The Tatler Guide to Tai Kwun: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop
Located in the space that previously housed Old Bailey in the JC Contemporary Art Building, Between Coffee aims to bring both great art and grand café to life. While seasoned baristas craft their own blends, coffee cocktails, and wellness drinks, Between also serves a menu of modern Japanese cafe dishes, namely Instagrammable sandos, available with toppings such as strawberries and cream. Japanese, fresh figs and cream cheese, chop and avocado shrimp and more.
Shop 20-2 / F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, between.coffee
If you’re looking for a quiet getaway from Central, be sure to stop by LockCha Tea House. Not only can you explore the diverse world of tea guided by Tea Master Ip Wing Chi, but also enjoy a selection of vegetarian dim sum.
While LockCha has other locations in Hong Kong, Tai Kwun’s location is the only one that proudly serves its own LockCha beers brewed alongside its signature tea. Also be sure to stop by the LockCha tea shop next door.
Boutique 01-G07, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, lockcha.com
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One of Tai Kwun’s largest dining spaces, Madame Fù really sums up east meets west in the beautifully restored colonial building. The six bedrooms range from the perfectly plush Pink Room, to the chic Grand Café and two spacious verandas adorned with velvet.
The menus focus largely on Cantonese cuisine, also featuring selected signature dishes from the northern provinces. Open for all occasions, Madame Fu serves lunch and afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner, cocktails and a gourmet brunch on weekends.
Boutique 03-3 / F, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, madamefu.com.hk
Bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to the heart of Hong Kong, Pazta serves a range of traditional Italian dishes, as well as a selection of wines, cocktails and coffees. The menu has been created for sharing and offers a selection of starters, salads, pasta and main courses, as well as smaller plates and snacks to enjoy with your appetizers on the open terrace.
Boutique 03-G08, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, pazta.hk
Perched on the second floor of the former colonial-era police headquarters building in Tai Kwun, Statement previously served a menu of traditional and sophisticated British fare, but in recent months the space has instead hosted a number of pop-ups from the Aqua restaurant. International list of groups. In late 2020 and early 2021, London’s aqua nueva took over, while since April Statement has been transformed into aqua kyoto, serving a range of modern Japanese dishes. True to form, guests can still enjoy afternoon tea accompanied by Ruinart champagne from Thursday to Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Boutique 01-1 / F, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, statement.com.hk
A second aquatic restaurant located inside Tai Kwun, the Chinese Library is located on the top floor of the former police headquarters and serves a range of classic Chinese dishes, which have been executed with the artistry of a chef skilled Chinese, with just a touch of a modern revamp of Western influences. Signature dishes include Silken Millet Chrysanthemum Tofu in Chicken Broth; laksa xiao long bao; and “The Golden Lion” – whole fried mandarin fish.
Boutique 01-1 / F, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, Chineselibrary.com.hk
Enjoying a prime location on the ground floor of the Armory Building overlooking the bustling Tai Kwun courtyard, Armory Terrace has become a favorite spot for after-work drinks. In addition to an array of wines, beers, and cocktails, keep hunger at bay with a selection of modern Thai bar snacks – courtesy of the Aaharn kitchen team located upstairs at the bar.
Boutique 02-G / F, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, facebook.com/ArmouryTerrace
Hidden inside Tai Kwun in the former superintendent’s house, you can find Dragonfly, one of the most instagrammable bars in Hong Kong. Designed by famed Ashley Sutton, the lounge bar’s intricately designed ceiling with countless green lamps was inspired by classic stained glass artwork by Louis Tiffany. Aside from the decor, the drinks on offer are equally eye-catching, with customers choosing from Dragon’s Pearls, with floral gin, cognac, crème de cassis, and jasmine milk tea; the Firefly with vodka, cardamom and arugula syrup, apricot liqueur, lime and prosecco and more.
Boutique 10 & 13-G01, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, sandshospitality.com
Although a separate establishment from the two aquatic restaurants (The Chinese Library and Statement) located inside Tai Kwun, The Dispensary Bar is tucked in between, serving an inspirational drink menu. British and Chinese. After a busy day, take in the view with a cocktail in hand – we recommend the Opium Old Fashioned or the Maximum Sentence, the Dispensary’s version of a classic martini.
Shop 01-1 / F, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, instagram.com/thedispensaryhk
The Bonart space in Tai Kwun offers a range of workshops for those who like to enjoy and make art. While specializing in workshops where you can make your own terrarium, as well as the store with everything you need to make your own at home, there are other workshops on offer including candle making, Chinese calligraphy, and the manufacture of pressed flowers, as well as special seasonal courses. at Christmas.
Shop 03-204A, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, bonart-hk.com
Hexadoor presents a collection of pieces from six local Hong Kong designers. Products in stock include everything from fashion and accessories to jewelry, eyewear and more.
Boutique 03-102, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, facebook.com/hexadoorhk
Offering a range of colorful and contemporary ceramic pieces and housewares, Loveramics is your one stop shop for everything from coordinating tableware and kitchen prep tools to coffee making equipment. Although this is an international brand, we love the quintessentially Asian feel of the blue and white Willow Love Story print, with the store also carrying a range of locally branded tea towels, napkins and more. Zest of Asia.
Boutique 03-104, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, loveramics.com
Phoenix Sweets is a bespoke cake brand, offering made-to-order cakes and baked pastries for weddings, business events and all kinds of celebrations. The stunning cakes not only look too good to eat, adorned with original cake toppings and pastel hued frosting, but all artisan cakes are made from the finest ingredients.
Shop 03-205A, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, phoenixsweets.com
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Taschen is a leading art book publisher known for its eye-catching line of tabletop books spanning architecture, art, design, fashion, photography, pop culture, style and travel. The 1,300 square foot flagship store in Tai Kwun was its first store in Asia and has been open since the cultural center completed its renovations in 2018.
Boutique 01-G02, Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and the Arts, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, taschen.com