Ladies Market Hong Kong – Everything You Need to Know

Located in the heart of bustling Mongkok District on Tung Choi Street (between Argyle Street and Dundas Street), Ladies Market is one of the most popular and famous tourist markets in the city.

 

Why is it is called Ladies Market? The name from being an area where the hawkers mostly sold women’s clothes, fashion accessories and the like. It was officially recognized by the government in the mid-’70s as an area where hawkers could legally sell their goods and it has grown, and grown, ever since.

Gallery of Goods (2020)

Here is a photo selection of some of the stalls and what you’ll find at Ladies Market. Handbags, bags, backpacks, baseball caps are all aplenty. Loads of women fashion and curios and trinkets.

The market stalls start setting up around 11 am but it’s in the cool of the night that most wheeling and dealing is done with the market staying open until around 11 pm.

Prices and Bargaining at Ladies Market

Bargaining is a must in Ladies Market. All prices here are negotiable and haggling is expected unless the goods are labeled with a price which is rare in this market. There is an art to haggling, keep it as friendly banter, and while you’re never going to get the price a local does, you may be able to negotiate your way out of paying a ridiculous amount of tourist tax :).

The first given price will be ridiculously high, which, you can counter with a ridiculously low offer and expect to be frowned at or even given dirty looks. But it’s all part of the game, so keep smiling and enjoying the banter as you continue to work towards an agreeable amount. You may even need to walk away, only to be called back with your offer accepted. Remember to have fun, it’s all part of the market experience.

Prices here can be good value if you are sharp. The big attraction is the diversity of goods and things in one place that you may not find easily in today’s malls that cater to big brand names.

Copy Goods and Fakes

Once upon a time, copy products could be seen everywhere, from handbags to tee-shirts. Don’t be surprised that you can buy a Rolex which has seemingly no difference from a genuine one here at a very low price. They are really good at it! Over the years copy goods have been less and less as the market matures. Branded copies are rarely seen and branded products are less and less.

 

Ladies Market vs Temple Street Night Market

If you had to choose between the Ladies Market or Temple Street Night Market then I would 100% choose Ladies Market. I believe there is a broader and better range of goods, the market has more vitality, there are lots of surrounding stores and nearby malls, better food, along with the nearby markets of Fa Yuen Street inc. Sneakers Street.

Nearby Ladies’ Market

Mong Kok is a shoppers paradise featuring many brand name stores, numerous fashion stores, dispensaries, and several malls.

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Places to eat near Ladies Market

There are eateries everywhere, but here are three local favorites on Tung Choi Street

There are also lots of stalls where you can try some of Hong Kong’s famous street food snacks. These are located along Dundas Street at the southern end of Ladies Market. There are many street food stalls here and they all have big pictures that you can point to if you see something you like.

Details

What can you get here: just about anything – lot’s women’s clothes and fashion accessories, some men’s clothes, handbags, backpacks, toys, jewelry, t-shirts, watches

Opening time: around 11am to 11pm.

Address: Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong (between Argyle Street and Dundas Street)

How to get there: MTR Mong Kok Station, exit D2. Walk straight across the road and then right and cross the road again and then left up Argyle St. until you reach Tung Choi St. This is the northern end of Ladies Market.

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*First published Jan 17, 2012 and major update Jan, 2020

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