Lisbon recommended wine tasting & specialized tours: cozy shop ‘Venha Vinho’ in historic area Bairro Alto, free tasting, wine with natural cork & Francisco, the charismatic ‘wine dreamer’

Wine lovers! If you are visiting Lisbon: the Portuguese wines are delicious and besides they are affordable. We enjoyed an evening of wine tasting in the shop of Francisco, ‘wine dreamer’, as he describes himself ;-)

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Lisbon wine shop Venha Vinho (‘litt. come wine’) & owner Francisco Franco Afonso

Free wine tasting evenings & shop ‘Venha Vinho’ in Bairro Alto Lisbon

The idea: all participants buy a bottle of wine. In the tasting room of the small but cozy wine shop the selection of wines are shared and tasted, while Francisco shares his passion for wine. We learned about Portugal’s different wine regions, styles, characteristics & much more…….

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February 2015: tasting room of Francisco’s wine shop Venha Vinho in Bairro Alto, Lisbon: wine lovers Ans & Loek from Holland, family Deauville from Australia & Miguel (Portuguese).

If your are visiting Lisbon and interested in learning more about Portuguese wines, I can recommend Francisco’s winehouse.

Most participants (a mix of people visiting Lisbon and a few ‘Lisboetas’/ inhabitants) did not know eachother but the atmosphere soon became informal; after some sips of wine we began to loosen up ;-)

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Wine tasting evening in Francisco’s wine shop in Lisbon & my choice: Monte Velho

Monte Velho (‘old hill’) wines : affordable priced in Lisbon

“Monte Velho wines are faithful to the spirit and tradition of Portugal’s warm, sunny Alentejo region: food-friendly and vibrant, with rich aromas and a smooth palate”  Very well written!  Price in Lisbon € 4- 7. Also recommended:

Terras do Pó  (litt. land of dust, Setúbal Peninsula, close to Lisbon) and Periquita (litt. a female parakeet) :-)

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Francisco Franco Afonso & one of his favorite wines

One of Francisco’s favorite wines: Dona Paterna Alvarinho 2013 (Vinho Verde, famous green wine). Francisco: ” Portugal is a haven for unique authentic wines from more than 250 indigenous grape varieties. Portugal wineries, estates and domains (‘Quintas’ and ‘herdades’) are beautiful and hospitable”

Popular Hen & Stag Party’s

“We also host Wine & Port Tours , Hen party’s, ‘Food and Wine Walking Tours’ including a walk to the nearby legendary Lisbon market Mercado da Ribeira 

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Francisco’s wine shop Venha Vinho in Bairro Alto, Lisbon. Wine tasting evening & real corks

Save a tree – buy wine with natural cork

Buying wine with real corks helps preserve the cork forests of Portugal and the wider western Mediterranean which are, it turns out, ecological marvels.

Vimeo movie about the amazing cork oaks & and why to avoid synthetic corks

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Unique cork oaks in Portugal: fortunately they are protected

What’s unique about cork is that the thick bark can be harvested from the trees without cutting them down. A skilled crew hacks the bark off with axes. If done right, it grows back. Amazing! Read more….

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Francesco’s wine shop Venha Vinho in Lisbon & wine lover lady Deauville from Australia

BOOKINGS Francisco +351 912 152 086.  Website VenhaVinho
email: ffa@VenhaVinho.com
Location: Travessa da Bica Grande, 4A, Bairro Alto Lisbon, Portugal, near Lisbon’s most photographed street, the Bica funicular

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Map of Portuguese wine history & regions . Already in 1758, one of the first wine-producing region of the world, the Região Demarcada do Douro was created.

Make a trip to former Portuguese colony Mozambique without leaving Lisbon: Restaurant ‘ Cantinho do Aziz’ Mouraria, tasty African food, low prices, a naughty little secret, Laurentina & Camilla Watson

Lisbon is the place for fantastic food! Apart from traditional Portuguese cuisine, restaurants from former Portuguese colonies have become more and more popular in recent years, like African and Goan (India) cuisines

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Restaurant ‘Cantinho do Aziz’ Mouraria Lisbon: you feel like being in Mozambique!

Portuguese-speaking African countries (former colonies)  in which the Portuguese language is still an official language: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea

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Restaurant ‘Cantinho do Aziz’ , Mozambican food in historical area Mouraria Lisbon. Very tasty!

Caril Vegetaria (vegetarian curry) € 6.00; cerveja (beer) Laurentina € 1; agua (small bottle of water) € 1 and a bit of piri-piri.

The cuisine of Mozambique has been deeply influenced by Portugal. In the early 1500s, the Portuguese colonized Mozambique.

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African restaurant ‘Cantinho do Aziz’, Mouraria Lisbon

After over four centuries of Portuguese rule, Mozambique gained independence in 1975, this year exactly 40 years ago.

In this restaurant the dishes are not spicy; you have to try a little bit of their piri-piri Sacana pasta: a wonderful combination! (and so does the soft background African music and a beer called Laurentina….); and sometimes live music because this area is the cradle of Portuguese fado music Video

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Restaurant Cantinho do Aziz & home made Piri-Piri ‘SACANA’ (which means ‘son-of-a-bitch’) 

Mozambican food is rich in meats, fish, and shellfish. Piri piri, (or the African Devil) is a traditional hot sauce, added to most meat and fish dishes. It is made from hot peppers or chilies, lemon juice, and spices boiled down to a thick paste. Delicious, but flaming hot!

