rebuilt several times in its 178-year-old history: first in 1857, a Victorian style market in 1895, then came the modern Bauhaus-style building in 1939 that is still here today.
Central Market was once ‘the biggest meat market in Southeast Asia’ and has been a big part of Hongkongers’ life. For special occasions, Ms Chung’s family would walk all the way from Sai Ying Pun to get the best selection. “It was not cheap, but you could find everything there. Beef, lamb, chicken, fish, duck, goose, quail, other markets didn’t have these. It’s like what city'super is today.”
After more than 10 years of renovation works, Central Market has reopened offering 122,000 square feet of shops, food stalls, speciality restaurants and event spaces.