Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book, or two or three or four.
An incredible truth (at least for me) found written on the menu of the newest Café at the oldest bookshop in the world!
For its 285th birthday, in 2017, Bertrand opened Bertrand Café with the beautiful concept “Taste our books”. Their recipes are inspired by books, and allow you to have a good taste of Portugal products with an ounce of some (national and international) celebrity Chefs like José Avillez, Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsey.
(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 favourite places to go in Chiado.
It has been in Rua Garrett since 1773, having returned to the city centre 18 years after the big earthquake forced it to move. Some of the best and most famous Portuguese writers have hung out in there, like Eça de Queirós, Antero de Quental and Alexandre Herculano (you can check them out at the bookstore).
So go on, peek in, walk through the long corridor and explore every room (each one named after a Portuguese author and with a bookcase dedicated to his or her work) until you reach the end and sit for a while at Fernando Pessoa’s room – where the Café is at.