Macau is known for its casino complex, but once you step out on the streets, you would be surprised at how much more the city has to offer. Macau’s free-port status has made it a haven for shoppers, including fashion Shopaholics and you would not miss something to take home no matter your budget. If you are here to look for the latest fashion trends in the city, there are plenty of local designs and boutiques for you to shop. Macau attracts a huge number of world-famous fashion brands that come to establish stores and outlets in the city and at favorable prices. The list below discusses Macau’s fashion hotspots.
1. Macau Fashion Gallery
Macau Fashion Gallery is the one-stop-shop if you are looking for Macau’s local designers. You will find clothing and accessories from various local designers and brands as well as pop-up shops. The gallery is also the central point of the city’s fashion design exhibition and design scene fringe events. These events aim to attract visitors from all over the world, and to increase awareness of fashion design as well as related industries to the local citizens. It serves as an interactive window for the display of different cultures, academic exchanges, fashion art education and mutual communication.
2. Vintage Market
This darling little vintage haven is a breath of fresh air from Macau’s many shops filled with designer clothes. Founded by a young couple, vintage market’s hidden location is found somewhere behind the traditional colonial buildings along the Rua de São Roque. The boutique boasts a collection of vintage clothes and accessories from all over the world usually hand-picked by the owners who travel the globe to ensure they are authentic and of quality. Retro and whimsical, the store has an overall Japanese-American anesthetics of their pieces. You can visit the boutique to not only shop, but also admire the décor.
3. O Moon
The O Moon brand was founded by three young creatives in the city. The word O Moon sounds like Macau pronounced in Cantonese. The brand specializes in accessories and souvenirs and the designs are all inspired by the home city’s cultures and colors. O Moon also sells functional items like blankets and umbrellas, which has original illustrations as well as a piece of Macau home that visitors can take home with them, which include scarves, bags and small leather goods.
Previously, Chantelle Cheang’s life was already entwined with fashion through styling for movies until she launched her own local fashion label at Chavin. Chiang is a local fashion designer who also doubles as a film art director. Her aesthetics and designs strongly display retro elegance with an added touch of modern feel and tailoring. Chavin is mainly focused on creating smart-casual evening gowns and it is a must-visit for any modern woman.
5. La Mode Désir
La Mode Désir is a Macanese fashion label and a production house for the local talents, which was founded by Kitty Ng – a notable local fashion designer. Kitty’s label, armed with decades of experience in the fashion industry, continues to be displayed in the annual Macau Fashion Week without fail. The boutique stocks not only Kitty’s collection of feminine clothing, but also unique clutches and shoes to complete the look.
6. Nega C
Nega C is a notable Macanese fashion label with an aesthetics mainly inspired by the street culture of London. The label’s style is feminine, bright and easy to carry which is also infused with modern and youth functionality. What makes the style unique is that small quantities in handpicked fabrics are used to make every design in its collections.
7. En Masse
En Masse is a boutique that boasts dozens of both the local and Hong Kong labels. It is packed right next to the O Moon. The boutique mainly stocks, small leather goods and accessories for both men and women, which makes it the perfect place for gift hunting. It also has a small but awesome collection of Womenswear in the boutique.
8. Indigo Macau
Indigo Macau is a local womenswear label that exudes a vibrant as well as a retro vibe. You can find anything here from floral maxi dresses to crop tops all mostly specially made for the Macau summer heat. The shop was founded back in 2005 and they manufacture all of their pieces. In 2014, they expanded to include kids wear in their collection so that you cannot only shop for yourself but also for your kids.
9. Senado Square
Senado Square is a special haven for those fashion conscious people who do not want to spend a lot of money to get that trendy look. The place has plenty of shops that sell affordable clothes, sportswear, denim, babywear, bags and shoes. Once there, a little bit of looking around may be necessary so that you can get what you want without regrets. The city of Macau has a well-established garment manufacturing industry; therefore, getting cheap clothing is not that hard.
10. The Grand Canal Shoppes
Underneath a blue-sky ceiling is the largest indoor mall in Macau. The ceiling has coordinated lighting effects that are able to imitate the sunrise and the sunset and has clouds and colors of the real sky. Adding on to the charm is also the artificial canal as well as the Venetian Gothic architecture that give its visitors the feeling of Venice. For fashion shoppers, the mall has a variety of brands ranging from luxury goods to high-end fashion. Aside from the fashion stores, the mall also boasts a variety of stores and restaurants that have world-famous names.
11. The Boulevard (Studio City)
The Boulevard is an opulent layout designed after the streets of New York City and Hollywood but with an indoor setting. The street gives shoppers an all-star lineup of both the European and the American designer brands.
12. Cinema Alegria Night Market
Also known as, the Lin Kai Market, this market offers you a different kind of budget shopping experience. The place is known for affordable fabrics as well as ready-made clothes that are worth looking if you are in the city. In addition, for more sightseeing when you are done shopping, the market is located close to the Cinema Alegria- an Art Deco structure that is full of life especially during the weekends – as well as the Lin Kai Temple
13. The Shoppes at Four Seasons
This indoor mall is just a five-minute walk from the Grand Canal Shoppes. It features prestigious luxury boutiques and is a hot destination for leather goods and top-end fashion purchases.
14. Fortune Diamond (Galaxy Macau)
Another one of Macau’s collection of indoor shopping sites is a shopping village that boasts multiple floors as well as whooping 200 stores. You can find a handful of first-to Macau brand boutiques in the complex including Alexander Wang and Aesop.
15. Three Lamps District
To complete our list is the heart of the famous Three Lamps District, which is the best place for you especially if you are budgeting your fashion shopping. Together with the streets around it, this circle is packed with boutiques, street vendors and small shops that have specialized in selling inexpensive clothes that are usually surplus and seconds from major brands. The Three Lamps District is one of Macau’s best places when you are looking for bargains and you will surely not be disappointed.
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