Picture this: Two blocks, two seven-story buildings named Stauton and Hollywood to be exact. Each floor comprised of office spaces for inspiring start-ups, minimalistic art galleries, locally grown shops and restaurants with the most impressive interior designs. There is an existing structure called “The Cube” that links the two blocks – a venue that caters to the most talked about events in Hong Kong. Not only that, it has a charming rooftop garden for everyone to freely walk around, sit down or enjoy the view. It’s quite difficult to believe that this was once a dormitory for Chinese rank and file police officers back in 1951 with 140 single rooms and 28 double rooms.
The Police Married Quarters now fondly called PMQ has now been transformed into a creative hub located in the middle of bustling SoHo. PMQ aims to nurture local creative entrepreneurs and designers, and more importantly promote appreciation of creativity to the community and to the whole world.
As much as we would love to give you an entire tour of the fantastic place, allow us to pick out a certain few that made it to the top of our list.
Aberdeen Street Social
That eye-catching blue neon sign from outside PMQ is an invitation to come on over and dine in Aberdeen Street Social. Upstairs is a modern restaurant established made an intimate gathering with friends while Downstairs is a cocktail bar & café which is a perfect fit for a laidback atmosphere for a more casual dining setting.
Muji, being the brand that we love, takes a step further and created the first independent store overseas called Found Muji in PMQ. Standing by its belief of “Searching and Finding” Found Muji searches for items all around the globe for our everyday necessities and never fails in making us want to buy each product to add to our minimalistic collection!
Goods of Desire
Entering the store could be considered a gallery with its colorful finds – magnet letter box, printed totes, travel pouches, passport covers, wacky chopsticks, you name it!
No Brand No Name
Take your love for sunglasses to the next level by purchasing one of these carefully designed cutting edge sunglasses by Maggie Choi without stressing over the logo attached to it.
Photo Now first came to life when five photographers from Hong Kong and Taiwan decided to collaborate. Photo Now focuses on the art of capturing a certain moment in time through photographs. The company aims to bring together photographers and provides a space to create a photo exhibit to further promote the [Photo Now] culture.
Sohofama is the baby of Hong Kong’s Goods of Desire and LOCOFAMA.
Quaintly decorated with twinkling lights and colored lanterns combined with healthy and organic food makes this restaurant one of our go to spots easily for a quiet, relaxing night.
Musicians would fall in love with the product SoundBrenner has made. This fast-growing startup created the world’s first wearable device for musicians. At this day and age, you can now literally feel the beat by wearing the Soundbrenner Pulse which was designed after a metronome.
We’re claiming it! Taste Library is one of the destinations a foodie must go to. The two thousand square foot space contains three thousand books to discover more about food culture from all over the world. It even contains an open kitchen area to cater to food events!
“If people ask me why we still need a real library and paper books in this digital age, my reply is simple: it takes time, mood and environment to read, in the same way as we needs time and equipment to cook. In PMQ Taste Library, we read anything about food, experience time passing beautifully slowly, and learn about respect and treasure.” – Craig Au Yeung
Photo from Merci Magazine
Make art accessible to everyone – This was the exact philosophy two French art-lovers – Alexandre de Metz and Pau Antoine Briat had in common when they first founded YellowKorner. Beautifully framed photographs hanging on every white wall, YellowKorner makes you want to bring home every single piece.
Still want an extra push to visit PMQ? Keep an eye out for a baby grand piano with the sign that says, “Play Me, I’m Yours!” Whether you’re visiting PMQ to check out the stores, dining in a restaurant with friends, or breaking the silence by playing the piano, there’ll be a story or two to share about your trip to the creative hub PMQ.
Learn more about PMQ here: http://www.pmq.org.hk
Photos c/o respective brands and stores.