Restaurant & bar LESS Baixa Lisbon: stunning city views, lounge chairs & elegant simple cuisine

Years ago I discovered a small cafe on the 8th floor of a huge department store in Lisbon : good coffee (bica), a pastel de nata .. and stunning city views!

Restaurant & bar LESS in Lisbon: this view will never be boring! ūüôā

Restaurant & bar LESS & 8th floor classic department store Pollux

In 2017 restaurant & bar LESS was opened, on the 8th floor of department store Pollux (9 floors, 5.000 m2), founded in 1936, offering typical Portuguese luxury items for home decoration and household goods.

Restaurant & bar LESS in Lisbon: legendary Santa Justa Lift
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Makeover in 2017
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The terrace, offering views of the legendary Santa Justa lift and the ruins of the Convento do Carmo, (Carmo Convent) used to have a small cafe with plastic tables (a hidden gem..)
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Basic snacks, soups and coffees were served nearby products for sale in the store such as plastic flowers, garden chairs and camping tables.
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Cafe/restaurant LESS Lisbon & view river Tagus
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In September 2017 the entire 8th floor of the department store was transformed into a modern casual dining space serving delicious food (Chef: Miguel Castro Silva) .
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon & 8th floor Pollux store, September 4, 2018
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Delicious lunch with Margarethe de Vrieze.
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon
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Appetizer, smoked salmon tartar with horsera dish cream, soup, leek risotto with cod shavings, water & 2 glasses of house wine: 33 euro.
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon & 8th floor Pollux store, March 2018
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‘Are you being served?’
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BESIDES: When I entered the Pollux department store for the first time, around 16 years ago, the old-fashioned atmosphere and the (good) hierarchical¬†service-model reminded me a little bit of the legendary British sitcom¬†¬†“Are you being served?’¬†ūüėČ (YouTube), broadcasted between 1972 and 1985.
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon, March 2018
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The new menu card is very inviting! We were in the mood for trying a Burger on bread with potatoe chips, spices , red onions, mushrooms, onions & Port wine: very tasty!
Bill: Couvert (marinated olives, aromated butters, bread and toast) ‚ā¨¬†4.50; Burger Mushroom¬†‚ā¨ 8.80; Coca-Cola ‚ā¨ 3.00, small bottle of water ‚ā¨ 2.00; coffee ‚ā¨ 1.20
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon, 2018: new dining space & terrace
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LESS Restaurant & Bar 
Baixa, Lisbon WEBSITE
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The restaurant can only be reached by taking the elevator in department store Pollux: 8th floor. Rua dos Fanqueiros, 276, Lisbon.
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon, March 2018
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Muito obrigada¬†Jo√£o and Samanta ūüôā¬† . Chef restaurant LESS: Miguel Castro Silva
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Tiny Ginja bar ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ Lisbon: popular berry liqueur & midnight fado

Planning a trip to Lisbon? A must-try is to taste a¬†delicious typical Portuguese liqueur: Ginja!¬†¬†Very popular!¬†You can taste it¬†in many places in Lisbon. My favorite: very tiny bar¬†‘Os Amigos da Severa’ (friends of Maria Severa, considered as the first fado singer).

Lisbon Mouraria tiny tavern Os Amigos da Severa Ginja liqueur April15 2

Tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon¬†& owner sr.¬†Ant√≥nio Pais¬†serving Ginja liqueur

In the nowadays trendy area Mouraria (a very old Moorish quarter in Lisbon), there’s a tiny tavern called ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ .¬†Already 40 years sr.¬†Ant√≥nio Pais is the very friendly owner. ¬†

‘Shot’ of Ginja, a sweet cherry liqueur: 1 euro ūüôā¬†¬†Glass of red or white wine: 0.50 eurocent¬† ūüôā¬†

Lisbon Mouraria tiny tavern Os Amigos da Severa street tourists

Tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon, Rua de Barros Queiros 27 Lisbon

10 min. walk from Rossio Square

Most people who visit Lisbon¬†try a glass of Ginja¬†at Rossio Square, a city center tourist attraction,¬†but it’s really worth it to walk 10 minutes from there to sr. Ant√≥nio,¬†and taste his favorite¬†Ginja Albergaria, Ginja is a liqueur made of cherry-like berry called Ginja (not surprisingly ūüėČ ¬†The berries are fermented into a brandy that’s slightly bitter, slightly sweet and very sticky.

My 100 m2 apartment with 3 bedrooms and lovley patio is 5 minutes walk from here (short term rentals)

Lisbon Mouraria tiny tavern Os Amigos da Severa Felipe

Tiny tavern¬†‘Os amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon &¬†amigo Felipe Aristimu√Īo

Portuguese liqueur in Lisbon: Ginja with or without a cherry & spit the pit

You can order a Ginja with or without a cherry in it. The berries are on the bottom of the bottle and it requires a fair bit of skill to get just one berry into a glass. Most Portuguese people like to have their Ginjinha ‚Äėcom Ginja‚Äô (with a cherry in the glass). If you don‚Äôt want it, ask for one ‚Äėsem Ginja‚Äô (without a cherry). The older Portuguese men drink their Ginja in one time. After this, they suck on the berry for a while and spit the pit onto the streets ūüôĀ

Lisbon cafe Amigos da Severa Mouraria Luc e Erika fado

Tiny tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ historic area Lisbon & live fado music around midnight