(pssst… a little secret: okra (or ladies’ fingers) in combination with ‘Sacana’ piri piri sauce is called ‘mini-Viagra for women)  ;-)

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Restaurant Cantinho do Aziz & very amiable staff

Bambino (his portrait can also be seen on the wall ) and Eunice. This restaurant is an excellent choice to taste true Mozambican food, with honest prices.

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Restaurant Cantinho do Aziz & Rob Plews: lovely evening and great food

Muamba de galinha (chicken done in palm oil with okra and african vegetables served with coconut rice) € 8; Makoufe (Prawns, crab and mixture of cabbage, served with coconut rice) € 10; Pulao de Cabrito c/ Arroz de coco (lamb with coconut rice): € 10.

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Restaurant owner Khalid Aziz

Khalid Aziz: ‘After the war, in 1982, my father decided to move to Portugal. I was born in Mozambique and arrived in Lisbon as a 1 year-old-kid . In the beginning my father worked in a restaurant but in 1983 he started his own restaurant here in Mouraria. Nowadays it is very popular! I am married with Jenny (also from Mozambique), we have 2 children. We also lived some years in London’.

Delivery to your holiday apartment or hotel

call (00351) 218876472

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Laurentina beer & lovely ladies

Laurentina is Mozambique’s oldest beer brand. The name is dedicated to lovely ladies: ‘laurentinas’ ;-)  . Read more…..

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February 2015 Lisbon: friends Ans and Loek from Holland & owner Aziz.

We enjoyed: Chamussas (2 starters, meat and vegetarian € 2,50); Camarão com quiabo (prawns in curry sauce with coconut rice) € 11;00; Muamba (chicken done in palm oil with okra and african vegetables served with coconut rice) € 8; Yuca wa Miamba (prawns in coconut sauce with okra and manioca) € 12; bebinka (dessert) € 3,50;  jarro do vinho da casa (half carafe of house wine) € 3. Coffee € 1.

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Restaurant street Cantinho do Aziz, Mouraria Lisbon

Located 10 min. walk from startingpoint tram 28, square Martim Moniz: walk via Rua da Madalena, then go up the stairs (Beco dos Surradores) until Largo dos Trigueiros , turn left and there’s the restaurant: Rua das Fontaínhas de São Lourenço 5, phone: (00351) 218876472 Lisbon. Video how to walk to the restaurant from square Martim Moniz

10 minutes walk from my 3-bedroom apartment with sunny pátio in Mouraria(short term rentals)

Facebook restaurant

This restaurant serves fish and vegetarian dishes as well as meat dishes (halal).

Cantinho do Aziz restaurant Mouraria Lisbon portrait Camilla Watson

Lovely Jenny (married with Aziz) is the boss in the kitchen: ‘my father adored Janice Joplin and Jane Fonda; he combined their names’

Photographer Camilla Watson : fabulous photos printed on wood

Um tributo à Mouraria (‘A tribute to Mouraria): a permanent exhibition of fabulous photos printed on wood on the walls of the streets in a tribute to fadistas or people with a strong connection to the neighborhood. Amazing! Created by British photographer Camilla Watson , who has been living in the area for 6 years.

Latest trend in Lisbon to discover this wonderful hilly city is an e-bike: ‘Bike A Wish’ store in Mouraria near square Martim Moniz & Rui and Ana’s passion for déco inspired Portuguese bikes

Lisbon becomes more and more attractive for tourists: people from all over the world love to spend a few days in this unique and peaceful city! The nearby Atlantic beaches and fairytale palaces (like in Sintra ) are famous attractions, also easy to reach by (e)-bike.

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‘Bike A Wish’ store Lisbon: owner Rui Gomes & trainee Diego Sarasola (18 year old Erasmus student from Spain) Mouraria Lisbon, near square  Praça Martim Moniz (background)

Eco-friendly e-bike

If you visit Lisbon during a few days (nickname: the city of seven hills or in Portuguese ‘a cidade das sete colinas), an e-bike is a great way to explore the city and to discover Lisbon’s breathtaking views.

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Lisbon ‘Bike A Wish’ store, owner Ana Nascimento & amazing Lisbon graffity wall design (the 25 April bridge, the Castle of Saint George above the city, the hills…). Artist: Diogo

More and more Lisbon is changing: impoverished old buildings and/or neighborhoods with a long history are to be restored. Creative young people start their own business, like Ana Nascimento and Rui Gomes recently did in historic  Mouraria, one of the oldest areas of the city.

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Beautiful view old town Lisbon & river Tagus

‘Bike A Wish’ store in Lisbon: ‘A dream came true”

Owner ‘Bike A Wish’ store in Lisbon Rui Gomes: “Ana and myself started to think opening our own business about 2 years ago. Our passion for bicycles was crucial, when deciding which business to start.
We had already visited Amsterdam several times in the past, and it marked us, in such way, that in result, today we´re the proud owners of ‘Bike A Wish’ (also partners are Frederico and Joana from Vilamoura , Bike a Wish Algarve store)”.

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‘Bike a Wish’ store in historic area Mouraria Lisbon & owners Ana and Rui

Rui: “Ana (marketeer) and Joana (designer) were both unemployed and me and Frederico were working in a foreign bank, in Lisbon, and quit, in order to give 200% of ourselves to this project. So, I´m happy to say that, first of all, ‘Bike A Wish’ is based on friendship and trust!”

