Macao is a foodie's dream with 500 years of culinary prowess and dozens of restaurants crammed into the city's 45 square miles. The culinary scene in Macao is so impressive that it was designated a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2017. Whether you want an incredible omakase experience, Portuguese food that gives Lisbon a run for its money, or some Chinese favorites (braised pork knuckle anyone?), Macao has a restaurant for you.
You can't leave Macao without trying African chicken, and Restaurante Litoral has some of the best. Tender chicken is topped with a thick sauce that's so good you'll wish you could bring a bottle of it home with you. Also consider ordering the minchi: beef or pork cooked with potatoes, onions, soy sauce, and topped with a sunny-side up egg. Don't forget to order a pitcher (or two) of the sangria.
For some excellent dim sum with even better views, head up to the 11th floor of the Altira Macau building for a meal at Ying. Enjoy panoramic views of Macao from the floor-to-ceiling windows while tucking into some Michelin-starred Cantonese fare. Opt for the dim sum, either a la carte or from a set menu. Whatever you decide, you must give the flambé char siu a try. Chefs slow roast Iberico pork and glaze it with honey before bringing table-side where it gets a final roast over applewood chips. If you're not in the mood for dim sum, Ying also has a well-rounded dinner menu offering everything from suckling pig to broth-poached vegetables.
Tucked away in a square in one of Macao's best preserved colonial neighborhoods, a meal at Albergue 1601 feels like eating a dinner of Portuguese food in your grandma's home (partially because the restaurant is in a retrofitted house). Once you're seated in one of the cozy dining rooms, you'll have your pick of traditional Portuguese dishes like caldo verde, bacalhau à brás, and duck rice. If you can't decide what to order from the menu, there is a curated list of favorite dishes to make things easier for first-time diners. Round off your meal with some of Albergue 1601's serradura, a dessert of whipped cream and crushed Marie cookies. Unlike most restaurants in Macao, Albergue serves their serradura frozen instead of chilled, and the result is absolutely delicious.
Set on the first floor of the Wynn resort, Mizumi is a two Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant that specializes in fresh, seasonal ingredients and the highest quality. Belly up to the bar for some incredible sushi featuring the usual suspects—like salmon, fatty tuna and uni—along with options such as geoduck and ark shell clams. If you're not in the mood for sushi, the rest of the menu is equally impressive. You'll have your pick of imported A5 wagyu, market seafood, tempura fried seasonal vegetables, and more.
Nga Tim Cafe
For al fresco dining in the shadow of the yellow St. Francis Xavier chapel, head to Nga Tim Cage in Coloane Village. Beloved by locals, the restaurant serves Chinese and Portuguese fare that you can mix and match to your liking. Must-orders include suckling pig with shatteringly crisp skin, sautéed beef and peppers on crispy noodles, and grilled langoustine. Whatever you decide, wash it all down with a glass or two of Macau Beer.
Cheung Chau Mochi Dessert
This stall sells some of the best mochi you'll ever taste. Tender, chewy rice cakes are wrapped around whole, fresh fruit for a just-sweet-enough dessert. The shop is small enough that you might miss it, but the little window on Taipa Food Street (just around the corner from Lord Stow's Taipa location) is stocked with a wide selection of mochi. We highly recommend the whole mango mochi, but there are also options filled with dragonfruit, whole strawberries, red bean, and the contentious durian.
Lord Stow's Bakery
Lord Stow's Bakery is the place to go if you want to try the egg tarts that Macao is famous for. While there are locations across Macao, we recommend heading to the original location in Coloane. In addition to egg tarts, there are brownies, croissants, sandwiches, and a ton of pastries—but you should really try the egg tarts. You could grab your sweet treats and take them to go, or take a short walk around the corner to Lord Stow's Café, which offers seating (unlike the original location) for you to enjoy your food over a cup or two of coffee.
For a decadent take on classic hot pot, head to the Lotus Palace on the first floor of the Parisian Macao. Choose from a variety of broths (we love the mouth-numbing spice of the Sichuan broth), and select your proteins. The menu is extensive, offering everything from abalone and geoduck to Iberico pork and A5 Kobe beef. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer variety, opt for one of the hot pot set menus. You’ll also get the chance to craft your own dipping sauce from a cart of 16 ingredients.
Nestled on a street close to Old Taipa's Food Street Le Cesar's Portuguese owners are bringing the food and wine of their home country to Macao. Expect well-executed Portuguese favorites like duck rice and bacalhau au bras. Absolute must-try options include prawns in a garlic and white wine sauce; sautéed clams served Portuguese-style in white wine; and wet seafood rice, a mix of prawns, scallops, clams, and rice in a savory broth. For dessert, you have your pick of egg pudding, Portuguese egg tarts, and drunken pears, to name a few. However, you can also participate in a workshop where you can make your own dessert instead of ordering one.
Yi Yan Tang Dessert
Interested in trying some unique Chinese dishes? Then Yi Yan Tang is a must-visit location. Located on the popular Happiness Street, the cozy storefront sells a wide array of small dishes, all displayed in pictures on the store's walls. You'll have your pick of bird's nest pudding served in a coconut (said to do wonders for the skin), black and white sesame pudding, marinated pork feet, and much more. You'll also find noodles, pork chop sandwiches, and fried chicken on the menu. Wash it all down with lime and citron soda or one of their other creative soft drinks.
Set on the second floor of the Hotel Grand Lisboa—one of Macao's most iconic hotels—The 8 has the honor of being the only Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong and Macao to receive three Michelin stars, seven consecutive years. The dark and moody restaurant heavily features the number eight, representing good fortune, and other Chinese symbols.
The creative and lengthy dinner menu (it's 59 pages!) features Chinese favorites like bird's nest, fish maw soup, and char siu along with flambe shrimp, and sweet and sour pork. There's also a comprehensive dim sum menu with everything from steamed shrimp dumplings shaped like goldfish to custard egg buns. Once you've settled on your meal, start hunting through the 17,000-bottle wine list for the perfect pair. Or ask your server for suggestions.
Award-winning Portuguese Chef António Coelho opened his eponymous restaurant with the goal of bringing Portuguese culture and food to Macao. Portuguese tiles and paintings decorate the walls of the three-story house in Old Taipa. Couple that with delicious food and a musician serenading diners six days week, and it's no surprise that Antonio has been a Michelin-recognized restaurant since 2009. House specialties include fried codfish cakes, Atlantic sea crab curry, braised lamb shank, and pastéis de nata. The wine list has more than 200 Portuguese varieties including a few created by Chef António himself.
Head over to the Wynn Palace (not to be confused with the Wynn resort) for contemporary Sichuan cuisine in an elegant space covered in shades of beige, cream, and gold. The two Michelin-starred restaurant offers one option for dinner: a 15-course degustation menu expertly crafted by chef André Chiang. The meal begins with pu-erh (fermented tea) buds and pickles and continues Sichuan classics like mapo tofu, and dan dan noodles. Each dish offers a modern take on the beloved cuisine and utilizes seasonal ingredients. Pair your meal with one of the aged teas (including a rare, 60-year-old pu-erh), carefully selected by Sichuan Moon's tea sommelier.