Hong Kong is without a doubt a shopping and food mecca, and is a well-loved destination among many Singaporeans.

But did you know the city is also one of the best places to, quite literally, take a hike?

Amidst the city's looming skyscrapers is a contrasting landscape of mountains and beaches, just waiting to be explored.

Who knew the cosmopolitan city has an adventurous side that draws Hong Kong residents and tourists alike?

But if hiking is not for you, there are still plenty of nooks and crannies to explore in the city - ideal for a short weekend getaway.

Besides the usual shops and eateries, the little-known side of Hong Kong includes a secret garden and a hub for creative hipsters.

Think you know Hong Kong like the back of your hand? The recommendations below may surprise you.