5 Essential Restaurants for Awesome Macao Eats

By That's, May 23, 2018

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To have an authentic cultural experience in Macao, you’ve got to look beyond the blinding lights of the Sands Cotai Strip. Just venture down the city's winding streets to sample true Macanese food. While the options out there might seem overwhelming, we’re here to offer you guidance on what to eat and where to find it.

Hei Lin Café


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What might look like a hole in the wall has all the Cantonese standbys you seek. From Cantonese toasties to roasted pork chop buns to a variety of chow meins and fried rices, this is the place for a hearty breakfast or an afternoon snack.

RMB50. Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. B84, Rua de Fernao Mendes Pinto (+853 2882 7733).

Lord Stow’s Bakery


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Your Macao jaunt will not be complete without munching on freshly baked egg tarts at Lord Stow’s. It might sound like a cliche, but just wait until you’re biting into these decadent custard-filled pastries with flakes falling out of your mouth. Stay for the food, along with a scoop of the story behind the invention of these 'Macanese' egg tarts.

RMB28 per person. Open daily 7am-10pm. 1 Rua do Tassara (+853 2888 2534).

Luk Kee Noodles

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If a late-night snack captures your fancy, swing by Luk Kee Noodles for a hearty bowl of beef curry noodles or fish ball congee. While many local restaurants serve these dishes, few can do justice to the flavors as well as Luk Kee can. The space is crammed with locals and tourists, but the upside is you can take a nice walk down the ferry terminals and take in the epic views after dinner.

RMB80 per average meal per person. Open daily 6.30pm-2.30am. Shop D, G/F, 1 Sha Lei Yan Mo Avenue (+853 2855 9627).

Restaurante Escada


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Escada prides itself on serving authentic Portuguese cuisine, which means there’s no running away from salted cod here. The deep-fried salted cod potato cake and grilled sardines are especially memorable, and you can enjoy them on the breezy veranda. And why not have a glass of sangria, too!

RMB200 per average meal per person. Open daily midday-3pm, 6-10pm. 8 Rua da Sé (+853 2896 6900).

Tou Tou Koi


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This authentic Cantonese house is perfect for those looking for dim sum baskets and char siu meats. Seafood is also their forte, and deep-fried crab and steamed abalone are among the most popular orders. Boasting proximity to St Paul’s Ruins and a mention in the Michelin Guide, seatings are bound to be in high demand, so make sure you book well in advance.

RMB390 per average meal per person. Open daily 9am-3pm, 5-11.30pm. 6-8, Travessa do Mastro (+853 2857 2629).

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