Vocal cords & Ginja liqueur

The more lubricated the vocal cords are, the better the fado performance! A few glasses of Ginja give a great boost! ¬†ūüėČ A remarkable night in¬†Mouraria¬†with Erika Reusens and Luc de Leersnyder
Lisbon Mouraria tiny tavern Os Amigos da Severa people street live fado
Tiny tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ historic area Lisbon & live fado music around midnight
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Maria Severa, a gracious prostitute and first fado singer of Lisbon
The tavern is located close to square Largo Maria Severa, the area where Maria lived during the nineteenth century, considered by many the first fado singer of Lisbon. The atmosphere of fado is everywhere in this little bar: by photos and posters accumulated on the walls, and the singing coming out of Mr. Ant√≥nio’s radio.
Lisbon Mouraria tiny tavern Os Amigos da Severa owner sr. Antonio Pais May15
Saude! (cheers!) Tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ Lisbon & owner sr.¬†Ant√≥nio Pais
Area Mouraria : fado history & trendy area
Mouraria saw the birth of two great fado names – Maria Severa and Fernando Maur√≠cio. Nowadays the Moorish quarter is a melting pot of different cultures, living peacefully together ūüôā . There’re¬†Fado houses, cheap (but good!) restaurants, taverns, bars and nightlife.
Where: Rua do Capel√£o, n.¬ļ 32
Getting there: Bus: 708, 734, 740 | Electric: 12, 28 | Metro: Martim Moniz (green line)
Hours: Monday to Friday from 18pm, Saturday and Sunday from 16pm to 02:00 am
Next door: restaurant/bar & fado house¬†‚ÄėMaria da Mouraria‚Äô. Foto: Henk van de Weerd, September 2018
It is said that Maria Severa was born in this house, that’s why this place was renewed (in 2013) to promote fado as a tribute to this legendary singer.  She died here, at the age of 26 years old, November 30, 1846.
Lisbon bar ANOS 60 Festas populares Santo Antonio night June 12 15
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Mouraria Lisbon in June & June 12,

Noobai rooftop bar restaurant Lisbon, nightlife & amazing Tagus river views

What a view! One of the favorite places of many Lisbon locals and visitors.  Cafe Noobai is located on Miradouro (viewpoint) de Santa Catarina, also known as Adamastor.

Renewed Cafe Noobai, overlooking the Tagus River, March 2018

Relaxed ambiance & nice people

Cafe /restaurant Noobai is certainly worth a visit because of the wonderful view over the Tagus (Tejo) river side, the relaxed ambience and the nice people. One of my favorite places!

Cafe Noobai, 2015

Noobai Rooftop Bar Restaurant is located at the trendy Santa Catarina Belvedere , Lisbon

Cafe Noobai, 2010

Situated on a Lisbon hilltop Noobai has a panoramic view over the old town houses, the modern buildings, the Tagus river, the harbor, the “25 de Abril” bridge and the amazing sunset .

Rooftop Cafe Restaurant Noobai Lisbon:¬† delicious tuna:¬†‚ā¨ 7, march 2018

Salades, sandwiches and soups, special teas and fresh juices. And of course caipirinha’s ūüôā

Noobai cafe bar Adamastor

Noobai, 2010

In winter you can sit with a fleece blanket on the terrace.¬†There’s also an indoor room¬†

dede-noobai

Noobai ,  2005

‘We go’

The name Noobai comes from ‘Nu bai’ which means ‘we go’ in the creole dialect from Cabo Verde, a former colony of Portugal.

dj-noobai

Sometimes on Sundays there are DJ’s playing relaxed tunes

Nightlife

Noobai is good fur a lunch or to get things started before moving on to nearby bars in Bica or Bairro Alto

Lisbon Noobai hotspot Adamastor great Tagus River views

Cafe Noobai, area Santa Catarina Lisbon

 Sunset Video 

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Near Adamastor Lisbon & view Tagus river March 2018

Monday – Sunday 10 AM > 12 AM

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Location:Noobai, Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Adamastor) Lisboa‘¬†

Lissabon Noobai 16 april 2016

Café Noobai, Lisbon. April 16, 2016

A¬†lovely place in Lisbon¬†ūüôā Cecile Joyce and Cristine van Haalen

Cafe Noobai Lisbon in February, near Adamastor, popular gathering place

TOPO Martim Moniz Lisbon: rooftop Restaurant , WOW! city views & open air Bar

There ‘s a gem in Lisbon with spectacular city views from the top of a shopping center: rooftop¬†restaurant/ bar ‘Topo’ (Top) overlooking popular square Martim Moniz.

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant view Martim Moniz Castle St George

View from restaurant/bar ‘Topo’ : square Martim Moniz Lisbon &¬† Castle of S√£o Jorge

Located on the top floor of the shopping center at square Martim Moniz, this space was once a retail warehouse of Chinese products now being a modern restaurant / bar. Perfect place for  a lunch or a late afternoon with cocktails, snacks and good music.

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant friendly staff Mafalda Malafaya

Mafalda Malafaya, Managing Director¬†‘Topo’ restaurant/bar Lisbon

The staff is wonderful, every time I return I am greeted with a big smile!

Being there for the first time, coming out of the elevator entering¬†‘Topo’ s space, the views are overwhelming! Everybody is making pictures before sitting down, just like I did ūüôā ūüôā

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant Erika lunch December 2015

Restaurant/bar ‘Topo’ near Mouraria area¬†Lisbon: lunch with friend Erika Reusens

Also the menu is surprising: we started our lunch with Tosta Gambas alioli (toast with garlic prawns): ‚ā¨ 6, T√°rtaro de novilho (calf beef tartare)¬†‚ā¨ 14.00, T√°rtaro de atum (tuna tartare) ‚ā¨ 12.00, bottle of white wine (Pinta Negra) ‚ā¨ 15, small bottle of water ‚ā¨ 1.50, coffee (bica) ‚ā¨ 1.50. Our bill for 2 persons: ‚ā¨ 50:00.

A small remark: I also tasted the Prego (a popular sandwich in Portugal)¬†with tuna (‚ā¨¬† 11:00), but the bread was baked too hard and (for my taste) the french fries are too salty.

