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.
While Nata didn’t have special Easter snacks, we were offered some simple, good quality Portuguese lunch snacks by extremely friendly staff.
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.
Well, I would say: For experience’s sake, do the Mazagran. It tastes a lot like coffee with lemon juice.
The redcurrant syrup was somehow tasting like bubble gum but not too bad for a drink.
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.
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!
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.”
A wise man.
I will remember Nata as an inexpensive and friendly place, where I learned some Portuguese.
What more can one demand for lunch in Porto.