Most visitors follow the traffic-clogged roads to the city center’s Largo do Senado plaza before heading up to the Ruins of St. Paul’s Church (a.k.a. “the arch”) for breath-stealing vistas. We say: flip the script and avoid the throngs. First, hail a taxi and ask your driver to take you to “Pai Fong hau men” (translation: back entrance of the arch) to snap dramatic shots of the remains of a 17th-century Jesuit church. Just a few steps away—but easily missed if not in the know—is MacauSoul, an intimate wine bar. Linger with the locals over an extensive list of 400 Portuguese wines and madeiras where you can catch live bands play swinging jazz on weekends. Once sated, meander down the slope to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Largo do Senado and face the crowds.
Hop in a taxi for the 20-minute ride to the ruins of St. Paul’s Church. MacauSoul is a two- minute walk from the ruins and the Largo do Senado is a five-minute walk from there.
ST. PAUL’S CHURCH: Rua de São Paulo; no phone; Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (2 p.m. on Tuesdays), no admission after 5:30 p.m. en.macautourism.gov.mo
MACAUSOUL: 31 Rua de São Paulo; +853-2836-5182; www.macausoul.com
SENATE SQUARE: Largo do Senado; en.macautourism.gov.mo