10 Things To Do in City of Dreams Macau

While I love going to beaches and appreciating the beauty of nature, I have to admit that I'm quite the city girl, a true urban dweller. So when I first heard that City of Dreams is coming to Manila, I was ecstatic! And you know why? Because City of Dreams Macau has been a memorable urban resort for me. And I can't wait to relive the experience when City of Dreams Manila finally opens! Which is very, very soon, by the way.
City of Dreams Macau

But for the mean time...

Let me share with you the 10 Things To Do in City of Dreams Macau besides gaming, 'cause we already know what big boys and big girls do when in this casino resort.

1. See the 360° multimedia show Dragon's Treasure

City of Dreams Macau Dragon's Treasure
This show is much more magical in person!
A fine greeting upon stepping foot onto City of Dreams Macau. This is the first thing on our itinerary after getting off the plane, and it was definitely the show we needed to see first. Dragon's Treasure will take visitors into the world of immersive multimedia where the four Dragon Kings explore the mysterious powers of the Dragon Pearl, while introducing you their magical kingdoms. And there are a lot more eyecandies to keep you in awe -- jellyfishes, mermen, fishes big and small, volcanoes, and a lot more.

Dragon's Treasure at City of Dreams
Dragon's Treasure Show City of Dreams Macau

Dragon's Treasure, also known as The Bubble Show, is an HD visual feast that will not fail to amaze. It takes place at The Bubble, the biggest special effects projection dome in the world specifically built for this show. Whether you look up or from side to side, you'll still get to enjoy this multimedia experience powered by over 29,000 LED lights, on top of its engaging originally composed music.

Dragon's Treasure Ticket

Dragon's Treasure runs for 18 minutes long and is shown every 30 minutes from 12NN to 8PM. Ticket prices are MOP 50 for adults, MOP 30 for Macau residents, MOP 25 for children 3 to 12 years of age, and MOP 30 for senior citizens.

2. Shop at The Boulevard

Oh-so-beautiful Bvlgari watch
Oh-so-beautiful Bvlgari Serpenti watch... Can one of my admirers gift me this?
What's an urban resort without shopping, right? For the latest in haute couture, accessories, premium beauty products, jewelry, exquisite timepieces and more, there's The Shops at The Boulevard.

Although what we mostly did was not actual shopping but window shopping, The Shops at The Boulevard is still a great area to get lost in. There's a pretty long list of shops like Bvlgari, Gucci, Burberry, T Galleria by DFS, Cartier, and IWC among others.

Our matching Gucci bags
Matching Gucci bags
Burberry bags
More bags at Burberry
Hand Massage at T Galleria City of Dreams Macau
Enjoying a hand massage by La Mer at T Galleria
For those looking for delicacies to bring home, there's also a Koi Kei Bakery shop where you can get almond flakes, Portuguese cookies, orange-peel cakes, cashew crispy candies and more. I bought some treats for my family and friends and they loved it!

3. Explore SOHO

SOHO City of Dreams Macau

A fun and vibrant dining and entertainment district, SOHO is not unknown to New York, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. And now, to City of Dreams Macau too. This hub brings together all the colorful facets of city life, with fun, interactive features, swanky street art and graffiti, trendy restaurants and bars, and even daily live performances.

Groupfie at the photobooth in SOHO City of Dreams Macau
Groupfie at the interactive wall-cum-photobooth
Just one of the cool grafitti artworks at SOHO Macau
Just one of the cool graffiti artworks in SOHO Macau
Holographic street dance show at SOHO City of Dreams Macau
Holographic street dance show... So cool!
Restaurants, bars and cafes at SOHO Macau
An isle of some of the restaurants and bars
This is where one can just get lost and enjoy taking tons of selfies and OOTDs. It's also the trendy place-to-be to see, be seen, and chill out with family and friends. And have I mentioned there are 16 dining establishments all over SOHO? So whether you're adventurous or picky, you can be sure to find the food, or even booze, perfect for you!

4. Get a heavenly massage at the Crown Spa

Tranquility Room at Crown Spa Macau

There are 3 spas in City of Dreams Macau, and I'm sure you'll get your needed pampering time at any of them. However, if you can, I recommend getting one at the world-class Crown Spa which has been named Best Luxury Hotel Spa in Macau in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards, and Forbes 5-Star Spa 2014. This is one, if not, the most luxurious spas in Macau. And it's definitely the spa-to-go if you're looking for the ultimate rejuvenating spa experience set in a resort spa environment.

