You’ll absolutely want to visit the A-Ma Temple on the southwest tip of the Macao Peninsula, built in 1488 and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. (See also the 5-hour itinerary “Delve into Sino-Portuguese Relations.”) Come in the morning to beat the crowds and work up an appetite for lunch. Just a three-minute stroll from the temple, you’ll find Casa do Porco Preto (“Home of the Black Pig”), opened in 2015 and offering some of the best homestyle Portuguese food we’ve come across. The interiors are as breezy-chic as the cooking is authentic, with schoolhouse chairs, sleek black tabletops, and plenty of light through casement windows. Let co-owner Vanda Rodrigues steer you to her daily specials—but we loved the amêijoas à bulhão pato (clams in white wine), bacalhau à lagareiro (salted cod in olive oil), and the cozido à Portuguesa (a delicious traditional stew). Rodrigues can tell you about her family’s two-century-old farm back in Portugal’s Alto Alentejo region, from which she sources her sensational pork, olive oil, and other ingredients. There’s also a good range of Portuguese wines. For now, the restaurant is something of a secret, but word is getting out—as well it should.
Casa do Porco Preto is just a three-minute walk north of the A-Ma Temple, in Barra, on the southwestern tip of the Macao Peninsula. It’s about a 15- to 20-minute cab ride from Conrad Macao.