Hong Kong is a city that never sleeps: where the world’s top restaurants, most extravagant hotels and most expensive shopping boutiques sit next hole-in-the-wall dumpling vendors, street food stalls and busy markets selling everything you could ever imagine.

Whether you’re on a whirlwind stopover in the city or a longer stay, with our guide of the top things to do in Hong Kong you’re sure to have a memorable escape.

Yum cha, Hong Kong

Eat: Yum cha

Yum cha is a traditional Chinese brunch of dim sum served in bamboo baskets and accompanied by Chinese tea. It’s normally all-you-can-eat so if the thought of juicy xiaolongbao, pork buns, rice noodles and steamed prawn dumplings has your mouth watering then you’ll be in heaven with our pick of the best places for yum cha in Hong Kong.

Mott 32: This swanky eatery is located inside an old bank vault and dishes up high-end dim sum with a contemporary twist. With venues in Las Vegas and Bangkok, Mott 32 has quite the reputation which isn’t surprising with their menu of beautifully presented dishes such as applewood smoked Peking duck, and black truffle sui mai with Iberico pork.

Lin Heung Tea House: As the oldest dim sum restaurant in the city of Hong Kong, Lin Heung Tea House is corner eatery where the yum cha trollies are stacked with steaming bamboo baskets and steamed fish heads and chicken’s feet are on the menu for more daring diners.

Address: 160-164 Wellington Street, Central

DimDimSum: With a name like DimDimSum you know you’re in for a meal that pulls out all the stops. Expect a no-nonsense, casual restaurant serving up cheap and cheerful yum cha with standout dishes including the pan-fried eggplant with teriyaki sauce, the pineapple buns with pineapple custard filling, and the crispy shrimp rolls.

Ozone, Hong Kong

Image courtesy of The Ritz Carlton, Ozone

Drink: On the rooftops

Hong Kong is a skyscraper jungle, and where there are skyscrapers there are rooftops, and where there are rooftops there are cocktail bars. Check out our pick of the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong for when you want your tipple with a side of spectacular city views.

Cé La Vi: You’ll find Hong Kong’s fashionable elite sipping martinis and imported whisky at this sultry rooftop bar that offers 360-degree views of the city. Enjoy innovative cocktails and modern Asian flavours with legendary nightlife into the evenings.

Ozone: Located at The Ritz-Carlton hotel, Ozone is a stylish rooftop bar offering inventive cocktails and Asian tapas alongside well-known DJs that will have you on the dancefloor in no time.

Eyebar: Known to have some of the best views of the Victoria Harbour, Eyebar is a place for stylish individuals to gather and enjoy exotic cocktails and the bright lights of the city.

Hotel VIC on the Harbour, Hong Kong

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Stay: In luxury

Harbour Grand Hong Kong: Perched on the harbour with spectacular water views is a multi-award-winning metropolitan oasis with all the contemporary bells and whistles.  A major player in the Asian hospitality industry, Harbour Grand Hong Kong has won numerous awards, most impressively taking the cake at the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards and boasts A-list facilities – the most impressive being a luxurious 27-metre rooftop swimming pool with spellbinding harbour views.

Hotel VIC on the Harbour: Perched on the harbour with spectacular water views is a newly-opened metropolitan oasis with all the contemporary bells and whistles. Explore Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred restaurants, modern art galleries, cultural landmarks and street-side marketplaces – all in innovative, five-star luxury. Having been opened for just over two months, see why the much-anticipated hotel has been making a splash in Asian hotel scene with its A-list facilities including a spectacular 25-metre, rooftop swimming pool.

Hotel ICON: It’s the carefully considered design elements that speak volumes at Hotel ICON from the stunning vertical garden made of 8,500 plants that greets you in the lobby and the heated rooftop pool with Instagram-worthy views to the 100+ works of art that have been curated by award-winning artist Freeman Lu.

The Upper House: Designed by renowned Hong Kong architect Andre Fu, The Upper House is part of the House Collective, a collection of highly individual, luxury properties in China. The Upper House is a flawless urban oasis of style and sophistication and features 117 sleek rooms, luxurious facilities and the acclaimed Café Gray Deluxe restaurant which offers spectacular 49th-floor views and innovative cuisine created by Michelin-starred chef Gray Kunz.

Renowned for its personalised service that goes above and beyond the norm, it’s no surprise that celebrities flock to The Upper House for a private escape in the heart of the city. Join the likes of previous guests including Victoria Beckham, Sting, Christian Louboutin, Susan Sarandon, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Jackman and Naomi Campbell as you experience the ultimate celeb hang out.

Nathan Road, Hong Kong

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Play: Amongst the crowds

Hong Kong’s electric atmosphere is partly to thanks to the swarms of locals, expats and tourists who flood the streets. For some of the best big-city experiences, follow the crowds and see where you end up.

Nathan Road: Hit up this 3.6 kilometre-long Kowloon hot spot for a golden mile of shopping, dining and bright lights. This is a must for any Hong Kong itinerary and visitors can expect a multicultural melting pot of cuisine from around the world, hole-in-wall street food vendors, fine-dining restaurants and shops selling everything from designer goods to their more affordable dupes.

Hong Kong Disneyland: A place for big kids and little kids, you have the option to stay in the park’s hotel or just visit for the day at this Disneyland. With rides, shopping, dining and characters to take pictures with, you’re in for hours of fun at this world-famous attraction.

Ngong Ping 360: This gondola lift takes visitors high into the clouds for panoramic views of Lantau (on a clear day!). Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll find the Big Buddha and Ngong Ping Village, home to shopping and dining venues.

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