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Top Choice Portuguese in Guimarães

Le Babachris

The decor of this long and narrow two-floor restaurant is so simple and unassuming that you wouldn't expect such top-notch food to come out of its tiny kitchen. But top-notch it is – inventive, seasonal and market-f…
Palace in Guimarães

Paço dos Duques de Bragança

Looming over the medieval city on Guimarães’ hilltop, with its crenellated towers and cylindrical brick chimneys, Paço dos Duques was first built in 1401 and later pompously restored as a presidential residence for …
Notable Building in Guimarães

Platform for Arts and Creativity

For the 2012 European Capital of Culture the old market square was revamped into a multipurpose cultural centre inside a shimmering three-floor metallic building that looks like a bunch of stacked-up boxes. Inside i…
Vegetarian in Guimarães

Cor de Tangerina

This charming restaurant whips up a good selection of cuisine you won’t find elsewhere in Guimarães. Changing art exhibitions decorate the walls, while the wild, jazz-washed garden (with tangerine tree) produces muc…
Performing Arts in Guimarães

Convívio Associação

Started 52 years ago, this creative cultural association – also a jazz school – is still going strong. Its program includes classical music concerts, jazz sessions, exhibits, theatre and workshops. Fridays and Satur…
Arts Centre in Guimarães

Center for Art & Architecture Affairs

Inside a former textile factory, this nonprofit collective promotes interaction between various fields of creative expression, including visual arts, design, film, literature, media, performing arts and architecture…
Cultural Centre in Guimarães

Centro Cultural Vila Flor

CCVF kick-started the city’s cultural revival when it opened in 2005 in a striking modern building added onto a converted 18th-century palace. Events at this culture powerhouse include movie screenings, cafe concert…
Portuguese in Guimarães

Tapas e Manias

Tasty tapas-style Portuguese dishes with a twist are served at this cosy restaurant on Praça de Santiago, with alfresco tables tended to by friendly staff.
Books in Guimarães

Livraria Ideal

The city’s best bookshop has a terrific selection of area maps.
Viewpoint in Guimarães


Some 7km southeast up a twisting, cobbled road – or a short ride on an ageing cable car – is the wooded summit of Penha (617m) overlooking Guimarães, the highest point for kilometres. Its cool woods make it a wonder…