Engineered surfaces enabling remarkable phase change heat transfer have elicited increasing attention due to their ubiquitous applications in energy conservation and thermal management. Despite extensive efforts, designing micro/nanostructures that accelerate both the liquid wicking and bubble cycles to extend the boiling performance remains challenging. Here, we develop a hierarchical gradient mesh surface that exhibits exceptionally high critical heat flux (CHF) of 300 W/cm2 and heat transfer coefficient (HTC) of 34.52 W/(cm2K), which are 313% and 811% larger than those of the plain surface with de-ionized water under 1 atmosphere pressure. By simply sintering multilayer meshes with controllable porosity and superhydrophilic micro/nanostructured coating, the surface developed is cost-effective and capable of exhibiting strong wicking effect and rapid small bubble detachment characteristic via a chimney-like architecture. Such a rational design transcends the classical predictions of the capillary wicking model and bubble dynamics theory for superior boiling. The proposed concept of tailoring structures to induce bubble and liquid transport for efficient phase change heat transfer may point out a new direction for thermal engineering.