• Food & Beverages

Mum’s Not Home – A Cafe, An Art Gallery, A Thrift Store, And A Whimsical Secret Garden

July 15, 2021

Name(English): Mum’s Not Home
Name(Chinese): 媽不在家
Category: Food and Beverage
Phone Number: +852 97705760
Address(English): 1/F, 302 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Yau Ma Tei
Address(Chinese): 油麻地上海街302號1樓
Address Google Map Link: https://g.page/mumsnothome?share
Address longitude and latitude: 22.311235582994005, 114.16981005990831
Nearest MTR Station: Yau Ma Tei MTR station Exit C
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/kvpuco7NTjP4dkiY8
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.312883623736806, 114.17068475597404
How far from the nearest MTR Station: 3 min walk from Yau Ma Tei MTR station Exit C
Opening Hours:
MON 14:00 – 17:00
TUE Closed
WED Closed
THU 14:00 – 20:00
FRI 14:00 – 19:00 
SAT 14:00 – 20:00
SUN 14:00 – 20:00
Budget (per person): HKD70
Recommended Time to Visit: Afternoon
Recommended Food/Drinks: Blue Man’s Secret, Cheese Cake
Accessibility Note: Need to walk up stairs

It’s fascinating- As you step up into this joint in Yau Ma Tei, you will probably be amazed, if not puzzled by its diversity of nature. Yes, it’s a cafe, an art gallery, a thrift store, and, above all, a whimsical secret garden. 

The upstairs shop in Shanghai Street is named Mum’s Not Home as it is supposed to be a place where things can get wild and free. Here you can enjoy their signature floral teas at the bohemian-style cafe and have a look at the collection at a retro boutique corner. 

The Cafe is full of pop art style.

It is quite a wild curation of pieces to browse through which somehow resembles the Berlin vibe: vintage clothing, accessories, funky knick-knacks, or even old-fashioned furniture. Afterwards, take another sip of drink, and dig into their scrumptious homemade cakes.

Very fancy menu you can see.

The founders are no less interesting too. Fashion designer Chow Kong-chuen and his partner Makui Ma quit their jobs to open the shop. The knick-knacks you see in the shop were collected by them as they traveled around the world. The globetrotter idea is to establish a place where people can buy clothes, eat, and watch live music by indie musicians- but most of all chat.

You may buy their art work there as you like.

So how about the food and drinks? Well, not gonna lie, it’s alright. But if you count in the looks, it’s still worth ordering. Signature drink Blue Man’s secret is literally a blue mint drink colored by butterfly peas. Served in a bohemian tin bowl, the drink is a show that, when you squeeze lime juice into it, the color changes from blue to dreamy purple. Wow.

Signature drink Blue Man’s secret.
Don’t forget a piece of cheese cake too.

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