Chinese New Year Spots in Macau

By Doris Lam
Photo Credits : Louis Li / Amy Wong

It’s the time of the year for red packets, fireworks, flower markets and lion dances again! As the Year of the Pig approaches, here is the list of top Chinese restaurants to celebrate with the family, plus a list of festive happenings around town.

The Eight
As the first and only Chinese restaurant in Macau awarded three Michelin stars for six consecutive years, The Eight is on the top of our list for a traditional Chinese feast. Not only do they have an extensive dim sum menu, but an auspiciously decorated interior that sets the perfect scene for celebrations.  

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Where: 2/F, Grand Lisboa

Imperial Court
Satisfying both the young and old, Imperial Court serves authentic Chinese dishes with a fusion twist. The luxe restaurant has a wide range of regional cuisines with a focus on Cantonese. Elevating classics such as turnip puff pastries with a luxe crab meat and adding duck liver to gold coin chicken, the menu is full of lucky dishes that will please the whole family.

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Where: Grand Imperial Court, MGM Macau, Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, Nape

Tam Chai Yu Chun ( Taipa Fish Village Restaurant- Main Branch) 
If a restaurant commands a long dinner queue, you know it’s good. Taipa Fish Village Restaurant is loved by both locals and tourists for its unpretentious, old-school seafood cuisine.. Located in the vicinity of R. do Cunha Street, this old restaurant  serves delicious classic “ truly authentic Macanese” seafood gourmet dishes. Fresh seafood are shipped directly from the seaport every morning, foodies swear by its signature chicken dish that is known for being tender and juicy — and best completed with its in-house sauce and not forgetting its succulent branched prawns and “melt in your mouth” shark fin in chicken broth.

Where: 45 R. do Cunha
Telephone: 853 2882 5005

Jade Dragon
This three Michelin-starred fine-dining Chinese restaurant was also awarded as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2018. From their famous roasted Peking goose to a crispy suckling pig with caviar - the restaurant’s dishes are as delicious as they are decadent.


Where: Level 2, The Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams

Fireworks at Macao Tower
Make your way towards Macao Tower or by the Taipa shore after dinner to snag the best spot to watch the colourful fireworks. The annual Chinese New Year fireworks show is one of the most anticipated events during the year.

When: Feb 5th, midnight 
Where: By the Macao Tower

Chinese New Year Parade at Senado Square
Kick off the new year by joining in the parade at Senado Square. Get your cameras ready for the star of the show - the iconic dragon dance, rumoured to the longest one in the world. Watch dancers, floats and drummers make their way through Portuguese buildings to the ruins of St. Paul.

When: Feb 5th
Where: Ruins of St. Paul

Tap Seac Square Flower Market
Fresh flowers are believed to bring good luck, wealth and prosperity- a must for the new year. You can easily spend a whole afternoon wandering through Tap Seac Square Flower Market after lunch or dinner, lost amongst the crowds of eager shoppers and the flower, snack and toy stalls.

When: Jan 28th - Feb 3rd: 9:00am to midnight; Feb 4th: 9:00am to Feb 5th: 2:00am
Where: Tap Seac Square

A-Ma Temple
During Chinese New Year, the oldest temple in the city fills up with families offering incense to their favourite deities seeking luck and fortune for the new year. You’ll find lively chatter, fortune tellers, and possibly even firecrackers during Chinese New Year’s Eve!

When: February 4 and onwards
Where: Largo de Barro


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