Famed for its vibrant markets and street art, Mong Kok is one of the busiest districts in Hong Kong. Its name translates from Cantonese as “crowded corner”, which is apt for the sheer number of people who come here to shop and feast at its open-air stalls. It’s on the doorstep of Fa Hui Park’s recreational facilities and the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden.
Things to do in Mong Kok
Get your retail fix at the bustling Ladies’ Market, which is lined with stalls selling everything from clothing and accessories to electronic gadgets and trinkets. At the other end of Tung Choi Street is the aptly-named “Goldfish Street” where a diverse array of pet supplies are sold. Shoe enthusiasts should add Sneaker Street to their itinerary, as all of the latest international sporting brands are represented.
Once the sun goes down, visit Temple Street Night Market, which sprawls around the incense-filled Tin Hau Temple. In addition to fashion, electronics and teaware, it’s also packed with open-air food stalls selling roasted meats and steaming hot bowls of noodles.
Visit the Hong Kong Wall of Fame to see colourful street art and an ever-changing array of both international and local graffiti artists on display. It extends two blocks from the Mong Kok East railway station and can easily be combined with an exploration of the nearby Mong Kok Flower Market.
Getting around Mong Kok
Mong Kok is around 15 minutes by train from Hong Kong’s Central district and is connected by regular subway services on the Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan lines. Hong Kong International Airport is 30 minutes’ drive away. Buses travel throughout Mong Kok, although it’s compact enough to explore on foot.