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Azores, Portugal

Café Internacional (est. 1926)

Installed on the ground floor, the Café Internacional has been, for many years, the meeting place of the Faial elites, working as a veritable living room for the officers of the various moored ships and for the most illustrious visitors. Among these were the foreigners who ensured the operation of the Submarine Telegraph Cables connecting…
Caldas da Rainha, Portugal

Café Central Caldas da Rainha (est. 1930c)

It is supposed to be one of the oldest Cafés in Caldas da Rainha, as it started operating in the 18th century, although it was in the 1930s that it became one of the city's landmarks. During the dictatorship regime, it was considered by the political police as a place of opposition conspiracy and was…
Setúbal , Portugal

Pastelaria Regional Cego (est. 1901)

The family business was founded in 1901 by Manuel Rodrigues, who went blind when he was young, hence the name blind (Cego). A man of seven trades, he married Teresa Prata, a cook, who started by making the "osos", "amores", tarts and "encharcada", based on recipes from conventual confectionery. Later, in 1975, the house fell…
Porto, Portugal

Café A Brasileira (est. 1903)

  The iconic A Brasileira Café opened its doors on 4 May 1903, and to mark its 115th anniversary, the opening ceremony of the Pestana Porto – A Brasileira City Center & Heritage Building was held, bringing together not only the centennial café, but a 5-star hotel and a restaurant serving signature cuisine. Pestana…
Porto, Portugal

Café Ceuta (est. 1953)

This café from 1953 is inspired by the Portuguese conquering of the city of Ceuta, in the north of Africa. Its architect, Carlos Neves, wanted to follow the trend of creating different light effects, and for that he used a system of lamp shades. The cafe was known to be frequented by ministers and other…
Porto, Portugal

Café Aviz (est. 1947)

With its crystal chandelier and bronze sculpture, the Aviz Tea Room was born in 1947 right in the Downtown of the city of Porto. This was the period immediately following the Second World War. Then in the 1960s and 1970s, the Café Aviz became one of the reference cafés for university students, helped by the…
Pastel de Belém

The famous Portuguese sweets

When you think of Portuguese sweets, Pastel de Nata or Pastel de Belém is one of the first specialties that come to mind. The famous custard tarts of puff pastry, egg, milk, sugar and the perfect blend of lemon and cinnamon are the most popular sweets in the country, and both are delicious hot and…
Lisbon, Portugal

Café Pastelaria Benard (est. 1868)

Coming from a family of French bakers and canners, Elie Benard settled in Lisbon with his parents and siblings, in the mid-19th century, and on Rua do Loreto, he opened a Café - Bakery Franceza, inaugurated on 6 September 1868. It was here that “the Lisbon public” found “excellent fine bread” and “all kinds of biscuits”,…
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