The Taipa Village has been one of Macau’s best attractions being one of the only two traditional villages left in Macau. The village is a lovely mix of Chinese and Portuguese influences, with narrow streets, alleys and lanes, with old colonial houses lined up mostly on each side. The houses often adopt a yellow, blue and green shade of color, which produces an enjoyable pastel appearance of the village all together. It is a street art paradise. You’ll find a lot of street art and murals sprinkled around the area. It is also home to some great restaurants and cafes that have gotten creative with their exterior decorations.
Along with visiting the Taipa Village, many tourists head straight to the nearby Rua de Cunha. This street was officially named in 1884. Originally a Portuguese Navy captain, Cunha first arrived in Macau on 2nd May, 1850 as the 81st governor. As one of the important and bustling streets in Taipa Village, Cunha Street is lined with local restaurants and shops.
Taipa Village is home to a great selection of authentic Portuguese restuarants that have been around for decades. If you feel like a sit-down lunch or dinner you can’t go wrong at Portugalia, O Santos, A Petisqueira, Antonio or its baby-pink sister restaurant, Tapas de Portugal by Antonio. All deliver delicious Portuguese flavours such as seafood rice, duck rice, octopus salad, grilled chicken and Caldo Verde (a traditional soup).
Taipa Village has a strong artistic spirit. Many murals that have sprung up all over Taipa Village find inspiration in the past. My mural trail runs through the Macau Peninusula, Coloane Village and all the way to Taipa Village; in memory of old Macau.
This visually stunning structure houses Seng Pan Coffee Roaster cafe on the ground floor (great for both coffee and tea) and a restaurant on the upper level. A lovely spot for refuelling and picture-taking.
Also within the village is the Taipa House Museum, which remains an excellent place for visitors to see the once living conditions of a typical Portuguese family during the 1900s.
The Taipa Village is located right opposite Galaxy Macau and is also accessible via a travelator bridge near The Venetian. Wherever visitors wander in Taipa Village, there is a huge amount to experience and enjoy. I wish I had taken more photos of this area since it was a very nice place to walk around !