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Mairwen1
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Mong Kok is known mainly for its busy street markets and the Goldfish, Bird and Flower Streets. These days, without tourists, the markets are very quiet. Whilst it makes it easier to shop without the jostling crowds, it’s a shame to see them that way.
Ladies Market in particular can be a lot of fun but it’s not for everyone. It can be claustrophobically overcrowded and on a sunny day, it can take a bit of stamina to stay the course. You can quickly find yourself hot, sweaty and exhausted. If you have dragged a reluctant partner with you, they will tire quickly and want to go home. You’re better off going on your own or with a like-minded friend.
However it’s also a treasure trove of copy shoes and handbags, cheap souvenirs and novelty items, clothing, toys, T-shirts, backpacks, leather belts and caps. Fierce haggling and bargaining are essential because the starting price will be wildly over the top. Generally you won’t find be offered a more realistic price until you start to walk away. Do take cash.
Don’t be tempted to go early because there’s no advantage. Nothing much opens in Mong Kok before midday. I’ve been caught out going early and having to hang around. On the plus side, everything stays open late (until 10pm or later).
GETTING THERE: By far and away, the best way to get to Mong Kok is by train. Get yourself an Octopus card and use the MTR. The station is large and may appear confusing but its very well organised. Before you leave the station, check the signs that list each exit, for example I use D3 for Ladies Market. This exit brings me up just 1 minute away from the start of the market. Its also helpful to look for one of the large wall maps and take a photo so that you can get your bearings (see photo below). Once back up on the street, most of the normal tourist destinations will have bright pink signs pointing you in the right direction
Written October 7, 2021
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China9,423 contributions
Mong Kok is literally the centre of Hong Kong. It is the busiest area in the city which offers everything from trendy shopping mall to unpretentious stalls. Restaurants are aplenty and serves food from around the world. Overall spending is cheap. Reserve at least half a day to explore the dazzling part of Kowloon.
Written January 10, 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China149,237 contributions
Mongkok is a bustling district where Hong Kong's youthfulness, energy and creativity collides with old school culture, buildings and markets. It is a thriving district that is packed with crowds of all ages going about their respective lives and leisure interests.

There are numerous street markets scattered around Mongkok, one that I like is the Nelson Street Wet Market found on the west side of Nathan Road and Langham Place shopping mall and situated between Tong Mi Road (west) and Reclamation Street (east).

Nelson Street is lined with vegetable, fruit, meat, seafood, sundries dealers. You'll find loads of delicious fresh food as well as peculiar finds including fresh tofu blocks, thousand year eggs, Chinese medicine packs, frogs and other things you will rarely if ever see in western wet (food) markets.

The market is under large red umbrellas offering shade during midday when the sun is out. Still better to go from mid to late morning (9.30am) when stalls are stocked up and at their best for pictures. The trade-off is that the street can be packed with shoppers at this time of day as well.

In the end, you can actually traditional wet markets all around Hong Kong. If you are in Mongkok and interested in seeing one, this is a convenient and fun one to visit. Otherwise, it is rather easy to find good options elsewhere around the city as well.
Written May 14, 2021
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Feelingood73
Hong Kong, China60 contributions
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First of all, the indicated MTR station here is wrong. The right station is Mongkok which means crowded corner for those who wonder. If you want a true sense of the city, this is a must visit or ideally must stay. It’s so rich of experiences, you won’t believe it.
Ladies markets, goldfish market, bird market, wet market (fruits, veggies, meat, seafood and fish), sneakers street... I could go on and on like that. Go to 618 Shanghai St freshly opened. These old HK houses were saved for a greater purpose and it’s superb.
Getting lost in Mongkok is amazing. Look around and you might remember some of the areas that served for movies.
Make a pit stop at Cordis Hotel near the Langham Mall. It’s the only luxurious break you can have in this neighbourhood. Great bar above the reception and the Chinese restaurant (1* michelin) is affordable and yummy.
Enjoy the real Hong Kong! It’s all in there
Written March 8, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China149,237 contributions
We've been living in Hong Kong for just under 5 years and still make frequent trips into the Mongkok area. Yes, its jammed packed with people but the sights, smells and feel of something uniquely Hong Kong is exactly what Mongkok is all about.

We do recommend spending an evening strolling through the Ladies Market near Argyle street. Further, Fai Yuan street nearby is another great little street-side hawker market. During the day bird market and flower market make a nice walk-by visit (next to each other as well) and a short distance away you will find the goldfish market that will leave your eyes wide open for some time.

There are many very good local Chinese restaurants that are dirt cheap compared to the hotel and Western restaurants and they are sooooooo good. Try any of the noodle shops or find a place stuffed with locals and you can't hardly go wrong. Many will have an English menu or two hanging around and they are used to visitors/tourists so its not difficult to order. We feel some of the very best food in Hong Kong is found in these little street-side restaurants in Mongkok.

If you like photography, Mongkok is worth your time, day and night. The exotic animal/pet markets will have you clicking away like mad. The nighttime lights and sheer volume/movement of people will have your camera buzzing as well.

Hope this is helpful to visitors of our lovely city. Definitely plan on spending some time in Mongkok while here in Hong Kong. Its easy to get to from anyway in Kowloon or Hong Kong island and well worth some time.
Written August 3, 2010
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moescotland
Glasgow, UK207 contributions
I had heard that Mongkok was busy - reportedly one of the most densely populated areas in the world by square mile. However I wasn't prepared for how busy the Mongkok Computer Centre was, on Nelson St/Fa Yuen St!

