Coimbra Food & Budget Accommodation

3 - 4 April 2012      
For dinner, we went to Ze Manel dos Ossos Beco do Forno. It is a very small family run restaurant. We read about it but randomly walked in the small street and saw people queuing up for the restaurant to open. Well, 5 minutes waiting.

The food was not pretentious. The chief waiter was friendly and funny. We were served with different sorts of cheese and bread, then stewed lamb and pork, with beans, huge portion of potatoe and vegetable. Including house wine and chocolate it costs 30 Euro. The great joy here is the atmosphere, rustic and authentic and jam.

The best food in Coimbra is roast pork sandwich by Antonio (Porto Larga at Rua das Padeiras 35). Wonderful flavour of juicy pork with secret sauce. Yummy! The vegetable soup is also a must-try.
Porta Larga - Rua das Padeiras 35

We went to Restaurant Ze Neto, recommended by trip advisor and Lonely Planet but were disappointed. The fish dishes were just OK. Much left on the plate. The dessert was so so. Try your luck in other restaurants.

If you need a budget hotel, you can consider ours, Hotel Avenida Coimbra. The outside is very beautiful and appealing. The inside is decadent, like going back to 50 years ago, certainly needs modernisation. A bulb out of two in the toilet exploded when we entered but never got repaired during our stay. If you book through the hotel web site, you can have breakfast free, bread and what you can eat from two vending machines. Each night for a twin room with double occupacy cost only 27 Euro. A very good deal!