Arcádia – chocolate shop

Arcádia, such amazing flavour!

Located in the heart of Oporto, Arcádia assumes itself as a factory of craft confectionery, maintaining the tradition in its recipes and manufacturing processes, where only natural and carefully selected products are used.

Belonging to the Bastos family since 1933, it has always been an important reference to the city of Oporto. Nowadays, it is famous for its delicious chocolates and chocolate cat tongues, among several other specialties.

All Arcádia items are their own creation and handcrafted the traditional way. They follow the traditional recipes which are a part of their history and thus the typical legacy of the brand´s universe remains.



The traditional assortment of Arcádia maintains the original shapes and flavours since 1933. One of the secrets lies undoubtedly in the craft production method and in the choice of ingredients. The chocolate used in the confection of all products is of high quality.



Despite their small size, their production process is by no means a fast one. Before they can be painted and decorated, the dragées go through several stages for about two months. This depth of detail requires a continuous production of dragées, to be sold especially at Easter time.

The final step is one of the reasons for their success: The technique is appropriately called ‘embroidering’. Using precise movements, the liqueur dragées, of different shapes and sizes, are strategically placed on trays, ready to be crafted.

They are then caressed by the delicate hands of those who paint and decorate them, creating miniature works of art. It takes years of experience to get the gestures right and to handle them with the expertise necessary to obtain the intended forms, a role that is given to the longest-standing employees.

In the end, there are dragées in the form of piglets, babies, carrots, peas, strawberries, cherries etc.



To better match all the tastes and needs, the traditional assortment is also available both in milk chocolate and without added sugar. Despite having a strong past, Arcadia has been keen on continuously improving its knowledge.

How to find this amazing chocolate shop ?

Confeitarias Arca e Arcádia S.A.
Rua do Almada, 63
4050-036 Porto | Portugal

Tel. (+351) 22 200 15 18
Fax. (+351) 22 200 15 19