Catch fashion shows on water, tuck into brand new feasts and celebrate Oktoberfest just like you’re in Munich — here are the best things to do in Macau this month.


Oktoberfest Macau at MGM Cotai

When: 17–28 October (except 20 October), 6pm

Price: MOP180 at MGM Cotai and MGM Macau

Continuing its epic streak of serving 150,000 litres of beer and over 40,000kg of roasted pork knuckles and chickens, the MGM Cotai’s Oktoberfest Macau is one of the biggest events for food lovers to look forward to each year. Expect plenty of all-ages fun thanks to the Högl Fun Band from Germany, who will be hosting the fête with classic uproarious Bavarian song and dance. 

1/F, Roof Terrace, MGM Cotai, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Macau, +853 8806 8888


3rd Sands Macao Fashion Week

When: 17–23 October 2019

With this year’s Paris and New York fashion weeks done and dusted, fashion lovers might want to turn their heads towards something a little closer to home with the Sands Macao Fashion Week this October. The unique event will see models ‘walk on water’ above The Venetian’s iconic canals, showcasing the newest styles from boutiques such as Macau designer duo Auralo Arte, as well as international names Zadig & Voltaire, Bora Aksu, Intimissimi and more. While you’re in town, be sure to take advantage of the great deals — up to 50 percent off — at the shops. More information here.


All-You-Can-Eat offers at JW Marriott Hotel, Macau

Macau’s JW Marriott Hotel is really stretching the notion of all-you-can-eat this autumn, with a themed buffet series at Urban Kitchen bringing you to all corners of the globe throughout the week. At the same time, Man Ho Chinese Restaurant is also offering an enticing unlimited cooked-to-order fresh seafood feast, particularly aimed at shellfish lovers.

At Urban Kitchen, Tuesdays present all kinds of Japanese favourites with Sake Maki Japanese Night; Red Wednesdays highlight  the passionate colour of red in everything from comforting Borscht to Australian Prime Rib or Thai Red Curry. Thursdays put the spotlight on the Carving Station, by offering every type of grilled and slow-roasted protein imaginable — from baby leg of lamb to red snapper. Fridays make for an extra indulgence with Seafood Night, with freshly shucked oysters, Canadian lobster and plenty of other delights from the sea. The buffet dinner is priced at just MOP528 per person.

If you’re looking for some top notch Cantonese cuisine, head to Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, which is offering all-you-can-eat seafood dishes cooked to order, all for just MOP388 per person. Highlights on the menu include chilled, steamed or braised abalone, Chaozhou-style pan-fried oyster omelette, or the finest cut of garoupa fillet, head or belly cooked in a multitude of ways.

JW Marriott Hotel, Macau, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Cotai, Macau, +853 8886 6888


Autumn menus at The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge

The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge, aside from its spectacular sky-high views over the Cotai Strip, is highly recommended for its afternoon tea and bar service alike — why not indulge in some sunset drinks and nibbles over a few hours and watch the stars and skyline light up? Available now through the month of October, the Alluring Palette Afternoon Tea (MOP488 for two; MOP688 for two including Perrier-Jouët Champagne) features red and orange sweet and savoury treats themed after the changing colours in the trees. 

Follow up with Salsa Ladies’ Night every Thursday from 6–9pm, hosted weekly until the end of December. House band Abraham Kenner III and Sarah is on site to serenade guests with some flavours of Havana, while the Latin-inspired bar snack offering also brings lip-smacking dishes such as the classic Cuban Medianoche sandwich, Shredded Chicken Flautas and Lobster Quesadillas. The package price of MOP298 per person includes a snack platter, free flow spirits and wine, as well as a special cocktail for ladies only. A la carte options are also available.

The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge, 51/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Cotai, Macau, +853 8886 6712


New Spa Menu at Banyan Tree Spa Macau

Whether you’re planning to party the night away or looking to escape town for some much-needed R&R, Banyan Tree Macau is always a staple in our books when it comes to booking in a quick weekend getaway. And when it comes to recovering after that big night out or easing fully into your weekend of relaxation, you’ll want to check out the new menu at the spa. Choose from 21 new and improved signature therapies based on Asian traditions: The Indian Traditions treatment (MOP2,400/90 minutes) uses Ayurvedic healing techniques such as Chakra Head Massage and the hair-revitalising Shirodhara oil treatment. The Indonesian Traditions (MOP2,400/120 minutes) incorporates Balinese massage techniques to increase the flow of energy throughout the body. Check out the full spa offerings here.

Banyan Tree Spa Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, Macau, +853 8883 6633


The Cheesecake Factory Macau

The American fast-casual empire that is The Cheesecake Factory is slowly sweeping the region, and its first foray into Macau takes over 8,500 sq. ft. in the Sands Cotai Central. As an effort to marry American and Macanese cuisines, the new Cheesecake Factory will be serving an exclusive dish, Portuguese Chicken, which is a juicy roasted half chicken served with a coconut curry peanut sauce and crispy potatoes. Head there this month to also try other new dishes that arrive before they do in Hong Kong, including Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Thai Coconut Lime Chicken, Crispy Pineapple Chicken and Shrimp, and the Breakfast Taco. If you’ve ever been craving American comfort food yet remained frustrated at the long ongoing queues at the Hong Kong branch, perhaps you’d like to pay our sister SAR a visit for a better chance at a table.

The Cheesecake Factory Macau, Shop 2203D-E, Level 2, Sands Cotai Central, Macao, +853 2882 3398

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.