After discovering the cafés of Tokyo and Osaka, two of the biggest cities in Japan, let’s head over to China a little bit and discover some great areas for coffee there. Macau comprises of the Macau Peninsula itself and the islands of Taipa and Coloane, which are currently associated with the landfill shaping the Cotai strip.
The rich Portuguese legacy left its history, thereby Macau is a place where you can feel that Portuguese atmosphere. It is combined with Chinese culture in architecture, food, street signs and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
The Historic Center of Macau was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2005. It is loaded with cultural fortunes, for an example: Monte Fort, Senado Square, A-Ma Temple, Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedra, etc. The best time to visit Macau is from October to December when the climate is warm and sunny and evaporation levels are low.
The climate from January to March is a little cold, but sunny. It begins to get damp in April. From May to September, the climate gets noticeably hot, steamy, and rainy with occasional hurricanes. Hong Kong and Macau are just an hour away by a ferry. It is anything but difficult to take a visit. The tour includes the highlights of both Hong Kong and Macau.
If you are a fan of coffee and going to visit this beautiful historical place, make sure you continue reading this article about the ten best cafés to visit in Macau.
10. Irish Coffee House
- Address: Rua de Coimbra 131, | R/C, Edif. Flower City – Lei Hung, Macau, China
- Telephone: +853 2884 4500
- Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11:00-22:00
- More information about the coffee house: https://www.facebook.com/irishcoffehouse/
The exterior of an Irish Coffee House is made out of nice wooden elements with rounded glass windows. It has few table benches in front of it along with two bar tables and stools. While walking in, an Irish Pub theme is the first thing that you see. The interior is colored with bright red and green prominent colors, and some dark wooden elements.
The place looks cozy, has a theme of a typical restaurant. The baristas are friendly and on time. The whole atmosphere is quite nice, optimal for a good conversation with friends. If you are ever passing the Irish Coffee House, you should definitely try their Irish coffee.
It is tasty and served well. Other than that, they have various numbers of meals to try. They provide you with Irish, Asian and British meals right from their kitchen. So, if you are just a tourist that wants to eat some different meals, or if you are from those areas of the world and just want to feel like home, do go in and try their coffee and meals.
9. Blooom Coffee House
- Address: Rua de Horta e Costa, No.5, Macau 853, China
- Telephone: +853 6666 4479
- Opening hours: Mon – Fri 08:30 – 20:00 Sat 11:00 – 19:00
- More information about the coffee house: https://blooomcoffee.myshopify.com/
Unfortunately, Bloom House is not the easiest café to find without a map. It is located on tiny Rua de Horta e Costa, one street south of the major avenue, Rua do Campo and in the direction of Jardim Vasco De Gama. The Bloom Coffee House on the outside has the look of a little gallery, with bulky glass elements and windows.
It has a little garden which makes a cute place to hang out while drinking your Bloom coffee. The whole place is not so big. In the earlier days it looked more like a coffee tasting and barista training facility, but now, they made it into a true little coffee shop. It has a long counter with a lot of bar stools, and few club tables with some nice wooden stools.
The whole place is well decorated with a beautiful atmosphere. The staff is pleasant, friendly and they know how to do their job right. They roast coffee beans in the house which makes them really good when it comes to coffee. They have a really big assortment for you to choose from. And all of the coffees are nicely served and tasty.
Bloom provides you with pastries, croissants, and sandwiches that are all delicious. It even has a small shop for you to buy some coffee related things. For big coffee lovers, this café is a must try.
8. Cuppa Coffee
- Address: Rua Fernao Mendes Pinto, 104-106, Taipa, Macau, China
- Telephone: +853 2882 5201
- Opening hours: Mon – Fri 07:00-16:00 Sat 09:00 – 14:30 Sun 09:00 – 14:00
- More information about the coffee house: http://www.mycuppacoffee.com/
Cuppa Coffee is located at Taipa Macau. It is a nice place for people to relax or study because the environment is quiet and comfortable. The outdoors area is simple, with no porch. Cuppa café has two floors. The ground floor seating area is fine, with a dining theme. It has some nice decorations and really feels cozy. The second-floor area was opened not so long ago.
The interior design of the second floor really reminds me of a school class space with a big bookshelf, so you can read while enjoying your time in this café. The staff is pleasant, making the whole atmosphere quite nice. They have many coffees that are fresh, tasty and nicely served.
They are not so bitter but carry a strong flavor of sweetness. Cuppa café provides many types of cakes and breads that are tasty and the price is affordable. If you are trying to find a place where you want to spend a lot of time studying, working, or just relaxing, then this café is the right one for you.
