Portuguese egg tarts have become synonymous with Macau. Although this pastry hails from Portugal, it was adapted to local tastebuds and has become a hit. Portuguese egg tarts are buttery, sometimes crumbly and the custard is creamy, sweet and slightly caramelized.
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Perfect with a cup of tea or espresso, Portuguese egg tarts are also wonderful for parties or just sharing with your friends and family. Here are the best places to get Portuguese egg tarts in Macau and remember to take some away to enjoy later!
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Lord Stow’s Bakery
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For Englishman Andrew Stow, 1990 was a double celebration year for the founder of the popular egg tart recipe. Besides his daughter’s birthday, it was also when he created this famous delicacy! Clearly different from the original Portuguese dessert, it has become an icon in Macau and a must-eat snack. With a soft, flaky exterior and even softer custard, it isn’t as sweet as the ones served in their country of origin. Maybe that’s the reason why they are so sought-after! Every Lord Stow’s shops are full of people looking for what has already become a local snack.
The Centre Cafe LG2, Taipa Campus of Institute for Tourism Studies, Av. Padre Tomás Pereira, Taipa, +853 2886 0027, www.lordstow.com
Koi Kei Bakery
How could one imagine Koi Kei’s empire to have started like this? In the egg tart business since 1997, the Portuguese-style egg tarts from this company are usually one of the first things you see when looking at their shops. Here, you can be sure they’re freshly made daily and its one of our favorite places to get Portuguese egg tarts in Macau. We highly recommend these egg tarts to be enjoyed warm. Koi Kei’s egg tarts are flaky and buttery on the outside and sweet on the inside; with a hint of spices; this is a fulfilling snack with a homey comfort to it.
Koi Kei Bakery 70–72 Rua Felicidade, Macau, +853 2893 8102, www.koikei.com
2 Rua Dois do Bairro Vá Tai, Edifício Vá Hong, Macau, +853 2895 2098
235-287 Alameda Dr. Carlos D’Assumpção, Macau, +853 2833 2316
13 Rua de S. Paulo, Chun Va, Macau, +853 2896 5898
2B-2C, R/C, Travessa do Matadouro, Macau, +853 2836 6193
437 – 443 Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, Macau, +853 2893 8783, +853 2893 7874
11–13 Rua do Cunha, Taipa Village, +853 2882 7308
Shop 3111 & 3112, The Parisian Macao, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai Strip, Macau, +853 2884 5127
Shop 10-01-0050, Departures Level, Macau International Airport, Avenida de Wai Long, Taipa, +853 2823 6088
The Boulevard, Level 01, Shop F003, Estrada do Istmo, City of Dreams, Cotai, +853 2889 8993
The Grand Canal Shoppes, The Venetian Macao, Cotai, +853 2882 8627
Shop G026, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baía de Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Cotai, +853 2882 7732
Margaret’s Café e Nata
The place is small but cozy, with a few tables outside, and they also serve pita bread sandwiches, fresh juices, and other snacks. This is another spot where you can find the best Portuguese egg tarts in Macau. You can eat them in the shop or take a box home to share with your loved ones. With a strong egg custard taste, experience one of Macau’s most typical flavors for a very reasonable price. Its crust is softer than most, so expect it to be less flaky compared to Portuguese tarts from other shops.
Margaret’s Café e Nata 17B Rua do Comandante Mata e Oliveira, Kam Loi Building, Macau, +853 2871 0032
Hailing from Sintra, Ramalhão arrived in Macau to celebrate tradition with a modern flair, so this a must-go when looking for the most authentic Portuguese egg tarts in Macau. With a flaky and flavorsome crust, without being greasy, Ramalhão’s egg tart is, in fact, very Portuguese. With several batches of freshly made egg tarts a day, having a thin layer of cinnamon powder on top of these is almost a must-do, just like tradition demands. These egg tarts are sweet, but the lemony tang results in a perfect combination between sugary and savory. After all, balance is everything, right? Check their Facebook page for more updates and information.
Estabelecimento de Comidas San Hou Lei
There can never be too many egg tart shops in Macau, so we’ve included this one as well! They have other interesting flavors besides the usual Portuguese-style egg custard tart, namely bird’s nest, and coconut. While worth a try, better to stick to the original one if you are looking to taste the real deal. Located in the heart of Taipa Village, it boasts a nice local atmosphere.
San Hou Lei’s egg tarts are chunkier and heavier than most. While this might be what some look for, they don’t look as Portuguese as the ones from other brands. With a strong egg taste, the exterior is a little oilier, ideal for those looking for something strongly flavored.
Estabelecimento de Comidas San Hou Lei 3–14 Rua do Regedor, Taipa Village, +853 2882 7313
Popular local restaurant Caravela has long been the go-to for Portuguese locals over the years and here, there’s always an egg tart waiting for you. Pro tip: ask the staff to warm it up and have it with an espresso. Delivered daily, its crust is dry, contrasting amazingly with the soft custard. It’s sweet enough to have for dessert, but its balanced flavor allows people to also order one to take with coffee, as a snack. This balance is what makes Caravela so popular among the locals, tourists, and the Portuguese!
Nata Bakery & Café
This Portuguese bakery serves different kinds of egg tarts aside from the classic ones. The owners also operate Cuppa Coffee, a spot serving good coffee, pastries, fresh bread, and meals. Besides this, they also sell their egg tarts to other shops around the city. Choose from classic, green tea and chocolate or try all three! You will not only love them but want to bring some home.
The green tea egg tart’s texture is creamier than most. With an authentic green tea flavor and a fragrant scent, this is why innovation can be just as good or even better than the original. Chocolate is clearly for the chocoholics and then there’s the classic. While warm, the crust is so flaky and buttery that one easily forgets that there’s still the custard to taste! Get to the middle and you’ll understand why some say these are the best egg tarts in town.
Flaky, fresh and made daily, these egg tarts are a sight to see and savor! Created by the restaurant’s in-house team, they boast an incredible taste, especially when warm and eaten as a dessert. You can, of course, just order them as takeout or as a snack, whichever you choose, these will definitely brighten your day. With a soft and tender interior, Gosto’s egg tarts are as Portuguese as it gets in Macau and one of our favorite places to get Portuguese egg tarts in Macau.