When you crossed Argyle Street you will find yourself in the most famous, most visited and most popular market: the Ladies Market. The Ladies market was relocated from its previous place in Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei and ever since became popular among locals and visitors. Interestingly, the area was once an area of market gardens. Don’t be confused by the name “Ladies Market”, because it is not a place where you can only get ladies’ products. Btw, the translation of the Ladies Market Tung Choi Street is “Water Spinach Street”.
Although the market is called Ladies market and used to sell items just for ladies in the old times, it offers nowadays products and souvenirs for everybody nowadays from T-shirt, watch, clock, handbag, typical Hong Kong souvenirs to DVD, toy, even popular items such as IPod/IPhone covers. Besides, you even can find sex toys and underwares here. Unfortunately, the owners of the stalls wouldn’t allow us to take any photos there. No matter what, remeber to leave enough space your suitcase.
Besides all the small items, you will notice there are many stalls don’t have any products but put a catalog of luxury brands of handbags (such as LV, Gucci) or watches (such as Rolex) on the table. Be aware that they are selling actually fake handbags and watches. Because it is illegal, therefore they cannot put the bags and watches here. You also will find the fake earphones here, such as Dr. Beats.
The Ladies Market on Tung Choi Street opens from 12:30pm-11:00pm every day. And the best time to visit this market would be around the early afternoon. At evening and especially on weekends and holidays this street is very crowded.
Insider Tips: Prices are more an idea than fixed. Make sure to bargain with the sellers…even if they have a sign with “no bargaining”. If you don’t succeed or are not happy with the offered price simply stroll to the next stall. Don’t worry since products and stalls are very similar and you will find a good chance to find a place with a good bargaining. And another piece of advice: the ladies market is a very crowded place and although Hong Kong is a very safe place I would recommend you to take very good care of your belongings and safeguard them.
How to Get to Ladies Market:
Take MTR to either Yau Ma Tei station or Mongkok station. Ladies Market is on Tung Choi Street between Dundas Street and Argyle Street.
For all the serious shopping addicted and bargain hunters who can’t get enough: There are 2 parallel roads to Tung Choi Street which are very famous among locals: the Sneaker Street (Fa Yuen Street) and the Electronic Street (Sai Yeung Choi Street).
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