Spend a day at the creative shopping hub
Spend a day surrounded by interesting exhibitions and designs at the creative hub that is PMQ (Police Married Quarters), and satisfy your inner wanderer! If you’re a supporter of locally produced goods (more environmentally and economically friendly!), PMQ showcases individual brands that sell the coolest trinkets and knick knacks you never knew you needed. Hangout with friends and family, bring along artsy visitors, or just take a quick stroll through the blocks for something specific – there’s no reason not to drop by! Besides, Little Bao is just next door and any excuse we can get to pop on over is a good one…
Fashion and accessories:
This environmentally friendly accessory store will satisfy your inner Hong Kong-er, with it’s cute silver origami and street-eat styled accessories (hello bolobao and egg tarts necklaces!).
Oecoeco, S411, 4/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2542 947, www.facebook.com/lucyshih.oecoeco
Priding itself on creating “wearable art pieces,” Marijoli Jewellery creates unique pieces from precious and semi-precious stones that fuse the spirit of zen philosophy with individual style.
Top Tip: The store offers free feng shui readings that can be followed up by creating your own custom accessories adorned with stones and elements that work best for you!
Marijoli Jewellery, S412, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2858 5898, www.marijoli.com
Goods Of Desire (G.O.D)
Well known to both expats and locals alike, the store is great if you’re looking for quintessential HK-Style souvenirs. Check out the unique T-shirt designs splayed with (sometimes inappropriate) slogans and quotes!
Top Tip: Even if you do check out the PMQ branch, be sure to visit the one in Central for Insta-worthy pics in front of the Alex Croft x G.O.D. wall! Find the other shop locations here.
Goods Of Desire, G09 – G14, G/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2915 2822, www.god.com.hk
Cecilia Ma Couture
For quirky and contemporary bags, this store is a must-visit. The clutches are each elegantly designed with an “intriguing mix of classic femininity and urban edgy chic,” featuring clever and eccentric quotes and phrases.
Cecilia Ma Couture, S411, 4/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.ceciliama.com
The Little Finger
We couldn’t resist stepping foot into this adorably named shop. The strong geometrical accessories were all created with high-quality materials, produced locally by Hong Kong artists (which you can sometimes spot behind the cashier at work). Time to treat yourself with a little something you’ll be wearing daily!
The Little Finger, H206, 2/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2803 2119, www.thelittlefinger.com
If you’re on a constant lookout for luxury fashion brands, we recommend looking at SAU! From dresses and evening gowns to tops, the store has an endless selection of elegant pieces for you to choose from.
SAU, H308, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, firstname.lastname@example.org
Absolute Vintage Eyewear
We know that wearing glasses in the hot and humid HK weather is a real pain (we’re looking at you: rain, mist, fog etc…), but with Absolute Vintage Eyewear, at least we’ll look good! This frames store stocks a whole selection of quirky and eccentric patterns and shapes that are, indeed, vintage.
Top Tip: If you like what you see, you can always check out their main store in TST for more (2A, Kee Shing Centre, 74 – 76 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong).
Absolute Vintage Eyewear, H407, 4/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 6080 3913, www.absolute-vintage.hk
For the next footwear trend, look no further than Andrew Kayla. Made with vegetable tanned leather, suede or Italian leather, these walking shoes are not only comfortable but stylish as well – the best of both worlds! With three practical designs to pick from (low-top, high-top and rider), you’re sure to find a fun number to suit your style.
Andrew Kayla, H311, 3/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2894 2281, www.andrewkaylasports.com
ABC Cooking Studio
Every time you walk through PMQ, chances are, there will be a cooking class going on in the studio. The space ticks all boxes for the kitchen of our dreams, as it is fully equipped, spacious and fully stocked with fresh ingredients. Whether you’re a beginner or professional, ABC Cooking Studio will have a class for you!
Top tip: Bring the kids along for some quality family time, or plan your budding little chef’s next birthday party here!
ABC Cooking Studio, H110 – 112, 1/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2915 1022, www.facebook.com/abccookingstudio
For fun and delicious cakes, cupcakes and cookies, drop by this sweet shop. It has amazing pre-order grand cakes that are decorated beautifully, and the cupcakes can satisfy any sweet tooth craving you might have in-between shopping breaks.
