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Your Key To Secret Macau – Hidden Street

Best known for its Historic Centre, Macau Grand Prix and the casinos, Macau is also characterized by the numerous hidden streets located throughout the Historical Centre where you can explore and discover the authentic Macau.

Rua Dos Ervanarios is a narrow alleyway located just southwest of Rua de San Paolo in the Historic Centre of Macau.  If there is a street that could be described as ‘China meets Portugal’, then this would be it!

Walking down Rua Dos Ervanarios, you will find old Chinese shops lining the narrow alleyway and beautiful Portuguese style tiles embedded in the pavement surface.  This passageway offers unique photo opportunities for one to capture the marriage of Chinese and Portuguese heritage, something one can only find here in Macau.  This is one of those rare places that maintains a real connection to the past.

Tracing its history back to 1869, Hong Heng Cocos is one of the oldest traditional shops in the area.  The Coconut Ice Cream – a delicious concoction of coconut water, milk and coconut shavings.  It is sugar free so not particularly sweet and thus allows the natural coconut flavors to come through nicely.

Located in the St. Antonio Parish, Rua Cinco de Outurbo veers from Rua des Lorchas and curves along the western side of the Macau peninsula.  This street originated from Macau’s colonial past and serves as a memory of the day Portugal became a Republic on the 5th day of October in 1910.   Rua Cinco de Outurbo will be particularly interesting to those who want to see a part of Macau that has not changed throughout the years and can fully experience the lifestyle of a local.

There are a good number of our favorite eateries located here:  Ngau Kei for the crab congee, Teeny Fatt for early morning dim sum, and Nam Peng for traditional breads.  Ying Kee Tea House, established in Guangzhou dating back more than 130 years, serves only the finest tea selection and blends, providing visitors with a calming and nutritious refreshment.

Meet the Author
Phoenix Wong

Phoenix is a graduate of the Swiss Hotel Management School, class of 2010. Her concierge journey started with her internship at Walt Disney World Florida as a Concierge Guest Service Officer in 2009. After moving back to Macau, Phoenix joined the Grand Hyatt in the position of Concierge Guest Service Officer and was soon promoted to Concierge/Grand Club Manager. She is currently the Chef Concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel Macao. Phoenix was also one of the candidates for Les Clefs d’Or Award in 2017.

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