Have coffee for breakfast

How to order in a Portuguese "Pastelaria"

If you want to start the day like a true Portuguese, your first trip should be in the morning Pastelaria to lead. This is a mixture of pastry shop, café and restaurant where you can Buy bread and pastries, have a cup of coffee or even to have something to eat for lunch.

The pastelarias can be found on almost every street corner in Portugal. Here we explain how to order correctly there so that you get your money's worth.

Let's start with a few basics first:

  • Welcome and order: "Bom dia / Boa tarde / Boa noite, queria pedir ..." (Good morning / Good day / Good evening, I would like to ...)
  • To ask for the price: "Quanto é?" (How much is it?)
  • Order the invoice: A conta, por favor. "(The bill, please.)

Imagine it's Sunday. You slept into the morning and are not sure whether you can still have breakfast in your favorite Pastelaria: "Ainda posso pedir pequeno-almoço?" (Can I still have breakfast?)

Don't worry, apart from cafes with set breakfast menus, you can order a toast, sandwich or some pastry any time of the day.

If you "Thanks" want to say you have to "Obrigado" (Men) or "Obrigada" (Women) say.

Order a coffee

If you want a mocha frapuccino with almond milk and sugar, the best thing to do is to go to the nearest Starbucks, because the pastelarias serve coffee in the traditional Portuguese way. Coffee in Portugal is rather simple, but tasty. It is prepared with espresso and different levels of milk or water, depending on your taste. These are the most common types of preparation:

  • Coffee shop: literally "coffee"; probably the most popular way to drink an espresso in Portugal.
  • Meia de Leite: half espresso and half milk
  • Galão: a shot of espresso with 2 to 3 parts milk
  • Abatanado: a full cup of black coffee
  • To café cheio: if you want your espresso cup to be served to the brim

For breakfast are Meia de Leite and Galão the most common drinks in Portugal.

Order a breakfast

As mentioned earlier, the Portuguese pastelarias are a good place to have breakfast outside. Whether sweet or hearty, you can order everything your heart desires here.

  • Uma torrada: Buttered toast, usually a thick slice of bread that is cut into three strips
  • Sumo de laranja natural: fresh pressed orange juice
  • Croissant com manteiga: Croissant with butter, mostly toasted
  • Croissant misto: Croissant with ham and cheese
  • Pastel de nata: probably the most famous Portuguese egg cream biscuits

Although this is the most typical breakfast options are, you can do many others too Pastry specialties to order:

  • Bolo de arroz: Rice-based muffin with sugar
  • Pão de deus: delicious coconut-coated sweet bun called “God's bread”
  • Bola de berlim: the Portuguese variant of the Berliner
  • Pastel de feijão: small bean-based pastries that are perfectsuitable for coffee
  • Queijada: sweet pastries made from cheese and eggs, especially popular in Sintra

Order a lunch

Many pastelarias serve sandwiches that excellent for a quick lunch suitable. You can always ask for the menu or have a waiter help you, but here are some basic foodsyou'll find almost everywhere:

  • Tosta Mista: Ham and cheese sandwich
  • Prego: steak sandwich
  • To prego no prato: small steak with french fries, rice and sometimes a small salad
  • Bifana: Sandwich with pork
  • Prato do dia / Menu do dia: Dish of the day / menu of the day. It usually consists of a soup or sandwich and a drink. Sometimes coffee or even a dessert is also included.

And in the evening?

Of course, you can also go to a Pastelaria in the evening and order your favorite sandwich or pastry there. Just before dinner Many Portuguese come together in their local pastelaria to buy one last drink, a sweet treat or bread to take home.

If you order a drink you should know the following:

  • "Uma Imperial / Um fino, se faz favor": A small draft beer, please. Imperial is the word for beer in Lisbon, the Algarve and many cities in central Portugal. Fino means the same thing but is used more often in the north, in cities like Coimbra or Porto, and in the Azores.
  • "Queria um copo de vinho tinto / branco da casa": I would like a glass of red / white wine.

Don't be afraid to ask for help, point your finger at what you would like to order, or speak in English. The Portuguese are always very friendly and helpful.