City Travel Guide: Macau

- Chinmoy Lad, Guest Blogger

With a lion’s share of the tens of millions that pour into the city annually more interested in the slots and the cards than any cultural enrichment, there is no doubt gambling is at the heart of Macau—the city rakes in as much as five times the revenue of Las Vegas annually.

However, the city offers more than merely the bright lights and big promises of the casinos. Its proximity to Hong Kong, compact size, easy to access hotspots and delightful food make it one of Asia’s premier destinations. A strong culture of food—including traditional Cantonese and a Portuguese influenced Macanese, as well as heavenly French and European fine dining—and a splash of history, makes Macau an intriguing destination.

Jade Dragon
Traditional Cantonese cuisine in an extremely sophisticated environment, Jade Dragon is the go-to choice for a private meal, with its plethora of differently themed private dining rooms.

Robuchon au Dome
Macau’s three star Michelin restaurant is one of Chef Joel Robuchon’s best outposts, appropriately decorated royal blue and solid gold. Head over for lunch to enjoy fantastic value for your money.

Domgalo Macau
A rustic Portuguese-inspired Macanese restaurant dishes up popular Iberian favorites, with more than a dollop of heavy flavoring!

Porto-Macanese food at Domgalo.

Café e Nata Margaret’s
Macau’s most popular food joint in the heart of Macau serves Portuguese-style egg tarts, lightly burned at the top, during tea time. It’s a great spot for an afternoon snack.

The Macanese egg tart is arguable the most famous food in Macau. Tourists and locals alike swear by the one at Café e Nata Margarets.

Club Cubic
Macau’s hottest nightclub is lavishly decorated, multi-tiered (for you VIPs) and visited by some of the best DJs who drop in regularly to provide the most buzzing nightlife scene in Southeast Asia.

Casino at The Venetian Macao
Drop a few thousand Macanese pataca at the Venetian and try your luck at the slots or the tables. Be warned though, stakes get very high….

Ruins of St Paul’s
Before the big boom of casinos and hotels, the Ruins of St Paul’s was considered Macau’s most prominent landmark. The UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to the 16th century, although fires have ruined much of the structure, leaving only the single iconic stone façade.

What remains today of St. Paul’s.

Senado Square
The urban center of Macau resembles a quaint European town more than a bustling Southeast-Asian gambling paradise. The square is a melting hotpot of cultures, with brightly colored neoclassical buildings embraced by the local Macanese population, and visited by tourists from all over the world.

Crown Towers at City of Dreams
The Crown Towers at City of Dreams is modern and understated yet luxurious, and houses some of Macau’s most refined rooms, all with a stunning view of the Cotai Strip.

The Cotai Strip has long overtaken the Vegas strip, with more hotels and resorts still to open soon.

Mandarin Oriental, Macau
The Mandarin Oriental, Macau, is one of the brand’s most stunning hotels, with expansive views to match the elegant interiors and striking exterior.

Venetian Macao
Macau’s most renowned hotel, the Venetian is a larger replica of its sister property in Las Vegas, replete with canals, shopping mall and casino to lose yourself in. Entry-level rooms are some of the largest in Asia.

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