Macau has quite a food culture going on at all times, with at least one restaurant or eatery per street. However, finding a place to eat late night can be a difficult challenge. However, it is not an impossible task. There’s always something open, you just have to find the right place to eat you way out of that nightlife madness!
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In Macau peninsula, Avenida Infante D. Henrique is the place to be if your goal is to eat cheap and well. Whether you are getting out late from work, just grabbing a bite before sleep or going for a late dinner with friends, Pacapio is the best choice. Food is undeniably good and prices per dish range from MOP $40 to MOP $160. Officially called Estabelecimento de Comidas Boa Fortuna, this restaurant belongs to the dog racing betting shop next door and closes at 2:30am. Their wonton noodle soup and seafood fried noodles are the must-haves.
Estabelecimento de Comidas Boa Fortuna, R/C, 41 Avenida Infante D. Henrique, Macau, www.futurebrightgroup.com.mo
Chu Kei is also an affordable franchise that opens until 2:00am and has joints all over the peninsula. Avenida da Praia Grande and Rua do Padre António both have one. This Chinese restaurant offers simple dishes, but we highly recommend the congee. With an array of possibilities, one can just choose the chicken congee before going to bed on a wintery night and pay less than MOP $40 for it.
Chu Kei 327-329, R/C B, Avenida da Praia Grande
7 Rua do Padre António, Edf. Yuen On, R/C, Macau
R/C D-E, Av. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Vista Magnifica Court, Macau
At Cais 22–situated at the Inner Harbour, right behind Shell gas station–you can ask for steamed or fried fish with ginger and spices, starting with seafood, including lobster, crab, barnacles, mussels, and clams. This restaurant is well known within the local community and offers good value for money. The average price being between MOP $110 to MOP $150 per person (including beer and non-alcoholic beverages). Cais 22 opens at dinner time but only closes when all customers have vacated the premises. With an alfresco space facing the river, it can be a very pleasant venue to dine late.
Cais 22 Cais 22, Av. Demetrio Cinatti, Santo António, Macau
CHANG SIAM THAI RESTAURANT
Next to Cais 22 is Chang Siam Thai Restaurant, which opens from 6:00pm until 4:00am. It is spacious and noisy sometimes, but if a party-like environment is what you are looking for, this is a good choice. People singing karaoke and a windy balcony gives you the real Macau experience. Do not forget to ask for the minced beef with lettuce and the Thai milk tea. It is a bit more pricey than the latter suggestions but still worth the try.
ROUND-THE-CLOCK COFFEE SHOP
If however you are looking for something with a western touch, head over to Grand Lisboa’s U2 floor and go to Round-the-Clock Coffee Shop that, as the name indicates, is opened 24 hours a day. Their caldo verde soup served inside traditional Portuguese bread is highly recommended and can satisfy any cravings.
Taipa has fewer eateries opened until late, but there are still some good finds. Besides the good price, Va Fung–located on both Macau and Taipa sides–offers a lot of dim sum specialties for 24 hours, including their unforgettable steamed vegetable dumplings, but also char siu (barbecued pork), Singapore-style noodles and fried rice. A group of four or more people may pay less than MOP $100 each.
Va Fung 424, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen
34 Rua Francisco H. Fernandes, Macau (Open 24 hours)
If you are craving Japanese food instead, Kingship is in Rua de Évora and closes at 3:00am. This shop also has a home delivery service when orders go above MOP $300. Their menu includes sushi, tempura, teppanyaki, and ramen noodles. Kingship is great to dine in with friends since tables are big enough and there is privacy if what you want is to chat and laugh the night away.
Kingship Rua de Évora, Taipa, +853 2899 5555
Indian food is not all about the heat, but it surely has everything to do with the spices! Goa Nights is the (not so) new best thing when it comes to Indian food, so head to this amazing restaurant and ask for some late-night tikka masala, hummus or lamb chops or a tandoori cauliflower! They also serve amazing in-house crafted cocktails, so if you craving something different, go there until 2:00am to have an amazing and different Macau experience!
This article was originally written by Raquel Dias in November 2016 and updated by Leonor Sá Machado in February 2020.