7. Pacific Coffee
- Address: Travessa dos Anios 16, Macau, China
- Telephone: 853 2832 2627
- Opening hours: Sun – Sat 08:00 – 20:00
- More information about the coffee house: https://www.pacificcoffee.com/
Pacific Coffee is a Hong Kong based coffee establishment that pretty much mirrors the Starbucks plan of action from a customer’s perspective with the fundamental distinction being the brand, logo and company colors.
In the Historic City Centre of Macau, the Pacific Coffee Shop can be found on a tiny Travessa dos Anjos, a winding street that connects Rua Do Campo to Rua de Sao Domingos. The interior design of the Pacific Café is simple, modern with a lot of comfortable armchairs to sit on and some bar stools at the counter.
Their staff is really pleasant and the environment is quite nice. The café is usually full so if you do not find a seat, it’s best to order your coffee as a takeaway drink if you are interested in trying it. They have many different types of coffees such as tasty espresso and cappuccino.
Other than coffee, they provide beverages, bread, sandwiches, tasty desserts, and non-sugar drinks. The prices of desserts can get a little high but you won’t regret spending extra on it because it truly pays off.
6. Isaac Toast & Coffee
- Address: No.853 Rua Central, Macau, China
- Telephone: 853-28329993
- Opening hours: Tue – Sun 08:00 – 20:00
- More information about the coffee house: https://www.facebook.com/isaactoastmacau/
Isaac Toast & Coffee is quite a small café and is located between Senardo Square and St. Augustin Square. The whole café is made out of white bricks. There is no porch, but there are a few bar stools in front of it where you can sit, relax and drink your takeaway Americano or eat some tasty pastries.
The exterior is decorated nicely and is prominent for the eyes of people walking by. Interior design is really a modern Korean style, with preeminent red, black and white colors. Even though it is a small café, it has comfortable furniture and few varieties of chairs you can sit on.
Because of the café’s smallness, it is usually full, so if you would really like to go in and relax, it’s best to come around nine for a coffee and a breakfast. The staff is pleasant and the whole atmosphere is lovely, mostly because of its coziness. At Isaac’s, you can find free wifi which makes it a decent option overall to stay and try their products.
There are a lot of quality coffees to choose from. Isaac’s coffee blend is quite good. Other than that, they have delicious toasts and some other pastries and meats that are really nice.
5. Angela’s Café New Yaohan
- Address: 1F Avenida Comercial de Macau, Macau, China
- Telephone: 853 2872 6055
- Opening hours: Tue – Mon 10:30 – 22:00
- More information about the coffee house: http://www.newyaohan.com/
This café is on the 1st floor of a New Yaohan shopping mall, just outside the historical area of Macau. Since the historical center is not exactly a place where you could get a coffee or something to eat, Angela’s café is a great place to stop by. The whole décor of the place is beautiful, and the size of the café is quite big.
It does have that dining ambiance with a bulky counter, many tables, and comfortable seats. The walls are decorated with big mirrors which make the place appear even bigger. It is quite a fancy place that makes you forget you are in a shopping mall in the first place. The staff is helpful, nice, and they speak pretty well English. Overall the atmosphere is lovely.
Their white coffee varieties are outstanding and nicely served. They provide you with few types of it to choose from. Angela’s café also offers you some delicious meals, desserts and other non-alcoholic beverages.
It truly is a good refreshment stop when you are exploring Macau, or just on a shopping tour in New Yaohan.
4. Single Origin – Pour over and Espresso bar
- Address: Rua de Abreu Nunes 19, Macau, China
- Telephone: +853 6698 7475
- Opening hours: Sun – Sat 12:00 – 20:00
- More information about the coffee house: http://www.singleorigincoffee.com/
Single Origin is located in a nice St Lazarus district, which is truly worth a stroll around to look at some colonial buildings. Single Origin is not a big place but has two floors for their customers. The interior design has an urban industrial look, with some hanging lights, plain walls and wooden stools surrounding tithing of wooden top tables.
The whole atmosphere is nice, but there is not much space in the cafe so it can easily get crowded. The staff is really friendly and wants to share their coffee knowledge with their customers. They provide you with local roasted single origin Bloom Coffee, cappuccinos and other mixed coffee drinks. They are hand made by trained baristas who take their time getting each coffee drink truly tasteful.
The coffees are nicely served too and the cappuccinos have some beautiful art on their foam. Single Origin provides some delicious sandwiches, they make soups, bake pizzas and have desserts. Overall it is not an expensive place, the food is quite affordable, only the coffee is a little pricey but when you try it you will not regret it.
