Pastel-hued Portuguese-style villas, colonial churches, Chinese temples and meandering cobblestone alleyways reflect a melding of East meets West in Taipa Village – a former fishing hamlet that is giving visitors to the south of Taipa Island a taste of the real Macao.
A world away from the Vegas-style casinos and luxury brand-name shops characteristic of the Cotai area, Taipa Village is a rapidly emerging lifestyle precinct preserving the nostalgia of yesteryear by incorporating old-world charm and heritage artistic elements into modern new developments.
The rich cultural diversity of this landmark city is also evident in its abundance of gastronomic delights, from authentic Chinese cuisine to continental-inspired dishes. Try the signature almond cookies and peanut candies from a local bakery, sample traditional street food, or head to Rua da Cuhna - an area awash with irresistible culinary delights.
Witness living history as busking musicians and Portuguese folk dancers bring the city’s main square to life, attributing to the flourishing arts and entertainment scene. Browse hole-in-the-wall boutiques owned by dynamic young entrepreneurs (don’t miss Blissful Carrot, owned by a young American couple who are passionate about introducing healthy slow-fast-food to the local Macanese population, expats and tourists alike) offering everything from fashion to homewares to beauty treatments. Visit up-and-coming art galleries and Taipa Houses-Museum, which is home to artefacts and exhibitions by photographers, painters and sculptors from around the world.