One of the most all-time favourite shopping districts in Hong Kong is Mong Kok, famous for its day-to-night bustling activities. A wide range of eateries and street foods are open until late to keep your stomach full and your mouth happy. With numerous street stores to open-air markets, locals and tourists are attracted to explore Mong Kok mostly for grabbing new goods. Nevertheless, creativities could be found throughout the area, such as street shows, arts and dance, as well as captivating places which could make your day highly enjoyable. Be charmed, bring out your camera, and capture your best shots at these five strongly recommended places to visit in Mong Kok.
I. FOR CAFÉ CRAVERS: MUM’S NOT HOME
This unusually laid-back café is situated in an old building, turning an intentionally worn-out room into the district’s cool. Artistic décor, plentiful little plants, and dissonant furniture make this place peculiarly charming like nowhere else. You can do some shopping here for chic clothing, postcards, accessories, and other hip handicrafts. Most items available here are uniquely homemade, including their drinks and desserts. Butterfly pea might as well be its signature ingredient, so do not miss Secret of Butterfly Pea Tea and Butterfly Pea Lime Cheesecake once you take a seat at this café.
II. FOR LOBSTER SAVOURERS: DAY AND NITE BY MASTER KAMA
Be ready to Instagram your foods, as they are all literally photogenic and mouth-watering. Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Sea Urchin Ochazuke Set, Tiger Prawn Linguine, Lobster Pizza, Lobster Roll – sound nice enough? The foods right before your eyes are even more tempting in look and juicy in taste. The restaurant was adorably decorated in navy and white tones, giving the atmosphere of dining by a pier. The renowned highlights here are definitely big, fresh lobsters and cheesy menus. For beverages, you might delightfully have a hard time deciding what to order between bubble tea in vivid colours, smoothies in pastels, or soft-looking cream sodas. The signature cocktails topped with marshmallows are also unmissable.
III. FOR MOVIE-GOERS: BROADWAY CINEMATHEQUE
In Mong Kok stands a stylish, long, white building with wooden windows, the Broadway Cinematheque, the cultural landmark of this busy area. In addition to world-class blockbusters, award-winning pictures, and well-selected local films, this cinema often hosts special screenings and film festivals. For absolute film buffs, visit Kubrick, located next to the cinema, and find your joy in reading about your endearing movie world. This library-like café provides you with warm, scented coffee, light meals, and all kinds of cinema-related publications.
IV. FOR HEALTHY ROCKETEERS: BANA BANA
Here is your chance to have a glass of juice made in a spaceship. Bana Bana is an ideal place for takeaway refreshments. Simply pick your own fruit combination, available in colourful cubes, into an adorable little spacecraft and have your juice freshly processed at the cashier. There are 26 kinds of fruit here, with nutritional information and amount of calories for each.
V. FOR AFTERNOON TEA TRADITIONERS: PAUSE REWIND N FASTFORWARD
This dreamy little garden is truly a heaven for flower lovers, as well as people who love the tranquil smell of tea. Dried flowers stylishly beautify the plain wall, making it a perfect match with wooden furniture. There are plenty of floral stuffs for sale, which are delicately made by hands and heart. From mobile phone cases to handicrafts, flowers are never left out. Beside those lovely inedibles, a variety of tea and treats are served to complete a quality time. The popular Cherry Blossom Raindrop Cake, a bouncy translucent cake with a flower blooming inside, is a must-try pairing with a cup of fine tea.