The Best of Mong Kok
When I first moved to the 852, I was a little surprised when my boyfriend told me where we were going to be living. I had no idea where Mong Kok was, but I discovered it’s a pretty cool place. With plenty of shopping and dining out options, some great bars and a couple of fun things to see and do, Mong Kok is the place to be in my opinion! Sure it may be a little hectic, but isn’t that what living in Honkers is all about?! So, head on over to Mong Kok and check out just a few of my favourite places…
What To Eat and Drink:
One Dim Sum
My favourite local dim sum spot, you can find me here at some point most weekends. My top picks at any dim sum place will always be char siu bao and siu mai, but I can never bring myself to leave without having at least one egg custard bun (no matter how full I am). Be sure to get there early though, the doors may open at 10am, but there’s always a queue!
Find it at Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion, 15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward. Closest MTR Exit – Prince Edward, Exit A.
Read more: The Best Dim Sum in Hong Kong: Where to Go For Every Occassion
Egg Waffles – Or Gai Daan Zai
You may have seen this street food all over HK, but in Mong Kok, I find that you can hardly walk two steps without finding a street vendor selling this local delight. These sweet ‘n’ crispy little guys are the perfect pick me up after a long day pounding the pavements!
Find them all over Mong Kok!
The Ale Project
After a long day navigating the packed streets of MK, you may be in need of a beer come 5pm (or earlier…). The Ale Project is one of the only craft beer focused bars in Kowloon and has an extensive selection of beers and ales to choose from (local brews and selected imports). I also saw an array of tasty looking bar snacks and sandwiches coming from the kitchen, so it’s the perfect spot for lining your stomach and having a few before a big night out.
Find it at 15 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok
For serious coffee fans, Knockbox is the place to come to help fuel your Mong Kok adventure. The team behind the cafe are truly passionate about coffee and want to show it off in its truest forms (so no syrups available here!). On Friday nights, it even hosts a “coffee premiere” where local coffee enthusiasts gather and taste unlimited brewed coffee from 6:30pm – 10pm.
Find it at 21 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit E2.
Afternoon Tea at Alibi, Cordis Hotel
For a refreshing change of pace in chaotic MK, Afternoon Tea at Alibi is the ideal choice. Its seasonal afternoon tea sets offer up sophisticated, modern twists on the traditional faves, such as Tomato and Smoked Bacon Mousse with Crisp Olive and Borage, Iberico Chorizo Croquettes with Nasturtium and Jasmine Tea Panna Cotta with Mango.
Find it at Level 5, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit C3.
If you’re a fan of Japanese desserts, this one’s for you! Cosy and flooded with natural light, this little nook is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends after a day of exploring Mong Kok. With Insta-worthy options such as Green Tea Parfait, Tofu Cheesecake and the infamous Japanese Water Cake, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Don’t forget to try out one of their many fruity and flowery teas as well!
Find it at Room C, 2/F, Cheong Kee House, 4 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, E2
The Garage Bar
Formerly The Backyard Bar, this outdoor area was recently revamped and transformed into The Garage Bar, an outdoor food truck and craft beer destination. Try out the TGB Cheeseburger or Ice-Cream Bolo Bao and wash it down with an ice cold Seven’s, by the Hong Kong Beer Co., or choose three different labels and create your own beer flight!
Find it at Level L, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit C3.
Perched on the top floor of the Nathan 726, Sky offers up a killer view of downtown Mong Kok. Enjoy its high-end French cuisine and be sure to sip on some quality cocktails, away from the busy streets below.
Find it at 25/F, 726 Nathan Road Building, 724-726 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, A1.
9 ¾ Café
Harry Potter lovers, rejoice! Decked out with Harry Potter décor (the half-disappearing trolley is a particularly fun touch), you’re bound to have a magical time. Not only can you finally try butterbeer, but the café’s entire menu is playfully named after the mythical creatures and dragons featured in the book and film series.
Find it at 404 Shop, Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, E2
What To Do:
The Ladies Market
I couldn’t write about Mong Kok and not mention the famous Ladies Market. The 1km stretch is jam packed with stalls selling clothing, accessories, toys, electrical items, souvenirs and so much more! It’s always bustling, but I love to go at night when the streets are lit up and the place really comes alive. My favourite buy from the market is my silk dressing gown, perfect for lounging around and feeling all fancy! Check it out and see what wonders you come away with…
Find it at Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit B3.
Me and George
Hidden in the depths of the Ladies Market, “Me and Gee” is one of the cheapest second hand stores around. This diamond in the rough is famous for its racks of Japanese and Korean vintage clothes at bargain prices. You may need to dig a little to come away with the good stuff, but part of the fun is in the hunt!
Find it at 64 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit B3.
The Langham Place Shopping Mall
If you’re in need of a break, find refuge (and air con) in the colossal Langham Place shopping mall. Containing more than 300 shops, with international brands as well as local independent labels, Langham Place has everything you need under one roof. Also housing a cinema and an array of eateries, it’s the perfect spot to know just in case the rain decides to pour!
Find it at 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit C3.
Another MK wonder. The Goldfish Market is really an entire street dedicated to selling – you guessed it – fish! In addition to the huge variety of live fish available (and every imaginable accessory), the market bizarrely also has small pets such as hamsters, frogs and turtles. Even if you’re just visiting Hong Kong (or have no desire to buy a pet fish), the market is a weird and wonderful place to explore in this city of ours!
Find it at Tung Choi Street North (Goldfish Street), Mong Kok, Hong Kok. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit B3.
Flower Market Road
One of my favourite spots in all of Hong Kong, Flower Market Road (although still busy!) is a welcome respite from the extreme hustle and bustle of the Mong Kok streets. Located on the Prince Edward side, expect to find streets lined with shops selling all varieties of flowers and plants at very reasonable prices. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll after filling your stomachs with dim sum, I rarely pay a visit without coming away with (yet another) houseplant.
Find it at Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Prince Edward, Exit B2.
MOKO Shopping Mall
Another must-visit haven in Mong Kok is the MOKO shopping mall. Shop ‘til you drop at the huge variety of major brands on offer and then feast to your heart’s content at any of the many amazing restaurants!
Find it at 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit B3.
If running about Kowloon all day has your feet getting a little sore, Sneaker Street is the place to head to get some new kicks. As the name would suggest, it’s an entire street offering up pretty much every sportswear and sneaker brand out there, and it’s a must visit for any Sassy Girl who loves comfy shoes!
Find it at Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit D2.
A Sassy fashion fave, the Forever 21 flagship store sadly closed Causeway Bay, so we’re thanking our lucky stars that its Mong Kok location is still here! Where else would we go for those last minute outfits?!
Find it at Pakpolee Commercial Centre, 1A Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Yau Ma Tei, Exit A2.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 17 November, 2016 and was updated on 8 January, 2018.
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All images courtesy of Tiffany Ku. These images may not be reproduced without prior permission from the photographer.