Top Tip: Opt for the Rose Earl Grey Cupcake, and let the kids check out the glorious buttercream. The afternoon tea set is $50 for a cupcake and a drink!
Phoenix Sweets, S103, 1/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2104 9798, www.phoenixsweets.com
PMQ Taste Library
Food and books, our two loves in life, the Taste Library combines the two! The first and only food-themed library in Asia holds monthly book reviews, food culture events, book launches, and more!
Top tip: This is a great place to explore for a bit of quiet time. Whether you’re leaving the little one at home, or bringing along some light literature, it’s worth making the most of the reading rooms (all open to the public).
PMQ Taste Library, H504, 5/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 3481 3998, www.pmq.org.hk/shop/taste-library
Aberdeen Street Social
A collaboration between Michelin-Star Chef Jason Atherton and entrepreneur Yenn Wong, and designed by Neri and Hu, the classy dining option is usually busy with happy customers enjoying the ambience and food. What are you waiting for?
Top Tip: Happy hour is from Monday to Friday, 5pm to 7pm – you’re welcome!
Aberdeen Street Social, G/F, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2866 0300, www.aberdeenstreetsocial.hk
Carbs galore! Levain Bakery specialises in delicious artisan sourdoughs, French and Italian breads, pastries, desserts and all the good stuff. The best bit? All the delicious goodies are handmade, so you don’t have to worry about unwanted preservatives. The bakery also conducts courses if you’re interested in learning about the science behind baking.
Levain Bakery, H105, 1/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2559 0889, www.levain-bakery.com
You’ll smell it before you see it. Coffeeology uses specialty grade coffee beans that ensure your daily intake of caffeine is as enjoyable as possible, so head on over with your best hipster glasses, and enjoy the ambiance!
Coffeeology, S106, 1/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/hk.coffeeology
Trinkets and Living Products:
Bathe To Basics
If you’re looking for eco-friendly cleansing products, try Bathe To Basics! All products are made with natural ingredients and produced locally – good for your skin, better for the environment (oh, and it also sells natural deodorant!).
Top Tip: Try the toothpaste if you’re overwhelmed by the large selection (warning: it’s a bit salty!). It’s like brief oil pulling combined with teeth whitening, and all the ingredients are natural – no fluoride and safe to swallow.
Bathe To Basics, S403, 4/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2858 8135, www.facebook.com/BatheToBasics
For our Sassy Mamas out there who love to paint, Oscary Art studio offers four-hour sessions for acrylic painting on canvas (50 x 60cm), or tote bags for $150 from Monday to Thursday, and for $200 from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays. It also offers two-hour Terrarium Workshops for between $280 and $400, two-hour Preserved Flower Workshops for $480, and three-hour Leather Workshops for $200 or $500. It’s also a fun place to host events!
Top tip: For weekend sessions, Connie from Oscary Art says to book at least two days in advance.
Oscary Art, S511, 5/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2964 9111, www.facebook.com/oscaryart
The HK Room
Here at Sassy HQ, everyone’s a little bit in love with the tassel earring trend, and, luckily, The HK Room stocks beautiful pairs! Of course, it has more than earrings. From cabinets, to pillows, to gifts, to small bags – the store has a great range of products for you to choose from.
The HK Room, S405, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2546 3178, www.thehongkongroom.com
513 Paint Shop
Although we might not all be artists, we really like to look at what this shop has in store. The VOC and toxin-free paints (say good-bye to paint headaches!) have colours ranging from from pastel to metallic, with a whole range of finishes from matte to satin.
Top tip: Check out the parent-and-kiddo workshops. We love the sound of the summer special, happening every Sunday till August!
513 Paint Shop, S513, 5/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2155 2282, www.facebook.com/513paintshop
If you’re looking for unique, handcrafted living products, you’ll have a tough time escaping FlowPlusLiving empty handed. The gorgeous ceramic goodies range from delicate vases, to unique plates, to modern cups – each varying in detail and shape. These homeware touches also make for great quirky gifts!
FlowPlusLiving, H207, 2/F, Hollywood Block B, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/FlowPlusLiving, email@example.com
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Emma French for Sassy Hong Kong on 4 June 2014, and was updated by Heidy Choi on 24 July 2017.