Ladies Market, Hong Kong
One of the busiest suburbs of Hong Kong is Mong Kok, where you will find Ladies Market.
Its an outdoor street market with loads and loads of stalls where you can buy anything from a Copy Rolex to Vegetable peeler.
Its got a wonderful atmosphere, and some of the stalls sell quite interesting stuff, and others just weird stuff, but interesting none the less.
Its a great place to go shopping for stuff to take home to friends and family. Some of the stalls also sell the usual souvenirs found in shops.
What to buy: As I mentioned you can buy anything, the most common things to obtain are copy merchandise. Ladies Market is also popular place to buy copy goods. For example, if you want to buy a copy watch you will see a stall with brochures on the table, if you page through the brocures, someone will normally some stand next to you to ask you what type of watch you want. They are normally up for negotiation if you are not happy with their price. Dont be afraid if they tell you to follow them to their "showroom". They just take you up a apartment block to where they keep their stock. Many different copy handbags are also a common purchase amongs tourists.
Other goods available are stuff like alarm clocks, sports bags, jeans, shirts etc.
What to pay: The stall owners are usually good sales people and will try their best to sell you a product. They are also happy to reduce prices if you bargain with them.
Many times the seller does not speak very good English, so when negotiating prices they will punch the amount into a calculator, let you have a look and then hand you the calculator so you can tell them what you are prepared to pay, very interesting actually!
I had read about the wonderful Ladies Market here in Hong Kong and I just had to come and check it out for myself. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular and thought that if anything caught my eye, I would just purchase it. I didn’t find anything other than a few souvenirs and trinkets to take back home to the family. They do have a large selection of clothing, hand bags, watches and jewelry, and some really beautiful Chinese dolls and small home decors.
What to buy: The market sells about everything you can want or need.
What to pay: Very reasonable.
Ladies Market or Ladies Street is located at Tung Choi Street between Boundary Street and Dundas Street, off the popular Nathan Road in Mongkok, Kowloon. Southern section of Tung Choi Street has wide range of items that suit foreign tourists. The market deals in items ranging from shoes, women's clothings, toys, handbags, leather belts to even men's and children's clothings. The marketr itself is a tourist attraction and is brightly-lit at night.
What to buy: Clothings, textiles, watches and toys.
What to pay: Reasonable price - don't forget to bargain with the stall owners to polish your bargaining power!.
An entire street devoted to all the craps in the world, especially fake stuff. Fake Gucci, fake Prada, fake LV, fake Rolex, fake Tag Heuer....you get the "fake" picture. Ladies Street was once famous for its stalls that sell erotic ladies lingerie but these days other stalls selling other items had been muscling in on its territories. Unlike Temple Street flea market though, there is no real food section here. But do look out for the stalls selling dildos on the fringe. Those tend to attract middle-aged men.
What to buy: Devoted to all things fake.
Boobs unfortunately, not included.
What to pay: BARGAIN IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY.
Even if you don't have any intention to buy anything from Hong Kong, you'll end up with some bags of gifts/T-shirts etc after 'walking' along this famous street market.
It's a good place for buying souvnirs, many choices.
More importantly, the prices of goods are very reasonable~
What to buy: 'Chinese' souvnirs, T-shirts (including that one with "I LOVE HONG KONG"), mobile phone accessories, faked brand-named handbags/watches/sports shoes, sexy underwear, toys... whatever~
There are also some restaurants on both sides of the street market.
What to pay: No matter how much your gifts cost, don't forget to BARGAIN! Although not all stall-keepers speak good English, they are nice and friendly to tourists. Most of the time you can get some discounts.
Ladies Market is actually a street (Tung Choi Street) that has been occupied by the street vendors, which sell mainly no name clothings for women and accessories items. There are also vendors selling items for men and children too.
It's always crowded, especially at night and during the weekends. Be sure to bargain as the vendors always mark up the prices, and definitely keep an eye of your belongings in this crowded market.
