After having lunch at a nearby café, Clar and I stopped by Mum’s Not Home on the way back to MTR Yau Ma Tei Station. Mum’s Not Home is a local café on Shanghai Street that screams “nature”. You’ll know what I mean when you take a look at the photos further down this post.
Clar had been to the café before so she remembered the way. It wasn’t hard to find anyway, but for first-time navigators on holiday in Hong Kong, tracking it down may prove difficult thanks to the city’s dense streets. Like most locally owned café in Kowloon, Mum’s Not Home is located on the upper floor of an old residential building with a tiny, shady-looking sad excuse of an opening that you’d either a) dismiss it as insignificant, b) back away from it because it looks like somewhere you could be robbed by a crazy Chinese man or c) miss it altogether.
However, once you do pinpoint the location of Mum’s Not Home, it’s pretty obvious it’s there because of the posters they have stuck around. It’s owned by the cutest young man ever, but I don’t mean in a drop dead gorgeous way – more in a quirky way. You know, one of those people you love because they have such a unique personality and tastes that other people don’t have. Maybe it was because he had such a kind-sounding voice. Can voices sound kind? Anyway, a bonus gazillion points for service from me.
Now do you see what I meant when I said Mum’s Not Home screams “nature”? It’s literally a forest. And maybe it was because of the abundance of plants in the café, but despite having no air conditioning, Mum’s Not Home was cool and comfortable – a feat I thought was impossible to achieve in Hong Kong with simply a fan. Perhaps it was the direction the café was facing or something? Either way, even on a weekday at around 4PM, the flowery oasis was brimming with girls on their chit-chat dates, although there were a few outnumbered guys who were obviously the loyal boyfriends of said girls.
And most interestingly, Mum’s Not Home had free wifi! I actually asked before going and when we were there, there were actually two girls planning their graduation trip on their laptops. I do think the wifi is a nice touch if you’re going to use your computer, but only if you manage to bag a table with seats. Otherwise, I personally can’t see myself feeling comfortable sitting on the floor for hours on end like the girls were doing.
Mum’s Not Home offers a selection of special galaxy-coloured drinks and unique homemade cakes. Their menu is a huge board (like, literally a wooden board) that has hand-drawn pictures of all their offerings, presumably by the cute owner himself (I swear I’m not in love with him or something). The teas and lattes are served either hot or cold in huge, silver cups the size of a ramen bowl. Oh my Instagram! We didn’t order anything to quench our thirst, but we did go for a slice of the highly photogenic Butterfly Pea Lime Cheesecake. Yeah, we totally just ordered it for the ‘Gram, because I don’t even eat cheesecake. I asked Clar for her opinion and she said it was good, so rest be assured because she has great taste!
Do you even have to ask if I liked my experience there (again, I swear I’m not in love with the quirky café owner)? I highly, highly recommend Mum’s Not Home to anyone of any age! I actually see quite a lot of tourists there on social media too, not only because the café has become well-known on Instagram but also because the owner goes on trips frequently to connect with other café owners from around the world. In fact, Mum’s Not Home carries a selection of overseas-bought clothing wear and knick-knacks that they sell and promote back in their store, only available for a limited time until they’re sold out, obviously. With such a gorgeous interior, Instagram-worthy food (I’ll make sure to try their teas next time) and free wifi, tell me, is there anything unpleasant at all about Mum’s Not Home?
Mum’s Not Home
1/F, 302 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
+852 9770 5760
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