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Being regular visitors to Macau, we decided to create a trip list with what we believe to be the most important and interesting of the many attractions available to those interested in spending time in Macau. We hope this will prove useful to those researching and planning their visit to Macau, especially those with limited available time in the city.
Please bare in mind that this is a personal list that will not be consistent with everyone else. It simply reflects what we have enjoyed most about Macau in recent years.
Inclusions are arranged by their proximity to other nearby attractions and places we have enjoyed and feel are worthy of mention. They are not listed in a favourite-to-least favourite or chronological order.
Top areas and attractions to visit in Macau
1.) Historic Centre of Macau (World Heritage Attractions)
A.) Senado Square
B.) St. Domingo's Church
C.) Ruins of St. Paul's
D.) Mount Fort and the Macau Museum
E.) A-Ma Temple
Other nearby attractions worthy of mention
World Heritage attractions
A.) Leal Senado Building
B.) Casa de Lou Kau
C.) St. Augustine's Square
D.) St. Lawrence's Church
E.) Mandarin's House
Non-World Heritage Attractions
A.) Macau Science Center
B.) Grand Prix and Wine Museums
C.) Macau Maritime Museum
D.) Rua da Felicidade
E.) Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
F.) Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
G.) Rua da Felicidade
2.) Taipa Area Attractions
A.) Taipa Village
B.) Rua do Cunha
C.) Museum of Taipa and Coloane History
D.) Taipa Houses Museum
3.) Cotai Strip Area Attractions
A.) Venetian Canal Shopping area & Gondola Rides
B.) House of Dancing Water Show (City of Dreams)
C.) Dragon Treasure Show (City of Dreams)
D.) Sand's Cotai Central (recently opened on the Cotai Strip)
4.) Coloane Area Attractions
A.) Giant Panda Pavilion
B.) Coloane Village
C.) Lord Stow's Bakery (Coloane)
D.) Hac Sa Beach (also known as Black Sand Beach)
1.) Macau Peninsula Casinos
A.) Grand Lisboa Casino
B.) Wynn Casino
C.) MGM Casino
D.) Sands Casino
2.) Cotai Strip Casinos
A.) Venetian Casino
B.) Four Seasons Casino
C.) City of Dreams Casino
D.) Galaxy Complex
Dining in Macau
1.) Macanese Specialty Foods and Cuisine
A.) Lord Stow's (Coloane village and Venetian Hotel)
B.) Margaret's Cafe e Nata (Macau city centre)
C.) Koi Kei Bakery (throughout Macau)
D.) Choi Heong Yuen (throughout Macau)
E.) Tai Lei Loi Kei (Taipa and Ruins of St. Paul) for pork chop buns.
F.) Tim Nga (Coloane) for Macanese seafood
2.) Classic Portuguese Food and Cuisine
A.) A Lorcha (Barra Square)
B.) Henri's Galley (Sai Van Lake)
C.) Albergue 1601 (St. Lorenzo district)
D.) A Petisqueira (Taipa Village)
E.) Espaco Lisboa (Coloane)
F.) Ou Mun Cafe (Senado Square)
G.) IFT Educational Restaurant (Hung Ma Hill)
H.) Macau Soul (off Ruins of St. Paul)
3.) Michelin Restaurants
A.) Roubochun au Dome - French (Grand Lisboa) ***
B.) Eight - Cantonese (Grand Lisboa) ***
C.) Peacock Restaurant - Indian (Venetian) **
D.) Za Hat Hin - Cantonese (Four Seasons) **
E.) The Tasting Room - European (City of Dreams) *
We have written reviews for most of these attractions based on our frequent trips to Macau in recent years. These reviews (w/pictures) can be viewed below if useful.
Click the link above to read one of our reviews for making a day trip to Macau.
In this version we suggest an ideal way to see many of Macau's highlight attractions as well as recommend a few specific dining options that you might want to consider during your day in Macau.
