Taipa Village is one of Macau’s most diverse areas for food. Although it is generally known for its Portuguese vibe and quaint streets, these hide some well-kept dining gems suitable for all cultures and tastes. These are our picks of some of the best restaurants in Taipa Village!
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This is a must try for many reasons. Food presentation, quality, staff service, playlist, and indoor decoration – they have it all. This Indian restaurant serves a fusion of flavors you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Besides traditional Indian dishes like tikka masala and curries, Goa Nights offers a range of vegetarian and out of the box plates too which are good individually or for sharing. However, some people go there before dinner just for the drinks, because it’s hard to get a table without booking. Plus, the cocktails are out of this world. Goa Nights also features a brunch menu during weekends and it’s equally amazing!
Goa Nights 118 Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa, +853 2856 7819, www.goanights.com, www.facebook.com/goanightsmacau/
Opening hours: Lunch | 12:00pm–2:30pm, Tuesday–Friday, 6:00pm–1:00am, Tuesday–Friday; Saturday–Sunday, 12:00pm–4:00pm, 6:00pm–1:00am
This place is a surprise diamond in the rough. While Taipa Village is full of Portuguese restaurants and it can be difficult for a first-timer to choose which one is best, this is one you won’t regret. Serving traditional Portuguese dishes and comfort food, they also have a wide Portuguese wine list, which goes amazingly with any dish on their menu. If you are looking for some authentic Portugal flavors, this is the place to go. Besides heavy classics like creamy codfish with potatoes, duck rice, octopus dishes, and seafood rice, they also serve lighter food.
Adega Velha 643 Rua de Fernão Mendes Pinto, Taipa
Opening hours: 12:00pm–3:30pm, 6:00pm–11:00pm
The Blissful Carrot
This successful vegetarian restaurant is as cute and charming as its name. Besides ready-to-go and take out food, they also have a delivery service of fruit and vegetable baskets in different sizes. Regarding the food, there’s a bit of everything, but the cake slices right out of the oven are delectable. Their menu is quite varied, ranging from original salads, sandwiches, wraps and some hot dishes. Prices can be a bit higher than you’d expect, but bear in mind almost all their ingredients come from abroad and the food is homemade. Unfortunately, they only have a few seats and small standing areas, but why not grab a juice from their fridge, choose your favorite from the menu, take a cake slice and enjoy the sun and greenery at Taipa Houses-Museum nearby?
The Blissful Carrot 79-85, Rua Direita Carlos Eugenio, Taipa
Opening hours: 10:00am–8:00pm (closed on Wednesdays)
This place is a quirky little restaurant tucked away in Rua do Cunha, Taipa Village’s main pedestrian street. Besides its traditional homemade Portuguese food, this joint offers comfort like no other. The owner is also a football fan, so the restaurant is covered in scarves from Portuguese teams, mainly of his favorite, Benfica. This colorful restaurant is two floors high and has good wine. The portions are big enough to share between two or three people – try to not get too excited when roaming through the menu. O Santos is usually pretty crowded, so be sure to book a table if you are planning to eat here. Everyone there is friendly, which makes the experience even better. Breath the Portuguese tradition in and get yourself ready to eat some good old recipes made by someone who knows what he does.
O Santos 20 Rua do Cunha, Taipa
Opening hours: Wednesday–Monday, 12:00pm–3:00pm, 6:30pm–10:30pm (closed on Tuesdays)
El Gaucho Macau
This is an Argentinian restaurant serving amazing steaks. If you are a meat fan, you can’t let this one slip. However, prices are never under MOP $300 for each main meat dish, so prepare yourself to spend a bit more than you would in an average Chinese restaurant. The meat comes from abroad and it’s said to be the best in Macau. Some dishes are also created for sharing, but I’d recommend a bit of everything. Try some appetizers, such as the grilled cheese and the empanadas (Argentinian filled pastries), followed by your choice of steak paired with an Argentina wine. El Gaucho’s staff is really helpful, so be open to their suggestions. You won’t regret it.
