Macau is a popular shopping destination due to its free port status: there is no sales tax. Common buys include jewellery (particularly gold), Chinese antiques, porcelain, pottery, electronic gadgets, cameras, watches and beading work. For foodie treats, try dried seafood, abalone (which is something of an acquired taste), pastries or Portuguese wine – in particular vinho verde, literally ‘green wine’ and drunk while it’s very young. Chinese herbs and medicines are also widely available, although it’s important to be aware of what you are buying – some traditional remedies are made from endangered animals, and quite apart from any moral objections, it may be illegal to import them into another country.
Antiques& Furniture: A selection of reproduction traditional-style rosewood Chinese furniture, porcelain wares, lacquer, bronze wares, wood carvings and Chinese paintings can be found in Rua de S.Paulo Area. All authentic Chinese antiques will have certificates confirming their provenance. In piazza venues, bargain as much as you like to get the best prices.
Wine: Of course, Macau is a good place to buy aromatic authentic Douru or Alentejo wine imported from Portugal at duty-free prices. Vinho Tinto in Portuguese on wine bottles indicates the red wine and Vinho Branco the white. Macau Wine Museum is the best place to sample different types of wines and get professional advice on how to buy wines. Well-packed wine products are available at all supermarkets.
Jewelry: Gold, pearl and crystal jewelries can be found either in credit standing jewelry shops and souvenir stalls on the antique street near the Ruins of St. Paul's. The credit standing jewelry shops are mainly located near the New Road Area, Av. de Horta e Costa and the region close to Hotel Lisboa.
Gifts to Tempt the Taste-buds: The Macau-style Dim Sum is well-known throughout South East Asia. Pastry shops and dim sum bakeries in the Senado Square Area and Rua de Cunha offer ideal gifts for families and friends. For details, please see our page on Macau Snacks.
Duty-free Products: Numerous world-famous fashion brands have stores and outlets in the city providing all the latest styles and fashions. Top of the range fashion stores can be found around the areas close to the New Road and Av. Infante D. Henrique. The luxury hotels such as Hotel Lisboa, Mandarin Oriental, Sintra and New Century in Taipa have boutiques selling fashion clothes, duty-free perfumes, cosmetics and electronic accessories.
There’s plenty of variety when it comes to places to shop. Several glitzy luxury goods malls have sprung up around several of the new casino resorts, including Wynn Macau and The Venetian. A rather more down-to-earth shopping experience can be had at the Red Market on the corner of Avenida Horta e Costa and Avenida Almirante Lacerda. It’s a three-storey building selling mostly food but also some clothing. There’s also a street market running from the Red Market through the Three Lamps District (also known as Sam Jan Dang). The stalls sell mostly clothes and fabrics. The best-known gold shops are along Avenida do Infante D Henrique, Avenida Horta e Costa and Avenida Almeida Ribeiro. For porcelain, try Rua de São Paulo.
Macau also has some good street markets. There’s a daily flea market in the lanes around Rua das Estalagens, near the ruins of St Paul's Church, as well as one every Sunday in Taipa Village between Bombeiros Square and Camões Square. These can be good for handicrafts, clothes and souvenirs, but always bargain over prices. There is an Artisan's Fair every Saturday evening in Santo Agostinho Square.
Macau Peninsular : The main shopping centers are scattered around Av. Almeida Ribeiro (New Road), Av. Infante D. Henrique, Rua Pedro Nolasco da Silva and Av. de Horta e Costa.
Senado Square Area : Senado Square is the main bustling area in central downtown on the northern side of Av. Almeida Ribeiro (New Road) where a great number of stores and food stalls line the streets. The best buys here are fashionable clothes.Getting there: TCM 10, 10A, 11 and 21A or TRANSMAC 3, 3A, 5, 6, 8, 8A, 26A and33 reach the Senado Square Area
Red Market& Av. de Horta e Costa: Red Market is now as a pedestrian street at the intersection of Av. do Almirante Lacerda and Av, de Horta e Costa. The street owes its name to a range of red buildings constructed by the Portuguese in the 20th century. At present, it is a well-known street with all sorts of stalls selling fruits, vegetables, flowers and clothes. The fruits here are best in the city and are inexpensively priced.
Starting from the Red Market to the Flora Garden at Guia Hill, Av. de Horta e Costa is another of the city's main shopping streets with a focus in what is called the Three Lamps District. Streets and lanes radiating from this square accommodate a selection of shops selling jewelry, clothes, shoes, cameras and electronic gadgetry.
Getting there: Buses 1, 1A, 3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 25, 26, 26A, 32, 33 and 34 go to the Red Market
Rua de S.Paulo Area: The most popular piazza is located close to the Ruins of St. Paul's. A dozen or so furniture and antique shops can be found along the Rua de S.Paulo with authentic antique porcelain, ancient coins and rosewood reproductions of traditional Chinese furniture. Most shops offer good delivery services at reasonable prices. Rua de N.Srå do Amparo nearby is a gravel road and here various peddlers set out all kinds of pottery, figurines and Chinese paintings as well as secondhand articles on the ground. This area is also well-known for its variety of pastry shops and dim sum bakeries, among which Koi Kei is the best. Several featured shops sell various souvenirs for visitors. You can bargain for the goods in this area.
Another piazza worth visiting can be found near Hong Kung Temple on the Rua Cinco de Outubro.
Buses nos. 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 19, 21, 21A, 26, 26A and 33 can take you to the AV. Almeida Ribeiro and then a walk northern ward along the Rua Mercadores can lead you to the area.
New Yaohan& Macau Landmark: New Yaohan, opposite to the reclaimed land of the city's Ferry Terminal is the most popular shopping center in the city with a full range of electronic appliances and cameras varieties from Japanese.
Getting there: TRANSMAC1A, 3, 3A, 5, 8, 28A, 28B, 28BX, 28C, 32, AP1 or TCM 10, 10A, 10B, 12, 23 and AP1 reach New Yaohan.
Macau Landmark, as it is named, is a landmark in the Reclamation Area. This is a new tourist attraction established in the southern part of the Macau Peninsular with fashion shops, dining center and top-rank entertaining facilities catering for tourists.
Generally daily 1000-1900, though some of the new luxury brand malls are open until 2100. Some shops may close on the first day of every month.
Bargaining is expected. For antiques, gold and jewellery, use officially-recommended shops; always ask for a warranty and receipt.