Macau is famously known for lavish stays and for the astonishing variety of cuisine options. It is a blend of European, Portugal and Chinese culinary arts and thus makes it a food lovers paradise. From the streets to expensive restaurants, from serving a vegetarian to non-vegetarian, Macau has it all. Here is a list of all the things that make Macau the ultimate place to spend vacations.
- Indulge in the Heritage sites: To closely get to know the heritage of Macau you should be visiting the pedestrian streets off Senado Square, which has now been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Macau is a mix of European churches and colonial buildings with Buddhist temples. It was a Portuguese trade colony for more than 400 years which makes it a beautiful mix of culture, traditions and varies heritage. The iconic Ruínas de São Paulo are the ruins of the ancient Church of the Mother of God. The southern end of Macau has the 15th-century A-Ma Temple was built into a hillside in honor of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. To witness the Portuguese culture closely visit the Taipa Houses Museumnestled within Carmel Garden on the Avenida da Praia.
- World Class Dining: Macau is full of glamorous and expensive dining areas including Four-Star Robuchon au Dôme atop Grand Lisboa Hotel or Five-Star The Tasting Room at Crown Towers Macau. For Cantonese Cuisine head to Lai Heen inside Five-Star The Ritz-Carlton, Macau. As it is cultural melting, it is home to varied and lavish cuisines. It is thus, a gastronomic heaven. After dining you should try indulging in the nightcap at the Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge — a Scottish-style drinking den with more than 400 varieties of the brown stuff.
- Macau is a shopping paradise: From street side shopping to looking over big brands, Macau will not disappoint you when it comes to shopping. Indulge in bargaining as the street side markets are not bad either. It is a true shopoholic’s land. As the transport is well versed and roads are easier to navigate, shopping is also more preferred and yes, enjoyed!
- Best Beaches: Just when you begin to think the city’s all about restaurants and heritage sites, it will satisfy all the beachgoers with its natural beach. Macau has two major islands and beautiful coastlines. The Hac Sa Beach and Cheoc Van are two of the major beaches in the south. Hac Sa Beach is Macau’s largest beach and is prominently famous for its black sand.
- The Guia Hill: Being the peninsula’s highest point, it gives a breath taking an overview of the entire city. It is located in the center of the city and is a short ride up the hillside. You can even buy a ticket for the five-minute cable car ride up the hill. On the top of the mountain has a 19th-century lighthouse, the beautifully preserved 17th-century Chapel of Our Lady of Guia with original frescoes and panoramic views of Macau.
Being Asia’s best-kept secret, Macau has immense to offer and explore. It is different from the conventional Asian hubs. And yes, do not forget to try your hand out at the casinos!