Anyone who has either been to Macau, lives there, or have heard about this ex-Portuguese colony would know that Portuguese egg tarts are Macau’s most famous and popular snack 🙂
Locals hang out reading the newspaper on barstools, while tourists cluster around the bakery counter. When in Macau, we just can’t miss the Portuguese egg tarts, torched to a crème-brulee-like finish.
Egg tarts are quite easily available from bakeries and restaurants across Macau, but the two most well-known ones are Lord Stow’s Bakery and Margaret’s Café e Nata.
Lord Stow’s is the most famous of the 2 by far, claiming fame in international waters, with a number of chain stores in Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. There are a number of Lord Stow’s franchises around Macau, including one with its own cafe at The Venetian (the one we visited).
It’s original shop is housed in a tiny, two-story residence with a red-tiled roof. This café is one of the most charming parts of Macau, nestled on the sleepy beachside community of Coloane, dotted with Portuguese colonial architecture, a Buddhist temple and a fish market. This is also the place that popularized the Portuguese egg tart in the 1990’s.
Attracting a faithful following and becoming a visible export, almost a trademark of Macau with snake-like queues of people eager to sample this “little piece of heaven”.
As we planned to visit The Venetian and didn’t have time to make a trip to Coloane, we decided to drop by their outlet at The Venetian instead. Well, a more modern and sophisticated environment here with no long queues of course 🙂
Each Portuguese Egg Tart cost around MOP$8
Crispy pastry with freshly baked egg fillings that was bursting with silky smooth texture & torched to a crème-brulee-like finish. So good! It was really hard to tell which was better in comparison to Margaret’s Café e Nata’s version, but we personally love Lord Stow’s in a way it’s less oily in its pastry texture. Nonetheless, we would recommend you to try both for yourself! 🙂
At the Venetian, they do serve other types of pastries and coffee too.
Great place to chill for a while taking a break from all the walking we did 🙂
After that we went around The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel 澳門威尼斯人度假村酒店, Macao’s first integrated resort, opened with a distinctive interior that resembles the beautiful city of Venice, Italy. It can take you from one corner of the world to another, allowing you to experience the beauty of Italy while sitting in China.
Since there’s a free shuttle service to Taipa Island just outside the hotel we stayed in: Hotel Sintra, every half and hours! (It’s actually buses provided by the casinos on Taipa Island, fetching tourists to their respective casinos) It’s really convenient!
How we get to The Venetian?
We just hoped on the City of Dreams Casino bus! Haha.
Beautiful lights projected by the Resorts & Casinos at night: City of Dreams 新濠天地 & Galaxy Macau 澳門銀河綜合渡假城
It was such a waste that we didn’t manage to watch The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams as the timing wasn’t right. Should have pre-booked prior to that.
Taking the free shuttle bus back to our Hotel Sintra, here’s how it looks like at night. Hotel review HERE.
Still not getting enough of the night, we walked towards the Grand Lisboa Casino (very near to our hotel) for more night shots!
Lord Stow’s Bakery
Established in September 1989 (Original Shop)
Address：1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane, Macau
Tel：(+853) 2888 2534
Open Daily 07:00 – 22:00
How to get there?
Bus 15, 21A, 25, 26, 26A, 50 to Coloane Village
Established in August 2010
Address：Shop 870, Mask Street, The Grand Canal Shoppes Venetian, Macau
Tel：(+853) 2886 6889
Opening Hours：Open Daily
Sunday to Thursday 10:00 – 23:00
Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 00:00
How to get there?
Bus 15, 21A, 25, 25X, 26, 26A, 35, MT3 to Venetian
or take Venetian’s own tourist bus service