All attractions and restaurants mentioned in this article have been reviewed (w/pictures) and be found below within this Trip List for Macau's Top Attractions.
Click the above link to read our detailed Guide to How to best visit the various sections of the Historic Center of Macau.
All 30 presently recognized inclusions of the Macau World Heritage are listed as well as other interesting things to do/see in the various sections of the city center.
This should serve as a good planning guide for visitors trying to plan their visit of the World Heritage attractions.
Click the above link to read our review of Senado Square.
This is the focal point of your visit to Historic Centre of Macau, where most visits to the Historic Centre of Macau begin and place where many of the individual World Heritage attractions can be found.
Senado Square is found in Section D if using the World Heritage Guide provided above.
Click the above link to read about St. Dominic's Church.
This is probably our personal favourite individual attraction found in the Senado Square area (Section D) and one of our favorite churches to visit in all of Macau.
Click the above link to read our review of the Ruins of St. Paul.
The Ruins of St. Paul is the most easily recognisable attraction in Macau and represents the face of Macau Tourism. trail.
The Ruins of St. Paul's is found in Section C if using the World Heritage Guide provided above.
Click the above link to read our review of Forte Monte.
This is Macau's formidable attraction, which is best visited along with the Macau Museum housed within its walls.
The Mount Fort is located right next to the Ruins of St. Paul in Section C if using the World Heritage Guide provided above.
Click the above link to read our review of the Macau Museum.
Located in the Forte Monte, the Macau Museum is the best museum option for those interested in Macau's history. It is also the most conveniently located, being in the heart of the city center (Section C) near many of the World Heritage Attractions.
Cost: MOP15 (adults), MOP8 (children)
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm daily, closed on Mondays
Click the above link for our review of A-Ma Temple.
A-Ma Temple is one of the most important attractions in Macau and is the oldest member of the UNESCO World Heritage collection. It is also believed that A-Ma Temple is the reference to the Portuguese naming of the island of Macau.
A-Ma Temple is found in Section F of the World Heritage Guide provided above.
Click the above link to read our review of Leal Senado,
This is a humble building just off Senado Square which often hosts interesting exhibitions and festival holiday decorations.
The Leal Senado Building is found in Section D of the World Heritage Guide provided above.
Click the above link to read our review of Casa de Lou Kau.
This is the second most interesting attraction in the Senado Square area (Section D) and perhaps the best hidden gem in this area of Macau.
Click the above link to read our review of St. Augustine's Square.
St. Augustine's Square is the location of a small cluster of interesting World Heritage attractions, just a few minutes walk Southwest of Senado Square
Readers can find St. Augustine's Square in Section E of the World Heritage Guide provided above.
Click the above link to read our review of St. Lawrence's Church.
This is our single favorite church to visit in Macau and one of the very best inclusions in the Historic Centre of Macau.
St. Lawrence's Church can be found Section E of the World Heritage Guide provided above.
Click the above link to read our review of the Mandarin's House.
The Mandarin House is a residential compound originally owned by reformist and literary figure Zheng Guanying in the late 19th century. The property was included in the 2005 UNESCO World Heritage for the Historic City Centre of Macau. However, it was not opened to the public in 2010 after several years of restoration. It is similar but on a much larger scale to the Lou Kau Mansion found on Senado Square (Section C).
The Mandarin's House is found on Section F of the World Heritage Guide provide above.
Click the link above to read our review of the Macau Science Museum.
In our opinion, this is the best overall museum experience in Macau as well as the most child-friendly attraction in the city. The Macau Science Museum, which recently celebrated the 3rd anniversary of its opening is an excellent place to spend a two to three hours and will easily entertain both children and adults alike.
Cost: MOP25 - Exhibition Center
Cost: MOP50 - 2D movie showings, MOP65 - 3D movie showings
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm, closed on Thursdays and Lunar New Year's Eve
Click the above link to read our review of the Grand Prix Museum.