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant square Martim Moniz open air bar

Restaurant/ bar¬†‘Topo’¬† near Mouraria area¬†Lisbon & open air rooftop bar

Open air rooftop bar & restaurant area with glazed walls

The restaurant area is surrounded by walls of glass, and also a part of the open air rooftop bar is covered with sheets of transparent plastic.

Mouraria Lisbon rooftop Bar Topo February 2015

Rooftop bar ‘Topo’, Mouraria¬†Lisbon. Picture: Marcel van Paridon

A wonderful space if you’re not¬†scared of heights! ¬†I am .. ūüôĀ

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar Martim Moniz open air bar dec 15

Bar / restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon:¬†rooftop bar & wonderful city skyline

Starting point touristic tram 28

The square you see from above in the restaurant is Praça Martim Moniz, nowadays with lots of terraces and weekly markets, near the starting point of tram 28, the popular touristic tram. 

Mouraria roofbar Topo Sander Offenberg

Bar / restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon:¬†rooftop bar. Sander Offenberg from Holland loves the city skyline ūüôā picture: Marcel van Paridon

Square Intendente – a great place, 10 minutes walk from here

If you love historic districts out of the tourist path, you must visit Largo (square) do Intendente, : formerly a place of prostitution and drugs, nowadays a great place to spend time with family and friends.

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant historical area Mouraria and Graca

View from bar/ restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: historic area Mouraria¬†and the hills of Gra√ßa

From here it’s around¬†15 minutes to walk up the hill to visit¬†the legendary¬†St. George‚Äôs castle.

Bar/ restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon. Picture: Marcel van Paridon

‘Topo’ is located¬†quite close to¬†my apartment in area¬†Mouraria¬†(where the Moors lived), the birthplace of Fado music.

5 minutes walk: my 3-bedroom apartment with 30 m2 sunny patio (short term rentals)

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar Martim Moniz restaurant ares with city view

Bar/ restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: tastefully decorated restaurant

Dining bar

In the tastefully decorated restaurant there’s a huge dining bar from where you can admire the wonderful views.¬†¬†This is one of those places where you long for to go there again!

‘TOPO’
Centro Comercial Martim Moniz, 6¬ļ floor, Lisbon
Getting there: Bus: 708, 734, 740 | Electric: 12, 28 | Metro: Martim Moniz (green line)
Tuesday to Thursday ‚Äď 12:00 to 24:00. Closed on Monday.
Friday & Saturday ‚Äď 12:00 to 02:00 (DJ set/live music)
Sunday ‚Äď 12:00 to 24:00

E-mail: geral@topo-lisboa.pt

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Top tourist attraction Lisbon: bronze sculpture Portuguese poet Pessoa, a poem & history

The bronze¬†sculpture in Lisbon of Portugal’s famous writer and poet Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) is extremely popular.

Lisbon cafe A Brasileira tourist attraction statue Fernando Pessoa

Sculpture of famous poet Fernando Pessoa,¬†kissed by a young girl, almost 80 years after his death!¬† ¬†ūüôĀ

Top tourist attraction

Famous¬†cafe ‚ÄėA Brasileira’ ¬†‘s terrace in Lisbon¬†(Rua Garrett 120) is a¬†real tourist attraction. Poet Fernando Pessoa once was a regular customer. His table in bronze was created by Lagoa Henriques.

Pessoa statue Rua Garett A Brasileira9

Famous old¬†cafe ‚ÄėA Brasileira’¬†¬†(‘The Brazilian’, opened in 1905)¬†Lisbon, Rua Garrett

Who was poet and writer Fernando Pessoa?

Pessoa was largely unknown in Portugal until after his death in 1935. The man has no idea he’s mobbed by lots of tourists nowadays, all day long!

Lisbon Pessoa statue Rua Garrett & friend Hans

Sculpture poet Fernando Pessoa Lisbon & Dutch admirer Hans

‘The best way to travel is to feel’ Pessoa wrote, ‘so feel everything in every possible way.’ Pessoa was born in Lisbon in¬†1888.

Apart from his high school years which he spent with his mother and half brothers in South Africa, he lived in Lisbon without a break, without taking public holidays, without traveling abroad. He did so with the help of heteronyms, inventing many lives (and cities) out of his own, spent between the Chiado area, where he lived.

Restaurant Martinho da Arcada table Pessoa famous Portuguese writer

Quality Restaurant Martinho da Arcade, Lisbon.

Restaurant Martinho da Arcade Lisbon & Pessoa’s table

Portugal’s famous poet and writer Pessoa spent a lot of his time in cafes (like Cafe Martinho da Arcada, where he wrote and drank a lot¬†. He¬†died in 1935, aged 47.

Pessoa’s table is still there…

Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa

Casa (house) Fernando Pessoa, Rua Coelho da Rocha, 16, Campo de Ourique.

Open from Monday – Saturday 10:00-18:00.

Pessoa drawing Travessa do Sequeiro

Drawing Fernando Pessoa, Travessa do Sequiero Lisbon

“Acordar”, poem by √Ālvaro de Campos, one of Fernando Pessoa’s various ‘heteronyms’ (imaginary characters).

“Acordar da cidade de Lisboa mais tarde do que as outras
Acordar da Rua do Ouro
Acordar do Rossio, as portas dos cafés
Acordar…..
E no meio de tudo a gare, que nunca dorme
Como um cora√ß√£o que tem que pulsar atrav√©s de vigilia e do sono”

“The waking up of Lisbon, later than other cities
The waking up of Rua do Ouro
The waking up of Rossio Square, at the doors of its cafes
Waking up…..
And in the middle of it all the train station, which never rests
Like a heart that has to beat in both waking and sleeping hours”

Pessoa drawing Rua 1 Dezembro Lisbon

Rua Primeiro de Dezembro, April 2009

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Lisbon’s historical center, hanging laundry & 3-bedroom apartment with lovely patio

Typical Portuguese is the hanging laundry, drying in the wind. In the narrow labyrinth of cobbled alleys¬†of Lisbon’s¬†ancient center¬†it’s very nice¬†to walk around!

