I remember messaging my friend that I was going to on a short 3- day trip to Macau. Their initial thoughts were casinos, gambling and the ultimate poker dream of winning heaps millions and billions. However, much to their (and my disappointment), 21 was the MINIMUM AGE to enter a casino. Goodbye poker dreams even though I was only a couple months shy of 21 years of age. Well, the law is the law – (despite being able to sneak into one casino, but having 3 securities tail me). Anyways, here’s a blogpost of things to do in Macau that doesn’t only involve gambling all your pay from you part time job.
If you love to explore…
Guia Lighthouse and Fort
There’s two ways to get up there. First, there’s a hike track for all those fitness fanatics where you walk from the bottom of the mountain all the way up. For us people who decides to take the shortcut way, there’s this one minute cable car ride from Flora Garden which takes you all the way up to the mountain top. From there, it’s like a five minute walk tops to the Guia Lighthouse and Fort. You get the scenic view of Macau up there AND there’s underground tunnels around the area where you can go exploring.
Ruins of Pauls
This is by far one of the most popular tourist destinations at Macau. But really, the hidden gem here was this street featuring cute store fronts. To be honest, i don’t know how i got there, but it’s definitely nearby the Ruins of Pauls.
If you are a foodie…
Pork chop buns and Portuguese tarts are a must have in Macau seeing that they are known for that. You can find them anywhere at Macau pretty much, though I reckon just eating these out on the street vendors – there really isn’t a need to sit in a classy restaurant to eat those buns and tarts.
One restaurant we went to was the Cozinha Pinnocho. Their history goes way back and they are known for their codfish cake. Got to say the “codfish” part totally slipped my mind; their English translate said it was fried mashed potato so I was totally expecting it to somewhat taste like potato tots or something. But really, as the name stated, it has codfish mixed with the mashed potato. My review, it tasted pretty good.
If you want to be in Portugal…
I’m not going to lie, but everywhere you go literally screams Portugal. I found this little street (well there are so many of them actually) and its architectural design was so adorable. Also, go to Senado Square and again, every street will be just like the ones at Portugal. Even the street roads are SO Portugal.
If you want to hit the casinos…
If you’re a curious being like me and want to hit up all, if not most of the casinos at Macau- then go ahead, i well and truly encourage you to do so. Otherwise, i have listed four casinos below and have ranked them by aesthetics.
1. The Venetian
2. Galaxy Casino
3. Studio City
4. Wynn Casino