Located on Lotus Square, this is probably Macau's best speciality museums and is conveniently located right next to another interesting museum called the Wine Museum, making a great way to spend an hour or two when visiting Macau.
There is no better time to visit than during annual Macau Grand Prix but this museum is always fun if you want to see some beautiful (and fast) race cars.
Cost: Free Entry
Open 10am to 9pm, closed on Tuesdays
Click the above link to read our review of the Wine Museum.
This is a good museum, conveniently located right next to the Grand Prix Museum. Combined they make an excellent way to spend a couple of hours and you can even do a bit of wine tasting at the end of your visit.
Cost: Free Entry but wine tasting is (MOP15 per person)
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm, closed on Tuesdays.
Click the above link to read our review of the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden.
We find the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden to be the most beautiful and interesting restored garden in Macau, a place we much enjoy spending a bit of time in Macau.
Click the above link to read one of our reviews of the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre.
This is the place for adventure seekers visit while in Macau, featuring the highest bungy jump in the world by AJ Hackett as well as stunning views of Macau when viewing conditions are favourable.
Click the link above to read our review for Rua da Felicidade.
While not a World Heritage inclusion, this historic street is a genuinely interesting stop to make, not far from Senado Square
All the buildings on this street are famously painted up in red so have your camera ready when making a stop at Rua da Falicidade.
Click the above link to read our review of the Kun Iam Statue, the twenty meter tall, bronze statue of the goddess Kun Iam.
Click the link above to read our review for the old Taipa Village.
Taipa village is a lovely historical area to spend a few hours during trips to Macau. Here you can find a handful of traditional Portuguese restaurants and traditional Macanese snack specialists, coffee shops, local product shop, a couple of decent museums, church and temple visits to make.
Click the above link to read our review of Rua do Cunha, an important street in Taipa village, location of many traditional Portuguese and Macanese restaurants.
Click the above link to read our review our review of the Museum of Taipa and Coloane, one of two decent museum visits in the Taipa village area.
Click the above link to read our review our review of the Taipa Houses Museum, one of two decent museum visits in the Taipa village area.
Click the above link to read our review of the fast growing and quickly expanding Cotai Strip.
Click the above link to read one of our reviews for the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, one of the premiere entertainment venues in Macau and the most popular places to stay and visit on the Cotai Strip.
Click the above link to read one of our reviews for the House of Dancing Water (HoDW).
This is an 85-minute, aquatic based show which is undoubtedly Macau's very best overall attraction and a SHOULD NOT MISS for those planning to visit Macau.
If you are going to do one thing in Macau - THIS IS IT!
Click the above link to read one of our reviews for the Dragon Treasure show.
This is a short but fun, multimedia production that takes place at the City of Dreams (COD).
Click the above link to read one of our reviews for the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion.
This is Macau's best conservation attraction and a great opportunity to see panda bears up close and in person.
Cost: MOP10 per person for one hour in the Panda enclosure area.
Click the above link to read reviews on Tripadvisor for Coloane Island the village by this name.
This is a small village in the southern part of Cotai Island, where you can find the famous Lord Stow's Bakery, a few small temples and other attractions. This is the laid back, old Macau that you won't see in the more touristy areas.
Click the link above to read reviews on Tripadvisor for Hac Sa Beach.
Click the above link to read one of our reviews for Lord Stow's Bakery.
In our view, this is the best place for Portuguese egg tarts in Macau, only rivaled by Margaret's Cafe e Nata.
Click the above link to read our review for Margaret's Cafe e Nata.
This is one of the two very best options for Portuguese egg tarts in Macau with a location not far from the historic city centre of Macau .
Click the above link to read one of our reviews for the Koi Kei Bakeries,
Koi Kei Bakery is our favorite of the pasteleria shops found around Macau. Judging by the consistent and heavy crowds in these branches, it would seem that everyone feels the same way. The egg tarts are good, the Almond cookies are very good and the braised meats are just excellent at Koi Kei Bakery shops.
