Staying outside and enjoy the breeze while having a cup of coffee, tea or beer is still a favorite for the Portuguese, wether it's Winter or Summer time. Having something outdoors while talking to a friend, working, reading a book or just admiring the view is pricelesse.
From the left to the right bank of Mondego river, we got you two hands full of nice terraces with some of the best views of the city and some are quite surprising. Check the list below.
It's a unique rooftop in Coimbra because the view is 360 degrees. Located in the Sapientia Boutique Hotel, next to the University of Coimbra, in Rua José Falcão. You can have a drink or enjoy one of the hotel's experiences, such as the romantic Star-studded dinner. It is open to the public from 7.30pm to 10pm.
It has one of the best views in town, at least to its "postcard side", which is the Mondego river, Santa Clara and Largo da Portagem.Passporte is in the former Civil Government, in Couraça da Estrela, and has several rooms that can also be booked for events. It is open from 12am to 11pm (Friday and Saturday until 1am) and closes on Tuesdays. It has a minimum consumption of 5€.
Carmina de Matos
The renovated Carmina de Matos restaurant, founded in 1938, has a beautiful terrace overlooking 8 de Maio Square, the heart of downtown Coimbra. It offers a surprising view of the area, especially the Santa Cruz Church, National Pantheon. It is open from 6pm to 1am, Tuesdays to Sundays, and in addition to drinks and signature cocktails they serve snacks (bifanas, hamburgers and cheese boards).
Bar 5º Andar
Located in the Oslo Hotel, in Coimbra downtown, it has incredible views of the city's Alta (uptown) area and beyond. The hotel is a city classic and the rooftop bar is not exclusive to guests. It is on Fernão de Magalhães Avenue and it's open to the public from 7pm to 1am.
It is in the unmissable National Museum of Machado de Castro and it offers a perspective of immersion in the Alta de Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in addition to the perspective of the Old Cathedral dome. Loggia is a bar and restaurant offering a la carte meals, buffet and Sunday brunch. It is open from 10am to 10.30pm (except Tuesdays and Sundays which closes at 6pm). It is closed on Mondays.
Terraço da Alta
It is a Food and Drink Lounge and perhaps the most discreet in the city, which makes it even more fascinating. Terraço da Alta serves drinks and meals of traditional Portuguese food and it is open from 12 am to 12 pm (Fridays and Saturdays until 2 am and Sundays until 3 pm) and does not close on Mondays. It is in the Armor of the Apostles.
With an indoor and outdoor terrace, the specialty is craft beer but it also serves snacks and meals, as well as a Museum and Factory where you can learn about the history of Coimbra's brewing tradition. Praxis is located in Santa Clara, Rua António Gonçalves, and is open every day from 10am to 2am (Sunday until 1am).
Justiça e Paz
It is a restaurant and a bar and can be very quiet as well as full of students and teachers to hang out, study or work. One of the advantages of Justiça e Paz is the affordable prices and, of course, the view of the Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra. It is in the Couraça de Lisboa, open from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm.
It is on the first floor of Hamburger Maneirista and Cordel Maneirista restaurant, with entrance by Calçada Santa Isabel, in Santa Clara. The terrace opened recently and overlooks the São Francisco Convent and the city. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12am to 3pm and from 7pm to 22:30pm. Closed on Mondays.
Galeria Santa Clara
It is in Santa Clara area so the perspective of the city is the one from the left bank of the Mondego river. Galeria Santa Clara has several rooms, indoors and outdoors, and it is open from 1pm to 2am (3am on Fridays and Saturdays). In addition to tapas snacks and cocktails, they serve lunch and dinner and usually have exhibitions and art instalations to check and DJ set on the weekends.
Text: Filipa Queiroz