Located in Central’s lively SoHo district in the heart of Hong Kong is Tai Kwun—an impressive heritage arts venue set within the city’s former police headquarters.
The historic building dates back to 1925 and today is one of Hong Kong’s top cultural destinations, with a lineup of contemporary art exhibitions, performing arts offerings and immersive public programmes. In 2008, the Hong Kong Government and Hong Kong Jockey Club stepped in to help preserve and restore the former Central Police Station compound, which reopened as Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts in 2018.
Explore vibrant galleries, dine and drink at a selection of restaurants and bars and discover Hong Kong’s rich history and culture with our ultimate guide to Tai Kwun.
Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery is a must-visit on your tour of Tai Kwun. Specialising in 20th-century French art and modern and contemporary art in Asia, the gallery helps promote cross-cultural artists and East-West artistic dialogues with in-depth exhibitions and publications throughout the year.
Explore the sprawling compound with a heritage-guided tour of Tai Kwun. The tour is the perfect introduction to this iconic Hong Kong heritage site with a 45-minute tour around Tai Kwun’s Heritage Storytelling Spaces and other heritage highlights. The venue also offers educational tours, self-guided tours and special tours during exhibition periods which delve into creative concepts and the artists behind the works.
Touch Gallery launched in 2018 as a specialised ceramics gallery and has since expanded to form three independent contemporary art spaces. The gallery is an exciting exhibition of ceramic works and contemporary art pieces, showcasing the works of international and local Hong Kong artists.
Located on the Parade Ground of Tai Kwun, Pazta is a must for all Italian food lovers. The restaurant, set in a charming open terrace, offers the perfect spot to soak up the atmosphere of Tai Kwun while dining on a feast of traditional Italian dishes from burrata and carpaccio to duck ragu, squid ink linguine and truffle risotto, finished off with Italian coffee, espresso tiramisu or rum-soaked angel cake. These authentic dishes makes Pazta one of the top Italian restaurants in Tai Kwun .
Location: Ground Floor – Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Located in one of Tai Kwun’s historic colonial buildings, Madame Fu Grand Café Chinois is a sophisticated dining experience featuring a curated menu of Cantonese dishes from golden pork belly and flaming rib-eye steak to traditional Peking duck and steamed egg white custard with lobster and caviar. A Tai Kwun restaurant to satisfy all dumpling cravings—Madame Fu’s free-flow dim sum menu features pan-fried pork buns, vegetarian spring rolls and a delicious selection of dumplings.
Location: 3rd Floor, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, No. 10 Hollywood Road, Central District, Hong Kong
Located in the superintendent’s house of the former police headquarters, Dragonfly is a whimsical and highly instagrammable Tai Kwun bar known for its art nouveau-inspired interior. Here you can sit beneath a canopy of green dragonfly-patterned lamps, take a seat at the opulent bar, and sip on a range of imaginative cocktails while enjoying a little live music or DJ set.
Location: Shop 10 – G1, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Situated between two Tai Kwun restaurants, Cantina and The Chinese Library, The Dispensary is a lively bar where east meets west. With a prime location on the first floor of the historic police headquarters, this Tai Kwun bar is the perfect spot for a pre or post-dinner tipple with a range of wines and carefully crafted cocktails.Location: Shop 10 – G1, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Ovolo Central, located less than a 5-minute walk from Tai Kwun, is a designer boutique hotel featuring spacious rooms, modern interiors, luxurious amenities and plenty of perks. Spend the day exploring the culture and history of Tai Kwun, kick up your heels in SoHo and Lan Kwai Fung and return to the lap of luxury at Ovolo Central.