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Ladies Market – Why “Ladies” and how to bargain?

March 23, 2021

Name(English): Ladies Market
Name(Chinese): 女人街
Category: Major Attractions
Address(English): Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Address(Chinese): 旺角通菜街
Address Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/mzJu4QYXHRdasQTc7
Address longitude and latitude: 22.31873225334563, 114.1709177348221
Nearest MTR Station: Mong Kok MTR Station Exit E2
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/5XLuMHq7ySfJxGeE9
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.318538845009797, 114.16972580134832
How far from the nearest MTR Station: 2 mins walk from Mong Kok MTR Station Exit E2
Opening hours:
MON 12:00 – 22:00
TUE 12:00 – 22:00
WED 12:00 – 22:00
THU 12:00 – 22:00
FRI 12:00 – 22:00
SAT 12:00 – 22:00
SUN 12:00 – 22:00
Recommended Time to Visit: Afternoon on weekdays
Accessibility Note: Limited spaces for wheelchair users

If you enjoy hunting for cheap products within aisles or you worry about what souvenirs to buy for your friends, the Ladies Market would be a great choice. It has been the most popular market in Mong Kok since it was recognized as the first “Hawker permitted place” in the 1970s. 

It is called the “Ladies” Market for a simple reason: this 1-km-long market used to provide a huge amount of clothing and accessories for women of all ages, but for now, you won’t find many Hong Kong ladies here, only tourists for souvenirs, toys, t-shirts or cellphone cases. 

You may be shocked by how packed and crowded Ladies Market is: stalls are jammed and goods are hung up because of the limited place to showcase the products. When you take a closer look, you will see many products are more or less the same – handbags, souvenirs, “I love HK” t-shirts and accessories. They all have two things in common: cheap and fake.

This is a market flooded with fake goods: you can find LV handbags selling for a few hundred dollars. People are generally looking for fake purses and watches here, but you should never expect good quality out of it especially electronics. (We recommend Lo Wu if you want better quality fake products) Nevertheless, it would be a good place if you want to get some souvenirs here.

But hold on. Don’t take money out of your wallet too soon! The “art” of shopping at Ladies Market is about bargaining. Sellers here always jack up the price, especially when you look like a tourist! Therefore, you have to haggle here. If you need some help, here are a few tips to get the most bang for your buck: 

  1. Start at a lower price. Mostly we start with a 30%-40% (of the listed price), and the sellers may give you a 10% back, you two then can compromise with a discount both are satisfied with. Make sure you don’t give in too much!
  2. Haggle based on what you’re bargaining. If you are buying expensive products or a large number of goods, it would be easier to negotiate. You can’t negotiate much if you are only buying a piece of magnet. 
  3. What if the seller insists not to lower the price? Well, unless it is the only product you can find in the market, you should just walk away. We are sure you can find similar products a few stalls away.

Apart from the Ladies Market, it is also fun to explore other markets in Mongkok, especially when you are looking for specific stuff, e.g. the Sneakers Market, Goldfish market, you can find electronics at Sai Yeung Choi Street South too.

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Michael Tsang

Founder of Hong Kong Free Tours. Used to work in finance for 12 years as an actuary and quit his job to chase his passion.