Macau - Shopping
Due to its tax free status, shopping is a delight in Macau with prices considerably lower than the USA, Europe and other Asian centres. Thanks to recent developments you can find designer shopping centres although there are plenty of exotic Asian markets and traditional shops selling Chinese medicines and Portuguese antiques. Other things to shop for include electronics, jewellery, fabric, porcelain and wine. Prices vary according to quality so be wary of imitations.Avenida Almeira Ribeiro is the main commercial centre and has many designer boutiques.
However for the best brand names head to the ritzy complexes tied to casinos, Fisherman‘s Wharf near the ferry terminal or the ultimate shopping heaven - the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel’s Grand Canal Shoppes in Cotai with 1 million square feet dedicated to 350 designer shops. The blocks around Senado Square bustle with markets. There’s a wealth of inexpensive goods, traditional Chinese pharmacies, clothing, Portuguese cafes, bakeries and even dried fish stores. The Red Market (cnr Avenida Almirante Lacerda and Avenida Horta e Costa) is a fun place to shop with dried foods, fish, meat, live poultry, fresh flowers, fruit and other produce for sale.