- Address: 152 rua de braganca, Taipa Ilhas, Macao, Macau, China
- Telephone: 853 2882 0086
- Opening hours: Mon – Sun 12:30 – 22:00
- More information about the coffee house: https://www.facebook.com/kafkasweets/
Kafka opened a few years ago and since then it has become the most famous French café in Macau. While looking in from the outside, you can see its interior because the walls are made out of glass, it looks quite beautiful. The interior design is bright, gray and truly nicely decorated.
With a high ceiling and their spacious yet minimalistic designs, it’s truly a good place for you to spend your time in. It has a huge French window, toward the afternoon it is very exceptionally beautiful when you feel the natural lights filling in the café. The whole environment is comfortable and relaxing.
Even though it is not a huge place it has enough seats for a lot of their customers. Kafka café has a very friendly and pleasant staff that is happy to accommodate any special dietary requests. Kafka provides some great strong coffees and nicely served cappuccinos.
Their coffee goes really well with some of theirs cakes. The menu is rather limited, but it would not take that long to determine a few firm favorite meals.
2. Caffe B
- Address: G/F, Lake View Mansion, 744H Avenida Panoramica Do Lago Nam Van, Praia Grande, Macau China
- Telephone: +853 2838 6886
- Opening hours: Sun – Sat 12:00 – 22:30
- More information about the coffee house: http://www.caffebmacau.com/
Caffe B is one of the best Italian cafés in Macau. It is located just next to Nam Van. It is noteworthy that they tried hard to make this place a lovely café to go to, relax and just enjoy your stay, and they have succeeded with it. The interior design is quite luxurious yet comfortable and relaxing, with a lot of soft wooden elements and glass designs.
The inside is quite spacious with a dining theme. Caffe B has a wonderful view of Nam Van Lake and it’s in a quiet and peaceful area. The café has lots of lovely natural light. The atmosphere is great, and their staff succeeds to make the atmosphere even better. They are friendly, helpful and do their job with joy.
They serve an excellent coffee, more sweet than bitter and nicely served. Caffe B is providing some really tasty food, with high-quality ingredients that are always fresh. The café can be hard to find because it is behind a building. But the overview of the Lake really makes it special.
1. Terra Coffee House
- Address: Rua Central NO.20 A R/C, Macau, China
- Telephone: 853 2893 7943
- Opening hours: Sun 12:00 – 20:00 Mon – Sat 10:00 – 21:30
- More information about the coffee house: https://www.facebook.com/terracoffee/
Terra is our top choice for a café in the Macau peninsula. Terra Coffee House is straight from St. Augustine Square in route to St. Lawrence and further World Heritage attractions. And you can reach this café from Senado Square too. It is only a 4 to 5-minute walk from there.
The shop is small yet really modern, clean and makes a lovely little place to hang out, relax or just stop by for a quick coffee break after touring the World Heritage attractions in the area. The whole atmosphere is pleasant, and the smell of coffee really relaxes you.
The people behind the counter are great baristas, friendly, and they are using hand blend strategy to make well-made, luxuriously flavored and traditional coffee drinks. Ice coffee drinks are tasty, freshened, and very nicely served. Terra serves some really delicious cakes, sandwiches, lovely fresh salads.
For drinks other than coffee, they have some tasty teas, and nice cold drinks. If you are a true serious coffee lover, Terra’s coffee is really a must try. You will not regret it.
Macau has made some amazing progress over the past few years and ended up becoming one of China’s top visitor destinations. As the Westerners settled in, they tried to recreate the style of their country. Thereby, many traces of this are obvious along the roads of the historic center of Macau.
In any case, it was in the culinary field that they struck gold. The passionate Portuguese cooks welcomed their local ingredients, consolidated them with their own particular culture, and wound up making a true culinary wonder, now known as Macanese cuisine. Little hints of Macanese cuisine can be experienced in a lot of cafés that we wrote about in this article.
Macau’s inhabitants once saw coffee only as a quick and modest drink. As something that just existed to fill their everyday caffeine fix. Truly, 20 years ago, there was no coffee culture in Macau, nobody was interested, and now it has its own fair share of quality coffee. As their culture has changed today, they started to focus on the bean, not the beverage itself.
They say that a quality coffee is about the way it is prepared and they sure managed to make it tasty and popular. If you are interested in some European cities and their lovely cafés, be sure to check out our articles about The 10 best Cafés of Amsterdam, and of Copenhagen too.