Macau is a great mix of heritage, art, modern architecture and also wonderful food! No matter the cuisine or the budget, the city has got you covered.
However, for in-between times like tea time, Portuguese pastries with tea or coffee will surely hit the spot. For your next tea time pleasure, we’ve gathered a list of the best Portuguese pastries and where you can get them in Macau!
Pão de Ló de Ovar
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Pão de Ló de Ovar which literally means Creamy Egg Cake from Ovar is a sugary dessert consisting of dry cake (pão de ló) filled with a creamy egg paste. Find this cake sold frozen in supermarkets like Seng Cheong and some Portuguese restaurants. Tacos is a quaint Mexican restaurant owned by a lovely Portuguese lady who sells Portuguese food and also spirit drinks. Grab some Pão de Ló de Ovar with your friends over some tea and call it a day!
Tacos 38 Rua Das Virtudes, G/F H Centro Comercial Hei Loi Tang Plaza, Taipa, +853 2875 0151
Pastel de nata
Authentic Portuguese egg tarts are very elusive in Macau because the locals don’t fancy sugary stuff as much as the Portuguese do. However, there are some quite realistic versions in pastry shops and restaurants around the city. The flaky exterior contrasts with the soft, creamy insides and eating them warm is just perfect!
In Macau, the best known Portuguese egg tarts are Lord Stow’s with a shop in Coloane village. If you can’t make it to Coloane village, shops all over Macau sell the egg tarts too. There are other spots for Portuguese egg tarts which are not too sugary or milky. Check out Koi Kei Bakery as well as Margaret’s Café e Nata for Portuguese egg tarts that the locals enjoy.
Original shop: Lord Stow’s 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane
Other branches: Lord Stow’s at Taipa Village 9 Rua do Cunha, Taipa, Macau
Lord Stow’s Garden Café G/F C Houston Court 21 Largo do Matadouro, Coloane Village, Macau
Koi Kei Bakery 70–72 Rua Felicidade, Macau and several other locations. www.koikei.com/en/branches_information.php
Margaret’s Café e Nata 17B Rua do Comandante Mata e Oliveira, Kam Loi Building, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau
Pastel de Chaves
Literally translated into “Chaves’ pastry”, pastel de Chaves is a Portuguese delicacy usually filled with meat. Made of a fine filo dough, the pastry is usually shaped into a half-moon then filled with minced meat. In Macau, find them in Estrada do Repouso, Macau, in a shop solely dedicated to selling these Portuguese pastries with a history of more than 150 years!
Proud owner of Trigo D’Ouro, Vânia Vieira revolutionized the world of Portuguese pastries in Macau. Serving truly authentic pastries–as they come directly from Portugal–Trigo D’Ouro has now opened a second shop right in the heart of the city! The project started in One Oasis and became popular very quickly, with both Portuguese and locals swarming in to get their favorite item. Some of their most popular and sought-after pastries include bolo de arroz (rice pastry), palmier, bolo de feijão (bean cake), among others.
Trigo D’Ouro Macau (One Oasis) 978 Estrada de Seac Pai Van, On Sun Building GF, C B, Coloane
(Macau side) 203 Avenida Comercial de Macau, Edifício La Bahia, Macau