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Bike A Wish’ store in Mouraria Lisbon & owner Rui Gomes. Rua das Fontainhas a São Lourenço 29, Martim Moniz

The location – historic  Mouraria Lisbon

Rui Gomes, owner: ‘ Mouraria is one of the most unique places we know. There´s a certain magic in it, the streets, the light (or the lack of it ), the religions, the mixture of people from all over the world, gathered in a peaceful combination.
The shop is very central, close to square Martim Moniz ( 1st stop for the 28 tram) as well to the Castelo de S. Jorge ( Castle of Saint George, the most visited monument in Lisbon)”.

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Lisbon, Mouraria, close to ‘Bike a Wish’ shop: a maze of narrow streets & beautiful light

My 3 bedroom apartment with a lovely patio is for rent in this area

‘Bike A Wish’ concept: Portuguese pure cycle-chic, extreme comfort & 2 models of e-bikes

Rui Gomes, owner: ‘Our bicycles were thought to give extreme comfort to the users. Soft, old fashioned seats and handles, will allow clients a top biking experience in our 7-hills capital.
Our concept is pure cycle-chic: all bicycles are a Portuguese product, produced by “ÓRBITA.

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‘Bike A Wish’ store & extreme comfort: ‘California dream’, a soft old fashioned bike seat  :-)

E-Bikes: Lisbon becomes “flat” for your legs!
Rui Gomes: “the 2 models of e-bikes have an autonomy around 60kms (depending of individual biking experience), allowing visitors to enjoy Lisbon in a comfortable, fast and effortless way. Ride everywhere: Mouraria, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Riverside etc.  Our bike tours allow people to visit the capital’s highlights and explore alternative and picturesque routes. We recommend the West Lisbon Tour, by the river, heading Belém ”

Rui Gomes: “We provide a service with so many flexible options that will certainly suit all your travel plans. We rent several types of bikes, from the classic ones to folding, tandems and electric bikes. They can be rented by the hour, half-day, day, week or month “.

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Lisbon ‘Bike A Wish’ store Mouraria, Square Martim Moniz

Price e-bike: from € 10 (1 hour) – € 20 (half day, 4 hours) € 30 (24 hours)

Bike A Wish website: more possibilities, like a tandem bike or guided tours.

Rua das Fontainhas a São Lourenço 29, Martim Moniz, Phone (00351) 211329949, Facebook, Lisboa@bikeawish.com . Business hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am to 19:00pm GMT |Sundays on the call to deliver or booked tours. Free deliver at hotels in Lisbon.

Fado performance Lisbon in local bars: ‘Tasca do Jaime’ in historic Graça, FADO VADIO (divine song or dying cats?), overpriced wine & very talented Dutch (!) Fado singer Henriquinha

Fado is a part of the culture in Portugal and many Portuguese have the idea they can sing just as wonderful as Carlos do Carmo or like the legendary Amália Rodrigues, Queen of fado, Lady of Lisbon..

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Café/bar ‘Tasca do Jaime’ Lisbon & very talented Dutch Fado singer Henriquinha; Guitarra Portuguesa: Custódio Magalhaes; Viola do Fado: Duarte Nunes

Fadista (fado singer) Henriquinha Maria (Hendriktje Ruiter, born and professionally trained in Holland) is a very talented singer living in Lisbon. She really loves it to sing the fado; now she’s becoming famous in Portugal due to a Fado song contest on Portuguese TV.

YouTube Hendriktje ‘Amor de mel, amor de fel’

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Dutch singer Henriquinha Maria & host Herman José on Portuguese TV, ‘Grande Premio do Fado’

Dutch singer Hendriktje Ruiter participates in a Fado talent show on Portuguese TV. After two rounds she won enough points to perform in the semi-final of this song contest in May 2015: spectacular!

‘Sou do Fado’ YouTube Henriquinha, Portuguese TV Program Há Tarde RTP1

Interested to know where this Dutch fadista will sing in Lisbon? Mail to: hendriktje@gmail.com ; more pictures: facebook ; phone: 00351 917 035 578

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Lisbon, cafe/bar ‘Tasca do Jaime’ December 2014 & Fado Vadio (amateur fado)

Amateur setting of Portuguese Fado is called FADO VADIO

In the old neighborhoods of Lisbon there are local bars or tascas where everybody can sing fado (max. 2 songs). Even you, if you might like it! ;) …. In this setting only the guitarists are paid to accompany the singers.

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Café/bar ‘Tasca do Jaime’ Lisbon December 2014

In case you don’t understand the Portuguese language: when the light is dimmed, it means that silence is asked because the music starts.

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Tasca do Jaime Graca area Lisbon, FADO VADIO December 2014: fadista Fernanda Proença. (YouTube). This lady has a wonderful voice!

Fado Vadio: ‘Dying cats or divine song’

The Portuguese have a lot of respect for the performers who like to express their emotions. You can enjoy a fado singer who sings so beautiful it will give you goosebumps, followed by someone who think he or she is a really good singer…..

Or, as Tasca do Jaime’s neighbors Mike and Alice described on their blog: ‘ It’s a very authentic little cafe bar in our neighborhood. The fado heard there can sound like dying cats or divine song..’ ;-)

Read more about Fado Vadio….

