3 Hour Activities


CASA DO PORCO PRETO
Rua do Almirante Sergio, Fong Son San Chun Bloco 5, No. 310, Barra, R/C, Macao
+853-2896-6313
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Open Tues-Sun 12PM-4:30PM and 6PM-10:30PM, closed Mondays

TASTE AUTHENTIC PORTUGUESE FLAVORS

  • Discover a fabulous local restaurant near the famous A-Ma Temple
  • Sample classic Portuguese specialties like amêijoas à bulhao in a trendy setting

You’ll absolutely want to visit the A-Ma Temple on the southwest tip of the Macao Peninsula, built in 1488 and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. (See also the 5-hour itinerary “Delve into Sino-Portuguese Relations.”) Come in the morning to beat the crowds and work up an appetite for lunch. Just a three-minute stroll from the temple, you’ll find Casa do Porco Preto (“Home of the Black Pig”), opened in 2015 and offering some of the best homestyle Portuguese food we’ve come across. The interiors are as breezy-chic as the cooking is authentic, with schoolhouse chairs, sleek black tabletops, and plenty of light through casement windows. Let co-owner Vanda Rodrigues steer you to her daily specials—but we loved the amêijoas à bulhão pato (clams in white wine), bacalhau à lagareiro (salted cod in olive oil), and the cozido à Portuguesa (a delicious traditional stew). Rodrigues can tell you about her family’s two-century-old farm back in Portugal’s Alto Alentejo region, from which she sources her sensational pork, olive oil, and other ingredients. There’s also a good range of Portuguese wines. For now, the restaurant is something of a secret, but word is getting out—as well it should.

Casa do Porco Preto is just a three-minute walk north of the A-Ma Temple, in Barra, on the southwestern tip of the Macao Peninsula. It’s about a 15- to 20-minute cab ride from Conrad Macao.

CASA DO PORCO PRETO
Rua do Almirante Sergio, Fong Son San Chun Bloco 5, No. 310, Barra, R/C, Macao
+853-2896-6313
facebook.com/CPPMACAU
Open Tues-Sun 12PM-4:30PM and 6PM-10:30PM, closed Mondays

ONE CREATIVE ARTS DEPARTMENT STORE
Edificio Son Keng Kok, 4-10 Patio de São Lazaro, Macao
+853-2835-2550
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Open daily 10AM–10PM

THE BEER TEMPLE
Edificio Son Keng Kok, 4 Patio de São Lazaro, Macao
+853-2835-2803
Open daily 1PM–10PM

2 LEGIT BARBERSHOP
Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida N.30-D, Tong at R/C Macao
+853-6814-0940
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Mon-Thu 11AM-8PM, Fri- 11AM-9PM, Sat- 10AM-9PM, closed on Sundays
Online Appointments: 2legit.resurva.com/book

MACAU STORY HOUSE
6 Rua Nova de S. Lazaro, Macao
+853-283-53504
Open Tues-Sun 10AM-8PM, closed Mondays and holidays

EXPLORE THE HIP SIDE OF MACAO

  • Shop, sip, and shave in the emerging St. Lazarus Arts Precinct
  • Discover the creative scene transforming a centuries-old neighborhood
  • Delve into Macao’s history and trace its remarkable transformation

At the heart of the Bairro de São Lázaro—a 20-minute drive from Conrad Macao—the St. Lazarus Arts Precinct is an emblem of the region’s burgeoning creative community. Set around the landmark St. Lazarus Church (one of the oldest in Macao, first established in the 1550’s), the neighborhood’s ochre facades and cobbled pedestrian lanes conjure the Portuguese era, and offer a low-rise retreat from modern Macao. But a new generation of artists and entrepreneurs is now transforming the district with indie boutiques, galleries, and hip upstarts. We especially love the One Creative Arts Department Store, a brilliant two-story shopping concept with 7,000 square feet of retail space given over to local makers and entrepreneurs. Here you can browse for unique “Made in Macao” souvenirs that go well beyond the usual beef jerky and almond cookies—from inventive fashion accessories to cosmetics to chic homewares, all of it designed and/or made locally. Next door, cool your heels at the brilliant Beer Temple, with its sleek mod interior and enticing selection of craft beers from around the globe. (Pro tip: happy hour runs from 6:30pm to 10pm on weeknights.) Right down the road, our male guests love indulging in a traditional hot-towel wet shave at the 2Legit Barbershop, a favorite of our Director of Operations, Rudy Fao. The friendly, inked-up staff all speak English, and they’ll even make out-calls to the hotel. Finally, you can get a good overview of the region’s history and heritage at the Macau Story House, a small museum and reading room established in 2012, located down the street from St. Lazarus Church. One could spend 15 minutes or several hours here perusing archival photos, books, and, best of all, several centuries’ worth of vintage maps, showing how land reclamation has transformed the Macao Peninsula.

