Situated on the Eastern coast of Lantau Island, there are plenty of waterfall hikes, cycling trails and beachside restaurants to explore in Mui Wo.
Looking for an island escape and already explored the likes of Lamma and Cheung Chau? Head to the Eastern coast of Lantau to explore the quaint town of Mui Wo. From waterfall hikes, scenic cycling trails and beachside restaurants, the delights of Mui Wo are only a ferry ride away. Head on down to Pier 6 and get set for the perfect weekend day trip…
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Where To Eat & Drink In Mui Wo
A stone’s throw away from Silvermine Beach, consider Pause Café for your mid-day respite. The café occupies a revitalised colonial building with plenty of natural light — perfect for tucking into a good book while sipping on a hot cuppa. Feeling peckish? Pause has a great selection of healthy brunch options like a beetroot eggs benny, smashed avo toast, tofu bibimbaps, masala veggie bowls and more.
Offering up a relaxed environment, friendly service and authentic Turkish food, Bahce is a great place to know in the area. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the selection of Middle Eastern favourites, including baba ghanoush, falafel and lamb shish, make it a top pick for Mui Wo locals.
China Beach Club
For home-cooked Mediterranean-style food with a sweeping view of Silvermine Bay beach, look no further than China Beach Club. Perfect for after a day on the sand, this friendly spot offers up big portions of hearty food and gets bonus points from us for being pet-friendly!
Found right by the ferry pier, China Bear pub is a good option if you’re in the mood for some no fuss comfort food. This place offers everything from Steak Sandwiches, Pizza, Cheeseburgers, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, and more. Grab a table outside and take in the sights of Mui Wo.
Enjoy sea views and casual Italian dining at The Kitchen. If you’re in need of a filling plate and glass of wine, The Kitchen serves up meals at affordable prices, with homemade pasta (starting from $88), pizza (starting from $98) and bread baked fresh on the premises.
Got a hankering for some tasty Thai food after a day of hiking? Café Isara is the place to head to! Tuck into Thai favourites like Pad Thai, Minced Pork with Basil, Pomelo Salad and Green Curry, alongside a selection of fusion dishes. If the sound of Tom Yum Seafood Pasta doesn’t take your fancy, you can always opt for a classic Cornish Pasty, Steak and Chips, or even a Full English Brekky — Isara has it all.
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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at this hidden rural getaway. A picturesque place for rest, relaxation, recovery and reconnection, stop by for a cup of coffee or nutritious farm-to-fork meal (featuring ingredients harvested from the garden out back). And if you’re looking to add a unique activity to your itinerary, book a vegetable farming workshop or beekeeping experience.
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Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar
Authentic Nepalese eats may not be what you’d expect to find in Mui Wo but that’s exactly what you get at Deer Horn. With momos, yak cheese frittas and lamb kofta on the menu, it’s a good place if you’re looking for a quick and tasty bite before catching the ferry home.
A great little artisan bakery which bakes its own bread fresh every day, Village Bakery serves up the likes of cakes, sandwiches, pastries, a range of breads and even its own homemade jam. The shop does feature a small seating area, but most people take their treats home to enjoy. Don’t forget to ask about its range vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free bread!
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Wah Kee Restaurant
Housed inside the Mui Wo Cooked Food Centre, head to Wah Kee for Cantonese-style seafood. Cheap and cheerful, grab a table overlooking the water and tuck into fresh seafood dishes such as salt and pepper squid and stir-fried clams in black bean sauce.
Where To Shop In Mui Wo
Lantau Base Camp – Athlete Tested Gear
Whether you’re going for a hike, a swim or just looking to stock up on protein powder, Lantau Base Camp will have you covered. The friendly and experienced staff will be able to help you out and also offer tips along the way. And if you’re lucky, you can meet the shop’s resident pups when you visit!
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The Humble Room
Found next to Pause Café, community hotspot The Humble Room pretty much does it all (not to brag). During the week, it lends itself as a retail and workshop space, wellness studio and co-working space. It also hosts regular pop-up markets on the weekends where you can shop handicrafts made by local vendors. Stay tuned on Instagram for upcoming events.
The Humble Room, G/F, 19 Chung Hau Street, Mui Wo, Lantau, Hong Kong, www.thehumbleroom.com
VIBE Book and Music Shop
Your one-stop shop for all things entertainment, VIBE sells an eclectic mix of new and pre-loved books, CDs, DVDs, Vinyl LPs, record turntables and more. The store supports local artisans, authors and musicians by stocking their creations and occasionally runs events to showcase their work.
What To Do In Mui Wo
Silvermine Bay Beach
Conveniently located just east of Mui Wo town, and only a short walk from both the pier and the bus terminus, Silvermine Bay Beach is one of the five government official beaches on Lantau. During low tide, you can take advantage of the receding shoreline and dig for clams to throw on the grill later!