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Tasca do Jaime Lisbon, Fado vadio December 2014: Zita & João Soeiro (YouTube)

Café/bar ‘Tasca do Jaime ‘ FADO afternoons & atmosphere

Seven years ago I wrote about this Tasca, but now the atmosphere has changed. The décor is really nice and authentic but the wine and petiscos (tapas) are overpriced: we paid about € 20 pp.  A plate of ham and cheese or pasteis (pastries) and a jarro (garafe, ca. 3 glasses) filled with not the best quality of Portuguese wine :-(   are obliged (on fado afternoons between 16:00 to 20:00). If standing at the counter or on the sidewalk watching pass the electric tram 28, has no such obligation.

Anyway, the performances of the guitar players and the fado singers were very good that day!

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Tasca do Jaime’ Lisbon December 2014: friends Alexandra & Louis

Café/bar ‘Tasca do Jaime’ Lisbon,  Rua da Graça 91, Lisbon. Fado Vadio on Saturdays, Sundays and public Holidays from 16:00 to 20:00. Phone : 351 21 8881560

Restaurant ‘Ibo’ Lisbon facing the river Tagus: Portuguese sophisticated cuisine, flavours from former colony Mozambique, lovely ladies & tropical African island Ibo

Restaurant Ibo is a remarkable culinary experience! A sunny day, delicious food and a beautiful view over the river Tagus: what more do you want for lunch during a trip to Lisbon? 

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Restaurant ‘Ibo’ Lisbon facing the Tagus river: a surprising culinary experience

Lisbon is divided into 2 parts by the river Tagus, Portugal’s longest river. Restaurant ‘Ibo”, situated at the north bank, is housed in a former salt warehouse built in the beginning of the 20th century, next to Cais do Sodré ferry terminal.

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Restaurant ‘Ibo’ Lisbon: my friend Erika Reusens likes dishes with flavours from Mozambique

The restaurant’s name refers to an island in the Indian Ocean north of Mozambique: Ibo. We ordered:

Caril de Camarão (shrimp curry) 19 €, Caril de Galinha à Mocambicana (chicken curry) 19 €, a bottle of white wine, Castello D’Alba 18 € (exclusively wines from the best Portuguese producers and winemakers), agua (water) 2 €. If you are not curious for a different experience: restaurant ‘Ibo‘ also offers Portuguese gastronomy.

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Restaurant ‘Ibo’ Lisbon & wonderful views from the terrace

Former colony of the Portuguese empire

Mozambique became independent in 1975, after over four centuries of Portuguese rule: famous explorer Vasco da Gama reportedly rested on the island in 1502. In the late eighteenth century, Portuguese colonialists built the Fort of São João, which still survives, and the town, as a slave port, became the second most important in the region. Nowadays the beautiful Ibo island is a popular tourist area.

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Restaurant ‘Ibo’ Lisbon, a sunny day in November & one of the friendly waiters

Starters: in the more expensive Portuguese restaurants you have to pay for starters like bread, cheese and often olives or shrimps.

The waiter will bring you some unrequested starter dishes: as those are not free, feel free not to touch them and they will not be charged on your bill (não, obrigado).  In this restaurant you pay 3 € for a starter (some bread, tapenade and humus) which is OK, because sometimes 10/15 € is added for a small starter you did not ask for.

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Restaurant ‘Ibo’ Lisbon & flavours from former Portuguese colony Mozambique

Camarões selvagens à Laurentina (wild shrimps), € 19: really delicious! Glass of white wine (VB Crasto) € 5.50

Lovely ladies

The waiter told me that Laurentina is Mozambique’s oldest beer brand. The name is dedicated to lovely ladies: ‘laurentinas’ ;-) . Read more…  

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Restaurant ‘Ibo’ Lisbon: papaya dessert (sobremesa)….. whow!!  :-)  € 8

This restaurant specializes in the food of Mozambique but adds a few influences from another former Portuguese colony, India’s Goa. The freshness and quality of products is ensured, because the owner, João Pedrosa, daily visits the nearby old and Lisbon’s legendary market Mercado da Ribeira (really worth to go there , only 5 minutes walk).

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Restaurant ‘Ibo‘ Lisbon: casa do banho (ladies’ room)

Don’t expect an interior decorated with all kinds of art from Africa. There’s a modern and bright decoration inside the restaurant. Until I visited the ladies’ room: a beautiful portrait, this African lady on the wall! But she doesn’t seem to be very happy….

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Restaurant ‘Ibo‘ Lisbon & terrace view: ferry to the other side of the river Tagus

From here you can easily take the ferry (every 10 minutes) to Cacilhas (a part of Lisbon, the other side of the river), return ticket: cheap : more………….

Ibo Restaurante, Cais do Sodré,  Lisbon, Armazem A – Compartimento 2. Phone (00351) 961 332 024. Also open for lunch on Sundays.

Website Ibo restaurant (also in English)

Popular tourist attraction in Lisbon is a cute little car: a Tuk-Tuk tour is great fun to discover this unique city, especially the historic area with it’s narrow streets & recommended eco-friendly Tuk Tours

The last few years Tuk-Tuk cars are gaining more popularity among tourists in Lisbon. You see them everywhere in the city: cute little cars, but most of them make a lot of noise :-( .

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Largo Maria da Severa Mouraria Lisbon & an eco-friendly (silent) Tuk Tours car

In this very old neighborhoud big tourist buses cannot get through. Here you can enjoy fado nights and traditional food, like in restaurant/bar ‘Maria da Mouraria’, the former house of Lisbon’s first fadista (fado singer): ‘Maria da Severa’ .

