25 July, 2018
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Your Neighbourhood Guide to Mui Wo

25 July, 2018
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Situated on the Eastern coast of Lantau Island, there’s plenty of beaches, hikes, cycling trails and restaurants to explore in Mui Wo. 

Looking for a Hong Kong day trip and already explored the likes of Lamma and Cheung Chau? Hop on the ferry and head to the Eastern coast of Lantau, to explore the quaint town of Mui Wo. Prior to the development of the nearby, Tung Chung, Mui Wo was the largest settlement on Lantau, and though a predominately residential area, has a plenty of great spots to explore.

From beaches, to hikes, cycling trails and restaurants; the delights of Mui Wo are only a ferry ride away. So head on down to Pier 6 and get set for the perfect weekend day trip…

Read more: A Local’s Guide to Lantau

Where to Eat & Drink:

China Bear

Mui Wo isn’t exactly known for its wealth of amazing restaurants, but the China Bear pub is a good option when you’re wanting some no fuss comfort food. Serving up classics such as Steak Sandwich, Pizza, Cheese Burger, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash and more. Grab a table outside and take in the sights of Mui Wo and a view of the water – plus you’re right by the ferry pier for an easy journey head home!

China Bear, G/F, Mui Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

China Beach Club

After 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 – or as just a lunchtime respite for some shade – this friendly spot offers up big portions of hearty food; and gets bonus points from us for being pet friendly!

China Beach Club, 18 Tung Wan Tou Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Village Bakery

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, or you can take your treats home to enjoy. Ask about its range of breads which are vegan, dairy free-free and glute free.

Village Bakery, Shop 2, G/F, Lucky Court, 16 Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/villagebakerylantau

Café Isara

After quality Thai food after a day of hiking? Café Isara is the place to head to! Another restaurant found right by the ferry pier, it serves up a selection of Tai favourites, including Pad Thai, Minced Pork with Basil, Pomelo Salad and Green Curry, but also serves up a range of fusion dishes. If the likes of Tom Yum Seafood Pasta doesn’t take your fancy, you can always opt for a Cornish Pasty, Steak & Chips, or even a Full English Brekky – Isara has it all. If you happen to be in Mui Wo on a Wednesday night, the restaurant also offers two-for-one prosecco for ladies!

Café Isara, Shop 3, G/F, 18A Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.cafeisara.com

Bahce Turkish restaurant mui wo

Bahce Turkish

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 such as baba ghanoush, falafel and lamb shish make it a top pick for Mui Wo locals.

Bahce Turkish, Shop 19, G/F, Mui Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Mui Wo Lantau Island, Hong Kong

The Kitchen

Enjoy sea-views and casual Italian dining at The Kitchen in Mui Wo. If you’re in the mood for pizza and a glass of wine, The kitchen serves this up at great prices, with pasta, (between $88 $148), pizza (between $98-$188) and bread baked on the premises all on the menu.

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

Wah Kee Restaurant

Housed inside the Mui Wo Cooked Food Centre, head to Wah Kee after a day in Mui Wo for some Cantonese-style seafood. Grab a table overlooking the water and tuck into dishes such as … in this cheap and cheerful, no-frills spot.

Wah Kee Restaurant, Mui Wo Cooked Food Centre, Lantau Island, Mui Wo, Hong Kong

Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar

Authentic Nepalese eats may not wat you’d expect to find in Mui Wo, but that’s what you’re getting at Deer Horn! With the likes of momos, yak cheese frittas and lamb kofta on the menu, it’s a good spot to know if you’re looking for some grub before catching the ferry home.

Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar, Shop 11, G/F, Mui Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong 

Where to Shop:

Mapuche

Mapuche has a little something for everyone and we love it for that. If you’re looking to get cooking, Hispanic style, you can stock up on everything here; including fresh corn tortillas, Mexican hot sauces, cheese, meats, craft beers and more – with much of the produce imported from Spain, Chile, Mexico and Australia. By night, the unassuming shop turns into a reservation only supper club for private events, with Chilean, Spanish and Vegetarian tasting menus available.

