1. Snag a souvenir
Mercearia Portuguesa (Portuguese Corner Shop)
Long after the handover to China, Portugal has found itself a new home in Macau in the form of this treasure trove of a corner store dedicated to selling traditional Portuguese products. Here you will find a small but well-curated selection of provisions, which includes food, wine, chinaware, wooden toys and jewellery—gorgeously packaged and reasonably priced. This is a family business that’s run with passion and is located in the São Lázaro parish, one of the most picturesque parts of Macau.
Mercearia Portuguesa, 8 Calçada da Igreja de São Lázaro, Macau, +853 2856 2708, merceariaportuguesa.com
2. Indulge in an Omkakase experience
Dining ‘Omakase’ is a Japanese gourmet experience, often lasting three hours, that consists of dishes selected and presented by a top sushi chef who deploys an innovative and artistic interpretation of the traditional Japanese experience. Yamazato Restaurant’s executive chef Akira Hayashi and his culinary team are masters of building flavour as one course moves to another. For lunch, served from 12noon-3pm, dishes include an appetiser, soup, sashimi, Oshinogi, a grilled dish, eight pieces of Nigiri sushi, miso soup and dessert. In a word, glorious.
Sushi Bar, Yamazato Japanese Fine Dining, 28/F, Hotel Okura Macau, Galaxy Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, +853 8883 5127, email@example.com
3. Sip and shop
Timepieces & Whiskies
Gentlemen can taste some of the finest whiskies while they shop for luxury watches at the new DFS boutique in Macau called Timepieces & Whiskies. The venue offers a lofted library-style lounge and a bar, with 30 whiskey brands, including The Macallan, Glenmorangie and Highland Park. The bar also offers customers daily guided tastings. The men’s watch selection is curated to appeal to the collector looking for a unique and fashionable piece and features classics from IWC Schaffhausen or Zenith, as well as niche brands like NOMOS Glashütte and Romain Jerome.
Timepieces & Whiskies, 2/F, Men’s Fashion, T Galleria by DFS, Macau, The Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams, Cotai, Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai, +853 8791 8300, cityofdreamsmacau.com
4. Hear Cordelia Singing
Songs of Lear
Set to spells of Gregorian chants and Biblical psalms, Songs of Lear is a sonic version of Shakespeare’s iconic play King Lear, directed by the Polish company Song of the Goat's co-founder Grzegorz Bral. A non-linear, dramatic musical event, the performance reveals the subtle energies and rhythms that govern Shakespeare’s tragedy. The ensemble members, having chosen crucial scenes from King Lear, weave a story out of gestures, words, and music.
Songs of Lear, Grand Auditorium, Macao Cultural Centre, Av. Xian Xing Hai, Nape,
+853 2840 0555, ccm.gov.mo
5. Enter a state of trance
Armin van Buuren, Club Cubic
One of the most successful DJs of all time, music producer and DJ Armin van Buuren headlines the ultimate trance party at Macau’s Club Cubic this Saturday. Van Buuren kicked off his now legendary music career with the trance classic Blue Fear in 1997. Since then, he’s produced numerous hits, made DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs number one spot a record five times, landed a Grammy, and launched A State of Trance, a hugely popular weekly radio broadcast. Now celebrating his 20th year in the music industry, he remains one of the planet’s most popular DJs and producers, headlining more than 150 shows at festivals and venues around the world.
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