Hong Kong Artisanal Markets – PMQ (And Upcoming Fruit Jamming Market!)
You couldn’t be more wrong if you think Hong Kong is a cultural desert with nothing but high-rise, malls and crowds. Hong Kong has its artsy side too. In fact, there is no lack of markets the likes of farmer’s markets or Bangkok’s famous weekend markets.
In this series, we will introduce to you the hippest, freshest and most artsy artisanal markets that have sprung up in recent years, featuring the most creative handmade products, the most delicious handcraft food and the most local independent vendors. Our first stop – PMQ.
PMQ, located in Central, is a design and creative industry mecca where almost 100 design and creative enterprise are stationed. The building, built in 1951, was previously the campus for Queen’s College and Hong Kong’s first Police Married Quarters. It has since then been revitalised, and vendors there now sell everything from unique household product designs to fashion accessories to food to art-pieces. Click here for the full list of shops and studios.
And the building is packed with places where you can get great food as well, from Spanish and Mediterranean to pastry and coffee. There even is a cooking studio providing cooking classes, teaching you how to make bread and even wagashi (Japanese mochi sweets)!
But what draws the most people to the place, apart from its studios and shops, designer galleries and a roof-top restaurant, is in fact the regular workshops, events and markets. A highlight that’s happening from June 30 (tomorrow!) to July 3 is a special summer market named “Fruit Jamming Market“.
Date: 30 June, 2016 (Thur) – 3 July, 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm (Jun 30); 1:00pm – 8:00pm (others)
Place: PMQ Marketplace & Courtyard, G/F
The market will be packed with fun workshops and cool stalls where you can refresh yourself with fruit drinks and snacks and other fruit-themed products, or check out creative products such as banana tree paper art from Stickyline, and more! With free admission, you get to view and purchase goods from these unique local stores. (3 Potatoes、Dotted Collective 、Erickson Organic Farm、Gourmet Tasty、I See I See、La Cuisine Bourgeoise、Maison、Mak’s Beer、MUSE – Make U Smile Everyday、Myfairlady sweeties、Noodle and Dog、Random Handmade、Rebel Girls、Plain SkinCare、Oddies Foodies、Water Juicery、Yan Chim Kee 、Yingple Workshop、老徐農莊、Luck Triumph Limited 金多榴槤、易購菓)
You can pay extra charge to join the workshops (reservation needed), which includes:
- Fruit Wine and Candied Orange Peels Workshop
- Pitaya Osmanthus Jam Workshop
- Local Farming and Plantains Pancake Workshop
- Hand-made Lip Balm and Beauty Masks Workshop
- Yoga x Raw Food Workshop
- Leftover Tie-dye Workshop
- Fruit Jamming Spray Painting
Date: 1.7 / 2.7 / 3.7.2016
Time: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Courtyard, G/F
Price: $100/ person (Bag); $90 / person (Bring your own T-shirt)
R.S.V.P.: On site registration
- Cook-munication: Fruits Jamming
- Lemon Mont Blanc Trial Lesson
Date: 30.6 / 1.7 / 2.7.2016
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm / 4:00pm – 6:00pm (30 Jun)
- 10:00am – 12:00nn / 1:00pm – 3:00pm (1Jul)
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm / 4:00pm – 6:00pm (2Jul)
Location: H108 – H113, ABC Cooking Studio
Quota: Max. 4 persons per workshop
R.S.V.P.: +852 2915 1022
*Unless specific, click the workshop for more details on date, time and price, and to make reservation.
In fact, in addition to the Fruit Jamming Market, PMQ still has a lot more to offer, such as the upcoming Kokedama (literally “moss ball”) workshop and the exhibition/workshop Afternoon with Succulents. It is just a generally fun and cool place to hang out with your friends, and get to know more about Hong Kong’s art, designs and culture. You will never know, maybe you will find something special here – an art-piece, a watch, some self-made jam perhaps – to bring back home!
Location: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Time: 7:00am – 11:00pm
Transport: 5-10 minute walk from Central-Mid-Levels Escalator or Sheung Wan MTR Station Exit E2. Check here for more transport options (bus, minibus, car) or details.