Best Things to do in Macau, China

Formerly administered by the Portuguese, this high-energy city on the South China Sea is world-famous as a gaming destination and has also begun attracting visitors with an increasing array of shows, entertainment, and nightlife. The city’s historic center, with its rich blend of Chinese and European architecture and culture, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Macau - Globe Trotting Memories
A-Ma Temple

Macau is known for its many Michelin starred restaurants, with a Las Vegas vibe. Macau in other words is Las Vegas of Asia.

Best Restaurants in Macau

Michelin Restaurants Macau

  • 3 three-star restaurants
  • 7 two-star restaurants
  • 10 one-star restaurants
  • 7 Bib Gourmand restaurants

Full list of Michelin Restaurants in Macau

Michelin Guide

A Lorcha (Portuguese) 99 Noodles (Noodles)
Lord Stow’s Bakery (Rua do Tassara) (Street Food) Wong Kun Sio Kung (Rua do Campo) (Noodles & Congee)
Lei Garden (Cantonese) Bi Ying (Cantonese)
Voyages by Alain Ducasse (French) Lung Wah Tea House (Cantonese)
Kika (Street Food) Chong Shing (Street Food)
Sei Kee Café (Rua da Palha) (Street Food) Leong Heng Kei (Street Food)
Ngao Kei Ka Lei Chon (Noodles & Congee) Kam Lai Heen (Cantonese)
Café Encore (Macanese) Wong Kun Sio Kung (Broadway) (Boodles & Congee)
Tenmasa (Japanese) Yamazato (Japanese)
The Ritz-Carlton Café (French) Fook Lam Moon (Cantonese)
Yi Shun (Street Food) Ving Kei (Street Food)
Mok Yee Kei (Street Food) António (Portuguese)
Banza (Portuguese) Terrazza (Italian)
Imperial Court (Cantonese) Naam (Thai)
II Teatro (Italian) Espaço Lisboa (Portuguese)
Fong Kei (Street Food) Canton (Cantonese)
Manuel Cozinha Portuguesa (Portuguese) Beijing Kitchen (Beijing Cuisine)
Dynasty 8 (Cantonese) Five Foot Road (Sichuan)
Wing Lei Palace (Cantonese) Yi (Chinese Contemporary)

Bib Gourmand

Chan Seng Kei (Cantonese) Lok Kei Noodle (Noodles & Congee)
O Castiço (Portuguese) Din Tai Fung (City of Dreams) (Shanghainese)
Lou Kei (Fai Chi Kei) (Cantonese) IFT Educational Restaurant (Macanese)
Cheong Kei (Noodles)

1 Star Michelin

King (Cantonese) Lai Heen (Cantonese)
Tim’s Kitchen (Cantonese) Ying (Cantonese)
The Kitchen (Steakhouse) 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo-Bombana (Italian)
The Golden Peacock (Indian) Shinji by Kanesaka (Sushi)
Zi Yat Heen (Cantonese) Pearl Dragon (Cantonese)

2 Star Michelin

Mizumi (Japanese) Feng Wei Ju (Hunanese & Sichuan)
Wing Lei (Cantonese) Alain Ducasse at Morpheus (French Contemporary)
Golden Flower (Beijing Cuisine) Sichuan Moon (Sichuan)
The Tasting Room (French Contemporary)

3 Star Michelin

Robuchon au Dôme (French Contemporary) Jade Dragon (Cantonese)
The Eight (Cantonese)

The restaurants that I’ve personally had the pleasure of dinning, that are worth a mention and the story behind them. Absolutely amazing.

Robuchon au Dome (French Contemporary)

(3 Michelin) $$$$

Its lofty position atop the Grand Lisboa hotel lets diners take in breathtaking views over Macau and is a great setting for Joël Robuchon’s renowned contemporary French cuisine. Choose the 7-course ‘Menu Aux Crustacés’ or an 8-course seasonal menu; the dishes are intricate, beautifully presented, and deliver an array of intense flavors, with the stunning dessert trolley providing a fitting finale. The restaurant boasts one of the best wine lists in Asia.