The Purple Doll Crown Spa at Crown Towers Macau
Time for a well-deserved pampering session!
Complimentary Tea at Crown Spa Crown Towers
Tranquility Room at Crown Spa

Until today, my experience at Crown Spa is still the pampering session to beat. I've been treated to such an unforgettable spa time that it had set my standards to new heights. The spa specializes in Crown Shell Massage (MOP 1,380) which incorporates Swedish and Lomi-Lomi massage techniques with heated lava shells giving deep relaxation and weightless balance throughout the body. It's also said to nourish the skin and release deep-seated tension.

Read the full blog post on my Crown Spa experience here.

5. Receive the flow of good fortune at the Vquarium

Mermaid dance at Vquarium City of Dreams Macau
Beautiful virtual mermaid
Vquairum mermaid at City of Dreams Macau
This is a nice attraction adults and kids will enjoy.
Vquarium at City of Dreams Macau

Most of the attractions in City of Dreams Macau requires tickets. However, if you're looking for something free, then there's the Vquarium which is also said to bring good luck to viewers. Located just outside the casino, this is a great free show to watch if you want to marvel at another virtual spectacle City of Dreams Macau has to offer. Or if you're on your way to play at the casino, this is a good way to receive additional flow of good fortune from the dancing mermaids.

6. Have a meal at COD Macau restaurants

Pan-Fried Minced Pork Dumplings at Beijing Kitchen Macau
Isn't this dumpling from Beijing Kitchen just beautiful?
Beijing Style Duck at Beijing Kitchen Macau
Oh-so-yummy Beijing-style duck skin also from Beijing Kitchen
Read my full review on Beijing Kitchen here.

There are a LOT of restaurants in City of Dreams Macau -- from the 16 dining establishments at SOHO, and restaurants at The Shops at The Boulevard, to the specialty restaurants housed in the 3 hotels. Whether you crave for Chinese, Pan-Asian or Western cuisine, there's something for you in City of Dreams Macau. Even those looking for a bar or a cafe to hang out will not be disappointed.

Lobster, tiger prawns, black mussels, alaskan snow crab leg at Mezza9 Macau
A seafood feast at Mezza9!
Mezza9 Macau Dessert Platter
Mezza9's dessert platter... 'Cause one dessert isn't enough.
Read my full review on Mezza9 here.

Two of the restaurants we got to try was Beijing Kitchen and Mezza9 both inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The former specializes in Northern Chinese cuisine, while the latter is more of a people-pleaser serving different kinds of international fares. But although they serve different kinds of food, I had a really good time at both restaurants. Just check out their very enticing plates! I can assure you, they tasted as good as they looked!

7. Experience TABOO at Club Cubic

Ticket to Taboo The Show of Secret Fantasies City of Dreams Macau

Another of the must-see shows when in City of Dreams Macau is TABOO, a playful cabaret experience created by Franco Dragone that features spectacular performances and provocative acts that challenge the senses. This very exciting show is set at Club Cubic, Macau's most prestigious nightclub.

Club Cubic Macau Night Club
Club Cubic's main area
Blue and Pink Private Rooms at Club Cubic
Blue and Pink Private Rooms at Club Cubic
White Room and Black Room at Club Cubic Macau
White and Black Private Rooms at Club Cubic Macau
Club Cubic in itself is something worth checking out. It features a spectacular performing stage, a laser lit dance pool, 30,000 sq. ft. across two levels of live entertainment space, a Gothic-style bar and Asia’s first Perrier-Jouët champagne bar. On the upper level, it also houses 5 VIP rooms of different styles and themes to fit your mood, some of which are also equipped with a balcony that grants an unencumbered view of the sizzling action down below.

Taboo at Club Cubic Macau
Venetian mask, lacey whip and Perrier-Jouët to set the mood.
Taboo City of Dreams Macau
Trivia: TABOO lead singer Trenyce is top 5 on American Idol Season 2.
Taboo at City of Dreams Macau
One of my most favorite acts of the night. This couple is just marvelous!
Some of the performances might be a little shocking for the PG-13 at heart. But I assure you, every act is done tastefully and will make you say "Wow!" every time. Sure, there's nudity. There's plenty of sensuality. And there are even acts that hint at bondage. However, despite my conservative upbringing, nothing in TABOO was cringe-worthy. From the singing, the dancing, the acrobatic performances, the fire eating, and everything in between, I have nothing but praises to the beautiful, talented and amazing cast of TABOO. I seriously clapped as hard as I could after every act!

