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What’s new in Cascais

The novelties multiply. At the table, outdoors or to renew your wardrobe, join us to discover what's new in Cascais.

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More relaxed than the capital and with a summer spirit that lasts almost the entire year, Cascais is always a good idea when it comes to beach dips, seafood restaurants, nature walks, and outdoor sports. And it doesn't matter when or for how long you come – here, what's good hardly ever changes. This means: the stunning views from various restaurants and bars, a neighborhood full of museums to explore, and an increasingly lively agenda. But Cascais isn't just about classics: there are plenty of novelties that deserve our full attention.

Follow our coordinates and head to the coast to see what's new in Cascais.

What’s new in Cascais

Inspired by the magic and glamour of cinema, Lumière presents itself as a Portuguese restaurant with a contemporary approach, featuring various influences from Japanese cuisine, whose history is precisely intertwined with our national flavours. The four partners, along with chef Bruno Kai Zen, believed that a comfortable and high-end venue was missing in the heart of the town — and they made sure to open it.

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From the street, the terrace immediately catches the eye. No wonder: the terrace of the Villa Cascais hotel, where Corleone is located, is beautiful. The sober but vivid colours call out to passers-by. And it's no different in the interior, where yellow and blue tones reign, summer colours, like Cascais, but also like southern Italy, which inspired Miguel Garcia to create an Italian restaurant that didn't yet exist in the village. The name has nothing to do with the mafia, but is a direct reference to Corleone, in Sicily. This is also the inspiration behind the cocktail menu - the focus on wines remains on Italy. "An Italian restaurant idealised and with a menu made by an Italian chef is something that didn't exist in Cascais", says Miguel. The chef is Rodolfo de Santis. Born in Puglia, it was in Brazil that he made a name for himself in the last decade, when he created the Italian restaurant Nino, which quickly became the talk of the town and multiplied throughout the country. As in a classic Italian restaurant, the menu is divided into antipasti, primi e secondi and dolci - "all made using traditional recipes from the south of Italy," he says. The starters include vitello tonnato (16€) or the irresistible arancini (12€). The primi include pasta such as carbonara (22€) or the eye-catching spaghetti all'aragosta (35€), with crustacean bisque, fresh tomatoes, rocket and grilled lobster tail. As for the secondi, you can order either a lemon risotto with grilled prawns (28€) or a breaded veal cutlet with rocket, fresh tomato and mozzarella (28€) - the famous milanese. For desserts, the same care and attention.

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The Clock - Slow Retail is a space in the center of Cascais that brings together several portuguese brands, in the style of the famous Embaixada in Príncipe Real, Lisbon. In fact, it's a project by one of the same responsible individuals, Catarina Lopes. At The Clock - Slow Retail, you can find hot chocolates and coffees from São Tomé by Nicollò, bamboo sunglasses from Origem, men's clothing from A Industria, jewelry from HLC and women's clothing from Papua, perfect for those who are already thinking about summer.

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In one of the best locations in a painted brick building right in the centre of Cascais that is impossible to miss. For many years it was home to a 100-year-old Portuguese family-run business that sold dozens of premium international named brands, which came with a highly personalised service. Dior, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Moschino are just a few examples of the clothing and accessories for men and women available here.

With a cozy atmosphere and a menu in constant change, Saíra Café is the latest brunch spot in Cascais. It offers a variety of options including açaí, tapiocas, pancakes, eggs, pasta and cakes, making it a perfect destination for any time of day.

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20 years after being donated to the municipality, the Casa Reynaldo dos Santos and Irene Quilhó dos Santos, in Parede, was rehabilitated and transformed into the Maria de Sousa Research Centre for Science and Art. It hosts various collections in the fields of Medicine, Art History and Literature, serving as a documentation centre and a cultural and scientific hub open to the public.

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Berezka is a market specializing in products from Eastern Europe. Following its establishments in Setúbal and Cascais, another grocery store featuring typical products from all countries of the former Soviet Union opened in February 2024.

