Shopping in Macau - Where to Go and What to Buy

Macau is a shopper's paradise and a great destination to indulge in some retail therapy. From traditional food to clothes and wine, the city's markets sell a wide range of items at affordable prices. Here are some things and places you must check out for some fulfilling shopping in Macau.

Top Places for Shopping in Macau

1. Senado Square

Senado square
Senado Square (Source)
Senado Square is one of four largest public squares in Macau and is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The square has been a hub of commerce and culture with several traditional Chinese shops. Visitors can find outlets of major brands like NINE WEST and G2000. There is a three-floor shopping centre in the area where visitors can buy jewellery, fashion clothing and other accessories. Street stalls also sell artwork and delicate porcelain wear. Outlets like Body Shop, Sa Sa, Angel and H2O sell best and latest cosmetic products. Shops in certain streets also sell glassware. Visiting the art shop dedicated to selling delicate porcelain water lily ornaments is a must if you are in Senado Square. 
Address: Central District of Macau
Timing: Open all day
How to reach: the closest bus station is Avenida da Praia Grande, which is 600 metres away from the square. Bus lines 3X, 3, 4, 6A, 8A, 18A, 19, 26A, 33, and N1A pass through this location. Taxi services can also be used. Major hotels near Senado Square offer free shuttle buses from Macau ferry terminal.
What to buy: Chinese food, Leather garments, pastries and Dim Sums

2. Red Market

Red Market
Red Market (Source)
Located in Macau, Red Market is a three-story building named after the red bricks used for its construction. The market is famous for selling perishable items like poultry and fresh vegetables. The fruits sold here are the best in the city and are priced very low. The market also sells a variety of fermented fish sauces, made in traditional style. Some exotic types of melons and condiments are also sold here. Outside the building, various stalls sell non-edible items like tee shirts and flowers. 
Address: 125 Av. do Alm. Lacerda
Timing: 7:30am – 7:30pm daily
How to reach: buses Buses 1, 1A, 3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 25, 26, 26A, 32, 33 and 34 operate to this area.
What to buy:  seafood, poultry, fish, meat, vegetables, dried food, fruits                                                                                                                           

3. New Yaohan Departmental Store

New Yaohan Departmental Store
New Yaohan Departmental Store (Source)
New Yaohan is a one-in-all departmental store in Macau. It is filled with mostly mid-range brand household products, groceries and other accessories. It is an 8-storey integrated building and also has budget-friendly options at its food court. This store is a convenient place for shopping in Macau, as it is a one-stop shopping centre.
Address: Av. Dr. Mário Soares
Timings: 10:30 AM - 10 PM
How to reach: bus lines TRANSMAC 1A, 3, 3A, 5, 8, 28A, 28B, 28BX, 28C, 32, AP1 or TCM 10, 10A, 10B, 12, 23 and AP1 reach New Yaohan.
What to buy: Perfumes, household items, groceries, electronic items

4. Taipa Flea Market

taipa flea market
Flea market in Taipa Village (Source)
Taipa market is a famous flea market in Macau located on the beautiful Taipa Island. It hosts a weekly fair on Sundays, where a variety of goods are sold. Many stalls sell traditional Macanese and Chinese crafts, souvenirs, beverages, clothes, food, toys and other accessories. Apart from selling products, this picturesque market also entertains its crowd with live performances of folk dances, music and street painting. This is a go-to-market for those visitors looking for souvenirs.
Address: Taipa Flea Market, Bombeiros Square, Taipa   
Timings: 11 AM- 8 PM, Open on Sundays only
How to reach: The market is 15 minutes away (via walk) from Hotel Galaxy in Taipa. Cabs and taxis can also be hired to reach the location.
What to buy: Portuguese egg tarts, Bakkawa, sawdust pudding, traditional crafts  

