Set to be transformed for creative industries uses in March, 2010, PMQ now features a hip selection of local fashion labels, design pop-ups, cute cafes and bars
Derelict for a decade, the Police Married Quarters in SoHo was built in the 1950s and was once used as a location for Chinese horror movies. Just like the recently renovated Tai Kwun, PMQ in Central welcomes fans of art galleries, crafty peeps to attend creative courses and those who are simply looking to visit the latest pop-up stores, restaurants and cafes. Explore the best of PMQ by checking out our favourite spots!
What to see at PMQ, Central
Well, the necessity for earth-friendly everyday items has become apparent, especially in Hong Kong where recycling isn’t common place. Bamboa uses bamboo, a great alternative material, to craft a selection of colourful goods for the home. It’s easy to see why it’s become a favourite; their bamboo towel hoodies for kids and Boo Tea flask are amazing!
Bamboa, S304, PMQ, PMQ元創方A座S304號鋪
ISATISSE is an independent illustration brand established by local designer Isabel Tong. What makes ISATISSE special is that Isabel’s beautifully peculiar characters are very real and genuine, and they resonate with all introverts out there. They offer a wide range of products, including phone cases, clothing, sticker tattoos. And they’re all extremely colourful and creative!
Read our interview with Isabel Tong from ISATISSE
ISATISSE, H406, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 中環鴨巴甸街35號B座4樓H406號舖
Perfect sourdough, French bread and pastries… Levain Bakery had us at their delicious European artisanal bread. All of their creations are free from artificial flavours and preservatives, and there are also a number of vegan and gluten-free options!
Levain Bakery, Unit H105, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Hong Kong, 中環鴨巴甸街35號PMQ元創方B座H105號鋪
Are you interested in sake? Sake Central at PMQ is dedicated to celebrate Japanese culture through their curated menu of food and beverage, especially sake. Having sourced their sakes from breweries from across the world, you will get to taste some of the best Japanese liquor in town.
Sake Central, S109-S113, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 中環鴨巴甸街35號PMQ元創方A座S109-113號鋪
Regarded as one of the 25 Top Chinese Americans in Business by Forbes magazine, internationally-renowned fashion designer Vivienne Tam is most known for her unique east-meets-west design. If you’re looking to glam up your wardrobe with some China Chic (which is the name of her book), you’ll definitely love Vivienne Tam.
Vivienne Tam, SG03 – SG07, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2721 1818, 中環鴨巴甸街35號PMQ元創方A座SG03-SG07號鋪
Founded in 2016, Andrew Kayla at PMQ creates chic and comfortable trainers for men and women with three distinct designs: Low-top, High-top and Rider. Not only are they using top-quality materials, such as suede and Italian leather, they have also incorporated different pastel colours in their collection Able And Ready (AAR) – which we are huge fans of.
Check out our guide to footwear designed in Hong Kong here
Andrew Kayla, Shop H311, 3/F PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 中環鴨巴甸街35號PMQ B座3樓H311號鋪
Garden Meow Café
Garden Meow Café is definitely one of the highlights of PMQ. With an interesting vintage interior design and intricate Taiwanese dishes – such as their Drunken Chicken and fluffy cotton candy cloud soda drink – it’s a perfect spot for you and your friends to do some catching up or food instagramming.
Read our full review on Garden Meow Café here
Garden Meow Café, HG01-HG05, G/F PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2818 5438, 中環鴨巴甸街35號PMQ B座地下HG01-HG05號舖
Established by frenchman Arnault Castel in 2006, Kapok has grown from a local lifestyle shops in Hong Kong to an internationally-renowned fashion and designer brand. Selling an array of alternative clothing, footwear and fashion items, Kapok is where you get your future classics.
Kapok, HG10-HG12, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2858 8170, 中環鴨巴甸街35號B座地下HG10-HG12號舖
Hong Kong Oapes
Local jewellery designer, Ronno Ip embraces Hong Kong culture as well as the local art and design scene in his jewellery. From his pendants of Hong Kong’s stunning skyline to adorable earrings that feature the 12 Chinese zodiac signs – we love them all. Don’t miss the pendant that looks like an egg tart but is actually rice yellow jade!
