5 Memorable Keepsakes You Should Bring Back from Macao
By Rupali Dean
Those on a shopping vacation will be absolutely amazed with the abundance of bargains this duty-free port has to offer. It is no surprise that Macao is obviously known for its excellent shopping.
Macanese Antique Items
Chinese-style antiques are easily available at Rua di San Paulo, near the Ruins of St. Paul’s. The Taipa Village is as Macanese as it can get and is a shopper’s delight and has become a milestone among tourists and locals for its limitless collection of souvenir bargain shopping. Do look for a genuine bargain at reasonable rates.
If you want to binge on extravagance, a jaunt to Macao is the best way to spoil yourself. With approximately seven hundred boutiques between the shopping malls and the Venetian, Macao is the best bet to shop until you drop. If you have the money and you don’t mind spending, this one is perfect for you; from Steve Maddens to Louis Vuitton, it’s all there. The small streets to the left of Senado Square are bursting with shops that sell inexpensive ‘brands’, most of which are great copies, in case you do not want to spend too much on the real thing!
Chinese Tea and Medicine
Chinese tea is known to enhance your metabolism and support digestion. You can pick up tins of exquisite Gianni Jasmine tea and if you are fascinated in knowing more, pay a visit to the Macau Tea Culture House for one of the tea ceremonies. Chinese and Portuguese cultures are an essential part of the Macanese philosophy and I would be right in including Chinese medicine among your Macanese spoils; these products with unusual ingredients assure relief from every ailment you may have ever heard of.
For women, there is something magical about jewellery. The fascination for striking sparkly things and the need to possess them are humble inborn female traits. As a matter of fact, most women travellers arrive in Macao just for buying gold because the latest designs are available at a bargain and are duty-free. On the Avenida Horta e Costa, Avenida do Infante D. Henrique and Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro you will find many stores to indulge your greed for gold. Remember to ask for a certificate of purity and a warranty!
You must try Macao’s award-winning Portuguese wines and ports. You can find them at supermarkets, but the best ones can be bought at The Pouring House, TH Fine Wines, Watson’s Wine and Bacchus Wine Macau. Another place, Macau Soul, with its pleasant owners and tranquil atmosphere, is a striking option. There’s a Portuguese wine for every occasion here, and as Macau Soul’s slogan reads: ‘Drink wine, feel fine’. Let’s raise a toast to that!
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