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Top Choice Cafe in Cascais

Café Galeria House of Wonders

This fantastically whimsical, Dutch-owned cafe is tucked away in the old quarter. Its astonishingly good Middle Eastern/Mediterranean vegetarian meze buffet downstairs includes a hot-dish add-on for €9.95 (aubergine…
Top Choice Portuguese in Cascais

Bar do Guincho

Sweeping the awards for most dramatic location in Cascais, this good-time bar/restaurant sits tucked behind a craggy ridge on the northern end of Guincho. From the sand, you would never know it's there, but it is – …
Seafood in Cascais


With simple decor, this sunny neighbourhood restaurant is known for its superb chargrilled fish served at reasonable prices. It has particularly good couvert (optional appetisers).
Chicken in Cascais

Jardim dos Frangos

Whiffs of grilled chicken and piri-piri lure hungry locals to the pavement terrace of this no-frills joint.
Bar in Cascais

Esplanada Rainha

For sundowners with a sea view, head to this outdoor place with a pleasant vista overlooking Praia da Rainha beach.
Cultural Centre in Cascais

Centro Cultural de Cascais

The colourful Centro Cultural de Cascais, in what was a barefooted Carmelite convent, hosts contemporary exhibitions and cultural events.
Fortress in Cascais

Cidadela de Cascais

The citadel is where the royal family used to spend the summer. Today it houses a luxury hotel – the Pestana Cidadela Cascais – a courtyard restaurant, bookshop, art gallery, chapel and the Palácio da Cidadela de Ca…
Church in Cascais

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção

Weave through the back alleys west of the câmara municipal to the palm-fringed square that is home to the whitewashed Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, adorned with azulejos predating the 1755 earthquake. The chu…
Museum in Cascais

Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães

This whimsical early-19th-century mansion, complete with castle turrets and Arabic cloister, sits in the grounds of the Parque Marechal Carmona.
Museum in Cascais

Museu do Mar Rei Dom Carlos

The small, brightly accented Museu do Mar spells out Cascais’ maritime history with costumes, tools, nets and boats, accompanied by quotes (in English) from the fisherfolk.