Best of Macau Food in 24 hours

So you've landed in Macau, and you're not sure where to go for food. Sure you have internet and perhaps GPS (who doesn't these days) but with so many recommendations from the media on the greatest food you'll find in the finest restaurants Macau has to offer, where do you head to for the real authentic Macanese food?

Have no fear. I'm here to share. And you get to enjoy all of Macanese authentic goodness in less than 24 hours. Loosen those belts and here's my list of things to eat in Macau in 24 hours:

8:00am - Cafe Nam Ping (Sa-Yung)

You can start your day earlier if you wish because this small coffee shop opens really early and they serve these buns called Sa-Yung (沙翁) - buns made with egg coated in sugar. Basic but awesome with a good cup of coffee. It's legit authentic because you'll find lots of locals in this shop. Don't forget to order a freshly made egg sandwich (with or without char siew) to go with your sa-yung too. They're perhaps the fluffiest egg sandwich you'll try in a long time.

Cafe Nam Ping 南屏雅敘
54 Rua de Cinco de Outubro, Macau
Tel: (853) 2892-1205
Operating Hours: 0630 to 1830 daily

10:00am - Cafe Seng Kei (Crock Coffee)

Who says you can't have two coffees in one morning. You're on a holiday. So strap on your boots as you make your way to the 3rd floor of the fresh produce market near Senado Square and enjoy a cup of genuine Macanese crock coffee. Don't forget to order lamb stew while you're at it at a nearby stall. But pace yourself as you still have all day, and night, to go.

Cafe Seng Kei 胜记咖啡
3rd floor of the Market at Rua dos Mercadores
Tel: (853) 6667-9695
Operating Hours: 0700 to 1800 daily

12:00pm - Belos Tempos Private Kitchen 老地方 (Portugese Food)

It's time for lunch. How can you come to Macau and not try Macanese version of Portugese food. Do order their Paozinho Recheado (免治炸包仔), Pasteis de Bacalhau (马介休球). Costoleta Panada (猪扒包) and Serradura (木榶布丁). In English, they're basically two starters, the famous Macanese pork chop bun and a whip cream pudding dessert with dusted biscuits.

Belos Tempos Private Kitchen 老地方
Rua da Felicidade, n 10, Macau
Tel: (853) 2893-8670
Operating Hours: 1200 - 2200 daily

2:15pm - Le Chinois Chinese Restaurant @ Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 (Mango Pudding)

Now is this an odd place (and a rather posh place) to try for authentic food but I assure you, you will not regret this. It's a brief swift-paced walk from Belos Tempos as they end their lunch service at 3pm. Of course, you're welcomed to order some dim sum (点心) should you still miraculously be hungry. If not I urge you to order what will be the best mango pudding you will ever have the luxury to savour. If you like soup, try their kung fu soup while you're at it. Points given to presentation and creativity. See it as a treat. *wink*

Kung Fu Soup

Le Chinois Chinese Restaurant
Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16
Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau
Tel: (853) 8861-0016
Operating Hours: 0900 - 1500 for dimsum breakfast and lunch, 1730 - 2200 for dinner daily.

4:30pm - Lord Stow’s Bakery 安德魯餅店 (Portugese Egg Tart)

Take a cab and head over to the other side of Macau and visit the most famous branch of the famous Lord Stow's Bakery that sells that famous Portugese egg tarts in Macau. You may order boxes of these egg tarts and bring them with you on your flight home like all the other passengers would.

Lord Stow’s Bakery 安德魯餅店
1 Rua Da Tassara | Coloane Town Square, Macau
路環市區市中心撻沙街 1 號地下
Tel: (853) 2888 2534
Operating Hours: 07:00-22:00 daily

6:00pm - Taipa Village 氹仔 (Macanese snacks)

Not to far from Venetian Macau is the old street of Taipa, or called Taipa Old Village. After all the food, it's time to head down here for a stroll and do some souvenir shopping. But don't think your food tour ends here. This is the best place to sample all the best of Macau's titbits: almond cookies, pineapple pastries, beef and pork jerkies, egg rolls, etc.

Taipa Village
Old Taipa Village, Taipa, Macau
Closing time: around 2100 daily

7:30pm - Macau International Food Festival

If you're ever so lucky to be visiting Macau during their International Food Festival period (there's one every year around the month of November, do check Macau Tourism for info), do reserve all your dinner capacity for it. Located next to Macau Tower, hundreds of local food merchants set up their stalls in this massive food bazaar to bring out the unique food culture of Macau. There are various food zones catering to different genre of food, from Chinese, European, Asian, Local Macanese to Dessert. With so much to sample, you will need all night. Here are some bizarre food available there.

Frozen Top Kirin Beer

You can have your abalone with your Musang King durian cake.

Eel (Unagi Kabayaki) - There was a section dedicated to 25 Japanese stalls from all regions of Japan in their 14th Food Festival. Each of them as fine and authentic as the Japanese food in Japan.

Sai Van Lake Square
Operating Hours; (Mon- Thurs) 1700 - 2300; (Fri - Sun) 1500-2400

**Should you not that the fortunate fate to stumble upon the Macau Food Festival dates, your next best thing is to stay back at Taipa Village and enjoy your dinner at one of the many available local restaurants there. 

10:00pm - Leitaria I Son 義順牛奶公司 (doubled-boiled milk/milk pudding)

Assuming you stay near Senado Square, which really is the looking to explore the old town of Macau. After dinner, head back to Senado Square and end your night on a sweet note with this doubled-boiled milk 炖奶 (or you may call it milk pudding). You can have it warm (with or without ginger) or cold (plain or with red bean). They cost between MOP16-22 per bowl.

Leitaria I Son 義順牛奶公司
No. 7, Largo Senado
Tel: (853) 28573638
Operating Hours: 0930 – 2300 daily


2 kissed Nicole

  1. Nice meeting you earlier! Super love this post. Those unagi looks amazing. Am practically drooling when I was reading this. Shall return to macau with this blogpost in mind when food hunting over there <3

  2. All these look soo goood! I would especially love to try the first and last ones.