How to Traverse Mong Kok Market
How to Traverse Mong Kok Market
So I heard through the grapevine that you are looking for one of the coolest places to visit in Hong Kong. Well, don’t worry, I got you. Have you ever heard of Mong Kok Market? No. Maybe. Well, it’s a wondrous place that is quite unique. It is a one-stop shop for a lot of people; everything from sneakers to goldfish is sold here. Some markets even open as early as 10 AM and close as late as midnight. The district of Mong Kok is actually one of the most densely populated districts in the world as tons of tourists and Hongkongers frequently visit the area for its amazing bargains, sights, goods, and overall amazing vibe. Coincidentally, in Cantonese, Mong Kok even means busy corner. Flashing lights, tantalizing aromas, and bustling streets are just a part of the experience. So if you’re ready to be wowed, sharpen those negotiation skills, dust off some good walking shoes, and let us dive right in.
Fa Yuen Street
Let us begin our journey at Fa Yuen Street. It is much calmer than what you might experience at the other Mong Kok Markets. There really is a little bit of everything here. At the northern end of the street, everything from clothes to accessories can be found here. So if you want to spice up an outfit with some earrings or are looking to protect your phone with a cute phone cover or even if you want a memento that you can cherish, this is the place to find it. On the southern end of the street, you are more likely to find food with delectable fruits and fresh mooncakes awaiting you. Before delving further into the surrounding marketplaces, it might be best to check here if you’re looking for a good price and convenient access to numerous products.
Like Fa Yuen Street, the environment here is slightly more relaxed than that of the later markets, but it gets increasingly busy in the evenings. It is located in the center of Mong Kok on Tung Choi Street and was named after its history of selling lady clothing in the 1970s. However, if you visit today, there is a larger variety of clothing for anybody, men and women. You will also find other paraphernalia like household items, fancy chopsticks, and even toys. However, you must know that the Ladies’ market is well known for selling knock-offs, so if your priority is just a good deal, then this might be your place.
If you like to stay on top of the latest sneaker trends or just appreciate a good shoe, this is the place for you. It is founded on the southern part of Fa Yuen Street and is composed of the largest names in sportswear and footwear, selling shoes from brands like Nike and Adidas at every corner. Sneaker Street doesn't just sell the most popular of shoes, but also the latest. As soon as a new release drops, you will probably be seeing those shoes pretty soon on Sneaker Street. Additionally, older styles are way cheaper than the typical retail price, commonly going for as low as 50% off the original price. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been one to pass up on a bargain. Before you get it twisted, Sneaker Street does not only sell shoes. It is actually a bit of a misnomer, so whether you are searching for shoes or the latest workout gear, you can also find that here.
If your focus is only on fashionable clothing, then you must visit the Argyle Centre. It is not quite a market and more of a building, but regardless it is necessary to visit. It is found close to the B2 exit of the Mong Kok MTR station, and it hosts stalls of numerous sellers and buyers bartering for cheap and cute pieces. Make sure to don’t get lost though, as three of the four floors have a very similar layout to each other.
Temple Street Night Market
Now Temple Street Night Market is more of an experience than anything. Of course, you can shop here for anything from antiques to souvenirs to bring back home, but there are also performances. Here it is common to see live street performers and even fortune-tellers, all gathering to invite you into their culture. It all depends on if you’re ready to handle the fun.
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Now, if you consider yourself a chef of sorts, this might be your place. At the southern end of the street, you might hear the various clangs of pots and woks as various kitchen equipment is sold here. Everything from chopsticks to porcelain bowls can be found here. So whether you are looking to add a little something special to your cutlery collection or you want to make cooking significantly better, don’t miss out on bringing a physical piece of your visit back home.
If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, quite literally, visit the Flower Market. Blooming flowers, breathtaking colors, and sweet-smelling buds are where it’s at. It is a well-welcomed respite from the thick crowds of people. The market is about a half-mile long stuffed with beauties ranging from white orchids and blood-red roses to bonsai trees, awaiting your design. In the middle of the market is Brighten, a supermarket that even sells dried-flower sprays for Christmas, the Mid-autumn festival, and other occasions, just in case you want a fragrant memento when you leave. Also, if you’re here around Chinese New Year, pick up a flower or two, as they are known to bring good fortune for the new year.
Close to Brighten, on Prince Edward Road West, are health-focused shops ranging from produce to beverages. For example, in Zen in 5 Seasons, You can find teas with flavors like honeysuckle to the illustrious Chinese wolfberry. Also, there is Farm Direct for those looking for more organic eats. Here you can find hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables. Then when you’re feeling a little devious, you can hop next door to Maria’s. Maria’s sells the most deliciously fattening pastries. Don't forget to purchase her creamy mini cheesecakes.
Last but definitely not least is the bird market. This is the perfect way to end your trip to Mong Kok’s best markets. Here you’ll hear the chirps of hundreds of birds all awaiting adoption. Across from the storefronts is a lovely garden where elderly people bring their own birds in cages to sit and reflect. While it was once a common hobby for local men to bring their birds to Yuen Po Bird Garden, it seems to be dying out, so make sure you take part before it’s too late.
All in all, Mong Kok and Hong Kong as a whole have a lot to offer. If you are ever in the country or even just planning on staying here for a while contact Engel & Volkers property estate agents who specialize in luxury homes and other luxury Hong Kong property for sale. For more information on luxury real estate in the Hong Kong region or if you need advice regarding the sale of or investment in property, please feel free to contact one of our realty agents through our website. Look forward to more tips from us on how to navigate Hong Kong!