Tips and Tricks: Mong Kok & Yau Ma Tei

 Written by Victoria YANG

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Victoria Yang, a final year undergraduate student from Singapore, is one of the Student Hosts of Off-campus Peer Support Accommodation programme (OPSA).

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Night View of Argyle Street (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)

Mong Kok & Yau Ma Tei would definitely be the top places to choose if you want to live a convenient life as you can almost get whatever you need within a walking distance. It is only 3-4 Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations away from CityU and you will have so many food choices every day.

As one of the busiest districts in Hong Kong, there are a lot of shopping malls, shopping streets, supermarkets, a large variety of food stalls and restaurants, as well as street performance entertainments. However, it may also be a little annoying because of the crowd and noises.

 Street Performance@Sai Yeung Choi Street          Food Stall
(Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Fa Yuen Street – Also known as the Sneakers Street. Shopaholics would love this place as the whole street are filled with fashion stores such as clothes, shoes and accessories at a very affordable price.

Tung Choi Street – Ladies Market, Gold Fish Market and Flower Market are where you can get yourself a pet or flowers to brighten up your house.

Sneakers Street@Fa Yuen Street                                     Gold Fish Market@Tung Choi Street
(Photo taken by Crispin Chan)                                         (Photo taken by Christ Brown)

Langham Place – A huge shopping mall at exit C4 of Mong Kok MTR Station. It is filled with all types of fashion outlets, restaurants and beauty stores. No matter who you are, male or female, shopping would be made so much easier for you.

Supermarkets – ParknShop, Wellcome, Marketplace, Muji, Aeon and wet markets are all available in the districts for your grocery shopping choices.

Personal Care and Beauty – Watsons, Mannings, Sasa, Bourjois, Muji, Living Plaza by Aeon are all available for you to get personal care necessities such as shampoo. They may just be downstairs of your building so you won’t need to carry all the heavy things at all.

Banks – A large number of bank branches such as Hang Seng Bank, HSBC, Citibank, BEA, Standard Chartered, DBS are available along the Nathan Road. You could set up your account or pay your tuition fees especially when the branch in CityU has such a long queue!

24-hour Supermarket               Banks@Nathan Road
(Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Along the Nathan Road, you could easily get to Prince Edward, Tsim Sha Shui, Jordan, etc. on foot if Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei are still not enough to satisfy your needs.

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You can walk from Tsim Sha Tsui to Prince Edward along Nathan Road (Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Food Heaven

If you search on Openrice, you will realise that so many recommended food places are located in Mong Kok & Yau Ma Tei. Almost all types of cuisine could be found to satisfy your cravings. Food places ranging from street stalls to high class restaurants are all within miles from the MTR stations, not to mention that numerous buffets and dessert shops are just around the corner. You would probably have a hard time to think of what to eat every day.

Local food stalls at Mong Kok Cooked Food Market, opposite to Langham Place (Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Of course you could find a few Michelin restaurants in Mong Kok, namely Lei Garden, Ming Court, Dim Dim Sum, One Dim Sum, etc. However, you could also find special and artistic café. At Flower Market, if you smell an aroma of coffee among the fresh flowers, it is probably from the Café Hay Fever, a forest-themed café that would make you healing and relaxed.

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Photo source: Facebook page of Cafe Hay Fever

Another unique café – House of Moments at Sai Yee Street is also worth visiting. They serve a chocolate dessert in a shape of teapot, representing the beauty of the East Asian tea culture. Another signature dish of this café is their tofu cheesecake made with soy beans.

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Photo source: Openrice page of House of Moments

The most famous spot in Yau Ma Tei is no other than Temple Street, and of course their signature “claypot rice”. The area will be bustling by 7pm as Temple Street is packed with stores and tourists just like Ladies Market.

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Night View of Temple Street (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)

The most famous claypot rice places in Yau Ma Tei have always been Four Seasons Pot Rice and Hing Kee Restaurant. It’s hard to say which one is better as there are always long queues outside both restaurants every day. So why not try both and decide which one is your favourite.

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Claypot Rice (Photo source: Openrice page of Four Seasons Pot Rice)

Accommodation

If you are now looking for off-campus accommodations in Mong Kok or Yau Ma Tei area, iRent may help you a lot. However, the website is only in Simplified or Traditional Chinese. On this website, you could find different housing types such as single room, double room or apartment which you could share with your friends.

Mong Kok & Yau Ma Tei are one of the most congested shopping and residential districts in Hong Kong, yet, it is also very convenient to reach every part of Hong Kong through the public transport such as buses, minibuses and MTR.

We will continue to introduce to you all sorts of advantages of living in other districts, such as Hung Hom and Fan Ling. Tips and tricks about living in Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin and Sham Shui Po are available at OPSA website. Please stay tuned with us!

You are also welcome to contribute your ideas and let us know your needs. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us by email.