Macau Travel Guide 2024 – Discover the Best Things to Do and Eat in Macao within just 48 Hours

June 03, 2024

Welcome to the dazzling city of Macau, where every corner is filled with enticing cuisine, rich historical architecture, and vibrant nightlife. Despite its small size, Macau attracts countless visitors from around the globe, each seeking to immerse themselves in its unique charm. With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to plan your itinerary. That’s why we’ve curated the ultimate guide to help you make the most of your 48 hours in Macau.

Take a direct flight via Macau Air

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We flew via Macau Air, which offers direct flights from Singapore to Macau, significantly cutting down travel time to just around 3.5 hours. It’s such a relief to have this direct route available, especially considering my last visit to Macau back in 2010. Back then, I had to fly to Hong Kong and then take a ship to Macau, which limited my time in this vibrant city to just a single night.

With the introduction of direct flights, it’s opened up a whole new opportunity to explore Macau more extensively. The flight itself was remarkably smooth, and I was particularly impressed by the attentiveness of the stewardesses, who went out of their way to ensure my son, Lucas, was comfortable throughout the journey. From offering him food to providing toys, their care and consideration made the flight a breeze for us both.

Checking into Marina Phantom Apartment

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Upon our arrival, we checked into the stylish Marina Phantom Apartment, a new addition to Macau’s accommodation scene. Its strategic location couldn’t have been better—it’s conveniently situated just across from Galaxy Macau and along the same vibrant street as Broadway Macau. The spacious rooms impressed us with their cleanliness and modern amenities.

But what truly sets Marina Phantom Apartment apart is its thoughtful inclusion of an open kitchenette. This feature proved to be a game-changer, especially when traveling with kids. Having the option to prepare simple meals or snacks right in our own room added a level of convenience and flexibility to our stay that we greatly appreciated.

Morning Stroll at the former Iec Long Firecracker Factory


The following morning, we took a leisurely stroll through Taipa Village, tracing the footsteps of Macau’s industrial past at the former Iec Long Firecracker Factory. A fascinating relic of history, this once bustling site was one of five fireworks factories that thrived in Macau, offering employment opportunities to countless locals. However, as the 1980s ushered in a shift towards safer and more lucrative professions, the production of fireworks in Macau dwindled, leading to the closure of the Iec Long Firecracker Factory in 1984.

Despite its closure, the factory remains a poignant reminder of Taipa Village’s manufacturing heritage. As we wandered through the revitalized area, we marveled at the well-preserved buildings that once buzzed with activity. From the workshops where fuses were meticulously glued and firecrackers expertly crimped to the sprawling storehouses and tranquil ponds, every corner of the factory whispered tales of its industrious past.

Amidst the historic structures, there is a visitor information center, a quaint café, and a charming souvenir shop, each offering a glimpse into Macau’s vibrant culture. Additionally, one building had been transformed into an engaging exhibition hall, where we immersed ourselves in the rich history of Macau’s firecracker industry and the legacy of the Iec Long Firecracker Factory.

Exploring Guan Ye Street

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Continuing our journey through Taipa Village, we find ourselves drawn to the charming allure of Guan Ye Street. It’s a hotspot for calligraphy enthusiasts and tourists alike, thanks to its charming mix of traditional charm and modern buzz. Walking along the narrow lanes, we were surrounded by colorful billboards that lit up the street, especially at night.

But it’s not just about the visuals – Guan Ye Street is also a foodie’s paradise! Being the first pedestrian-only area, the streets are concentrated in the hands of shops, restaurants, and dessert shops. Therefore, it is one of the must-visit destinations for tourists to enjoy food and purchase. We couldn’t resist trying the delicious Lao Day Beef Offal, which is famous for its flavorful beef dishes. And to beat the heat, we treated ourselves to some creamy Mok Yi Kei durian ice cream. Don’t forget to get some almond cookies. Famous bakeries such as Koi Kei, Choi Heong Yuen and Yee Kee sells them. These aromatic cookies come with crunchy bits of almonds and guaranteed to melt in your mouth!

The street’s architecture is a sight to behold too, with buildings that blend Portuguese and Chinese influences seamlessly. You’ll find intricate windows and vibrant stained glass that give the area a warm, Mediterranean feel. What’s really fascinating about Guan Ye Street is how it brings together different cultures. You’ll see traditional Mazu Temples standing next to charming Portuguese buildings, creating a unique and vibrant atmosphere that’s quintessentially Macau.

Macau Tower & Buffet Lunch at the City’s Only 360° Revolving Restaurant

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As the afternoon sun begins to cast its golden glow upon the city, we make our way to the iconic Macau Tower. Offering panoramic views of the bustling metropolis below, the 338-metre tower provides the perfect vantage point to admire Macau’s stunning skyline. We cap off our day with a leisurely buffet lunch at 360 Cafe, the city’s only 360° revolving restaurant, where we indulge in an array of delectable dishes while marveling at the breathtaking scenery.

