Mong Kok is Hong Kong's most congested shopping and residential district, but don’t let that scare you away. The neon-bathed historic streets that wind through one of the densest parts of the world are worth visiting - just for the 'peoplescapes' alone. It just so happens that the shopping is excellent too.
The biggest mall in Mong Kok and a Hong Kong shopping hot spot, Langham Place draws in the punters with its more than 200 shops, most of which tend towards youth fashion. But the mall itself is interesting too. Its Digital Sky and live performances aim to keep shoppers amused, while the building’s unusual corkscrew design allows you to ascend or descend its floors without using an escalator.
Address: 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Tel: +852 3520 2800
With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch on which to practise your haggling skills. It gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages; however, with watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets also up for grabs
Address: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along Nelson Street for two blocks;
Take bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and get off at Nelson Street
Feng shui subscribers regard an aquarium of goldfish to be more than just a pretty face: it’s also an auspicious addition to one’s home that can bring good luck, so it’s no surprise that this popular pet trade is even more prominent in Hong Kong.
Address: Tung Choi Street North, Mong Kok, Kowloon
MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B2. Walk east along Prince Edward Road West until you reach the market;
MTR Mong Kok East Station, Exit C. Walk to Sai Yee Street via the footbridge and follow the signs.
Hong Kong’s Flower Market is a jungle of exotic blooms and scents that’s worth immersing yourself in.The dozens of shops and wholesalers here sell auspicious blossoms and luck-bringing houseplants to an enthusiastic crowd all year round.
Address: Flower Market Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon
MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B1. Walk east along Prince Edward Road West until you reach the market;
MTR Mong Kok East Station, Exit C. Walk to Sai Yee Street via the footbridge and follow the signs
What has to be the greatest gathering of sports shoe and sportswear shops on the planet, Fa Yuen Street is where Hong Kong’s image-conscious youth have come to get their statement-making footwear since the 1980s. They come for the latest designs and limited-edition releases from all over the world.
Address: Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit D3. Walk along Argyle Street to Fa Yuen Street.
Information from Hong Kong Tourism Board www.discoverhongkong.com