Lisbbon an Laundry Heineken

Restaurant Solar do Duque. Calcada do Duque 

Calcada do Duque  is a street made of hundreds of stairs to bohemien area Bairro Alto, lined with lots of traditional Portuguese restaurants, near Largo Duque de Cadaval, a square full of open-air cafes near the beautiful Rossio Station.

Lisbon Laundry Castelo

Around the Castle of St. Jorge (Castelo de São Jorge)

Tiny and partially restored ancient neighborhood of Santa Cruz do Castelo , is one of the most picturesque parts of Lisbon.

Lisbon hanging laundry Pensao Flor1

Mouraria, historical part of Lisbon

In city center area Mouraria my apartment with 3 bedrooms and a beautiful patio is for rent (this laundry is not mine) ¬†ūüėČ

3 bedroom apartment in Mouraria with lovely quiet patio (30 m2)

Authentic apartment 100 m2¬†in¬†Mouraria , old town Lisbon,¬†¬†city center but away from the crowds¬†🙂¬†.¬†Second floor, 3 bedrooms, free use of WiFi¬†and satellite¬† smart TV.

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Laundry Lisbon small socks and bra

Mouraria, Rua dos Cavaleiros.

From here, you can walk to a beautiful viewpoint over the city, Miradouro da Graça.

Bairro Alto hanging hand washing laundry

Bairro Alto Lisbon, a wonderful area for a night out!

Many older people still wash by hand..

Bairro Alto Lisbon hanging laundry

Bairro Alto.

During daytime, the famous Bairro is a very quiet district,¬†it’s really worth it to walk around:¬†trendy shops, art galleries and fashion. At night, bars suddenly appear everywhere from behind the shutter doors.

Lisbon laundry Rua dos Bacalhoeiros near Alfama

Quite close to the historic Alfama neighborhood

Very nice street to walk around at Lisbon’ city center is Rua dos Bacalhoeiros (street of the cod fish sellers).

Hanging laundry Alfama

Alfama (more…..)

Restaurant & shop Lost In Lisbon: magical Indian-style, great city views & shrimp curry

Restaurant/cafe Lost In is one of the most magical places in Lisbon: fantastic city views and an inviting hangout Indian-style decoration.

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon & terrace June 2018

A while ago I bought a beautiful Indian-style coat in the imposant Lost In¬† clothing store, Rua dom Pedro V no. 58. The nice saleswoman asked: ‘Did you already visit¬† the restaurant behind the store? No? From here it is possible to enter the restaurant’. What a surprise!¬† ūüôā

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon & terrace June 2018

Peace & tranquility

The view over the city was wonderful, even though it was a cloudy day.

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Restaurant Lost In Lisbon December 6, 2018

Waitresses Marlene & Tatiane

Lost In  is a chill-out ambiance. When you enter this space, you immediately feel the peace and tranquility it conveys.

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon June 2018 & Loesje Broere

Shanti (inner peace)
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It is said to be the “shanti place of Lisbon”.¬†I am not religious nor interested in esotericism,¬†but for those looking for relaxation after a busy day this is a great place.
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Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon June 2018: waiters Samuel & Patrik

Caril de gambas com arroz basmati, legumes salteados e papadam¬†‚ā¨ 14. (Shrimp curry with basmati rice, sauteed vegetables and papadam).

Bill for 2 persons ¬†‚ā¨ 56 ( shrimps, wine, water, icecream and coffee).

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon & shrimps: very flavorful

The staff is friendly and chatty, speaking a variety of languages. The 2 lovely young waiters gave 2 older ladies like us the idea being young again¬† ūüėȬ† ūüėČ

Restaurant Lost In Lisbon: Dish of the day Dec. ’18

Dish of the day : 10 euro

For lunch there’s a daily menu (prato do dia) : ‚ā¨ 10.00. Roast beef, saut√©ed potatoes & spinach, a drink and coffee. Wine is not included: glass 4 euro.

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon June 2018

We had a great afternoon amongst Indian couches and sofas, candles, colored comfortable chairs, statues, paintings & Indian shoes hanging on the walls.

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon June 2018

The music is calm, with a strong focus on jazz¬† ūüôā (the day we’ve been there). Restaurant Lost In VIDEO¬†

Restaurant Lost In December 6, 2018 & Lilja Plews

On Thursdays there is a jazz session from 9:50 p.m. to 11:50 p.m. and besides there’s frequent oriental dance events or DJ’s.¬† More info: Lost In facebook

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon & very friendly manager Rita Teixeira

Lost In
Rua dom Pedro V no. 58
Príncipe Real Lisbon
Phone: (351) 917 759 282

Monday : 16:00 Р24:00  Facebook  Website
Tuesday to Saturday : 12:30 – 24:00

Lost In Lisbon Shop :  clothes from India & very friendly saleswomen Mica & Leonor

Clothing store with typically Indian style with Arab influences.  Facebook

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Lost In Lisbon Shop: clothes from India & much more beautiful stuff!

Authentic 3 bedr. apartment Lisbon (100 m2): lovely patio, city center, 6 pers. Smart TV & BBQ

Welcome! Short term rental (since 10 years) fully equipped apartment, in Mouraria, historic center Lisbon.¬†Direct rent from Dutch owner.¬† ‚ā¨¬†60-70¬†per night ( 2 persons), 3 pers. ‚ā¨¬†90 p.n., 4/6 persons from ‚ā¨¬†90. From 3 nights.¬†6¬†nights or more 10 % discount. Private & very quiet patio. No separate rooms available. Eco friendly heating system.

