Being a Hong Konger and so close to Macau, it is easy not to plan before visiting as you might think you already know it well enough. But there are a few places that might open up your eyes about Macau with a totally different impression. Check out the list below for chillaxing gambler-free Macau accommodation, where to get inspired and cool experiences for dining and drinks.
1. Lines Lab – A creative agency / shop / exhibition & events space founded by Manuel CS (industrial & urban designer) and Clara Brito (contemporary fashion & product designer). You will see intriguing installations, lifestyle and fashion products in a cool space.
Calçada da Igreja de S. Lázaro No.8-A3, Macau
+853 2852 3869
2. OX Warehouse – Before I explain what this is about (obviously it’s something to do with cows), I bet you wouldn’t expect Macau used to have goats, buffaloes and cows walking in the city. Watch this video of an interview with Michael Rogge sharing his experience in Macau in 1961:
So what’s about the OX Warehouse? It was a cattle depot and it is now a creative art space for local artists to use as studios and exhibitions. There are workshops occasionally for public as well. Check out their website for updates.
Intersection of Avenida Coronel Mesquita and Avenida do Almirante Lacerda
+853 2853 0026
Opening Hours：12:00 ~19:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
3. AFA (Art For All) – a nonprofit art organization established in 2007 providing a contemporary art exhibition space for Macau local artists and scholarship programs for young artists.
Check out their Facbeook page for upcoming events and exhibitions.
Estrada da Areia Preta No. 52, Edificio da Fabrica de Baterias N.E. National, 10th Floor, Macau
+853 2836 6064
EAT & DRINK:
1. Yamazato restaurant in Hotel Okura – Drinking tea inside a paper spherical room is definitely an experience! Presented with traditional Japanese tea ceremony by resident tea master Shirai Yayoi (who has 50 years of experience!) in this cute little globe, it feels like your are in Mars (I don’t know how it feels in there but it definitely is something I’ve never felt before!) – with water and grass!
Who built the globe? Japanese artists Kanri Nakano and Ryuki Itakura took two years to construct the three-meter-diameter sphere. They used fiber-inforced polyester covered in traditional washi paper with “huto gisu” — green and white tints to give a hint of spring. It is air-conditioned and fits one tea master plus two guests, which is perfect for an intimate girly trip or for couples. The ceremony lasts around 45 minutes. If you are looking for something more than tea, you can always choose from their 50 choices of sake.
2/F Hotel Okura Macau, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperença, Cotai
+853 8883 5127
2. Macau Soul – Alma de Macau em português in Portuguese, is one of the best hidden gems in Macau for a casual relaxing drink. Located in a restored Portuguese style commercial building at the Ruins of St. Paul’s, the blues and soul live music bar was opened a few years back by David and Jackie Higgins, who had been based in Hong Kong since 1983 before “retiring” to Macau in 2004. With the traditional Chinese furniture as decor, it is definitely an East meets West experience.
31A Rue de São Paulo
+853 2836 5182
1. OYSHO – This is simply my must-go shop in Macau as they don’t have it in HK! Lingerie, swimwear, gym wear… girls’ heaven!
Shop 2025, Level 2, Shoppes Cotai Central, Sands Cotai Central, Cotai Strip, Macau
+853 2885 3225
1. Westin Resort Macau – You don’t have to be a golf lover to go there, just relax and have a good short getaway trip for 2-3 days. Perfect for getting some fresh air out there without all those gamblers in the way.
1918 Estrada de Hac Sa Coloane, Macau
Hope you find this little guide useful for your next Macau trip!
As a daughter of an entrepreneur and being one herself, Grace has lived and learned all sides of creating and growing businesses. She is excited to bring all that life experience as well as 7 years of crafting content to G Edition, her very own edition of experience sharing in work and travel. She is a full-time bag designer and manufacturer, part-time traveler, and a lover of creative crafts.