Most of the older standing buildings in Baucau were from the colonial Portuguese days and somehow survived the Independence clashes and riots.
The Mercado and the Health Park are two of them. While they may have been quite grand and beautiful in their day, they now just provide a flashback to when the area was move vibrant.
The Health Park may have been a beautiful garden, but is now slowly becoming overgrown and being absorbed back into the landscape.
Arte Mores in Baucau is an inspirational project that works with young men to develop their art skills. There are art classes three nights per week and I would recommend a donation in $US or you could possibly do a barter system and take the school some canvas' for the students' work. Materials are hard to come by. The instruction is good and offered to school students both girls and boys to engage and motivate them. Speak to Marqui about the classes. There are also works for sale and you would be supporting a very good cause while collecting something unique.
Located in the heart of the old town, this cafe is accessible by foot from just about anywhere, so it location is key.
Also, it has a nice back deck that provides you with a nice view of the mountain slope and gives you a refreshing breeze to cool off by.
Favorite Dish: The local foods are all great. They have boiled fish, grilled fish and lots of other local rice and noodle dishes. I had the cap cay and mixed it over some noodles, very good!
This restaurant was pointed out to me by a couple of local UN workers who had been staying in Baucau for months. The restaurant lived up to their words and gave me a great meal.
The menu has lots of local dishes as well as a couple western ones. The owner spoke a bit of English and was quite polite and helpful.
Favorite Dish: The local dishes of noodles and fish are relatively cheap and give you a sizable portion.
After leaving Dili, traveling in East Timor becomes a much more "cash-only" destination. Baucau may be your best and last chance to get cash before heading further East or South into the more remote corners of the island.
There is a ANZ Bank in Baucau with a fully functional ATM that accepts foreign cards. To get there, any local should be able to point you in the right direction. However if you are driving yourself, it is located on the one-way street that leads from the upper "new" town back down to the lower "old town.