Our 3rd day in Macau. This time I’ll just combine 2 parts together rather than separate them which would be more convenient for readers. Today we’ll be travelling around Taipa (Tam Tsai in Chinese) which better known as food street with some of the famous road such as Rua do Cunha, Rua Correia da Silva, Rua Direita Carlos Eugénio, and Rua do Regedor. Then visit Macau’s panda, and stepping into Macau’s Venetian Casino then heading back to Taipa for some souvenir shopping to wrap up our day
BREAKFAST IN TAIPA
The bus drop us on Rua Correia da Silva. As it was still early (9am), most of the shop were still close, immediately we were greeted by the aroma of freshly baked breads from Cafe Vong Kei.
We ordered some freshly baked polo buns even before we get a seat, it was still hot when served, the outer crust was so crunchy and sweet while the inside stuffing were filled with creamy margarine. We also ordered polo bun, egg sandwich, egg with ham noodle and a milk tea.
The egg sandwich tasted normal, same goes to the egg + ham instant noodle. I guess these both were just standard taste which appear almost the same in other cafe.
Cafe Vong Kei
Rua Correia Da Silva,
Villa de Taipa, Macau
Polo bun, Milk Tea, Egg with ham sandwich and few other bread
Price: MOP8 to MOP17
Macau’s Giant Panda Pavillion
Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm
(last admission until 4:45 p.m.).
Closed on Mondays
Seac Pai Van Park
Enquiries: (853) 2833 7676
From Taipan we head over to visit Kai Kai and Xin Xin in Macau’s Giant Panda Pavillion which located in Seak Pai Van, Coloane.
Kai Kai & Xin Xin were not the only attraction here, there were few other animals like peacock, ostrich, monkeys, and few other to list. There even interactive display like guides, games, and introduction to panda.
If you’re bringing kids along, this could be one of the must visit place to consider. The place were quite big to explore, so I won’t go too much here
Lord Stow’s Egg Tart
We took a walk in Coloane Town Square, most villagers were taking rest, and the street remain calm and peaceful. We didn’t stay long here as we still have a bus to catch.
From Giant Panda Pavillion, we took bus and head over to Coloane Town Square, Coloane Island which is not quite far away to have a taste of one of the MUST TRY food in Macau, the famous Lord Stow’s Portuguese Egg Tart created by Sir Andrew Stows (dubbed as Lord Stow). He’s not a Portuguese or Macanese, but he’s an Englishmen who initiated to import European baking for locals to make decent bread. From there he started to develope his own version of Portuguese Egg Tart by merging English-influenced fillings.
The bakery is noticeable from the bus stop, just a minute of walk and you can smell the aroma of freshly baked egg tarts together with other breads. You can feel the flaky crust in every bite while the smooth and silky custards melt in your tongue slowly.
Lord Stow’s Bakery & Cafe is now opened inside The Venetian Macau Resort & Hotel, International Library Cafe in
University of Macau, and Rua Da Cordoria, Coloane Village.
The Venetian Macao
From Coloane Village, we took bus and head back to Taipan to end our day we decided to drop by in The Venetian Hotel & Resort. It was an astonishing architecture. The painting on wall and ceiling painting was pretty impressive and grand.
It was well worth to drop a visit, but if your budgets allowed, you could consider to take a rest and enjoy your time
shopping or have some food around. Back to our track, from The Venetian, we take a long walk back to Taipa while enjoying the cityscape view surrounding. At first, we were slightly confused with the tourist map which keep mentioning bus availability which can take us back to Taipa. However, most of the bus stop seems didn’t have the short route, so, we decided to ask around.
To our luck, we managed to ask a girl (she just finished work) and shows us the short cut back to Taipa within walking distance. Too bad we didn’t ask for her name or contact to thanks her again. After 10 minutes of walk we finally reach back Taipa.
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel
Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca
s/n, Taipa, Macao SAR
Tel: (853) 2881-8888
Mok Yi Kei’s Gelatina
From here we wrap up our day doing some souvenir shopping like casino token keychains, local famous architecture miniatures and etc. There were few shops selling variety of souvenirs way cheaper than any other place in Macau. So, makesure you leave some empty space in your bag before you come to Rua do Cunha
Note: If you’re planning to buy some souvenirs, be sure to check souvenir stores in Rua Do Cunha as they sell the same souvenirs (sold in most part of Macau) in cheaper price.
First thing to do here? Grab a cup of Mok Yi Kei’s gelatina. We bought a Durian Ice Cream and Mango gelatine which was highly recommended by our friends. The durian ice cream tasted not too sweet but full with durian aroma, while the mango gelatine was very nice, tasted not too sweet. They have a range of other products to choose from. So, be sure to check out Mok Yi Kei Gelatine located in Rua Do Cunha, Taipa.
Mok Yi Kei’s Gelatina
9, Rua do Cunha, Taipa.
Tel: +853 2882 5440
7.00am till 11.00pm (daily)
Durian ice cream, mango gelatina
Price: MOP 10-14
List of attractions in Taipa
- Cafe Tai Lei Loi Kei – the most famous pork chop bun in Rua Correia da Silva
- Pastelaria Fong Kei – famous for their almond with pork filling cookies
- O Santos Comida Portuguesa – recommended as the most authentic portuguese eateries
- Ginger candy – handmade ginger candy, taste will be adjusted based on season, opposite O Santos
- Mok Yi Kei Gelatina – famous for their durian ice cream, agar-agar puding,
- Restaurante Dumbo – serving Macanese-Portuguese food
- Cozinha Pinochhio – serving Macanese-Portuguese food
- Seng Cheong – famous with their crab porridge and octopus meat balls
- Souvenir shopping – the cheapest souvenir shops were all here, visit
- Antonio Restaurante – owned by Antonio Coelho, one of Macau’s best chef serving Portuguese food
- Amago – a small restaurant serving Macanese-Portuguese food
- Pastelaria Koi Kee – one of the most famous pastelaria shop in Macau
- Sunday Market – Opened on every Sunday, 11am till 10pm at Rua de Regedor
- Macau Giant Panda Pavillion – visit Kai Kai & Xin Xin the panda & other animals too
- Lord Stow’s Bakery – famous for his Portugese egg tarts
- The Venetian Hotel & Resort – one of the most popular casino worth visiting
- Taipa House Museum – an exellent place to witness living conditions of typical Portugese family
Okay, that’s it for now. Hope this would be useful for those who plan their trip to Macau. See you again in the next post. For any questions, comments or critics, please few free to leave your comment using the form below.
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