Carlos da Maia roundabout is known by locals as the centre of the three lamps district. The nickname was given due to a big floor lamp that exists there since the previous century, and has three lamps. The area is known for its local vibe, where people go to buy all sorts of things, especially food goods like cooked meat dishes (char siu and such), but also fresh vegetables and fruit, some local street foods like baked cookies or noodles, desserts, amongst others. This area is accessible through Horta e Costa avenue as well.
The three lamps district features an array of shops–clothing, shoes, toys and stationery–all five to 10 minutes away from the roundabout itself. It also takes around 10 minutes to get to Lou Lim Ioc Garden and five minutes to reach Red Market. There are lots of buses going to and from this area, to and from Taipa, Coloane, the peninsula’s northern area and Barra. The area is one of the busiest in Macau and sometimes has markets happening on weekends.
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