Taipa Village Macau on Foot: What to See and Do

Taipa Village is a marriage of old and new in Macau. The centuries-old village encapsulates the very heart of Macau, the shabby and unpolished parts that are overshadowed by the country’s lavish casinos. In some ways, its milieu is similar to that of its sister peninsula: with its colonial buildings and homes, as well as aging capsule apartments juxtaposed with the lifestyle hubs of surrounding megastructures.

With limited time on our hands, my mother and I did a walking tour of Cotai Strip and Taipa, Macau tourist attractions hours before our flight home. Here’s where we managed to stop by:

Rua do Cunha

The Venetian Macao is every tourist’s gateway to the Old Taipa Village. We exited from the Venetian Lobby and headed towards the direction of the Galaxy, where a travelator connects casino visitors to the Old Taipa Village. Be prepared to do a lot of walking to and fro the aptly named “food street,” although I don’t think tourists would mind.

Left Photo: Taipa Village Macau Street Signs, Right Photo: Rua do Cunha/Food Street
Taipa Village Macau is a few minutes walk from the Venetian Macao. Most tourists’ first stop is a famed street called Rua do Cunha.

Cunha Bazaar

Our first stop was a souvenir shop, as we had not bought any trinkets yet for friends and relatives. My mother and I got the usual keychains, shirts and postcards from the shop. I also took home Buddha paperweights from the shop.

Left Photo: Cunha Bazaar, Right Photo: Serradura
On the left is the facade of souvenir shop, Cunha Bazaar. Featured on the right is a Macau pudding called “serradura.”

Pastelaria Koi Kei (Koi Kei Bakery)

Pastelaria Koi Kei is a major food brand that sells pastries and snacks in Macau. It’s impossible for tourists to miss this bakery as they occupy a huge location at Rua do Cunha (as with their branch on Rua de Felicidades in the Macau Peninsula). People say that the branch at the Old Taipa Village was where it all started for the pastry shop.

Tourists looking around in Koi Kei Bakery
Koi Kei Bakery is often packed with tourists looking around for goodies to bring home.

Pastelaria Koi Kei is most known for their almond cookies and meat jerky, and they offer testers for most of their delicacies. They also sell those tikoy-type of chewy desserts, and a whole variety of sweet candies. According to Macau Lifestyle, Koi Kei sells millions of cookies everyday.

Rows of beef jerky
Yummy beef jerky!
A line of customers waiting for their beef jerky
The beef jerky is placed in a sealed plastic container before being handed out to customers.

Gelatina Mok Yi Kei

If you’re wondering about the pandemonium that’s taking place at a tiny dessert kiosk near the tail end of Rua do Cunha, then you’ve probably reached Gelatino Mok Yi Kei. The waiting time is actually pretty decent, despite the snaking line of tourists waiting for their turn to order the shop’s bestselling sawdust pudding (serradura) and durian ice cream. According to this Malaysian travel and food blog, the shop imports its durian ice cream from Malaysia.

Gelatina Mok Yi Kei stall at Rua do Cunha
A Gelatina Mok Yi Kei shop assistant hands over an order of serradura to a customer.

The Taipa Village food street is also home to a number of trendy food stuff that tourists can try, such as the pork chop bun. Ramen shops and a host of other Asian food restaurants are also present in the area.

Taipa Houses Museum (Casas-Museu da Taipa)

If you don’t have the free tourist guides with you, fret not as it’s easy to find your way to the museum. Just follow the throng of tourists who seemed to be wandering where to go next at the end of Rua do Cunha. Often times they’d figure out the path to the Taipa Houses Museum. That’s exactly what we did.

Pavilion
A pavilion near Rua do Cunha.
Tourists wandering about
We follow the route of some tourists who were wandering about the historic area.
Avenida de Carlos da Maia
Tourists pass along the Avenida de Carlos da Maia.
A church
A typical Portuguese colonial structure features these types of windows and doors. This is one of the exterior sides of a church in Taipa Village Macau.
Building with Grecian pillars
There are a number of other colonial structures and parks inside the tourist complex.

The Taipa Houses-Museum are a group of restored antique houses in the style of Portuguese architecture. According to the official Taipa Village tourism site, the residences used to face a lake during the early 1920s. The Macau Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau manages the site, which features items that depict the way of life during the Portuguese occupation of Macau.

A stack of bamboo beside a colonial house
These bamboo stacks were used for ladders to support construction workers renovating the colonial houses.
Construction worker standing on a stilt
A construction worker stands on a makeshift criss-cross ladder in front of a colonial house. Renovations are ongoing when we visited the historic house-museums in 2016.
Tree beside a colonial house
Weary tourists rest in the shade of many trees in the area.
The writer posing in front of one of the house museums.
Me posing in front of one of the colonial houses.

How to go to Taipa Village from Cotai Sands

There are two bus route options that can take you to Taipa from Sands Cotai Central. The first one is by via Rotunda Do Istmo at City of Dreams (bus 50). The other one is via the 25X bus at the border gate of Estrada Do Istmo in the Venetian Macau. Both buses will stop by the roundabout at Leonel Sousa, from where you can walk to Taipa. In my honest opinion, however, the most fun way to go to Taipa Village is by walking.

Travelator and bridge
A travelator and bridge connects Taipa Village Macau to the lifestyle hubs at the Cotai Strip.
The Venetian Macao
A view of the Venetian from the foot bridge that connects it to the Old Taipa Village.

Taipa Village Macau Map

Words and Photographs by Sandy Miguel. All rights reserved. 

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