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An incredibly exciting city on the banks of the Pearl river, Macau is an amazing place to explore with its mix of historic buildings, upmarket shops, hotels, restaurants, and spas, as well as its casinos. Macau is known as Asia’s Las Vegas, but it is now outstripping the American city with its dazzling array of casinos, spectacular shows, and cuisine.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

16 Places

8 City Tips

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16 Places

Day 1

A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

Sacred & Religious Sites

Mandarin's House

Historic Sites

Largo do Senado (Senado Square)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ruins of St. Paul's

Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Casino at Venetian Macao

Casinos

O SANTOS - Comida Portuguesa Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 2

Macau Giant Panda Pavilion

Zoos

Taipa Village Macau

Historic Sites

The Grand Canal Shoppes

Gift & Speciality Shops,

Jade Dragon

Restaurants

Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre

Conference & Convention Centres, Observation Decks & Towers

Day 3

Historic Centre of Macau

Historic Walking Areas

Macau Fisherman's Wharf

, Shopping Malls

Lou Lim Ieoc Garden

Gardens

Dragon of Fortune

Mandarin Oriental Macau

Hotels

Sarah F's City Tips

  • Try the local cuisine such as Portuguese pork buns, dim sum or wontons.
  • Macau is a free port, so it's a shoppers paradise for luxury items, such as jewellery, gold, Chinese antiques, watches, cameras, electrical goods, and top-brand clothing.
  • Plan your trip carefully; there are so many things to do in Macau and you won’t want to miss the main attractions.
  • Macau’s water is purified by adding chlorine. Distilled drinking water is available in hotel rooms and restaurants.
  • The climate is warm and tropical and humidity levels can be high. The best time to visit is in the fall from October to December.
  • The official currency is the Pataca (MOP). Money can be changed in hotels, banks, and authorised exchange dealers. Most credit cards are widely accepted.
  • The official languages are Portuguese and Cantonese Chinese. English is widely spoken in the tourist areas and hotels.
  • You can fly into Macau international airport or Hong Kong, where you can then get a ferry over to Macau.
    Day 1
  • A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Sarah F Says:

    Macau was ruled by the Portuguese until 1999 and still has an interesting mix of eastern and western styles. The A-Ma Temple was built in the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty, with architectural treasures guarded by stone lions.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The views are fabulous from here so don’t forget your camera.
    • The temple can get crowded so you’ll need to be patient or arrive when it opens at 7am.
    • Admission is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 233 things to do in Macau
    • Lots of history 17/12/2018
    • Nice place 16/12/2018
    • A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)
    Address:
    Barra Square
    Rua de Sao Tiago de Barra and Calcada da Barra
    Macau
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Mandarin's House
    Historic Sites
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    Sarah F Says:

    A private house of such enormity is rare in Macau, so the 19th-century Mandarin's House is definitely worth a visit. It was the residential home of literary figure Zheng Guanying, and displays a mix of Chinese and western styles.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Wednesdays except public holidays.
    • Entrance is free.
    • The Mandarin’s House is midway between the A-Ma Temple and Senado Square.
    • Lovely gardens to walk around, which makes it a peaceful retreat from bustling Macau.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 233 things to do in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historic house 12/12/2018
    • Beautiful house 09/12/2018
    • Mandarin's House
    Address:
    No. 10,Travessa de Antonio da Silva
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2896 8820
    Other:
  • Largo do Senado (Senado Square)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sarah F Says:

    Senado Square looks like a traditional Mediterranean square, with its impressive pavement tiled in a wave pattern, surrounded by Neoclassical buildings. It’s at the center of many Chinese festivals, with firework displays and dancing dragons performing here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a top area for shopping or for dining out.
    • To the east of the square is Macau cathedral.
    • There are many traditional Chinese restaurants here, so it’s a great place to sample the cuisine.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 233 things to do in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shopping and more shopping 17/12/2018
    • Nice 11/12/2018
    • Largo do Senado (Senado Square)
    Address:
    Central District of Macau Peninsula
    Macau
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Ruins of St. Paul's
    Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sarah F Says:

    This is the façade of the former 17th-century church of Mater Dei, which was destroyed by a fire in 1835. It now stands as a symbolic altar to the city. There is a sacred art museum behind the ruins, which is open every day.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can walk to St Paul’s from Senado Square.
    • There are plenty of restaurants nearby.
    • It’s an interesting landmark to see at day or night.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 233 things to do in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a waste...? 17/12/2018
    • Sunday afternoon in Macau 17/12/2018
    • Ruins of St. Paul's
    Address:
    Rua de Sao Paulo
    Macau
    China
  • Casino at Venetian Macao
    Casinos
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    Sarah F Says:

