Macau’s Cotai Strip has all the glitz, glamour and grandeur that a night on the town requires, and then some. Get dressed up, take in a show and eat some Michelin star food before passing out in one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. A night on the Cotai Strip has a whole host of entertainment, so here is our A – Z of what not to miss!
Particularly Art Macao. The first event of its kind, this large scale art festival took Macau by storm. All the Cotai integrated resorts took part in Art Macao, organizing stunning exhibitions free of charge. The event is planned to be annual and we will definitely see more art at the Cotai Strip in the years to come. Meanwhile, everyone can enjoy permanent collections of art at some of the properties.
B. Broadway Food Street
A whole world of gastronomy opens up to everyone who finds themselves on this rather short, but busy street, just a five-minute walk away from Galaxy Macau. Over 40 restaurants with mostly Asian food are lined up on both sides of the street. If you walk further though, follow the sounds of the drums and guitar to enjoy some live rock music and delicious food at The Roadhouse Macau. Or walk just a little more to its quieter neighbor–Duffy’s Irish Pub, the most authentic Irish bar in Macau.
The Roadhouse Macau E-G016-G019 Broadway Food Street, Broadway Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor De Lótus, Cotai
Duffy’s Irish Pub Broadway Food Street, Avenida Marginal, Flor de Lotus, Broadway Macau, Cotai
C. City of Dreams
Considered the hippest of all the casino resorts, City of Dreams features a whole world of fine dining and entertainment, including The House of Dancing Water, the world’s biggest water-based show. There is also a collection of the best of Macau’s hospitality with the architectural wonder that’s Morpheus, luxurious with a traditional aesthetics Nüwa, exciting and stylish The Countdown Hotel, and the best hotel for business and pleasure travelers, Grand Hyatt Macau.
One of the main proteins in Chinese cuisine, duck can be found in various restaurants across Macau and Cotai Strip is not an exception. If you wish to taste duck at its finest, head to Beijing Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Macau for some Peking Duck. This restaurant has been opened for nine years and gained a reputation as one of the best spots for Northern Chinese cuisine.
E. Eiffel Tower
No trip to the Cotai Strip would be complete without a picture of this iconic landmark! The Parisian Macao’s Eiffel Tower offers amazing views of the city and the hotel at their observation decks on the 7th and 37th levels. Oh la la!
Also known as Performance Lake, the spectacular fountain show at Wynn Palace Cotai attracts crowds of tourists, but even locals can’t resist and will usually stop for a minute while passing by this large water attraction. Insider tip: take the SkyCabin right before the fountain show starts to see it from the best angle. Once inside, explore the exquisite interiors of Wynn Palace with flower installations and elaborate design!
G. Galaxy Macau
Galaxy Macau features suites, floating villas, 2,200-plus rooms (and growing), plus a state of the art casino, of course. With more than 120 restaurants, this integrated resort is also believed to be one of the main dining destinations in Macau.
H. The House of Dancing Water
Yet another water attraction on the list, THODW is always full house and has been popular for more than nine years. The aerial and water stunts, acrobatics and unbelievable special effects will leave every spectator in awe.
I. Iridium Spa
With luxury resorts come luxurious spa treatments. Among the most exclusive ones, is the gemstone treatment at Iridium Spa, The St. Regis Macao. A spa specialist will identify your personal gemstone and assign a treatment that will suit your needs. All that with a stunning view of Cotai from the hotel’s top floor.
J. Jade Dragon
As a UNESCO creative city of gastronomy, Macau has a myriad of fine-dining restaurants to choose from. One of them is Jade Dragon at City of Dreams, the only Cantonese restaurant with three Michelin stars in the city. Try grouper steamed with egg white and Hua Diao wine. Exceptionally skilled Chef Tam Kwok Fung uses the freshest of ingredients and the most sophisticated techniques at this award-winning restaurant.
One of the most famous contemporary artists of our time has brought one of his sculptures to Macau. Located on the 23rd floor of Morpheus, “Good Intentions” by KAWS is one of the highlights of City of Dream’s art collection.
Macau’s connection with Portugal and its marvelous capital can be found all over the city. New properties are being built and one of them is Grand Lisboa Palace by SJM. Inspired by European architecture, the new colossal integrated resort will feature Karl Lagerfeld Hotel and Palazzo Versace Macau. How exciting!
