With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch on which to practise your haggling skills. It gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages; however, with watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets also up for grabs, you don’t need to be just in the market for a pair of nylon stockings to find something within its crowded aisles.
The Ladies Market is located in the Kowloon side in the overcrowded district of Mongkok, although quite frequented by tourists, this has a very “local” atmosphere in what used to be known as the heartland of the Hong Kong triad gangs.
As a public street market of independent vendors there are no set opening hours or trading days. However in general you’ll find everything ready by noon with some vendors ready a little earlier. The Ladies Market is open every day of the year except the first day of the Chinese New Year. Officially the street is closed to all traffic from 4Pm until Midnight on all days other than Sundays and holidays. On those days the prohibition on cars starts at Noon and runs until Midnight.
Unlike street markets in western countries the markets of Asia tend to open late, with cooler temperatures in the evening more people come out to shop and browse after the sun has gone down. So although Ladies’ Market is not normally considered a “Night market” it is open quite late. How late depends on the day, the weather and the customers.
The stalls on the Ladies’ Market will be open most days until 10pm or 11pm, and on a busy Friday or Saturday night some stalls will stay open later than this. The closing of the roads to cars officially stops at 10pm, but in practice no cars will try to use the roads at this time in the evening as the roads will be packed with people shopping and browsing.
If you have really arrived too late and don’t find much happening here then you may consider going to the Temple Street Night Market which starts later, and stays open later as well. You’ll need to go to Temple Street in Jordan which is about 30 minutes walk south, or a 5 minute ride in a taxi. Presuming you can find a taxi available late in the evening. The walk is quite safe even late at night particularly if you do most of it on the main road, Nathan Road, which is well lit and busy at every hour of the day or night.
The various Cafes and small restaurants near the market have their own opening and closing times and some stay open much later. You’ll find plenty of choices from Japanese noodles to Korean BBQ that don’t close until midnight, and a few stay open even later. For example the well known traditional noodle restaurant Tong Kee Noodles, at 89 Tong Choi Street, regularly stays open until 1:30am.
Address: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
How to get there:
- MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along Nelson Street for two blocks; or,
- take bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and get off at Nelson Street
Opening Hours: 11.00 a.m. – 11.30 p.m.