I had pretty much made up my mind that I was in no great hurry to visit Macau. Known as the “Las Vegas” of Asia, I had no desire to experience. But, after talking with a friend here in Hong Kong about the fun she and her husband had in Macau and being that it is just a 60-minute ferry ride away, we decided to give it a visit.
Boy, was I wrong about Macau! It is a great place to visit, and you never have to set foot in a casino. The architecture is interesting, there are a bunch of World Heritage sites to visit and the food is outstanding! This is a place we will visit again, and we will bring our guests.
The Macau museum sits a little to the east of the runins of St Paul’s church. It is on the top of Monte Fortress. It is a beautifully organized and interesting museum explaining the history, folk art and customs of the Chinese in Macau. Also it is a World Heritage Site.
This private home sits near to the ruins of St. Paul tucked just in along the small streets that line the side of the hill. We met the gentelman that lived here. He was coming home with a big bunch of flowers in his arm.
The Rua da Felicidade is a gorgeous street with all white-washed buildings and red doors and shutters on windows.Once the red light district of Macau, it is now full of bubble tea shops and small restaurants. Kind of an “eat street” of Macau. Get there early in the a.m. for photos of all the red and white. Return later in the day for excellent noodle dishes.
A trip to Macau can easily turn into a food fest. There is incredible Portuguese food. East meets west bakeries and tea houses.
This bakery is run by a husband and wife team. They crank out the cookies to locals. We spotted the cookie counter tucked in just to the side of the red market. I had to take a photo and we bought a cookie too. We returned three more times for almond cookies, sesame cookies and savory peanut clusters. The locals were flocking here and assuring us that these were the best cookies in Macau. I believe them! Also, the photos that came from this visit are some of my favorites. There is no English name I can give for the place. We even asked the staff at the hotel and they were at a loss. The closest I can get is Wong Fong Kee.
For lunch, we took at taxi out to Hac Sa beach in the village of Coloane to Restaurante Fernando. Recommended by several people, we were not disappointed. This is an established Portuguese restaurant favored by locals and toursts alike.
Steve found us a gem of a hotel. Pousada de Mong Ha is an educational hotel at The Institute for Tourism located on the hillside of a former 19th century Portuguese fortress. It has lovely views and wooded gardens and excellent rooms and serivce. It is an easy bus ride on the #12 bus or taxi ride from the ferry pier.
We still did not get to do everything that we wanted to do. Next time….egg tarts, pandas, the village of Coloane and more.