Ma­cau Ma­nia

New ho­tels are bring­ing thou­sands of rooms and some of the world's best chefs to Ma­cau, where there's a re­newed spot­light on the lesser-con­sid­ered yet vi­brant arts and cul­ture scene.

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - CONTENTS - BY JU­LIANA LOH

Con­stantly rein­vent­ing it­self, Ma­cau goes far be­yond its rep­u­ta­tion as a casino city. New de­vel­op­ments— such as the just-launched bridge from Hong Kong to Zhuhai—the bur­geon­ing arts scene and vi­brant din­ing cul­ture in­spired our com­pre­hen­sive guide to the for­mer Por­tuguese colony.

THE FOR­MER POR­TUGUESE COLONY is a city of para­doxes: crum­bling old and shiny new; ev­ery­thing from architecture to food is a blend of East and West in good mea­sure. Ma­cau is con­stantly rein­vent­ing it­self with new de­vel­op­ments and a bur­geon­ing arts scene that cel­e­brates both its Por­tuguese legacy and Chi­nese her­itage. The re­cent open­ing of the 55-kilo­me­ter bridge con­nect­ing it to Hong Kong and the main­land has helped grow Ma­cau's vi­brant din­ing cul­ture even fur­ther with the city's be­ing bet­ter con­nected. As big new re­sorts have brought ex­cit­ing restau­rants with them, and lo­cal restau­rants con­tinue to make their beloved tra­di­tional foods, it's no won­der 2018 was Ma­cau's in­au­gu­ral year as a Creative City of Gas­tron­omy, and next March UNESCO Asia's 50 Best Awards gala re­turns to Co­tai—all of which make it prime time to plan a palate-whet­ting trip.

Ma­cau Tower, left, seen with Man­darin Ori­en­tal and MGM.

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