Mongkok, a district located in Kowloon on the mainland side of Hong Kong, is known for its busy street markets and abundant dining options. It’s one of the most densely populated parts of the world, and the buzz of activity here never seems to stop. Buzzing neon lights and sidewalks filled to the brim with people at times overwhelm the senses, but in a way that is 100 percent Hong Kong.
For inexpensive street shopping, Mongkok’s most popular attraction is the Ladies’ Market. Contrary to what the name might imply, the market sells all sorts of wares, from souvenir trinkets to pirated music and home furnishings. Ladies will find plenty of stalls selling cheap clothing, shoes and accessories as well.
Within the neighborhood, you’ll also find streets dedicated to the sale of pets, wedding dresses and flowers, among other things. At any of these mostly outdoor markets, haggling is the rule. For more upscale retail therapy, head into the air-conditioned halls of Langham Place, one of Hong Kong’s biggest malls.