Where to stay
- Grand Hyatt Macau, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai; +853 8868 1234; www.macau.grand.hyatt.com. A modern five-star hotel with sizeable rooms and impeccable service.
- Ole Tai Sam Un Hotel Macau, 43 Rua da Caldeira; +853 2893 8818; www.oletaisamunhotel.com. A budget-friendly hotel conveniently located near major tourist attractions, such as the Ruins of St. Paul’s and Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple.
- Sheraton Macao Hotel, Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai; +853 2880 2000; www.sheratonmacao.com. The largest hotel in Macau offers a whopping 4,001 guestrooms, three outdoor pools, three restaurants, a sprawling spa with 15 treatment rooms, and more.
- The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca; +853 2882 8888; www.venetianmacao.com. A high-end resort and casino with opulent, Venice-themed interiors. You can even ride a gondola on the manmade “river” that runs through its shopping mall.
Where to eat
- A Petisqueira, 15 Rua de São Joao, Taipa; +853 2882 5354. Sample authentic Portuguese cuisine, such as stewed rabbit and stir-fried clams. Reservations are recommended.
- Ao Grama, Prince Flower City Block 2, Rua De Coimbra N39, Taipa; +853 2883 9838; www.aograma.com. A Portuguese restaurant best known for its signature baked chicken.
- Boa Mesa, 16A Travessa de S. Domingos; +853 2838 9453. This restaurant off Senado Square serves some of the most authentic Portuguese fare in Macau. Start off with the octopus salad, before tucking into the bacalhau com natas (baked cream cod).
- Choi Heong Yuen Bakery, 28 Rua de São Paulo; +853 2836 2122. This bakery is famed for its Portuguese egg tarts, as well as other local specialties like egg rolls and almond biscuits.
- Copa Steakhouse, 203 Largo de Monte Carlo; +853 8983 8222; www.sandsmacao.com/dining/fine-dining/copa-steakhouse.html. If you’re in the mood to splurge, head to the best steakhouse in town for a juicy slab of prime beef.
- Fernando’s, 9 Praia de Hac Sa, Coloane; +853 2888 2264. A family-friendly Portuguese restaurant serving up excellent seafood, such as garlic prawns, grilled fish and musssels served in broth.
- Golden Peacock, Casino Level 1, Shop 1037, The Venetian Macao. Head to the Michelin-starred Golden Peacock for lunch, and sample the wide variety of authentic Indian dishes offered at the lunch buffet.
- Lord Stow’s Bakery, various locations, www.lordstow.com. The iconic, fresh-from-the-oven Portuguese egg tarts at this institution are a must-have when in Macau.
- McPherson’s Sweet Shoppe, Pat Da Palha 7 A R/C; +853 2835 8003; www.mcmacau.com. For gourmet handmade ice cream in exotic flavors like black garlic and durian.
- O Santos Comida Portuguesa Restaurant, Rua de Cunha, Taipa; +853 2882 5594; www.osantoscomidaportuguesa.com/pt/inicio. The garlic shrimp and grilled octopus at this Portugese restaurant are simply divine.
- Rice Empire, 1/F Sands Cotai Central, Cotai; +853 8113 8930. Carb up at this restaurant, which offers all sorts of rice dishes – steamed, fried, baked, broiled, stuffed and stewed.
- Wong Chi Kei, 17 Largo do Seal Senado; +853 283 31313. The best place to try Macau pork chop bread, a popular local savory snack. The eatery also serves up tasty noodles and congee.
- Yum Cha Restaurant, 1/F Sands Cotai Central, Cotai; +853 8113 7970. Order barbecued pork buns, steamed rice rolls and har kau (prawn dumplings) for a dim sum feast.
What to do
- Bungee jumping, AJ Hackett, Level T2, Adventure Zone, Macau Tower; www.ajhackett.com/macau. Take the plunge at the world’s highest commercial bungee jump! There are also other equally thrilling activities available, such as the Skywalk (circumnavigating the top of the tower on a 1.8m-wide platform…without handrails) and Tower Climb (climbing 100m up a vertical ladder).
- Casinos. Macau is dubbed as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”, and for good reason – it’s home to more than thirty casinos, where you can try your luck at blackjack, roulette and more. You can even ride free shuttle buses from one casino to another.
- Fortaleza do Monte, Rua do Monte; +853 2835 7911. This is a military fort that was built by the Jesuits between 1617 and 1626 to ward off pirates. You’ll find 32 cannons still strategically placed around the battlements, a museum and a landscaped garden where you can soak up wonderful vistas.
- Hac Sá Beach, Coloane. A unique black sand beach with a slew of waterside eateries.
- Hac Sá Reservoir Country Park, Estrada de Hac Sá, Coloane. Rent a pedal boat, explore the park’s numerous hiking trails, go camping and more.
- House of Dancing Water, City of Dreams, The Boulevard, Estrada do Istma, Coloane; www.thehouseofdancingwater.com. This spectacular water-based stage production combines acrobatics, dance and diving for a 90-minute extravaganza.
- Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, Seac Pai Van Park, Coloane; +853 2833 7676; www.macaupanda.org.mo. Go gaga over Macau’s impossibly cute giant pandas, Xin Xin and Kai Kai. Go around 10AM or 2PM to watch them feed.
- Macao Museum, 112 Praceta do Museu de Macau; +853 2835 7911. Located beside the Ruins of St. Paul’s, this hilltop museum presents an intriguing cross-section of the history and culture of Macau.
- Macau Tower, Largo da Torre de Macau; +853 2893 3339; www.macautower.com.mo. Go bungy jumping off the top of the tower, which, at 233m, makes it the highest commercial bungy jump in the world. The less adventuruous can simply head to the observation lounge on level 58 to enjoy panoramic views of the city.
- Old Taipa Village. Stroll or bike around this historical village, which is dotted with churches, temples and colonial villas.
- Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Rua de Sao Paulo. Visit what remains of the Church of Mater Dei and St. Paul’s College, which were both destroyed by a fire in 1835. Make your way to the top, where the view is spectacular.
- Seac Pai Van Park, Estrada de Seac Pai Van; www.macaupanda.org.mo. This park is home to monkeys, lemurs and flamingos, as well as two chubby and adorable giant pandas. Kai Kai and Xin Xin.
- Senado Square, Largo de Senado. This UNESCO Heritage Site is the historic center of Macau, and a sight to behold. Admire the colonial buildings that line the square, as well as the signature wave-patterned mosaic of colored stones on the ground.
- Taipa Grande Trail, along Estrada Coronel Nicolau de Mesquita. Scarfed down one egg tart too many? Burn off some of the calories by tackling this 4,000m-long trail, which will take you to the highest point on Taipa Island, 159.2m above sea level.