Cafes there are many, but these are the 15 most emblematic of Portugal – Travel

Cafes there are many, but these are the 15 most emblematic of Portugal - Travel

7. Café Santa Cruz, Coimbra

If it is unthinkable to have coffee inside a parish chapel, it is because he never went to Santa Cruz, which opened its doors to the public on May 8, 1923, in the square with the same name. Here it is possible to drink coffee to the sound of Fado de Coimbra while enjoying the famous crúzio: a regional sweet made with almonds and eggs.

8. Pastelaria Versailles, Lisbon

For many locals, Versailles continues to be synonymous with refinement and quality. According to the website My Own Portugal, this French-inspired pastry was to get the name from the famous French palace. The showcase is a treat for the gluttonous eyes where you can find cakes ranging from the garibaldi to the allumettes, through the duchesses. Croquettes also delight customers.

9. The Brazilian, Lisbon

In 1905, it started out as a store where it was possible to buy lots of coffee from Brazil and only later became a coffee shop, explains the website Lojas Com História. For the 'Brazilian' there are only one, but the truth is that it once had two spaces: one in Chiado and another in Rossio. He became famous for receiving in his establishment the poet Fernando Pessoa, immortalized with a bronze statue that attracts tourists from all over the world.

10. Martinho da Arcada, Lisbon

Martinho da Arcada, which started with a liquor store in Terreiro do Paço, has already had more than one handful of names. Throughout its more than 230 years of activity it has received in its space numerous illustrious figures of the Portuguese society that, later, honored giving them tables with their names. According to the official website, Martinho was a second home for the poet Fernando Pessoa and where he wrote many of his poems.

11. Café Nicola, Lisbon

Opened in the 18th century by an Italian, the Nicola stands out as one of the oldest cafes in Lisbon. As referred to in the website Shops with History, a curiosity relates to the name of the establishment: it was founded as Botequim Nicola but only in the twentieth century is it gets the name by which we know it. It is impossible to speak in Nicola without mentioning the poet Bocage who, for years, frequented the space and, according to the site Reveal LX, where he had the habit of declaring improvised sonnets. Between 1834 and 1929 the space was transformed into a bookstore, goldsmith shop and clothing store.

12. Pastéis de Belém Factory, Lisbon

Although it is not a cafe, this is a must-see for many tourists (and not only) who enjoy taking a spout and sampling the famous pastries. According to the official website, the famous Portuguese delicacy was born in the Jerónimos Monastery but, with the Liberal Revolution that closed all monasteries and monasteries, the secret recipe ended up in the hands of a businessman who saw a business opportunity here. Since 1837 the recipe for the Pastéis de Belém remains unchanged and is kept secret by the pastry masters.

13. Confeitaria Nacional, Lisbon

It was the year 1829 when Balthazar Roiz Castanheiro decided to inaugurate, in Praça da Figueira, that would become a prestigious confectionery. Decided to be the best, he hired masters from Paris and Madrid to his establishment, which at that time was a place of choice for the Lisbon elites. For years she has been a supplier to the Portuguese Royal Household and is currently a supplier to the Presidency. One curiosity is that in 1875 the Confectionery National introduced the Bolo Rei in Portugal and, in the Christmas season, attracts thousands of Portuguese.

14. Café Paraíso, Tomar

It was the year 1911 when five friends decided to join and open, in the historical center of the city, that would become one of the most emblematic cafes in Tomar. Throughout its 116 years of existence, this establishment has served renowned figures such as the Italian writer Umberto Eco or the composer Fernando Lopes-Graça.

15. Café Aliança, Faro

It has been open since 1908, but before it became a café (1932), the Alliance began as a dairy. According to the Público newspaper, the French writer Simone Bevauoir, the poet António Ramos Rosa and the musician José Afonso were some of the familiar faces that passed by. In 2017, the Alliance integrated a philatelic issue of CTT that aimed to recall some of the historical cafes of Portugal.

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