Duddell’s is a cultural and social destination created for people who have an active appreciation of the arts. Founded by three of Hong Kong’s most influential young minds, Duddell’s is neither museum nor gallery. It's an inspiring backdrop against which ideas are shared and developed, connecting art and people in a new way.
Dimsum at Duddell's — Photo courtesy of Duddell's
With interiors as noteworthy as the art on its walls, Duddell’s makes you feel like you're being welcomed into the home of a great art collector. This home also happens to have an in-house Michelin-starred Cantonese chef; a lush, 2,000-square-foot garden terrace; and a sophisticated salon with artisanal cocktails and vintage champagne.
At the salon, savor two specially crafted cocktails by manager Mark Jenner. The East India (HK$128) made with Cognac, fresh raspberry purée, Angostura Bitters, orange Curaçao and Maraschino Liqueur is perfect for those who like their cocktails with a kick. Meanwhile, the Honeymoon Cocktail (HK$128) - a mix of Calvados, Benedictine, orange Curaçao and fresh lemon juice - is great for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Conceived as the perfect instrument to enable other events and experiences to happen, the interior architecture and design of Duddell's are by London-based Ilse Crawford, who was awarded the AD Spain International Prize 2013 for Contribution and Influential Work in Architecture, Design and Interior Design.
Duddell's marks a new step in Hong Kong nightlife. Rather than simply renting out a space and serving up food and drink, Duddell's has paused for thought and created a lifestyle destination. Owners Alan Lo, Yenn Wong and Paulo Pong, who are behind the highly successful Classified group of restaurants, are perhaps among the first entrepreneurs in the city who have had the vision to see beyond just food and beverage and add something extra.
Enjoy fine Cantonese dining at Duddell's — Photo courtesy of Duddell's
Duddell's takes its name from Duddell Street, one of Hong Kong's oldest thoroughfares. A cul-de-sac, it is unique in that it terminates in a flight of steps lit by gas lamps - a popular scene for model photoshoots and newly married couples.
Duddell Street is also home to the Shanghai Tang headquarters - something of a Hong Kong institution - and a distinctive Starbucks, which is modeled on a bing sut, an old-fashioned Hong Kong cafe.
With such classy neighbors and a significant location, Duddell's is in good company. And while it is in Central, it's set away from the raucous goings-on of Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo. So it can add a certain sophistication to its other attributes.