Click the above link to read our review of Choi Heong Yuen, which we find to be second only to Koi Kei Bakery for Macanese specialities.
Click the link above to read our review for Tai Lei Loi Kei, the famous maker of Pork Chop buns in Macau.
Tai Lei Loi Kei now has three branches in Macau. The original is in the old Taipa village and the two new branches can be found in the Venetian Canal Shoppes area and the recently opened branch on the street leading away from the bottom steps of the Ruins of St. Paul in the Historic City Center.
Tim Nga Cafe is a famous restaurant for Macanese food in the village of Coloane.
Click the link above to read our review of A Lorche, a classic household name when it comes to traditional Portuguese food in Macau.
Located just next to A-Ma Temple, this is a place well worth making reservations for and making sure you arrive promptly to avoid having your table given away.
Click the link above to read our review of Henri's Galley.
This is another top restaurant in Macau that we really enjoy. The African chicken here is superb, always has us thinking of a trip over from Hong Kong to enjoy.
Located along Avenida da Republica, next to Sai Van Lake, this is a great choice for those wanting to try dine on local food in style.
Click the link above to read our review for Albergue 1601 found in the St. Lazarus district northeast of the Historic City Center.
This is one of our favorite restaurants for African chicken and lovely ambiance.
Click the link above to read our review of Espaco Lisboa, a very good Portuguese style restaurant in the tiny village of Coloane
A Petisqueira is a popular restaurant in Taipa Village specialising in Portuguese cuisine.
Click the above link to read our review for Ou Mun Cafe in the Senado Square area.
Very nice ambiance, relaxed dining experience with good Portuguese food on offer. Also, a good spot for an afternoon coffee/tea and snack.
Click the link above to read our review for the IFT Educational Restaurant near Mung Ha Hill north of the main city centre in Macau.
Click the above link to read our review for Macau Soul, a little known jazz bar just off the Ruins of St. Paul.
This is a gem of a find, owners David and Jacky offer a wide selection of Portuguese wines and various hors d'oeuvre.
Catch them on the right night and Macau Soul might have jazz or swing museum on offer. Call in advance for reservations or take a chance.
Click the link above to read our review for Roubochun au Dome at the Grand Lisboa.
Roubochun au Dome is a Michellin three star restaurant that serves French cuisine in the wonderful dome structure of the Grand Lisboa hotel. This is excellent food served in an excellent environment.
Click the link to read our review for The Eight at the Grand Lisboa.
The Eight is a Michelin three star restaurant that serves excellent Cantonese cuisine in a fine dining environment.
The Golden Flower is a Michelin two star restaurant serving Indian cuisine at the Venetian Hotel on the Cotai Strip
Zi Yat Heen is a Michelin two star restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine at the Four Seasons Hotel on the Cotai Strip.
Tasting Room is a Michelin one star restaurant serving European cuisine at the City of Dreams complex on the Cotai Strip.
Click the above link to read our review of Macau as a Day Trip from Hong Kong.
In the past a day trip to Macau was a good enough way to see this destination near Hong Kong. However, with the 2005 designation of 30 World Heritage attractions, the introduction of around 20 museums and additional new attractions added alongside the wave of new hotel and casino resorts, Macau has quickly become a destination worth 3-4 days of your time.
Unfortunately many visitors only have a limited time in Macau and can only make a day trip or stay one night. This review is particularly useful for this group of visitors.
Here we offer much of the same information found on this trip list but include ferry transportation information.
Click the link above to read our suggestion for how to visit Macau from Hong Kong if you are most interested in seeing the Macau Highlights, the best of the best.
Click here to read one of our reviews of the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal in Macau.
Ferry service is 24 hours a day between Hong Kong and Macau from this terminal. Read this link for some hints and tips about how to best make use of this particular ferry terminal.
Everything else you need to know about Macau based attractions and tourism