Bungee Jump

At the outdoor observation deck, the tower dominates the skyline and offers breathtaking panoramic views of Macao cityscape. It offers thrilling adventures such as the bungy jump, skywalk, skyjump and mast climb, bringing it to a totally new level of excitement. Not for the faint heart!

Ruins of St. Paul’s

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We took a leisurely stroll around the Ruins of St. Paul’s, arguably Macau’s most iconic landmark. Despite having seen it before, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe as I gazed upon its magnificent facade, especially with the weather cooling down, making it the perfect time for a walk.

Hotpot dinner at Hoi Ngan Hoi Kei




We had an amazing meal at Hoi Ngan Hoi Kei in Macau. They’re famous for their Chaoshan hot pot, which brings out the best flavors of the ingredients. They slice the beef by hand and make bouncy beef balls, adding a special touch to the meal. It’s all about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. This place takes traditional Chaoshan cuisine to a whole new level!

Arriving at Grand Lisboa Palace


The next day, we checked into our second hotel of the trip – Grand Lisboa Palace. Eager to immerse ourselves in its grandeur, we dedicated the following day to fully savoring the luxuries and amenities the hotel had to offer.

Must try The Grand Buffet at Grand Lisboa Palace


Our first experience at the Grand Buffet surpassed all expectations. Inspired by the lively markets of Asia, it boasted 18 live cooking stations and a staggering selection of over 600 international dishes. From fresh sashimi to sumptuous dim sum, and from savory Western roasts to indulgent desserts, every craving was catered to with finesse. The array of options was simply astounding, offering a feast for both the eyes and the palate.


For those seeking further enchantment, we highly recommend a stroll through the adjacent Jardim Secreto garden. Its European-inspired charm adds an extra layer of magic to an already unforgettable dining adventure.

Discovering Lai Chi Vun Shipyards


Next on our itinerary was a visit to the Lai Chi Vun Shipyards, a living testament to the artistry of shipbuilding. Preserving its heritage with remarkable integrity, it stands as Macao’s sole remaining shipbuilding site, offering insights into the city’s historical urban evolution, industrial growth, and way of life during that era.

Enjoy hand-beaten coffee at Tap Toi Cha Chaan Teng


When you’re in Macau, make sure to check out Tap Toi, a modern twist on the classic Cha Chaan Teng. They’ve taken traditional dishes and given them a fresh spin, and there are a few must-tries on their menu.

First up is their Instant Noodles Mixed with Scallion Oil Chicken Chop—a comforting blend of crispy chicken chop and flavorful noodles. Then, there’s the Scrambled Egg with Char Siu served with Rice, a delicious mix of sweet char siu and creamy scrambled eggs on a bed of rice. Wash it all down with their Deluxe Lemon Tea, a refreshing and tangy beverage. And don’t forget to try their hand-beaten coffee, prepared with care as it’s beaten 600 times to achieve the perfect creaminess.

Take a stroll around Coloane Old Town


Took a stroll around Coloane Old Town a this village untouched by the glitz of the casinos. Coloane Village, known as the “Back Garden of Macau,” has a 300-year-old old town area with historical buildings and colourful houses full of exotic charm. The streets are steeped in history, simple and serene as if travelling through time. Walking along the riverbank leads to the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier. Built in 1928 in Baroque style, its white and creamy yellow façade, oval windows, and bell tower create a picturesque atmosphere, perfect for photos. At this old town, you must queue for the first ever Lord Stow’s Bakery, the pioneer in Macau Portuguese egg tart.

Pamper yourself with the spectacular Palazzo Versace afternoon tea



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Enjoy the city’s night view on an Open Top Bus Night Tour

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As the sun sets on our final evening in Macau, we eagerly embark on the Open Top Bus Night Tour, a magical journey through the city’s illuminated streets. With its open-air deck providing unobstructed views, we settle into our seats, ready to be enchanted by the twinkling lights and vibrant energy of Macau after dark.

As the bus glides through the bustling streets, we’re treated to a dazzling spectacle of lights and colors. From the iconic Taipa Archway, adorned with intricate designs and bathed in soft hues, to the towering replica of London’s Big Ben, standing tall against the night sky, each landmark we pass is a testament to Macau’s unique blend of culture and architecture.

Our journey continues as we pass by the Golden Reel at Studio City, a mesmerizing sight that seems to defy gravity as it spins high above the city. Next, we catch a glimpse of The Parisian Macau, its towering Eiffel Tower standing proudly amidst a sea of lights. As we marvel at the intricately designed facade, we’re transported to the romantic streets of Paris, albeit with a distinctly Macanese twist.


Our tour culminates at the Venetian Macau Resort, where we’re greeted by the sight of gondolas gliding gracefully along the serene canals. With its Venetian-inspired architecture and bustling piazzas, the resort exudes an air of elegance and charm, inviting us to linger a little longer.

Our whirlwind 48 hours in Macau have been nothing short of magical. From exploring its historic landmarks to indulging in its culinary delights, we’ve experienced the very best that this vibrant city has to offer. I can’t wait to return for more adventures in the future. I hope this guide inspires you to plan your own unforgettable journey to Macau. Until next time, happy travels!