Mong Kok must be the most densely populated area in the world!
Its streets are always packed with throngs of pedestrians and Hong Kong’ers come from across the city to enjoy the area’s entertainment and food options. The most interesting part of Mong kok for tourists are its famous street markets.
The most famous of these markets is the Ladies Market. Despite its name, the market sales items for both men and women. It’s a popular place to purchase souvenirs, trinkets and handbags. The market is located on Tung Choi Street and is open daily from noon to midnight.
Also on Tung Choi Street, north of the Ladies Market, is the Goldfish Market. It is exactly what it sounds like, a market that sells goldfish! Opening early in the morning, the street is filled with shops and stalls that sell assorted types of fish and aquarium supplies. However, it does remain a mystery as to how one street can possibly support so many aquarium shops.
Flower Market is another interesting market. Located on the aptly named Flower Market Road, this market is definitely Hong Kong’s best smelling market. Come in the morning or afternoon for the dozens of shops with freshly cut flowers and assorted houseplants on display.
The Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is located at the end of Flower Market Road, in a quiet and very cool garden setting. It sells different types of singing birds and antique wooden birdcages, and is open from 10 am to 6 pm.
One more market worth mentioning is the Temple Street Night Market. This market isn’t actually located in Mong Kok, it’s in the neighborhood of Jordan just to the south. As its name suggests, the market only opens after sunset and it stays open until 1 am. Much like the Ladies Market, the night market sells souvenirs and trinkets. What’s really cool about the market though, is its street food. There are dozens of small restaurants with outdoor tables that serve cheap and delicious food. Another interesting feature is the fortune telling district on the northern end of the market, with its dozens of Chinese fortune telling stalls. There are fortune telling specialists in everything from palm reading to tarot cards and many of them speak English.