…Continued from the previous post: 3 Days In Hong Kong – Trip to Lantau Island (Day 2)
I had heard of Ladies Market as ‘The’ place to shop at while in Hong Kong, so obviously a trip there was needed. Ladies market is a street market in Mong Kok and you can buy all sorts of things here starting from clothes, bags, tacky designer knock offs to crockery and souvenirs. The market in itself wasn’t too great to be honest. While I did pick up 2 noodle bowls, a Totoro flask and some souvenirs as gifts for friends and family back home, there isn’t much else to buy and prices are not too cheap either. Yes, you can haggle but this is not Bangkok, so don’t expect the prices to drop too low from what is mentioned. It takes half an hour to scan the entire market and you can even walk further down and explore other individual stores in Mong Kok. One thing I loved was all the crazy sign boards all over the place, it made the place look like something out of a crazy Chinese film, where a fight scene would break out anytime. I guess I am just being dramatic but the rain too added to it. See it for yourself!
After walking around for a bit, we took a taxi back to our hotel to drop off the shopping, freshen up and get ready to head to Lan Kwai Fong, more popularly known as LKF. If there is one place you have to go to to grab a drink, it’s got to be LKF. A small L shaped street lined with numerous bars and pubs this is a favorite with travelers and expats alike. It’s very close from Wanchai and we didn’t take more than 15 minutes to reach. It was still a bit early so we decided to just walk around the many shops for a little bit and ultimately ended up shopping again! I spotted a huge Marks & Spencer’s store and I just had to buy the cookies and the shortbread ofcourse (don’t know why the stores in India don’t sell them! M&S are you listening?) Another awesome place we discovered for shopping was this store called Cotton On which had an amazing and affordable collection of everyday casual wear, and the magical word SALE on it’s door, so yes the shopping bags were filled and how! Finally we decided to go get a table at one of the pubs but not before yet another distraction a Godiva shop that sold Godiva ice cream, shakes, chocolates and more! How could I resist?!
Finally we made our way to the pubs and even though it was a Monday, all of them were already full, we finally got the only decent table at a bar named Gorkha (owned by a Nepalese) and you wont believe it but along with our beers, wine and hookah we had some pretty spectacular momos and Nepalese style noodles in Hong Kong!
While the true vibe of LKF can only be felt on a weekend where it gets so packed with people that it all turns into a big party on the road, I had to be satisfied chilling here on a Monday because during the trip I didn’t really have the weekend in Hong Kong. Still for a Monday night it wasn’t too bad, tables at every place were full and it was still super lively, besides we were early, this place gets livelier post 12 is what I have heard. We spent about 2 hours at the bar and decided to head back to our hotel around 12.30 am. Definitely visit LKF, it’s a fun place, and if you can go on a weekend it’s even better!
I remember, going to bed that night with the feeling of a holiday coming to an end soon and while that kind of bummed me out a little bit, I still had one more day in this crazy city and more on that coming up in the next post.