Ladies Market, Hong Kong
There are booths of Hong Kong-tour souvenirs, Chinese costumes, bags (a lot of pirate bags of "I'm not a plastic bags" and "Mao Tse Dong's protrait") and cheap electronic devices from China.
What to buy: Not here
What to pay: less than 10 USD
Shopping, shopping & more shopping! I couldn't find a more appropriate description for Ladies Street market. Here, you'll find everything that you can ever think of. From souvenirs to buy back for your family & friends, to concert & movie DVDs. Bags, shirts, mahjong sets, shoes, lighters, shades, posters, stickers, etc. And the list goes on... And the best tip I can ever offer is... BARGAIN! Be sure to haggle the price with the owner. If you're not satisfied with it, you can always walk away. Remember, the whole street is yours to shop. Although by doing that, you might get cursed & sweared at in cantonese that you can't really understand.
You cannot miss the Ladies' market. You just will see it !
It is a long street lined with all sort of stalls selling all you can imagine, clothes, shoes, souvenirs, bric-a-brac, even fruit four hungry shoppers !
All things looked a bit tacky for me, clothes and so on, except children's which I found very charming. But the atmosphere is quite Chinese. All people bumping into each other, and pushing and elbow-battling and... Uff, absolutely tiring... I was looking forward to get out of here, really.
Come to see it but pass it quite quickly before someone runs you over!
What to buy: Here, you can shop ladies' clothes (tacky)
Gents clothes (tacky too)
Babies/ children : you know, they look good in anything. I liked the chinese motif little clothes and the Hello Kitty pijamas and little T-shirts. V. cheap.
Little knick-knacks. V.v. cheap.
What to pay: Little. Everything is very reasonably priced.
Also known as "Women's Street" because it used to sell goods only for women, The Ladies Market is located along Tung Choi Street and is also notorious as a haven for various pirated and counterfeit luxe items such are Louis Vuittons or Gucci's or Vercaces, etc., In addition to the street stalls, which sell anything from furiously beeping alarm clocks and glittering copy-watches to unisex clothes and CDs, there are also lots of small shops that sell all sorts of other stuff.
Ladies Market is THE most well-known street market in Mongkok Area of Hong Kong, selling items of various kinds and has many products for sale and you can haggle with the shop keeper. The products are not only for women. Many men's and children's products are for sale as well. Soft toys, clothes, bags, jeans, watches.
address is Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon (near an MTR Mongkok Station)
Ladies Market is Open from: 12:30pm - 10:30pm everyday
What to buy: clothing for men and women of all ages, watches, accessories, bags, cosmetics, small household items and toys, leather jackets, reproduction sunglasses, furiously beeping alarm clocks and glittering copy-watches to unisex clothes and CDs, of which around 98% are counterfeit, if you want the real stuff, READ my MACAU tips here in VT! there are also lots of small shops that sell all sorts of other stuff. My favorite thing to do here is EAT STREETFOOD! since these are cheap and are clean, where can you find barbecued octopus legs, Pork Intestines, Cuttlefish, Pork Lungs, assorted dimsums and dumplings and lots of Fruit and Flavored Juices! Cost between 4 to 10 hkd for the streetfoods and drinks! The market gets its name because it is particularly well known for fashionable ladies’ clothing and is renowned for good bargains. It makes a popular shopping place for both locals and tourists.
What to pay: counterfeit ralph lauren polo shirts at 25 hkd, socks at 20 hkd, ladies leather bags at 70 hkd, Counterfeit Police Sunglasses at 15 HKD, Pirated DVD's at 20 HKD, etc Beware as some unscrupulous stall owners give you old chinese renminbi as change! (old Renminbi are NOT Legal Tender Here!)
What to buy: Brand stores and type of clothing:
G2000: casual to business attire for Men & Women - Dark color tendency for ladies, Lighter color for guys
U2, Bossini: casual attire for Men & Women - bright/pastel colors (p.s. great place to get tank tops for women)
Gordiano: very casual attire for Men & Women
Bess, Apple: Trendy, expensive clothing for Women (expensive trendy for women)
Oh my....this is shopper's heaven (if you're into the fake stuff ... like Gucci, LV, Prada...you get my point!). There are also a lot of video games, cds....stuff that are pirated and not copy writed.... they don't have much of a copywrite law there.... you can find almost anything from little lights, toys, clothes, watches, luggage etc....ANYTHING! You have to check this place out! Shopping HK style!
