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By Michelle Chan | October 17th, 2023

Looking for a switch of scenery? Why not head to Macau for a taste of Iberian architecture and delicacies in the comfort of speaking your first language(s)? From where to soothe your shopping itch to the perfect spots to catch some Zs, count on us to show you how to enjoy the Greater Bay Area.

Where to shop

The Grand Canal Shoppes

The Venetian Macau made its grand debut in the mid-2000s and still stands unchallenged as one of the city’s most iconic destinations. Even if you’re taking your snoozing business elsewhere, this massive resort comes equipped with entertainment and shopping experiences that can keep you busy all day. Case in point: the Grand Canal Shoppes. Modeled after the streets of Venice (gondolas included), this indoor arcade features over 360 international brands so you won’t have time to think “What’s next?”.

Level 3, The Venetian Macau, Castella Street, Di Moda Street and San Luca Street, Cotai, Macau

Rua de S. Paulo (Dasanba Street)

Photo: Expedia

Ruins of St. Paul’s, or better known as the Dasanba to locals, sees flocks of tourists going through its archways everyday. Take a flight of stairs down, and you’ll find yourself in the (even more) bustling Dasanba souvenir street. From crispy Macanese egg tarts and traditional almond cookies to sheets of juicy jerky the size of your face, every treat associated with Macau can be found here. Dig deeper to find more pleasant surprises such as boba teas and double-boiled fish maw soups.

Dasanba Street, Macau

Rua do Cunha

Photo: Taipa Village Destination Limited

Staying at Taipa? Take advantage of the many free shuttle buses from local resorts to reach Rua do Cunha, another popular souvenir street in the Taipa town center. With tantalizing street foods of the vast varieties of spicy cow organs, innovative gelatos, porkchop buns and durian desserts, this gourmand’s must-visit spot guarantees you will be leaving with a full belly — and hands full of bags too, because why not treat your family and friends in Hong Kong to some Macanese takeout?

Rua do Cunha, Taipa, Macau

Senado Square

Photo: Macao Government Tourism Office

One of Macau’s proud UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Senado Square is a snapshot of the city’s colonial history with its colorful neo-classical buildings and monochromatic stone tile floor. Instagram-worthy sceneries aside, the “Water Fountain” Square’s booming souvenir streets also attract visitors from far and wide: try revered bites such as wonton noodles and porkchop buns as you take in the breathtaking Mediterranean architecture.

Largo do Senado, Macao

Where to stay

Andaz Macau

The latest addition to the Galaxy Macau Integrated Resort, Andaz Macau possesses a unique touch of contemporary coziness that you can’t quite find anywhere else. Perhaps it’s the relaxed color schemes, streamlined furniture or the matte wood floorings, this airy hotel feels like a home away from home, if your home is newly renovated with exclusive access to myriads of spas, a waterpark with thrilling attractions, glamping experiences and more.

Galaxy Macau™ Integrated Resort, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Cotai, Macau, +853 8886 1234

Grand Coloane Resort Macau

Maybe it’s just us, but we’re yearning for something not found commonly in Hong Kong: hotels that blends into nature. Grand Coloane Resort Macau looks over the Hac Sa Beach with access to the surrounding hills, making for a tranquilizing retreat away from the hustle of the city. Alright, not too far away: this luxury beach resort is only 10 minutes away from the heart of Cotai, winning you over with the best of both worlds.

1918 Estrada de Hac Sa, Coloane, Macau, +853 2887 1111

Hotel Pousada De Coloane

Ever wondered what it was like to own a beachside manor in the early 1900s? Hotel Pousada De Coloane is the answer to your question. Transformed from a 1930s manor house at the southern bay of Macau, this impressive building boasts 28 suites, a swimming pool and a lush backyard perfect for weddings and picnics alike. If a peace of mind and the sounds of ocean waves are the company you’re looking for, you know where to stay next.

Cheoc-Van Beach, Coloane Island, Macau, +853 2888 2143

Raffles at Galaxy Macau

Macau has no shortage of luxury accommodations, and Raffles at Galaxy Macau still manages to stand out because of its — shimmering golden façade aside — modern luxe, private residence-esque suites. Name your requirements: a 228 sqm suite with your own on-suite bathroom and walk-in closet? Sure. An outdoor heated pool with a jacuzzi to match? Covered. Penthouse with views to die for? Ready for you. When it comes to pampering yourself, no one does it better than Raffles at Galaxy Macau.

Galaxy Macau™ Integrated Resort, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Cotai, Macau, +853 8886 3388

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