Rua Do Cunha
Located in historic Taipa Village, Rua do Cunha is a top destination for buying Macao souvenirs and tasting Macao’s traditional food and snacks. A visit to Rua do Cunha, a tight pedestrian-only street measuring just five meters wide and 115 meters long, is one that will provide visitors a truly authentic Macao experience.
There’s a lot going on in Rua do Cunha for such a small street. The main reason people visit the place is to try out the traditional Portuguese and Macanese snacks. The Chinese almond cookies are snapped up by the dozens as popular souvenirs. Further down, there are numerous stalls selling fragrant pork jerky. Sold in thin sheets, the shops are more than happy to hand out samples of the different varieties, which include mouth-watering combinations like black pepper pork, honey premium pork, and chili sauce. Moving along, the smell of sweetened ginger wafting through the air will entice visitors to the generically named Ginger Candy shop, where handmade ginger candy is made according to the season. During the summer, the ginger candy takes on a sweeter taste, while the winter months offer a spicier version to help warm the body.
For more adventurous eaters, pastries with pork and lard fillings and almond cookies with pork filling are the signature snacks of the street. By looking at the long lines snaking outside the tiny shop, it’s apparent they are popular snacks people can’t get enough of. Another daring culinary treat, which features an ingredient that can cause people’s mouths to water, is the durian ice cream. Those who are willing to sample the “stinky fruit” sweets have said that no other place can compare. For a fuller meal, try one of the many sit-down restaurants dotted along Rua do Cunha. The small establishments offer some of the most authentic Portuguese fare outside of Portugal, as well as some Macanese favorites.
Every Sunday between the hours of 11am and 8pm, visitors can catch the nearby Taipa Flea Market and shop for an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs. Occasionally, must-see cultural performances like lion dancing and magic shows may be staged.
Macao has a number of culinary options for visitors. For a truly authentic experience in traditional Macao style, take a trip to Rua do Cunha and leave with a belly full of delicious food and a lifetime of memories.
Rua do Cunha