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Sandwiched between its namesake saddle ridge and Tolo Harbour, Ma On Shan boasts phenomenal scenery ideal for bikers, hikers, and joggers alike. But hidden behind its panoramic wonders is an equally impressive roster of coffee shops determined to elevate the neighbourhood with a heartwarming touch. Whether you are hunting for new cafés, live in the area, or are simply passing through and looking for a place to rest, check out our top picks for the best cafés and coffee shops in Ma On Shan.
Hana transports you into a vintage dimension away from the buzzing main street it faces. With only a handful of seats to spare, the compact space nonetheless offers guests a visual spectacle, as its quirky utensils and wooden ornaments set the scene of a lived-in home. Complementing the quaint design is a catalogue of less-seen delectables.
Its whimsical Dutch pancake with Parma ham, apple, cinnamon, and cranberries ($98) and potato, cream, brie, Parma ham, eggs, and homemade bread ($138) are popular choices to sate your adventurous palate, but classics like the Hana scone served with jam and mascarpone ($68) and the handmade pasta (starting from $138) are not to be missed. Look out for seasonal items as the menu changes periodically.
Hana, Shop 29–30, G/F, Phase 2, MOSTown, 18 On Luk Street, Ma On Shan
Soul Sweet’s discreet location does little to prepare you for the massive storm it bakes up inside! Powered by a strong artisan desire to serve up inventive flavours, this dessert master promises unique treats like the half-baked Philadelphia cheese with raspberry powder, cookie crumbs, and Hokkaido 3.6 milk ice cream ($58) for a decadent mouthful of hot and cold. If you are not big on Western sweets, Soul Sweet also whips up lovely Japanese dessert soups like the Kyoto “Uji Forest” Aogawa ($55). While there is no English menu available here, the staff will be happy to translate for you.
Soul Sweet, Shop 12–13, G/F, MOSTown Street (Phase 2), 18 On Luk Street, Ma On Shan
Journey farther from Ma On Shan neighbourhood centre to find this underrated dining house. Dressed in a mahogany palette and lit in warm yellow tones, WM Café & Bar feels just as cosy as home and dishes up liberal portions at budget-friendly prices.
From Mondays to Fridays, lunch and dinner combos include up to 20 nourishing options and a complimentary drink to keep you energised for the day. Meat lovers are guaranteed to smack their lips after indulging in the rich WM beef Wellington ($138) alongside a juicy US Angus prime beef striploin with beef gravy ($168). Load up on carbs with the hearty US pork belly and pineapple cheeseburger with fries (starting from $61).
WM Café & Bar, Shop G01B, G/F, The Waterside, 15 On Chun Street, Ma On Shan
After a strenuous bout of cycling down the promenade, what’s better than chilling at a coastal coffee spot? Here at Casa Café and Bistro, the Tolo Harbour is all yours if you happen to sit outside or at its floor-to-ceiling windows. Other seating in the café will allow you to be surrounded by nautical colours and beachy vibes.
Whether you are in for a savoury or sweet kind of afternoon, this seaside café has got you covered. Stuff your bellies to the brim with the classic fish and chips ($92) and Casa special all-day breakfast ($120), or grab a lemon tart ($48) and white peach with butterfly pea soda ($38) for a refreshing palate cleanser.
Casa Café and Bistro, Shop 4, G/F, Horizon Suite Hotel, 29 On Chun Street, Ma On Shan
As the name suggests, Puzzle Dining & Café puts up a graphical gallery featuring characters and gadgets built with colourful Legos, immersing curious diners into a comical realm where their inner child can roam freely. But if the playful façade does anything to fuel business, it is to surprise café-goers with the quality nourishments inside.
Diners will be enticed by the glistening sunny-side-up egg resting atop the teriyaki chicken chop don with egg ($58) with a free soup, available daily from 11:30 am to 3 pm. Syphon coffee (starting from $40) is Puzzle’s other signature, with six blends to choose from to satisfy all caffeine fans’ flavour preferences.
Puzzle Dining & Café, Shop G30, G/F, MOSTown (Phase 5), 18 On Luk Street, Ma On Shan
Café group Uchi blesses Ma On Shan with a laid-back hideout. Sporting a high ceiling with chic black windows overlooking a peaceful cycling track, this coffee spot attracts gorgeous natural lighting for those who want to snap the perfect photo of their lattes. Get comfortable on one of the round cushions and claim the view for yourself.
Light meals make up the food philosophy at Uchi, so we highly recommended ordering both a main and dessert. After devouring the crunchy pork cutlet don ($68), save room for the trademark matcha red bean waffle ($50), featuring a doughnut-shaped waffle topped with silky-smooth whipped cream and a generous scoop of azuki.
Uchi Days and Meals, Shop 4A, G/F, Double Cove, 8 Wu Kai Sha Road, Ma On Shan
Home-grown café chain Beans brings its iconic wood-themed interiors to this residential community. At Beans Be Water, the nature theme is further enhanced by wave-like configurations on light oak walls, evoking serene imagery of shores meeting sand.
As one of the few branches that provides breakfast sets, the pan-fried sirloin steak with sunny-side-up egg and muffin ($68) and penne in tomato soup with chicken meatballs and mushrooms ($58) are both unconventional but worthy choices. Pair your meal with a wholesome cup of honey with lemon, ginger tea with brown sugar, or Americano for a healthy morning. No excuse to skip brekkie!
Beans Be Water, Shop 337, 3/F, Ma On Shan Plaza, 608 Sai Sha Road, Ma On Shan