When in City of Dreams Macau, you should definitely check out TABOO! Ticket prices start at HKD 580 and go up to HKD 1,180 depending on the day and seating.

8. Have your well-deserved staycation

City of Dreams Macau is home to 3 amazing hotels -- Crown Towers, Grand Hyatt, and Hard Rock, so what better way to spend time here than to have a staycation?

Hard Rock Hotel City of Dreams Macau
Hard Rock Hotel Macau Standard King Room
My home for 2 nights in Hard Rock Hotel Macau
For our 2-night stay in Macau, we were booked in the Hard Rock Hotel that's not only swanky, but also oozing with endless rock and roll vibe. I didn't get to fully explore the hotel as we had a lot of ground to cover, but I still enjoyed my room so much. Just look at that soft, plush king-sized bed... All that and more just to myself!

Read the full blog post on my Hard Rock Hotel Macau experience here.

I don't think I'll ever get to stay in one, but if you're able, Grand Hyatt Macau and Crown Towers have really high-roller suites you might want to consider checking in to. We were only brought there to tour. So yeah... Unless I magically win in the sweepstakes, a tour will be the closest thing I could do in these beautiful suites.

Grand Hyatt Macau Presidential Suite Living and Dining Area
Living and dining area in Grand Hyatt's Presidential Suite
Grand Hyatt Macau Presidential Suite Bedroom and Master's Bath
The beautiful master's bedroom and drool-worthy bath
Grand Hyatt Macau's Presidential Suite is a delicious 220 sqm. corner suite with a private bedroom wing, a beautiful marble master bath, as well as living, sitting and dining rooms, a study lounge, kitchenette and even a fitness equipment. Now, isn't this a hotel room you'd want to stay in? I know, I'd love to! #hanggangpangarapnalang

Crown Towers Macau Crystal Suite Living and Dining Area
Living and dining area in Crown Towers' Crystal Suite
Crown Towers Macau Crystal Master's Bedroom and Bath
An elegant master's bedroom and that super swanky jacuzzi bath
Crown Towers' Crystal Suite is another lavish room that feels more like an apartment with 250 sqm. floor size. There are 2 bedrooms, each equipped with its own bath, a living and dining area, and even a full-sized kitchen. Now this is the suite to get should you want to bond with family or friends yet still enjoy the privacy and luxury of your own room.

9. Get a taste of Michelin Star restaurants

I might've already shared how City of Dreams Macau is home to a good number of restaurants. However, let me stress further that City of Dreams is also a dining destination in Macau as it houses 2 restaurants, each with a Michelin Star under its belt.

Jade Dragon Iberico Barbecue Pork, Steamed Signature Live Tiger Prawn Dumpling, and Baked Turnip Puff with Yunnan Ham
Iberico Barbecue Pork, Steamed Signature Live Tiger Prawn Dumpling,
and Baked Turnip Puff with Yunnan Ham at Jade Dragon
Stir-Fried Prawns with Lobster Bisque (MOP 198)
Beautiful Stir-Fried Prawns with Lobster Bisque at Jade Dragon
Included in the Michelin Guide to Hong Kong & Macau, and ranked 6th in Top 20 Best Restaurants of 2014 in Hong Kong Tatler Best Restaurants guide, Jade Dragon is the restaurant-to-be at for exquisite and meticulously-prepared fine-dining Cantonese fare.

From the appetizers, to the mains dishes, down to the desserts, I have to say that every element during our visit was perfect. And I also have to mention their excellent tea selection. Seriously, if you love Cantonese food and are willing to shell out some $$$ for really, really good food, then you won't regret a meal indulged at Jade Dragon!

Read my full review on Jade Dragon here.

Octopus ham with tomatoes and sea urchin amuse bouche
Octopus ham with tomatoes and sea urchin amuse bouche at The Tasting Room
Tea after dessert
Beautiful Chocolate banana mille-fuille and macaron at The Tasting Room
Another must-visit restaurant is The Tasting Room By Galliot. This contemporary French fine dining destination is the first in City of Dreams Macau to receive a Michelin Star. It's also a Forbes Travel Guide and Hong Kong Tatler-recognized restaurant.

