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Business hours for most shopping malls and boutiques are from 11 am until 8 or 9 pm, though hours may be extended during weekends and festive seasons. Small family-owned businesses might close for big public holidays—especially Chinese New Year—but major operations, supermarkets, and chain stores usually stay open year-round.

Hong Kong will keep you well fed through the day and deep into the night. Breakfast can start as early as 6 am with options such as congee, dim sum, or scrambled eggs on toast with a glass of milk tea. In between lunch and dinner, most cha chaan tengs (Hong Kong–style cafés) offer an afternoon tea menu, which is basically the regular menu at a discounted price. Typical closing time for restaurants is 10:30 or 11 pm, but you’ll find plenty of late-night dining establishments, including street snack stalls that sell local delicacies, including fish balls on a stick, until well past midnight.

After dinner, take advantage of Hong Kong’s buzzing nightlife scene. Bars and clubs stay open until the wee hours of the morning. Or you can rent a private room and sing the whole night away at one of the many karaoke lounges in town.