Top ChoiceGastronomy in Guimarães

A Cozinha

Awarded a Michelin star in November 2018 after only two years in business, António Loureiro's intimate restaurant is Guimarães' newest go-to address. The parade of artfully presented amuse-bouches, market-fresh...

Top ChoiceTapas in Guimarães


The upstairs restaurant and the downstairs bar are equally inviting at this newcomer opposite one of Guimarães prettiest squares. Feast on tapas or grilled meat on the 1st-floor terrace or sip drinks in the...

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...

Cultural Centre in Guimarães

Plataforma das Artes e Criatividade

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....

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 garden (with tangerine tree) produces many of the herbs...

Portuguese in Guimarães

Histórico by Papaboa

The setting – in a medieval fort with breezy courtyard seating and glassed-in stone dining room – is tremendous. Service is top-notch and the fare is dressed-up yet traditional, such as black pork with prawns and...

Portuguese in Guimarães

Solar do Arco

With a handsomely panelled dining room under a graceful arcade, this refined choice serves Portuguese classics made with straight-from-the-market ingredients. The location, smack in Guimarães historic centre,...

Performing Arts in Guimarães

Convívio Associação

Started 52 years ago, this creative cultural association – also a jazz school – is still going strong. Its programme includes classical music concerts, jazz sessions, exhibits, theatre and workshops. Fridays and...

Portuguese in Guimarães

Restaurante-Café Oriental

With tall windows gazing out over Largo do Toural, this historic restaurant under a soaring ornamental stucco ceiling serves the full range of Portuguese classics, including fabulous arroz de mariscos (rice and...

Castle in Guimarães


Built in the 11th century and still in fine form, the seven-towered castle is thought to be the birthplace of the great man himself, Afonso Henriques. Walk around the windswept ramparts and peruse multilingual...

Arts & Crafts in Guimarães

Loja Oficina

Guimarães is famous for its decorative needlework (known in Portuguese as Bordado de Guimarães), and this central shop keeps the tradition alive. Browse the display cases filled with fine embroidery and other...

Food in Guimarães

Oliva da Praça

Opened by a young local couple in 2017, this shop specialises in award-winning extra-virgin olive oils from the neighbouring state of Trás-os-Montes, Enjoy free tastings and explore shelves stocked with other...

Arts 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 on to a converted 18th-century palace. Events at this culture powerhouse include movie screenings, cafe...

Bar in Guimarães


A popular bar with azulejo-filled interiors and tables on the cobblestone square. It has coffee, snacks and a low-key vibe during the day. It turns into a happening hotspot at night, with DJs on Fridays and...

Burgers in Guimarães

Dan's Finger Food & Drinks

A young crowd queues up nightly at this trendy burger joint that does picanha (steak) burgers and tasty finger food like chicken and fish nuggets, all accompanied by great craft beer.

Church in Guimarães

Igreja de São Gualter

This slender 18th-century construction, with its 19th-century twin spires and blooming run-up from central Guimarães, has the most striking appeal of all the city’s churches.

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.

Performing Arts in Guimarães

São Mamede CAE

This converted old cinema/cultural centre draws a student crowd for its range of events, from live performances to DJs to film screenings.