YouTube Movie Tuk Tuk Tour Lisbon

Narrow Streets

‘Do you like to Tuk-Tuk with me’ ? ;-) Voulez-vous Tuk-Tuk avec moi? ;-)  I saw a car with a led display using this text in several languages. These little Tuk Tuk vehicles are most ideal for short trips and sightseeing. They are capable to drive through the small and sometimes winding streets in the ancient historical neighborhoods of Lisbon like Alfama and Mouraria.

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Lisbon Square Martim Moniz: lots of tourists are waiting for legendary electric tram 28

Square Martim Moniz is the starting point of the legendary old tram 28.

Nowadays several owners of Tuk-Tuk cars are trying to persuade you to take a tour (from 45 – 60 euro for one hour), but a ride with ‘elétrico’ tram 28 will also bring you to most tourist attractions of Lisbon….and much cheaper (around 4 euro pp).

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Historic area Mouraria Lisbon September 2014

This photo was taken at the door of a very small restaurant out of the tourist circle, in historic area Mouraria where you can enjoy a simple and delicious meal for 7 euros. Restaurant ‘A Vaidosa Terreirinho Ginginha’, Rua do Terreirinh0 58.

Short-term rental in this street: My authentic 3-bedroom apartment with quiet and sunny patio (30 m2)

Tuk-Tuk cars & origin

The Tuk-Tuk cars often run on diesel and some very old ones are imported from Asia. Auto rickshaws of Southeast Asia started from the knockdown production of the Daihatsu Midget which had been introduced in 1957.

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Tuk-Tuk cars Lisbon downtown city center & elegant shopping area Rua Garrett

Nearby a popular tourist attraction: the iconic façade of the Café ‘A Brasileira’ with the figure of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) at his usual table, Portugal’s famous writer and poet.

Young enthusiastic people & Tuk-Tuk cars

One of the advantages of the arrival of the tuk-tuk cars to Lisbon is the possibility for tourists making trips with young and enthusiastic people, who speak several languages. Most of them are especially trained to talk about the historic sites of Lisbon.

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Eco friendly Tuk car in Lisbon, historic area Alfama

Eco (and silent!) Tuk Tours Lisbon (it also has a mode “à la carte”, which allows the rental of a vehicle indefinitely).

http://www.ecotuktours.com/en/ (more info and reservations)
Example: old town Lisbon Tour, estimated time: max. 90 min.
Price per tour: €70/tuk car
Maximum lotation: up to 6 pax/Eco Tuk

Travessa da Pereira 16, Lisbon
+(351)914925450

Eco Tuk Tours Lisbon Facebook   Tripadvisor

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Eco friendly Tuk Tour old town Lisbon: narrow streets of Alfama

Intendente Square Mouraria Lisbon: former grandeur, former red light district, upcoming hotspot, new bars and restaurants & ‘Oh! Nesta Mente’, cafe/restaurant with cool vintage décor & honestly healthy food

A little bit tucked away in Lisbon’s new trendy Intendente area there’s a new restaurant: ‘Oh! Nesta Mente’Rua dos Anjos 5 B and I love it! Not only the delicious food, but also the super friendly staff make this place really enjoyable.

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Restaurant/café “Oh! Nesta Mente” Lisbon Intendente: Diana, Raquel Fernandes (restaurant owner), Jeanne & Paulo

Nowadays there’s another atmosphere in this part of Lisbon, Intendente is becoming a vibrant city area, with a multicultural mix of young and old, and a cool arts scene attract young people. A lot of new bars and restaurants opened their doors recently, like restaurant ‘’Oh! Nesta Mente’’, opened in May  2014.

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Restaurant/café “Oh! Nesta Mente” Lisbon Intendente area, Rua dos Anjos 5B

Raquel Fernandes (35), is one of the owners of restaurant ‘’Oh! Nesta Mente’’. The name was an idea that was already in her head for a long time: just a fine space with honest and organic food (honestamente means honestly), the pronunciation of the restaurant’s name is almost the same. Mente means: mind or spirit.

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Restaurant/café “Oh! Nesta Mente” Lisbon Intendente area, Rua dos Anjos 5B

Our lunch: tapas € 2.50, salade with goat cheese € 5.50, pasta bolognese € 5.50, white wine by the glass € 1.50, small bottle of water € 1.00.

Vegetarian or meat

Every day there are two dishes available: one vegetarian and one meat or fish. For example: the veggie burger with guacamole salad and biological patties or fish with rice and carrot salad. Prices do not exceed 7 euros.

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Restaurant/café “Oh! Nesta Mente” Lisbon Intendente area & lunch with friend Erika Reusens

The space looks fantastic with a cosy vintage decoration. Vegetables and fruits are from local producers. All snacks and dishes are homemade and based on national and genuine ingredients. Typical Portuguese, but also Mediterranean and Indian.

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Restaurant/café “Oh! Nesta Mente” Lisbon Intendente area & dinner with friends Felipe and Rob

This restaurant is located next to the beautiful square Largo Intendente, in the historical area Mouraria. For several years a place to avoid, in recent years Intendente has really grown into a trendy place to spend evenings and nights, with many new cafe’s, bars and restaurants.

Restaurant Oh Nesta Mente Intendente Lisbon delicious2

Healthy, cheap & delicious!

Tapas, bread, olives, tomato salade € 3.50, guiche salmon € 3.50 , dish with pork and vegetables € 6.50, glass of white wine € 1.50 (housewine, and good), 7 up € 1.50. chocolate dessert € 1.80.

