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Top Choice Ruins in Macau Peninsula

Ruins of the Church of St Paul

The most treasured icon in Macau, the towering facade and stairway are all that remain of this early-17th-century Jesuit church. With its statues, portals and engravings that effectively make up a ‘sermon in stone’ …
Top Choice Portuguese in Macau Peninsula

Clube Militar de Macau

Housed in a distinguished colonial building, with fans spinning lazily above, the Military Club takes you back in time to a slower and quieter Macau. The simple and delicious Portuguese fare is complemented by an ex…
Top Choice Museum in Macau Peninsula

Macau Museum of Art

This excellent five-storey museum has well-curated displays of art created in Macau and China, including paintings by Western artists like George Chinnery, who lived in the enclave. Other highlights are ceramics and…
Top Choice Library in Macau Peninsula

Sir Robert Ho Tung Library

This charming building founded in the 19th century was the country retreat of the late tycoon Robert Ho Tung, who purchased it in 1918. The colonial edifice, featuring a dome, an arcaded facade, Ionic columns and Ch…
Top Choice Church in Macau Peninsula

St Joseph’s Seminary & Church

St Joseph’s, which falls outside the tourist circuit, is one of Macau’s most beautiful models of tropicalised baroque architecture. Consecrated in 1758 as part of the Jesuit seminary (not open to the public), it fea…
Top Choice Historic Building in Macau Peninsula

Mandarin’s House

Built around 1869, the Mandarin’s House, with over 60 rooms, was the ancestral home of Zheng Guanying, an influential author-merchant whose readers included emperors, Dr Sun Yatsen and Chairman Mao. The compound fea…
Top Choice Gallery in Macau Peninsula

AFA (Art for All Society)

Macau’s best contemporary art can be seen at this nonprofit gallery, which has taken Macau's art worldwide and holds monthly solo exhibitions by Macau’s top artists. AFA is near the Mong Há Multi-Sport Pavilion. Dis…
Top Choice Portuguese in Macau Peninsula

Guincho a Galera

The international branch of Portugal's famous Fortaleza do Guincho, this luxuriously decorated restaurant brings Portuguese haute cuisine to Macau. The menu features well-executed classical dishes, with a couple of …
Top Choice Bar in Macau Peninsula

Macau Soul

An elegant haven in wood and stained glass, where twice a month a jazz band plays to a packed audience. On most nights, though, Thelonious Monk fills the air as customers chat with the owners and dither over their 4…
Top Choice Area in Macau Peninsula

St Lazarus Church District

A lovely neighbourhood with colonial-style houses and cobbled streets makes for some of Macau's best photo-ops. Designers and other creative types like to gather here, setting up shop and organising artsy events.