Starting at PMQ, formerly the Police Married Quarters, its vibrant design and arts scene is made up of an exciting range of home-grown design shops, studios and dining outlets.
My art adventure starts on the ground floor at the HKTDC Design Gallery, a label founded by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in 1991, where a series of eclectic and innovative products are on display.
Another highlight of the creative hub is confectionery shop Alice Wild Luscious, with a list of cookies, cakes, ice-creams, coffees and chocolate truffles on offer. Perched on the second floor, a fashion accessory shop called Stars & Tart blends quirky illustrations of animals and nature with accessories.
If you’re looking for hand-made accessories, look no further than 794729 metalwork, a silver accessory workshop founded by local accessory designer Ivan Keung. The name 794729 is derived from the periodic table of chemical elements, for which No.79 stands for gold, No.47 for silver and No.29 for copper. Then we have the inviting 513 Paint Shop up on the fifth floor, bringing the concept of designer paint shops from the West to PMQ.
The revitalised site is also a great learning hub for food and handcraft lovers. Located on the first floor is ABC Cooking Studio, offering a variety of cooking, cake making and bakery classes. The studio also has another branch at K11 in Tsim Sha Tsui.
I wrap up my visit at Aberdeen Street Social to grab a bite. The two-storey restaurant is set over a secluded garden at the sprawling complex with a nice alfresco area for drinks.
35 Aberdeen St, Central