While Hong Kong is the more popular choice for holidaymakers, Macau has also grown as a unique destination in Asia. Last year, it was recognized as a creative city of gastronomy by UNESCO. It might be dubbed as the Las Vegas of Asia but there is more to Macau than just casinos. With a unique cuisine, an emerging art scene, and exciting events—you will be surprised to find that it has all the ingredients for a perfect family holiday. Here are great tips for your travel itinerary.
Walking is the best way to explore the small city. Stroll with the whole family to the Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul’s, both are iconic landmarks in Macau and part of the UNESCO Heritage sites. Stop for a photograph with the whole family, check out the shops that line up the road and make your way further up the hill to the Macau Museum. You’ll get a great view of the city from the top of Mount Fortress where the museum is located. Don’t worry because it’s easy to navigate your way with signages posted on the pathways.
Head to the Taipa Village just a walking distance from the Cotai strip where all the five-star hotels are situated. Here you’ll find the food street called Rua da Cuhna. Sample snacks from the local eateries such as the pork chop bun, durian ice cream, Fong da coffee and delicious egg tarts from Lord Stows. This popular tourist spot is a must-visit for the beautiful blend of heritage and modernity manifested in the buildings, roads, and landmarks.
The perfect Instagram subjects, pose in front of the pastel-hued villas, colonial churches, and Chinese temples. With its cobblestoned alleyways lit by twinkling street lamps winding their way through the distinctive façades of Portuguese-style shops and homes, Taipa Village is an impressive medley of East and West and Macau’s divine destination for heritage and culture.
For more details, visit www.taipavillagemacau.com
There are so many things to see and explore the area surrounding Barra Square. There’s the A-Ma Temple, Maritime Museum and Moorish Barracks also connecting to other historical sites of Macau. As you walk along, you’ll find cozy cafes and interesting restaurants popular for Portuguese or Chinese cuisines. Grab a bite as you walk along.
For more details, visit www.macaotourism.gov.mo
Nam Van Lake
There’s always something happening around the Nam Van Lake. It’s a favorite family attraction by locals. Discover art galleries, outdoor weekend craft market, cultural and creative shops, graffiti display area, boat paddling in the lake and a beautiful atmosphere to enjoy the scenery of Macau.
Anim’Arte Nam Van, 744B Avenida Panoramica do Lago Nam Van, Macau
DreamWorks Experience All-Star Parade
Make a quick stop to watch the daily DreamWorks Experience All-Star Parade as it makes its way to Level 2 of Shoppes at Cotai Central. The kids will love the fun and playful vibe. If you want to experience something extra, book the Po’s Kung Fu Feast, Character Breakfast with the DreamWorks All-Stars. Stroll around the Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macau to shop or dine with the whole family.
For more details, visit www.sandsresortsmacao.com
Explore the charming architecture and cool cafes in the southernmost part of the island of Macau called Coloane. Visit the local shops, historic churches, and temples. Stop by and see the cute residents of the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion.
Drop by for a day visit to Macau from Hong Kong via the www.turbojet.com. Spend a whole day discovering the small city. If you want to stay longer then check out these family-friendly hotels below.