The Best Cafes and Snack Bars in the Algarve

Algarve © Pixabay
Algarve © Pixabay
Photo of Nina Santos
20 June 2017

The Algarve, full of turquoise beaches surrounded by mesmerizing cliffs and high-end resorts, is also brimming with cafés and other charming spots, perfect for grabbing lunch and a drink, combined with a bit of people watching. A few stand out from the crowd, however; here are some of the most popular cafés and snack bars in the Algarve.

Pastelaria Agua Mel

This café begins the list with a twist because it isn’t located in a high-end, tourist-packed beachside town but in the village of Alte, located inland. It’s considered a “hidden” gem and is one of the area’s few vegetarian-friendly locations. It’s also a popular spot for indulging in delicious pastries and coffee.

These Pastéis de Amêndoa are among the many treats at Pastelaria Agua Mel. | © Courtesy of Agua Mel

Caffe Creme Cafetaria

Coffee Shop, Coffee, $$$
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Coffee alone is enough of a reason to visit these popular spots
Coffee alone is enough of a reason to visit these popular spots | . © Pixabay
Not the place for dieters, as the name Caffe Creme suggests, but this is a perfect spot for everything delicious. From crepes to ice cream and pizza to fresh bread, the Caffe Creme Cafetaria is a fantastic place to find tasty food, especially after a day of swimming and sunbathing.

Earth Shop & Cafe

Bistro, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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This sunny café serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks (and of course, coffee) in the charming town of Carvoeiro, near Faro. It’s a little on the pricey side for the area but visitor reviews boast about everything from the location to the quality of the meals and the wide variety of options.

Riviera Pastelaria

Bar, Restaurant, Snack Bar, Portuguese, Dessert, $$$
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Cake | © Daria-Yakovleva / Pixabay
Do you like artisanal cakes? Then pay a visit to Riviera Pastelaria in Albufeira. As a café, pastry shop, snack bar, and lunchtime restaurant, it’s an all-around great place to visit. The Riviera Pastelaria also offers services for anyone needing a cake for an event.

Iguana Cafe

Restaurant, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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For great prices, amazing views, and simple food with little fuss but nice flavor, the Iguana Café is an excellent choice for coffee, snacks, or a drink. Located near the popular Albufeira beach, this is a convenient venue for getting out of the sun for a couple of hours without leaving the seaside.

Mar d'Estorias

Bar, Bistro, Cafe, Snack Bar, Portuguese, Contemporary, Vegetarian, $$$
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Mar d’Estorias isn’t your typical café or snack bar; it is also an art gallery, shop, and bistro. The café/bistro area serves up traditional Portuguese treats in addition to healthy recipes and international favorites. On the roof you’ll find the terrace bar with views over Lagos.

Snack Bar Tico Tico

Snack Bar, Seafood, Snacks, $$$
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For favorite local treats (including a variety of seafood), the Snack Bar Tico Tico in Quarteira is worth the trip. Perhaps pair your visit with a stop in the local gypsy market, which is one of the best in Algarve. Some of the must-order items on the menu include mixed seafood platters (maybe with a small beer, or imperial) and caracóis, or snails.

No Solo Agua

Located in three popular cities (Albufeira, Portimão, and Vilamoura), this small beach bar chain is one of the hottest spots in the Algarve. Walk up from the beach midday for a cool drink and some light snacks and/or return in the evening to dance the evening away with a view of the ocean.

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