Hong Kong’s flavours flourish at the newly restored Central Market.
Sandwiched between skyscrapers, such as the ifc, and Queen’s Road in Central, the city’s flagship shopping street, is Central Market. Originally a fresh food market, the 1930s-era building reopened in 2021 as a shopping and dining destination. In the daytime, sunlight floods through the large black-framed windows and office workers fill the tables for lunch at the food hall. In the evening, families watch a movie in the courtyard while commuters stroll through the shopping arcade on their way home, stopping to pick up supplies at zero-waste supermarket Slowood or for a drink at Mak’s Beer
Chinachem Group led the restoration project and handed Benjamin Lam and Chan Kin Cheong of Shadow Design a brief to highlight the market’s cultural heritage. It is one of Hong Kong’s two Bauhaus-inspired buildings and the designers were able to preserve much of the original architecture, from the main staircase to the open-plan, department store-style retail areas. Central Market’s three floors house more than 100 stalls and the mix of tenants has been selected to support small businesses