5. Sam Domingos Market

Sam Domingos Market
Sam Domingos Market (Source)
Located in the World Heritage City Centre of Macau, Sam Domingos Market is a one-way street for shopping in Macau, lined with Portuguese-style sidewalks. After rejuvenation, the market reflects Portuguese and Macanese influence in the past. The street is lined up with stalls and shops that sell mid-range to high-range brands. Health and beauty products, bakery items and shoes are the highlights of this market. 
Address: City Centre of Macau
Timing: 10 AM- 6 PM, open on saturdays and sundays
How to reach: Visitors can reach the nearest place (Leal Senado) via bus, subway, taxi or car. 26A bus line operates to and from this location. On reaching Leal Senado, visitors have to walk a few metres and turn right. The street starts here and visitors can keep walking through it. 
What to buy: Satsuma Body Butter, Shea Body Scrub, Lotus Body Cream, Pump Fury Adidas Sneakers

6. Lin Kai Market

Lin Kai Market, Macau
A shop in Lin Kai Market (Source)
The best market in the city for budget shopping in Macau is Lin Kai Market. It is considered to be the oriental parade of stalls set up under the glow of lanterns. Also known as Cinema Alegria Night Market, it is known for affordable fabrics and readymade wear. The market is close to Lin Kai Temple and has a beautiful Art Deco structure in itself. Local delicacies are also famous here.     
Address: R. de Cinco de Outubro, Macao
Timing: 6 PM - 10 PM (Saturday & Sunday)
How to reach: Lin Kai temple is the nearest landmark. Bus, taxi and car are the options available to reach this place. Bus lines 8, 8A and 26 operate to and from this region. From Lin Kai temple, the market is a few metres away. 
What to buy: Traditional Ceramics, denims and sportswear

7. Shoppes at Cotai Central

shoppes at cotai central
Cotai Central (Source)
The Shoppes at Cotai Central offers the most diverse range of duty-free products in Macau, at one place. From designer brands to food outlets and gifts, visitors have a variety of options to choose from. Audiovisual accessories, jewellery, watches, medicines, cosmetics and skincare, loungewear and sports products are some of the items sold at the Cotai Central. These shops also have more accessible, mid-range shopping options. 
Address: Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai, Macau
Timings: Open 24 hours, everyday
How to reach: bus lines 15, 21, 25, 26, 26A,  3, 3A, 10 or 10A, 21A operate in this area. Besides using the bus, visitors can hire a taxi or cab to reach the location. 
What to buy: Chow Tai Fook watch and jewellery, Urbanwear by Massimo Dutti, Prada’s men’s menswear  

8. Cunha Bazaar

Cunha Baazar
Cunha Bazaar (Source)
Cunha Bazaar is a four-storey shop in the Rua do Cunha street. The shop is famous for selling candies, traditional food, made-in-Macau gifts and tee shirts. The ground floor sells snacks like Macanese jerky and almond cookies. Choi Heong Yuen's locally made snacks are famous among the locals. Macau Creations offers a variety of souvenir collections such as postcards, coasters and decks of playing cards. The most famous item of all is the shirt with printed Panda faces and is a must-buy in Cunha Bazaar. 
Address: 33 R. do Cunha, Macao
Timings: 9 AM- 10 PM, open everyday
How to reach: Bus line 26A operates to and from Cunha Bazaar. Visitors can also hire a taxi. 
What to buy: Panda t-shirts, meat jerky, postcards, coconut ice cream 

9. Three Lamps District

Three Lamps District
Three Lamps District (Source)
The Three Lamps District, named after its tri-bulb lamp post, is one of the most popular hubs for shopping in Macau. The entire area is jam-packed with small vendors, street market vendors and local eateries. Products sold here include flowers, fruits and inexpensive clothes. It has several small boutiques which are famous for selling party wear, designer shoes and women's jewellery. 
Address: Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, along Avenida de Horta e Costa, Macau
How to reach: Bus lines 8A, 17, 18, 18A, 18B, 19 and 26 operate to and from the region. Visitors can also hire a taxi to reach this place. 
What to buy: Partywear, meatballs, shoes 

