4 Reasons to Go to Macau
November 27, 2014
From dazzling shows to gourmet dining, there's more to Macau than roulette and one-armed bandits. Helen Dalley shares four reasons to go.
Published on Nov 27, 2014
1. Because new boutique eateries are bringing small-scale charm to the over-the-top city.
Need an afternoon pick me up? Sip a Hong Kong-style milk tea and nibble a caramel fig pound cake at cute bistro Maquette (+853 2881 3246; facebook.com/MaquetteMacao), where funky seating and creative plate presentation await. Similarly charming is Chill Café (+853 2853 2376; facebook.com/ChillCafeMacau), which offers wobbly crème caramels and strawberry sodas in addition to mains like baked cheese tiger prawns with linguine. If the weather's good, find an umbrella on the three-story walk-up's rooftop.
2. Because the casinos keep getting crazier.
Macau is positioning itself as a world-class entertainment destination: everyone from Justin Bieber to the Rolling Stones has played the Cotai Arena (cotaiticketing.com). Book tickets for seductive cabaret Taboo at the City of Dreams (cityofdreamsmacau.com), which features sword swallowing and burlesque dancing in addition to dazzling acrobatic displays.
Macau's glitzy Cotai strip.
3. Because the shopping is sublime.
It's difficult to visit Macau without stepping foot in a casino, but if gambling isn't your thing, you can always lose yourself in one of the cavernous shopping malls such as those at the City of Dreams or Galaxy Macau. Check out the La Perla concept store at the Venetian (venetianmacao.com). Just hit the jackpot? Splurge on a dainty purchase from the Maison collection's Gold Edition, which features gold thread and 18-karat gold shoulder straps. Prefer high street shopping? Then check out Futura Clássica's (+853 2835 8378; facebook.com/futuraclassica) lines of soaps, beauty products and candles from one of Portugal's oldest beauty brands, Claus Porto.
Soaps and scents at Futura Clássica.
4. Because students are becoming the masters.
The blossoming student hospitality industry is offering up some delectable dishes and high-end rooms at affordable prices. The Seasons Training Restaurant (mustseasons.com), on the campus of Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), opened to support the Bachelor of Food and Beverage management program. Employing a farm-to-table concept, it incorporates local produce and herbs from the campus garden into its daily rotating menu. Students from the Institute of Tourism Studies, meanwhile, run the 20-room Pousada de Mong Ha Hotel (ift.edu.mo), decorated with traditional blue-andwhite Portuguese tiles and carved wooden furniture. Both of the in-house eateries—Pousada for breakfast and tea, and the Educational Restaurant, which has a Macanese dinner buffet—are exempt from tax and service charges.
Students in action at The Seasons Training Restaurant.
Pousada de Mong Ha Educational Restaurant.