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Shopping in North Macau and the markets

North of the city center, there are some excellent shopping districts, worth visiting.  This area is not as authentic as the old city, but the shopping is great and there are some beautiful sights around, which you can visit on the way.


Your best starting point is, probably, the Red Market (Mercado Vermelho or Mercado do Almirante Lacerda), on the corner of Avenida do Almirante Lacerda and Avenida de Horta e Costa. Located in a 1936 colonial red-bricks building that gave it its name, this notoriously smelly market specializes in fresh meat, seafood and green groceries. The cluster of small stalls, in and around the market, sell all sorts of Cantonese street delicacies and other exotic snacks, and it is quite a good place to experience the real "old Macau" lifestyle...


You can get to the red market with any of the following bus-routes: 1,1A, 3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 17, 25, 26, 26A, 32, 33 and 34



From the market, walk along Avenida de Horta e Costa, one of Macau's most popular shopping streets, where you can visit both traditional and high-end shops excellent jewelry shops, up-market boutiques, electronics and cameras, Chinese dried foods and what have you... turn right to Rua de Manuel de Arriaga and follow it to Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, at the heart of the historic "Three Lamps district". The circle, as well as the streets around it, are packed with small shops, boutiques and street vendors that specialize in inexpensive clothes, mostly surpluses and seconds of genuine brand-names.  Alongside the Santo Domingo city market complex, this is one of Macau's best places to look for bargains.


If you are interested in computers, you will probably like to know that one of the best places to buy computer staff in Macau is just nearby: from Avenida de Horta e Costa, turn left to Rua do Francisco Xavier Pereira. Walk along it for a couple of minutes and turn left again, to Avenida do Ouvidor Arriaga. On your right hand side (No. 70 Avenida do Ouvidor Arriaga) you will see the Fortune Tower Center (also known as Hang Wan Kok in Cantonese) with many small shops that sell various computer products.


Continue walking on Avenida de Horta e Costa until the junction of Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira. Here you can turn right and visit the splendid Lou Lim Leoc Garden and the Macau Tea Culture House (Casa Cultural de Cha de Macau), or you can turn left and walk to Avenida do Coronel Mesquita, where you can visit some interesting sights, like the Kun Iam temple, Montanha Russa garden and the Mong-Há Fort and park, among other places...



A nice weekend-night-market, worth visiting, can be found on Largo da Cordoaria (outside Cinema Alegria), near the corner of  Rua da Barca and Estrada do Repouso.  Getting here is fairly simple: from the bus stop on the corner of Avenida do Almirante Lacerda and Estrada do Repouso, walk down along Estrada do Repouso (3-4 minutes walk), cross Rua da Barca and you will see the cinema and the market on your right side.  The station is serviced by the following bus-routes: 1, 1A, 3, 4, 6, 26, 26A, 33 and 34


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Macau City Centre

Southeast Macau, the "casinos belt" and Macau Tower

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