While not every dish I was served wowed me, I can definitely say The Tasting Room has very creative and innovative must-order items that will blow any foodie away! Look for their Golden Egg with Tasmanian Winter Truffle, Contemporary Onion Soup, and Chocolate Banana Mille-Fuille, and you're sure to have a good time.

Read my full review on The Tasting Room here.

10. Watch the magical House of Dancing Water

We already got to watch other shows in City of Dreams Macau, but a visit to this casino resort will never be complete without watching The House of Dancing Water which is, in my opinion, the best show I've ever seen! EVER!

The House of Dancing Water City of Dreams Macau

A production by Franco Dragone Entertainment Group, The House of Dancing Water is a breathtaking show staged in the purpose-built Dancing Water Theater which features approximately 2,000 seats and an amazing stage that transforms -- from a solid ground to a stage pool that holds a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water, and back.

The House of Dancing Water Macau
One of the first few acts that had me at the edge of my seat.
The House of Dancing Water Show at City of Dreams Macau
Love how emotional and dynamic this scene was!
Motorbike Jump The House of Dancing Water Macau
Motorbike stunts... Who would have thought?

The prettiest chandelier i've ever seen! #humanchandelier #dancingwater #CityofDreamsManila #CityofDreamsMacau @cityofdreamsmanila

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There's a mix of everything in The House of Dancing Water. Dancing, martial arts, exhilarating stunts, motorcycles -- every act will make sure you keep your eyes peeled, as when you thought you've already seen the best part, they wow you with yet another great act! And even if I got to watch it already, it's something worth watching again. An epic love story and spectacular journey through time, showcasing dazzling costumes, special effects and record breaking acts never seen before in a theater. Truly, The House of Dancing Water is a one-of-a-kind show one shouldn't miss!

Ticket prices for The House of Dancing Water start from HKD 406 for children and range from HKD 580 to HKD 1,580 for adults depending on the day and seating.


I was very fortunate to have experienced such an amazing time at City of Dreams Macau, and I can't wait to finally relive the experience Philippines style when City of Dreams Manila opens. Although not all these will be brought to Manila, I'm sure there will be surprises that await guests and visitors.

City of Dreams Manila

City of Dreams Manila, like COD Macau, will also house 3 luxurious hotels -- Crown Towers, Hyatt and Nobu Hotel. There's also great news for foodies like myself! Nobu, The Tasting Room and The Café will be opening doors to treat us to gastronomic delights. That's all I know so far, but I'm sure, in time, City of Dreams Manila will also be home to lavish spas and hopefully, world-class entertainment.

In case you want to stay updated on news about City of Dreams Manila, check out their Facebook Page. And for a sneak peek, here's City of Dreams Manila's official website, as well as Crown Towers', Hyatt City of Dreams Manila's, and Nobu Hotel Manila's.

For more information on City of Dreams Macau, visit their official website.


  1. I haven't really considered Macau in my travel list, but will definitely visit it soon! But for now, I would love to visit City of Dreams Manila muna. hehehe. :)

    1. Check out City of Dreams Macau in case you plan a trip to Macau in the near future. :) Anyway, I'm excited for City of Dreams Manila too! Woot! ^^

  2. Why is it that I always get hungry whenever I visit your blog? lol I love the way you braided your hair on the side. It reminded me of Elsa from the movie, Frozen ; )


    1. I know I've done my job properly when visitors crave after seeing the post. :D Hihi! Anyway, thanks for noticing my side braid, Mrs. M! ^^

  3. I've been to Macau but due to limited time, we just went to the Venetian and the St.Paul Ruins and bought some jerky. This post of yours will be my guide when I go there again next year (fingers crossed). =)

    1. Hi Lovelee! Glad you somehow found my post helpful. Yes, please do visit City of Dreams when you go to Macau. And if you can, do watch The House of Dancing Water and/or TABOO. Seriously, they're MUST-SEES!!! :D

  4. Oh my NOBU! I can't wait for it.... Hopefully it is worth the hype... hmmmm ... :D :D :D

    1. I hope so too! Nobu's one of the things that make me super excited for COD Manila! :)

  5. It's such a wondeerful thing to visit Macau this time. Heard from my friend that Macau is a city like no other.

  6. Nice list Sumi!!! I haven't been to Macau but I've heard stories about it (more on the casino side though LOL) but yeah, it's like a Las Vegas version but a more toned down one. I would have loved to experience all these, though they look expensive :P Haha! But anyhow, great article!!! You're very lucky to have experienced this!!! <3

  7. That pink private room definitely got me! Cute!! Now I can't wait for City of Dreams Manila to open!!!!

  8. Wow!!! They do have a lot of attractions in City of Dreams Macau here. It's as lavish as the places in Macau. I hope to visit the place when it opens.

