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Cafés, Tea Rooms and Chocolate Shops
Casa de Chá de Serralves
The Museum and Foundation of Serralves encompasses an elegant 1930’s house and listed building, 40 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, and a modern art museum, designed by the famous Portuguese architect, Siza Vieira. All excellent reasons to visit Serralves, which is one of the top sights to see in Porto. Whilst there, don’t forget to visit the Tea House - a charming place for afternoon tea in a secluded part of the garden.
Somewhat hidden in the grounds, one comes across the Tea House almost by surprise and it never fails to complete the visit. One can enjoy a tea or a glass of wine inside, whilst appreciating the greenery of the park outside or, weather permitting, there’s a pretty, leafy terrace outdoors with tables, chairs and cushions where one can sit and contemplate the beauty of the gardens.
Between 12h and 15h on weekends, the Tea House serves light meals by Chef Jorge Peres, including an excellent American brunch and you can usually find scones, homemade cakes and ice creams by ‘Neveiros’ at any time of day. All in all, a pleasant complement to your time spent at Serralves.
Rua D. João Castro, 210
T.: +351 22 617 0355
Rota do Chá
Rota do Chá is a teahouse located in the fashionable district of Miguel Bombarda Street and one of the most original tea houses in Porto.
Decorated with a striking oriental design, it has a low-key, ‘zen’ atmosphere with Indian style rooms and a Marroccan garden, in keeping with the creative style that can be found in all the shops in the area.
Its unusual decoration makes it a charming place to stop off at whilst visiting the area, but it’s also appreciated for its extensive menu of teas from all over the world. You can also buy tea from the wide selection available at the shop. Accompany your tea with a delicious scone, quiche, or homemade cake.
Rua Miguel Bombarda, 457, Porto
T.: +351 220 136 726
Located in the historic part of town, Tea point is another specialist tea house in Porto. Make yourself comfortable - as you won’t be in a hurry to leave - and choose from the many teas on the menu whilst you enjoy the warm, cosy and relaxed atmosphere.
Accompany your tea with some scones and homemade cakes or if you happen to just be passing by, choose a tea to take away. Tea Point is also open for lunch and dinner and when you’ve finished, you can relax in the lounge area and listen to some music. Brunch is served on Saturdays and bank holidays.
Largo São Domingos 78, Porto
T.: +351 220 934 077
The Traveller Café
Traveller Café is a coffee house in the centre of Porto that will take you on a journey to different corners of the world. It’s decorated with colourful posters from different cities, creating an attractive and unusual environment for all its visitors. Stone and wood provide a warm atmosphere from where one can sit and view some of Porto’s busiest streets. You’ll be able to while away the time, or take away a variety of different coffees, smoothies and fresh fruit juices.
Traveller Café also offers specialities such as muffins with Greek yoghurt, chocolate bretzel, English biscuits, New York hot dogs, light meals, sandwiches and salads.
Rua: Passos Manuel, nº 165, Porto
T.: +351 222 083 476
Café Progresso is a lively café located in the historic part of the city, in Praça Carlos Alberto. It’s one of Porto’s most popular and traditional cafés, having opened over a century ago. In spite of being very old, it has recently re-modernized and nowadays provides a cosmopolitan scene, frequented by a mix of intellectual and traditional clientele, who come to have their coffee daily and read the newspaper. The atmosphere is both charming and eclectic.
Come here to experience some of Porto’s classic café culture in the heart of the ‘old town’.
Rua Actor João Guedes 5, Porto
T.: +351 223 322 647
Armazém do Caffè
The Armazém do Caffè or ‘Coffee Warehouse’, is a firm favourite among coffee aficionados. It stays open all day, and you can enjoy a meal here at any time. Armazem do Café boasts a wide range of coffees with different flavours and blends, but also teas, hot chocolate, American pastries, ice cream, crepes and waffles among other suggestions.
A welcoming address in the centre of town, perfect for a wintery afternoon and for trying some of Portugal’s amazing coffee.
Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, nº 39, Porto
T.: +351 919 538 020
Casa Grande Chocolatier
Casa Grande Chocolatier is Portuguese and a leading reference in chocolate. They recently opened a shop in Matosinhos where you can buy exceptionally high quality chocolates made from the best cocoa.
Heaven on earth for chocolate lovers, not only for its quality, but also for its design, the shop is virtually all white, except for the chocolate itself, with some unusual, original touches which add to the overall theme, such as lights made out of milk bottles and other whimsical elements.
Here you’ll be able to taste chocolate in many shapes and forms: either as individual sweets, or in the classic chocolate bar format. Feeling more adventurous? Go for the chocolate popcorn and lolly-pops or try some classic fruit and chocolate fondue, mousse and pancakes or a milkshake and hot chocolate.
Rua 1º de Maio, 146, Matosinhos
T.: +351 22 938 36 41
Moustache is located in the heart of the city and is becoming hugely popular for its quality, in particular for its coffee and chocolate.
It has a very comfortable interior with modern lines and decorative elements from the world of coffee and chocolate. You can go there to read or to listen to some music and they even sell CDs with their own music compilations.
Moustache conquers for its cosy, alternative environment, ideal for relaxing and enjoying a coffee and a piece of homemade cake, or one of their well-known cupcakes.
Praça Carlos Alberto 104, Porto
T.: +351 22 208 2916
Casinha Boutique Café
The Casinha Boutique Café is another, more recent café in Porto that has come to attract both locals and tourists alike for its quality and food.
Located in a different part of town, this time in the Boavista area, the Casinha Boutique Café has a minimalist interior with an attractive garden, where you can sit outside and relax in the summer. The café is located in a refurbished, 19th century building that has kept its original lines and elegance.
Like most Portuguese cafés, the coffee is excellent and you can also find traditional cake and ice cream. Apart from desserts, they also serve savoury meals including salads, crepes, quiches, tarts and even brunch, daily, at any time of day.
Avenida da Boavista 854, Porto
T.: +351 934 021 001
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