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Shopping in Taipa, Cotai and Coloane

Shopping in Taipa, Cotai and Coloane

Taipa Village is the original village of Taipa Island and, possibly, the only remaining traditional community in Macau.  It's a small cluster of narrow lanes and alleys, with old colonial houses along them, painted in hues of yellow, blue, and green.  Walking along the pedestrian-only alleys and peeping into the traditional shops makes you feel as if you've traveled back in time...

 

Taipa village is the right place to try some authentic Macanese snacks, freshly baked pastries and Chinese beef jerkies in particular. Otherwise, the tiny shops around the village stock all sorts of "treasures" such as traditional tea utensils, antiques and so on... so take your time and see what is there for you.

 

The best place to start your Taipa Village stroll from is, probably, the bus terminus on Rua Correia da Silva, next to the small Tin Hau temple. You can get there with any of the following  bus-routes: 11, 15, 21, 21A, 22, 25, 28A, 33, 34 and AP1.

 

 

From the terminus, walk a few steps down Rua Correia da Silva, turn left to Rua dos Negociantes (or to Travessa da Felicidade) and right to Rua dos Mercadores. From Rua dos Mercadores turn left to Travessa dos Mercadores and walk along it to its end. Than turn right to Rua de S. Joao and walk along it, via Largo das Virtudes and Largo Maia de Magalhães, all the way to the village's main street, Rua da Cunha.  On Rua de Cunha, as well as on the small streets around it, you will find a variety of small restaurants and eateries that serves all sorts of lovely foods... Portuguese, Macanese, Chinese... you name it.  The Chinese pastry shops around this area are among the best in Macau so make sure you keep enough room for a pastry or two...

 

If you happen to visit Taipa Village over the weekend, don't miss the lovely Sunday market. Stretching along Rua de Regedor, Rua de S. Joao and some other nearby streets, the market features a variety of stalls selling everything, from traditional crafts and souvenirs to clothing, fashion accessories and toys. The market operates every Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm, and getting there is via the Taipa village bus terminus, on Rua Correia da Silva (see above).

 

Located at the luxurious Venetian resort in Cotai (just south of Taipa), The splendid Grand Canal shoppes is Macau's spanking brand new shopping Mecca. Opened on August 2007, this humongous and heavily invested shopping complex is "Venice themed" so each and every one of its corners resembles the famous Italian city, including the gondolas packed canals... the complex occupies almost one million square feet of sumptuously baroque-styled retail space, with 350 high-end shops, restaurants, cafés, night clubs, entertainment, state-of-the-art spa and even gondola rides... Grand Canal shoppes will, probably, conquer its position as Macau's leading shopping destination in the very near future, as it seems that no other venue is likely to challenge it soon...

 

Open daily, 10 am - 11 pm (till midnight on Friday, Saturday and evenings of public holidays).

 

 

The best place to start your Coloane Village stroll from is, probably, the bus stop at the Coloane Village Square (also known as Largo Presidente A.R. Eanes).  From here, you can take a stroll around the small village and enjoy the sleepy, laid-back atmosphere and the beautiful architecture, featured in the old houses, the churches and the temples.  People round here still live in a somewhat traditional way and it is quite nice to hang about the pedestrian-only alleys, peeping into old shops that look as if they belong to another era.

The famous Lord Stow's bakery and café, on the village square, serves some of Macau's best Portuguese egg-tarts, as well as some other freshly baked pastries.

The bus stop at Coloane Village Square is serviced by the following routes: 15, 21A, 25, 26 and 26A

 

Coloane village is a good place to shop for furniture, arts and crafts.

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