Cover Here's what to eat, drink and do in Mui Wo (Photo: @susie1314/ Tatler Asia)

Located just 30 minutes from Central ferry pier, Mui Wo is a hidden treasure full of nature, charming cafes and hiking trails to keep you busy all-day

With two years worth of delayed travel plans due to the ongoing pandemic, Hong Kongers have been longing for an adventure. If you’re looking for something new to do for the weekend, check out one of our hiking or island guides that’ll help you discover new parts of Hong Kong that you’ve never seen before. 

Today, we’re taking you on a trip to Mui Wo, a town on the eastern coast of Lantau Island. Accessible via bus from Tung Chung, or a scenic 30-minute ferry ride from Central pier no. 6, Mui Wo is a quick escape from Central’s buzzing environment. With a large beach, hip cafes and eateries, mountain bike trails, bicycle rentals and more, Mui Wo has become one of the most popular day trip locations to visit in Hong Kong. Here is Tatler’s guide to Mui Wo, where we’ll show you what to eat, drink and do for your next visit. 

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Where to Eat and Drink

Pause Cafe

For a healthy brunch bite, head to Pause Cafe. Located in a revitalised colonial building, the cafe features a minimalistic white exterior that looks picture-perfect when the sunlight hits. On the menu, you’ll find healthy eats such as chia puddings, a pearl barley base bibimbap, veggie bowls, as well as more classic brunch plates from omelettes, bagels to eggs benedict.

Pause Cafe, G/F, 21 Chung Hau Street, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 526 75549, pause.hk

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The Kitchen

For large, thin-crust homemade pizzas and gourmet pastas, make your way to The Kitchen, a pet-friendly restaurant that’s located just steps away from the pier. With numerous pizza options from the classic Margherita, to the anchovies and capers Napolitano, or even the gorgonzola with pear and walnut, you can choose up to two flavours for the pizza for more variety. For mains, try the seared tuna steak with olive salsa and baby potatoes or the chicken Parmigiano with a side of homemade pasta. 

The Kitchen, Shop 1, G/F, Scenic Crest, 18A Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 5991 6292

The China Beach Club 

Open on public holidays as well as from Friday to Sundays, The China Beach Club is a scenic Mediterranean restaurant located by Silvermine Bay beach. This dog-friendly restaurant offers up big portions of Mediterranean, Asian and international bites from thai curries, to vegetarian chilli, sausage & mash, to a traditional moussaka greek eggplant lasagna. 

The China Beach Club, 18 Tung Wan Tau Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 2983 8931

Chun Chun Food Shop 

Popular with locals, Chun Chun Food Shop serves up a special bowl of noodles that can only be found on Sundays: tomato crab pho noodles. Costing merely HK$63, each bowl comes with a generous amount of crab, as well as a vibrant orange-hued soup base. The restaurant also offers plenty of other Vietnamese noodles, rice and snacks if you’re in need of a Vietnamese food fix. 

Chun Chun Food Shop, G/F, 35 Rural Committee Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 2984 7727

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Village Bakery 

In a hurry to explore the island? Grab a croissant or a sourdough bun from Village Bakery to fuel up before your morning hike. Known for their restaurant-grade sourdough buns, as well as its western-style baked goods from doughnuts to cinnamon buns, be sure to buy extra for the morning after as well. The bakery also has a small indoor sitting area for you to enjoy your morning cup of joe alongside your baked treat. 

Village Bakery, Shop 2, G/F, Lucky Court, 16 Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 2980 3344, instagram.com/villagebakerylantau

Mui Wo Cooked Food Centre

Mui Wo’s Cooked Food Centre is located right next to the ferry pier, with tables overlooking the water. A handful of seafood restaurants are available, with the most popular choice being Wah Kee and Shun Hing Seafood restaurants. During colder months, get the popular Chinese lamb stew, which is said to keep you warm throughout the season. 

Mui Wo Cooked Food Centre, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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What to Do

Weekend Market by The Humble Room

Located next door to Pause Cafe, The Humble Room regularly hosts weekend markets, allowing local small business owners to show off their homemade creations from candles, crystal jewellery, beauty products and more. The Humble Room also doubles up as a workshop and co-working space on weekdays. 

Learn more by visiting their Instagram page

Silvermine Waterfall

Located 30 minutes from Mui Wo Ferry Pier, take an easy stroll to Silvermine Waterfall after lunch to see one of the best waterfalls in the area. Walk along the Silvermine Bay promenade to reach the beach, passing the bridge and towards the Hong Kong Olympic Trail. Follow the left side of the trail and keep walking until you arrive at the Silvermine Waterfall Garden. 

Hike to Discovery Bay

Hike the Lo Fu Tau Country trail to reach the tallest hill in Discovery Bay from Mui Wo. While this hike is slightly more challenging, it offers a picturesque view of Lantau Island, making it well worth the extra difficulty. 

Start your hike from Mui Wo ferry pier and head towards the Silvermine Beach Resort to find the trail that will lead you to Silvermine Cave. The path will lead you to pass by Silvermine Waterfall as well as the Silvermine Cave before you arrive at the Mong To Au Shelter Pavilion. 

Once you’re there, continue walking on the Hong Kong Olympic Trail for 600 metres to reach the Lo Fu Tau Country Trail. Follow the colourful ribbons along the unmarked trail to reach Lo Fu Tau, passing by iconic boulders such as the standing Rock along the way. 

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