Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book, or two or three or four.
My soul mate couldn’t have written it better and I found it on the menu of the newest Café at the oldest bookshop in the world!
For its 285th birthday, Bertrand recently inaugurated Bertrand Café with the beautiful concept “Taste our books”. Their recipes are inspired by books, and let you have a good taste of Portugal with an ounce of some celebrity national and international Chefs like José Avillez, Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsey. Also, their Portuguese wine offer is vast and perfect for wine lovers.
(Of course, I couldn’t resist the gluten free chocolate cake and saw that they have good vegetarian options also available.)
Bertrand was recognized in 2010 as the world’s oldest (still open) bookshop in the world by the Guinness World Records and is one of my favorite places to go in Chiado.
It has been there in Rua Garrett since 1773, having returned to the city center 18 years after the big earthquake forced it to move. Some of the best and most famous Portuguese writers have frequented it, like Eça de Queirós, Antero de Quental and Alexandre Herculano.
So go walk through the long corridor and explore every room (each named after a Portuguese author) until you reach the end and sit for a while at Fernando Pessoa’s room.