Mapuche, 10 Ferry Pier Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/mapuchehk

inside store mui wo

Inside

Whether you live in Mui Wo or elsewhere, if you’re after some new furniture or homeware, Inside is a must-visit. With much of the stock coming from India and Morocco, it’s a haven for those looking for a decorative touch to complete their interiors. We fell for the colourful rugs, tablewear, glasses and more.

Inside, 17 Chung Hau Street, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.inside.com.hk

Green Style Organic Store

This little organic shop is a great place to stock up on all of your essentials; from non-food products such as body wash, skin care, shampoo and more, to household products, and some food items (including vegan friendly options!). Shop in-store or online, and if you live in the Lantau area, you can even order organic veggies online set for a weekly delivery.

Green Style Organic Store, Mui Wo, Lantai Island, Hong Kong, www.hkgreenstyle.com

Lantau Base Camp – Athlete Tested Gear

Whether you’re going for a hike, a swim, an adventure any kind, or just looking to stock up on protein powder, Lantau Base Camp will have you covered. The friendly and experienced staff will also be able to help you out and offer some tips along the way.

Lantau Base Camp – Athlete Tested Gear, 19 Cheung Hau Street, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.lantaubasecamp.com

What to Do:

Silvermine Bay Beach

Conveniently located 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. The beach has changing facilities and life guards patrol it from April through until October.

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 (approx. 20 minutes), and walk about 5-minute walk to either Upper and Lower Cheung Sha Beach.

Silvermine Bay Beach

Hike from Mui Wo to Pui O

There are numerous hiking trails that lead from Mui Wo to other parts of the island, such as Discovery Bay, but one of the most popular hikes leads to Pui O beach. Taking approximately 2-and-a-half hours (its’s approx. 9-kilometres in distance), the start of the route can be found as you hop off the ferry. Simply turn left and keep walking unti you see yellow signs to Pui O that signal the start of the Lantau Trail Stage 12. From here, it’s hard to go wrong as you can simply follow the trail and continue to follow signposts to Pui O – the trail is moderate in terms of difficulty, just be warned 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 our egg-legged friends, it may be one to be avoided.

Pui O beach is one of the longest in Hong Kong, and the perfect spot to relax on after a long hike. Sadly Maverick’s beach bar has now closed, but can still enjoy a barbecue on the beach. The camping site is also situated right on Pui O beach, too, or if you’re heading home, you can easily grab a taxi, or hop on the bus back to Mui Wo to get the ferry to Central.

Dragontail Organic Farm

This local organic farm producing a wide range of fruits and veggies, which are available for purchase at the farm itself, or by order online. Along with selling the produce, the farm also offers educational activities for adults and children who are looking to learn more about organic produce and growing produce.

Dragontail Organic Farm, 145 Luk Tei Tong, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/dragontail.lantau

Silvermine Waterfalls mui wo

Silvermine Waterfalls

One of the easiest to reach out of Hong Kong’s waterfalls, Silvermine Waterfalls is great to explore if you’re in the area. Like most waterfalls, it is heavily dependent on rain fall, so there isn’t much opportunity for swimming in summer– make the most 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, and the easiest way out is to go back the way you came!

Read more: Hong Kong’s Best Waterfall Hikes

Mui Wo Bike Trails

There are plenty of bike trails to explore around Mui Wo, and on the island of Lantau, 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 approx. $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 taril to beginners, and would also suggest that a mountain bike is your best bet to tackle it with, as certain sections can be more rural. These can also be rented from the Friendly Bike Shop.

Friendly Bike Shop, Scenic Crest, 18A Mui Wo Ferry Pier Rd, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/FriendlyBicycleShop

Read more: From Beginner to Advanced: The Best Cycling Trails in Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple

Sitauted close by to Mui Wo, in the village of Pak Ngan Heung, you can find an authentic little temple. It was built in 1958 and has origins in the Ming Dynasty, and although small in size, it has its own charm, complete with gorgeous artworks.

Man Mo Temple, Pak Ngan Heung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

SPCA Mui Wo Clinic

Live n 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, veterinary clinic and adoption services.

SPCA Mui Wo Clinic, Shop 17, Mui Wo Clinic, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.spca.org.hk/en/about-us/spca-centres/mui-wo-centre

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