The menu that I’ve tried.

Menu Gourmet

Amuse-bouche

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Appetizer

Le Pâté en Croûte, veal and foie gras in a « Pâté en Croûte » style served with seasonal mushrooms pickles

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Soup

Le Coco de Paimpol, finest velouté of Paimpol coco beans on top of onion cloud and spicy chipotles

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1st Main

Le Black Cod, black cod with Malabar black pepper sauce, bok choy and coconut foam

2nd Main

Le Canard de Challans, Challans duck breast, and foie gras duo, cherry compote with Kriek reduction

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Cheese or Dessert
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Coffee or tea with mignardise

The Eight (Cantonese) (3 Michelin) $$$$

The lavish interior uses the traditional Chinese elements of the goldfish and the number eight to ensure good fortune for all who dine here. The cuisine is a mix of Cantonese and Huaiyang, but the kitchen also adds its own innovative touches to some dishes. Specialties include steamed crab claw with ginger and Chinese wine, and stir-fried lobster with egg, minced pork and black bean. At lunchtime, over 40 kinds of dim sum are served.

Jade Dragon (Cantonese) (3 Michelin) $$$$

Chinese art is set against ebony, crystal, gold, and silver to create a contemporary and lavish feel. Carved jade chopstick stands and the glass-clad wine cellar are also quite stunning. The food is equally amazing – first-rate ingredients are deftly prepared in dishes like lychee wood-barbecued meat. Try their double-boiled tonic soups based on herbal medicine. The immaculate service also makes the meal unforgettable.

Alain Ducasse at Morpheus (French Contemporary) (2 Michelin) $$$$

You’ll find renowned French Chef Alain Ducasse’s first restaurant in Macau on the third floor of the architecturally striking Morpheus hotel. Water, glass, and atmospheric mood lighting are used to great effect to create a unique environment that is both stylish and intimate. Dishes are intensely flavored, perfectly balanced, and sophisticated. Those who know his other restaurants around the world will recognize some of the signature dishes.

The Tasting Room (French Contemporary) (2 Michelin) $$$$

Ingredients sourced directly from France underpin cuisine that is classically based and a reflection of Chef Fabrice Vulin’s extensive experience. Beautifully presented, with vegetables a feature, the combinations and flavors are sophisticated and modern, yet light and well-judged. The impressive glass wine cellar supports a wine list strong on French producers. The view from this restaurant is particularly impressive, especially when darkness falls.

Golden Peacock (Indian) (1 Michelin) $$$$

It’s in the vast Venetian complex so you may need a map to find this contemporary Indian restaurant – just look out for the bright neon peacock. The chef is a native of Kerala but the menu covers all parts of India. Spices are ground in-house and everything from paneer to pickles is made from scratch. At lunch they offer an extensive buffet; come for dinner and you’ll experience dishes that are flamboyant in presentation and rich in flavor.

8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Italian) (1 Michelin) $$$$

Chef Umberto Bombana offers the same menu here as he does at the Hong Kong original; the wine list – of mostly Italian and French bottles – is also of equal breadth and depth. Since day one, the same kitchen team has been meticulously preparing every course here, including the terrific pasta courses. The manager ensures service is attentive and thoughtful, and the elegant, chic dining room comes with a striking central bar.

Pearl Dragon (Cantonese) (1 Michelin) $$$

No expense has been spared at this elegant and luxurious Cantonese restaurant on the 2nd floor of Studio City. The menu offers a range of refined Cantonese dishes with lychee wood barbecue being a specialty. Other highlights are stir-Brittany lobster with mushroom and lily bulbs; and traditional sweet and sour pork. The tea counter offers a choice of over 50 premium teas.