Restaurant ‘Oh Nesta Mente’ , Rua dos Anjoa 5 B, Intendente area, Lisbon

Open: from Monday till Thursday from 09:00 till midnight. Friday and Saturday open from 09:00 till 02:00

Phone: (00351) 914 732 783. Mail: ohnestamente@gmail.com

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Restaurant 'Oh Nesta Mente' Intendente Lisbon street new terrace sept 2014

Terrace Restaurant ‘Oh! Nesta Mente’ Lisbon, Rua dos Anjos 5B, Lisbon

Nearby square Intendente Lisbon; Joana Vasconcelos designed the small ‘park’ with love seats

Intendent Square Lisbon August 14 Love Seat designer Joana Vasconcelos

Much more about area Intendente….

Intendente Square Mouraria Lisbon: former grandeur, former red light district, upcoming hotspot, new bars and restaurants & ‘Josephine’, a Portuguese Bistrô-Bar with an international touch

Lisbon has a lot to offer! If you love historic districts out of the tourist path, you must visit Largo (square) do Intendente, area Mouraria : formerly a place of prostitution and drugs, nowadays a great place to spend time with family, friends and for lovers.

Lisbon Intendente Square new bar bistro Josephine 1 June 14

New bar & bistro ‘Josephine ‘ Lisbon, Square Largo do Intendente 59, July 2014

Square Largo do Intendente, located in the historical area Mouraria, was for several years a place to avoid. In recent years this square has really grown into a trendy place with new cafe’s, bars and restaurants. Beautiful historic buildings, f.i. the Pombaline style, a Portuguese architectural style of the 18th century.

Lisbon Intendente Square Mouraria June 2014

Lisbon Square Largo Intendente, area Mouraria: June 2014

Gary Nairn:  “Josephine Bar & Bistro was opened in June 2014. Set on a corner building at the opening of the square Intendente, it brings an ambience typical of a French bistro . But its owner Marie Odile Coudert, a French native, says it has influences from all over. Being well travelled , she has also lived in the Netherlands for nearly 10 years. She prefers to call ‘Josephine’ a Portuguese bistro with an international touch”.

Lisbon Intendente Square new bar bistro Josephine owner Marie Odile Coudaert & Gary Nairn

New bar & bistro ‘Josephine’ , Square Intendente Lisbon: owner Marie Odile Coudaert & partner Gary Nairn

Gary: ” In Bistro “Josephine’ you can find at lunchtime (till 18:00) all the local basics like the traditional Portuguese sandwich,  the Prego or a Bifana (pork) as well as a sturdy “Melbourne Burger “, a choice of salads and not forgetting the daily menu. For evening a range of Quiches and all prepared as well by the French chef”.

The Prego is the most popular garlic steak sandwich in the Portuguese cuisine for many years. The Portuguese eat the prego’s (literally: nails, referring to the full stomach after eating one ;-)  with mustard or piri-piri).

Lisbon Square Intendente Mouraria Terrace bar bistro Josephine'

Lisbon Square Intendente Mouraria area: terrace new Bar & bistro ‘Josephine’, July 2014

While enjoying my coffee, I discovered that a woman had fallen asleep on a bench near ‘Josephine’s terrace: what a wonderful way to relax  ;-)

Owner Marie Odile: “What we wanted, was to create an atmosphere that would complement what was in the surrounding area. A place where you could eat simple food, hamburgers, steaks, chef quality, service orientated but at a normal price. We moved to this area nearly 4 years ago and fell in love with it, there have been many changes. Starting ‘Josephine’ was an opportunity to be part of it all to leave my own little mark in Largo do Intendente”.

YouTube movie about area Intendente – Mouraria, historical area of Lisbon

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Bar & Bistro Josephine Largo Intendente Lisbon, dish of the day: POULET BASQUAISE

Dish of the day: POULET BASQUAISE. (chicken stylish Basque country, € 5.90). The basquaise poulet is a specialty of the Basque country, a region in the middle of the Pyrenees and close to the Atlantic Ocean (Biarritz, Bayonne). A healthy meal and plenty of tasty tomato-based, peppers, onions and Mediterranean herbs (with rice) Yummy!

Lisbon bar bistro Josephine Largo do Intendente June 14 2 WK football Luc Erika

Bar & Bistro ‘Josephine’ Lisbon: Gary, Erika Reusens & husband Luc watching football, WK 2014

Address Bar & Bistro ‘Josephine: Largo Do Intendente 59 Mouraria Lisbon. Metro: verde (green) stop Intendente. Facebook

During the month of July 2014 (from 4-27) the square Largo do Intendente was celebrating: more than 40 concerts took place, performances, fairs and workshops for all ages and always free access. DJ sets and concerts every Saturday from 16:00 in the afternoon until 02:00.    YouTube movie

Largo do Indendente Mouraria Lisbon winter 2014 Ans ansd Loek

Square Largo do Intendente Lisbon, February 2014: Dutch friends Ans de Graaf en Loek Polack

Even in wintertime it can be good weather in Lisbon with daytime temperatures that average over 15°C .

At the center of the square, there’s a wonderful wrought-iron sculpture created by local artist Joana Vasconcelos serving as a small garden (try the loveseat!), while the buildings surrounding it were renovated to house new residents and projects.

