Macau Fisherman’s Wharf: Is it Worth It?

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf (MFW) is a tourist destination located in  Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. This picturesque waterfront attraction offers visitors a diverse range of entertainment, dining, shopping, and cultural activities.

But is it worth visiting? Here’s a personal review plus some travel tips should you decide to visit this spot!

Why is Macau Fisherman’s Wharf so famous?

facade of convention center inside macau fisherman's wharf

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is famous for being a large, themed entertainment complex located in the city of Macao. It features a variety of attractions, including a hotel, casino, shopping mall, restaurants, and a waterfront promenade.

Additionally, Fisherman’s Wharf is known for its cultural shows and performances, which showcase the unique culture and history of Macao. Overall, Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, offering a range of activities and experiences in one convenient location.

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf review: personal experience

map of fisherman's wharf macau

After arriving at the Macau Ferry Terminal from Hong Kong, we hurriedly put on our heavy backpacks and walked to Macau Fisherman’s Wharf. It was our first stop on our day trip to Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

A quick consultation with Google Maps told us that it would only take around 13 minutes of walking. But we didn’t expect that we would be the only ones walking.

Opened in 2006, Macau’s first theme park probably looked better during its heyday. Instead, it looked a little lackluster and deserted when we arrived that morning in July 2015. It looked like a ghost town almost and we even thought it was closed to the public until we saw another couple toting cameras and looking like tourists.

european architecture at marina of fisherman's wharf macau

As per the official website, it is the “largest leisure and themed entertainment complex in Macau Peninsula.” Spanning approximately 133,000 square meters, “the European-themed architectures feature Babylon Casino, a convention and exhibition center, the Legend Palace Hotel, the Harbourview Hotel, the Rocks Hotel, a marina, and dining, shopping and entertainment facilities, creating unique and multicultural experience to visitors from around the world.

Being situated at the outer harbor, Fisherman’s Wharf Macau also offers a beautiful view of the marina and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge.

train display at macau fisherman's wharf

It is a good thing that you don’t have to pay anything to get inside and take pictures. What it lacks in entertainment, it makes up for its architecture. It is a good place to take a walk in the morning or in the evening and take photos against the European-inspired buildings.

harbourview hotel and shops at macao fisherman's wharf

And that’s exactly what we did. We walked and walked around until we finally reached the Harbourview Hotel where we met with a friend/ex-colleague of mine and to have breakfast. We saw some restaurants and shops on the way to the hotel but since it was still very early, they were still closed or maybe they were really closed for good.

The main boulevard allows visitors to walk under a canopy but as went around, we noticed that there were also buildings that weren’t European in design.

colorful buildings inside macau fisherman's wharf

We then hopped on a free shuttle bus at Sands Casino that took us to Venetian Macao Resort Hotel.

Is Macau Fisherman’s Wharf worth visiting?

street sign inside macau fisherman's wharf

Only if you have lots of time to spend in Macau, it is worth a pit stop especially on the way to or coming from the Maritime Terminal. A good space to walk around without the crowds and a good place to take Instagrammable pictures if you’re into that kind of thing.

But there are lots of new hotels and casinos popping up in Macau that offer more exciting entertainment inside its air-conditioned buildings so don’t be quick to put this on your list. Better prioritize Macau attractions and tourist spots that show you the history and culture of the region.

This entertainment complex is quite confusing actually as there is no transition to ease you into the next theme rather it feels like you are time-traveling from one scene to the next.

Like others, I hope that the property owners would be able to revive this into something that tourists will be able to enjoy better or something that will contribute to the care of the environment. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of great property space.

Hotels closest to Macau Fisherman’s Wharf

Restaurants in Macau Fisherman’s Wharf

art deco inspired building at macau fisherman's wharf
  • The Grand Palace
  • Praha Restaurant
  • Brasserie de Paris
  • Jade Orchid
  • Infinite
  • Vic’s Restaurante
  • Praha Bar
  • Rio Coffee Shop
  • Float
  • The Gallery
  • Zero Angle
  • Gong Cha
  • Keong Kei Hot Pot
  • Jin Yue Xuan Seafood Restaurant
  • Spicy Hero
  • Taigenbao Madam Chan Shunde Cuisine
  • Talay VIP Hot Pot Restaurant
  • Talay Thai Restaurant

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf Details

  • Location: Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, Macau
  • Parking: available indoor and outdoor
  • Opening hours vary depending on the establishment

How to get to Macau Fisherman’s Wharf:

  • From Macau Ferry Terminal: You can either walk or take a public bus (1A, 3, 10B, 10X, 28A, 28B, 28BX, 32, AP1, N1A)
  • From Macau International Airport: You can take a taxi or take the AP1 bus

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Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.