FIBEGA Miami 2019 has the honor of announcing Macao as Finalist for the FIBEGA Gastronomy Tourism Awards in the Emerging Destination category.
Macao is a region of China nestled about an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong. This small, stunning region is a manifestation of a unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures which has resulted in cuisine that is deliciously distinct. In 2017, Macao was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, in part due to it's 19 Michelin-starred restaurants, 12 Michelin recommended street foods and a wide-variety of hidden gems. A few of the must-try local dishes include: African Chicken, Macanese Egg Tarts, Pork Chop Buns, Serradura, Macanese Almond Cookies, and more. Whether on the hunt for Portuguese, Chinese or the unique blend known as Macanese, food lovers will find a haven in Macao.
There are a lot of things to do in Macao:
Discover the Historic Centre of Macao: Composed of over 20 monuments, the stunning architecture and cultural significance of this UNESCO World Heritage site is not to be missed. Must-see attractions include the remarkable Ruins of St. Paul’s, the Mediterranean atmosphere and pastel buildings of Senado Square, the European-style of Dom Pedro Theatre (the first of its kind in China), and St. Dominic’s Church, one of the most beautiful churches in Macao.
Enjoy Gourmet, Michelin-Starred Food: With 19 Michelin-starred restaurants and many more Michelin-recognized food trucks, Macao is a great place to come hungry and truly delight in delicious meals and snacks at every turn. A few “worth the splurge” Michelin restaurants are: The Eight, Mizumi, The Tasting Room and The Golden Peacock. If you’re hoping for something more casual, try a view of the local hot spots such as: La Famiglia Restaurant, Sei Kee Café, Restaurante Local, Lord Stow’s Bakery, and Henri’s Galley.
Create Your Own Macanese Cuisine: If enjoying the tastes isn’t enough, truly be immersed in the culture by taking part in a Macanese cooking class. You can learn to make your very own exotic and delicious dishes of Macao, such as African Chicken, Portuguese Egg Tarts, Minchi and more.
Enjoy a Walking Tour of Macao: Take in Macao’s beautiful history and culture via one of the do-it-yourself walking tours. Pick up a walking tour pamphlet at a local tour shop and stroll along stunning Macao on your time, choosing the path that best suits your interests. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, or adventurer, there’s a tour for you.
Adrenaline Rush at Macau Tower: Every cosmopolitan metropolis has an iconic giant at the core of its skyline, and the Macau Tower does not disappoint. Over 1000 feet tall, the observation deck at the top is full of thrills. Skywalk X is a staggering guided tour along the outer rim of the tower. And for true daredevils, one of the world's tallest bungee-jumps can be arranged from this height. For a more mellow experience, a restaurant also awaits with panoramic views.
These are some of the many reasons to discover Macao, but there are many more that can be seen in this video: