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A Casino Crawl in Macau

These days, casinos are as much a part of the character of Macau as its cobblestone streets. Don't expect dusty, down-to-earth caverns, though. This neon-clad city is all glam and glitz, chandeliers and sommeliers. Win or lose, checking out casinos is all part of the fun of being in Macau, and this itinerary includes some cultural sights, too.

Planning

Where to stay: MGM Macau, Wynn Macau, Altira Macau

Where to eat and drink: Margaret's Café e Nata, Portas Do Sol, Il Teatro, Robuchon au Dôme, 38 Lounge

Where to play: The Lisboa, The Grand Lisboa, Wynn Macau, Altira Macau

What to see: Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, Grand Prix Museum, Macau Canidrome, House of Dancing Water

Itinerary

1. Margaret's Café e Nata. Start the day with a warm, flaky egg tart.

2. Largo do Senado. You almost have to go home with the obligatory Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral photo. Saunter through Senado Square for a quick hit of history.

3. Wynn Macau. Break from the maddening crowds and head to this swish address. With thick, beige drapes and plush furniture, the casino offers VIP treatment.

4. Hotel Lisboa. The infamous basement corridors and sparkling gaming floors of the Lisboa sister hotels are just a few blocks from the Wynn.

5. Portas do Sol. Spend any remaining change you have left on dim sum. The pork buns and soup dumplings won't disappoint.

6. Grand Prix Museum. A bit farther north, you'll find colorful Formula 3 cars and memorabilia, as well as Macau's Wine Museum next door.

7. Cotai Strip. Fast and furious in its own right, Cotai is constantly expanding. Despite a stream of incoming resort-cum-casino complexes, the Venetian remains the highlight with 2,000 slot machines and 550 gaming tables.

8. House of Dancing Water. Snag tickets to the city's most mesmerizing show, staged in the City of Dreams Complex.

9. Robuchon au Dôme: If you hit the jackpot, head to this French dining room for an unforgettable meal—and price tag.

(option) 9. 38 Lounge. Those ending the day with thinner wallets may opt for tapas and cocktails on the top floor of Altira hotel. Views are free.

10. Macau Canidrome. The greyhound racetrack operates every evening except Wednesdays and Fridays. You won't find ersatz frescoes in this doghouse.

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