From mouth-watering chiffon and millefeuille to marvellous macarons, Macau’s best sweet shops are second to none when it comes to your sweet tooth. Whether you're shopping for yourself or searching for gifts, here are six delicious places to eat treats, each a temple to life’s sweet dreams.
Kafka Sweets and Gourmandises
Nicole and Jerry Lei run Kafka Sweets and Gourmandises, a coffee shop named after the novelist Franz Kafka. The couple sell a range of high-art gourmandises—desserts and pastry delicacies. It is the cakes that everyone talks about. Colourful and artistically designed by Nicole, their names are as exotic as their flavours. A caramel-coated, dome-shaped cake with a Darjeeling tea layer, for example, is called the Taj Mahal. A green matcha and red bean cake is Tsujiri (named after one of the most famous green tea shops in Kyoto); a red rose and lychee creation is named after Le Petit Prince; and a pyramid-shaped delicacy made with dark chocolate, coffee and hazelnut is called Cairo Time.
Kafka Sweets And Gourmandises, Rua de Braga No. 152, Taipa
+853 2882 0086, facebook.com/kafkasweets/
MGM Pastry Bar
Located on the ground floor of the resort, tucked away in its own cosy corner, this pastry outlet offers a colourful—and scrumptious—selection of cakes, cookies and chocolates, as well as traditional and Asian-inspired pastries. Favourites include the signature strawberry vanilla chiffon, baked cheesecake with fresh raspberries, whipped milk chocolate and hazelnut chocolate chip cake, and the highly indulgent freshly-baked waffle with strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce and whipped cream.
MGM Pastry Bar, MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Nape
+853 8802 2324, mgm.mo
Passion. by Gérard Dubois
The name of the shop echoes the lifelong passion of owner Gérard Dubois, a Swiss-born pastry chef, for delivering top-quality products. Guests can enjoy a traditional French café experience with savoury dishes, a full line of French pastries, and the signature thick and creamy hot chocolate. Pastries range from the tangy tarte au citron and millefeuille with vanilla and salted caramel cream, to desserts and cup cakes served in dainty ceramic pots. Passion’s handmade French macarons in an elegant black velvet gift box, distinguish themselves from their peers with hand-painted shells and delicate pâte-de-fruit filling.
Passion. by Gérard Dubois, StarWorld Hotel, G051, G/F, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baía de Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Cotai, +853 8290 8685, starworldmacau.com
Pierre Hermé Paris
Heir to four generations of Alsatian bakery and pastry-making tradition, Pierre Hermé, the Picasso of Pastry, has revolutionised pastry making. His creative flavour combinations, such as Infiniment Chocolat Paineiras (pure origin Brazilian dark chocolate), Infiniment Rose (rose and rose petal) or Mogador (milk chocolate and passion fruit), to name a few, have made his macarons classics. And don’t miss his chocolate collection, with a selection of house flavours and exclusive pure origin chocolate blends, or the cakes, including cake Ispahan, a delicious encounter between rose-flavoured almond cake and bursts of raspberry and lychee.
Pierre Hermé Paris, Shop 1081, Level 1, The Boulevard, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8865 3450, studiocity-macau.com
SweetSpot at Sands Macao offers a delectable range of cakes and baked delights, including all kinds of cakes, tarts and millefeuille, as well as macaroons, cupcakes, cookies, pralines and truffles. The creative confections change regularly but on our last visit included a heavenly heavy chocolate cake, a mango pineapple sponge cake, a lime currant mousse and a delicious chestnut and coconut mousse. As well as cakes they offer a range of truffles and pralines including pistachio, cognac ball and mango passion. There are also cookies, such as M&M and coffee with walnut, as well as hazelnut, ginger and red fruit cupcakes. The complete range at SweetSpot is extensive, so why not go along and pick out your favourite sweet treat.
SweetSpot, 888 Food Court 2/F, Sands Macao Hotel,
+853 8983 3338, sandsmacao.com
Sweet & Sticky
With a giant-sized and colourful selection of confectionary, fun candy novelties, jar upon gigantic jar of sweets, a chocolate fountain, freshly made waffles and crepes, as well as a playful décor, Sweet & Sticky rivals Willy Wonka’s factory when it comes to satisfying sugar cravings. In the candy business everything is about excess, and Sweet & Sticky does not hold back. The shop offers extra large sundaes in buckets, XXL lollipops, a gargantuan gumball machine and even murals made of sweets.
Sweet & Sticky, Shop 1111, Level 1, The Boulevard at Studio City, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8865 6675, studiocity-macau.com
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