Tung Choi Street in the Mong Kok District, is home to the Ladies Street Market. The market is one of the most popular markets in Hong Kong, and though it's called the "Ladies Market", it pretty much caters to everyone. Theres womens clothes, mens clothes, momentos, knock offs, and some small local cafe's. It makes for a nice little stroll down Tung Choi Street, and like all the markets, you are expected to bargain!
Mongkok is the busiest neighbourhood in Hong Kong, where there is street life 24 -7. At the heart of Mongkok is the popular Ladies' Market.
Ladies Market is where street vendors sell women's clothing and accessories, including handbags, sunglasses, and shoes, as well as some men's and children's clothing at low prices. Other novelties sold include electronic toys, flashlights, costumes, souvenirs, gizmos, lighters, Bruce Lee figurines, Winnie the Pooh alarm clocks, Hello Kitty towels, hair clips, wigs, leather goods, jewelry galore & almost anything you can think of........
Ladies Market operates from about noon to 10:30pm daily, with the vendors sending up shop at around 10 to 11am.
Although most products are geared to local tastes, you can easily spend a couple of hours here. You may even pick up some unbelievable bargains!
Ladies Market streches over 6-8 blocks, & since there are alot of vendors, prepared to be squished. Besides the walkway in the middle, you could also walk along the two walkways on the side. Though you cannot shop from there, it is a good place to avoid crowds, or to zip through to another place.
Click here for map of Mongkok Area.
What to buy: Since it is set up for tourists, prices have gone up & is generally more expensive than other Hong Kong markets.
What to pay: depends on your haggling power...
That market is way overrated, nothing special whatsoever!
I've been roped there, I bought a scarf costs $50 HK and I gave the vendors $100 expecting a $50 back and after I left the market I found that she gave me Macau money instead! I was shocked and mad, mostly of myself for not paying attention but still I didn't expect something like that, in Hong Kong they don't accept Macau money so I had to change it in a low rate.
Never again and not to mention that I hated Mongkok area, very crowded and not interested at all...I was glad when I left.
I never had that kind of experience at Temple night market.
I found better and cheaper souvenirs shops at the Central with reasonable prices also at Nathan Street.
Both girls and guys clothes for super cheap.
We went there on a tight budget and ended up buying quite a bit. Bargain with EVERYONE, half the time I THINK you can go for 50% or less, normally 30-40%. They try and rip you off for anything at least double or triple the price. Watch out for pick pocketers and enjoy...
What to buy: Anything to do with clothes is dirt cheap...
What to pay: Depends on how you bargain.......and bargain lots as some people really pay a lot of money there, saw some ladies buying 4 pairs of sun glasses for like 400HK per pair :|
The Ladies Market in Mongkok is the most well known street market in Hong Kong. Independent vendors set up stalls from late morning along several blocks of Tung Choi Street between Argyle and Dundas Streets. The thing you will notice most is while there are hundreds of stalls, there is not a lot of variety to them, so you will see the same handbag, wallet, iphone case, scarf, shoes, chinese pyjamas etc.
Which brings me to the subject of bartering. This is expected at the Ladies Market and pretty much all markets in Hong Kong. If you cannot agree on the price after a couple of minutes of lighthearted bartering and furious tapping on oversized calculators... then just say you dont want the item and walk away. Chances are you will see exactly the same thing at a stall 20 metres away. Be mindful though that there will be little or no difference in the price of items between stalls (as owners often have a number of sites) so you will need to start bartering all over again for a similar result.
Many items wont have prices on them. This allows the price to be chosen by the stall owner according to what they hope you MIGHT be persuaded to pay. If the vendor thinks you look like you can afford to pay more, then of course you will be asked to. This is essentially what bartering is all about. Historically the market specialised in ladies clothing but I have always found that the majority of clothing stalls dont stock the latest fashions. In fact over the last five years, the style of clothing has not really changed at all so its certainly not the place to seek out the latest trends. (walk across to Sai Yeung Choi Street for these).
