As Macau grows in size, so too the shopping choices – enough to ensure you will shop 'till you drop. From the tiny market stalls and hole-in-the-wall camera and jewellery shops on the peninsula to the ritzy upmarket malls on the Cotai Strip, the options are mindboggling.
1. Senado Square
From this famous square, take the route along the cobblestone streets and lanes to the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s and you will find bustling bargain shopper’s paradise - souvenirs, fashionable clothing and shoes. There are art and antique stores close to the ruins.
2. Red Market / Three Lantern District
Rub shoulders with the locals at the popular fresh produce Red Market and pick up a piece of fruit - at a bargain price. Also close by is a district of narrow streets lined with stalls selling clothing and local souvenirs. Sample some tea, perhaps freshly squeezed fruit juice.
Also within an easy walk of the Ruins of St Paul’s is Macau’s “Chinatown”, where you can appreciate local art and furniture workmanship between tea tastings and visits to the Chinese medicine pharmacies. You can eat and drink without unduly hitting the hip pocket.
4. Shoppes at Sands Cotai Central
There is a staggering 600 stores within the giant complex, 100 being personalised boutiques and galleries, making it the largest grouping of shops in the one single Macau location. And many are fronted by a manmade indoor canal dotted with passing gondolas.
5. Promenade of the Galaxy
This circular mall boasts a dazzling selection of top brands among the 200 stores, items hailing from Asia and, very much, from around the world. You will also be able to buy offerings from local purveyors from this virtual shopping village.
6. Boulevard at the City of Dreams
High-end jewellery, designer label clothing and premium beauty accessories are readily sold on a walk around this elegantly presented circular indoor mall. Make sure to keep a close eye on the latest specials and the credit card as well.
7. Boulevard at Studio City
One minute you are standing in an area replicating New York’s Grand Central Station, the next you are swept along a boulevard of shops, mostly high end with such labels as Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss, and the stores selling confectionaries and souvenirs.
8. Wynn & MGM Esplanades
It’s not the just Cotai Strip that boasts upmarket stores. Linking the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with the MGM Macau is another indoor mall of finery. And within a short walk of this is the Wynn Esplanade where the credit card can work overtime.
9. Taipa Village
As sleepy as Taipa village is portrayed, this corner of historic Macau, between Taipa City and Cotai, has a number of inviting jewellery and clothing stores, along with antique and furniture outlets. Visit on Sundays, and you can explore a bazaar, from 11am until 10pm.
10. Coloane Village
Lesser known as the most remote village in Macau is Coloane, a small fishing centre, and an interesting mix of family-owned shops selling anything from fresh fruit and vegetables and small goods to dried fish products and antiques and furnishings.