AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

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AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

Portuguese designer Inês Aia has inserted a coffee shop and restaurant inside a nineteenth century townhouse in Porto (photographs by José Campos).

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

Visitors have to walk though a shop to get to the AIA dining rooms, which are furnished with a mismatched selection of second-hand chairs and tables.

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

Wooden partitions with green patterned windows separate individual dining rooms, while an assortment of convex mirrors, picture frames and newspapers hang from the walls.

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

We've featured a few simple but interesting Portuguese interior projects on Dezeen - see our earlier stories about a poet's house converted into a writer’s retreat and an apartment with a yellow wall of storage.

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

Here's a few more words about the project from architect and critic Carlos M Guimarães:


The AIA design coffee and restaurant is a bright new space in Porto's food and cultural scenario, located in the artistic area of the city, between the Cedofeita commercial area and Miguel Bombarda art galleries street.

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

To get there you should cross the Arts in Parts conceptual store located at the ground level of a XIX century house reaching the inside patio of the quarter.

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

One of the main ideas behind this restaurant is to reveal these fantastic inner courtyards of Porto, a forgotten space of the city.

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

The interior space was romantically conceived to create a simple but charming atmosphere, using light colored glasses and natural materials, mainly wood.

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

The entire design and furniture choice is from the exclusive responsibility of the owners and in order to do the most without huge expenses almost all furniture was directly bought at 2nd hand stores.

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

Although a specific collection of wooden chairs were made by a specialised local carpenter.

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

The AIA food statement is: Light meals, wine bar, fine groceries, and we can say that resumes it all!

AIA Coffee & Restaurant by Inês Aia

  • roddy

    "inserted a coffee shop…"

    put some chairs and tables in a house.

    • Vale

      Roddy, it's not just chais and tables in a house, you also have to find a good photograper!

  • Mario

    Very sweet. I like the idea of having dinner in an informal and playfull atmosphere. But I'm a bit worried about the accoustics. Can you still have conversation when the restaurant is full?

  • edward

    So they didn't want to spend any money…it looks it. Nothing to remark about.

  • Mariana

    amazing location with incredible food!
    highly recommended!

  • http://tenfullrestaurant.com teju patel

    Ten Full Restaurant

    wow it looks so beautiful..

    This is the perfect place for meditation and for relax..

    I like it..

  • http://www.grindandbrewcoffeemachines.com Tom

    Now that's a great use for and old home. Kudos to the owner.

  • tina

    So nice! Does it have a Facebook page?

  • Grecco

    What a pity this restaurant is no longer there! :-(