September 23 2020 – Justin Chung
Believe it or not, Macau is not just a dazzling city filled with casinos, games and fancy hotels – if you ask the locals, it is a lot more than that.
Peel back the layer of glitz and glamour and you will find yourself face-to-face with one of the most eclectic and interesting cities in Asia, if not the world. This previous Portuguese colony prides itself in a delightful mix of the old and the new. At every turn, there is an abundance of Mediterranean-style architecture, luxury hotels among busy streets, one-of-a-kind tourist attractions and tranquil parks and beaches.
Many take a day trip to Macau via Hong Kong to enjoy its multitude of activities and internationally famous tourist spots. You could easily get there via the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal or Taipa Ferry Terminal, but be sure to have your tickets in advance, if possible, and to check the schedule and additional information before you embark on your journey. Read our local travel guide to find out more about this unique city!
Where should I visit and what is there to do in Macau?
- Go bungee jumping at Macau Tower. Thrill seekers will love walking along the outer rim of this majestic building or even going for a dive off the highest bungee jump in the world.
- Have a blast at one of the many theme parks in Macau! Go to DreamWorks for a full day of family fun or get the brain juices flowing as you solve quests at Planet J.
- Enjoy a multitude of water and light shows! Feast your eyes upon beautiful displays and stunning performances from the House of Dancing Water, the romantic Parisian Light Show and, of course, the Wynn Macau Light and Water Show.
- Book a Skycab cable car ride with friends and family and enjoy the views of the Macau nightlife. You may even get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular fountain performance.
- Macau Fisherman's Wharf is a must visit! It is the largest leisure and entertainment complex in Macau peninsula where you can dine in comfortably and shop at the wide range of antique stores and boutiques.
- Explore museums in Macau and historical architecture, such as The Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Arguably one of the most famous landmarks in Macau, you can learn a lot about the history of Macau.
- Visit Taipa Village to explore Macau’s fascinating cultural blend of Chinese values and European influences. Along the way, you will find some one-of-a-kind vendors and bakeries to try out.
- Bring the kids to Warner Bros Fun Zone at Studio City for a family fun day! There are so many fun things to do for children of all ages.
- Go for some fun-packed water activities at Hac Sa Beach. Translated from the Chinese name “black sand beach”, this gorgeous and relaxing beach is all you need to have a good day. You can try jet-skiing, water-skiing, go on a boat adventure or play tennis on the sand with friends. The sky’s the limit to what you can do!
What food should I try in Macau and where should I go to try them?
A widely known destination for foodies, Macau’s cuisine has a fantastic mix of Chinese, Portuguese and Macanese inspiration. If you want to grab a quick bite to eat, street snacks like the mouth-watering pork chop bun and pork jerky are a must try. Delicious sweet treats like flaky almond biscuits, the signature golden egg biscuits and Portuguese egg tarts will also curb your cravings.
For a proper sit-down meal, visit local restaurants like A Lorcha, Fernando, A Perisquiera and Antonio’s to taste some local dishes. Minchi (ground beef stir-fry), African Chicken, Bacalhao (salted cod), steamed crab and Caldo Verde soup are all popular choices.