Worth getting out of bed for
Shopping is Causeway Bay's main drawcard, so head out with a clean credit card to tackle the areas malls. Highlights include Times Square (www.timessquare.com.hk) for big-name brands, the enormous SOGO department store (www.sogo.com.hk) and newcomer Hysan Place.
Try your luck at the Happy Valley Racecourse (www.happyvalleyracecourse.com). It's worth noting that locals come her to punt, not dress up, so ladies you can leave your heels and fascinator at home.
Climb the Peak for the best views of the city – you can either hike to the top or take the vintage tram (www.thepeak.com.hk), a hair-raising trip that departs from Garden Road in Admiralty.
Join the queue for a table at dumpling hot spot Din Tai Fung (www.dintaifung.com.hk; +852 3160 8998), located at 68 Yee Woo Street. The xiao long bau (dumplings filled with a squirt of steaming soup), spicy wontons and green beans with pork are a must.
The soup dumplings are also divine at Crystal Jade (www.crystaljade.com; +852 2915 6988), in the World Trade Centre at 280 Gloucester Road. Be sure to add a side order of dan dan mian (rice noodles in a fiery seasame and pork sauce).
For mouthwatering Chinese meats, make for Lei Garden (www.leigarden.hk; +852 2506 3828) at Times Square. This brightly lit dining room is home to the signature five-layer roast pork and top-notch Peking duck.
In neighbouring Wanchai, dine on British classics, such as Scotch eggs and fish and chips, at the Pawn (www.thepawn.hk; +852 2866 3444), at 62 Johnston Street. This atmospheric gastro pub with multiply levels of dining and drinking dens, including a breezy balcony.
Don't let the no-frills setting of lime-green booths put you off... Mak's Noodles (+852 2895 5310), at 44 Jardine's Bazaar, is home to some of Hong Kong's best wonton noodle soup, served in tiny Chinese bowls with delicate prawn dumplings. The egg noodles dusted with dried shrimp roe aren't half bad either.
For a cool caffeine fix, pop into 18 Grams (www.18grams.com; +852 2893 8988) in Hoi To Court at 15 Cannon Street. The baristas use house-roasted beans and the kitchen turns out café classics, such as eggs Benedict and an Aussie-style breakfast.
Nearby Wanchai has long been Hong Kong's hedonistic nightlife hub – take your pick of expat-favourite pubs, dance clubs and less-than-salubrious ladies' bars.