Once Hong Kong’s first modern wet market, The Central Market was opened in 1842 and was fully functional for more than six decades before it was revitalized. It was finally opened to the public in August 2021, the new and revitalised Central Market was transformed into a vibrant community hotspot with superb dining and interesting retail options. Whilst the building’s interior seems modernized, its exterior retains its nostalgic character.
Euxyn, who is the owner of HomeKong Mart in Singapore and Malaysia recollected her nostalgic memory of her first visit to Central Market, “A spacious old-school cement staircase greeted me at the entrance. Those faded handwriting typos, display signages, classic red lamps, and the preserved market kiosk gave me a better idea of the past HK heritage. There are so many treasures in these collectives that we should pass on to future generations.”
Another Hong Kong Super Fan, Vorrarit Anantsorrarak, a Thai photographer based in the city described Central Market as “Lots of trendy local-brands stalls, popup store, restaurants, bars, and many fringe art or culture events. It really brings the heritage Central Market back to life to this modern day.”
Some of the notable F&B offerings are Winelog, Mak’s Beer and I-O-N.
Winelog is a wine bar and one-stop wine-appreciating spot that celebrates award-winning labels from all over the globe. Not only will you enjoy good wine, but you will be brought on an educational wine tasting journey as well. Mak’s Beer on the other hand, as the name suggests, serves unique beers that are inspired by local ingredients like sugarcane and dried longan. How interesting is that?
You are guaranteed to taste the largest varieties of Mak’s Beers on tap and the brand’s first beer cocktails, which you can only find exclusively at this Central Market shop. Now, to answer your question “Is there a one-stop shop that serves everything?”. I-O-N has the answer by offering a wide variety in its 3,000 sqft 3-sectioned-open space; a 360-degree coffee, tea, and cocktail bar; a café bar preparing innovative Western dishes with an old-Hong Kong twist; and a four-sided pastry station.
The Central Market focuses on showcasing homegrown talents and small businesses not only in the F&B industry but retail as well. There are many unique ones but do keep a lookout for Slowood and HK Tram Store.
You can find uniquely Hong Kong items like Hong Kong Tramways Monopoly set, diecast Hong Kong buses and trams, and many other whimsical versions of nostalgic Hong Kong elements in the form of everyday lifestyle products here at the Hong Kong store.
This is the place to be to bring one of Hong Kong’s signatures back home.
If you are an avid environmentalist at heart, Slowood offers everything eco-friendly and zero-waste organic groceries. You can buy what you like in your own desired quantity and bring them back in your own containers. Happy you, happy earth!
On top of these highlighted shops, there are many other businesses selling various uniquely Hong Kong experiences and you have to drop by to personally witness them. After all, it is a playground for everyone.
Location: 93 Queen’s Road Central and 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong