Most people may know Macau for it’s charm as the Asia Las Vegas. Casinos and it’s night life has dominated the story of people visitting Macau. Some may say that we will find out the city will be very quite in the morning until afternoon (event you can take picture while you sit on middle of some roads in the city). When the night comes, the city is full of excitement from people trying their luck in casinos while night life of Macau kicks in. Beautiful escorts will stand in front of casinos seek for their customers. Bar and restaurant will be full with people hanging around with their friends. People will clink wine glasses and sipping the spirit drink.
Somehow for me, this ambience of modern Macau just seems like other big cities in the world. Nothing special until I watched one TV program about Macau (I think it was in NatGeo channel). It was showing the old side of Macau. I just realized that Macau still has different side which is more authentic and slow-mo version of people having good time in park, play around with their kids, tasting good coffee in cafes or enjoying history of Macau. So, let me introduce you with the old city of Macau where well preserved Portugese buildings are all over the place, good old receipt was served and ambience of old village still can be seen.
The first area that I would like to introduce to you is the Taipa Village area. This area is easily found near to Galaxy Macau. You can just typing in your Maps application “Vila Da Taipa” , the Portugese name for Taipa Village.
In this area, we will find restaurants and cafes serving foods, coffee or juice. We also can enjoy and chill with family and friends at some small parks around the area. For some people who like history the Taipa and Coloane museum in the area might be interesting place to be visitted to know the history of this particular area and Macau.
For photographer, this area is full of interesting spots to be captured, please try to visit the Carmel Park, Taipa Flea Market, Rua de Cunha Food Street and also the Taipa Old Market.
When I visit the area during weekend, the area was full of family spending time with their kids playing around and tasting food at the open space at Taipa Village area.
The second place that I would like to write is the Coloane Village. The village is located at the southern area of Taipa island. To go to the Coloane Village, all we need to do is to take bus no. 25 across the Galaxy Macau with cost around 3 MOP/HKD that will take us to Coloane Village intersection.
Coloane is used to be base by pirates until 1910 when Portugese win a war against the pirates. *I just wonder whether there is still buried treasure of pirates under Coloane 🙂
A monument near to Chapel of St. Francis Xavier was built to remember the victory over the pirates. Nowadays, that particular area has become center of tourist destination known as Eduardo Marques Garden which the floor are covered with black, white and yellow cobblestones in a wavy pattern.
Near to the Chapel, there is an old Biblioteca building which is a public library for people in Macau. Biblioteca building has Portugese architecture with bright yellow paintings that become beautiful spot for photography.
For foodies, there are many places for foodies to visit. One of the famous place to go is Lord Stow’s Cafe where authentic egg tart (costed 9 MOP/HKD) served with various beverage to choose. In my first visit, I ordered the Baileys Coffee with very strong Baileys flavor costed 32 MOP/HKD.
Senado Square and Ruin of St. Paul Church
One of famous place to go in Macau is Senado Square along with the Ruin of St. Paul Church. For me the most interesting part in visitting the this area is to walk around the small streets in that location. So many (*too many) interesting stores to be visited. Rua de Paixao and Rua de Felicidade are two most streets that tourist visit.
For sure the main attraction to be visited is the Ruin of St. Paul Church. Near to Ruin, we may find many interesting restaurant and cafes to visit. One of the famous café is the Margareth’s Café that sell delicious egg tart *I think better than the Lord Stow’s one
For starbucks tumbler collector, you can visit starbucks outlet near to the Ruin to see latest collection released in Hong Kong.
During your visit to Ruin of St. Paul Church, do not forget to visit the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt next to the Ruin where laid the remaining bones of 26 foreigner and Japanese Catholic priest who were crucified in Nagasaki in 1597 and many relic that previously kept in Chapel of St. Francis Xavier in Coloane.
Another place near to the Ruin of St. Paul Church is the Macau Museum. It is located on top of small hill that from this particular place we can see 360 degree view of Macau island including old residential area.