Cafes and Delis in Coimbra
Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal, encompasses nearly the same characters in cuisine as the rest of Portugal. Portuguese cuisine is influenced by the lands around the Mediterranean Sea. Portuguese cuisine is famous for the fresh and delicious seafood and also for the wide variety of spices. These spices include Piri-Piri, garlic, cinnamon, saffron and fresh herbs. Some traditional Portuguese meals are, for example, Bacalhau, Alentejano pork, Caldo Verde or famous sweet Pastel de nata.
However, cuisine in Coimbra also has some local twists. In this area is the famous Leitão-roasted piglet, Chanfana or sweets such as Arrufadas Coimbra and Pastel de St. Clara. Cafe de Santa Cruz is a historical cafe next to the "Igreja de Santa Cruz" (Saint Cross Church). The bars in the New City Park are open all day long.
Located in the heart of downtown Coimbra, in Largo da Portagem, by the emblematic statue of Mata Frades (“Friar Killer”), Briosa Bakery, one of the oldest and most well-known of the city, serves traditional quality products since 1955. We have been able to preserve the cultural and gastronomic heritage that the sweets of Coimbra present to the city, and we were acknowledged with the prize of the Confraria da Panela ao Lume (“the Brotherhood of the Pot on the Stove”), for being an excellent selling point of the traditional regional sweets. The fact that we are selling genuine products, as opposed to making products imitating the original was a great part of the reason why we won. By keeping the recipes and traditions of production, Briosa Bakery invites you to come and enjoy a journey through ancestral flavours of our regional sweets and pastries.
Café Santa Cruz is an ever popular institution in Coimbra, having provided a meeting point for generations of locals. Located next door to Coimbra’s town hall, in the Cidade Baixa, the chief attraction is undoubtedly its astounding architecture, nestled in the former hall of the Monastery of Santa Cruz, founded in 1530. The stunning Portuguese renaissance architecture( in the style known as Manuelino) features seafaring motifs such as ropes, seashells and anchors.