1. Take a sea trip
Macau Maritime Museum
Macau’s history is closely connected with the sea, so start the day with a visit to the Macau Maritime Museum, the only oceanographic museum in the city. Outside, the architectural façade of the museum gives the viewer an impression of a stylized vessel, while inside it exhibits various aspects of Portuguese and Chinese seafaring history, including a collection of ship models covering the period from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries and featuring caravels, frigates and a Tang dynasty paddle wheel boat; representations of different fishing techniques, costumes, and implements used in the shipyards; and four aquariums.
Macau Maritime Museum, Calçada da Barra, Quartel dos Mouros
+853 2855 9922, marine.gov.mo
2. Enjoy a heritage stroll
Situated at the bottom of Barra Hill at the entrance to the Inner Harbour on Rua de S. Tiago da Barra across from the Maritime Museum, visitors will find A-Ma Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of seafarers and fishermen. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the temple was constructed in the late 15th century before the arrival of the Portuguese. The city was named after this temple, A-Ma-Gao (Place of A-Ma), though the name was, quite clearly, shortened to Macau. Consisting of four key pavilions that sit in perfect harmony with the natural environment, the temple was described in ancient Chinese texts and represented in paintings.
3. Indulge with mum
The Parisian Macao Brasserie
If you're planning a teatime treat for the lady in your life this Mother's Day, look no further than The Parisian Macao’s French Brasserie restaurant, which is introducing two Gallic culinary traditions, French afternoon tea and the famous ‘Galette’. The latter features buckwheat crêpes available in three flavours accompanied by French Kerisac cider, while the tea set offers savoury treats including mini Croque Madame with sunny-side-up quail egg; smoked salmon and avocado tartlet; artichoke and spinach salad; and sweets such as mini Eiffel Tower Champagne truffles. For drinks, try the dark hot chocolate laced with Grand Marnier.
The Parisian Macao, Level 3
+853 8111 9200, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Dine in colonial splendour
O Porto Interior Restaurante
Returning to this weekend’s nautical theme, visit O Porto Interior Restaurante, which serves some of the best seafood in Macau. Frequented by government officials and local celebrities, O Porto offers good service, a colouful colonial design with decorative pillars, Iberian arches featuring painted Portuguese tiles, marble steps and bridges, plus classic Macanese and Portuguese fare such as lightly crumbed codfish cakes; clams in white wine sauce, bacalhau, and seafood soup severed in bread. And for dessert, don’t miss one of the best serradura puddings in town.
O Porto Interior Restaurante, 259B, Rua do Almirante Sergio, +853 2896 7770
5. Get that 70s feeling
Village People concert
In celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary, American disco group Village People play The Venetian Theatre on May 12 and 13th. The campy Kings of Disco, known for their on-stage costumes—Native American, GI, Cop, Biker, Cowboy and Construction Worker—as well as catchy tunes such as Y.M.C.A, In the Navy and Macho Man, have wracked up international record sales of more than 100 million, along with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sharing the bill is Abba tribute band Bjorn Again – The Ultimate ABBA Experience, who will perform the group’s dance-friendly hits including SOS, Dancing Queen and Waterloo.
The Venetian Theatre, The Venetian Macao’s
+853 2882 8818, cotaiticketing.com