This close to the Atlantic Ocean it goes without saying that most local restaurants offer a wide variety of fresh fish, shellfish and crustaceans. The Algarvean cuisine tends to be simple, tasty and pure. Most restaurants have their own charcoal fired grill and have the catch of the day on display.
Eating out in this part of the Algarve certainly doesn´t have to be expensive. Many restaurants offer a daily lunch special (prato do dia) for about ten Euros. This usually includes bread, olives, wine, coffee and dessert.
Opposite Vivenda Nascente is a café called ´Dois Manos´ where you can enjoy a toasted sandwich, a beer, a glass of wine or a bica (a Portuguese espresso).
About 800 metres down the road you will find a popular family restaurant called ´Do Carmo´. The restaurant has a large terrace where you can enjoy a great variety of very reasonably priced meals. Maria has been managing the place for many years now and still adds up your bill on the paper tablecloths.
Olhão has all kinds of restaurants. Fresh fish is best eaten at the boulevard just opposite the market, but you will also come across Japanese, Mexican, Indian and Italian restaurants. There are quite a few tapas restaurants where you can savour delicious ´petiscos´, the Portuguese take on the Spanish delicacies.
The cafés and bars at the market are perfect for a snack and a coffee. Overlooking the waterfront, jazz café ´Cantaloupe´is the best place for a good glass of wine at sundown.