Mong Kok’s Ladies Market is one of Hong Kong’s most legendary street markets. Its name originates from the large amount of women's clothing and accessories for sale, but that’s not all you’ll find. A little less than a mile long, the market is crammed with all manner of clothing stalls and accessories for men, women, and children, as well as goldfish, electronics, household items, and just about anything else money can buy.
As one of Hong Kong’s most popular markets, the Ladies Market is one of the first places most visitors go when in Kowloon. It’s a stop on many walking tours of the area, including market hopper tours, and foodie tours. Don’t leave without sampling some Cantonese street food at one of Mong Kok’s many fantastic street stalls near the market.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Ladies Market is a must-visit for shopaholics and first-time visitors.
- Visit the market on a shopping or food-centric walking tour of Kowloon for the best introduction.
- Bring your bargaining skills; all prices at the Ladies Market are negotiable.
- Keep in mind that the Ladies Market, like many Hong Kong markets, is known for its fake or “copy” products.
How to Get There
The Ladies Market is on Tung Choi Street, between Dundas and Argyle streets, in the north of Kowloon in Mong Kok. The nearest MTR station is Mong Kok. Buses 1, 1A, 2, 6, and 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier also stop at Nelson Street near the market.
When to Get There
The market opens for business in the afternoon, but it really comes alive in the evening (and doesn’t close until around 10pm or 11pm).
Other Hong Kong Markets Worth Visiting
While the Ladies Market is one of the most popular markets in Hong Kong, it’s certainly not the only one. Once the sun goes down, the eight-block Temple Street Night Market comes alive with food stalls and street performers. The Flower Market near Prince Edward MTR station ranks among the city’s prettiest, while nearby Jade Market is an excellent place to pick up some souvenir jewelry. If you’re looking for antiques and cheap curios to take home, head to Cat Street on Hong Kong Island, and if the haggling experience is intimidating, get an easy introduction at Stanley Market.