Take a stroll through the colourful alleys of Macau’s Taipa Village and explore its many restaurants, snack stalls, souvenir stores and more…
Taipa Village is a great day trip destination — there’s something for everyone! It’s a stone’s throw away from the casino-lined Cotai strip, yet it’s a quaint rustic neighbourhood that retains a real historical feel to it. Taipa Village’s charming alleys are filled with old walk-up residential homes, traditional Chinese shops, vibrantly painted pastel villas, grandiose churches, ancient temples, huge amounts of restaurants, and a very vibrant snack street.
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How To Get To Taipa Village, Macau
If you’re taking a taxi, ask your driver to drop you off at the taxi station at the front of Rua do Cunha, a great starting point for exploring Taipa Village.
Want to head straight to Taipa Village from your arrival point? Take bus 30 or 34 from the Boarder Gate (alight at “T323 Ponte Negra / R.Do Regedor”); take bus 15 from Cotai Frontier Port (alight at “T323 Ponte Negra / R.Do Regedor”); take bus 102x from the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Building arrival floor (alight at “T324 Estádio de Macau” and walk three minutes to Taipa Village); or take bus MT1 from Macau International Airport (alight at “T339 Jardim Cidade Das Flores” and walk 5 minutes to Taipa Village).
There are also a number of shuttle buses from Cotai that pass through Taipa Village, including The Venetian Hotel shuttle bus and Galaxy Hotel shuttle bus. You can also hop on the Cotai Connection shuttle bus that will take you directly to Taipa Village.
Alternatively, if you’re staying at the Galaxy Hotel, The Venetian or City of Dreams, its an easy 15 to 20-minute walk to the village.
Where To Eat In Taipa Village, Macau: Street Food & Snacks
If this is your first time in Macau, you can’t miss this famous snack street, Rua do Cunha. Located in Taipa Village, it is the place to try all the best snacks Macau has to offer. Rua do Cunha, also known as Goon Ya Gai, is located off the main street, running right through the centre of the village. It’s a closed-in street for foot traffic only.
Sassy Tip: Do the rounds and stock up on snacks and food then make your way over to the Taipa Village Houses and sit out looking over the lake. It’s free and there are a few tables and chairs around to sit on.
Pork Chop Buns
Everyone knows about this iconic Macau snack! The delicious but simple Pork Chop Bun (or “Chu Pa Bao” as locals call it!) is found on almost every corner of the city including a few places in Taipa Village. Allegedly, Tai Lei Loi Kei is the origin of this delicious street snack. There will be a queue, but don’t worry — the line moves quickly and it’s well worth the wait!
Tai Lei Loi Kei, 35 Rua Correria da Silva, Taipa, Macau, +853 2882 7150
Portuguese Egg Tart
The famous Lord Stow’s Bakery finally has a storefront situated on the main drag Rua do Cunha, so wait in line and grab some hot egg tarts to nibble on while you walk around. You can also buy boxes to take home with you as presents for those back in Hong Kong, that is if you don’t eat them on the ferry ride home.
Restaurants In Taipa Village, Macau
Taipa Village is home to a great selection of authentic Portuguese restaurants that have been around for decades. If you feel like a sit-down lunch or dinner you can’t go wrong at Portugalia, O Santos, A Petisqueira, Antonio or its baby-pink sister restaurant, Tapas de Portugal by Antonio. All deliver delicious Portuguese flavours such as seafood rice, duck rice, octopus salad, grilled chicken and Caldo Verde (a traditional soup).
If you fancy a bit of Macanese food then head over to Restaurante Litoral Taipa for its African chicken, Minchi and various fusion dishes, (it also serves up Portuguese food!). There are plenty of East Asian food options such as hot pot, ramen, sushi, and Korean BBQ all spaced throughout the village area but if you’re looking for more European options like Italian, La Cucina Italiana will surely hit the spot.
- Antonio – Portuguese. 7 Rua dos Clérigos, Taipa, Macau, +853 2888 8668, antoniomacau.com,
- Tapas de Portugal by Antonio – Portuguese. 9 Rua dos Clérigos, Taipa, Macau, +853 2857 6626, www.facebook.com/tapasdeportugal
- O Santos – Portuguese. 20 Rua do Cunha, Taipa, Macau, +853 2882 7508,
- A Petisqueira – Portuguese. 15C-D Rua de S. Joao, Taipa, Macau, +853 2882 5354, apetisqueira.com
- Restaurante Litoral Taipa – Macanese and more. G/F, Block 4, 53-57 Wai Chin Kok Nos, Rua do Regedor, Taipa, Macau, +853 2882 5255, www.restaurantelitoral-taipa.com
- La Cucina Italiana – Italian. 6-12 Rua do Pai Kok, Chun Fok Village, Taipa, Macau, +853 2882 7818, www.facebook.com/LaCucinaMC
Editor’s Note: Antonio is currently closed for renovation.
