Exploring what this city has to offer…
When I moved to the 852 just a few short months ago, I was a little surprised when my partner told me where we were going to be living. I had no idea where Mong Kok was, but I’ve discovered it’s a pretty cool place to be, with so many interesting things on offer. 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 come on mamas, head on over to Mong Kok and check out just a few of my favourite places…
What To Eat and Drink:
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! Plus, your kiddos will love peeling apart each waffle… who says you can’t play with your food?
Find them all over Mong Kok!
After a long day navigating the packed streets of MK, you may be in need of a beer come 5pm (or earlier if the kiddos are running wild…). 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 nibbles!
Find it at 15 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit D2.
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, they even host a “coffee premiere” where local coffee enthusiasts gather and taste unlimited brewed coffee from 6.30 – 10pm.
Find it at 21 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit E2.
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.
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Afternoon Tea at Alibi, Cordis Hotel
For a refreshing change of pace in chaotic Mong Kong, Afternoon Tea at Alibi is the ideal choice. The picnic inspired afternoon tea is served in a traditional wicker hamper and offers up sophisticated, modern twists on the traditional faves, such as mini crab cake burgers and foie gras pâté with bourbon bacon jam on freshly baked French baguettes. Perfect for those mama and daughter dates!
Find it at Level 5, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit C3.
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 Ninja Lobster Roll and wash it down with an ice cold Big Wave Bay, 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 their high-end French cuisine and be sure to sip on some quality cocktails, away from the busy streets below. Definitely a new date night option!
Find it at 25/F, 726 Nathan Road Building, 724-726 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, A1.
What To Do:
I could hardly 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.
The Langham Place Shopping Mall
If you’re in need of a break from the streets of Mong Kok, find refuge (and air con) in the colossal Langham Place shopping mall. Containing over 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 incase the rain decides to pour! Mama tip: if you’re looking to change bubba’s diaper or need a place to nurse, cross the street to Cordis at Langham Place.
Find it at 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit C3.
One of my favourite spots in all of Hong Kong is Flower Market Road (although still busy!). It’s 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.
Another MK wonder. Goldfish Market is an entire street dedicated to selling, you guessed it – fish! As well as the huge variety of live fish available (and every imaginable accessory), the market bizarrely also has small pets such as hamsters, frogs and turtles. If your kiddos are ready for the responsibility of a small pet, this is the perfect place to take them! 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.
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.
Another must-know 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 gettin’ 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 is a must visit for any mama who loves her comfy shoes!
Find it at Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit D2.
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Happy exploring, mamas!