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By Shimron Singh | July 13th, 2023

Macau is a melting pot of cultures, and its culinary scene is a reflection of that. From classic Macanese dishes to Portuguese-inspired cuisine and international flavors, there’s no shortage of delicious food to try in this vibrant city. With so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together a list of must-try dishes in Macau that will take your taste buds on a culinary adventure. Get ready to indulge in some of the city’s most iconic and flavorful dishes.


Macau Egg Tart

Must-try Dishes in Macau
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Macau’s food scene is as diverse as it is delicious, but no visit to the city would be complete without a bite of Lord Stow‘s famous egg tart. This buttery pastry cup filled with creamy custard has achieved legendary status and for good reason. The recipe, perfected by British baker Andrew Stow, has been a local favorite for over three decades, and its popularity shows no signs of waning. Bite into a warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven egg tart and let the rich, velvety filling melt in your mouth. It’s a taste of heaven that’s sure to leave you wanting more.

At multiple locations but the original bakery address is: 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane Town Square, Macau


La Famiglia

 
 
 
 
 
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La Famiglia is a charming restaurant located in the picturesque Taipa Village. While the restaurant is mainly known for its authentic Portuguese cuisine, it also offers some unique Macanese dishes that are not commonly found elsewhere in Macau. Diners can enjoy signature dishes such as Minchi (as seen above), bafassá pork, African chicken, and Capela (Macanese meatloaf), as well as fresh seafood dishes like the Seafood Casserole that’s perfect for sharing. The cozy and welcoming atmosphere, combined with the attentive and friendly staff, make La Famiglia a great spot for a casual and enjoyable meal with loved ones. Don’t miss their panoramic rooftop, offering breathtaking views of Taipa Village, which is perfect for a sunny day lunch, or dinner.

76 Rua dos Clérigos, Taipa Village


Fernando’s

 
 
 
 
 
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“Fernando’s is a Macau institution, and for good reason. This Portuguese restaurant in Coloane has been serving up some of the city’s best seafood dishes for over three decades. The atmosphere is relaxed and beachy, making it the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of wine and a plate of freshly grilled prawns. The menu is full of tempting options, from the spicy clams in garlic and white wine sauce to the hearty Portuguese-style steak. But it’s the seafood that steals the show here, with the grilled fish and seafood rice dishes being particular favorites among visitors and locals alike. It’s a must-visit spot for anyone looking to savor the flavors of Macau’s Portuguese heritage.

9 Praia de Hac Sa, Coloane


Sei Kee Café

 
 
 
 
 
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Sei Kee Cafe in Taipa Village is a local favorite for its homemade milk tea and clay pot brewed coffee, which has been made according to the original recipe since 1965. The cafe’s simple and affordable menu features a range of snacks and light bites, including the popular “cubes” of bread with condensed milk, peanut butter, and crunchy biscuit bits. Sandwiches with jam, butter, and other fillings are also available, along with a selection of noodle soups. Sei Kee Cafe’s interior may be small, but the quality of its drinks and snacks keeps people queuing up for more. Don’t forget to try their signature bottled beverage, a popular coffee and tea blend from Macau and Hong Kong.

G/F, 1 Largo dos Bombeiros, Vila de Taipa


Chá Gordo at The Manor

Must-try Dishes in Macau
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Step back in time with The Manor‘s revamped Cha Gordo offerings, a traditional Macanese afternoon tea buffet. Chef Neta, a Macanese food expert, has shared her family recipes with the kitchen staff resulting in a delightful blend of Portuguese and Cantonese flavors. The menu includes Macanese classics like minchi and lacassá, as well as Chinese dim sum favorites and local snacks. Don’t miss out on the chilicote, a crispy turnover filled with minced meat. Complete your experience with traditional desserts like pudim molotof and coconut rice pudding, and unique drinks like homemade watercress and fig syrup. The modern decor with Chinese influences complements the culinary journey, making The Manor’s Cha Gordo a must-try for anyone seeking a genuine Macanese gastronomic experience.

1st Floor, The St. Regis Macao The Londoner, Estr. do Istmo, Macao


A Petisqueira

 
 
 
 
 
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For a taste of Portugal in Macau, head to A Petisqueira in Taipa Village. This cozy and charming restaurant serves up an authentic selection of traditional Portuguese dishes, including petiscos, seafood, and meat dishes. The grilled octopus is a must-try, with its tender meat and flavorful seasoning. Seafood lovers will also enjoy the clams in garlic sauce and the Portuguese-style grilled sardines. Meat lovers should opt for juicy pork ribs. And don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of Portuguese wine! A Petisqueira is the perfect spot for a casual and delicious meal in Taipa Village with its rustic decor and welcoming atmosphere.

G/F, Tsui Lam Garden, R. de São Joao, Taipa


Wong Chi Kei

 
 
 
 
 
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Founded in 1946, Wong Chi Kei is a beloved noodle shop in Macau that has been serving up delicious and authentic Cantonese-style noodles for over 70 years. The restaurant is famous for its signature dish, the shrimp roe noodles, which feature thin and springy noodles topped with a savory shrimp roe sauce. Other popular dishes include wonton noodles, beef brisket noodles, and pork chop buns. The restaurant’s decor is simple and no-frills, but the food is the real star of the show. With its affordable prices and tasty bites, Wong Chi Kei is a must-visit for anyone looking for a quick and satisfying meal in Macau.

17 Largo do Senado, Macao


Must-try Dishes in Macau

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