When it comes to Macau, this little administrative region from China is famous around the world for its casinos and widely spread gambling culture. Known as the gambling capital of Asia, Macau rivals Vegas for for the title of gambling capital of the world.
But while the streets of Macau are filled with huge, eye-catching casinos, the city is about much more than that. The word that defines Macau the best is luxury, and that can be noticed throughout the whole city, including an extensive selection of restaurants and bars offering gourmet food.
Thanks to Macau’s Portuguese and Chinese heritage, the city now has a beautifully mixed culture and a smorgasbord of amazing traditional foods. And, with an obsession for both luxury and amazing cuisine, Macau has become home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the world.
While there are many, many bars and restaurants in Macau worthy of being on a ‘best’ list, the following are four you shouldn’t miss.
Where to Find the Fanciest Food in Macau
The Golden Peacock
For: Michelin Star Indian Cuisine
The Golden Peacock is one of the most luxurious restaurants in Macau. Head Chef Justin Paul focuses his menu on first class Indian recipes, and the restaurant is the first Indian restaurant in Asia to have been awarded a Michelin star.
Famous for its lunchtime buffets that allow guests to sample a range of delicious Indian dishes, it’s also open for dinner, and is praised for its vegetarian options.
The restaurant is located within one of the biggest casino resorts in the world, The Venetian Macao. This not only ensures the high quality of the restaurant and its cuisine but also means you can enjoy all kinds of other entertainment after eating, with plenty of live shows, bars, and even shopping onsite.
For gambling fans (after-all, this is Macau!), The Venetian hosts thousands of slot machines, many of them similar in design and feel to free slots you can find online.
Lord Stow’s Bakery
For: Traditional Egg Tarts
When it comes to traditional Macanese food, nothing speaks louder about Macau’s history and delicious cuisine than the classic Macanese egg tart. This became famous in Macau during the Portuguese occupation. It has remained a staple and attraction of the city ever since.
There are many places where you can buy this tasty dish, but only one that still makes tarts that taste as delicious as they did back in the day. Lord Stow’s Bakery turns out thousands of freshly cooked egg tarts every day, allowing people to enjoy this food in its best form.
There are many chains of Lord Stow Bakeries throughout the city, including one located inside The Venetian Macao. However the best, and most famous Lord Stow’s Bakery is the one that’s still using the original shop, opened in 1989.
Mizumi Japanese Restaurant
For: Michelin Star Japanese Food
One of the most sophisticated fine dining restaurants in Macau, Mizumi is located at the famous Wynn Macau Casino Resort. This casino is famous for its luxurious design, and that reputation extends to their fabulous restaurants.
Mizumi is a restaurant with a classic but luxurious Japanese design, that serves some of the fanciest food from the city. Try the exceptional sushi and tempura, artfully prepared teppanyaki dishes, luscious cuts of Japanese wagyu beef and other choices that celebrate the best of Japan’s cuisine.
The restaurant is run by an all-star team of three master chefs that each has a Michelin star, backing up their ability to create high-quality food. The restaurant itself has earned two Michelin stars and a Five-Star Award from Forbes.
The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge
For: Fabulous Night Parties
The Ritz-Carlton is widely popular for their 90 luxurious hotels spread around the world, as well as their bars, lounges, cafes, and even casinos that are incorporated within the hotels.
The Bar & Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Macau is a fabulous venue that hosts some of the most fascinating parties at night. Since it’s a Ritz venue, the design of this bar is nothing but elegant, with wood floors, and an exclusively crafted Italian marble bar.
In late afternoon, high tea signals a shift in the atmosphere, as the sun gives way to twinkling stars, and the lounge is enlivened by pop-up parties and an interactive bar, serving cocktails, comfort food and signature gins.
When it comes to entertainment available in Macau, the city surely doesn’t disappoint. Besides gambling, sightseeing, and shopping, the city also has a wide variety of restaurants and bars of the highest quality possible. Situated inside some of the best resorts in the world, the restaurants are easily available to everybody.
If there’s one characteristic that is met across all of the venues mentioned above, it’s commitment to high-quality, both when it comes to food but, also to the interior, and exterior design.
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