Spend more than a couple of days shopping in Hong Kong and you’ll be craving something different. Most shopping malls have the same chain stores offering the same goods for sale, so where can you go for unique artisan goods in Hong Kong.
The answer is a newly revitalised centre called PMQ.
PMQ: A former Police Married Quarters
Steeped in history PMQ was previously a school and a former ‘police married quarters’ for Hong Kong’s police force while Hong Kong was still a British colony – giving rise to its current name “PMQ”. These days however, instead of being a domestic dwelling, it has been transformed into a mecca for artisans and a place for them to sell their unique artworks, clothing, homewares to the public in a dedicated space.
Exhibitions and Artist studios
Alongside retail, PMQ provides a unique opportunity to explore designers at work. You’ll find designers often working in their studios along side exhibitions of their work. In 2014, PMQ hosted the 1600 Pandas exhibition.
Sunday Design Markets
Locals will tell you to visit the free Design Markets held in the PMQ courtyard from 11am-9pm on Sundays. The design markets feature local artists who sell a range of unique hong kong style apparel, jewellery, accessories and homewares in a market style atmosphere. If you’ve ever visited Chelsea Markets in New York or Portobello Road in London you’ll get the idea. Follow Twitter for reminders on when the markets pop-up or plan your visit with dates from the PMQ website.
If you are artistically-inclined and local (or a long term stay in Hong Kong) then PMQ also offers a range of workshops including cooking classes. The workshops vary from painting to craft work and are generally run during the week after hours. The website lists the current workshops.
Our insiders say:
- On foot, travel up to PMQ via the Mid Levels Escalator alighting at Hollywood Road, and turn right. Hollywood Road intersects with Aberdeen Street.
- Shops inside are air conditioned, but central courtyards are not, dress lightly in summer months
- You’ll find Goods of Desire (GOD) here for browsing some unique Hong Kong souvenirs
- After PMQ stroll down Aberdeen to Gough Street for more eclectic Hong Kong shopping
- Indulge in a coffee and pastry at Cafe Life on Level 1, Staunton Building.
- PMQ is located at the intersection of Hollywood Road and Aberdeen Street on Hong Kong Island.
- Take Bus 26 from Sheung Wan MTR station (Exit E2)
- Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
- Website: http://www.pmq.org.hk