Macau is rightly touted as one of the world’s great shopping destinations. While a well-ventilated, well-stocked mall has an undeniable appeal, it can get dull seeing the same parade of luxury brands time after time. If you’re feeling the need for something different, here’s our ultimate guide to some of the best independent shops.
Whether you’re after fantastic furniture, fine bone chinaware, Buddhist statuary, all manner of rare artefacts and even fashion accessories, or just enjoying a vintage day, Anton is Macau’s equivalent to Aladdin’s cave, though brighter and far better organised. The shop’s proprietor and namesake, Anton, has amassed an eclectic collection of antiques, the pieces have been sourced globally, mixed with items more modern or mainstream in design. The selection is presumably a reflection of Anton’s tastes, which run the gamut.
Anton, Rua dos Mercadores, N16, Taipa, +853 6675 3663
Dora Tam Design
Macau-based jewellery designer and painter Dora Tam offers a variety of custom made art and jewellery products at her all-white boutique. Winner of the Diamonds-International Awards 2000 for her white gold headdress sparkling with 2,881 diamonds weighing 117.04 carats, Tam has launched several major collections including her latest, Signature, featuring rings and pendants, which showcases the designer's artful style. "I look at jewellery as wearable object d'art. I believe the value of a jewellery piece does not come from the intrinsic value of the gemstones it uses, or the metal it is made. Instead, it comes from its artistic value," says Tam.
Dora Tam Design, Rua do Regedor, no. 125 R/C, Taipa. +853 2825 6319, doratamdesign.com
O Santos Loja Portuguesa
O Santos Loja Portuguesa, opened by O Santos—founder of the renowned O Santos Portuguese restaurant also in Taipa Village—is a treasure trove of imported Portuguese food such as olive oil, sardines, coffee, tea, souvenirs and traditional Portuguese delicacies, including Macau’s signature pasty, the egg tart. You might even want to take home a tube of Couto toothpaste, which is said not only to clean teeth but disinfect the mouth. And it’s vegan, too.
What’s more, a wine cellar on the first floor boasts an impressive collection of Portuguese wines, ranging from top-shelf bottles to vins de table. We recommend the Red Wine Casa de Santar Nobre Tinto 2013 from Northern Portugal, without doubt, one of the world’s top wines.
O Santos Loja Portuguesa, 2 Rua das Gaivotas, Taipa, +853 2857 6873
Quarter Square Lifestyle Boutique & Espresso Bar
Located in a quiet square off the bustling Rua do Cunha in Taipa village, and housed in two-storey village residence, Quarter Square is a chic boutique and espresso bar serves fine coffee and style in abundance. The shop carries a selection of lifestyle and design products—including interior design products from Danish brand Ferm Living, brass homeware from Japanese brand Futagami, and skin care products from Sweden’s L:a Bruket—not commonly found in Macau, or in Hong Kong for that matter.
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Founded by Alberto Chan, the shop aspires to be more than an ordinary retail outlet: it also offers it own coffee blend at the espresso bar, and offers a platform for design exchange in the ground floor store and espresso bar, first-floor studio and on the rooftop terrace.
Quarter Square Lifestyle Boutique & Espresso Bar, No. 89 Largo Maia de Magalhães, Taipa
+853 2857 6914, quartersquare.co
Like Quarter Square’s Alberto Chan, Clement Cheng, the founder of premium home-decoration and furniture retailer Signum, is out not only to provide a focus for people interested in art and design in Macau but also to “awaken those who haven’t considered those aspects a necessity in their lives.” As such, Signum is more than just a home decoration and furniture store offering a series of creative and quirky versatile ornaments; it also offers clothing and accessories, and a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
The shop stocks goodies from international and local designers, with brands including Tom Dixon, Magis, Moooi and Macau brand obèse.plein. Signum also has a quirky approach to categorising items.“Chunks”, for example, refers to furniture and fittings, and “Pieces” to smaller items and home accessories.“Signum’s goal is to bring in new and unconventional products to Macau, which is exactly what I try to do season after season,” says Cheng.
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