I’ve been wanting to go to Island East Markets for a while, and I finally made it out there this past Sunday. I’m sure many of you have heard of this farmers market located in Quarry Bay. At first I wasn’t sure how there would be a place for a farmers market in an urban area such as Quarry Bay. But to my surprise, the location was perfect. A few minutes from the MTR station, it is located in the open space below the commercial buildings of Island East (next to Taikoo Place Dorset House). Parking is also available close by.
It wasn’t very crowded this Sunday, and it had everything to do with it being a rainy day. But that didn’t stop the vendors from showing up in high spirits.
I would say this farmer’s market is smaller in comparison to the ones you find in other countries, but, you will still able to find a variety of goodies including locally grown produce, hand-made crafts, baked goods, and much much more. I brought home a bagful of goodies including cherry tomatoes, dragon fruit, raisin and walnut bread, cupcakes, dried lavender flowers and the cutest hair clip [of course not for me]. There were also quite a few interesting items I resisted in getting, including pinkish-red Chinese turnips (蘿蔔) and an exotic looking fruit, the Roselle (洛神花) [check out the photos below].
I personally think Island East Markets is a great platform for local vendors and startups to launch their products. And we should all support them in this fiercely competitive Hong Kong market against the giants.
I can’t wait to go again!
I was a bit shy with taking photos of all the vendors, I wasn’t sure if they liked it. So, I only snapped shots of vendors I purchased from.