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Do you have a sweet tooth, enjoy a madly good cup of coffee, or just like to stake out a place on a sunny terrace to watch the world go by? Here are recommendations for doing all three, right across sunny Portugal: from Lisbon, Cascais, Beja, Aveiro, Porto, Povoa de Varzim, and the Azores. Hard to choose!
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Rua Belém 84-92, 1300 085 Lisboa, Portugal
If you're in Lisbon and don't pass by Antiga Confeiteria de Belem to sample its heavenly Pasteis de Belem, then you and I can never be friends. These little egg tarts are so reportedly delicious I actually flew to Lisbon from Barcelona just to...
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Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa, Portugal
Near the Tagus River is Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, a former 13th-century fish market that now houses an almanac of Lisbon’s artisanal food purveyors. Multigenerational vendors serve such Portuguese specialties as conserved Atlantic octopus and ...
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Praça da Figueira 18B, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal
You will feast with your eyes as soon you enter here. Founded in 1829, this confectionery store is considered one of the best in Lisbon, having won international prizes and serving, in the old days, as the official confectioner of the royal...
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Open since 1905, A Brasileira was once the choice of Fernando Pessoa, the great Portuguese poet. You can sit beside him just outside, next to his bronze statue. Back in the day, this place was a hangout for writers, artists, and journalists. The...
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R. da Misericórdia 9, 1200-108 Lisboa, Portugal
If you are like me, who love coffee and chocolate, than this little store is for you. When you walk through Chiado, you can easily smell the fresh aroma of ground coffee beans coming out the store. The store was opened in 1930 and hasn't changed...
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Rua Limoeiro 10, 1100-001 Lisboa, Portugal
New to Fado, and deciding where to have your first listen? Eager to experience one of Portugal's signature traditions, but short on time in Lisbon--or not eager to spend tons of money and a late night out to do it? Pastel do Fado has you covered....
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R. Garrett 104, 1200-205 Lisboa, Portugal
This historic pastry shop was founded in 1868 as an aristocratic teahouse, one of the few public places where women could go without the company of men. Inside is a room that serves as a restaurant, but this shop is more known for its delicious...
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Praça do Comércio 3, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
Martinho da Arcada is a Lisbon legend. Thanks to a friend's recommendation, I passed through it just to experience the phenomenon and look inside. The cafe was founded in 1778 as Café do Gelo (the Ice Cafe) and mostly sold beverages and ice. After...
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Praça Dom Pedro IV 24-25, 1200-091 Lisboa, Portugal
Another well-known café facing Rossio is Café Nicola. Full of history, tradition, and culture, it was once frequented by Lisbon's intellectual elite, like the poet Bocage, who was a habitué and now has a statue as a reminder. In existence since...
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Av. da República 15-A 1050-185 Lisboa Portugal, 1050-185 Lisboa, Portugal
In a city like Lisbon, where it's easy to find a classic pastry shop, this one is named for the famous French palace outside Paris and dates from 1922. It has a monumental interior—with glass, mirrors, and art nouveau details. The waiters wear...
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Av. Guerra Junqueiro 30 C, 1000-167 Lisboa, Portugal
This historic pastry shop is full of art, like the ceramic panel with polychrome tiles by Querubim Lapa, a mural painting by João Câmara Leme, and other works by Mário Costa. When it was founded in 1946, Mexicana was a confectionary and dairy,...
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Praça Dom Pedro IV 96 a 104, 1100-202 Lisboa, Portugal
This pastry shop brings me back to my childhood. When my father and brother would go to see Benfica (one of the most important football teams in Portugal), my mother and I would come here to have an ice cream or a cake. Who can resist sitting in...
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Avenida da Liberdade, Quiosques Liberdade - Posto 4, 1250-145 Lisboa, Portugal
A kiosk at Avenida da Liberdade, this one has the best chocolate cake in the world. If you don’t fancy chocolate, you have other choices like custard tarts, croissants, or even a light meal. But of course, there are also drinks, like caipigelado...
