"I have to go to PMQ again," I told myself well ahead of this trip, even years before, after learning about this artsy-hipsterish place. They also pride themselves to be a home to over 100 local entreprenuers!
With 2 blocks by the side, PMQ is a sprawling hipster-retail-cultural art space that exudes art in every way. Various shops line the bottom, and murals decorate the sides, like the sleeve tattoo of a weary artist; after all, this is a repurposed site. Once the location of Queen's College, it was later transformed into Police Quarters after World War 2. This place has seen a lot, and you're bound to uncover some of its secrets in the underground exhibits.
Coming out after diving into the history, we ventured to redeem a tourist gift; courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board before continue exploring. There's a Kpop exhibit right at the top then, together with periodic movie screenings. There are also other happenings around, and we just have to look. The roof garden looks amazing; a social space where people could hangout, connect, or to take the day off to focus on what's important.
What I truly admire about this space is its ever-changing nature. With independent art events and exhibitions, you'll always find something different every time you're here. In addition to that, there are constant retail spaces, ranging from bookstores and cafes to art jamming spots, not to mention several fashion and accessories stores.
One of my favorites this time around was the upcoming two-story space dedicated to Tamiya. Yes, you heard me right, Tamiya Cars—the ones we used to race around tracks when we were young. It's also the place where I spent the most time, checking out all the different toy models and admiring the tracks they have. Now, it's definitely on my "to-do" list—to buy a Tamiya Car, restore it, and race it on the tracks!
Returning to PMQ felt very different this time around, compared to when Carmen introduced it to me years ago, knowing how much I love art. And this space still never fail to capture my heart all these years!
Name: PMQ (元創方)
Address: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Varies