Mong Kok is one of the most popular and bustling districts in Hong Kong. You may not find many great international brands here, but you will certainly come across some unique local spots. Here is our list of the 10 best things to do in Mong Kok.
Fa Yuen Street, also known as Sneakers Street, because of the numerous shoe shops, including Nike, Adidas, and New Balance, that have popped up over the years. Here you’ll find the hottest styles, as well as very seriously rare, limited edition ones. If you are a sneaker lover, go and have a look. You’ll not be disappointed.
Sai Yeung Choi is very a long, wide pedestrian street in Mong Kok on which many shops, malls and restaurants are situated. You will be able to find almost anything you want, from lovely cosmetics and beautiful clothing to hi-tech gadgets and luxurious jewellery. And don’t forget to check out the great restaurants and street stalls selling local delicacies.
Street food is a must in Hong Kong. In Mong Kok, you can find plenty of street-food stalls scattered on Sai Yeung Choi Street, Dundas Street, Fa Yuen Street and Soy Street. They sell traditional, as well as innovative, Hong Kong-style snacks, including fish balls, takoyaki (octopus balls), stinky tofu, milk tea, siu mai (dumplings), and more, at very reasonable prices.
Ladies’ Market is definitely a must-go spot in Mong Kok. The market is saturated with stalls selling Hong Kong-style souvenirs, traditional Chinese handicrafts, stylish clothing, and lovely gadgets. There are a lot of nice restaurants nearby so you can enjoy some good food after a crazy day of shopping.
The Sky Bar, located on the 13th floor of The Langham Place Shopping Mall, is a cool bar that serves brilliant cocktails, mocktails, wine and incredibly fine seafood and Western-style bar snacks. Their fresh and sweet oysters are popular as they are directly selected and imported from six countries. The bar also offers regular live music.
The Flower Market is particularly bustling during the Chinese New Year, as local people come and buy varieties of flowers and greenery that they thing will bring them luck. It is well worth a visit all year round, though. The majority of vendors here are friendly and hospitable, and they are willing to offer recommendations for customers.
Michelin-starred restaurant Ming Court is located in the luxurious Cordis Hotel. At Ming Court, you can enjoy a range of fine dishes and select from a menu of over 400 wines. The interior of the restaurant is sophisticated, and the atmosphere is brilliant.
Although Temple Street Night Market is not exactly located in Mong Kok, it is just a 15-minute walk from Mong Kok metro station and definitely worth a visit. Every day, after the sun sinks, numerous traders, street performers and fortune tellers begin to gather in the bustling market. Temple Street Night Market is a nice spot for tourists to experience local culture and traditional craftsmanship, as well buy lots of souvenirs, including antiques, jade, clothing, tea ware, and electronic gadgets.
Tung Choi Street North, also known as the Goldfish Market, is a place where you can buy any type of fish you want. Hong Kong residents love buying goldfish as they think they can bring them good luck. Besides fish, you can also find turtles, snakes, spiders, frogs, and some other amphibians and reptiles sold on the street.
Spreading over 600,000 square feet (56,000 square meters) and housed in a 15-storey building, The Langham Place Shopping Mall is the biggest mall in Mong Kok, and contains fashion brands, fine restaurants and a cinema. With sophisticated interior design and cool decorations, the mall is spacious and trendy. Langham Place is easy to access as it is linked to the Mong Kok metro station, and several local buses stop right outside.