Yi, Alain Ducasse, Voyages by Alain Ducasse, & Pierre Herme Lounge are all located at the Morpheus, City of Dreams Hotel

Alain Ducasse At Morpheus (French Contemporary) $$$$

Voyages by Alain Ducasse (French Contemporary) $$$

YI (Cantonese) $$$

Pierre Herme Lounge (French, Cafe) $$$

Other amazing restaurants to check out

Din Tai Fung (City of Dreams) (Shanghainese) (Bib Gourmand) $$

The second floor of COD plays host to a plethora of casual eateries – and in the corner, you’ll find this sizeable branch of the international chain. Din Tai Fung is rightly known for its exquisite xiao long bao but also special here is the steamed crab roe and pork dumpling. Other notables from the 70-odd Shanghainese dishes on offer include the excellent braised beef noodle soup. To finish, try the red bean glutinous rice cake.

Lotus Palace (Chinese, Asian) $$$$

Dynasty 8 (Chinese, Asian) $$$$

The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge (Bar) $$$

Chiado Portuguese Restaurant (Portuguese) $$$$

Zi Yat Heen (Cantonese, Asian) $$$$

Best Hotels in Macau

The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Strip

The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central is the finest locale on the Cotai Strip and is perfectly situated within a prime center of entertainment. Guests of the St. Regis hotel enjoy the finest restaurants and amenities typified by the incomparable St. Regis Butler Service.

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, offers the impeccable levels of service for which the brand is famous around the world. Set within the top floors of the most spectacular entertainment and leisure destination – Galaxy Macau™, the Hotel is the Ritz-Carlton’s first All-Suite hotel, featuring over 250 suites, including the stylish The Ritz-Carlton Sky Villa, which overlooks inspiring views of Cotai Macau.

Banyan Tree Macau

Take in breathtaking views of Macau’s skyline in your own private sanctuary where peace and tranquillity await you. The first high-rise urban resort in Macau features private indoor Relaxation Pools in all suites and resort villas complete with their own gardens and personal swimming pools, Banyan Tree will change the way you imagined high-rise living. In this instance, seeing is truly believing.

Four Seasons Hotel Macau

Amidst larger-than-life spectacle, feel the exhilaration of elite entertainment and duty-free designer shopping. Then hide away in the Cotai Strip’s most intimate hotel. Lavish chinoiserie blends old-world European opulence with high-tech chic. The cuisine reflects Macau’s Portuguese and Chinese heritage. And spa suites tempt with outdoor vitality pools. Thoughtful Four Seasons care promises you unrivaled comfort.

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

An all-suite integrated resort offering spacious accommodation from 70sqm with lavish facilities enjoy world-class shopping, entertainment, and dining experiences in this signature Macao Property.

Morpheus – City Of Dreams

At Morpheus, ultra-luxury and innovation combine in the form of seven hundred and seventy-two futuristic guest rooms and suites, exquisitely designed by Remedios Studio of Hong Kong. Each of our one hundred and eighty-one suites has been outfitted with premium furnishings from the world’s leading designers and cutting-edge technology designed to enhance convenience and comfort.

Best Things to do in Macau (Sightseeing)

Historic Center of Macau

Lou Kau Mansion

Taipa Village Macau

Taipa Village features quiet alleyways, Portuguese style architectural buildings, nice restaurants, and many Portuguese food and coffee shops.

Ruins of St. Paul’s

Considered Macau’s most famous landmark, the ruins of this 16th-century Cathedral features a spectacular facade with intricate carvings by Japanese monks.

Ruins of St. Paul's - Globe Trotting Memories

Mandarin’s House

A Typical Chinese house in the 16th century.

A-Ma Temple

The A-Ma Temple is a temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu, located in one of the oldest areas of Macau. The entrance to the temple is from Barra Square and is guarded by two stone lions.

 

Best Casinos in Macau

MGM Casino 

Casino at Venetian Macao

Grand Lisboa Casino

Macau Palace (Floating Casino)

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