Where To Drink In Taipa Village, Macau
Old Taipa Tavern (OTT)
Looking for somewhere to grab a drink after a long day of sightseeing in Taipa Village? Stop by Old Taipa Tavern (OTT) and enjoy a happy hour drink, grab some pub food or watch some live sports. This is where most of the local Macau expats come to hang out and catch up with friends. It has a large indoor seating area and some outdoor seating — which is very rare to find in the old village.
Old Taipa Tavern, 21 Rua dos Negociantes, Taipa Old Village, Taipa, Macau, +853 2882 5221
Lamgo Coffee & Roasting
This hole-in-the-wall takeaway coffee shop takes its beans seriously, cherry-picking them from different regions around the world and roasting them on the premises. Order the signature Iced Drip Coffee, which is famously fermented for eight hours, for a refreshing drink that packs a punch.
Right next door to Lamgo is Quarter Square — part coffee bar, part gallery and showroom for contemporary design. It’s a great place to get your caffeine fix while you browse for stylish goods to bring home.
Seng Pan Coffee Roaster
This visually stunning structure houses a cafe on the ground floor (great for both coffee and tea) and a restaurant on the upper level. A lovely spot for refuelling and picture-taking.
Where To Shop In Taipa Village, Macau
Taipa Village is home to many great shops that stock a range of cool gifts to take back home. From key chains and refrigerator magnets to buying snacks at local bakeries, there is something for everyone.
Drop by this four-storey souvenir store chock-full of gifts and keepsakes crafted by Macau-based artists. Across the floors, you’ll find traditional Macanese snacks such as jerky and almond cookies, ceramics, notebooks, artwork and more.
Cunha Bazaar, Rua do Cunha, 33-35 R/C, Taipa, Macau, +853 2882 7989
Another great store for Macau-themed souvenirs is O-Moon. You’ll find everything from stationery and postcards to accessories and ceramic coasters, many of which are designed with a blue-and-white theme as a nod to the Portuguese tiles that you’ll spot around town.
O-Moon, 22 Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa, Macau, +853 6206 7338
This stylish two-storey shop houses an exquisite range of vintage luxury bags, including coveted classics and discontinued second-hand bags, alongside accessories.
What To Do In Taipa Village, Macau
Street Art & Murals Around Taipa Village
Old Taipa Village is an Instagrammers paradise. There are colourful pastel buildings, historical streets and some beautiful traces of its Portuguese past spread out among the small corners and tiny streets. It is also home to some great restaurants and cafes that have gotten creative with their exterior decorations. You’ll find a lot of street art and murals sprinkled around the area; stop by the staircases at Escada do Coxo and Travessa da Boa Vista which feature murals by Macau artists Vitorino Vong and Jing Daan.
Museum of Taipa and Coloane History
You can’t miss this aquamarine building located right opposite one of the main bus stops. It’s a small museum that’s worth a look. Open every day except Mondays from 10am to 6pm, with free admission for everyone.
Museum of Taipa and Coloane History, Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa, Macau, www.icm.gov.mo
These buildings are not only a wonderful part of Macanese history (built in 1921!) but also a great place to take some photos or sit down outside and enjoy the snacks you picked up along the way. It faces out over the Cotai strip and offers a different way to view the casinos in the distance.
Taipa-Houses Museum, Avenida da Praia, Carmo Zone, Taipa, Macau, www.icm.gov.mo
Our Lady of Carmel Church
This iconic pastel-yellow church is unique because it stands on a hill overlooking Taipa Village right above the Taipa Houses-Museum. Together with the lovely garden that surrounds it, it’s a great place to snap a few Instagram pics or wander around. Admission is free.
Our Lady of Carmel Church, Avenida De Carlos Da Maia, Largo Do Carmo, Taipa, Macau
Tin Hau Temple & Pek Tai Temple
Built in 1785 during the Qian Long Reign, The Temple of Tin Hau is the oldest temple of Taipa. Also in the area, Pek Tai Temple was built in 1844 and is one of the large-scale temples around. It’s dedicated to Pek Tai, Va Kuong, Goddess Kam Fa and Wealth God. Admission is free to both.
Tin Hau Temple, Rua Gov Tamagmin Barborsa, Macau
Pek Tai Temple, Largo Camoes, Taipa Village, Macau
Editor’s Note: “Your Guide to Taipa Village, Macau” was most recently updated by Team Sassy in July 2023.