The perfect place if you want a quick break in-between visiting monuments and to avoid the hubbub of the lunchtime rush at Sintra's restaurants. Here you'll encounter great food at moderate prices and served by friendly and attentive staff in a vintage surrounding. Within the labyrinth of carefully restored rooms, you'll encounter pieces of art from locals artists and antique furniture. The delights of the menu include homemade cakes and pastries, a selection of sandwiches, paninis and snacks. There is an interesting choice of teas and infusions, freshly squeezed juices and an array of coffees. Set menu options for breakfasts and brunches are also available.
Daily: 08h30 - 20h00
6 Avenida Dr. Miguel Bombarda, Sintra, Portugal.
38º 47' 55.1" N | 09º 23' 13.5" W
+351 212 428 804 |
Casa dos Fofos de Belas
Meaning fluffy, Fofo's originate from Belas, close to Queluz and consists of two layers of sponge cake sandwiched with sweet creme patissiere. They come in a variation of sizes. As you can surmise from the name of the café it is these sweet fluffy delights the café specialises in, they're baked in house and go so very well with a coffee. You can also buy a packet of Fofos as a souvenir to take home if you're in the area (if they last that long).
18 Rua Dr. Malheiro, 2605-038 Belas, Lisbon, Portugal.
38º 46" 34.7' N | 09º 15" 54.8' W
+351 214 310 254 | Facebook
Casa das Minas
This small friendly café is tucked away up the hill from the centre of the old town offers a respite from the crowds and the chance to relax whilst taking in the breathtaking views. There are pieces of art and curiosities everywhere. Amongst the choices of sandwiches, salads and hot dishes is the house speciality; Maranhos. Also known as "Burlhões" Maranhos originate from the Beira Baixa region. They're a sausage type of meal consisting of a goats tripe stuffed with goat meat, ham and rice, seasoned with mint, thyme, paprika and parsley.
Daily: 11h00 - 19h00
Estrada da Pena 1, 2710-551 Sintra, Portugal.
38º 47" 42.8' N | 09º 23" 27.8' W
+351 910 045 700 | Facebook
Casa Piriquita & Piriquita II
A long-established family business that specialises in local pastries and delicacies, most notably Sintra's famous Queijadas and Travesseiros. Founded in 1862 the bakery acquired its name from King Carlos's nickname for Constância Gomes who co-founded the business. Carlos was a daily visitor during his stay in Sintra in the summer months. During the '40s the Travesseiro, a pastry stuffed with sweet eggs and almonds, was developed here and is still made according to the secret house recipe. A second Piriquita can be found around the corner to the original.
Casa Piriquita I, Daily: 08h30 – 20h00, Closed Wednesdays
Casa Piriquita I, Daily: 08h30 – 20h00, Closed Tuesdays
A wide selection of light dishes, quiches, pastries, tapas with vegetarian options and a wide selection of teas and fusions. Ideal location for brunch or refreshment whilst waiting for the train. Good and competitive daily lunch set menus.
Weekdays: 08h00 - 19h00, Weekends: 09h00 - 19h00
One of Sintra's oldest and traditional pastelarias in Sintra and considered by some to be the best. Their signature Queijadas are made in the bakery under the café, the Fábrica de Queijadas – Recordação de Sintra. Pastelaria Gregório is more popular with locals than tourists however you're always greeted by a happy and friendly service no matter how busy the staff are. Other great sweet pastries are available here as well as more savoury items.
Tuesday - Sunday: 08h00 - 19h00
31 Av. D. Francisco Almeida, 2710-562 Sintra, Portugal.
38° 48' 00.6" N | 09° 22' 56.1" W
+351 219 232 733 | Website
Queijadas da Sapa
The Queijadas da Sapa bakery has proudly been making these little delights since 1756 and today they are still hand made in the traditional yet time-consuming way. They can be bought directly from the bakery, located close to the Sintra train station or at various other outlets across town. A six-pack makes a great culinary souvenir. The small tea room above the bakery not only serve their famous Queijadas but many other sweet delights, both local and national, with views from the window looking up at the National Palace on the hill above. Located by the Town Hall not far from the train station coffee and Queijada will certainly give you enough energy to start your day sightseeing.
Daily: 11h00 - 19h00
Away from the historic centre and the crowds of tourists Casa do Preto is frequented mostly by locals who know where to enjoy a great Queijadas or Travesseiro still made to their original in-house recipe.