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Romantic Guide to Macau

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Macau is famous for being Asia’s answer to Las Vegas, but it has so much more to offer than that: romance being one of them. As well as its enormous casinos and five-star luxury hotel resorts, Macau has beautiful Chinese gardens, stunning walks along the waterfront, and historic buildings to explore. It is the perfect choice for a romantic break or honeymoon, with its choice of hotels, restaurants, spas, and shops.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

9 Places

8 City Tips

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9 Places

Casino at Venetian Macao

Casinos

The Grand Canal Shoppes

Gift & Speciality Shops

Largo do Senado (Senado Square)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Macau Fisherman's Wharf

Shopping Malls

Coloane

Islands

Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre

Observation Decks & Towers, Conference & Convention Centres

Lou Lim Ieoc Garden

Gardens

Vida Rica

Restaurants

The House of Dancing Water

Performances

SarahinAlicante's City Tips

  • Try the local cuisine, such as Portuguese pork buns, dim sum, and wontons.
  • Macau is a free port, so is a shoppers paradise for luxury items. You'll find great deals on jewelry, gold, Chinese antiques, watches, cameras, electrical goods, and designer clothing.
  • Plan your trip carefully — there are so many things to do in Macau, that you won’t want to miss the main attractions.
  • Macau’s water is purified with added chlorine. Stick to distilled drinking water, which is available in hotel rooms and at restaurants.
  • The climate is warm and tropical, and humidity levels can be high. The best time to visit is in fall — from October to December.
  • The official currency is the pataca (MOP.) Money can be changed in hotels, banks, and via authorized exchange dealers. Most credit cards are widely accepted.
  • The official languages are Portuguese and Cantonese Chinese. English is also widely spoken in the tourist areas and hotels.
  • You can fly into Macau International Airport, or into Hong Kong where you can get a ferry over to Macau.
  • Casino at Venetian Macao
    Casinos
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    SarahinAlicante Says:

    The largest casino in the world, the Venetian Macau is housed within a luxurious resort of the same name, and offers fine dining and first-class hotel accommodation. There are 3,000 gaming machines, as well as 870 tables and poker games where you can try your luck; plus a large variety of dining options when you need to refuel. This is a great chance to dress up in your finest and see if you can win back the price of your romantic break!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The decadent Venetian Macau is the perfect location for a honeymoon, with its fabulous hotel, spa, and restaurant selection.
    • The Taivexmalo Day Hospital and Spa Resort is within the complex, so why not try his and her health and wellness treatments while you're here.
    • There are fabulous shows at the Venetian, including Broadway musicals.
    • The Grand Canal is also within the resort — a stunning replica of the romantic city of Venice in Italy, complete with canals, gondola rides, shops, and restaurants.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • Venice of China 31/10/2020
    • Exciting games. 28/09/2020
    • Casino at Venetian Macao
    Phone:
    +853 2882 8888
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • The Grand Canal Shoppes
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    SarahinAlicante Says:

    You'll feel like Venice has been transported to Asia at this lovely replica of the romantic Italian city. Stroll arm in arm along its canals and over its bridges, snuggle up on a gondola ride, and browse its selection of shops and restaurants.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a romantic ride on a gondola serenaded by a singing gondolier.
    • This is a popular place to visit, and so can get very crowded.
    • Shops include luxury designer names such as Prada, as well as more affordable high street names.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 58 Shopping in Macau
    • spectacular ligth show on the hotel facade 23/07/2020
    • Popular shopping area situated in a replica Venice cityscape 14/02/2020
    • The Grand Canal Shoppes
    Address:
    Castella Street, Di Moda Street and San Luca Street on Level 3
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    853-81177840
    Other:
  • Largo do Senado (Senado Square)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    SarahinAlicante Says:

    A fabulous place for a romantic stroll before lunch is Senado Square. It looks just like a typical Mediterranean square, with its tiled, wave-like pavement and neo-Classical buildings. The square is a useful reminder that Macau was ruled by the Portuguese until 1999.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A great spot for a glass of Champagne before dinner, or an evening stroll at sunset.
    • Many fiestas are celebrated in the square so ask at your hotel if there are any events planned during your stay.
    • Senado Square is the perfect place to start your tour around Macau’s historic center.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • exodus to the ruins.c 07/11/2021
    • Tourist spot 13/05/2021
    • Largo do Senado (Senado Square)
    Address:
    Central District of Macau Peninsula
    Macau
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • Macau Fisherman's Wharf
    Shopping Malls
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    SarahinAlicante Says:

