Quickly making its mark as the vibrant alternative to a Hong Kong stopover, here is your beginner’s guide to Macau’s best.
Currently charming the world with its mix of east-meets-west attractions, Macau is quickly making its mark as the vibrant alternative to a Hong Kong stopover.
From the bygone days when Portuguese traders established Macau as a gateway to the Orient, to today’s world-class luxury hotels and resorts – Macau is a city that is on the move.
With ferries operating every 15-30 minutes from Hong Kong Island (including directly from the International Airport), the neon-lit skies of Macau harbour is only an hour away.
Better still, this unique holiday favourite has a distinctly different flavour compared to its more colonial big sister, Hong Kong.
Filled with colourful Portuguese heritage, Macau also boasts an array of culinary experiences from around the globe, divine stays and a myriad of activities for the whole family. So it’s little wonder why travellers are discovering the city’s appeal.
With that in mind, here is our five-minute guide to this buzzing city to kickstart your own Macau itinerary.
WHERE TO EAT
Macau is fast becoming one of the world’s culinary destinations, with its unique fusion of Portuguese, African, Southeast Asian and Chinese flavours being enjoyed by travellers from all over the globe.
Grand Orbit for the tastiest buffet breakfast
The Grand Orbit’s internationally recognised buffet caterers to all types of guests.
Offering a traditional American and Continental Buffets for visitors who like the familiarities of home in the AM, the Grand Orbit also has a large selection of Asian breakfast specialities.
Try the stir-fried breakfast noodles with either chicken or beef to get your day started.
Lunch with a view at 360 Café Restaurant
Continuing with the buffet trend, dining at the 360 Café is a must-do for anyone visiting Macau.
Located in the Macau Tower, you can indulge on authentic Portuguese and Indian flavours to seafood delights; all while enjoying revolving panoramic views of the city.
Reservations are recommended for weekends.
Vinha for traditional Macanese and Portuguese dinner
Designed to feel like a Portuguese wine cellar, Vinha is the ideal place to sip on a red and reflect on your time in Macua.
Tuck into the roasted baby pig – one of the restaurants signature dishes – to finish off your day’s culinary journey.
WHERE TO STAY
Whether it’s night-time entertainment you are after or boutique style accommodation with a little bit of history, Macau has an ever-expanding list of hotel options to suit all travellers.
Be entertained with live band performances and DJ’s at the casino resort’s leading nightclub, ‘Lion’s Bar’.
Perfectly suited for those who want their entertainment a stone’s through from their bed.
As Macau’s first boutique hotel, expect your stay to be filled with fine cuisine options and a chic gaming experiences.
No matter where you are within the complex the Waldo team will ensure your stay is memorable.
Holiday Inn Macao
Offering a free shuttle bus from Macau Outer Harbour to the hotel, Holiday Inn is known for its great value for money.
With easy access to 600 of Asia’s top retailers, restaurants and bars, you will never be short of something for the whole family to do.
Pousada De Sao Tiago
For those looking for a slice of authentic Portuguese history, you can’t go past Poisado De Sao Tiago located at the tip of Macau Peninsular.
Originally a fortress built in the 17th century to defend Macau from hostile European nations and local pirates, you can now spend the night at one of the city’s most historical landmarks.
WHERE TO PLAY
Drawing on its old-meets-new characteristics, Macau has something for everyone. The hard thing is choosing what to do first.
Home to the world’s highest bungy jump, the Macau Tower dwarfs many of the city’s historic sites.
Why not take them in as you plunge 338 metres back down to earth?
A visit to the Flora Garden’s Mini-Zoo is always a hit.
But it is the Giant Panda Pavilion with its two playful residents Kai Kai and Xin Xin which will have the children mesmerised.
Macau also has wide range of museums, including the MJ Gallery (dedicated to the original possessions of the late Michael Jackson) and the Macau Museum, an interactive and adventurous experience for all ages.
A visit to the A-Ma Temple, also known as the old gateway to China and virtual birthplace of Macau, will satisfy the history-buff.
But to really take in the culture we suggest exploring the narrow streets, Portuguese architecture and colourful squares by foot.
There are countless sights to see around the city that pay homage to Macau’s Portuguese history, such as the famed ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The Macau Government Tourist Office has created a series of self-guided walking tours to assist if you are short on time.
Growing more and more each day, Macau’s shopping districts are on their way to revival Hong Kong.
From multi brand shopping centres to fashion boutiques, from Chinese antique shops to popular daily flea markets, no matter where you are staying in Macau, there will be a shopping option to choose from.