An I.T/electrical enthusiast's wet dream, the mall comprises of 3 floors of small shops dedicated to all things PC, laptop, cameras, mobile, console, and media accessories. If there's a particular accessory you're looking for you'l definetly find it here.

When I went in the evening, each floor was EXTREMELY overcrowded with customers and tourists just browsing among the many gadget and electrical shops.

In short - greak for IT enthusiasts and those who like their latest electrical gadgets/gizmos. Prices are slightly off puting, however its ideal for that certain accessory you've ben looking for.

Definetly worth a visit for browsing, if you don't mind the busy, crowded type atmosphere.

Another place I went to while in Mongkok was the Sino Centre, which is ALOT less busy than the Mongkok Computer Centre. Here there are many shops which sell pirated DVDs. Although there are is alot of variety, from Wrestling, Soccer, adult, right up to the latest DVDs and the prices are cheap, it is worth noting that all of the DVDs are pirated and there is no going back should you be unlucky to find one that doesn't work. It's a gamble at your own risk.
Written November 29, 2007
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paul g
Brisbane, Australia818 contributions
Solo
Having my hotel located here I had many terrific and unique experiences here. Starting with early morning encounters with very animated street vendors to curious side alley areas to wander down in daylight hours to lively market type areas at night Mongkok was a great place to get a real feel for HK. I never felt unsafe at all as the locals were great and would help in any way they could although at times language provided challenges, all adding to the experience. MTR was a great thing to have servicing the area as it made exploring further afield very easy.
Written June 29, 2017
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China149,237 contributions
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Mongkok is one of our very favorite areas to visit and spend time in Hong Kong. We often visit just to browse the street markets, find interesting shops and shopping centers to duck into and to find a new local eatery to try.

Where other areas of Hong Kong have long grown tiring and less interesting to us, Mongkok always has something new and different up its sleeve, never failing to surprise - even as local residents to Hong Kong. This is why on free evenings, we still find ourselves frequently heading into Mongkok to take in the endless stream of sights, smells and tastes.

A fun way to spend some time in Mongkok as a visitor is to following the walking trail that takes between 2-4 hours and hits all of the major street markets:

1.) Fa Yuen Str. Mkt. (30-45 min) 2-2.45pm
2.) Flower Market (30 min) 3:00-3.30pm
3.) Bird Market (30 min) 3.30-4:30pm
4.) Goldfish Market (45 min) 4.45-5.30pm
5.) Dinner in one of the 100s of good local restaurants in Mongkok
6.) Ladies Market (60-90 min) 6:30-8:00pm

There are plenty of open walking streets in the Mongkok area jammed between Nathan Road and the Mongkok East MTR area, you can spend countless hours wandering these busy streets and will be glad to have done so as a visitor to HK.

When it is too hot or rainy, you can head to the Langham Place Shopping Mall just off Nathan Road, off Argyle Street. This is a very cool, trendy and quirky mall with lots of interesting shops and some interesting restaurants as well. There is also the popular Sino Centre for those interested in Asian pop culture.

Tip: It can be very crowded here and miserably hot during the summer months. Like many areas of Hong Kong, its best to bring some bottled water with you if you visit during the summer.

Tip: If you visit during Chinese New Year, the Flower Market is sensationally stocked with fresh cuts, which the locals customarily purchase just before and during the holiday. Also, Lion Dance performances can be easily found near the Ladies (night) Mkt. after dark. Don't worry, you'll hear them, they are quite loud - announcing their presence.
Written October 20, 2012
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VivaVacations
Canada99 contributions
I can't believe nobody's written a review about Mongkok yet!

I went in April 2005. I'm not normally a big-city person so I found the dense crowds, flashing neon, and wall-to-wall vendors a bit overwhelming and amazing at the same time.

There's a couple city blocks where the latest electronic gadgetry is available. Another block away and it's all clothing, sunglasses, and purses (literal translation in english, it's called "Women's Street") The place is quiet only in early morning. After that it's non-stop hustle.

Keep a close watch on your wallet and other valuables. It's known as the most densely populated place on earth with reason. You cannot walk the streets here without accidentally bumping into someone every other minute and that is for all times of the day.

There are tourists here but not as much as at Stanley Mkt so there are better deals to be had at Mong Kok.
Written May 7, 2007
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Kellyansapansa
Adelaide, Australia427 contributions
Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay seem to get most of the press when it comes to recommendations for great places to visit in Hong Kong, but Mong Kok is as good as, if not better than, these areas - depending on what you're looking for, of course!

Mong Kok is home to the famous Tung Choi Street, more commonly known as Ladies Market. This is where you really get to enjoy the atmosphere of Hong Kong and the personalities of its people, as you work your way through this crowded thoroughfare, haggling as you go. Don't forget that there are also shops on each side of the street, behind the market stalls, and there are bargains to be found here too.

The Mong Kok Computer Centre is also well worth a visit for techno-addicts.

And for the ladies, there is a fabulous Wedding Mall containing hundreds of wedding-related stores, which is well worth a visit, even if only to experience the interesting differences between Hong Kong weddings and those we're used to in the west. Did you know that most Hong Kong brides hire their wedding dress? And the bride and groom will generally have their wedding photos taken before the wedding day?

Don't be afraid to venture beyond the obvious and well-known attractions, into some of the smaller malls and arcades. Often you can't even tell that a building has stores in it until you enter it and find a directory next to the lifts.
Written December 4, 2010
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