If you only have one day in Macau, as do many travelers, there are so many things to see and do that it is important to prioritize the top destinations. A good recommendation is to start with the Portuguese architecture and finish with the casinos and avoid spending time at tourist traps like Fisherman's Wharf Macau.
Even if the kids are interested, it is really not worth a visit, as the rides are poor quality—or closed entirely—and the shops are overpriced. If it has a redeeming feature, it's the collection of western restaurants on hand where you can find English language menus and familiar favorites that are pleasing to kids.
Overview and Features
Set on the Macau waterfront near the Hong Kong-Macau ferry, there is no doubt that the ambition of the project was to draw in visitors as they arrive. Billed as a theme park and one of Macau’s landmark attractions, Fisherman’s Wharf Macau is actually a “themed attraction." In reality, the Wharf is a collection of high-end shops, restaurants, and bars all set within themed areas, such as Renaissance-era Europe or Arabian Nights. Within these areas, there are also rides, but you may find that few are in operation during your visit.
The themed buildings are well-executed, but the luxury shopping options are likely beyond the budget of many families who may be visiting. There are some costumed attendants at certain features and a half dozen rides such as the Magic Carpet and Bumper Cars, but they will likely only appeal to younger children. Overall, there is simply not much to do at the Wharf and better ways to spend your time.
Restaurants and Dining
Fisherman’s Wharf Macau was also originally intended to give Macau a dedicated nightlife and dining district, so in this aspect, the attraction is more successful. While finding international food in other areas of Macau can be a challenge, at Fisherman's Wharf, you'll find Indian, Thai, and American food. Most restaurants boast terraces and some even have sea views, both of which can be hard to find elsewhere in a city that seems to avoid al-fresco dining. Unfortunately, there are empty seats and empty streets throughout the area—quite a contrast to buzzing Hong Kong.
Address and Information
- Avenida da Amizade e Avenida Dr.
- Sun Yat Sen, Macau
- Take the free shuttle bus from the ferry terminal every 30 minutes
- Fisherman's Wharf area is open 24hrs, but opening hours for attractions vary
- Free entry to Fisherman's Wharf; attractions are priced individually