As Hong Kong’s most densely populated district, you’ll discover no shortage of things to do and see in Mong Kok. Situated in the centre of Kowloon, Mong Kok is the personification of hustle and bustle. In fact, the district’s name ‘Mong Kok’ literally means ‘a flourishing or busy corner’. Tourists and locals alike mingle here, enjoying the best shopping, food, and culture Hong Kong has to offer.
A mixture of old and new multi-storey buildings, Mong Kok can be a little overwhelming at first glance. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to one of the most animated districts in Hong Kong.
Shopping the markets of Hong Kong is what a visit to Mong Kok is all about. The district is the beating heart of the city’s market scene, with almost every street being home to one market or another. You’ll find all sorts in the vibrant and crowded markets of Mong Kok, from knock-off goods in the Ladies’ Market (men are welcome too!) and brightly coloured fish at the aptly named Goldfish Market, to toy collectibles at In’s Point and trainers galore at the 200-yard long Sneaker Street. One market that is particularly active at this time of year is the Flower Market as Culture Trip describes:
‘The Flower Market is particularly bustling during the Chinese New Year, as local people come and buy varieties of flowers and greenery that they think will bring them luck. It is well worth a visit all year round, though. The majority of vendors here are friendly and hospitable, and they are willing to offer recommendations for customers.’
As well as shopping until you drop, many people travel to Mong Kok to enjoy its thriving street-art scene. The MK alleyway in particular offers a who’s who of street-art for diehard fans. Located between Argyle Street and Bute Street, this two-block stretch is the ultimate outdoor gallery.
From new to old, those interested in the art and culture of yesteryear will want to pay a visit to the Tung Wah Museum. More history can be enjoyed on Shanghai Street, with the architecture of the 1920s and 30s prevalent here.
Central Hong Kong is full of great places to eat, and Mong Kok has its fair share of tasty eateries too. In Mong Kok you’ll discover bars and restaurants to satisfy all tastes.
Harry Potter fans will love the 9 ¾ Café on Yin Chong Street, just one of the many themed cafes in the city. Another concept that isn’t alien in Hong Kong is the cat café. In Mong Kok, you’ll find one of the best cat cafés in town. Café de Kitten on Sai Yeung Choi Street South has a great ambience thanks to its European vibe as well as delicious food. Visitors can come to Café de Kitten to enjoy the company of its resident cats, or indeed to bring their own furry friends along to socialise. You can also indulge your love of cheese with a variety of dishes, including cheese ice cream, at Cow Cow Café on Argyle Street.