Hong Kong Oapes, H310, PMQ, PMQ元創方B座H310號鋪
G.O.D. and Sohofama
You will be spoilt for choice at Goods of Desire (G.O.D.), a local lifestyle store that features all sorts of products including homeware and fashion with a distinct Hong Kong flair. We suggest splashing out on a colourful array of Hong Kong-inspired gifts such as tissue boxes made from local newspaper and photo frames featuring quirky yet quintessential Hong Kong experiences.
But that’s not all! G.O.D. is also collaborating with organic restaurant Locofama and is serving up Chinese comfort food at its very own Sohofama. Think steamed whole crab in organic egg whites and you’ll realise that comfort food just got healthier!
Loom Loop by designer Polly Ho, goes beyond just being a label. Her collections are actually inspired by popular Chinese legends of tragic love stories. We absolutely love her fresh take on prints in her latest collection and the statement pieces crafted in Canton silk.
Loom Loop, S205, PMQ, PMQ元創方A座S205號鋪
A number of Japanese cultural rituals celebrate the beauty of ceramics, and Waka Artisans crafts bespoke pieces that reflect this. Here, you’ll find vibrant creations on display, such as tea bowls, plates and sculptures. If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to partake in one of their events, like a Japanese matcha tea ceremony, incense ceremony or a sake tasting.
Waka Artisans, S303, PMQ, PMQ元創方A座S303號鋪
Are you into the modern vintage style? If so, Cecilia Ma is a well-loved homegrown designer that you’ve got to look out for. The materials she uses for her bags and jewellery are extremely unconventional; we bet you won’t be able to resist getting one of her bright neon clutches for a night out.
Cecilia Ma, S411, PMQ, PMQ元創方A座S411號鋪
“The collision of the world of art and fashion is how I see today’s woman,” shares local designer Chailie Ho. We just adore her Hong Kong-inspired scarves which can be worn in the most fun and playful way – while adding a pop of colour to any outfit in your wardrobe!
Chailie Ho, S409, PMQ, PMQ元創方A座S409號鋪
513 Paint Shop
If you love beautiful colours, then you must check out the gorgeous paint available from 513 Paint Shop. Not only that, but the environmentally-friendly range comes in a mix of finishes – you can even mix in some gold foil! They also host a number of exciting painting workshops suitable for everyone of all ages, so be sure to look at our events calendar to see what is coming up.
513 Paint Shop, S513, PMQ元創方A座S513號鋪
While seats may be limited at Café Life, if you need a coffee on-the-go, then look no further! This little hole-in-the-wall proves that size doesn’t matter, and the long line of eager customers waiting outside pays testament to Café Life’s delicious and high quality coffee. We’ve heard their mixed berry tart is a must-try too.
Café Life, S106, PMQ, PMQ元創方A座S106號鋪
Coney & Co
A lady’s ensemble is never complete without an accessory or two, and all the necklaces, earrings and headbands at Coney & Co are made from scratch by the super-talented Coney Ko. We are already fans of her latest Peacock collection which is Art Deco-inspired and features brass structures alongside a variety of coloured gemstones.
Coney & Co, H203, PMQ, PMQ元創方B座H203號鋪
Ever worked with 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC milling? Whether you’re a student, a hobbyist or looking to turn your products into prototypes for manufacturing, Maker Bay might just be what you’re in need of to help put your imagination to work. Now, what are you going to make?
Maker Bay, H508, PMQ, PMQ元創方B座H508號鋪
Aberdeen Street Social
After all that shopping, you may be in need of a drink (or two), so hit up Aberdeen Street Social between 5 to 7pm for a fabulous happy hour. Cocktails start at just $68 (yes, you heard that right), while you can pick up a wine or beer for just $50!
Want to discover more cultural spots in Hong Kong? Explore Foo Tak Building in Wan Chai, learn more about anime culture at Mong Kok’s Sino Centre or have an exquisite tea tasting experience at Plantation.