Ladies Market, Mongkok, Hong Kong

24 Mar

Continuing my walking tour from my previous post, walking around wanchai and kowloon, I had two options – either to head towards the Temple Street Night Market or the Ladies Night Market. SInce I had already been once to the Temple Street Night Market (in one of my previous HK visits)Β I decided to head towards the Ladies Night Market in Mongkok. I took a quick metro and reached Mongkok in about 5 minutes. Now Mongkok is quite a mixture of residential and commercial establishments, where all buildings have shops at the bottom and residences above it. All along the way, you come across typical Hong Kong narrow lanes, crowds, food shops and signages, which I feel are uniquely Hong Kong.

The lanes of Mongkok, Hong Kong

The lanes of Mongkok, Hong Kong

I also saw numerous Chinese dispensaries that sell just about anything (and I literally mean anything). I have even seen a lizard here –

A Chinese dispensary, Mongkok, Hong Kong

A Chinese dispensary, Mongkok, Hong Kong

More signages along the way –

more signages

more signages

A short walk from the metro station and I was in the long lane that is the Ladies Night Market. This place also has a story. In the olden days people would not get jobs easily and they would end up selling local stuff as illegal hawkers. With time these illegal hawkers started causing various problems, and to counter the same the HK government decided to set up specific hawker zones. Initially the hawkers would sell all kinds of ladies stuff and hence this market got its name as the Ladies Night Market. Today it sells all kinds of stuff and a visit here is a must for all shopoholics like me who love small local stuff and a bargain.

This market sells all kinds of things – clothes, T-shirts, toys, jeans, designer bags (copies of course), umbrellas, shoes, jewelry, chinese souvenirs, jade stuff, kids clothes, cosmetics, cushion covers, runners, watches, phone covers, hair clips, etc etc. But buyers beware – you need to bargain a lot. I love bargaining and hence had a fabulous time shopping here and picking up some small stuff.

The Lane, Ladies Market, Mongkok

The Lane, Ladies Market, Mongkok

Lovely 3D cards of all the major attractions in the world

Lovely 3D cards of all the major attractions in the world

Cute watches... Check out the dials of each. There is one wearing specs too

Cute watches… Check out the dials of each. There is one wearing specs too

Clothes, stylish USBs, watches etc

Clothes, stylish USBs, watches etc

Umbrellas, electronics, toys etc

Umbrellas, electronics, toys etc

I had a very good time selecting stuff and bargaining for things. My personal favorite that I picked up were this world map wallet and this iphone cover. I literally started bargaining and bought these for 30% of the price that was originally quoted.

the world map wallet and the iphone cover

the world map wallet and the iphone cover

Even after a trip to this market, if you are still in need of more local retail therapy (of unusual stuff) then be sure to check out the following lanes. I couldn’t check these out as they had all closed for the day but you can walk back to Nathan Road and walk upto –

  • Bird Market – This is a local place to watch birds and buy their accessories. It sounded quite an interesting concept to me and its also a local favorite.
  • Goldfish Market – Check all kinds of fish out here.
  • Flower Market – There is a flower market at Sai Yee Street which opens from 7a.m. to 7p.m. where they sell all kinds of cut flowers, potted plants and gardening accessories.
  • Street Market: There is another street market at Fa Yuen StreetΒ which is more local and less tourist-friendly.
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15 Responses to “Ladies Market, Mongkok, Hong Kong”

  1. Dianne Aquino March 24, 2013 at 20:58 #

    I love the world map wallet πŸ™‚ it’s pretty! i wasn’t blessed with bargaining skills, when I was there I had a hard time bargaining! Lol it’s great you got 30% discount! πŸ™‚

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    • getsetandgo April 4, 2013 at 15:07 #

      Thanks Dianne and I managed to get a 70% discount of that wallet. I guess they have that much margin. Come to India and I’ll teach you the art of bargaining… πŸ™‚

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  2. Bella Remy Photography March 25, 2013 at 04:27 #

    What a fantastic market. So many wonderful things to discover. I may never make it out of there if I visited.

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    • getsetandgo April 4, 2013 at 15:12 #

      Thats so true… I just had to return as I had an early start the next day, else I could have spent a couple of more hours there…. Your camera lens will also love it πŸ™‚

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  3. Raymond March 27, 2013 at 13:08 #

    The Flower Market is actually on “Flower Market Road”! But yet part of it overflows onto the northern end of Sai Yee. It is a great place to see, but I know for tourist a bit frustrating that really cannot buy flowers to take home from there! But there are seeds and accessories like unusual fertilizers and thinks, or maybe just go to take pictures. I think it is a great place to visit and more tourists should come here, so I am writing a website guide to give some more facts to help people to know about it. I hope you can mention my guide to Flower Market so more people will find it! Thanks.

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    • getsetandgo April 4, 2013 at 15:25 #

      Thanks Raymond for providing this introduction and I’ll amend the post to include your guide to the flower market. πŸ™‚

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  4. angrygaijin April 5, 2013 at 06:58 #

    That’s kinda cool that they set up special ‘hawker zones’ instead of just trying to shut them down entirely.

    I remember going to markets like these in Korea for the first time. I felt soooo bad trying to bargain down prices – – I felt like I was ripping them off! lol

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    • getsetandgo April 5, 2013 at 14:31 #

      I know.. We have quite a few illegal hawkers in India too. The problem is that they all take up space on the main roads which leads to a lot of traffic congestion, etc. So its good that they have their own space there πŸ™‚

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  5. Marianne April 16, 2013 at 20:29 #

    Ah yes, I’ve been to both of these markets. Love your new wold map wallet – how appropriate!

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  6. Marianne April 16, 2013 at 20:29 #

    Of course, that should say world map wallet πŸ™‚

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    • getsetandgo April 17, 2013 at 14:47 #

      Thanks Marianne. It has become one of my prized possessions πŸ™‚

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  7. Laura February 21, 2014 at 03:27 #

    Love the 3-D cards. Thanks so much for checking out my blog and for the follow! I can’t wait to poke around here a little more…. xLaura

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  8. Sandy Su May 11, 2014 at 04:24 #

    I remember going to the ladies market πŸ™‚
    it was amazing and you can bargain a lot off the original price haha
    ps. that dispensary full ripped my mum off because they knew we were from Australia
    so, if anyone was to but preserved seafood then never let them know you are foreign!

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    • getsetandgo May 12, 2014 at 13:27 #

      Hey, I am a vegetarian and hence didnt try any of the preserved stuff… But I did bargain and managed to buy some unique things at amazing disocunts.

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