Macau: To Dine and to Dare

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Albergue 1601

8 Calcada da Igreja de S. Lazaro

Once a home for single women to live together in Macau, this historic building has been converted into a Portuguese restaurant. The bright yellow house is in a cobblestone courtyard surrounded by small shops and galleries run by Portuguese transplants.

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Diners must try the caldo verde (potato and kale soup), frango piri-piri (spicy chicken, pictured here), and bacalhau a bras (shredded cod with potato and egg).

A-Ma Temple

St Lawrence’s Parish

A-Ma Temple is one of the oldest Taoist temples in Macau. It was built in 1488 and is dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of fishermen. In 2005, the temple became one of the designated sites of the Historic Centre of Macau to be listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The temple is built into the side of a hill and travelers can wander among the rocks to discover hidden shrines and watch locals burn incense and pray.

Xin

Sheraton Macao Hotel

At the Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, diners have a variety of restaurants to select from, but Xin is the star. Serving traditional hot pot specialties and dim sum, guests can taste a variety of local and popular Chinese dishes.

Diners are given a bowl full of raw ingredients, from vegetables to shell fish to thinly sliced beef. In individual bowls of flavored boiling water, you cook your own food right at the table.

Macau Tower

Largo da Torre de Macau

The most famous landmark, other than the casinos, is the Macau Tower, the tallest structure in Macau at 1,109 feet high. A shopping and dining destination, the Macau Tower is most famous for the extreme sports you can find at the top.

The most tame activity is the Skywalk; you’re harnessed to a cable and walk around the exterior of the 61st floor. The Skyjump is a modified version of bungee jumping at a slower pace. Finally, of course, there's the actual leap off the building. Cheers.

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