M. McSorley’s Ale House
Beer, comfort pub food and unpretentious ambiance. For sports fans, there are television screens with live streaming. Sometimes you just want a good old juicy burger and a pint of ale!
This is the best Chinese comfort food. Luckily, there is no shortage of restaurants to enjoy hearty noodles. Some of them are even open 24 hours, like The Noodle Kitchen at Galaxy Macau!
From reasonably priced eateries to luxurious restaurants, Cotai Strip has them all. And what can be more luxurious than freshly shucked oysters? One of the best places to savor them is The Manor, an oyster and grill bar at The St. Regis Macao. Delectable mollusks from six regions and an impressive wine cellar is a winning recipe for an unforgettable culinary experience.
P. The Parisian Macao
A French oasis at the Cotai Strip, The Parisian Macao is home to French and Asian restaurants, shopping arcades, Aqua World and so much more. With the Eiffel Tower replica and a stunning European design, it is also a favorite photo spot for tourists.
Q. Qube Kingdom, Qube and Qube 2
What about the kids? Take them to Qube Kingdom at The Parisian Macao, Qube at The Venetian Macao or Qube 2 at Sands Cotai Central. Indoor and outdoor areas feature a whole new world of adventures for kids of all ages! Even parents won’t get bored there.
Qube 2 Sands Cotai Central, Shop 2201, Level 2, Shoppes Cotai Central, Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai, +853 8113 8598, www.sandscotaicentral.com/qube2
R. The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge
Want to enjoy a signature cocktail in style overlooking the vibrant Cotai? Head to the awarded Ritz. Live jazzy tunes, handcrafted concoctions and an extraordinary selection of gin made this bar a popular spot to hang out.
S. The Spectacle at MGM Cotai
Since its grand opening in 2018, MGM Cotai gained a reputation as a pioneer in advanced technologies, contemporary architecture and splendid art collection. Among its best features is The Spectacle that brought Macau the first Guinness World Record in architecture and structure for its gridshell glazed roof.
T. Truffle Facial
Macau has world-class spa institutions to pamper yourself like a queen with treatments that can satisfy even the most sophisticated demands. One of them is the White Truffle Collagen Deluxe Facial at MGM Cotai’s Tria Spa. A combination of luxurious products with white truffle and collagen promise to make your skin firm, glowy and visibly rested.
U. UA Galaxy Cinemas
For movie nights, there is an obvious option where to have them. UA Galaxy Cinemas is top class when it comes to movie theaters. 4K laser projection system in 10 theaters and a Director’s Club for a special VIP experience, watching your favorite films will be a blast!
V. The Venetian Macao
Inspired by the romantic Bride of the Sea, The Venetian Macao has its ways of attracting tourists. Grand canal gondola adventure under the almost real blue skies with very real singing gondoliers, endless shopping arcades, fine-dining and more–what’s not to like?
W. Ferris Wheel at Studio City Macau
You’ve probably never seen a Ferris wheel like the one at Studio City Macau. The figure-eight golden reel that’s steampunk-themed is the highest in the world of its kind and provides magnificent views. Number eight is a lucky number in China as well so that’s another reason to take a ride!
X. Xiao long bao
Chinese steamed bun, aka soup dumplings, should be on your foodie list of food to try in Macau. Usually filled with pork and flavorful broth, there’s even a special way to eat xiao long bao. Mix soy sauce with vinegar, put the dumpling in the sauce and put it in a spoon. Then, poke a hole, drink the juice and eat the dumpling. Practice this at the renowned Taiwanese restaurant, Din Tai Fung at Studio City Macau.
Y. Yum Cha
Brunch Cantonese style, this culinary tradition involves drinking tea with dim sum. And just like brunch, it is usually enjoyed with a group of friends or family. As one of China’s gastronomy capitals, Macau has a number of fantastic spots for yum cha. Check our selection and pick your favorite!
Z. Zaha Hadid
The world-famous architect Zaha Hadid designed the amazing Morpheus Hotel, an impressive structure that was deemed impossible–you really have to see it to believe it!
This article was written by the Macau Lifestyle Team.