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Lazy Foodie’s One-Day Guide to Macau

By Contributed content 2 June 2015
With so many great shows coming out of Macau right now, there's no better excuse to hop on the ferry for a day or night of entertainment. But knowing where to find a good food fix during your mini-adventure can be a challenge if you are unfamiliar with the city. Luckily we have the inside scoop from the lady in the know, food blogger Christy Ma (aka lolleroll) who whipped up a sightsee-less, one-day guide to Macau so you can eat all day long.

Stay at Conrad

If you’re staying overnight, keep yourself close to the must-eats, but away from the crazy crowd in The Venetian (seriously, one of their entrances on a Tuesday afternoon was rush hour at Admiralty). Conrad is just across the road from The Venetian (in Sands Cotai Central) and is my favourite hotel so far. It’s classy, clean and staff are very helpful, but just a tad pricier.

Have an Amazing Bowl of Burmese Noodles for Lunch

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="840"]image Laksa from Golden Pavilion[/caption] Walk next door to City of Dreams and devour a delicious bowl of Laksa or Myanmar-style coconut curry chicken noodles at the Golden Pavilion, bang in the middle of its casino. If you’re not truly that lazy, the truly cheap and local option would be at 成群小食店. See Cheap Burmese-style noodles in Macau worth the trek.  

Buy the Best Wife Cakes Home

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="840"]image Pastelaria Fong Kei[/caption] Take a shuttle bus from City of Dreams to Galaxy, then ask for directions to go to Taipa Village (you need to get on an overhead walkway). There’s a street to buy all your souvenirs and I highly recommend the wife cakes 老婆餅 and almond cookies from Pastelaria Fong Kei. I would avoid Ko Kei and Choi Heung Yuen as they are so commercialised (taste so too) and can be bought in Hong Kong anyway.  

Macanese Pork Chop Bun for Tea

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="840"]image Pork chop bun from Tai Lei Loi Kei 大利來記[/caption] This pork burger is definitely top one or two priority when in Macau. There’s nothing fancy or extraordinary about it, just one tasty piece of meat in a nice baguette-type bun! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="840"]image Pork chop bun from 新好利美食餅店[/caption] Tai Lei Loi Kei 大利來記 is the best one I’ve had and their store in Taipa village definitely does it better than their other stores (one in The Venetian and one by Ruins of St. Paul 大三巴). You could also try 新好利美食餅店 for a similar experience.  

The Famous Lord Stow’s Egg Tarts

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="840"]image Egg tarts from Lord Stow’s bakery[/caption] The photo says it all! There’s one conveniently located in The Venetian and you can easily walk back from Taipa Village.  

Italian Dinner at Sheraton’s Bene

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="840"]image Carbonara from Sheraton Macao’s Bene[/caption] Portuguese food is probably the standard meal you’re supposed to have if you’re a tourist in Macau. But I’ve been to several and wasn’t particularly impressed. It might be because I’m simply not a fan of that cuisine though! So if you’re anything like me, go for the Italian restaurant in Sheraton (right next to Conrad!) which serves affordably delicious food. Food, environment, and service are all top notch, while prices are so reasonable (about $350 per person, excluding drinks). See the full restaurant review here.

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