Where East meets West is the best way to describe Hong Kong. The gateway to China and the Far East, Hong Kong offers a mix of British colonial history with rich Chinese culture and tradition. As one of the world's busiest business centres, it is an ideal destination for shopping and for enjoying a thriving nightlife.

Taxi is the easiest way to get around the city although not necessarily the quickest. If travelling by taxi ensure that you have the destination written in Chinese – not everyone speaks or reads English. Hong Kong has a very clean and efficient metro system (MTR), scandalously cheap by London standards too.

Hollywood Road is the best place for independent restaurants, bars and shops. It can go a little Faliraki on a Friday night but don’t let that put you off, it’s Friday and Hong Kong wants to party.

Image courtesy of The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

STAY

The Mandarin Oriental is where you’ll find a great bed in the heart of the financial district and near most of the action too. The location alone is reason enough to book this historic Hong Kong hotel, but the luxurious spa, excellent restaurants, and cool Captain’s Bar keep guests coming back. You’ll also find Otis Batterbee products in the super stylish Barber Shop.
www.mandarinoriental.com

If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to The Mandarin Oriental try the Pentahotel across the river in San Po Kong. San Po Kong is a largely industrial area with all the hallmarks of an upcoming area. The Penta has a super cool vibe with in-house restaurants serving everything from pizza to Hong Kong street food.
www.pentahotels.com

EAT

Hoi On Café was opened in the 1950s and its name means “safe voyage” in Chinese. Check out the traditional wooden booths and be sure to try the French toast.
17 Connaught Road, +852 2540 6340

Duddell’s is a beautiful two-storey space designed by Ilse Crawford and houses a Chinese restaurant, art gallery and salon for cultural events. But above all it’s a civilised spot for sundowners, especially the leafy terrace on the upper floor.
www.duddells.co

Opening its doors in 1926, the Lin Heung Tea House is one Hong Kong establishment you absolutely cannot miss. Old women push carts of dim sum in bamboo steamers, men read their newspapers, while locals skillfully select what they want to eat from the carts (you'll probably have to point, depending on how good your Cantonese is). Try the glutinous rice balls, wrapped in banana leaf and filled with sugar and peanuts.
62 Wellington St, Sheung Wan, +852 2544 4556

Image courtesy of Duddell's

SHOP

Sogo is the largest department store in Hong Kong. When this store has a sale it’s not unheard of for the police to arrive to regulate the masses. It’s big, it’s busy and it has literally everything! Meditation and breathing exercises are needed if you go during sale. 
www.sogo.com.hk

Whether you're looking for authentic hand-painted snuff bottles, a piece of jade, a beautifully embroidered silk cheongsam, or just a set of good chopsticks, you'll find them at Chinese Arts & Crafts. They source high-quality, traditional products from Mainland China. And you don't have to be a connoisseur of Chinese antiquities to find proof that the phrase "Made in China" can still, in this day and age, be about legitimate craftsmanship.
28 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2827 6667

Odd One Out acts as an artists' agency as well as a gallery, selling affordable prints and original works of art by local and international talents. You'll find everything from magazines to original hand-etched works on archival paper. Come during one of the events, such as live sketching, to meet the artists they represent. Or, stop in for an afternoon reprieve: The adjoining café is a quiet little oasis worthy alone of a visit.
www.oddoneout.hk