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 Macau has a colorful palette and a plethora of sites despite occupying just 28sq km of the Chinese mainland. From neon-lit casinos to dusky markets, cobbled streets to modern cafés and Baroque churches to Art Deco buildings - there’s a wonderful mix of East and West. Thirty buildings and squares are UNESCO listed and many reflect Macau’s colonial Portuguese legacy, as does the food, laid-back lifestyle and the blue azulejo-tiled street names. Yet Macau has a modern Asian look, rivaling Singapore and Hong Kong.

Macanese pataca (MOP $)

Police, Fire and Ambulance: 999

Macau (Portuguese),
Jornal Tribuna de Macau (Portuguese),
Macao Daily (Chinese),
Macau Post Daily (English),
Ponto Final (Portuguese),
Son Pou (Chinese),
Va Kio Daily (Chinese),
Macau Talk

General business hours are 10am to 8pm.

556 000

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO)
Largo do Senado 9, Macau
+853 333 000
09.00 - 18.00

The City

It was the Portuguese who settled Macau in 1557, persuading the Chinese to rent them the peninsula and establishing trade links in the region that made them very wealthy. It was this period of prosperity that created the colonial Macau we see today – the Basilica of St Paul, the Mediterranean courtyards, luxurious villas, the hill-top lighthouse and UNESCO World Heritage old city.

By the 17th century Macau was already in decline and became a backwater for licensed gambling, prostitution and organized crime well into the 20th Century. In fact the Chinese refused to take it back until 1999, by which time it was in better shape anyway. By then the Triad gangs had been dealt with, the monopoly on casino licenses revoked and Macau’s economy had kick started as foreign tourism increased.

Today Macau is seen as having something of two faces with people coming to appreciate the fortresses, churches and food of the colonial era or wining and dining in the modern Las Vegas of the East amidst 14 casinos and ritzy hotels. There are also other sights such as Buddhist temples, war bunkers, the excellent Museu de Macau, Macau Tower and the Fisherman’s Wharf theme park.

Do & See

Macau is based on a peninsula and a couple of islands, including Taipa and Colôane. Most of the sights are packed around a few blocks in the old core around Largo do Senado, a good place to start off your tour.

Largo Do Senado

Leal Senado

São Domingo’s (st Dominic’s)

Basilica of St Paul (são Paulo)

Fortaleza Do Monte

Museu de Macau

Guia Fortress

Macau Tower

Taipa Island

The House of Dancing Water


Macau Giant Panda Pavilion

City of Dreams

Macao Science Center

Lou Lim Lok Garden


Macau restaurants serve a spicy blend of Portuguese, Chinese, Malay, Indian and African dishes. The choice should keep all palettes happy because not only can you can find a good dim sum and pork chop bun but there’s excellent Portuguese coffee (bica) and wine, Goanese chicken and fresh Chinese vegetables. Traditional Portuguese dishes to look out for include bacalhau (dry cod) and rich soups like caldo verdo or sopa a alentejena. Famed Macanese (Chinese/Portuguese) dishes include stir-fried curry crab and jagra de ovos (sweet egg tart).

A Lorcha


Boa Mesa


Seng Cheong Restaurant

The Golden Peacock

IFT Educational Restaurant

The Eight

Morton's, The Steakhouse

Zi Yat Heen

The Tasting Room

A Petisqueira

Tou Tou Koi



Thanks to its Portuguese heritage Macau has got coffee right. It therefore makes sense to head to Portuguese establishments for the best blend of bica and pastries, while the Chinese establishments produce a mean pork bun with milky teas and puddings.

Leitaria I Son

Cafe Tai Lei Loi Kei

Margaret’s Café E Nata

Pizzeria Toscana


Bars & Nightlife

Fortunately nightlife in Macau no longer centres on the gambling establishments, although many are still a good place to down a pick me-up and enjoy fine live gigs. However there is a good choice of places to head now including the Dock’s Outer Harbour sidewalk bars on Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Do note some places are true to Mediterranean form and don’t heat up until after 1am.

Macau Soul

Crazy Paris Show

180 Lounge and Grill


Bellini Lounge


Lion's Bar

CheChe Café

McSorley's Ale House


Due to its tax free status, shopping is a delight in Macau with prices considerably lower than the USA, Europe and other Asian centres. Thanks to recent developments you can find designer shopping centres although there are plenty of exotic Asian markets and traditional shops selling Chinese medicines and Portuguese antiques. Other things to shop for include electronics, jewellery, fabric, porcelain and wine. Prices vary according to quality so be wary of imitations. Avenida Almeira Ribeiro is the main commercial centre and has many designer boutiques.

Grand Canal Shoppes

Senado Square

Red Market

Rua de S. Paulo

New Yaohan Department Store

Three Lamps District

Rua do Cunha

Koi Kei Bakery

Cunha Bazaar

Macau Creations

Essential Information

Macau International Airport

The International Airport is located on Taipa Island and is serviced by flights of Air Asia, China Easter, EVA Airways, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines, Trans Asia Airways and Xiamen Airlines.

From the airport you can catch public buses to Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, the Border Gate, the Jetfoil Terminal and Colôane.

Shuttle bus service to your hotel is available departing from the north exit of the airport parking lot. Buses run every 15-20 minutes between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm. It is also possible to get to Hong Kong airport via the fast ferries from Macau Jetfoil Terminal.

Address: Taipa, Macau

Phone: +853 2886 1111



Ferry services link Macau to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. First Ferry and Turbojet have regular services. You can also get a sampan across the harbour to Wānzái on the mainland.


Public Transport

Getting around Macau is easy. Bus services are provided by Transmac and TCM, and routes run from 6.45am until midnight to destinations all over the city. You pay your fare into the box at the front, there’s no change given. You can get a full list of companies and routes from the Macau Tourist Map. Mokes are also a fun way of getting around. These bright, open-sided vehicles are part of Macau history and worth a ride. Many gather outside the casinos and main hotels.



Taxis can be found at the airport, Jetfoil Terminal and on main streets. There are surcharges between Taipa and Coloane and Macau and Coloane.

Black Taxis
+853 3988800

Yellow Taxis
+853 2851 9519


The General Post Office is located at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro.

Address: Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau

Phone: +85 3 2832 3666


H.& B Pharmacy
865, Grand Canal Street, Level 3
Shoppes at Venetian
Opening Hours:
Sun–Thur 10am - 11pm
Fri–Sat 10am - 12am

Lotus Pharmacy
Seng Tou Street, 407-413 G/F,
Nova Taipa Garden, Macau
Opening hours:
Daily 9.30am-9.30pm.

Address: Seng Tou Street, 407-413 G/F, Nova Taipa Garden, Macau

Phone: +853 2885 5100



The country Code is + 853.

There are no area codes in Macau.


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