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Top Choice Portuguese in Faro

A Venda

Sit down to a plate of honest, homestyle Portuguese food like avó (granny) used to make at this trendily retro backstreet place everyone's talking about. 'The Shop' has an ancient tiled floor, mismatched furniture a…
Top Choice Portuguese in Faro

Faz Gostos

Elegantly housed in the old town, this restaurant offers high-class French-influenced Portuguese cuisine in a spacious, comfortably handsome dining area. There's plenty of game, fish and meat on offer with rich and …
Top Choice Cathedral in Faro

The centrepiece of the Cidade Velha, the sé was completed in 1251 but heavily damaged in the 1755 earthquake. What you see now is a variety of Renaissance, Gothic and baroque features. Climb the tower for lovely vie…
Top Choice Church in Faro

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo & Capela dos Ossos

This twin-towered baroque church was completed in 1719 under João V. The spectacular facade was completed after the 1755 earthquake. Brazilian gold paid for it, and the interior is gilded to the extreme. The numerou…
Top Choice Bar in Faro

Columbus Bar

Definitely the place to be, this popular central place has a street-side terrace in the heart of town and an attractive brick-vaulted interior. The bar staff does a fine job mixing cocktails, and there's a pleasing …
Madeiran in Faro

Restaurante Madeirense

For an exotic take on Portuguese cuisine, this small Madeiran restaurant bangs down plates loaded with specialities you'll only get on the Island of Eternal Spring. Espada (scabbard fish), bolo de caco (potato bread…
Seafood in Faro

Estaminé

Like a spaceship landed on an alien planet, this remote restaurant rises up on boardwalks from the Ilha da Barreta as its sole building. It's an entirely self-sufficient operation, using 100% solar power and desalin…
Vegetarian in Faro

Gengibre e Canela

Give the taste buds a break from meat and fish dishes and veg out (literally) at this Zen-like restaurant. The buffet changes daily; there may be vegetable lasagne, vegetarian feijoada (bean casserole) and tofu dish…
Portuguese in Faro

Chefe Branco

A fabulous local spot with appealing street-side seating and a slightly tacky but cosy interior. The delightful staff serves honest, homestyle fare including rabbit, goat and seafood dishes. The half portions are th…
Museum in Faro

Museu Municipal

Faro’s domed 16th-century Renaissance Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, in what was once the Jewish quarter, houses the Museu Municipal. Highlights include the 3rd-century Mosaic of the Ocean, found in 1976; 9t…