Some stalls are set up by noon but by mid afternoon the market gets busy. From experience try to go during fine weather. The stalls are covered but items on display will be covered by thick plastic or tarpaulins if it is raining. Trying to shop with an umbrella is just a nuisance.
What to buy: Childrens clothes and toys, lingerie, chinese souvenirs, costume jewellery, iphone accessories, mens underwear, sunglasses, knick-knacks, possibly DVD's (sometimes they are available, sometimes not)
FAKE DESIGNER HANDBAGS AND WALLETS:
These are what they are!! The zips will break and the stitching will come apart so compensate for this by paying the cheapest price you can.
What to pay: Its up to you. Overall the quality of items is not that great with a few exceptions. If you really want the item pay according to its value for money, not how long it will last/work for.
Although the street is called "Ladies Market," there is so much to buy here that isn't just for the ladies. There is a huge assortment of everything you can imagine.
The ladies clothing and accessories are definately abundant. You can find all kinds of things like shoes, cardigan sets, cashmere scarves, pashmina scarves, hair accessories, designer knock-off handbags, designer knock-off watches, etc. There is so much that you can buy.
In addition to the ladies' items, there is a wide variety of men's clothing, other shoes, stationary, Sanrio items, children's toys, souveniers, etc. You name it and you might just find it here.
There is, however, repetition of the goods offered...so take your time and evaluate carefully. You can bargain with the vendors and get them to lower the price. This is especially true if you are looking to buy in large quantities. They definately will bargain with you then!!
What to buy: I love to buy the sparkling hair accessories. Even if you have short hair, there are some really cute ones for you. They are a bargain considering you can pay up to 7-10 times more than the price in Hong Kong here in the United States. Also, the scarves are nice. Beware that some are not cashmere or pashmina and are being passed off as such. I would generally stay away from the ones that have the label glued on as opposed to being sewn on, that is a good sign that its not authentic. However, they do have some nice ones made of rayon if you aren't picky about the fabric.
What to pay: HK$9 - HK$15 for hair accessories
HK$40 for rayon scarves
HK$100 for cashmere or pashmina...but caveat emptor
If you want to buy a knock-off purse that looks 99% like the original, Ladies Market is the right place to be. However, the trick is that these bags cannot be sold by the vendors on the street. The ones that you see on the stands are the ones that say "Cucci" or "Prado" and they are obvious knock-offs. Since they can't have these in the stores, you have to look through a catalog on table and tell them what you want. If you are lucky, they will invite you "upstairs" and you will be in a huge apartment with walls of luxury purses, wallets, and belts. It might feel a little shady going upstairs with a stranger, so make sure you bring friends with you. What you can also do is request they bring things down, but that takes awhile and you don't get to see the entire selection of goods. (and it's definitely worth it to see everything together)
What to buy: What you need to buy are 99% authentic handbags that comes with the bag protector and are lined and zipped just like the original. The prada bag that I bought had actual Prada lining and the word Prada on fine details. I bought my friend a LV mini handbag in the classic print and we took the bag into an LV store later on... I couldn't tell the difference!
What to pay: Bargaining and paying with US dollars is the key. I bought about 8 items for $100 US Cash and that includes purses from Gucci, Burberry, and LV.
The "Ladies Market" can be found on Tung Choy Street in Mongkok and is where you can find many bootleg and counterfeit items of clothing from bags to jeans and from watches to shirts. Some of the items are fairly basic looking and not branded and so are cheap to buy. Even if you're not intending on buying anything, it's a good place to come in the evening and take a walk around, despite it being murderously busy. Oh, and haggle the prices down. The northern section of this street is home to a fish market - pets not food.
Most shopowners actually sell rather expensive items and of course, this is not unusual as they wanna make a living out on the tourists. However, if you want to get a better deal, the art is to bargain like my mom. At least, till you get a happy price. Some people said the prices which you bargain for should mark down at least 75%.
What to buy: Fake brands, bags, clothes, mobile accessories, shoes...Come on, it's ladies market!