First, a caveat: there are too many wonderful pastry shops in Macau, and highlighting so few means some of the best are excluded. Nevertheless, here are 6 delicious places to eat pastries, including tempting twists on classic French patisserie, sweet Swiss riffs, and high-art gourmandises, each with its own distinct style.
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 include the Tangy Tarte au Citron and Mille Ffeuille with vanilla and salted caramel cream, as well as desserts and cupcakes served in dainty ceramic pots. Passion’s handmade French macarons in 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
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 mouth-watering —selection of cakes, cookies and chocolates, plus traditional and Asian-inspired pastries. Favourites include the signature strawberry vanilla chiffon (pictured above), 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
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 the Hermé 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
Sweet Life Market Place
Also at Studio City, the Sweet Life Market Place features sweet treats from more than 10 food stalls—Crazeeey Macs, Rollin' Donuts, Glace Beignet (pictured above), Pomme Fraise d’Amour, Funky Fudge, Chocolicious, HK Waffle, Holy Cheese, Cakez Café, Cotton Candy Art and FoodNess Sorbets—offering more than 70 handcrafted sweet treats until May 31. Items range from chocolate, colourful candies and macarons to ice cream doughnuts and freshly made waffles and crepes.
Sweet Life Market Place, Times Square Macau, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8865 3450, studiocity-macau.com
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 (pictured above), 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/
Oh la la French Patisserie
Owners Irene Malevitis Gaspar and Tina Awad named their patisserie after the famous French expression “Oh la la”, indicating admiration and excitement. Famous for its low sugar, colourful cakes, macaroons and eclairs, Oh la la features an ever-changing menu of creative flavour combinations. The cakes of the month alone boast more than 20 flavours and designs, including the popular Berry Bomb, which features layers of chocolate cake filled with vanilla cream and fresh berry custards. The éclairs, meanwhile, eschew the traditional chocolate filling for more imaginative versions including the scrumptious oreo vanilla (pictured above). Yes, life is sweet.
Oh la la French Patisserie, Edificio Ka Pou, 55 R. de Coelho do Amara
+853 6555 3265, facebook.com/ohlalafrenchpatisserie/
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