Mouraria Lisbon apartment , walled private patio (30 m2 , very quiet).

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Authentic apartment 100 m2¬†in Mouraria , old town Lisbon,¬† city center but away from the crowds ūüôā .¬†Second floor, 3 bedrooms, free use of WiFi¬†and satellite¬† smart TV.

Street: Rua do Terreirinho Lisbon.       YouTube:   The neighborhood (o bairro)

Mouraria apartment Lisbon, room & streetside bedroom 

Near starting point tram 28.     Thelisbonconnection: MY BLOG ABOUT LISBON.

RESERVATION
For information or a reservation please call 0031 653941845. WhatsApp , skype juliekr1956 or mail to thelisbonconnection@gmail.com to Julie Kruijs (owner).

Please contact me about special offers. No seperate rooms for rent.

Mouraria Lisbon¬†apartment, in summertime, private patio (30 m2). Friends Rob Plews & Felipe Aristimu√Īo

More about trendy area Mouraria

You will be welcomed with a fine bottle of Portugese wine! :-). Lovely patio (30 m2, walled , private and quiet, where smoking is allowed.

Area Mouraria Lisbon & Feast days of the popular Saints . Lisbon’s craziest night: June 12, Saint Anthony 2018

Arrivaltime apartment: 15:00, departure: 11:00; flexibility might be possible. 

For check-in after 22:30 Euro 15 fee applies, to be paid upon arrival.

Casa rosa Mouraira Nov 15 2

Rua do Terreirinho Lisbon 

RESERVATION
For information or a reservation please call 0031 653941845. WhatsApp , skype juliekr1956 or mail to thelisbonconnection@gmail.com to Julie Kruijs (owner).

Pictures: René van Gijn

Sleeping room apartment Mouraria Picture Emil Roes

One of the 3 sleeping rooms apartment Mouraria Lisbon

Renting directly from Dutch owner.

The apartment is 110 years old and¬†nicely renovated.¬† Quite close to S√£o Jorge‘ castle with its beautiful viewpoints.

Mouraria apartment Lisbon & kitchen with door to the patio

5 minutes walk from starting point 28 antique tourist tram, metro and buses, square Martim Moniz, nowadays with lots of terraces and weekly biological markets.

Patio (30 m2) & kitchen July 2018. Picture: Margaret Schöttelndreier

Walk in historic area Mouraria (Lisbon Lux) 

Nowadays¬†historic¬†area Mouraria is¬†a multiculti and lively¬†area filled with very cheap taverns. Not a noisy touristic area; there’s¬†some traffic driving through the¬†narrow one-way¬†streets.

BBQ with friends Erik Herter & Liesbeth Niebling, Sept. 2018

Delicious dourada (gilthead bream) ūüôā

From the airport (8 km), a taxi will take you (about ‚ā¨ 10-12 ) in 15 minutes to¬†my apartment.

Terraces Largo Maria da Severa Mouraria, September 2018. Picture: Henk van de Weerd

Close to the apartment (5 minutes walk) there are quiet terraces(no cars): Largo Maria da Severa.

Nearby interesting places: Sintra, Cascais and the (also gay beach 19) beaches of Costa da Caparica.

Mouraria apartment Lisbon & room October 2017

From the apartment it is less than a 15 minutes walk to popular and vibrant area Bairro Alto, Lisbons heart of funky bars and restaurants.

Lisbon Mouraria area seen from nearby Costa do Castelo

Mouraria is a ancient area in the heart of Lisbon where fado was born.

Weather

Though it’s very far south, Lisbon’s Atlantic breezes keep it generally a little cooler than other cities on the same latitude. June is probably the best summer month to visit, especially since the Saints’ festivals fall then. Spring and fall are very pleasant, warm, and sunny. Winter tends to stay warm too, but the rain can be relentless.

Mouraria apartment Lisbon & room March 2018

March 2018: new sofa ūüôā

Mouraria apartment Lisbon , March 2018: Dutch lunch (erwtensoep) with friends Liesbeth Niebling & Erik Herter ūüôā

Facilities: living-room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom,  kitchen and pátio (30 m2)

  • living room with¬†comfortable bank¬†and table with 4 chairs (Linum) and 2 comfortable chairs. Smart/Satellite TV, radio/CD-player, WiFi. Double glazed windows.
  • 3 sleeping rooms with comfortable beds and windows (quiet). 6 people can sleep comfortably. New duvets and luxury duvet-covers (Essenza);
  • Chicco babybed plus mattrass ( 0-4 years), little baby bath;
  • bathroom with tub, shower, wc, bidet, washing machine and dryer (free use). Towels (no beach towels), hairdryer;
  • kitchen with 2 fridges, micro-wave, 4-burner-electric-cooker, pans, coffee-maker, fruit juicer, (wine) glasses, plates, cutlery, kitchen-linen, 2 tablecloths,¬†etc.;
  • outside: sunny (from¬†March – October) and quiet patio. Large wooden table, 6¬†comfortable chairs, 2 bamboo¬†chairs, 1 relax chair and 2 parasols. 2 BBQs;
  • heating in all rooms via Heatwafer ecopanels, mobile¬†airco.

Apartment Mouraria Lisbon bathroom 1

3-bedroom apartment in historic area Mouraria Lisbon: bathroom

Bathroom with tub, toilet, bidet, washing machine and dryer (free use)

Mouraria apartment Paula cleaning garden

Apartment Mouraria Lisbon: Paula Ferreira takes care of the cleaning

YOUTube movie with some beautiful highlights of Lisbon

Mouraria apartment Lisbon & quiet sleeping room with window

APARTMENT PRICES 2018/2019

Prices from May u/i August (from 3 nights):

May u/i August, Christmas holidays and holiday periods (10 % discount on bookings of 6 nights or more):

70 euro per night with 2 people, 90 with 3 people, with 4  people 100 , 5/6 persons 110/120. Child discount. Free stay children 1-4 years old.

