After all these years of rapid Macau development, Coloane remains a calm resort-like area, luckily for all of us. This is where locals and tourists come to enjoy chill vibes, birds singing, and home-style dining. We put together a list of the best places to eat in Coloane to add to your foodie “To Eat” list.
Lord Stow’s Bakery and Lord Stow’s Garden Café
Believe it or not, many tourists come to Coloane Village specifically to try these legendary egg tarts. So if you have not had the pleasure, add Lord Stow’s Bakery to your “Must-Go” list. Macau’s Egg tarts have become a well-recognized pastry and a part of the city’s image for their unforgettable taste and photogenic appearance. Besides the famous dessert, Lord Stow’s Bakery offers snacks, sandwiches, and drinks too. Grab some and head to a scenic promenade to enjoy your meal on a bench while gazing into nearby Zhuhai.
Behind the bakery, there is charming Lord Stow’s Garden Café that opens as early as 9:00am. Start your day with fresh homemade croissants, bagels, or their signature big breakfast. The big breakfast includes two fried eggs with crispy bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, and toast. For vegetarians, there is a big veggie breakfast with bacon and sausage substituted with grilled Halloumi cheese and wilted spinach with sautéed mushrooms. Aside from breakfast, they serve Thai, Western food, and a great choice of desserts. Don’t forget to try their affogato, a shot of espresso with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. You can even have a shot of Bailey’s on it too!
Lord Stow’s 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane
Lord Stow’s Garden Café G/F C Houston Court 21 Largo do Matadouro, Coloane Village
There are many reasons to love this popular Portuguese restaurant in Hác-Sá. Among them are those vacation vibes you instantly feel after entering. Located on Hác-Sá Beach, it has been serving delicious food to the public since 1986. Pretty much all of the dishes on the menu are worth ordering. Some of the highlights are clams with tomato, cilantro, and garlic sauce, bacalhau à brás, and grilled sardines. Portions are generous, and prices are reasonable. Moreover, Fernando bakes its own bread and grows its own vegetables in a nearby garden.
They don’t take reservations, and due to its popularity, it can get pretty busy. So you might need to spend some time waiting for a table. On the bright side, there is a lovely outdoor bar which makes the waiting much more pleasurable.
Some of Macau’s finest chefs list this restaurant among their favorites in the city. So if you ever find yourself in Hac-Sa beach, take a stroll towards Miramar. Surrounded by lush greenery, this chill oasis of fine gastronomy is an ideal weekend getaway from the busy city’s craziness. Here in Miramar, they cherish Portuguese traditions and serve some of Macau’s best classic Portuguese dishes. In addition to that, renowned Macanese entrees are available.
Miramar Zona Norte Praia de Hác Sá, Coloane
Restaurante Espaço Lisboa
Espaço Lisboa is inside a small, old, and typical village house that was converted to accommodate this two-story Portuguese restaurant. With its cozy balcony overlooking the peaceful village’s alleys, Espaço Lisboa is a perfect destination for a romantic date. When it comes to authentic Portuguese food, Espaço Lisboa is one of the best places in Coloane village to enjoy it. Try their goat cheese topped with honey, served on toast bread that’s incredibly mouthwatering. On hot, humid days, indulge in a homemade chilled sangria in a cozy and relaxing ambiance.
Restaurante Espaço Lisboa 8 Rua dos Gaivotas, Coloane Village, +853 2888 2226
Jam & Butter
Friendly service, freshly baked bread and pastries, decent coffee–what else do you need to start the day right? Maybe some perfectly cooked Eggs Benedict? Jam & Butter in One Oasis Verandah has all of these features, and this is probably why residents of all the nearby apartment complexes keep coming back here for breakfasts.
Apart from several breakfast options available all day, you can customize a sandwich or pasta to your liking, pairing it with a free hot drink. Their smoothies and fresh juices are excellent, and freshly baked croissants are some of the best we’ve eaten in town.
Designed as a fancy living room with a library and classy leather chairs, JaK’s is a nice little restaurant at One Oasis’ The Verandah. It is the right place for those who want something to whet their appetite but not ready to travel anywhere far.
The menu has various options with some pretty luxurious examples like a prime steak with foie gras! Beautiful presentation, good service, and dimmed lights make Jak’s perfect for a date or a special occasion. At times, they introduce limited festive menus and occasionally organize wine tastings. Check their Facebook page for more updates.
JaK’s Kitchen 272, 250 Estr. de Seac Pai Van, +853 2825 0148, www.jaks1968.com
Also read: Your Guide to One Oasis
Bottles and Sky Cafe
Every resident of the One Oasis complex knows this watering hole. A popular meeting place and a going-out destination for those who don’t feel like leaving the neighborhood, Bottles has everything you need for a Friday night gettogether or a casual dinner after work. Even though it’s mostly known as a drinking spot, it deserves to be called a gastro bar for the excellent food they serve. The menu is not overly extensive but diverse. Choose from Asian classics like sushi and satay, or opt for the Western dishes. We can’t recommend their spinach chicken curry enough. And meat lovers should take a look at the burger menu – the prime beef burger is divine!
Also read: Hold My Beer: Macau’s Best Pubs & Bars
When May arrives, public pools turn into centers of gravity. Among them is Cheoc Van Swimming Pool, quite famous among locals for its price and beach location. Naturally, after spending some time chilling in the sun, we all need some refreshment. Here comes La Gondola restaurant, a casual dining spot right on Cheoc Van Beach, beside the pool. Sip on a refreshing beer or sangria while enjoying the cool breeze coming from the ocean. Doesn’t it make you feel like you’re on vacation? La Gondola has a full all-day menu as well, but mind that the service here is pretty relaxed as well.
La Gondola 41 Escadaria da Praia de Cheoc Van, Coloane, +853 2888 0156
Also read: Macau Outdoor Dining Guide
Nga Tim Cafe
Even those who struggle to make themselves travel to the remote (for Macau standards) Coloane island make an extra effort to dine at Nga Tim Cafe. Located next to the charming Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, this eatery is always full of guests immersed in the delicious food. Nga Time offers a little bit of everything – from Chinese sea cucumbers and chicken feet to comfort fried rice and french fries. Try their lamb and calamari with the side of refreshing Tsingtao. Plastic chairs and plastic table covers set an unpretentious and casual atmosphere. The service is quick, the food is decent, and the check won’t make you faint.
Nga Tim Cafe 1 Rua Caetano, Coloane Village, Macau, +853 2888 2086
This article was originally written by Estera Deunier in October 2016 and updated by Ksenia Kuzmina in May 2019 and in April 2021.