A good story about finding a worthy place always starts like this: hidden in some street (in this case s. Paulo’s street) there is an old mysterious tea shop, Arco da Velha, with a window displaying two real people sitting in chairs talking. If this doesn’t attract your curiosity I don’t know what would.
And so the best solution is to go inside. And what will you see in Arco da Velha? A mixture of an ancient wine cellar with the old shop from Oliver Stone in Harry Potter. By this I mean, many bottles of wine displayed on a dark shelf and antique furniture comfortable enough to not only make you feel at home, but also a temptation for nap lovers (especially after a glass of wine or a cup of tea). Oh and regarding the tea… the options shown on a lateral wall after a brick arch are infinite and they all go extremely well with the homemade cakes and pastries. If you need something more consistent, you can have a super tasty meal, which changes constantly.
Therefore if the weather is cranky, or if you are near Cais do Sodré, or craving some tea/wine and a relaxing spot here it is… Arco da Velha to the rescue.
Arco da Velha | Bars, Coffee & tea, Restaurants (Portuguese) | Tea for 1 € 1.70
Rua de São Paulo 184-186
11:00 – 00:00 daily