Ladies’ Market Hong Kong or Ladies’ Street (女人街) is one of the most well-known street markets in Hong Kong. Located in Mong Kok, Kowloon, it is a popular attraction for savvy locals and tourists to have some bargain buys. This market street is not male forbidden in spite of its name. With over a hundred of stalls selling exquisite items, both ladies and gentlemen are welcomed.
Ladies Market History
The real name of Ladies Street is actually Tung Choi Street (通菜街). It is called Ladies Street for the reason that the stalls there mainly sold women’s wear and accessories in the early days.
Originally, the site of the current Ladies Market was a paddy field of Mong Kok Village growing a kind of edible vegetable called Tung Choi, i.e. water spinach. This is why the street is called Tung Choi Street when it was first opened in 1924. It is unbelievable, isn’t it? With the development of Mong Kok, the vegetable fields have long since disappeared and become commercial and residential buildings.
In the 1970s, an open-air hawker shopping area was established in Tung Choi Street. The southern section of the street is Ladies Market, while the northern section of it is Goldfish Market.
What to Buy in Ladies Market Hong Kong
Ladies’ Street is around one kilometer in length stretching from Argyle Street to Dundas Street. The stalls sell a variety of low-priced products like souvenirs, women’s clothing, men’s wear, bags, watches, jewellery, toys, general merchandise, and even household items. I have also seen some nice cheongsam and I Love Hong Kong T-shirts for sale there. They also sell seasonal products. It is worth paying a visit there and shop like a local.
Actually, you may consider having your lunch, afternoon tea or supper there as you can find choices of cafes and small restaurants. Squeeze through the stalls and get to the sidewalk for international fusion cuisine on a budget.
Ladies Market Opening Hours
Most stalls are ready for business by noon as they open till late every day. The closing time is usually at around 10pm on weekdays and a bit later at 11pm over the weekend. If the weather is not good, like rainy days and typhoon days, they may close earlier and may not even open. Like many other independent vendors and small businesses, the first few days of the Chinese New Year are their real holidays of the year.
How to get to Ladies Market
Ladies Street is the second street to the east of Nathan Road, Mong Kok. You can get there by, but not limited to, the following methods,
- MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Cross Sai Yeung Choi Street South and walk along Nelson Street for one block to reach Tung Choi Street.
- Take bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and get off at Nelson Street.
What are you going to buy at Ladies Market Hong Kong? If you don’t have time to get there personally, you may consider to shop online in style here.
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