Legends abound about shopping bargains at Stanley Market and it's on the list for most Hong Kong first timers. I have mixed feelings about this village/market/tourist trap. I've never found it that exciting but I have found a few treasures among the junk and was willing to try again. Liz and I had a free afternoon, so off we went. (Taxi fare from Kowloon is about $20, no MTR, or take bus no.6)
Stanley is very crowded on weekends, but quiet and delightful during the week, especially on a nice day.We were there on a Tuesday and the crowd was mostly ex-pat locals and moms with children. The market itself has expanded from the original small alleys into the remodeled waterfront promenade which makes for a much more pleasant shopping experience.
It turned out to be a great outing. The views, the weather and yes, the shopping. I bought "pearl" earrings for $10, a baby gift (adorable DKNY jeans in size 6 months), and a linen shirt ($30). Liz and I sipped our Starbucks as we strolled along the walkway and enjoyed the views. Will I go again? Of course.
The market is open daily from 10am to 7pm but don't rush out there; most market stalls open between 10 and 10:30.