10.  One Central Plaza                

One Central Plaza, Macau
One Central Macau (Source)
One Central Plaza is a premier shopping venue for luxury brands in Macau Peninsula. Its retail complex is set across a three-level podium. A range of products are sold in the plaza, including women's fashion, accessories, lifestyle, men's fashion, watches, jewellery and beauty products. Brands like Burberry, Gucci, Escada,  Berluti, Canali, Dior, Fendi and Armani have their outlets in the plaza. 
Address: One Central Macau, Avenida de Sagres, Macau
Timing: 10:30 AM- 11:00 PM, open everyday
How to reach: Taxi is the most convenient option. Visitors can also take the free shuttle buses from various locations to MGM Macau, which is located next to One Central Macau. 
What to buy: Tod’s briefcase bag, Gommino Shell, Leather Lola Bag, Hermes Bracelets

Things to Buy in Macau

1. Antiques

Paintings in Macau
Antiques in Macau (Source)
A range of traditional Chinese rosewood furniture is sold in Macau. Porcelain wares, bronze wares, wood carvings and paintings are also sold. Many of them have certificates confirming their authenticity and quality. In the old markets of Macau, visitors have a chance to bargain with the sellers to get the item at a lower price while heartily shopping in Macau.

2. Wine

wine in macau
Macau sells the best Portuguese Wine (Source)
Macau is one of the best places in the world to find Portuguese wine. Drinking wine is a part of the local culture. In recent years, the production of wine has increased, making the prices more competitive. Macau sells exquisite wines like Quinta de Chocapalha, Quinta de la Rosa, Quinta do Crasto Douro Red Reserva Old Vines 2011 and Quinta Vale, D. Maria, Vinha do Rio 2009.

3. Gold and Diamonds

Gold in Macau
 Chow Tai Fook sells unique gold jewellery (Source)
Macau's jewellery industry saw expansion in recent times as the city's tourism is attracting affluent Chinese visitors. Several souvenir stalls also sell gold, pearl and crystal jewellery. Gold jewellery sold in Chow Tai Fook and the shops in Avenida Do Infante Dom Henrique road is known for unique designs and artistry. Macau's shops are known for selling round-cut diamonds. Retailers like Avenida De Almeida Ribeiro and The Casinos are two of the best diamond retailers in Macau. 

4. Cookies

Cookies in Macau
Almond cookies are must-buy souvenir in Macau (Source)
Macau is famous for its rich culinary heritage, which is a mix of Cantonese, Macanese, Indian, Portuguese, Sri Lankan and African cuisines. Almond cookies are a local speciality in Macau. They come in various flavours like egg yolk, whole almond, green bean and pork floss cookies. Tourists usually buy them in boxes to gift the cookies as souvenirs.  

5. Fabric Shopping - Printed Cotton

fabric shopping in Macau
Printed Cotton is famous in Macau (Source)
It is still very much a tradition in Macau to have all clothes tailor-made. Hence, Macau has many popular fabric selling shops. Printed Cotton is a speciality of Macau, and its shops offer a wide variety of prints on rich cotton fabric at affordable prices. Some shops also take stitching orders besides selling fabric. Patterns such as checks are a local favourite. Best places for fabric shopping in Macau are Fiona CO., Fa Li Fashion, Fazendas Veng Va, Ip Lam Kei and Rua das Estalagens. 

6. Macau Post Cards

postcards in macau
A postcard of St. Domonio's Church (Source)
Locally-designed Macau postcards are a must-buy. The paintings and images on these cards depict important Macau landmarks. Macau Creations is a famous shop selling cute postcards and other accessories with a modern artistic approach. 

7. Meat Jerky 

meat jerky in Macau
Meat jerky is a traditional snack (Source)
Meat jerky is one of the best souvenirs to take back home from Macau. The jerky comes in large rectangular sheets and is sold almost everywhere in Macau. However, it is best to buy fresh home-made meat jerky, as it contains the authentic taste. Koi Kei Bakery is a popular place in Macau for traditional snacks and baked goods. 

From large malls to flea markets, Macau offers a wide range of options for the tourists to choose from. With these places on your checklist, your shopping in Macau will be complete.

This post was published by Sravya Vemuri

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