The Biscaínhos Museum opened its doors in 1978 and currently takes us on a journey through the daily life of a noble family in their palace. This 18th century palace shows us the architecture of that time. A grand and detailed work of architecture that has always been cared for and associated to functionality.
The DST Emerging Gallery is another example of the city’s cool vibration – this time by joining online art with offline art. The shair project was born from an idea competition held within the local company – DST – where one of their collaborators, Mariana Gomes, suggested the creation of a project designed to provide an opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work and sell it.
Next to the famous Porta Nova Arch, the Image Museum (Museu da Imagem) is housed in a 19th century building and a 14th century tower belonging to the city’s old medieval wall. The museum features historical cameras and a vast collection of photographs; it regularly produces and hosts photography works; and it is also associated with the recovery of a vast collection of photographs inherited from some of the city’s oldest and most important photography houses.
It’s good, and it’s good for the mouth. The Boa Boca restaurant is on a little corner located near the Calouste Gulbenkian music school. This space is described by those who regularly go there as a "second home", as they recall, with great enthusiasm, how great it is to sit around the table with a group of good friends, talking all night.
It was during a complicated unemployment period that Susana saw the chance to create her own business. With the help of a course on female entrepreneurship she designed her dream and, in July 2015, Dona Petisca opened for business.
Located on the bohemian zone around Braga's Cathedral, it intends to show the best of Portugal's traditional products through its snacks and wine. Susana and her sister Cristina, who has since joined the project, went looking for Portugal's best small producers in order to introduce us to cheese, traditional sausages, and wine from the regions of Minho, Trás-os-Montes, Beira Baixa, Beira Alta and Alentejo.
Chefs Guilherme Yamato Michishita and Marcos Kurosaki have landed in Braga to show us the best in traditional Japanese food. The Braga Cool team has already tried it, and we became even bigger fans of Japan!
To get this out of the way, Michizaki isn't a sushi restaurant, but rather an izakaya, a sort of japanese bar where people go to relax after work. A place that used to be a sake shop is now a place to drink sake and eat snacks.
As its name implies, the space is perfectly retro. Practically everything has a history and a story, taking us back to memories past, such as the lamp on the counter that came straight from an old post office, the blackboard from a primary school, the famous ceramic dog that all our grandparents have in their living rooms, and even the iconic bee that lived on Souto Street for decades, among many other things.
"Here you’ll eat well." This is the motto that this restaurant in Braga should have on its door, signed by its customers and the countless tourists who visit it and encounter a great northern Portuguese cuisine experience.
What can you say about one of Braga’s most iconic spots? With a little research, Wikipedia tells us that, in the past, this was a franchised business, created in March 1907, and initially run for 30 years by Adolpho de Azevedo, a businessman from Porto and Vice-Consulate of Brazil in the city of Braga, who offered a coffee to every customer who bought a kilo of it.
The city of Braga revolves around its center, and here you can find spaces located in environments that any visitor would consider wonderful to look at. The Lusitana Café, one of the oldest in the city of Braga, is situated in a prime location, right next to one of the city’s most beautiful gardens: the Santa Barbara garden.
Much more than a place to buy books, Centésima Página (Page One Hundred) is a space to mingle with books.
The bookstore provides a perfect environment: quiet, serene, warm and pleasant. Housed in a building that has been classified as Public Interest since 1977, the Rolão House is one of the best preserved examples of 18th century Baroque style.
The bookstore lets its visitors sit comfortably while reading the book they may be contemplating… a good read that may be accompanied by an equally good slice of homemade cake or, if its lunchtime, a sandwich, a pasta or lasagna, available at the store’s cafeteria. If the weather is inviting, you can also enjoy the house’s garden.
On the São João do Souto square, now full of movement due to the emergence of Spirito factor, the people of Braga and its visitors have found the spirit of a beautiful terrace where they can linger over a cup of coffee or tea, accompanied by a cupcake, brownie or even by an ice cream, whose flavors and names vary according to the season.
In Roman mythology, Juno is the goddess of all gods and wife of Jupiter. In the movie world, it is a film that sarcastically portrays teenage pregnancy. In the music world, it is a renowned brand of amplifiers. In Braga, Juno is a tribute to all those references in Alexander, Paul and John’s bar, located on Anjo Street.
The epicenter of Braga's nightlife has another open door for culture in any shape or style. Xana and Palas have opened Sé La Vie, a venue with live music and dj sets every weekend.
Since Palas is strongly connected with Portuguese music (he's part of Braga band Smix Smox Smux), the space intends to be an opportunity for those, and especially Braga residents, who want to introduce their musical and/or cultural project.
A peculiar space, right in the center of Braga, more specifically on the Senhora-a-Branca square. Velha-a-Branca is not only a cultural nonprofit space, but it is also a place of lectures or courses where you can learn photography, creative writing and even learn how to manage a home, among other arts or concepts that you most certainly will come across. Even if you don’t wish to attend a course, you can always visit the art exhibitions that focus on budding artists or others who choose this place to exhibit their work; or simply meet up with and socialize with interesting people.