There’s very little to recommend at Fisherman's Wharf. If you’re just in Macau for a day, and most people are, there are many, many better things to see and do. Start with the Portuguese architecture and finish with the casinos.
The wharf is part theme park, part food quarter and part shopping mall - and it doesn't do any of those three things well. Even if you have kids it's not worth a visit. The rides are poor quality (or closed) 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 for kids.
What is Fisherman's Wharf?
Billed as a theme park and one of Macau’s landmark attractions, Fisherman’s Wharf Macau is in fact neither. Look it up online and it's sold as a “themed attraction”, which in real terms means a collection of shops, restaurants, and bars set within themed areas, such as Renaissance-era Europe or Arabian Nights. They've then thrown in half a dozen rides.
Set on the Macau waterfront near the Hong Kong-Macau ferry, there is no doubting the ambition of the project. Split into a number of themed areas that recreate the architecture of Old England, Rome and more it's not wholly unimpressive. The recreation buildings are well executed if a little tacky.
The problem is that there is nothing to do. Imagine a theme park without the rides.
Much of the wharf is dominated by a string of high-end shops, with price tags to make the shiniest of Gold Card's wince. There are just a handful of actual rides and attractions to distract you from collecting a fatal overdraft. After you’ve taken a few snaps on the 30-metre high volcano and shook hands with the perpetually bored looking Roman soldiers guarding a petite coliseum, it’s either back to shopping or on your bike.
The handful of uninspiring rides, such as the Magic Carpet and Bumper Cars, wouldn’t impress at a school funfair while a pair of mediocre casinos is just as bad. Disney, it’s not.
Restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf Macau was also originally intended to give Macau a dedicated nightlife and dining district and here the attraction is moderately more successful. If you don’t like Cantonese or Portuguese food, finding international food in Macau can be a challenge. At Fisherman's Wharf, you'll find Indian, Thai and American food. Most boast terraces and some have sea views, both of which can be hard to find in a city that shuns dining al-fresco. Unfortunately, the restaurants have as much life as a North Atlantic Iceberg; empty seats and empty streets mean that dining here is lifeless. This is especially shocking if you have just arrived from buzzing Hong Kong.
- Address: Avenida da Amizade e Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Macau
- Opening Hours: Various, depending on ride/attraction, but Fisherman's Wharf area is open 24hrs.
- Price: Free entry to Fisherman's Wharf. Attractions are priced individually
- Transportation: Free shuttle bus from ferry terminal every 30mins.