With its glamorous and gilded casino halls and neon mega-resorts, over the past decade, Macau has developed a reputation for being the number one destination for high rollers and affluent casino enthusiasts in the world. This “Vegas of the East” is indeed a mecca for games and glitz, but it’s more and is one unforgettable city to visit. Until recently, maintaining a green lifestyle when visiting cities in Asia like Macau and mainland China wasn’t easy, but thanks to some of the restaurants and businesses mentioned below, it’s now much easier to stay stocked up with smoothies and juices when holidaying here.
Situated on the Rua do Tap Siac, this vegetarian cafe puts a plant-friendly spin on classic dishes like pizzas, pasta, burgers and curries. With a good selection of snacks, main meals like the veggie “chicken a la king” (100 percent meat-free) and dairy and egg-free desserts, it’s the perfect stop for a filling and tasty lunch. The owners even make dairy-free cheese from soybean, which is a must try. Veggie Macau is also a great place to chill, the friendly vibe is matched by plenty of hot drinks, healthy smoothies and vegan snacks and cakes.
Rua do Tap Siac 1-3, The Serenity R/C G, Macau, Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VeggieMacau
The Blissful Carrot
This delightful takeaway bakery in the village of Taipa is the dream of U.S. couple Marisa and Adam, who set up shop in 2014 with the aim of improving healthy and sustainably-conscious dining in Macau. The menu selection here is varied, but don’t be fooled by their healthy, organic ingredients! The dishes here are as rich and tasteful as any restaurant like the soba noodle salad called the lentil power protein bowl and all-day breakfasts, including gluten-free pancakes. As well as countless raw, gluten-free vegan and vegetarian options, the duo will make up anything on request for special orders. Many of the raw ingredients come straight from Adam’s CSA-certified farm in Thailand; the rest is grown in the kitchen or sourced as locally as possible.
Rua de Carlos Eugenio No. 79A, Goio Fai Kok Res-do-Chao, Taipa, Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays).
GREENS Kitchen & Juicery
For healthy and delicious juices in the city, GREENS Kitchen & Juicery is the place to go. With a full menu of pressed juices and smoothies as well as over six varieties of nut milk, this juicery also offers detox and cleanse packages (order before 5 p.m. for pickup on the following day,) making it ideal for those moments of overindulgence! You’ll also find a range of healthy snacks here, including vegan sandwiches and wraps, gluten-free baked desserts and even lunch options, such as the kale quiche and jumbo egg salad sandwich.
Calcada de Santo Agostinho 1-A, Macau, Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organic Plus Macau
The Macau branch of this Hong Kong health food specialist is every bit as well-stocked as those on the mainland. It’s a bit of a one-stop shop for everything organic with an extensive range of gluten-free foods, health and dietary supplements like vegan-friendly vitamins and eco-friendly toiletries. Everything sold here is natural and environmentally friendly, so you can be assured that there will be no nasty chemicals or GMOs in the items. It’s even open every day until late and has a small range of fresh organic produce for sale, but make sure you get there during the daytime for the best picks.
Shop No. 20 A-B, Estrade de Adolfo Loureiro Road, Macau, Sat.-Sun. 10.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Green girls (and guys!) should also check out:
- Yoga Loft on Senado Square for a Yoga Fix – http://www.yogaloftmacau.com
- Vedanta Wellness, an Ayurvedic wellness center with a full program of activities and services – http://www.vedantawellness.com