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Nata Cafe with Mazagran and Fernando Pessoa

Nata Cafe with Mazagran and Fernando Pessoa

Nata is a combination of a bar, café and pastry shop in Porto.

This place gave us good quality food for very reasonable prices.

We found it as we were looking for a café serving Portuguese Easter food but luck wasn’t on our side. Or was.

While everything had closed during Easter, Nata served us a good lunch.

Their flexible opening hours are another great feature.

It is frequented by students and locals but tourists seem to pass it by.

  Location: Rua Santa Catarina 499, Porto, Portugal.

Nata - for inexpensive eats in Porto

 

While Nata didn’t have special Easter snacks, we were offered some simple, good quality Portuguese lunch snacks by extremely friendly staff. 

Nata - for inexpensive eats in Porto

 

You can get anything from a toasted sandwich to the popular egg tarts, which are served appealingly warm.

The thing to try at Nata is their Mazagran, the strange Portuguese coffee-lemon-juice drink, claiming to be the best in town.

Nata - for inexpensive eats in Porto

We tried.

Well, I would say: For experience’s sake, do the Mazagran. It tastes a lot like coffee with lemon juice.

Nata - for inexpensive eats in Porto

 

The redcurrant syrup was somehow tasting like bubble gum but not too bad for a drink.

Nata - for inexpensive eats in Porto

 

Lemon tea was served in an espresso cup and simply a slice of lemon rind with hot water. Hence, my fresh lemon juice won the drinks selection.

Nata - for inexpensive eats in Porto

 

Definitely try Nata’s sandwiches. We had a cheese and tuna sandwich and both were very freshly made and tasty.

That look means: Don’t take my food away!

Nata - for inexpensive eats in Porto

 

While waiting for your meal, you can read the paper table mats with famous quotes by Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. Like:

“Religion does not teach more than a confectionery.”

Nata - for inexpensive eats in Porto

A wise man.

 

I will remember Nata as an inexpensive and friendly place, where I learned some Portuguese.

           Nata - for inexpensive eats in Porto     

What more can one demand for lunch in Porto.

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