Day One

  • Central

Armed with your prebooked pass, start early at Tai Kwun heritage and arts complex. Then head west down Hollywood Rd checking out antiques shops and PMQ's local designers. Stop at Man Mo Temple for a taste of history and explore the hip community on Tai Ping Shan St.

  • Lunch Queue for heavenly beef brisket noodles at Kau Kee.
  • The Peak & the Northwest

Work your way back to Central via Sheung Wan's dried seafood shops, to catch the legendary Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak. Stunning views of the city will greet you; perhaps tackle one of the trails. Descend and take a scenic ride on the vintage tram to Kennedy Town for beers at Little Creatures and a peek at this old-school neighbourhood.

  • Dinner Get acquainted with Asian fusion at Little Bao.
  • Central

Dedicate the evening to bar-hopping around Soho. Don't miss Asian-accented cocktails in Old Man and Quinary, perhaps also catching live jazz at Peel Fresco. In the wee hours of the morning, head back west to Kennedy Town for 4am dim sum at Sun Hing.

Day Two

  • Wan Chai & the Northeast

Embrace (manufactured) nature at lovely Hong Kong Park, not forgetting to check out the Museum of Teaware, then head over to the Blue House cluster; if it's Saturday, join a free guided tour of these restored wooden tenement buildings.

Take the Star Ferry to Kowloon. Enjoy the views along Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade (if construction has finished) and savour your stroll to the Museum of History. Take afternoon tea in style at the Peninsula. After that, if you have the stamina, bus it north to Yau Ma Tei, where you can check out Tin Hau Temple, the Jade Market and traditional shops along Shanghai Street.

Have your fortune told and catch some Cantonese opera at Temple Street Night Market. Then it's not too far a hoof to Horizonte Lounge at the Madera Hotel, where awesome urban skyline views await. If there's an indie gig on at Hidden Agenda, head over there to hang with the hipsters.

Day Three

  • Aberdeen & the South

Take the bus to Aberdeen for a cruise on the lovely Aberdeen Harbour. Follow with shopping (for bargain designer furniture and clothing) at Horizon Plaza on the island of Ap Lei Chau. Coffee and cakes are available at several of the furniture shops here. If it's a Saturday, book onto a boozy tour of Hong Kong's own brewery, Young Master.

  • Lunch Artichoke Canteen for quinoa and avocado salad and grilled tuna.
  • New Territories

Make your way from Aberdeen to Sai Kung after lunch. Check out Sai Kung Town or hop on a ferry at the waterfront to a nearby beach for a late afternoon dip.

  • Dinner Loaf On for excellent seafood.
  • Kowloon

After a busy day, head to Kowloon Taproom for local craft beers and good people watching. If after a few beers you're in need of late-night munchies, crispy fried Korean chicken at Chicken HOF & Soju will be music to your ears.

Day Four

  • Macau

Hop on an early boat to Macau. When you arrive, take a bus or a cab to the legendary Lung Wah Tea House. Have dim sum for breakfast. Buy some tea leaves from them before you go and explore the bustling Red Market next door. Have a leisurely stroll to the cultural parts of Northern Macau Peninsula to work off your breakfast. Check out the designer shops and the cobbled streets of the atmospheric St Lazarus District, and buy a few souvenirs.

Explore the sights around the Largo do Senado. Walk along Rua Central through much of the Unesco-listed Historic Centre of Macau, including the ruins of the Church of St Paul. Nibble on Portuguese egg tarts and almond cookies as you do so. Then head to lovely Taipa Village for a look.

  • Dinner António dishes up sumptuous Portuguese classics.
  • Macau

Check out the Studio City casino complex. Try your hand at the tables or just have a drink at the bar. Then head back to Macau Peninsula to catch the ferry back to Hong Kong.