Home » Macau Tours » Macau Travel Guide » Shopping Tips

Shopping Tips in Macau

Shopping Tips in Macau

It’s difficult for one to resist the temptations of shopping in Macau as the policies of low tax rate create an alluring environment where excellent products are sold at reasonable prices. Nothing is more popular than jewelries, clothes, toys, curios, antiquated furniture and electronic products in the local markets. In shops where items are not priced differently, customers may ask for a discount. Bargaining is the order of the day in most of the small shops.

Shopping Areas

Largo do S o Domingos and Largo do Senado are the two representative shopping areas in the main island of Macau, with countless shops and several unique streets that are favored by tourists.

In addition, other hot shopping areas include Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, Avenida de Horta e Costa and Rotunda de Carlos da Maia. Other famous shopping areas are New Yaohan, Wynn Brand Name Street, XinDa Center, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro and Xingyun Ge Computer Shopping Center are nearby.

Largo do So Domingos: As the hinterland of the local tourism, Largo do S o Domingos is Macau’s only public commercial street.

Shopping malls that are popular for local youth are in areas ranging from Largo do So Domingos which is next to Rua de Pedro Nolasco da Silva. These two shopping malls including others are crowned as the most fashionable shopping areas in Macau.

If you want to buy some unique products at a low price, you may to NaRaYa, a street that vertically connects with Largo do S o Domingos. With arteries leading to the Ruins of St. Paul, this street is a pedestrian area where many shops sell products at reasonable prices and Chinese-style classical furniture line both sides. Walking along the street, you may find an herbal tea shop called “DaSheng Gong” which has a long history.

Largo do Senado: If you walk along Largo do S o Domingos, you can finally arrive at Largo do Senado. The road in the opposite of Largo do Senado, known as Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, stands as the busiest transportation hub in Macau. Apart from its important function as a main artery, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro serves as a prominent shopping area that has been attracting visitors coming to Macau.

Lisboa, the newly-developed district and Pra a de Ponte e Horta, the old district, are connected by Largo do Senado. The area near Lisboa features strong modern commercial atmosphere, while the area near Pra a de Ponte e Horte is scattered with traditional shops specializing in curios, Chinese medicines, dried marine products and other products. These shops, with centuries’ history behind them, are reminiscent of the old tales of the street.

Within Edifício do Mercado Vermelho take place busy commercial activities. Located in the joint connecting Avenida do Almirante Lacerda and Avenida de Horta e Costa, it is the place where peddlers sell dried marine products including seafood, fish and meat. Poultries, vegetables, flowers and fruits of all kinds can also be found there.

Avenida de Horta e Costa, starting from Edifício do Mercado Vermelho and stretching to Jardim da Flora at the foot of Mt. Song, is a shopping street in which several boutiques selling fashionable clothes, shoes, electronic products and cameras stand one to another. Chances are high that you can buy some cheap products in the small streets next to both sides of Avenida de Horta e Costa.

The time-honored Rotunda de Carlos da Maia is home to a myriad of small shops and stalls selling products of every conceivable kind at a low price.

When it comes to Ilhas na Taipa, no street is more famous than Rua da Cunha, a snack and shopping street. Its name may not be unfamiliar as it’s referred to in brochures of the local catering industry. Moreover, the high-class Venice Great Canal Shopping Center and the Shops at Four Seasons gathering all the world-famed brand names will create a luxurious shopping environment for you.

Rua da Cunha: the old district of Ilhas na Taipa

Rua da Cunha is famous for its traditional cakes that include, sweetheart cakes, crispy meet biscuits, chicken biscuits, and dim sums in the shape of ox ears. Many cake shops in Rua da Cunha have been run for generations, committing themselves to making a wide variety of yummy candies and cakes. What’s more alluring is that the renowned Portuguese egg tarts are commonly seen in most of the cafes and cake shops. In Macau, you can taste local delicacies including pork chop buns, durian ice creams, agar jelly, almond cakes and nougats, all of which are popular with tourists.

The Haojiang market (in Rua da Cunha District) is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the old district of Rua da Cunha, and is composed of the areas of the open space of Fire-Fighting Bureau, Dibao Street, Dexing Street, Shuiya Street and the Central Street. The shops and stalls in the market are engaged in selling traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, groceries, toys and clothes of every conceivable kind. A parking lot was built for shoppers that drive.

Transportation: No. 11, 22, 28A, 30, 33 and 34 Bus / No.15 Bus (get on the bus in Coloane)

The open-air plaza: Macau’s most popular open-air plaza is located near the Ruins of St. Paul. Before you reach there, you have to walk along St. Paul Street, then turn around and head for Caodui Street. The next thing you see is a cross connecting a small lane and a main street. Having passed over the cross, you will have to pass some curio and tailor shops as well as many other small shops and finally arrive at a fork, which is an entry to the plaza. The local peddlers would display their goods on the pebble-made road that starts from the fork, selling potteries, small statues, historic souvenirs and other antiquated items.

Another open-air plaza is located near the Kanggong Temple, between Rua de Cinco de Outubro and Rua Nova, which is the center of old market.

Duty-free shops and boutiques:

A multitude of high-class fashionable clothing stores scatter around the Landmark Plaza of Avenida da Amizade and the New Yaohan of Nanwan District (you may take the “Emperor Bus” in Portas do Cerco or transit in the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal to get to), specializing in world-famous brand clothes and embellishments. Some other brand-name stores also gather nearby South Bay Garden, Avenida do Infante D. Henrique and Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro.

Shops attached to hotels often have brand-name stores, such as Hotel Lisboa, Hotel Sintra and the New Century Hotel that are perfect examples of this trend. Apart from brand-name clothes and embellishments, you can buy duty-free perfumes, cosmetics, high-class children’s clothes as well as cheap electronics. The local dock and Macau International Airport are places where you can find duty-free stores.
Stores inside the museum and souvenir shops:

Books, video tapes and souvenirs concerning the great sporting events held in Macau (the International F3 Championship in particular) are all available in the salesroom of Museu do Grande Prémio (the Grand Prix Museum).

Illustrated books and imagination-inspiring souvenirs, like unique model sailboats that   were popular in the past which are available in the salesroom of the Maritime Museum. Also, you can get some other exquisite souvenirs regarding voyage navigation.

You may find all miscellaneous souvenirs feature local culture in the information offices of the Tourism Bureau in Largo do Senado, such as postcards, posters, books, etc.