Best Pick

On yer bike!
Date Published : 08 Aug 2018

Hong Kong is hardly a cycling-friendly city, with its shoddy road surfaces and harebrain drivers. Not to mention the hills. Luckily, there are plenty of cafés that provide a far more welcoming environment for cyclists. Über-chic cycling brand Rapha have just opened a ‘clubhouse’ in Sheung Wan serving coffee and cake. Here you can buy your lycra jersey and wraparound sunglasses, before sitting around with fellow cyclists comparing Strava segments or arguing over SRAM Vs. Shimano. But for days when you want to actually get out and ride, here are a few other options...

Tai Mo Shan Kiosk

A favourite stop-off of ours at the top of Route Twisk, this Kiosk is the perfect place to refuel with tea, soup noodles or a soft drink before tackling the climb up Tai Mo Shan. In the colder months, the kiosk’s fish balls have saved many a cyclist from exhaustion. Last year, the kiosk was briefly threatened with closure when it emerged that it had been operating for 22 years without a license from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. However, there was such an outcry among regular customers that a solution was found and the kiosk continues serving the public 8am to 6pm every single day.

Route Twisk, at the junction of Maclehose Trail Sec. 8&9

(Photo: Facebook)

Urban City Diner

Lantau Island is Hong Kong’s outdoorsy wonderland. Every weekend hordes of cyclists can be seen congregating around Tung Chung MTR. Urban City Diner, with its ridiculously tautological name, appears to be aimed directly at this lot; the walls are decorated with bike parts, a sculpture made of bike frames hangs from the ceiling and the seating is based on bike saddles (hardly the ideal way to relax after a day in the saddle.) We’d suggest Urban City Diner is better suited to family daytrippers than serious MAMILs (Middle-Aged Men in Lycra), but we’ve found the diner’s hefty slices of cake to be just the right thing to top up our blood sugar levels after a strenuous day in the hills.

Citygate, Tung Chung. Opposite MTR exit B

(Photo: Facebook)

LuLu’s Café

Shek O road can be pretty scary to cycle along; sharing the narrow, winding route with double decker buses requires riders with some serious balls. Nevertheless, it’s a popular weekend route, and LuLu’s Café in Shek O has become something of a traditional hangout for riders every Saturday and Sunday. Whether you’re aiming to set a new PR on the 7km blast from Tai Tam Road down to the beach or you’re just out to enjoy the views along the way, LuLu’s is the place to rest your legs afterwards. Happy riding!

742 Shek O Road


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