Soft opening on Monday, 23 August, here’s your first look at the revitalised Central Market…
After four long years of renovation and preservation works, Hong Kong’s historic Central Market is set to finally open its doors to the public on Monday, 23 August. The Grade 3 listed building has been revitalised and transformed into a “Playground for All”, and will feature a range of shops, food stalls, event spaces and more. Keep scrolling for your first look…
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Situated along Des Voeux Road (interconnected between Queen Victoria Street and Jubilee Street), the rejuvenated 122,000 square feet space looks to become Central’s newest community hotspot. Here at the revitalised Central Market, you’ll find an eclectic mix of market stalls, with vendors ranging from street foods to specialty restaurants, local brands, cultural boutiques, lifestyle groceries and more, including homegrown labels Slowood, Bathe to Basics, Perfume Trees Gin and Mak’s Beer. Thirteen of the market stalls have been preserved for their unique characters and appeal, and will be occupied by iconic Hong Kong brands like Lamma Rainbow Seafood and social enterprise Gingko House, further extending the legacy of the city.
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At the heart of Central Market lies a 100-seat piazza, equipped with projection and sound systems – the perfect space for street performances and large-scale events. The building’s Grand Staircase offers a second semi-open space for community use, complete with interactive features like a motion sensor system and LED projection wall. In addition, wireless network coverage will be available throughout for public use.
Up on the first floor of Central Market, a further 2,500 square feet multi-functional event space has been designed with open forums, exhibitions and cultural performances in mind. During the soft opening, the first event here will be a kids STEAM workshop, hosted by Hong Kong Science and Technology Park and Cyberport.
Whilst there, look out for original architectural elements, which have been thoughtfully preserved in celebration of Central Market’s long-standing history. The building itself dates back to 1939 and is the fourth incarnation of Central Market. The building was highly regarded at the time for its simplistic, avant-garde and functional style, and has since been upheld as a notable example of classic Hong Kong Bauhaus architecture.
The revitalised Central Market completes the final piece of Central’s “heritage triangle”, along with PMQ and Tai Kwun. The heritage project, which has been overseen by the Urban Renewal Authority, will be operated by Chinchem Group, and aims to foster community building, cultural legacy and innovation, all while preserving the collective memory of old Hong Kong. Visit Central Market when it opens on Monday, 23 August.
Central Market, 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.centralmarket.hk
All images courtesy of Central Market.