    If you only visit one casino in Macau, it has to be the Venetian Macao. This is the largest and most luxurious casino in the world, with 3,000 gaming machines, 870 tables and poker games, and 24 restaurants and bars. You could spend your entire holiday here, it is so vast. There are plenty of different games, including poker, blackjack, and roulette, as well as many slot machines. It’s a chance to dress up and see if luck is on your side.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Even if you don’t gamble, the casino is worth visiting for the experience and the vastness. It really is a show in itself.
    • If you can afford it, the hotel is one of Macau’s most luxurious.
    • The Grand Canal within the resort has shops and gondolas to take you straight from China to Venice in one easy step.
    • The shows at the Venetian Macao are fantastic, so you can nip into the casino before watching a dazzling performance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 233 things to do in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must-see on your itinerary 16/12/2018
    • Casino,great place for gambling and 5 stars hotel. 13/12/2018
    • Casino at Venetian Macao
    Phone:
    +853 2882 8888
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • O SANTOS - Comida Portuguesa Restaurant
    Restaurants (European, Portuguese)
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    Sarah F Says:

    In celebration of Macau's Portuguese past, you can sample typical cuisine from Portugal, such as grilled sardines, rice with seafood, and meat dishes with wines from Portugal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • A friendly restaurant which can get crowded, so reserve a table if you can.
    • If it’s a hot day, ask for a jug of sangria (red wine with fruit) with your meal.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 826 restaurants in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice food 07/10/2018
    • Delicious! 25/09/2018
    • O SANTOS - Comida Portuguesa Restaurant
    Address:
    Rua de Cunha No. 20, Taipa Island
    Junto ao Mercado da Taipa
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2882 7508
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$15
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    12:00 - 15:00
    18:30 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
    Zoos
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    Sarah F Says:

    A rare chance to see these amazing giant pandas up close. There are indoor and outdoor areas for the pandas, with two viewing paths for visitors where you can watch these endangered animals through toughened glass.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The pavilion is closed on Mondays. If the Monday is a public holiday, the pavilion closes on Tuesday instead.
    • Ticket holders are only allowed in the pavilion in groups during one of the six sessions per day.
    • The temperatures in the pavilion are kept lower than normal, so bring a jumper or something warm.
    • You cannot use flash when taking photos.
    • You cannot eat in the pavilion or feed the animals.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 233 things to do in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quick glimpse of a panda 11/12/2018
    • Three pandas of Macau 05/12/2018
    • Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
    Address:
    Seac Pai Van Park, Coloane
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    853-28337676
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 13:00
    14:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Taipa Village Macau
    Historic Sites
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    Sarah F Says:

    Tai Pa Village is a lovely preserved historical area in the south of the island, with traditional Chinese shops, restaurants, grand villas, churches, and temples. There is a pretty tree-lined esplanade for a gentle stroll.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are several buses between the Macau peninsula and Tai Pa.
    • Don't miss the row of colonial houses dating from the early 20th century which have been restored to show how the original owners lived.
    • Although it’s busy, Tai Pa is more peaceful than central Macau.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 233 things to do in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place to get lost 17/12/2018
    • A must if you are in Cotai 15/12/2018
    • Taipa Village Macau
    Address:
    Rua do Cunha
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2857 6118
    Other:
  • The Grand Canal Shoppes
    Gift & Speciality Shops,
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    Sarah F Says:

    Within the luxurious Venetian Macau resort is a little piece of Venice in Italy, complete with beautiful bridges and gondola rides. It's a fabulous reconstruction of the romantic Italian city, with its canals, street theater, hundreds of shops, and restaurants serving cuisine from around the world.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A romantic place for shopping or dining out.
    • It can get very crowded but is definitely an interesting place to visit.
    • You'll find high-class brands such as Prada as well as high street names.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 42 Shopping in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit site 06/09/2018
    • Beautiful place but Disappointed shopping experience 16/08/2018
    • The Grand Canal Shoppes
    Address:
    Castella Street, Di Moda Street and San Luca Street on Level 3
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    853-81177840
    Other:
  • Jade Dragon
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Sarah F Says:

    Within the City of Dreams resort, with top hotels, shows, a casino, shops, and spa is the award-winning Jade Dragon restaurant, serving delicious Chinese cuisine. Here you will find beautiful views over Cotai. It’s a very elegant and classy restaurant, even by Macau’s standards.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dress code is smart casual. Men have to wear long trousers with closed shoes — no open-toed sandals or flip flops.
    • Children under six can dine in the private dining room.
    • The amazing House of the Dancing Waters show is also within the resort, so you can combine a show with a meal out.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 826 restaurants in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Michelin 2* exp 07/12/2018
    • Not so Good 07/10/2018
    • Jade Dragon
    Address:
    Level 2, The Boulevard, City of Dreams
    Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 8868 2822
    Other:
  • Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
    Conference & Convention Centres, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Sarah F Says:

