Rua da Felicidade–literally translated into Happiness Street–was once the heart of Macau’s red light district, and that is how it got its name. Nowadays, Rua da Felicidade is an authentic shopping street with local buys but also several local restaurants serving Cantonese and Macau food, including soup noodles, yum cha delicacies, and more. Other traditional shops include products such as tea, dried meat, typical sweets, and desserts, amongst other things.
Rua da Felicidade is made of one to two-story-high townhouses with an Oriental design painted in bright red and green. Once brothels and bars, these now house traditional shops and tiny restaurants, some of them established dozens of years ago, like Macanese spot, Fat Siu Lau.
Movie lovers may recognize the street from motion pictures such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Doom. The opening scenes–ostensibly set in Shanghai–were actually filmed here in Macau on Rua da Felicidade.
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