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Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets: Mum’s Not Home - bric-a-brac with love

Upstairs space in Yau Ma Tei is a hangout where you can browse knick-knacks from near and far, buy clothes, eat, and watch live music - but most of all chat with its globetrotting minimalist owners

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 February, 2016, 6:15am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 February, 2016, 6:15am

With plenty of space, a forest of plants and clothes and knick-knacks from local designers, Mum’s Not Home is a great place to browse and hang out.

An upstairs shop in Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Mum’s Not Home was opened six months ago by a couple who travel around the world to collect interesting bric-a-brac for sale. Fashion designer Chow Kong-chuen and his partner Makui Ma quit their jobs to open the shop.

They often host local indie bands to perform low-key sets in the store, and caused a stir among Mayday fans when the Taiwanese alternative rock band visited them in October 2015.

Drinks and cakes are served there, and they’ll even cut your hair, for HK$50. But what visitors enjoy most are the two friendly owners of the shop, who share their minimalist globetrotting way of life with anyone who sits down for a chat.

Mum’s Not Home, 1/F, 302 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei Tel: 9770 5760