Special offers: please inquire . 

Cleaning: 40 euro.

Patio (30 m2) apartment historical area Mouraria Lisbon: Rob, Felipe, Joanna, Fernando & lovely son Aleksander

Price from September u/i April  (except holidays and holiday periods):

60-70 euro per night with 2 people, 80 with 3 people, 4 people 90, 5/6 persons 100.. 10% discount on bookings of 6 nights or more. Child discount. Free stay children 1-4 years old.

Eco panels heating in all rooms ‚ā¨ 25 per reservation (in wintertime).

Free use of wireless internet (no laptop available). Reservation with contract and cancellation conditions. Inclusive: electricity, gas, water, free WiFi. Cleaning: 40 euro. 

Mouraria Lisbon apartment: one of the 3 sleeping rooms (with window, very quiet)

Payment procedure: 20 % by reservation to guarantee your booking and to block the dates off for you in the calendar. You are required to do the second payment (80%) around 2 weeks before your arrival. (Pay by arrival in cash is also possible).

Mouraria 3 bedroom apartment Lisbon sunny patio from March till October

Patio (30 m2) with beautiful flowering jasmine, March 2017

My apartment is easy to reach by metro from the airport (5 minutes walk from Martim Moniz).

Popular restaurant ‘Casa da √ćndia’ Lisbon: Portuguese food & overseas trade history

Despite the name, Casa da √ćndia (House of India), is a traditional and cheap restaurant with a Portuguese menu. The name refers to an organization that managed Portuguese trade in overseas goods, like spices, mainly in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Lisbon Casa da India restaurant near Bairro Alto meia dose

Restaurant Casa da √ćndia (House of India) Lisbon: traditional Portuguese meal, delicious ūüôā

Borrego no forno’ (lamb in oven ‚ā¨ 6,50). Starters: p√£o e¬†azeitonas (bread and olives ‚ā¨ 1,20),¬†copo de vinho branco¬†(glass of white wine¬†‚ā¨ 1.20), bica pingada (espresso with a drop of milk ‚ā¨ 0,60).

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Restaurant Casa da √ćndia (House of India), Lisbon

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Lisbon: really good service and a very friendly staff.

Lisbon cheap traditional Portuguese restaurant Casa da India owner

Restaurant Casa da √ćndia ¬†Lisbon & owner Alvaro

Casa da √ćndia (House of India) : ¬†spices from India

Owner Alvaro Martim: ‘From 1938 this place is a restaurant. All I know is¬†that it¬†used to be a shop selling¬†spices from India”.

Restaurant Casa da india girl

Restaurant Casa da √ćndia (House of India) Lisbon

History: The Casa da √ćndia was established in Lisbon¬†around 1500. This Portuguese organization had been based in Lagos in Southern Portugal, but after Prince Henry the Navigator died in 1460, the ‘House of India’ moved to Lisbon, and was located at the famous¬†Pra√ßa do Com√©rcio¬†, Commerce Square).¬†The building¬†was destroyed by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

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Restaurant Casa da √ćndia (House of India) Lisbon

Seafood: Gambas á guilho (garlic prawns) 12.50 euro, delicious!! This restaurant is very popular and lively,  the marisqueira (seafood) is divine and cheap.

Portugal probably is the best place in Europe to enjoy seafood; the Portuguese appreciate eating and drinking well!

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Restaurant Casa da √ćndia (House of India) Lisbon

On the wall: the Duke of Viseu (Henry the Navigator), patron of the Portuguese exploration.

Restaurant Casa da India November 2018 & picanha na brasa 10,90 euro

During 1415-1542 Portugal discovered an eastern route to India that rounded the Cape of Good Hope. They discovered Brazil, established trading routes throughout most of southerns Asia, colonized selected areas of Africa and sent the first direct European maritime trade and diplomatic missions to China.

Restaurant Casa da India Lisbon street traditional Portuguese food

Restaurant ‘Casa da √ćndia’, Rua Loreto 51, near Bairro Alto.¬†

Opening hours: Monday -Saturday: 09:00 – 02:00. Closed on Sundays.

Restaurant Casa da india Frango

Restaurant Casa da √ćndia (House of India) Lisbon: chicken piri-piri

Cascais: famous beach vacation spot, easily reached from Lisbon & House of Wonders

Cascais is a famous & chic vacation spot in Portugal by the Atlantic Ocean, quite close to Lisbon (about 25 km; 30 minutes by train, 15-20 minutes by car). Great beaches, and a promenade that connects Cascais to Lisbon providing one of the most spectacular costal walks available.

Center of Cascais in summertime

Cascais¬†is a pleasant¬†mix of history, tourism and local life. Once a small fishing village, nowadays packed with elegant boutiques, luxury hotels¬†and restaurants. But still many small colourful fishing boats are bobbing up and down in the water in front of the village’s sea front. Fresh fish every day! ūüôā

Fishing boats in the bay of Cascais, Portugal: Praia dos Pescadores

Cascais is situated on the north side of the mouth of the River Tejo which flows through the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Cascais’ popularity dates from 1870, when King Luís I decided to convert the 17th century Citadela here into his summer residence.

Cascais, very popular place for tourists: Rua Direita

Portuguese pavement workers are real artists!¬† What a lovely design, you feel like you’re walking¬† on¬†waves like Jesus did¬† ūüėȬ†

Cascais is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign visitors, with a small city center. The shops are rich and varied.

Terrace restaurant, cafe & bar¬†‘O Po√©ta’ Cascais

Agressive waiters on this square try to entice you to eat in their restaurant.

