Taipa Village

rickshaw toursTaipa Village is where the original community of Taipa Island started from. Being one of the best of Macau attractions, Taipa Village is one of only two traditional “villages” that still exist in Macau. Narrow streets, picturesque markets, Chinese shop houses, Portuguese-style offices, small ancient temples and a former firecracker factory share the narrow streets and alleys of this busy, colorful village.

Hanging flower baskets and old-fashioned street lamps make Taipa Village an appealing place to stroll, and the numerous restaurants along the Food Street, which is also known as the Rua da Cunhna, are popular destinations for Portuguese, Macanese, Cantonese and Italian cuisine. Of course, there are several casinos and the Macau Jockey Club where you can watch races in air-conditioned comfort. Atop a small hill overlooking Taipa Village, the beautiful Carmel Garden has a number of palm trees that provide great shade. The tree-lined esplanade on Avenida de Praia lends a colonial elegance to the area with its wrought-iron public benches overlooking a lake. This tree-lined pedestrian area built in the early days of the 20th century. Within the Garden, stands the brilliant white-and-yellow Nossa Senhora do Carmo, also known as Church of Our Lady of Carmel, which was built in 1885.

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