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“The quiet, sleep village, side of Macau”
Review of Coloane

Coloane
Ranked #11 of 242 things to do in Macau
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Hong Kong, China
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“The quiet, sleep village, side of Macau”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

We recently spend 1/2 day visiting Coloane Village, which is a much the quieter side of Macau than what most experience on the Cotai Strip or historic city center area. Located no more than 10-12 minutes bus ride from the bustling Cotai Strip you can find this sleepy community, which features a few interesting things to see and good dining.

Our favorite part of Coloane is visiting the original Lord Stow's Bakery and Cafe. Being huge fans of this small business, we recommend visits to Coloane, even if just for the tarts. Other good dining can be found here as well. We quite enjoy Espaco Lisboa - a very good classic Portuguese restaurant located on the tiny Rua dos Gaivotes. There is also a famous Macanese and seafood restaurant called Nga Tim Cafe which lines a tiny square where you find the historic church called St. Francis Xavier church.

There are a few small temples you can visit in Coloane as well. Basically this spells out what you can see in Coloane village before moving on to other areas nearby, namely the Giant Panda Pavilion at Seac Pai Van Park or the Black Sands Beach just a bit further down the main road.

Overall, Coloane is not one of our favorite areas to visit in Macau but we do go there from time to time for the fantastic egg tarts at Lord Stow's or for a meal. The area is quiet and offers a look at what much of Macau must have resembled in the distant past.

An alternative is to visit Taipa Village just north of the Cotai Strip. This is also an old village area but in a more urban setting, it has also had much more money put into restoration, preservation and tourism so there are plenty of souvenir shops, restaurants and even a couple museums in Taipa. Perhaps this will happen to Coloane in the future as well, only time will tell.

Visited May 2013
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“Old and sleepy”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Coloane's main attraction in my opinion is the fact that it is an old part of Macau where time and people seem to have forgotten. There is really not much to do except potter around looking at the old housing settlements. If you are fascinated by how people live in a place where hodge-podge buildings pop out from everywhere, this is the place. There are a couple of shops selling dried goods like salted fish, dried seafood.

You can take the public bus to Coloane and have lunch at one of a few cafes there.

But the only other reason I was there was for Lord Stowe's Portugese egg tarts. Yummy fresh out of the oven, it is worth buying a box to take back to the hotel. But best eaten hot!

Visited April 2013
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“Must-see in Macau”
Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

Quiet and old village in Macau. Coloane Village offers a range of unique cultural and historical sights as well as great food that you would enjoy. From temples to abandoned ship construction sites, to churches and old Portuguese streets and buildings, you can easily spend a day there relaxing in this quiet place, on foot or on a rented bike. Complete with Macanese cuisine, egg tart, beach and barbecue.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful and historical places”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Another part of life in Macau, quiet, sea breeze and beautiful scenery. There is a famous shop called lord stow selling Portuguese egg tarts.

Visited April 2013
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“Lovely Village”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stroll round this village untouched by the glitz of the casinos.
The Macau tourist organization has a nice walk you can do in Coloane

Visited April 2013
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