Football lovers : huge screens are strategically placed outside and inside the restaurants.

Vegetarian restaurant

House of Wonders in Cascais

Vega Restaurant House of Wonders Cascais & mezze

My favorite (vegan) restaurant and roofterrace in Cascais is House of Wonders, delicious vegetarian food , Largo da Misericordia

Cascais beach & a lazy Sunday afternoon in September

There’s much more to find¬†in Cascais and the Estoril coast, like¬†a vibrant nightlife and a rich cultural life.

Cascais in September

There’s free bike-rental for tourists, and¬†the nearby (5 km, easily accessible by bus or by train)¬†popular¬†Guincho beach is one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing beaches in Europe.

YouTube movie Graham goes Guincho

Cascais: Museum Conde Castro Guimar√£es

This Municipal Museum is near by the sea and it keeps a very original architecture because its aim is to promote art. The palace is from 19th century and it was property of Manuel Castro Guimar√£es (a Portuguese Count from Cascais). MORE

How to get there from Lisbon?

Lisbon, train to Cascais

Cascais¬†is easy to reach from Lisbon by train: ‚ÄėLinha de Cascais‚Äô (name of the train line joining Lisbon to Cascais) from Cais do Sodr√©, Lisbon‚Äôs major bus, metro, ferry and trainstation. Return ticket: cheap.

Short term rentals in Lisbon: my 100 m2 authentic 3-bedroom apartment with lovely patio in Mouraria (short term rentals):

Cascais & one of the small beaches

More: Visit Cascais 

Bakery/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisbon’: tasty croissants, vintage, nuns & ceramic penis tradition

Bakery/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisboa’ is responsible for the delicious smell ūüôā wafting¬†through the street Rua da Madalena in Lisbon..

Bakery Fabrica Lisboa Lisbon Rua da Madalena croissants

Bakery (padaria)/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisboa’¬†: delicious handmade rustic bread and croissants

‘F√°brica Lisboa’¬†¬†has its own production, which means that¬† croissants, bread, pies or cakes are constantly coming out of the oven in front of the customers. Traditional portuguese soups, sandwiches made with rustic bread, pies and fresh salads are also served.

Bakery Fabrica Lisboa Lisbon Rua da Madalena home made bread

Bakery/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisboa’ Rua da Madalena 121, Lisbon

Funny Portuguese vintage decoration

When you pass through Rua da Madalena and you hear a bell it’s fresh bread/croissant time!
But this space really deserves a longer visit to appreciate the vintage decoration with delightful and funny details, like old scales, bottles, bread boxes, old phones or pornographic cassettes. Even the coffee machine is vintage…… !

Fabrica cafe Lisboa Rua da Madalena croissant almond

Bakery/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisboa’ & my favorite croissant with almonds spread¬†(am√™ndoa)

Among the things of the past, take your time to enjoy a ‘late breakfast’ or a snack with salad or scrambled eggs with ham, accompanied by rustic bread.

Scrambled eggs with bread & presunto (ham) 6.90 euro

Croissants ‘old nunnery style’¬†

There¬ęs more than 10 different croissants, from simple (plain, ‚ā¨ 1.20), old nunnery style (with sweet-soft egg cream, ‚ā¨ 1.20, created by nuns who lived in monasteries¬†with a lot of chickens in the garden... ūüôā¬† to extra large: 2 fried eggs, tomato, cheese, ham, salad and chips ( ‚ā¨ 7.00).

My favorite: a¬†sweet croissant with almonds spread¬†(am√™ndoa)¬†‚ā¨ 2,20.

This bakery is located about 10 min. walk from my 3-bedroom apartment with 30 m2 lovely patio (short term rentals)

Fabrica Lisboa Rua da Madalena Margriet Jan 16

Bakery/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisboa’ : friend Margriet de Vrieze loves this place. Tea (ch√°)¬†‚ā¨¬†1.75

Cartoon character Zé Povinho Рsymbol of the Portuguese working-class

The cartoon character Z√© Povinho was created by satirist and designer¬†Bordalo Pinheiro in 1875, a symbol of the Portuguese working-class people, as a caricature for the protest against the politics and the high taxes for the simple population. Still nowadays every child in Portugal knows Z√© Povinho. ‘Z√©’ (Jos√© or Joseph in English), ¬†‘Povinho’ is a diminutive for ‘Povo’, which means ‘people’.

Fabrica Lisboa bakery cafe Rua da Madalena ZE POVINHO

Bakery/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisboa’

Zé Povinho, symbol of the Portuguese working-class people

Ceramics from Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha, north of Lisbon, is well known for its wonderful ceramic pottery with a long tradition.¬†The output includes large decorative pieces, crockery, tableware and decorative objects, famous all over the world for its unique (and sometimes funny) designs. Where to find in Lisbon:¬†¬†More…

Bakery Fabrica Lisboa Lisbon Rua da Madalena wall with vintage and penis

Bakery/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisboa’¬†, Wifi corner &¬†vintage decoration

Phallus ceramics, a Portuguese tradition

Why is there¬†a¬†ceramic penis between¬†the vintage decoration? Some centers of ceramic production¬†in Caldas da Rainha has a tradition of phalluses and amusing phallic symbols.¬†The tradition is said to have started in Caldas when King Dom Luis, who ruled from 1861 to 1889, suggested that local potters¬†create something more interesting ūüėȬ†¬†Penis-shaped ceramics

Bakery/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisboa’¬†, Rua da Madalena 121, Lisbon

Penis-shaped ceramics are for sale in Portugal in all shapes and sizes: f.i. mugs, cups, and plates, or decorative pieces.

