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Macau Shopping Guide, Shopping in the City Centre

Shopping in Macau City Centre

 

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A "shopping safari" in the city center is a great experience, as it gives you a chance to see both traditional shops, modern shops and markets, and to combine the shopping experience with a visit to many of Macau's points of interest.

 

A good place to start the journey would be at the bus stop, next to Ponte No. 16 / Sofitel Macau, on Rua das Lorchas.  You can get here with any of the following bus routes: 2, 3, 3A, 5, 16, 26, 26A and 33.

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From the bus stop, walk a few steps up the street (northward - the harbour and the hotel-complex should be on your left side) and turn right into tiny Rua de Miguel Aires. Cross Rua do Guimaraes and continue walking straight to Rua Cinco de Outubro, passing through Largo do Pagode do Bazar.

Here, where the old Chinese bazaar is located, there is a small flea market where you can fetch some knick knacks and other bargains... Not shockingly impressive, but worth a visit nonetheless.

 

 Cross Rua de Cinco de Outubro and enter Rua das Estalagens. You have now entered Macau's old city: 

A labyrinth of small streets and alleyways, packed with traditional shops that sell a wide range of antiques, reproductions and other authentic products... From old Portuguese stamps and coins to Chinese furniture, traditional paintings and arts, porcelain, herbal medicines and what not...

Tip: Take a short walk along Rua de Cinco de Outubro and look at the old fashioned shops and cafes, before you continue... Those family-run shops, which are almost like living history, is where the soul of Macau really lies... 

After walking along Rua das Estalagens for a minute or so, turn left to Travessa do Armazem Velho (it's the first left turn) and walk up to its end, where you can turn right, to Rua da Tercena: A narrow stone-paved street which accommodates a small but popular flea-market, well known for its variety of antiques, and old coins in particular (The flea market operates every afternoon).  Rua da Tercena is also lined with antique shops, where woodcarvers manufacture beautiful replicas of antique Chinese furniture, just like their forefathers did hundreds of years ago.  Each of this tiny, old shops is like a treasure throve, packed from floor to ceiling... 

 

From Rua da Tercena you can cross to Rua de S. Paulo through one of the small alleys that connect the two streets.  Turn left to Rua de S. Paulo and walk along it. The street's name changes to Rua de Santo António and you will see some nice arts and crafts galleries around this area, as well as some traditional shops that specialize in Chinese tea and herbal medicines.  Walk to the end of Rua de Santo António and you will arrive at some interesting spots, like St. Anthony church (Santo Antonio), Luis de Camoes Garden, Casa garden and the old protestant cemetery.

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Walk back through Rua de Santo António and Rua de S. Paulo to the bottom of the flight of stairs that climbs to the ruins of St. Paul's, and continue walking down the street until you reach Rua da Palha. Here, you can visit the modern Sportstar Arcade, where shops specialize in fashion ware, accessories, watches and the likes...

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Although Macau is fast becoming Asia's glitzy gambling capital, and spanking new hotels are coming up like mushrooms after the rain, the city's unique heritage and culture are still alive and kicking...

 

This beautiful article, by Tiffany Lam of CNNGo, takes the reader to some old tiny alleyways, in the historic centre, where you can get a glimpse of good-old Macau and its unique shops (Click here to read...)

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From Rua da Palha, turn left to Rua de S. Domingos and proceed with it.  Soon after the street connects with Rua de Pedro Nolasco da Silva you will see the popular Sun Star City on your right hand side. This is another modern shopping arcade, specializing in sportswear. The adjacent Daiso is a Japanese mega-shop that sells all sorts of MOP$ 10 items.  Rua de Pedro Nolasco da Silva also houses some interesting shops that specialize in traditional herbal medicines and Chinese tea.  At the end of the street, you will reach Rua do Campo, where you can find some arts and crafts shops that specialize in rice paper products and Chinese calligraphy.

 

Walk back via Rua de Pedro Nolasco da Silva and Rua de S. Domingos and you will arrive at the famous Santo Domingo church, located at the back end of Senado Square (Largo do Senado). Pass the church and you will see the new city market complex on your left side (Complexo Municipal do Mercado de S. Domingos), just next to the church.  The market, as well as the small streets around it, are bustling with many small shops that sell inexpensive surpluses... garments, lingerie, fashion ware, kids clothes, accessories, sportswear, shoes... you name it.  Good variety and good prices.

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A small tip from 'Metropolasia-Man' :

The small streets to the left of Senado Square (if coming from Almeida Ribeiro) are packed with shops and street-stalls that sell inexpensive surpluses, including garments, lingerie, fashion ware, kids clothes, accessories, sportswear and shoes... you name it. Rua dos Mercadores and its offshoots are particularly recommended, although you can also find some shops that specialize in factory overruns along Rua do Campo, on the other side of the city centre.

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Chinese-style clothes and Mandarin collar shirts can also be found around Mercado de S. Domingos, near Senado Square. 

 

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At the end of Rua de S. Domingos (one block after the market), turn left to Rua dos Mercadores, another great shopping street, and walk along it to Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau's main and most popular shopping street.  This section of Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (near Senado Square) is where you will find the city's major gold and jewelry shops, as well as art galleries, arts and crafts shops and inexpensive fashion boutiques that specialize in surpluses and seconds.

 

Wing Tai, Macau's legendary antique shop, is located on Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, right next to Senado Square and the city centre, and feels like a small museum...

 

After hanging about Senado Square and the small streets around it, you can cross Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro to the other side and visit the famous Leal Senado building (Portuguese for Loyal Senate), which was the seat of Macau's government during its colonial past.   Enter Rua do Dr. Soares, on the right side of Leal Senado building, follow it to Rua dos Cules and turn right to Rua da Felicidade. This street was once the heart of Macau's red lights district and that is how it got its rather peculiar name ("Happiness Street" in English)...  Today, Rua da Felicidade is a cute, authentic shopping street where you can see and buy plenty of "exotic" products...

 

Walk along Rua da Felicidade and visit the small streets that branch off it.  At the end of the street, near hotel Kou Va, you can turn right again and walk along Travessa do Mastro or Travessa do Matadouro, back to Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. Cross it to the other side and you can visit the Cultural Club and Museum. Housed in Tak Seng On, a beautiful old building with mixed Chinese and western motifs that used to accommodate a prosperous pawnshop, the cultural club gives the visitor an opportunity to see lots of lovely art pieces, related to Macau's culture and heritage. There is also an excellent gallery and arts shop here.

 

From here you can walk back to Senado Square (a couple of minutes along Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro) and continue your sightseeing and shopping or you can walk along Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro to the other side and get back to Hotel Macau Masters, where you started your journey from.

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