Lisbon Largo Intendente Shop 'A Vida Portuguesa' 2014

Square Largo do Intendente Lisbon & famous vintage shop ‘A Vida Portuguesa’, the place to be for all authentic Portuguese items, but quite expensive

Top Ten most beautiful tiled façades of Lisbon

The building next to vintage shop ‘A Vida Portuguesa’ was covered with beautiful tile panels in 1865. Although originally built as a private residence, it now belongs to the Viúva Lamego ceramic factory which displays its art inside. The romantic images on the façade include potted plants and Asians recalling Portugal’s trade with the East. One of the  Top Ten façades of Lisbon.

Facebook Bairro Intendente Lisbon

Lisbon Largo intendente june 2014 wall drawings

Square Largo do Intendente: wonderful street art!

There’s much more to admire in Lisbon..

Josephine Esther and Gary November 14

Gary, Esther & Josephine, November 2014:  bar & bistro ‘Josephine ‘ Lisbon, Square Largo do Intendente 59

New in Cascais (near Lisbon): House of Wonders Restaurant serving amazing Middle Eastern & Mediterranean vegetarian cuisine & B&B offering 6 beautiful bedrooms in an elegant Villa with private pool

A few years ago, ‘House of Wonders’ opened a café/gallery with a lovely roof terrace in a 4-floor building, now a popular hang out place in Cascais. New is a restaurant offering Middle- Eastern and Mediterranean vegetarian cuisine and a unique located B&B.

Vegetarian restaurant House of Wonders Cascais street 2 June 2014

Terrace House of Wonders Restaurant in Cascais: Middle- Eastern vegetarian dishes

The delicious Middle- Eastern vegetarian dishes are prepared by a cook originally from Syria. “I really love it to work in Restaurant ‘House of Wonders’ and to prepare the Middle Eastern dishes, including all the ingredients for a healthy lifestyle”. The Syrian cooking tradition is one of the oldest of the world. Dishes are full of hearty flavors and aromatic spices.

For only € 10 each, you can chose what you like to eat in the first vegetarian restaurant in Cascais.

Vegetarian restaurant House of Wonders Cascais street 3 June 2014

Vegetarian restaurant ‘House of Wonders’ in Cascais & Kikas, Virginia, Anna (owner) Miguel (chef cuisine) and Etienne

Syrian refugees, the Civil War & Cascais

There are 2 chefs de cuisine: Miguel (mediterranean food) and a Syrian refugee. His story is a very sad one: “I worked for an American company in Damascus. In 2010 the building was blown up by a missile. And then one day a Pickup car stopped outside our house, suddenly there was a machine- gun fire. I could rescue my wife and children, but my mother was killed…..”

Then I realized I had to leave my country as soon as possible. Fortunately, I had some cash, and also gold jewelry. I found someone who brought us to Jordan. There, while waiting for better times to return to Syria, I got the chance to leave Jordan, and now I ended up in Portugal, in Cascais. The people here are very nice to us!”

Vegetarian restaurant House of Wonders Cascais lunch goat cheese June 14
Restaurant House of Wonders’ menu of the day: moussaka with goat cheese € 9,95. Glass of wine: € 3,75

Popular hang out place in Cascais – open 7 days a week from 10:00 – 24:00

House of Wonders’ rooftop overlooking the Bay of Cascais, is a very popular hang out place, offering a.o. breakfast, fresh and healthy dishes, vegetarian lunches, juices, salads, tapas, wine and cocktails. Free use of Wifi, there’s art and gifts, books and good music.

Restaurant House of Wonders Cascais cafe rooftop june 2014
Rooftop cafe ‘House of Wonders, a popular hang out place overlooking the Bay of Cascais, July 2014

Bed & Breakfast House of Wonders Cascais: 6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms (sleeps 12) & unique location

Cascais is a famous vacation spot, a former fishing village close to the beach. As a guest of B&B House of Wonders, you’ll find yourself in a unique location. The elegant and spacious villa offers 6 large bedrooms all with private bathroom. It has a living room with fire place and a large dining room, at this level direct access to the terrace and swimming pool.

 

House of Wonders B&B Cascais swimming pool Ellie & Gijs

House of Wonders Bed & Breakfast in Cascais & Dutch guests Ellie den Hartog and Gijs Reulen

It is also possible to rent the entire house with a minimum of 4 bedrooms. Website with all the information you need including pricelist and various options. House of Wonders Bed & Breakfast is located in a residential area on the borders of the beautiful Parque Palmela.

The historic center of Cascais, the boulevard, the beaches and the train station to Lisbon are within a 10 minute walk ( 30 min. by train to Cais do Sodré station Lisbon).

House of Wonders B&B Cascais Esther Schenkel breakfast room 1

House of Wonders B&B Cascais: Esther Schenkel

Esther Schenkel: “I am born in the Netherlands where my professional life took me to Italy, Chile and Sint Maarten (Caribbean) where I worked and lived in the last 20 years. I then decided to move to Cascais, Portugal. Anna (Café Galeria House of Wonders) and I decided to join ventures and Bed & Breakfast House of Wonders was born”.

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House of Wonders B&B Cascais: bedroom with private bathroom (from € 55 per night)

Esther:  “I chose Cascais as my new home because of the pureness of life here, the people, the air, the friendliness, the food it’s all pure, and I simply love that. Plus having the Atlantic at one side and the mountains of Sintra on the other side gives Cascais a very peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. For me, it is the perfect place to be!”

