Have you found the JQ’s newest hidden gem yet? Say hello to Viela.
Found near the end of Vittoria Street (blink and you’ll miss it) closest to the main square, this new cafe is a gorgeous little spot for a light lunch or coffee and smoothies.
Linked to the Brazilian Cultural Centre, the small shop has indoor seating as well as a sun trap garden terrace out the back.
As far as food goes you’ll find street food style light bites including coxinha (chicken croquette), pão de queijo (cheese bun) and tapioca crepes. We tried the smoked sausage and cheese but there’s also vegan and veggie options, and while the texture might take some getting used to (it’s almost like a chewy quesadilla vibe) it’s a hearty snack.
It’s open from morning until lunchtime everyday and offers something quite unique to the area. There’s loads of sweet treats if that’s more your bag and you can get takeaway if you don’t have time to stop for a sit.
All independent, run by a really lovely bloke, and everything’s made in house, by hand. I paid about £17 for a coffee, a smoothie, a coxinha, a pão de queijo and a tapioca crepe with salad – fed 2 as a light lunch. Liked it a lot, will definitely be back.
I’ve recently posted a reel to Instagram about this place – if you fancy a look click here.
Viela, 91 Vittoria Street, Jewellery Quarter, B13NU