Healthy havens in the heart of Macau
Whether you’re feeling tender after a big night out on the strip, or just on the hunt for a fresh bite to eat, our Macau expert, Sally Victoria Benson shares with us this month, her healthy go-to’s.
We all know most of the hotels in Macau have fabulous buffet breakfast, but if you aren’t in the mood for an all-you-can-eat situation, or find yourself up early exploring, here a few of our faves…
Common Table is the new kid on the block and hangout for locals. Still in its soft opening, it’s already a firm favorite among those who live on Taipa Island! A modern, European all-day diner, café, bakery and grocer, everything is freshly made daily in house and it has a great range of options for breakfast. Think eggs, croissants and muffins. Its coffee is fab and its interior is comfortable and stylish, making it perfect for a quick brekkie or lazy lunch.
Common Table, No. 349-365, Avenida de Guimaraes, Nova City R/C Shop A, 853 Taipa, Ilhas, Macau, Tel 853 2885 6601, www.facebook.com/commontablemacau
Although it’s technically located in a hotel, Sheraton’s newly revamped, Palms Café & Bar is just what the city needed. Dine in or takeaway, this place actually serves food and drinks all day, however we love its fresh and healthy breakfast options. Freshly baked loaves of bread, cronuts, croissants, all-day breaky, fruit and nut toast with ricotta and honey, smoothies and its signature, matcha smoothie fruit bowl.
CHA BEI has really made a mark on the dining scene in Macau over the last year. While it is usually known for its delicious afternoon tea and range of sweet delights, it has a really great lunch menu with great healthy options. I’m a huge fan of its Aloha Poke Bowl, soups and poached salmon – I always order a side of steamed vegetables. It has healthy pressed juices, fermented drinks ( Taboocha) as well as a range of teas, but there is also a couple of guilty choices to indulge in, so its the perfect place to dine with those who are not as ‘health conscience’ as you.
Hailing as Macau’s first juicery and long-time favorite among those living here, Greens Kitchen is home to delicious coconut yogurt, wraps, salads, cookies and smoothies. Everything is made fresh daily on the premises and is easy to grab and go. Located right in the heart of the CBD, with friendly and helpful staff it even does healthy juice cleanses and serve the best pressed juice in Macau.
This is a local favourite and probably not news to Sassy readers, but if you are in Taipa Village this has got to be the best place to grab a healthy lunch or snack. Great for all ages, it has a large menu full of salads and heartier meals. It also has a large range of fresh juices, smoothies and non-dairy milk options for coffee! It is takeaway only, but there are so many parks and benches around to sit and enjoy your meal that it’s not an issue. I am a regular here and love its protein power bowl and banana bread. Healthy never tasted so good!
The Blissful Carrot No. 79 R. Direita Carlos Eugenio, Taipa Village, Tel: +853 6298 8433, The shop is open daily except Wednesday from 10:00am to 8:00pm
Café Marlette was set up by two local sisters, inspired by the ever growing coffee and café culture around the world. This adorable little place serves four choices of slow-pressed juices, each mixed with fresh vegetables and fruits, including a great menu to match. Serving salads, pastas and sandwiches, the café doesn’t use any MSG, chicken broth, or artificial colouring, and instead use a lot of herbs for seasoning and sauces. There are plenty of vegetarian options (don’t expect a huge amount of red meat!) and is just a short walk from the Ruins of St Paul and the Macau Fort.
Ting Ting Café is a local gem that offers everything from healthy smoothies and fresh juices, to several versions of its homemade veggie burgers for breakfast, brunch and lunch at reasonable prices. This is the perfect place to ‘grab and go’ as seating is limited and the kiosk is smack bang in the middle of the CBD. Most popular is the beetroot vegetable soup, tofu burger, black pepper mushroom burger and organic quinoa salad sushi.
Located in the park at Praca de Jorge Alvares, Ting Ting Café Praca de Jorge Alvares, Macau. +853 6387 7345. Opens from 8.30am to 7pm, Mondays to Fridays and from 9.30am to 7pm on Saturdays.
This is a great place to seek out if you are looking for a quick healthy bite to eat just beside the ruins. Build your own sandwiches and salads from an endless amount of options. Vegetarian or vegan? You’ll have no issues finding food here as one of the owners is vegan and does their best to promote lots of options on its menu. Its veggie cheeseburger with Portobello mushrooms is delicious, and one of my fave’s in Macau.
Located over on Macau Island side near the Macao Museum of Art, ROOT Macau is a new addition to Macau’s dining scene but fast becoming one of the most popular. This is the second restaurant by Local chef, Anthony Sousa Tam and leading the way by incorporating organic local produce into contemporary dining. It has its own vegetable garden in Macau and grow lots of its own ingredients to incorporate in its menu, believing in the benefits of organic, healthy nutrition in its dishes. Both authentic and creative, ROOT is establishing itself as a true modern classic in Macau.
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Overlooking Nam Vam Lake and the Macau Tower, Caffé B offers the best of both worlds when it comes to authentic Italian dining. This is one of my favourite places for a healthy bite in an open and modern setting as it’s hard to find something like this right in the heart of the CBD. Suitable for everyone it serves a light, fresh and healthy approach to Italian food and I love its delicious soups, fresh salads, grilled vegetables and seafood. Bellissimo!
Caffé B, Lake View Mansion Block 1, 744G-H Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van, Macau, Tel: +853 2838 6886, www.facebook.com/Caffe-B
Located right off the main street by St Paul’s Ruins is this tiny little coconut shop. Its delicious recipe is a family secret and is still as healthy and sugar-free as it was over 30 years ago. Its coconut ice cream is the star of the show, made just from coconut meat and coconut water which is sugar and dairy-free – all for MOP$20, it’s a real steal. If you’re not feeling coconut, it also serves mango and purple yam flavoured ice cream as well as coconut milk, coconut flakes and coconut cuts that are all fresh and ready to eat.
Cocos Hung Heng 14 Rua da Tercena, Macau, Tel:+853 2892 0944, i.yp.mo/honghengcocos
Open 9:00am–1:00pm, 2:30pm–7:00pm however the shop shuts early if they sell out- which almost always happens- even in winter!
Bless Juice Bar
Surrounded by some of Macau’s most popular tourist spots such as St. Augustine Church, Dom Pedro V Theatre and Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, Bless Juice Bar is located in the heart of St. Augustine Square. Serving refreshing fresh juices, herbal tea and hearty food, it provides a healthy experience for customers all over the city. But don’t pass on its quinoa croissants and great local coffee!
Featured image credited to The Blissful Carrot, all other images courtesy of respective businesses