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With several restaurants and shops, One Market Cascais is the commercial area of the One Living luxury development. It consists of a square with a green space, full of terraces, which hosts occasional events and functions as a leisure centre.

It already existed in Rio de Janeiro and opened in March 2024 right in the center of Cascais. Designed by Brazilian chef Nelson Soares, it focuses on Italian cuisine, mainly inspired by transalpine influences, but with a concept influenced by Nordic minimalism, where each dish has, at most, five basic ingredients. In Rio de Janeiro, the kitchen is completely open. There, as they couldn't tear down the structural wall separating the kitchen from the dining area, they opted for a differentiating solution: they have a triangular table at the kitchen's entrance where they finish preparing and plating all dishes, in full view of the customers. Sult also offers an extensive wine list, with many references from small producers.

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It's the new Mexican restaurant at the Mercado da Vila. Azteca focuses on some classics like tacos, quesadillas, or alambres, along with various appetizers, but also on some fusion dishes that include Portuguese ingredients or others from different origins.

Dirty Tails is located in one of the outdoor spaces of the Cascais Marina and is, as the name suggests, a cocktail bar (both classic and signature cocktails). It is a project led by the experienced Alberto Romão, who was born in Cascais but has his sights set on the world, as they intend to expand the brand and even internationalize it. They host DJ sets every week and promote a relaxed atmosphere, while still providing attentive and personalized service to customers. They also serve wines, sparkling wines, beer, other alcoholic beverages, and some snacks to accompany the drinks.

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It's a brunch spot (and specialty coffee shop) that opened in the center of Cascais by the hands of a Russian who already had a coffee roasting company in Moscow. It aims to be a meeting point for everyone, with an international menu that includes various specialties from Eastern Europe and beyond – from crepes to waffles, through toasts, and more elaborate dishes. Don't miss the chance to try the multiple coffees and their derivatives that abound there, as well as the teas and natural wines. Unity Coffee Roasters also has an online store where they sell their products.

A journey through Argentina without leaving Monte Estoril. Aires offers the traditional (and highly renowned) cuts of Argentine beef, alongside local wines. It also serves regional specialties that are not usually found in other places. The restaurant’s sophisticated ambience and high-end service promises a truly immersive experience in Argentine flavours, from appetisers to desserts.

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Established in Rio de Janeiro in 1981 by a Portuguese entrepreneur, Guimas arrived in Cascais in 2023, thanks to his daughter. The elegant space mirrors its Brazilian counterpart and serves the classics from the original menu: fish, shrimp, and squid Brazilian stew; steak in alcohol-based sauce; farmhouse duck; various loins; shrimp or brie cheese pastries. With a strong connection to the arts (reflected in its décor), Guimas boasts a distinct identity and a relaxed botequim (bar-like) spirit.

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There's something joyful about a painted street, whether it's pink, blue (like the ones you can find in Lisbon), or yellow. On the latter – right in the historic center of Cascais, in the area encompassing Nova da Alfarrobeira, Alexandre Herculano, and Afonso Sanches streets – there's a good vibe, almost as if we were in a different territory, on vacation. It's here that, since the summer of 2020, the Municipality set up a dedicated area for street dining, traffic-free, filled with lively people going back and forth. Increasingly a must-stop for locals and visitors when the goals are to eat well, have a drink, and maybe even dance a bit, all within the same radius, without the need to drive or Uber around. Discover the best restaurants on Rua Amarela (yellow street), Cascais.

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In a land bathed by the Atlantic, fulfilling the cliché of a romantic meal by the sea is easily achieved. This list, compiling the best restaurants for a dinner for two, features excellent examples of the genre—whether in a glass-enclosed dining room, a private balcony, or a terrace almost perched on the rocks. But that's not all: picturesque tables, private rooms, high-cuisine menus, restaurants with dimly lit atmospheres, live music, and even one with a dessert trolley brought to the customer's table. Not forgetting good wine cellars, because a dinner for two calls for toasts – and plenty of them.

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