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Best cake shop in Albufeira, if not the world

Updated on May 31, 2015

Visiting the Algarve around three years ago was rather disappointing. This was due to a mixture of wrong hotel and wrong location. Wrong for us, that is. Part of the problem was probably that we had enjoyed such a wonderful holiday in Madeira the year before. The Algarve is a beautiful area of Portugal but sadly all too many resorts have been ruined by the march of tourism. Despite being English tourists abroad ourselves, we found that Albufeira was designed for British tourists that had different vacation needs to ours.

There were however many good aspects to our vacation and many fond memories.

If I was to recommend any eatery we came across on the Algarve to would be travellers I would have to heartily recommend The Riviera Cake Shop, which my husband declared to be the best cake shop in the world.

Albufeira is within easy reach of the airport at Faro

The Albufeira tourist train stops close to the Riviera Cake Shop
The Albufeira tourist train stops close to the Riviera Cake Shop

We stayed at the Perla Do Algarve in the heart of Albufeira and were rather disappointed with the accommodation. The name of this hotel means The Pearl of The Algarve but it was far from it. I shall be generous and conclude that as it was September and nearing the end of the tourist season, perhaps this is why the hotel was looking past its best.

We first came across The Riviera Cake Shop as we waited for transport on one of our excursions. Our pick up point was that the Brisa Sol Hotel which is a large complex on the main road in Albufeira. It was only a stone's throw away from our hotel but a whole ten star ratings above it.

At the front of the Brisa Sol, incorporated in the building, there are a few shops. There is a newspaper vendor, a couple of high class clothes stores and a cake shop. On close inspection when we returned and the cake shop had opened for the day, we saw a nice collection of rattan furniture outside. This cake shop incorporates a cafe come restaurant.

To order simply go into the shop and select the cake you want from the splendid selection on show. There are so many it is hard to choose. All look as delicious as they taste and most are rich with cream.The bonus is that the prices are very reasonable.

You can order coffee or a pot of tea to accompany your cakes and sit outside watching the Algrave world go by. The atmosphere is relaxed, the service excellent and the fare remarkably good. In the morning we would by the morning paper and have a few coffees whilst we read and relaxed. There was never any hurry or rush for you to leave.

We did stop by on our last night and had an evening meal here.

We still sat outside as the weather was good. There is seating room inside, however. One thing to note is that the toilets are down a steep flight of stairs. I am not sure if a lift was available. If not this could be a problem for someone with mobility issues.

Our evening meal was good. It was steak with the usual vegetables. Although it was good it was not superior to all other such meals. However, the service was good and the price reasonable. We had a lovely evening.

For us The Riviera Cake Shop excelled at its prime objective. That is being a superior cake shop. To call it the best cake shop in the world is presumptuous, as we have not travelled that extensively. However, we have travelled around England, Scotland, many Greek Islands, Malta, Gozo, Cyprus, Madeira and The Algarve. We have also visited Seville, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Gibraltar and Sicily.

To date we have to find a Cake Shop to surpass The Riviera Cake Shop in Albufeira. If you are in the area check it out. It will not be a strain on the purse strings but it could make a huge strain on the seam's of your clothes.

The Riviera Cake Shop is located at:

The Hotel Brisa Sol
Cerro Alagoa
8200-129 Albufeira
Telephone: 289 587 745


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      Eileen Kersey 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      And you would have loved it sweetiepie lol

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      SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Not allowed to eat much cake anymore, but it sounds nice. I would have tried some if I were there.

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It sure is Parky lol

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      parky 6 years ago

      I have visited the algarve frequently and cannot pass this shop, it is the BEST.

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      meteoboy 7 years ago from GREECE

      I love cakes.So this hub is very "tasteful" for me . Another beautiful hub . Thank you for your suggestion .

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I wish I could visit this shop someday. Thanks for share with us. I'll bookmark this one. Cheers.....

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      My neck of the woods Michael.

      I have to say that the Riviera Cake Shop is rather special although Skidby Mill will be a nicer setting

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      michael richardson 7 years ago

      Always good to try foreign cakes,home made is always best


      The best is always made with flour from

      SKIDBY MILL,near Hull.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Such a delicious Hub! Thanks for sharing.

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      Amie Warren 7 years ago

      A good cake shop is sometimes all you need to make an otherwise frustrating visit worthwhile.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, ethel, for your fine hub and truthful. I always was curious about Portugal but never got there. Now I did. I noticed that you enjoyed Madeira. One day I will venture out there.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      mmm cakes!!!! Nothing like a great cake shop Ethel. I think that in London Patisserie Valerie is one of the best cake shops - they have truly scrumptious gateaux that are also decorated to perfection. I'm hungry now!

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      trev 7 years ago

      In England when you buy a cake it usually says on the box,serves 4 and really it serves 2.ha!,In the Albufeira cake shop you get a piece of cake that will serve at least 2 people but its for 1 person.yummeeeeeeeeee!.