My 5: Nam Peng Cafe, Macau.

Nam Peng Cafe Macau

1. February 2018. This legendary breakfast spot is an absolute must for anyone wanting to tap into an old school Macau dining experience. Located in a rough and ready back alley (85 R. de Cinco Outubro) a five-minute walk from The Ruins of St. Paul’s, this is the place to come for a delicious, no-nonsense feed and for an unparalleled spell of people watching.

Nam Peng Cafe Macau

2. February 2018. A mix between an American diner, a London caff and a rickety Chinese dumpling house, Nam Peng is an unapologetic antidote to all those fancy, arm-and-a-leg priced hotel-casino breakfasts.

Nam Peng Cafe Macau

3. February 2018. Just park yourself on a wooden bench, place your order with one of the old apron-wearing dears and drink in the ambience.

Egg and ham sandwich Nam Peng Cafe Macau

4. February 2018. I opted for the signature Nam Peng sandwich, which this photo magnificently fails to do justice to. The buttered bread is soft, crustless and positively bursting with feathery scrambled egg and chunks of salty ham. The coffee is cup-a-Joe stuff, but highly drinkable, even for a coffee snob like myself.

Sugared donuts Nam Peng Cafe macau

5. February 2018. There’s a little bakery counter by the entrance, so why not polish off breakfast with a large sugar puff doughnut. They’re impossibly fluffy and cheap as chips! Nam Peng Cafe is open daily from 06:30-18:30. If you find yourself in Macau, it would be almost criminal not to stop by for a bite. 

For more on my time in this amazing corner of China, check out my other articles on Macau.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other 5s from across China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

I’ve been living, working and traveling all over the world since 2001, so why not check out my huge library of My 5s from over 30 countries.

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