Sassy Tip: If you’re looking for an alternative beach to Silvermine, you can always jump on the number 1, 2 or 4 bus to Lower Cheung Sha Village (around 20 minutes), and take a five-minute walk to either Upper or Lower Cheung Sha Beach.
Mui Wo Bike Trails
There are plenty of bike trails to explore around Mui Wo, but if you’re planning on heading to the Silvermine Waterfall (and are after an easy ride), you can cut your travel time by choosing to cycle! Rent a bike from the Friendly Bike Shop by the ferry pier (for around $30), and then follow the sign-posted route. It’s worth noting that the bike shop doesn’t open until about 10am most days (and is closed on Tuesdays).
If you’re after a longer and more challenging bike route, the scenic Mui Wo loop is also a good option. The 25km trail features views of both the sea and the hills, with one of the tracks even leading up to the Big Buddha. We wouldn’t recommend this trail for beginners, and would also suggest that you need a mountain bike seeing as certain sections can be more rural. These can also be rented from the Friendly Bike Shop.
One of the easiest to reach out of Hong Kong’s range of waterfalls, Silvermine is great to explore if you’re in the area. Like most waterfalls, it is heavily dependent on rainfall. There isn’t much opportunity for swimming in summer, so make the most of your trip by visiting in the wet season.
The series of waterfalls begins less than two kilometres from Mui Wo Pier, and there are three sets of falls: the Silvermine Lower Falls, Pearl Falls and Silvermine Main Falls. To reach the waterfalls from the ferry pier, walk towards the beach and follow it along towards Silvermine Beach Resort. Right before Silvermine Beach Resort, turn left and head straight. You will see signs for the waterfalls and shuttered Silvermine Cave. It should take you about one hour at a leisurely pace. As for getting back, the easiest way out is to return the way you came!
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Need a moment of peace? A hub for holistic wellness, Pause offers a variety of healing treatments and movement practices (including yoga, pilates and dance) to help you take a break from your hectic schedules and reconnect with your mind, body and soul.
Dragontail Organic Farm
This local organic farm produces a wide range of fruits and veggies which are available for purchase either at the farm itself or online. Along with selling its own produce, the farm also offers educational activities for adults and children who are looking to learn more about organic farming.
Dragontail Organic Farm, 145 Luk Tei Tong, Mui Wo, Lantau, Hong Kong, www.leoying.wixsite.com/dragontail-farm
Hike From Mui Wo To Pui O
There are numerous hiking trails that lead from Mui Wo to other parts of the island, but one of the most popular hikes leads to Pui O beach. Taking around two and a half hours (it’s about nine kilometres in distance), the start of the route can be found as you hop off the ferry. Simply turn left and keep walking until you see yellow signs to Pui O – this signals the start of the Lantau Trail Stage 12. From here, it’s hard to go wrong — just follow the signposted trail to Pui O. The trail is moderate in terms of difficulty, but do be prepared for a section of stairs in the middle (though it’s nothing compared to The Twins!). Do be warned though, in the hotter months this trail is known to be a popular spots for spiders, so if you’re not a fan of the eight-legged creatures, it may be best avoided.
Pui O beach is one of the longest in Hong Kong and the perfect spot to relax after a long hike. Sadly, Maverick’s beach bar has now closed, but you can still enjoy a barbecue on the beach. The camping site is also situated right on Pui O beach too. If you’re heading home, you can easily grab a taxi or hop on the bus back to Mui Wo to get the ferry into Central.
Man Mo Temple
Not far from Mui Wo, in the village of Pak Ngan Heung, you can find Man Mo Temple. It was built in 1958 and has origins in the Ming Dynasty. Although small in size, it has its own charm, complete with gorgeous artworks.
Man Mo Temple, Pak Ngan Heung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2540 0350
Villa Kunterbunt Lantau
Looking to adopt a furry friend? Meaning “House of Variety” in German, Lantau-based dog shelter Villa Kunterbunt takes in pups of all breeds and ages, hoping to help them find a forever home. In addition to re-homing rescue pups, the VKB kennel in Mui Wo also houses a number of dogs who come from complicated pasts and for whatever reason, are not suitable to be indoor family pets. Get in touch through Facebook or Instagram to find out how you can volunteer or donate.
Villa Kunterbunt Lantau, www.facebook.com/vkblantau
SPCA Mui Wo Clinic
Live in Mui Wo and not sure where to take your pets when something’s up? The SPCA has a clinic in the area, complete with pet boarding and grooming services, behaviour and training classes, and adoption services.
SPCA Mui Wo Clinic, Shop 17, Mui Wo Clinic, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Mui Wo, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2984 0060, www.spca.org.hk/en/about-us/spca-centres/mui-wo-centre
Editor’s Note: This video was created in 2018 and some of the shops we visited back then have sadly now closed.
Editor’s Note: “Your Neighbourhood Guide To Mui Wo” was originally published in 2018 by Annie Simpson and was most recently updated in May 2022 by Nicole Moraleda.
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