A perfect evening in Macau: Old Taipa Village

Also see An Introduction to Macau, Hiking in Macau: Coloane Trail

Last Friday evening, I had one of my best experiences in Macau to date. Actually, this whole weekend was a fantastic mini-holiday what with family dinner, heated pool twilight swims, and the Clash in Cotai II (see my Interview with Manny Pacquiao here).

It all began with late lunch in our suite after taking the 1pm ferry from Hong Kong (Shun Tak) to Macau (Taipa)

It all began with late lunch in our suite after taking the 1pm ferry from Hong Kong (Shun Tak) to Macau (Taipa)

Unlike the adrenaline-pumping Macau Tower jump I did a while back, this one was the complete opposite: indulgent and relaxing.

We discovered the beautiful old cobblestoned streets - follow the signs to Old Taipa Village

Follow the signs to Old Taipa Village: beautiful old cobblestoned streets await

How to get there: (IMPORTANT! There’s a new shortcut from The Venetian)

  1. Take the free bus to The Venetian from the ferry terminal – or from wherever major hotspot in Macau.
  2. From the Venetian’s West Lobby, walk towards Galaxy (you’ll see it on the horizon). Before you cross the street, you will see and escalator on your right. Take it.
  3. There is a moving walkway / travelator system that takes you directly to the Old Taipa Village. Seriously! We took the long way around to get there because the concierge didn’t even know about it. They suggested we take a taxi or bus. Later on we discovered the shortcut – only 5-10 minutes on foot from the West Lobby. Amazing.
Moving walkway / travelator / walkalator from Old Taipa Village to The Venetian : it's real! It exists!

Moving walkway / travelator / walkalator from Old Taipa Village to The Venetian : it’s real! It exists!

Alternatively, you can take a free bus from Galaxy Macau. You can also get a free shuttle to Galaxy Macau from the ferry terminal.

We were lost, but luckily we found these steps that led us to the old village

We were lost, but luckily we found these steps that led us to the old village

Carmo Hall, Taipa, by the lake

Carmo Hall, Taipa, by the lake

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luckily, the weather in November is much cooler (20-25 degrees C) so we were happier walking around. The rest of the year’s it’s muggy and humid…

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Stumbled upon The Taipa Houses-Museum, which I’ve been meaning to see for years now!

The Taipa Houses-Museum was built in 1921, originally the residences for high superiors and Macanese families. In the 80’s, the Macao Government Tourist Office bought and recovered them. In late 90’s, the government decided to fully remodel them, recognizing its important architectural value, transforming them into museums and renaming the houses as “Macanese House”, “House of the Islands”, “House of the Portugal Regions”, “Exhibition Gallery” and “House for Reception”.

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The houses overlook a lake and the Cotai Strip across. That’s City of Dreams (Hard Rock, etc.) plus the Venetian…

And then the bustle of the old village itself:

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Pork jerky seems to be a specialty, there were shops peddling it everywhere. Free taste, anyone?

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A popular Portuguese restaurant. But I was adamant to follow the Michelin Guide, so we carried on looking for the restaurants on the list…

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Many were fully booked, but we at last found this: Antonio Macau

Food: Excellent. Value: A bit pricey. We paid HK$300-400 each.

Food: Excellent. Value: A bit pricey. We paid HK$300-400 each. Beautiful interiors, there was even a Portuguese guy with a guitar serenading the guests in the end

Crepe Suzette on fire

Crepe Suzette on fire. As you can see, the restaurant’s many accolades graced the walls of the institution

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The menu was unbelievably extensive. Portuguese specialties abounded, it was so difficult to choose. We’re definitely coming back to try the other entrees, but I settled for the Gambas al ajillo or garlic shrimp since I wasn’t too hungry. Servings were big.

This was a codfish that they turned into a tartare style plate... delicious!!!

This was a codfish that they turned into a tartare style plate… delicious!!!

Serradura - the most famous Macanese dessert, made of cream and crushed biscuits. I had one Friday AND Saturday night, in separate places. Wonder where I can get my Serradura fix in Hong Kong?

Serradura – the most famous Macanese dessert, made of cream and crushed biscuits. I had one Friday AND Saturday night, in separate places. Wonder where I can get my Serradura fix in Hong Kong?

Pineapple cake

Pineapple cake

I hope this entry helps you enjoy Macau more. Don’t make the same mistake I did, which was to keep coming back to Macau (7 times now) and mostly spend them inside hotels and casinos! Especially when the weather has cooled down, do explore Macau’s “real” side.

Coming up next:

  1. Hiking in Coloane, Macau
  2. Clash in Cotai II: Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri
  3. Where to eat in Macau
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2 thoughts on “A perfect evening in Macau: Old Taipa Village

  1. hong kong fong says:

    I still have yet to make it to Macau, but my husband went this weekend for the fight, as well. He had a great time and a very good Portuguese dinner. Thanks for sharing, and good to know about the shortcuts!

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