Situated between the Mong Kok Police Station and the Hong Kong Bird Market lies the floral epicenter of Hong Kong: the Mong Kok Flower Market. This slice of heaven on earth is a flower and garden-lover’s paradise. One can find garden supplies, bulbs, and seeds, but the main feature is the incredible selection of plants and flowers.
To get to the Mong Kok Flower Market, I recommend taking the highly efficient MTR to the Prince Edward Station. At the station, take Exit B1 and walk east along Prince Edward Road West until you start seeing stalls of plants and flowers. And then just meander through the streets and stalls enjoying the stunning sights and fragrant aroma.
The Flower Market is open from 9:30am until 7pm daily. I’ve been told by locals that the best time to visit is in the morning to have the best selection. I, on the other hand, went on a Sunday afternoon which was extremely packed with consumers and tourists alike. While busy, it did not dampen the delight. I’m also told that the period leading up to Chinese New Year is very busy with locals looking for auspicious flowers and plants to bring good luck for the New Year.
The market shops sell nearly every type of plant and flower you could possibly imagine: bamboo, bonsai, amaryllis, anthurium, gardenia, roses, carnations, sweet peas, hydrangea, and lilies. Even in Hong Kong’s subtropical climate, I was amazed to find cacti, sunflowers, and mums. There are also oodles of orchids sold by stems and in plant form. Shoppers can purchase flowers by the bunch or pre-made bouquets. Prices are extremely reasonable as well.
A few additional tips for your trip to the Mong Kok Flower Market:
- If you are hoping to take your market purchases back to your home country, please research your country’s floral import rules.
- While the flowers are amazing and you’ll no doubt want to take photos, please be mindful of those looking to purchase flowers and the shopkeepers’ shops.
- And of course, if you’re looking for a taste of Hong Kong after you return home, check out the import selections on RudiGourmand.com.