A Sandeira

Porto | | 20/04/2017

A sandwich selling lunch spot tucked away on one of Porto’s many steep cobbled streets which is worth the climb to reach.

In a city where the walls are full of street art and scribbles, you could be forgiven for not noticing the stencilled moka pot that marks A Sandeira. Although its location on a steep pedestrianised street is hard to find, thankfully the name gives a clue to any accomplished linguist as to what the place is renowned for..

With only a few tables inside it’s not uncommon to have to wait, but it’s certainly worth it.  The cosy place has a coordinated but relaxed decor and its friendly service greet you warmly after you clamber up the cobbled hills to reach the cafe.

This vegetarian-friendly place offers a selection of sandwiches, soups and salads. Take advantage of the very reasonable lunch deal that for 6 euros offers either soup and a sandwich, or the salad of the day and a drink.

Admittedly it is not as “traditional” as the local haunts that will offer you a filling, hearty and occasionally slightly stodgy lunch meal. However, A Sandeira offers a healthier and equally satisfying alternative if you’re a bit bored of a large metal tray of chips accompanying a piece of fish or meat.

Be warned that the choice of sandwiches is vast enough to distress any indecisive customer. From traditional favourites to more creative experiments (Prosciutto, brie and mango- don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it) you’ll be sure to eventually come to a decision.

I will try not to get carried away with my description of the quality of the sandwiches, but they are deserving of high praise. The fresh sourdough bread and filling of your choice will give you the fuel you need to continue your day. The sandwiches are roughly the size of a human head (albeit quite a small one!)

Altogether, a relaxed and trendy spot for travellers and young Porteños alike. I can offer you a helping hand in suggesting that you make the effort to find this place, but unfortunately, I can’t help you with your order.

However, be safe in the knowledge that whatever you chose you’re unlikely to be disappointed.


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