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HKYantoYan’s Guide to PMQ in Hong Kong
Have you popped by PMQ in Hong Kong yet? The Former Police Married Quarters, which straddles Hollywood Road, Staunton Street and Aberdeen Street, has now been renovated and launched as a creative hub for local design talent. The site is a Grade-3 historic building, comprising two expansive blocks [namely the H block and S block] that face each other across a central covered piazza, the venue for weekly night markets, art installations [remember the 1,600 papier-mâché pandas?] and other similar events.
The new complex houses exhibition space, artists’ studios and residences, as well as selective retail and F&B outlets. PMQ has a massive range of design on offer – it’s got everything from fashion, furniture, books and stationary, to children’s clothing and kitchenware. It’s also worth checking out the workshops and events that are regularly held. There are various sewing workshops, fashion courses, yoga and meditation classes, metalsmithing seminars and so many other activities to wile away the weekend. Below is a list of cool, off-the-wall spots to check out if you ever decide to explore PMQ.
#1: FLYING ZACCHINIS
Obsessed with everything leather? Flying Zacchinis fashions luxurious leather accessories, including wallets, belts, bags and small accessories, using full-grain, vegetable-tanned cowhide. The store is chock-full of interesting vintage items and motorcycle paraphernalia. Insider tip: The sleek, leather passport holders and eyewear cases are must-haves! Flying Zacchinis – Shop H314, 3/F, H Block, PMQ
Bamboa sells sustainable, hand-crafted bamboo furniture for interiors and exteriors. The store also stocks attractive bamboo and rattan products ranging from eclectic knick-knacks to tableware to floors, decks and even bamboo fabrics. Check out: The Paint Bamboo workshops, which will be offered in September and October. Bamboa – Shop S304, 3/F, S Block, PMQ
#3: FLOW + Living Founded by talented Hong Kong-based ceramicist Yokky Wong, FLOW+Living sells embossed ceramic dinnerware sets and home decor items. This is the perfect place to pick up a pretty housewarming present that’s sure to stand out. They even offer fun-looking pottery workshops that might be worth trying. We love: The ceramic plates imprinted with images of lotus root, broccoli, beans, sweet corn and onions. All so delicious! Flow + Living – Shop H207, 2/F, H Block, PMQ
#4: HASHTAG Baldwin Pui, co-founder of Fungus Workshop [paradise for leather lovers!], is the brainchild of this new multi-brand fashion store. You’ll find asymmetric hand-crafted handbags by Hoiming as they have set up their studio in the shop. They share the space with Hailey’s, a cute Hong Kong-based children’s clothing brand. We recommend: The clutch bags, as well as the handmade accessories. Hashtag – Shop H408, 4/F, H Block, PMQ
#5: 513 PAINT SHOP This chic concept store by Effect by e&e, a creative team specialising in wall design and special paint effects, will make you want to give your home a facelift. 513 Paint Shop offers an assortment of eco-friendly artisanal paints, paint brushes and accessories, along with hand-painted furniture. You’ll also find some inspirational creations on the gallery wall. Insider tip: The Marguerite & Gribuouilli wall stickers and animal canvases are a great way to give any room that ‘wow’ factor.
#6: PHOENIX SWEETS
Phoenix Sweets will draw you right in with their elaborately decorated cakes and pretty pastel interiors. The confectionary specialises in custom-made cakes, cupcakes and sweets for special occasions like weddings, anniversaries and birthdays, which can be ordered at the store or online. Sweet tooth tip: Pop in to try the Rose Earl Gray cupcakes and the intricately designed sugar cookies. Phoenix Sweets – Shop S103, 1/F, S Block, PMQ
#7: ABERDEEN STREET SOCIAL
Restaurant, bar and bakery Aberdeen Street Social is Michelin star Jason Atherton’s latest ‘social’ venue. The airy two-floored restaurant spills out onto a patio overlooking PMQ’s lush gardens. Aberdeen Street Social serves up creative cocktails, homemade pastries, gelati and modern British fare. Enjoy a leisurely brunch of comforting, delicious food in this welcoming space. Foodie tip: The menu includes a range of delicious flatbreads. Make sure you try the ‘JAAL 75%’ chocolate ice cream served with chewy brownie and chunky chocolate balls. Aberdeen Street Social – G/F, 35 Aberdeen Street, PMQ
#8: CHOCOLATE RAIN
Chocolate Rain, as its name would suggest, is the stuff of childhood dreams. In addition to offering workshops on making anything from recycled ornaments to lampshades, the quirky store also sells unique jewellery and accessories. Each piece is handcrafted using a range of artistic techniques. Head here: If you’re looking for a fancy phone case, a one-of-a-kind bag, or funky accessories to spruce up your wardrobe.
YellowKorner’s PMQ gallery has attracted much attention from photography lovers and buyers owing to its simple vision: to make photography art more accessible. The pop-up shop sells iconic, limited edition prints in several formats. Check out: Two of our favourite photos, ‘Lion in the Wind’ by Laurent Baheux and ‘From the Empire Chrysler’ by Laurent Dequick. YellowKorner – Shop S102, 1/F, S Block, PMQ
#10: A DAY WITH FE
Certified yoga instructor Fe Valvekens recently created a range of versatile clothing that blends day wear and yoga wear in a style that’s both fashionable and comfortable. The clothing line also includes dresses, menswear and accessories. Insider tip: Join ‘A Day with Fe’s mailing list to receive emails on yoga events and health workshops. A Day with Fe – Shop S502, 5/F, S Block, PMQ Visit www.pmq.com.hk