Blog 45 (Video) | PMQ x Night Market

PMQ was recently renovated and reopened to provide a stage where creative people gather. It's like a breath of fresh air in this hustle and bustle city of Hong Kong. It's very quiet in PMQ, but now occupied by over 100 shops opened by independent artists. They come from all fields of expertise from leather goods, to cup cakes, handmade jewelry, to music related accessories you name it and they've got it. The styles also range from ancient Chinese, vintage, modern, to futuristic. So far they've kept it very exclusive, and not many big name brands get to rent a spot in PMQ (other than Vivienne Tam, taking up an entire floor on the Staunton side, I guess someone's gotta pay for the bulk of the rent so these artists can have lower rent!) On the lower floors, there are also lots of bakeries and cafes where you can just chill and relax. Unlike street vendors or large department stores, you can actually take photographs freely throughout PMQ. It is currently my favorite place in Hong Kong. A place where I can relax and get a dose of extra creativity at the same time.

Here are some more facts about PMQ, as well as recent photos taken

(Click to see the Floor Plan on PMQ's website)
  • PMQ stands for Police Married Quarters. It was built in the 1880s first as a school but then converted into a dorm for the policemen's families in the 1950s.
  • It is located between Staunton and Hollywood road with the entrance on Aberdeen Street. 
  • There are 2 buildings on Staunton and Hollywood road side, both have 7 floors, and they can hold up to 130 stores. 
  • In the middle on the Ground floor, it's the Aberdeen courtyard, which is used for various events, like the previous leather show and now the Night Market Oktoberfest.
  • They often have workshops that teach you how to make jewelry, bake some delicious dessert, and also paint your next masterpiece. 
 Lanterns from Mid-Autumn festival

 The backyard on Hollywood Road side

They call it Plateau, but I would personally like to call it Sky Garden. It's located on the 4th floor and connects the two buildings. 

Since opening of PMQ, the Night Market has been the main event taking up Aberdeen courtyard for the most part. Starting from the entrance, there are various stalls selling jewelry, clothing, leather goods, and towards the back you'll find all the food stalls. They serve wine, beer, cocktails, BBQ skewers, and even oysters! For Oktoberfest they had live bands playing as well as beer drinking contests on the side. You can find more in the video I posted below.

Don't worry if you missed the night market and Oktoberfest. There are plenty of events coming up. Go to their main website to read more about recent happenings.


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