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Av. Valbom 28F, 2750-508 Cascais, Portugal
A perfect day at the beach should always include ice cream. If you're visiting Cascais, a coastal town a short train ride from Lisbon, that means a trip to Santini's. This iconic gelato shop with its red-and-white striped awnings and interiors has...
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R. dos Açoutados 12, 7800-812 Beja, Portugal
This family-owned tearoom is the perfect place to try the regional doces conventuais, or conventual sweets, of Alentejo. The desserts were traditionally made by nuns in local convents. Everything is made by hand, using recipes created in the...
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R. Domingos Carrancho 4, 3800-106 Aveiro, Portugal
Aveiro, Portugal offers a regional sweet treat called Ovos Moles. Local history tells us that in the 19th century, the nuns in the convents used the egg whites to iron their habits and were left with the yolks. So the sisters created a sweet using...
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Aveiro, Portugal
The beautiful building across from the old Aveiro train station has a really delightful Ovos Moles shop on the ground floor. Ovos moles are a specialty of the city of Aveiro. The sweet is made of egg yolks and sugar and served in little wooden...
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3810-119, R. Dr. Barbosa de Magalhães 10, 3800-105 Aveiro, Portugal
Art Nouveau was popular in Portugal in the early 1900's especially in Lisbon, Oporto,and Aveiro. Aveiro has a museum that celebrates the Art Nouveau design. The museum of Art Nouveau in Aveiro is located the Casa Major Pessoa (1909). The building...
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rua de agramonte ,nº222, 4150-031 Porto, Portugal
Mercado do Bom Sucesso is an authentic gourmet spot , with a trendy and urban atmosphere that invites for relaxation and tasting at any time of day. Here’s some suggestions and references that justify a visit: take a coffee with a crispy ‘pastel...
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Rua Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Porto, Portugal
The Rua Santa Caterina is the most important shopping street in Oporto. It is a pedestrian street which is closed to traffic. Along the Rua Caterina you will find the Mercado Bolhao which is a lively market with many shops to delight the market...
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Rua do Loureiro 52, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal
Serrana is one of the best places to have a huge thing called “Bola de Berlim”, roughly translated Berlin Ball – It’s inspired in the Berliner (the german doughnut). It's a doughnut dough, fried with some custard cream inside, topped with caster...
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R. de Sá da Bandeira 637, 4000-226 Porto, Portugal
This is an experience to our senses, you can travel around flavours, choc from all over the world, ways to taste it...i do love to enter this place on Autumn/Winter.
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R. da Firmeza 476, 4000-226 Porto, Portugal
With the premise “food is a cultural expression”, André and the team behind Taste Porto Food Tours organize one of the best intros to food and beverage you are likely to come across in the North of Portugal. As someone from this part of Portugal...
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Povoa de Varzim, Portugal
Homemakers across Portugal prepare for the Christmas season by making yummy holiday cakes called "rabanadas poveiras". At home, the cake is often made as a loaf. The recipe for these festive cakes is a simple one: leftover bread, soaked in milk...
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
A bucket of ice cream is the perfect way to celebrate happy moments (or to forget the sad ones). And, if before we had to look for big brands as Hood or Friendly's in the supermarket, in the Azores we can go "Atlantic" and find truly Azorean...
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9680 Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
Nuns of the old Convent of Santo André, in São Miguel Island, created a recipe that became one of the most wanted typical sweets from the Azores. Since the 16th century, when the Convent was built, this recipe has been enjoyed by many generations...
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Plantações de Chá Gorreana, 9625-304 Maia, Portugal
Gorreana Tea is the only tea plantation in Europe and is exported worldwide, famous for its distinctive flavour. You can walk through the plantations and take a wander though the factory, they have several of the old machines on display and you...
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3800-105 Aveiro, Portugal
This cafe right across from Aveiro's picturesque canal has a sunny terrace for enjoying a coffee. It also sells various regional products (sweet and savory), cakes and macarons. For me, though, the draw is the ice cream, innovatively based on...