El Gaucho Macau 135-139A R/C Rua Direita Carlos Eugénio, Taipa, +853 2882 7015, www.facebook.com/elgauchomacau/
Opening Hours: Monday–Friday: 12:00pm–3:00pm and 6:00pm– 11:30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm–11:30pm
Chiang Rai Kam Ok
Few people know this is one the best Thai restaurants in town. Located close to Taipa Village’s main street, it offers traditional Thai dishes such as pad thai, morning glory, minced beef with lettuce and so much more. You can also ask for Thai beer or fresh juices. The price is not as low as you’d expect in a joint like this, but the food is worth it, so don’t pass on it. This is probably one of the best Thai restaurants in town right now.
Chiang Rai Kam Ok G/F, 30 R. das Virtudes, Taipa
Opening hours: 11:00am–11:00pm
Hailing from Portugal, where it’s known for having the best steak in town, it finally arrived to Macau in 2015 to bring some of the best Portuguese food to the city. If you are looking for a place where true tradition and taste merge in with the local environment, be sure to check this stop. Have a classic: Portugália steak with sauce, which usually goes with french fries and a beer. Their wines list is comprehensive as well, by the way. If alcoholic beverages are not your thing, worry not: there are several other options. This is not the cheapest restaurant in this list, but it sure is the one delivering some of the most authentic Portuguese dishes.
Portugália 5 Rua dos Mercadores, Taipa, +853 6280 3992, www.portugalia.com.mo/en/, www.facebook.com/PortugaliaMacau/
Opening hours: daily, 12:00pm–10:00pm
Don Quijote Macau
Spanish tapas, cabbage rolls, tortilla española and seafood paella are some of this spot’s signature dishes. With authentic Spanish food, this is a to-go place when looking for a different, exotic flair in a city full of Asian delicacies. When in search of western dishes, besides Portuguese restaurant, also head to Don Quijote and experience what great Spanish cuisine tastes like.
Don Quijote Macau 23-31 Rua do Regedor, AA E AB R/C, Wai Heng Kok, Taipa Village, +853 2882 5028, www.facebook.com/donquijotemacau/
Opening hours: Monday: 6:00pm–10:00pm, Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00am–10:00pm
Pho Mak Mak
Resting in Taipa Village area, it’s a great place to go for easy going dishes and comfort food. Mainly serving Asian food (with vegetarian options), the is a fulfilling tom yum soup and a dish not so easy to find in Macau: Thai steamed sea bass with lemon and chilli sauce. They also serve Vietnamese food and a good quality delicacy from this country: coffee. With a modern decor, it’s nice for families with children, but also a group of friends looking for an wallet-friendly and still high quality meal.
Pho Mak Mak 245 Rua do Regedor, Taipa Village, +853 2882 5088, facebook.com/Pho-Mak-Mak
Macanese chef Florita Alves makes sure every single customer feels at home when entering La Famiglia. With an array of local dishes to offer, the menu features some of the best Macanese dishes which you won’t be able to find in many places. Capela (similar to a meatloaf), minchi, bebinca and some other specialties fill the tables, showing people this cuisine is rich, structured and has loads of history behind it. Food is certainly made with love, because eating at La Famiglia is a true experience. Head there if you are looking for a true taste of savoury and sweet recipes from this region.
Opening hours: daily, 12:00pm–10:00pm
La Cucina Italiana
This is a great place if you are looking for authentic relaxed Italian food. While there are many Italian dining options in Macau, Cucina Italiana does it particularly well and they have a cozy vibe to boot. From pizzas to veggie lasagna, risottos, and several kinds of pasta, they have it all. Ask for the wine menu for pairing – you’ll find it difficult to choose from their vast array. This is not an expensive restaurant, which is rare in this area of Macau. Don’t miss the bruschettas as a starter – really tasty.
La Cucina Italiana AD-AF store R/C Wai Heng Kok, Chun Fok Village, Rua do Pai Kok 6-12, Taipa
Opening hours: daily, 12:00pm–11:00pm