A Brief Overview of Coimbra #3 – Where to Eat in the City

Penne Pasta at Cafetaria do Museu, Coimbra, Portugal

Dining in Coimbra is a lot more liberal than most places in Portugal thanks to the high student contingency. There are plenty of places to find decent vegetarian food such as the excellent Cafetaria do Museu opposite the University’s Baroque library (read about that here) where pasta and pesto are complimented by fresh juices, smoothies and excellent pastries.

The old quarter and its peripheries are really the best places to find a suitable venue to eat. Being such a picturesque city many places are quick to fill and very slow to empty.

The real hub of traditional eateries is Largo da Portagem and particular highlights include:

  • Café Santa Cruz – Located at Pr 8 de Maio in Old Coimbra, this is about the most appealing of all cafes in the area thanks in large part to its location in the monastery buildings next to Igreja de Santa Cruz.
  • Viela – Found at Rua das Azeiteirias 33 is one of the best bargains to be found in Coimbra. A whole meal will set you back just 6 euros and includes soup, main, dessert and a glass of wine. A steal.
  • O Pátio – At Pátio da Inquisiçáo 26, this sun trap terraced restaurant offers reasonable pratos da dia (dish of the day) at around 10 euros per head. The square about is a lovely location and as such most clients are happy to soak up the sun and enjoy the vistas as they lazily work through their lunch.

Elsewhere you can find more expensive meals and specialist foods although the quality isn’t necessarily any better than the cheaper places and you may find yourself paying for prestige over substance.

Read about things to do in Coimbra, getting to and from the city or book a hotel by clicking here.

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A Brief Overview of Coimbra #3 – Where to Eat in the City

Penne Pasta at Cafetaria do Museu, Coimbra, Portugal

Dining in Coimbra is a lot more liberal than most places in Portugal thanks to the high student contingency. There are plenty of places to find decent vegetarian food such as the excellent Cafetaria do Museu opposite the University’s Baroque library (read about that here) where pasta and pesto are complimented by fresh juices, smoothies and excellent pastries.

The old quarter and its peripheries are really the best places to find a suitable venue to eat. Being such a picturesque city many places are quick to fill and very slow to empty.

The real hub of traditional eateries is Largo da Portagem and particular highlights include:

  • Café Santa Cruz – Located at Pr 8 de Maio in Old Coimbra, this is about the most appealing of all cafes in the area thanks in large part to its location in the monastery buildings next to Igreja de Santa Cruz.
  • Viela – Found at Rua das Azeiteirias 33 is one of the best bargains to be found in Coimbra. A whole meal will set you back just 6 euros and includes soup, main, dessert and a glass of wine. A steal.
  • O Pátio – At Pátio da Inquisiçáo 26, this sun trap terraced restaurant offers reasonable pratos da dia (dish of the day) at around 10 euros per head. The square about is a lovely location and as such most clients are happy to soak up the sun and enjoy the vistas as they lazily work through their lunch.

Elsewhere you can find more expensive meals and specialist foods although the quality isn’t necessarily any better than the cheaper places and you may find yourself paying for prestige over substance.

Read about things to do in Coimbra, getting to and from the city or book a hotel by clicking here.

Please leave comments or questions in the box below.

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