Europe 2006

Porto: Confeitaria Cunha

8/06/2006 04:14:00 PM

I think that Confeitaria Cunha (pronounced cun-ya) is famous. On our way to the hotel we asked our taxi driver to recommend a good confeitaria (aka pastry shop), and he suggested Cunha. (Well, I say "we asked", I really mean that Clarice spoke to him in Portuguese while I sat back, smiled and nodded). When we got to our hotel, we asked the reception staff to locate Cunha on the map, and they immediately knew where it was.

The point of all that is - if my directions make no sense to you and you're in Porto looking for pastries, just ask someone where Cunha is. Chances are they'll know.


Confeitaria Cunha is on the Rua de Sá Bandeira, equidistant between Trinidade and Bolhão metro stations. It's easy enough, however, to just walk north from the central San Bento station along Rua de Sá Bandeira for about 10 minutes. (Sounds complex, but just look at a map and it'll all make sense).

Confeitaria Cunha

We ended up coming here 3 times on our 2-day stay in Porto. I think the staff thought we were a little odd. They've got loads of packaged confectionary, freshly baked pastries and sweet-treats, a chacuterie/deli section, pre-made sandwiches, and fabulous coffee. It kinda reminded me of a less-chaotic, Portuguese version of Brunetti in Melbourne.

Here are a selection of things we ate in Cunha... On our last day, we stocked up for our train ride, but I'll save that for another post.

Mmm... espresso

Mini custard tart, pastry horn filled with candied egg yolk, white sugary thing filled with candied egg yolk

Portuguese custard tart; mini donut filled with candied egg yolk. Portuguese custard tarts are da bomb. Candied egg yolk is pretty addictive too.

inside Cunha

Steak, ham and cheese sandwich

regular ham and cheese sandwich

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