Lagro do Senado
Macau shares a colonized past with the Philippines. The Portuguese stayed in the island for more than 400 hundred years and had set up the city to look like Lisbon, their capital. This holds evident looking at the black and white cobbled-stone streets on Lagro De Senado as well as streets and alleys leading to government offices and famous landmarks of Macau. Even the buildings have an Iberian air.
Lagro De Senado is a converging point where people would find designer and local boutiques and Chinese and Macanese restaurants lined up, including fast food chains, banks and coffee shops. Igreja De Sao Domingos is also located in the plaza. This church was built around 1587, making it older than Ruinas de Sao Paolo.
Tip: We found a money changer that gives the highest exchange rate at Av. Almeida in front of Leal Senado. Believe us, we were looking for a money changer for 3 hours and finally stumbled on to this place.
It was Olympics at that time we were there and they had a big screen set up at the end of the plaza so that the people were updated with the games. There was also an art exhibit in the middle of the main street displaying Chinese art and Olympic themed sculptures with an Oriental twist.
Winding alleys branching out from the main plaza are also lined up with shops and food stalls. It was almost like being inside a big maze. Hawker’s place abound selling pork buns and tarts and of course, indispensable Chinese noodles. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find Ron’s ever so coveted gelato. We asked someone where it was located, we followed his directions and we ended up finding Häagen-Dazs.