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“Overpriced and nothing very unique” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cat Street Market

Cat Street Market
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Walking and Shopping in the Mid-Levels and Central of Hong Kong
Ranked #67 of 383 Shopping in Hong Kong
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“Overpriced and nothing very unique”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Caveat: I have spent a while in Mainland China and I am not someone looking to splurge on souvenirs.

I went there and combed through nearly everything -- there are probably better places to find genuine antiques. I'm not convinced these are true antiques -- probably they're copies of antiques. Saw a lot of globe watches that look so identical and cost around 100-150HKD each. 80-100HKD seems to be the lower-limit price for most of the antiques here, even for things like one piece of old notes. You can also find things like old Chinese posters and even some old pornographic pictures. I thought they were just too expensive for the fact that some appeared to be copies and not genuine. Just my opinion, anyway.

Also, there is a lot of Chairman Mao memorabilia (which I wasn't enthusiastic about).

In my opinion, there's nothing much worth buying here, unless you find something very unique. If you do manage to find something unique, you'll have to pay at least 100HKD for it.

Visited January 2013
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“Great for antique lovers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Went there on my way to Man Mo Temple, an amazing place for those who love antiques. I am not that keen on this kind of things hence I just went through but definitely worth seeing.

Visited November 2012
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“Fun antique, curio and junk market to browse.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

In addition to the many antique shops you can find on Hollywood Road, there is a fun street market scene on Upper Lascar Row, also known as Cat Street, located just beyond Hollywood Road near Man Mo Temple. Here you can find many junk shops and stalls selling antiques and curios, much of which is fake or low-grade. However, you might surprise yourself by finding a hidden gem, if lucky. Most don’t come here for serious shopping but simply to browse and enjoy the interesting street market scene on this historical street.

The name Lascar is given to this street due to the presence of South Asians, particularly from India that established communities in this area during the early British colonial era. The area became a bit of antique market and bazaar and in time was known as the place to go to buy or sell stolen goods. It was during this time period when Upper Lascar Row was branded the name ‘Cat Street’. This is Cantonese slang referring to those who buy stolen goods, which come from rats (thieves), as ‘Cats’. This interesting little bit of history stuck and hence, Upper Lascar Row is still also referred to as Cat Street.

Overall, not one of Hong Kong’s better street market scenes. That distinction belongs to the Ladies Market (Mongkok), Temple Street Night Market (Yau Ma Tei and Jordan) and the Stanley Markets (Stanley). However, the Upper Lascar Row ‘Cat Street’ is a fun place to browse and take pictures if you plan to visit the Hollywood Road area, Man Mo Temple or other Sheung Wan and Central area attractions.

Visited August 2012
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“Not worth the effort!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

I was in Hong Kong for business, and thought I would wander over to the 'antiques' area to find something for the wife.

Sadly, you'll struggle to find anything resembling an antique - most of it is made over in mainland china the previous week (I'm pretty sure they didn't have mdf and brass hinges like that, 100 years ago....). If you are lucky enough to find something not made in the 21st century, It'll be very expensive. Even the non-antiques are over priced, maybe to try and convince more nieve people of their authenticity.

Speaking to local people, the reason is that Chinese people want shiney new things, not old. Old things are more likely to go in a landfill than find their way to an antiques dealer. Obviously, that is a generalisation, but the evidence seems to back it up.

Considering the above, I wouldn't make a special trip there (It's very hilly - you need decent shoes). If you happen to be walking past, it's worth a quick look for entertainment. Watch out for signs 'charging' for photos though (I imagine they'll get quite upset if ignore them).

I would recommend looking in antique shops in your home country, as you're more likely to find something genuine (and with a degree of security if it turns out to be fake).

Visited October 2011
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