    A great place to take in panoramic views of Macau and the River Pearl is from the top of Macau Tower, which stands 338 meters (1100 feet) tall and has a revolving restaurant at 223 meters (730 feet) high. A great place to visit during the day to see all the landmark buildings, and at night, go there for the lights. Daredevils can enjoy the adrenaline rush at the Skywalk X by walking outside the tower with no handrail, or try a SkyJump.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's definitely worth booking a table for dinner or high tea in the revolving 360º restaurant.
    • Children will love whizzing up to the observation tower to see all the landmarks and Macau’s skyline.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 233 things to do in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A 360 view of Macau 12/12/2018
    • The view 11/12/2018
    • Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
    Address:
    South Bay New Reclamation Area
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2893 3339
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Historic Centre of Macau
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Sarah F Says:

    Take a walk back in time by exploring Macau's historic center with its old streets and mix of Portuguese and Chinese buildings. This area marks one of the earliest and longest-lasting partnerships between China and the West. Many of Macau's historic landmarks are here. To make a change from the casinos or chic hotels and shops, wandering around the historic heart of Macau shows another side to the city

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can walk from one landmark to another.
    • There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area. A great place for trying traditional cuisine from Macau or China.
    • Try the famous "pasteis de nata," a delicious Portuguese custard tart.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 233 things to do in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bustling 15/12/2018
    • Good place to walk through 14/12/2018
    • Historic Centre of Macau
    Address:
    Macau Peninsula
    Macau
    China
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Other:
  • Macau Fisherman's Wharf
    , Shopping Malls
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    Sarah F Says:

    Fisherman’s Wharf is an entertainment complex with restaurants, shops, a casino, and a conference and exhibition center on the harbor. This is another amazing complex, with more than 150 shops and restaurants built in architectural styles from around the world. There is also a hotel and a massive casino. The Roman-themed shopping center and colosseum are used for concerts and shows.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Another great area for enjoying live performances or eating out.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 233 things to do in Macau
    • Nice place by the water but not many interesting Restaurants 26/11/2018
    • Good place for photo shoot but not restaurants 04/10/2018
    • Macau Fisherman's Wharf
    Address:
    Outer Harbor
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 8299 3300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
    Gardens
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    Sarah F Says:

    An awesome place to enjoy natural beauty in a peaceful part of Macau. The gardens were built by Lou Kau, who was a wealthy 19th-century Chinese merchant. It is modelled on a famous Chinese classical garden, with bamboo, ponds, and a large pavilion.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look out for art and craft exhibitions being held in the pavilion.
    • Admission is free.
    • Good times to visit are early morning or later in the day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 233 things to do in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The most beautiful garden in Macau 12/12/2018
    • Shelter from the heat of the day 04/12/2018
    • Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
    Address:
    No. 10 Estrada de Adolfo Loureiro
    Macau
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Dragon of Fortune
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    Sarah F Says:

    Located within the Wynn Macau complex, with its hotel, spa and restaurants, is an impressive show. The Dragon of Fortune combines traditional art with modern lighting to create a stunning performance. Look up at the gold cupola on the ceiling displaying the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The show is held daily from 10am to midnight, with the Tree of Prosperity and the Dragon of Fortune show alternating every 30 minutes.
    • When the golden dragon comes out of the globe you are encouraged to throw coins for good luck.
    • It's a free show which is short but spectacular.
    • The resort is by the Nam Van Lake which has spectacular water and light shows.
    • If you want to eat here, 99 Noodles serves regional noodle dishes from North China. The décor is interesting for its use of chopsticks.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 233 things to do in Macau
    • Beautiful show 16/12/2018
    • That was it? Really? 04/12/2018
    • Dragon of Fortune
    Address:
    Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE
    Macau
    China
    Other:
  • Mandarin Oriental Macau
    Hotels
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    Sarah F Says:

    This luxurious hotel has beautiful views from its picture-perfect waterside setting. Dining here is first-rate, with a Chinese restaurant, tapas and cocktail bar, as well as a cake shop.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Great location for exploring the old town or heading over the water to Tai Pa.
    • The restaurants at the Mandarin Oriental are superb.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 98 Hotels in Macau
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another FAN-tastic weekend ... 17/12/2018
    • Excellent service hotel 15/12/2018
    • Mandarin Oriental Macau
    Address:
    Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, Nape
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    011 853 8805 8888
    Other:
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