Boa Nova Tea House

Reopened in 2014, the half-century-old Casa de Chá is perhaps Pritzker prize-winning architect and local legend Álvaro Siza’s best work. Conceived as a teahouse, it now hosts a gourmet restaurant by Porto chef Rui Paula.

Set on a rocky beach, its beauty comes from its mix of materials: terracota tiles on the roof, white masonry, concrete and a warm interior of red Afzelia wood. Siza designed everything down to the dining carts. Patrons can opt for modern tasting menus and wine pairings or simple dishes such as lobster-stewed rice. The window panes sink into the floor to allow for alfresco dining.

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Rui Paula chef - Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz

Tea House "Boa Nova" by Álvaro Siza - photo © Luis Díaz Díaz