Formerly known as the Central Police Station, Tai Kwun is a new cultural hub for heritage and arts, as well as good food and new discoveries
From scouting out the best local illustrators and pottery workshops to international art exhibitions in Hong Kong, we’ve seen a thriving art scene develop in the city of late. Tai Kwun, formerly known as the Central Police Station, has recently been transformed into a well-beloved spot for heritage and arts, and we just had to find out more about it.
From the Central Police Station to Tai Kwun
Led by The Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, the revitalisation project at Tai Kwun aims to serve as a place of inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment for all the folks in Hong Kong (especially lovers of contemporary art and history). Much like PMQ before it, it’s exciting to see a heritage building transformed into a new public space that brings art and culture to the masses, but will it actually achieve what it sets out to do? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Comprising three declared monuments – the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison – the transformed Tai Kwun features sixteen heritage buildings, two new buildings and outdoor spaces for organisations and artists to host collaborative programmes, exhibitions, events and performances – including film, photography, music, design and more.
The structure is overwhelmingly stunning and was completed by Swiss-based/international architecture wonder firm Herzog & de Meuron, but we think it’s really important to note that local Hong Kong practice Rocco Design Architects were the Executive Architects on the project to help maintain the local intricacies and sensitivity of the project. Go, team!
Eat and shop in Tai Kwun
Fancy a unique culinary experience? Other than exhibitions and programmes, there are also an array of boutiques, gift shops and restaurants in Tai Kwun for visitors to check out.
If you want to know how it feels to be in a Parisian café in 1930s, Café Claudel is not to be missed. As a social and culinary hub in Tai Kwun, visitors will get to have a taste of classic French food while sitting by the quintessential terrance. Such cosy ambience makes it hard to leave, so take your favourite Hemingway novel and settle in.
Café Claudel, Shop 1, G08, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2411 1310, 中環荷李活道10號大館地下1-G08號鋪
We’re huge fans of art in all mediums, and Touch Ceramics is dedicated to promoting local talented ceramists and bringing the joy of ceramic making to Hong Kong. Through hosting different exhibitions and workshops, visitors will learn to appreciate ceramics art and the beauty of the traditional craftsmanship.
Touch Ceramics, Shop 203, Block 3 Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2562 9000, 中環荷李活道10號大館第三座203號鋪
Aiming to integrate green plants into an aesthetic lifestyle, Bonart is a terrarium concept store in Tai Kwun that makes lovely and sustainable plants in sealed bottles for indoor decoration. Customers are also able to craft their own art-piece to take home at Bonart, this definitely will be a hit with kids and adults alike at Tai Kwun, for sure.
Bonart, Shop 03-204A, 2/F Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2789 2782, 中環荷李活道10號大館2樓03-204A號鋪
Van Gogh SENSES Gifts
Apart from being a lovely place to shop, customers will also be able to experience the art of gifting at Van Gogh SENSES Gifts by choosing the perfect surprise for family and friends. Offering a great selection of products, including confectionery, delicacies, tea and coffee, flowers, all gifts are created by artists who have been inspired by the creative works of Van Gogh, just another reason why Tai Kwun is such a special little haven in Central.
Van Gogh SENSES Gifts, Shop 01-G03, G/F, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2884 0224, 中環荷李活道10號大館01座地下01-G03號鋪
Get set for the end of June, as Old Bailey at Tai Kwun officially opens to showcase Jiangnan cuisine and traditions, providing visitors with a completely new elevated dining experience. Expect authentic Jiangnan favourites, such as Longjing Tea Smoked Pigeon, Mala Iberico Pork Xiao Long Bao, Ten Treasure Duck and more. Coming from the stable behind faves such as 208 Duecento Otto, Rhoda and Fish School, you know we can’t wait for this one!
Old Bailey, Shop 20, 2/F Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 中環荷李活道10號大館2樓20號鋪
And this is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come at this new vibrant space. Stay tuned for more on temporary exhibitions, festivals and events.
Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 中環荷李活道10號大館