5 Hour Activities


LARGO DE SAO DOMINGOS
Avenida da São Domingos and Largo de São Domingos

ST. DOMINIC’S CHURCH
Avenida da São Domingos & Largo de São Domingos
+853-2836-7706
en.macaotourism.gov.mo

MUSEUM OF SACRED ART
Rua de D. Belchior Carneiro
+853-2835-7911
macaumuseum.gov.mo

WONG CHI KEI
17 Largo do Senado
+853-2857-4310

ESCADA
8 Rua da Sé, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
+853-2828-9229

LEAL SENADO
163 Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
+853-2857-2233

HIT EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Catholic relics
  • Have your pick of delicious lunch spots
  • Sneak off to a secret inner courtyard garden

Forget baccarat, architecture lovers are the ones who hit the jackpot in Macao. Take a self-guided tour starting at Largo de São Domingos square and St. Dominic’s Church, a cream and yellow Baroque beauty built in 1587 by Spanish Dominican priests. Be sure to check out the bell tower around the back, and its small, macabre Museum of Sacred Art with roughly 300 Catholic artifacts (think: bleeding saints, dismembered statues). Next, it’s an easy stroll to the Largo do Senado to make a hard decision about lunch. Will it be Cantonese noodles at Wong Chi Kei? The springy wonton noodles and silken congee are rightfully famous. Or, traditional Macanese fare instead? If the latter, follow the grand staircase behind the neoclassical Central Post Office to Escada, a Macanese restaurant with a stately European exterior. Try their rissois de camarão (shrimp pies) and peppery African chicken. Lose the crowds in the iconic square and slip off like a local to the stately Leal Senado built in 1784 as Macao’s first (and current) city hall. Escape the heat in the serene inner courtyard garden or the handsome library styled after the 18th-century library at the Mafra National Palace in Portugal.

Largo de Sao Domingos is a 20-minute cab ride from the hotel.

LARGO DE SAO DOMINGOS
Avenida da São Domingos and Largo de São Domingos

ST. DOMINIC’S CHURCH
Avenida da São Domingos & Largo de São Domingos
+853-2836-7706
en.macaotourism.gov.mo

MUSEUM OF SACRED ART
Rua de D. Belchior Carneiro
+853-2835-7911
macaumuseum.gov.mo

WONG CHI KEI
17 Largo do Senado
+853-2857-4310

ESCADA
8 Rua da Sé, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
+853-2828-9229

LEAL SENADO
163 Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
+853-2857-2233

MOORISH BARRACKS
Calçada da Barra
+853-8399-6699

A-MA TEMPLE
Rua de São Tiago da Barra
+853-2836-6866
en.macaotourism.gov.mo

O PORTO INTERIOR RESTAURANTE 259 B
Rua do Almirante Sergio
+853-2896-7770

MACAO MARITIME MUSEUM
1 Largo do Pagode da Barra
+853-2859-5481
marine.gov.mox

POUSADA DE SÃO TIAGO
Avenida da Republica, Fortaleza de São Tiago da Barra
+853-2837-8111

DELVE INTO SINO-PORTUGUESE RELATIONS

  • Take an East-meets-West tour
  • Dine on a Portuguese specialty
  • Learn about this port city’s maritime past

Kick-off a day of East-meets-West exploration at a prime architectural example of Macao’s melting pot: the Italian-designed neoclassical Moorish Barracks  built in 1874 for a troop of Muslim Indian police from Goa. From there, wander down to A-Ma Temple, a 15th-century Taoist shrine named for the Goddess of the Sea. Gaze past Macao’s western border to the Pearl River Delta from the courtyards built into cliffs that rise up behind the temple. Break for lunch at O Porto Interior Restaurante, a local favorite for Portuguese cuisine. The dish not to miss: codfish “Gomes de Sá,” a Porto-inspired casserole of dried cod, potatoes, and onions. Curious about the local catch that was just on your plate? Dig into Sino-Portuguese history at the Macao Maritime Museum, which marks the spot where the Portuguese first set foot in Macao. The ground floor, rich with artifacts from traditional fishing communities along China’s southern coast, is worth the bulk of your time there. Wrap up your wanderings with coffee at the alfresco café of Pousada de São Tiago, a boutique hotel carved from the ramparts of an old Portuguese fort.

Begin at the Moorish Barracks, a 10-minute cab ride from the Conrad. All other points of interest are within a few minutes walk of one another.

MOORISH BARRACKS
Calçada da Barra
+853-8399-6699

A-MA TEMPLE
Rua de São Tiago da Barra
+853-2836-6866
en.macaotourism.gov.mo

O PORTO INTERIOR RESTAURANTE 259 B
Rua do Almirante Sergio
+853-2896-7770

MACAO MARITIME MUSEUM
1 Largo do Pagode da Barra
+853-2859-5481
marine.gov.mox

POUSADA DE SÃO TIAGO
Avenida da Republica, Fortaleza de São Tiago da Barra
+853-2837-8111