Shoppers are spoilt for choice
High-end shopping malls have changed the face of retail in Macau. The enclave's fashionistas once had to jetfoil it over to Hong Kong when they needed retail therapy. But now that's becoming less necessary. Rumour even has it that Hong Kong's tai tais are heading eastward across the Pearl River in search of the latest fashions from the world's most celebrated designers. When you visit Macau, check out the following malls:
The Boulevard, City of Dreams
With 85,000 sqft, phase one of The Boulevard is divided into two sections. On Level One you will find ready-to-wear fashion, accessories and beauty products. On Level Two you will find watches and jewellery. Most of the world's top luxury brands - from Bally to YSL - are represented. If you tire from spending your hard-earned cash, stop by Dragon's Treasure in The Bubble for an 'immersive multimedia experience'. And if you need some sustenance, there are 20 food and beverage outlets with eager staff waiting to serve you.
Esplanade, Wynn Macau
The Wynn Esplanade positions itself as Macau's premier shopping mall for luxury labels. It has 30 boutiques, with some of the world's top brands. From Alfred Dunhill to Versace, the Wynn Esplanade houses the enclave's largest collection of high-end brands. For jewellery, head on over to the nearby Esplanade at Encore, where renowned watchmakers and jewellers Cartier, Piaget and Chanel have boutiques showcasing some of their finest collections.
The Shoppes at Four Seasons, Macao, Cotai Strip
Positioning itself as Macau's first luxury shopping mall, The Shoppes at Four Seasons, Macao, Cotai Strip, are spread across two levels. There are more than 160 boutiques running the gamut from fashion and footwear, to art, wine, health and beauty, jewellery and watches, and gifts, plus food and beverage outlets. For some bubbly, why not rest your laurels at the Moet & Chandon Bar?
One Central, between MGM Grand Macau and the Mandarin Oriental
One Central links the MGM Grand Macau with the newly-opened Mandarin Oriental (which is not to be confused with the Grand Lapa, which used to be called the Mandarin Oriental). Spread across three levels, the newly opened One Central shopping mall houses such top brands as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Fendi, Ermenegildo Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Cartier, Bulgari and Burberry. Many of them have opened their first, their largest or their flagship store in the venue. There is also a full complement of food and beverage outlets.
The Grand Canal Shoppes, Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel
If you can't find it at The Grand Canal Shoppes, that are located in the massive Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel complex on the Cotai Strip, it probably doesn't exist. The Grand Canal Shoppes have the former Portuguese enclave's largest collection of shops - or so it seems.
With more than 330 of them scattered along winding cobblestone lanes and a canal complete with singing gondoliers, you can easily get lost as you navigate this dazzling collection of shops and boutiques, selling everything from electronics and electrical appliances to fashion, footwear, accessories, beauty and health products, cosmetics luggage, jewellery, watches and souvenirs.