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Casinha Velha

The best culinary experience in central Portugal begins insanely: an epic cow's, sheep's and goat's cheese cart, arranged regionally, along with black pork sausages, awaits at your table – you cut your own...

Top ChoicePortuguese in Leiria

Ao Largo

Leiria's most enjoyable spot comes courtesy of friendly wine-lover Miguel, who opened a restaurant with his sister and his girlfriend, combined their skills as a journalist, teacher and designer with a common...

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Atlas Hostel

Leiria's coolest hostel somehow harvested the city's hankering for a culturally minded space for forward-thinking international hipsters, yielded its common areas to a cavalcade of artists, musicians,...

Historic Site in Leiria

Centro de Diálogo Intercultural de Leiria

The gorgeously restored 18th century Igreja da Misericórdia was built in late-Mannerist style on the plot of land where an even older cathedral dating to 1544 once stood and, before that, Leiria's medieval...

Castle in Leiria

Castelo de Leiria

Inside the castle walls is a peaceful garden, overgrown with tall trees, and the ruined but lovely Gothic Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Penha, originally built in the 12th century and rebuilt by João I in the early...

Portuguese in Leiria

Tasca 7

A mere block and a half from the main square but feeling like a million miles away, Estrela (don't call her 'Doña!') offers just two dishes per day at her simple, five-table tasca. There's no menu (and no...

Museum in Leiria

Museu de Leiria

Opened in November 2015, this lovely museum celebrates Leiria and its region. Housed in the former Santo Agostinho Convent, the exhibits span everything from the geological (a rock shelter in the Lapedo Valley...

Fusion in Leiria

Sabores da India II

After raging success in Alcobaça, the Punjabi owner of this excellent Indian restaurant snagged an even more intimate space in Leiria in the heart of the historic centre. Sensational curries, biryanis and...

Irish Pub in Leiria


This convivial Irish pub has plenty of Jameson and Bushmills, along with a decent selection of craft beer, including extensive stock of Lisbon's 8ª Colina, its own IPA and red ale, and a few Belgian stragglers.

Museum in Leiria

Museu do Moinho de Papel

Located by the river and near the new Museu de Leiria (and part of the admission price), the Moinho do Papel was Portugal's first paper mill to be moved by water (1439). These days, it's an educative hands-on...

Museum in Leiria


Just below the castle, this likeable museum focuses on the history of the moving image, with a fine collection of cine cameras and temporary exhibitions on the top floor. Best is the interactive floor in between,...

Fusion in Leiria


The owner’s Goan roots are evident at this air-conditioned upstairs restaurant serving a fusion of Indian and Portuguese cuisine. Start with alheira-stuffed mushrooms or rice morcela (blood sausage) with...

Arts & Crafts in Leiria

Linhas de Pau

Owner Paula Faria oversees one of Leiria's most discernibly curated shops, with a better assortment of local and regional Portuguese arts and handicrafts than others, including select favourites from beyond...

Portuguese in Leiria

A Toca

Along this pedestrianised street are several traditional restaurants, including this friendly, no-nonsense spot with pretty tiled interior and a long menu featuring wood-grilled meat and fish.

Club in Leiria


Party into the wee hours at this club in the heart of town.

Notable Building in Leiria

Pharmácia Leonardo Paiva

Opposite Leiria's cathedral stands the wonderfully tiled Pharmácia Leonardo Paiva – the beautiful azulejos depict Hippocrates, Galen and Socrates. Novelist Eça de Queirós used to live in Travessa Tipografia next...

Cathedral in Leiria

Leiria's high, impersonal, blocky cathedral was started in the 16th century, and the cloister, sacristy and chapter houses date from 1583 to 1604.