Getting Lost in Macau
Collected by Juliana Loh , AFAR Local Expert
Macau has an intoxicating mix of colonial Portuguese and Chinese influence. From the architecture and cuisine with hints of flavours of Africa and South East Asia harmoniously blends into the local Macanese community who run multi generational local diners (the cha chaan teng) and restaurants serving amazing Macaunese + Chinese food. Macau is full of surprises - old juxtaposed against new. Most recently, young locals are creating a vibrant new café culture in the city,
R. da Felicidade, Macao
On the opposite side of Senado square, walk up the little street, the first right street is rua da felicidade, Macau's former red light district - also how the street got its name "Happiness Street" from its former seedy, heady colonial past....
St. Francis Xavier's Parish, Macao
You can smell the flavours of the sea from a couple of metres away. (plenty of salty, scampy scent) as the family that owns this little shop still do it the old way. They sun the shrimps and put them into large ceramic jars to make a sauce, then...
Almost every local I know shop for their seafood and fresh produce here. The three story building was built in 1936 and its name derived from the red bricks. While nothing fancy, there aren't many markets of this scale and layout in Macau, unlike...
2/F, Grand Lisboa Hotel, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau
The Eight is classy fine dining Cantonese located at the Grand Lisboa. The base of the chef’s cooking techniques lie in classic dishes done brilliantly – light, fresh, delicate and pristine – the best ingredients in their purest form, soups light...
Rampa do Forte de Mong Ha, Macau
This little hidden gem is probably one of Macau's best kept secrets - a city full of glitzy casino hotels, this 20 rooms colonial era hotel built in the 1930s is staffed with hotel management students and offers respite from the crazy bling of the...
396 Av. de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau
So pawn shops have been around for a very long time here and you’ve probably seen the emblem in neon and as badges around Hong Kong and Macau – it’s actually an outline of a bat holding on to a ball. The word bat in Cantonese Fu is homophonous...
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