The St. Lazarus Arts Precinct (a.k.a Bairro de São Lázaro) is on the Macao Peninsula. A taxi from the hotel to the St. Lazarus Church, at its center, should take 20 to 25 minutes depending on traffic. All the locations below are within walking distance of the church.

ONE CREATIVE ARTS DEPARTMENT STORE
Edificio Son Keng Kok, 4-10 Patio de São Lazaro, Macao
+853-2835-2550
facebook.com/DepartmentStore.OneCreativeArts
Open daily 10AM–10PM

THE BEER TEMPLE
Edificio Son Keng Kok, 4 Patio de São Lazaro, Macao
+853-2835-2803
Open daily 1PM–10PM

2 LEGIT BARBERSHOP
Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida N.30-D, Tong at R/C Macao
+853-6814-0940
facebook.com/2legitcutz
Mon-Thu 11AM-8PM, Fri- 11AM-9PM, Sat- 10AM-9PM, closed on Sundays
Online Appointments: 2legit.resurva.com/book

MACAU STORY HOUSE
6 Rua Nova de S. Lazaro, Macao
+853-283-53504
Open Tues-Sun 10AM-8PM, closed Mondays and holidays

CLUBE MILITAR
975 Avenida da Praia Grande
+853-2871-4000

DINE IN A PRIVATE COLONIAL-ERA CLUB

  • Book a table at a former military hangout
  • Choose from a wide selection of Portuguese wines
  • Shoot pool in a subterranean pub

Macao was both the first and last European colony in China, and the Portuguese influence lives on—especially at the pink and white colonial-era Clube Militar. A 15-minute taxi ride from the Conrad Macao, this downtown institution was built in 1870 as a hangout for the military. It remains a private club today, but non-members can book a table and dine in the chic Old World-styled restaurant (the weekend lunch buffet is a hot ticket, so reserve early). Insider tip: bottled water imported from Portugal is expensive so just ask for tap—along with a bottle of Portuguese red wine from the Douro and Dão regions, of course. Don’t pass up the baked duck rice topped with spicy Portuguese chouriço or the roast suckling pig (its skin cooked to a crisp, Bairrada-style). After dinner, make like a member and wander up to the handsome library on the second floor, or retire to the basement pub for a port and game of pool.

Clube Militar is a 15-minute taxi ride to downtown (have your driver take the Sai Van Bridge); You can’t miss the pink Colonial-style building with the large white columns.

CLUBE MILITAR
975 Avenida da Praia Grande
+853-2871-4000

ST. PAUL’S CHURCH
Rua de São Paulo
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Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (2 p.m. on Tuesdays), no admission after 5:30 p.m.

MACAUSOUL
31 Rua de São Paulo
+853-2836-5182
macausoul.com

SENATE SQUARE
Largo do Senado
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SEE THE SIGHTS IN REVERSE

  • Dodge the crowds at two iconic sights
  • Sip port at a local’s favorite wine bar

Most visitors follow the traffic-clogged roads to the city center’s Largo do Senado plaza before heading up to the Ruins of St. Paul’s Church (a.k.a. “the arch”) for breath-stealing vistas.  We say: flip the script and avoid the throngs. First, hail a taxi and ask your driver to take you to “Pai Fong hau men” (translation: back entrance of the arch) to snap dramatic shots of the remains of a 17th-century Jesuit church. Just a few steps away—but easily missed if not in the know—is MacauSoul, an intimate wine bar. Linger with the locals over an extensive list of 400 Portuguese wines and madeiras where you can catch live bands play swinging jazz on weekends. Once sated, meander down the slope to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Largo do Senado and face the crowds.

Hop in a taxi for the 20-minute ride to the ruins of St. Paul’s Church. MacauSoul is a two- minute walk from the ruins and the Largo do Senado is a five-minute walk from there.

ST. PAUL’S CHURCH
Rua de São Paulo
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Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (2 p.m. on Tuesdays), no admission after 5:30 p.m.

MACAUSOUL
31 Rua de São Paulo
+853-2836-5182
macausoul.com

SENATE SQUARE
Largo do Senado
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