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 Macau has a colourful palette and a plethora of sites despite occupying just 30.8sq km of the Chinese mainland. From neon-lit casinos to charming markets, cobbled streets to modern cafés, and Baroque churches to Art Deco architecture–there's a wonderful mix of East and West in the city. 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, rivalling Singapore and Hong Kong.


Macanese Pataca (MOP)
MOP$1 ~ US$0,12


Police, fire & ambulance: 999
24-hour tourist emergency hotline: 110,112
International directory assistance: 101
Local directory assistance: 181


Hoje Macau (Portuguese) –
Jornal Tribuna de Macau (Portuguese) –
Macau Daily News (Chinese)
Macau Daily Times (English) –
Macau Post Daily (English) –
O CLARIM (Portuguese, English and Chinese) –
Ponto Final (Portuguese) –
Tai Chung Pou (Chinese)
Son Pou (Chinese)
Va Kio Daily (Chinese)


General business hours are from 10am–8pm.


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Macao Government Tourist Office
Alameda Dr. Carlos d'Assumpção, # 335-341, Building "Hot Line", 12º floor, Macau
+853 2831 5566

Macau view Sean Pavone/

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 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.

Macau, city skyline at sunset. Sean Hsu/

Do & See

Macau is based on a peninsula with a couple of islands including Taipa and Colôane. Most of the sights including St. Dominic's Church and Basilica of St Paul are packed around a few blocks in the old core around Largo do Senado, a good starting point of your tour.


Senado Square

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Leal Senado


St. Dominic's Church

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Basilica of St Paul (são Paulo)


Monte Fort (Fortaleza do Monte)


Guia Fortress


Macau Tower


Taipa Island




Macau Giant Panda Pavilion

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City of Dreams

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Macao Science Center

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Lou Lim Lok Garden

People dining in Macau Kzenon/


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 find delicious dim sum and pork chop bun, but there are also excellent Portuguese coffee (bica) and wine, Goanese chicken, and fresh Chinese vegetables.

Traditional Portuguese dishes to look out for including bacalhau (cod) and rich soups like caldo verde or sopa a alentejena. Famed Macanese (Chinese/Portuguese) dishes include stir-fried curry crab and jagra de ovos (sweet egg tart).

Below are some of the best places to eat in Macau:

Barista Cafe Making Coffee Preparation Service Concept


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 juicy pork bun with milky teas and puddings.

And here are the best cafes in Macau:

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Yee Shun Milk Company (Leitaria I Son)


Cafe Tai Lei Loi Kei


Margaret's Café e Nata


Terra Coffee House

Maucau at night Sean Pavone/

Bars & Nightlife

Nightlife in Macau no longer centers on the gambling establishments. There are wonderful places to head including the Dock’s Outer Harbor sidewalk bars on Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Do note some places are true to the Mediterranean tradition and don’t heat up until after 1am.

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Macau Soul

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Crazy Paris Show

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Che Che/Xina

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McSorley's Ale House

woman holding shopping bag in mall VGstockstudio/


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


Grand Canal Shoppes

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Senado Square

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Red Market

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Rua de Sao Paulo


New Yaohan Department Store

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Three Lamps District

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Rua do Cunha


Cunha Bazaar

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Macau Creations

Tourist Information

Passport / Visa

All visitors must hold a passport or a valid travel document for travel to Macau and are required to have a visa except some countries which are exempted from a visa or entry permit.

Most travelers can enter Macau with just their passports for between 30 and 90 days, including citizens of the following countries:
New Zealand
South Africa

Travelers who do require visas can get them, valid for 30 days, on arrival in Macau. Visitors may also apply for an entry permit or visa upon arrival at the immigration checkpoint. However, visitors from certain countries are required to obtain a visa in advance before their trip to Macau.

You can get a single one-month visa extension from the Peninsula or Taipa branches of the Macau Immigration Department.

Address: Public Security Police Force Headquarters, Praceta de 1 de Outubro, Macau


Phone: +853 2872 5488


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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Macau is during autumn and winter, from mid-October to December. The average yearly temperatures are around 20 degree Celsius and there are almost 100 days when the temperature becomes higher than 30 degree Celsius.

Visitors are advised to wear a thick jacket or an overcoat to keep warm during the colder months.





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Macau International Airport is located at the eastern end of Taipa island, about 8 km from Macau’s city centre.

The most convenient way to travel to your hotel is to take one of the free shuttle buses from Macau International Airport. Head towards the airport's north exit, then proceed to the parking lot where you'll find several shuttle buses available. Buses run every 15-20 minutes from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

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

Taxis are available at the Arrivals hall as well as a couple of car rental companies.

Address: Taipa, Macau


Phone: +853 2886 1111


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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.

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.





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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





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

Address: Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau


Phone: +853 2832 3666


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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, Macau


Phone: +853 2885 5100


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The country Code is + 853.

There are no area codes in Macau.





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