Bakery Fabrica Lisboa Rua da Madalena 121 street Lisbon

Bakery/cafe ‘F√°brica Lisboa’¬†, Rua da Madalena 121, Lisbon

‘F√°brica Lisboa’
Rua da Madalena 121 (Baixa) Lisbon, Portugal
Free WiFi.  Facebook
Open from 08:00 Р20:00; closed on Monday
Weekend: 09:00 Р19:00.

Movie (impressions) on VIMEO

 

Noisy Tuk-Tuk cars Lisbon: sightseeing, polution & eco-friendly silent 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 and they stink terribly¬†!¬†¬†ūüôĀ¬† ūüôĀ

Largo Maria da Severa Mouraria Lisbon & an eco-friendly Tuk Tuk

Mouraria is a very old neighborhoud with narrow streets where big tourist buses cannot get through.

UPDATE 2018: Electric charging points will soon be installed in Lisbon and diesel tuk tuks will be banned in 2019

ūüôā¬† ūüôā

Apartment historic area Mouraria Lisbon & lovely quiet , private patio

My 3 bedroom apartment in this area with lovely patio (30 m2) (short term rentals)

YouTube Movie Tuk Tuk Tour Lisbon

November 2018: tourist guide Josephine & small problem Tuk Tuk car

Nuno: 0351 914876508

‘Do you like to Tuk-Tuk with me’ ? Voulez-vous Tuk-Tuk avec moi? ūüėȬ†¬†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 and capable to drive through the small streets in the ancient historical neighborhoods of¬†Lisbon like Alfama and Mouraria.

Tuk Tuk Lisbon Eco Tours Martim Moniz may 14 1

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

Square Martim Moniz : 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 ‚Äėel√©trico‚Äô tram 28 will also bring you to most tourist attractions of Lisbon‚Ķ.and much cheaper (around¬†4 euro pp).

Tuk Tuk Lisbon Tuk Tuk Mouraria Rua do Terreirinho sept 14

Historic area Mouraria Lisbon: street small restaurant Jose- Maria & Laurinda

Tuk-Tuk cars, origin & polution

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. There are too many of them in Lisbon¬†¬†ūüôĀ ¬†ūüôĀ

Tuk Tuk Lisboa Baixa sept 14

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

Young enthusiastic drivers & Tuk-Tuk cars

One of the advantages of the tuk-tuk cars in Lisbon is the possibility 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

I have no commercial interest but maybe this article helps to make Lisbon cleaner!¬† ūüėČ ūüėČ

Eco Tuk Tours Lisbon narrow streets old town Lisbon 3

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

Safety in Lisbon: watch out for pickpockets especially trams 28 & 15 (to Belém)

Watch out for pickpockets, especially on 28 and 15  electric trams!

Tram 28 pickpockets

Tram 28 is increasingly as popular with pickpockets as it is with tourists

Violence against tourists is very unusual, but be aware of people that brush up close to you or jostle you in the street.¬† Don’t leave bags and camera equipment unattended for even a moment! Also be aware when you visit touristical attractions and terraces.

STREETS

Lisbon is a safe city, you’ll only have to be careful with people selling drugs in the downtown area.¬† Some sell bay leafs instead of hash, so don’t buy anything from them. When you hire a car and you leave it overnight in the street, take care not to leave any of value in it (even locked) or in your hotel room.

Police in Lisbon

Take a taxi at night: it is cheap in Lisbon

Be always very careful with your things and never carry large amounts of money with you. When leaving the nightclubs take a taxi, you’ll have to pay a bit more (10 euro in the city) but sometimes it’s the best.

Lisbon Safety Police Praca do Commercio

Praça do Comércio: friendly policemen on electrical Segway steps

More information Lisboa Card

It you are the victim of theft, and you want to make an insurance claim, you have to report it to the police and get a report copy. If your passport is taken, you must contact the consulate to get a replacement issued.

Police in June 09 near Rossio Square

Police: COMETLIS – Esquadra de Turismo, phone 00351 213421623,

mail:  lsbetur@psp.pt    Where: Praça dos Restauradores РLisbon

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Roasted chestnuts Lisbon, November 11 St. Martin’s Day traditions & liqueur Jeropiga

The unmistakable smell of roasted chestnuts (castanhas assadas) is announcing autumn’ s arrival in Portugal. Quentes e boas’! ‘(Get’ em hot!). This cry goes out on¬†the Lisbon¬†streets.

chestnuts in Lisbon December 08 quente e boas

‘Hot and good, a dozen for ‚ā¨ 2“.

Much to the chagrin of many, the traditional paper cone made out of the Yellow Papers has been replaced by soulless paper packages, which takes something away from the ritual of chestnuts.

Chestnuts in Lisbon white paper bag instead of yellow papers

Baixa area, the commercial heart of Lisbon

St. Martin’s Day is celebrated on November 11

It is called Magusto. This day is the peak of three days, often with very good weather, known as Ver√£o de S√£o Martinho (Saint Martin’s summer).

St. Martin’s Day dinner at home with friends

The Portuguese celebrate St. Martin’s Day with jeropiga (a traditional delicious sweet liqueur wine) and roasted chestnuts (castanhas assadas).

How to make jeropiga

Tram Lisbon Feliz Natal and roasted chestnuts

Rossio, Lisbon in December

Traditions

On St. Martin’s Day traditions dictate that family and friends gather¬†around a glowing hearth or bonfire.

Roasted chestnuts

Chestnuts are roasted, traditional alcoholic drinks are served, like √°gua-p√© (a watered kind of wine), jeropiga, vinho novo (young wine), or the slow smooth burn of aguardente (‘firewater’, alcoholic drinks between 29 and 60 percent).

Chestnuts and Jeropiga

Chestnuts and jeropiga

Because this pagan festival is a celebration of life, there is food and drink and plenty of fun: in some regions people smother themselves with ashes, black themselves up and sing around the fire.

Largo do Chiado chestnuts

Largo do Chiado, Lisbon

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