This is actually the main square of the city, a true meeting point for locals and visitors. The place to enjoy the wonders of al fresco life. Housed in beautiful glamorous buildings, world brands can be found at the blink of an eye. There is a bit of everything in Rodrigues Lobo Square: pleasant cafés, nice restaurants, fashion designer’s shops, tattoo shops and an absolutely marvellous Portuguese pavement at the centre of this iconic square.
Barão V Tattoos is a reference of tattoo making in Leiria. Housed in a beautiful building at the heart of the square, this is the place for going wild and imprint it on your skin!
Mata-Bicho is a delightful restaurant that serves delicious Portuguese cuisine at very affordable prices. This tavern also serves absolutely mouth-watering pizzas, baked in wooden oven! Easy-going ambiance and familiar service.
Kristine Haute Couture is a brand of exclusive clothes and unique accessories, designed for all women with an alternative style, mostly gothic, rock and vintage. Kristine is a very creative fashion designer, inspired by Portuguese symbols, and continuingly reinventing them.
There are many interesting curiosities about Leiria and one of them is the fact that “Rua Direita” (literally High Street) is not straight at all! It is a winding street full of surprising places all along the way: alternative vintage clothing shops, old hat shops, beautiful restaurants, street art murals and even a gourmet café devoted to a major Portuguese writer: Eça de Queiroz!
Espaço Eça – Coffee & Wine, Books is a gourmet cafeteria that evokes the memory and the legacy of one of Portugal’s most remarkable novelist, Eça de Queiroz. There is a pleasant library consisting of Eça de Queiroz novels, as well as classics of Portuguese literature and contemporary literature. This is a welcoming spot of Leiria that offers a warm cosy ambiance to its guests, who can taste delicious typical Portuguese specialities and wines for low prices. No visit to Leiria is complete without a stop at Espaço Eça – Coffee & Wine, Books!
In this amazing street you will also find a jewel shop called Jóias da Cidade (“City Jewels”), inspired by the city symbols, such as: fleur-de-lis, the crow of the conquest of Leiria, the legend of the Rose Miracle, pinecones and pine nuts or Eça de Queiroz. The creative works of Sandrine Vieira that celebrate the love for the city can be bought in several spots of Leiria.
If you’re into a kind of vintage, rock & goth style, then Alquimia is the thing for you! Located at the very heart of the historical centre of Leiria, this original shop sells alternative clothes, records, accessories, and footwear. Because being free is a matter of style !
Next to the jewel shop, a delightful grocery A Cooperativa – Mercearia & Tasca, where you can buy the finest Portuguese products and taste delicious “petiscos”, as well as artisanal beer.
Hat store Chapelaria & Sapataria Liz sells fancy vintage hats and top quality shoe-wear. The chances of bumping into a friendly black and white French bulldog at the door are quite big!
Restaurant Cardamomo is an inviting Indian restaurant, located at Rua Direita, the heart of the historical centre of Leiria. Offering a peaceful ambiance and a very friendly service, this is surely one of Leiria’s best restaurants! You can’t possibly miss its veggie specialities.
We all know how Portuguese people are crazy about sweets, most of them century-old recipes of diligent nuns that crossed generations. Leiria is no exception. You must taste the mouth-watering “brisas do Lis” that looks like a little pudding, but it tastes heavenly! Absolutely unique!
If you want to stay in Leiria for affordable prices, you can stay at Atlas Hostel, beautifully located in Rua Direita. A cool spot well-ranked by Booking.