Macau is famous for excellent restaurants, unique cuisine and mellow bars. Above all, the city is famous for Macanese and Chinese cuisines: .

Portuguese food cozinha portuguesa, brought in by its Portuguese colonizers, is hearty, salty, straighforward fare. While many restaurants claim to serve the stuff, fully authentic fare is mostly limited to a few high-end restaurants, especially the cluster at the southwestern tip of the Peninsula. Typical Portuguese dishes include:

pato de cabidela bloody duck, a stew of chicken with blood and herbs, served with rice; sounds and looks somewhat scary, but it's excellent when well done

bacalhau salted cod, traditionally served with potatoes and veggies

caldo verde, a soup of potato, chopped kale and chourico sausage

feijoada kidney-bean stew, a Brazilian staple common in Macau as well

pastéis de nata egg tarts, crispy and flaky on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside

Macanese food comida de Macau was created when Portuguese and Chinese influences were mixed together with spices brought from Africa and South-East Asia by traders, and many restaurants advertising "Portuguese" food in fact serve up mostly Macanese dishes. Seafood and barbecue specialist Fernando's on Coloane's Hac Sa Beach is probably the best-known Macanese restaurant.

Almond cookies

Dry chinese-style cookies flavoured with almond. macau's top souvenir, they're compact, durable and hence sold pretty much everywhere.

'Galinha à africana African chicken. Barbequed chicken coated in spicy piri-piri sauce.

'Galinha à portuguesa Portuguese chicken. Chicken in a coconutty curry; despite the name, this is not a Portuguese dish at all, but a purely Macanese invention.

Pork chop bun

The macanese version of a hamburger, the name pretty much says it all: it's a slice of freshly fried pork often with a few chunks of bone left with a dash of pepper placed inside a freshly baked bun.

All that said, the food of choice in Macau is still pure Cantonese, and a few aficionados even claim that the dim sum and seafood here beat Hong Kong. The streets of central Macau are littered with simple eateries offering rice and noodle dishes for under $30 although menus are often only in Chinese, while every casino hotel worth its salt has a fancy Cantonese seafood restaurant where you can blow away your gambling winnings on abalone and shark's fin soup.

The greatest concentration of restaurants is in the Peninsula, where they are scattered throughout the district. Taipa is now a major destination for those going for Portuguese and Macanese food and there are many famous restaurants on the island. There are several restaurants in Coloane, which is also home to the famous Lord Stow's Bakery, which popularized the Macanese egg tart. Yummy!