What to buy: Whatever your heart's desire (or close to it!)
What to pay: BARGAIN BARGAIN BARGAIN!
Ladies Market referred to a local shopping area along Tung Choi Street in Mongkok. Besides cheap clothing, fake handbags and watches, there are also numerous shopping selling computer sofeware, electronic products etc. The price over Ladies Market is much reasonable compared with Stanley Market.
Take some time also to have a look on some weired "Hong Kong Version" products like LV / Gucci toilet roll box!
What to pay: Bargain before you pay!
Be very aware of aggressive saleswomen at Ladies Market. I made a mistake by allowing my daughters to roam on their own on 12/29/2010. The night market was crowded with people, mostly tourists. They went to a shop for a men's belt. After a couple of minutes browsing at the shop, the saleswoman offered to show more details to my three teen daughters, while they kept saying no. My daughters could only spoke little broken Chinese, while the saleslady spoke mostly Cantonese and little Chinese. She kept telling them to buy something, kept trying to show them some stuff.
When they tried to leave without buying, the saleswoman got mad and strangled one of my daughters and left a long visible scratch (see picture). My daughter screamed for help, and the crazy saleswoman got even worse, started to pull her hair, grabbed her wrist and would not let her leave. No one in the crowd offered help, a very indifferent crowd. The saleswoman gestured to call her mafia support with threatening language that my daughters did not understand by using and pointing to her cell phone. Many people would come to see what was going on, yet no one offer any help or intervention, not to mention there was no police anywhere in sight. A couple of saleswomen from nearby shops even came to show support for the crazy woman. After a long struggle, my daughters managed to get away, while chasing by the crazy saleswoman. They eventually got away and hid at a nearby shoe stores for 30 minutes before they emerged to meet with me. They were totally traumatized. We left the area immediately.
The sad thing is, no one came to help while they would come to see what the commotion was when hearing the loud screaming for help. Most were apparently Chinese tourists, with a few Europeans or Americans. They were all the same, nonetheless.
Overall, don't buy anything from Ladies Market. It is a pure tourist trap. Most are of very poor quality, not to mention those low quality knock-offs or look-alike. If you buy something, treat it as a toy. I don't see anything worth buying, other than to embarrass yourself. But mostly, I am appalled by the crazy, aggressive saleswoman.
If you were to buy something, go to Causeway Bay or typical tourist shops. Stay away from Ladies Market. If you go, try to do the following:
1. Walk thru it first. Don't stop at the first few shops and spend much time there. Once you walk thru it, you would get a better idea what you are getting from there.
2. Don't talk to salespeople. Don't ask questions. Do your own browsing.
3. Don't go too deep inside (though those shops are quite shallow). Stay close to the front.
4. Use only English or fingers if you need to negotiate. But keep in mind, there is nothing to haggle for. Do it for fun, not for the goods.
If shopping is what you really want to do, my advice is, go to Taiwan, especially Central or Southern Taiwan. Most products in Hong Kong are more expensive these days. Many Hong Kong residents now go to Taiwan to shop and to eat. So why do you shop in Hong Kong?
Id say these are the best markets we went to while in HK and we went there a few times! They are very easy to find and have a huge selection of the usual market products. Also very easy to get to using the MTR, just get off at Mong Kok Station, take D3 exit, then walk along Argyle Street until you come across the markets, which are one street along. They open from about 11am I think, but it can get quite hot there in the midday sun!
I bought the usual market stuff here, like clothing, sunglasses, keyrings, bracelets, lots of mens t-shirts, luggage tags, paintings etc and all at very very cheap prices. I would definitely recommend at least one day at the Ladies Markets, if not several!!!
If you like to bargain then this is the place. You can bargain down to 50% of their asking price.
- be prepared to walk away if you don't get the price you asked. They will very probably "grab" you back.
- if you find it offensive to be slapped, touched or grabbed, don't show any interest unless you really want to buy
What to buy: Wide range of women's clothes and underwear, also tourist souvenirs.
Don't be misled by the name, there is something for everyone at the Ladies Market. Stalls set up n the street from noon until late.
What to buy: Clothes, gadgets, shoes, watches, jewellry,
Mongkok - The place where you will find all funky fashions, factory outlets and flea markets with bottom prices items.
The best time to go Ladies Market is when it rains! Coz there is less business for the owners and you would be probably getting a better price for the stuffs that u buy.
Ladies market like temple street both sell cheap interesting stuffs.
The products are almost the same. You may find treasure there.