As a shopping haven, Macau has long lived in the shadow of neighboring Hong Kong. But the city is a world-class shopping destination in its own right, and offers the added benefits of a slower pace and more convenient layout. Almost every fashion and lifestyle brand you can name can be found under one roof at covered shopping malls attached to the city's busiest casinos. Macau has also done a remarkable job preserving its unique charm, as seen in its historic streets and alleyways lined with independent boutiques and souvenir shops. Here are Macau’s best shopping areas.The Grand Canal Shoppes
With more than 850 duty-free shops under a painted roof resembling the blue skies of Venice, Macau's biggest retail mecca offers a dizzying array of fashion, beauty, jewelry, and accessories brands. Almost every internationally renowned brand has a presence in this sprawling shopping center, and it's very easy to get lost in here. What truly makes this mall worth a visit is the entertainment factor: Street performers—dressed in traditional Venetian garb—can be heard belting out Italian classic while piloting gondolas along the artificial water canals.