 

House of Wonders B&B Cascais dining rooim breakfast

Breakfast in House of Wonders B&B in Cascais: Esther Schenkel & an international group of guests

House of Wonders is easy to reach from Lisbon by train, the Cascais station is a few minutes walk.
Largo do Misericordia 53. Facebook . Free use of WiFi. Open 7 days a week from 10:00 – 24:00.

Bed & Breakfast House of Wonders

Avenida de Argentina 29, Cascais. Free use of WiFi. Mail: esther@house-of-wonders.com

Cascais near Lisbon Beach
Cascais (close to Lisbon), a popular vacation spot in Portugal & one of the beautiful beaches

Museum of Decorative Arts Fress Lisbon: Portuguese 17th to 18th C. nobility collection, viewpoint Portas do Sol, lovely tiles, romantic patio & an extraordinary experience: guided visit to arts and crafts ateliers

Would you like to see how the Portuguese nobility lived in their luxury palaces during the 17th and 18th Century? If you are planning to visit Lisbon take the opportunity to visit the Museum of Decorative Arts, the former city palace,easy to reach by legendary tram 28.

Museum of Decoratve Arts Lisbon 1

Museum of Decorative Arts Fress Lisbon (Museu Artes Decorativas Fress) 2014: visitors from Holland Ans de Graaf and Loek Polack & our tour guide Margarida Serra

The Portuguese nobility, during the 17th and 18th Century among the world’s wealthiest, embraced the sumptuous style of ‘Versailles’ and acquired lavishly decorated items throughout the continent.  “While everyone else in Europe was leveraged in that period, the Portuguese were fully financed.” More….

But there’s much more to see in this Museum, like the beautiful Portuguese tiles (azulejos).  And a visit to the ateliers next to the museum is a wonderful experience!

Museum of Decorative Art Fress Lisbon King Jose Room 2

Museum of Decorative Arts Lisbon: King Jose room (1714 – 1777):  exuberantly carved furnishings in ‘Rococo’ style. Remarkable rosewood table (movie)

An example of a noble house in the 17th and 18th centuries. Portuguese aristocrats loved shopping, also in other countries: beautiful decorative arts including textiles, furniture, paintings, jewelry, collections of silverware, woven fabrics, China crockery and ceramics.

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Entrance Museum of Decorative Arts Lisbon: ‘Coupé Berlin, 18th Century.

In 2009 I also wrote about this museum, at that time you were not allowed to take pictures. Now you can wander freely from room to room and take time to make photos. The Museum has suffered several changes and it is really worth a visit.

Museum Decorative Arts Fress Lisbon Panel azulejos children 2

Museum of Decorative Arts Fress Lisbon: a beautilful tile panel & guided tour for children

Besides preservation, exhibition and research of the peaces in display, the Museum also promotes information throughout different audiences, converging the guided tours, as well as carrying out conferences and thematic arts- and craft workshops.

Museum of Decorative Arts Fress Lisbon- Portuguese Chairs Room

Museum of Decorative Arts Lisbon: new is a room with beautiful antique Portuguese chairs

The Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva (1900 – 1955) Foundation

Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva was the third son of a Portuguese banker with a remarkable name, because Espírito Santo means ‘Holy Ghost’.  This business man, art lover and Maecenas, and besides famous as one of the most renowned Portuguese bankers, donated to Portugal the wonderful Azura Palace and a decorative art collection.

Museum of Decorative Arts - guided tour Workshops

Ana Sim-Sim, our guide to the traditional Art & Crafts Ateliers and mr. Artur Sousa

Make a visit to the ateliers

In the former Palace there are 18 traditional Arts & Craft ateliers. Besides restoration of ancient pieces, new ones are manufactured with high technique and artistic quality, incorporating traditional techniques and methodes. A wonderful combination of modernity and tradition! Very creative people are at work here, dedicated to traditional breeding and restoration of old pieces (cabinet-making, inlays, wood carving, chiselling, book decoration, trimings and upholstery)

Museum Decorative Arts Fress Lisbon beautiful patio for lunch

Museum of Decorative Arts Lisbon: romantic and quiet patio to enjoy lunch, but today it’s raining  :-(

The Museum’s Cafetaria (there’s also a space inside for rainy days): from 12:30 to 14:30 you can enjoy soup, dish, vegetarian pie, salad, bread and olives, dessert, fruit, cold tea / juice, water, coffee (€ 10.00). The buffet changes every day.

Museum of Decorative Arts Fress Lisbon formeer palace entrance ateliers

Museum of Decorative Arts Lisbon, Largo das Porta do Sol 2 & entrance to Arts & Crafts Ateliers

The Foundation Ateliers are open to guided tours without pre-booking on Monday (11 am + 3 pm), Wednesday (11 am + 3 pm) and Thursday (3 pm). In English or Portuguese (in other languages according availability). Pre-booked guided tours are available from Monday to Friday. Call (00351) 21 881 46 39/00 ​

Museum of Decorative Arts Fress Lisbon- view from the window Portas do Sol

View from one of the Museum’s windows February 2014: popular tourist viewpoint Portas do Sol

Museum of Decorative Arts, Largo das Portas do Sol, 2 , located in the historic area Alfama, one step away from one of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attractions: viewpoint (miradouro) Portas do Sol: stunning river Tagus views!

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Mr. Artur Sousa at work in one of the Museum’s ateliers. Website (FRESS) with presentation: (several Movies)

Facebook  Closed: New year’s Day, Easter, May Day (May 1st) and Christmas (December 25). Adult 4.00, free entrance children aged 12 or under. Open: 10:00 to 17:00.