    Fisherman’s Wharf is an entertainment complex situated on the harbor, with restaurants, shops, a casino, and a conference and exhibition center. Couples will find plenty of interesting shops and restaurants to choose from here, built in architectural styles from around the world.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • It’s a great place for relaxing, enjoying a stroll, or grabbing a coffee while watching the world go by.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • We went here to celebrate my aunt birthday 04/07/2021
    • Good place with a lot of good restaurant and event monthly 28/09/2020
    • Macau Fisherman's Wharf
    Address:
    Outer Harbor
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 8299 3300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    Other:
  • Coloane
    Islands
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    SarahinAlicante Says:

    What could be more romantic than strolling around Coloane Village, with its narrow streets and temples that create a nostalgic olde-worlde atmosphere? Stroll along the waterfront and visit its charming old wharf.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can catch a bus from Macau to the main square at Coloane.
    • There’s a fabulous rustic Portuguese restaurant called Fernando’s on Coloane, where you can enjoy garlic prawns and roasted pork.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • Nice quiet visit 06/01/2020
    • Lazy day in Coloane 01/01/2020
    • Coloane
    Address:
    South of Dangzhi Island
    Macau
    China
  • Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
    Observation Decks & Towers, Conference & Convention Centres
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    SarahinAlicante Says:

    Hold tight to one another as you zoom up the giddy heights of the Macau Tower, standing at 338 meters tall, with a revolving restaurant situated at 223 meters. A great place to visit during the day to see all the landmark buildings; and at night for the lights. Plus, daredevils can enjoy the adrenaline rush of the Skywalk X by walking outside the tower without a handrail, and you can even try a tandem SkyJump!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It's particularly romantic at night with the Macau skyline and landmark buildings all lit up.
    • Book dinner at the revolving 360º restaurant for the finest views over the city.
    • Head up to the observation deck to soak up the grand views.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • Disappointing reception 10/09/2021
    • Just anothrt tower 17/12/2020
    • Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
    Address:
    South Bay New Reclamation Area
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2893 3339
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Other:
  • Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
    Gardens
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    SarahinAlicante Says:

    Enjoy a relaxing stroll around these beautiful gardens built by Lou Kau, a wealthy 19th century Chinese merchant. Modeled on a famous Chinese classical garden, with bamboo, ponds, and a large pavilion — this is a beautiful setting in which to enjoy natural beauty with a loved one.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look out for art and craft exhibitions being held in the pavilion.
    • Admission is free.
    • Best times to visit are early morning or later in the day.
    • A picturesque site for a proposal!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • appreciate the plants in lou lim leoc garden 07/10/2020
    • We saw the Garden on the map and didn’t know what to expect. Our visit turned out to be a wonderful experience. 29/06/2020
    • Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
    Address:
    No. 10 Estrada de Adolfo Loureiro
    Macau
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Other:
  • Vida Rica
    Restaurants (International, European)
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    SarahinAlicante Says:

    The first thing you notice here is the chic glass wall where you can enjoy far-reaching views over the South China Sea, as well as Nam Van Lake, which hosts spectacular water and light shows. The menu includes both Portuguese and Macanese dishes with a modern twist, such as Portuguese cod, roast duck with rice, and Cantonese classics like dim sum.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • The Mandarin Oriental is a fantastic place to stay overnight, as well as to dine out with a loved one.
    • Two of the spa suites at the Mandarin Oriental are designed especially for couples.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 936 restaurants in Macau
    • Very warm service 19/06/2022
    • A GARDEN TEA EXPERIENCE. 05/06/2022
    • Vida Rica
    Address:
    Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, NAPE
    Mandarin Oriental
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 8805 8918
    Price range:
    US$100 - US$120
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:30 am - 10:30 pm
    Other:
  • The House of Dancing Water
    Performances
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    SarahinAlicante Says:

    If you love dance and drama, The House of Dancing Water is the right show for you. It tells the tale of a a fisherman on the coast of Coloane, who is soon swept up by a whirlpool into a land of legends, and has to save a beautiful Princess from a cruel Queen. Fingers crossed for a 'happily ever after!'

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You may get splashed by the water if you sit in the front few rows.
    • You can book tickets online — and choose your seats.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 16 Concerts & Shows in Macau
    • PADI advanced mermaid 進階美人魚 19/09/2021
    • PADI Scuba Diving Course 23/08/2021
    • The House of Dancing Water
    Address:
    Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
    City of Dreams
    Macau 999078
    China
    Phone:
    +853 8868 6767
    Price range:
    US$49 - US$49
    Other:
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