This is maybe the most emblematic and traditional coffee bar in the city of Braga, and has been open since 1858. It is located in the basement and porches of the building known as Arcade, in the center of Praça da República, where there is a terrace that is always full of people. It is a very nice place to drink, from a simple soda, ice cream or beer, a good breakfast or snack accompanied by a slice of cake or a pastry. The décor inside the restaurant is in the style of an old 19th century coffee bar, predominantly made of wood and marble.
One of the days of our stay in Braga we ate at this fast food restaurant, since it was opposite the hotel where we were staying at. It Belongs to the biggest supermarket chain in Portugal, "Pingo Doce". It is an excellent idea as it ensures the freshness of the products they serve, as taken directly from the store. It is a buffet restaurant, where you go up with the tray to choose the dish you want, and choose a table to eat at. Service also has "take away", and another counter where there was coffee, sweets and pies. The buffet had variety, all home cooked food, and prices really cheap: only 4 €! Apart from the dishes, they have a cabinet with fresh meat cooked on the grill, they call it"meat grelhado". We chose the dish of kebabs, which were pork, then we could choose two buffet accompaniments (potatoes, steamed vegetables, salad, etc). It tasted great, the meat very juicy and seemed sirloin, but the truth is that hard to believe for 4 € ... As for dessert, there was fruit salad (rich and made with natural fruit), yogurt and cakes. Again I was surprised the price: A Natural salad for 1.50 €! Anyway, I ate very well for just 6 € per person including drink and the portions were very generous.
On the ground floor of the House Rolão we fund that this particular cafe which we found to be very charming, so do not hesitate to enter. It´s a coffee bar and library where you can sit and have a drink while you take something to read for a while. There are several rooms where there are all kinds of books on different subjects and also a children's section. In the back of the building there is a courtyard with tables (only space for smokers). They also have a store where you can buy books. At noon there are meals, and also they have variety of cakes to accompany an afternoon coffee. It was a great place and also dirt cheap: A coffee for only € 0.70.
This restaurant is in the central square, opposite the Bank of Portugal. It's a busy site, like the other restaurants in the area, so it can be difficult to find a table, depending on what time you arrive. The restaurant is quite large, with several floors and modern black and white decor, contrasting with the rustic look of the stone interior walls. It has several dining rooms on the top floor, and a lounge with leather sofas where you can have a drink. But if the weather permits, people often prefer to sit outside on the terrace.
The menu is basically Italian, with a variety of pasta dishes, salads, meat and fish, seafood, rice, and gazpacho. There were two of us, and we had a caprese salad to share, followed by a pasta dish each. The portions were very generous, and the food was good, but not remarkable. It was pretty crowded, and it took us quite a while to serve us. The price seemed on the high side of normal for the meal (we drank water and didn't order dessert): 25 € per person. But of course, you pay for the site, and this is a real tourist hotspot. Opening hours: 12h to 15h and 19h to 23h. Inside, there are smoking and non-smoking areas.
Situated on platter Camões Guimarães, this grill is a good example of the city Guimarães. Well located, with it's terrace with views of the mythical city wall that reads "Portugal was born here," the francesinhas are a delight, and friendly. Inside, it is impossible not to notice the walls lined with squad Vitoria Guimaraes, the football club, for which its inhabitants have an unconditional love.