  9. Great post with nice experience.

  10. What a great guide! Will surely be reading this blog once I visited Macau. Thanks so much! :)

  11. Epic post!!!
    I surely want to visit and see the shows , do shopping and enjoying eating!
    I probably have to bookmark and check from here :)
    Really lovely! I surely have to visit the dragon and water show 4 sure!!! :)

  12. Macau sure is a dream destination, and with so many activities in one place itself it sure is a complete family destination. All the best for your Manila edition of the City of dreams... :)

  13. Their Portuguese Egg Tarts are to die foooooooor

  14. This looks like a nice trip. The duck skin got me drooling...

  15. I haven't been to Macau but I added it to my travel list all because of Kim Hyun Joong and Boys Over Flowers. Haha. Will definitely check out City of Dreams Manila as soon as it opens to at least have a peek and get an idea how the real place would look like.

    Great photos, by the way.

  16. I was able to visit the City of Dreams in Macau. We were there for a day so we only got to watch the Dragon;s Treasure ( for some reason, I called this the bubble show). What a luxurious hotel you got there. I wish we stayed in Macau more so I can watch the House of Dancing Water. Will they have that show in City of Dreams Manila?

  17. Macau is so beautiful and theres so much to do! Love the water show!

  18. Macau is really running to become the Las Vegas of Asia. More interesting hotels, restaurants, businesses and other big infrastructures.

  19. the spa and the restaurants sound so very me ! can't wait for my trip there next year :)

  20. I was just Macau last December but only for a day. Should really plan to stay there longer next time.

  21. Macau is really a beautiful place to visit. I loved the Boulevard and I wish I will be able to go and shop there someday :)

  22. Im so happy we now have City of Dreams in Manila. I am sure it's going to be a great place. Can't wit to visit Macau too!

  23. This is such an informative post for those planning to visit Macau. I really thought there was not much things to do in Macau but to play casino! Haha. City of Dreams in Manila will be open soon, I believe so because I've been passing the construction site and they work fast!

  24. Macau was in my itenary when I went Hong Kong last time. But my experience with Hong Kong people was so bad that I cancelled the trip. Do you have similar bad experiences in Macau?

  25. I'm sure this is something that a lot of people look forward to. The signage of the hotels are already up and these places & the City of Dreams will definitely WOW a lot of people. Macau is such a beautiful and interesting place and it's nice that the City of Dreams will bring a touch of Macau here in PH.

  26. another place to include in my bucket list...

  27. Macau wasn't really on my list because had really bad experience when I was in Hong Kong (the people there). How's Macau compared to Hong Kong?

  28. Macau looks so developed and nice now... So different by the time I went.. Hope can go again..

  29. What a dreamy place Macau is today. I'm glad they are building lots of fun places and things for people to do when they visit... It is a beautiful place.

  30. What a great selection of places to visit! I'll definitely have them on my list when visiting there! Really good pictures too! Thank's for sharing!

  31. Going to City of Dreams truly is an unforgettable experience! Too bad when I went there, my family and I stayed in Venetian instead. I'm definitely watching Taboo next time I go there, so intriguing!

  32. Great pictures! Those bags and watches are wow!!!! I plan to go to Macau next year. Thanks for this post.

  33. wanna also experience this luxurious treat in City of Dreams Manila! very fabulous! :)

  34. If given a chance ill go to Macau and experience this super amazing City Of Dreams!

  35. oH! How i wish i could there someday,, Super Amazing City talaga!!! :D

  36. nice place..hoping someday i can visit there,,thanks for sharing

  37. Wow amazing place! If given the chance, I want to go to that place right away! ^_^

  38. One of my dream travel this 2016 is to visit MACAU. hopefully will happen and thank you for this wonderful tips. Thanks for sharing :)


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