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! 🙂
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
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).
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. António, and taste his favoriteGinja Albergaria, Ginja is a liqueur made of cherry-like berry called Ginja (not surprisingly 😉 The berries are fermented into a brandy that’s slightly bitter, slightly sweet and very sticky.
Tiny tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’Mouraria Lisbon & amigo Felipe Aristimuño
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 ‘com Ginja’ (with a cherry in the glass). If you don’t want it, ask for one ‘sem Ginja’ (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 🙁
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! 😉 A remarkable night in Mouraria with Erika Reusens and Luc de Leersnyder
Tiny tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ historic area Lisbon & live fado music around midnight
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. António’s radio.
Mouraria saw the birth of two great fado names – Maria Severaand Fernando Maurício. Nowadays the Moorish quarter is a melting pot of different cultures, living peacefully together 🙂 . There’re Fado houses, cheap (but good!) restaurants, taverns, bars and nightlife.
Where:Rua do Capelão, n.º 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 ‘Maria da Mouraria’. Foto: Henk van de Weerd, September 2018
It is said that Maria Severawas 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.
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.
View from restaurant/bar ‘Topo’ : squareMartim MonizLisbon & Castle of São 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.
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 🙂 🙂
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): € 6, Tártaro de novilho (calf beef tartare) € 14.00, Tártaro de atum (tuna tartare) € 12.00, bottle of white wine (Pinta Negra) € 15, small bottle of water € 1.50, coffee (bica) € 1.50. Our bill for 2 persons: € 50:00.
A small remark: I also tasted the Prego (a popular sandwich in Portugal) with tuna (€ 11:00), but the bread was baked too hard and (for my taste) the french fries are too salty.
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.
Rooftop bar ‘Topo’, Mouraria Lisbon. Picture: Marcel van Paridon
A wonderful space if you’re not scared of heights! I am .. 🙁
Bar / restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: rooftop bar & wonderful city skyline
Bar / restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: rooftop bar. Sander Offenberg from Holland loves the city skyline 🙂 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.
View from bar/ restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: historic areaMouraria and the hills of Graça
Pessoawas 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!
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.
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.
“Acordar”, poem by Álvaro 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
E no meio de tudo a gare, que nunca dorme
Como um coração que tem que pulsar através 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
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”
Calcada do Duque is a street made of hundreds of stairs to bohemien area Bairro Alto, lined with lots of traditional Portuguese restaurants, nearLargo Duque de Cadaval, a square full of open-air cafes near the beautiful Rossio Station.
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.
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).
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! 🙂
Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon & terrace June 2018
Peace & tranquility
The view over the city was wonderful, even though it was a cloudy day.
Welcome! Short term rental (since 10 years) fully equipped apartment, in Mouraria, historic center Lisbon. Direct rent from Dutch owner. € 60-70 per night ( 2 persons), 3 pers. € 90 p.n., 4/6 persons from € 90. From 3 nights.6 nights or more 10 % discount. Private & very quiet patio. No separate rooms available. Eco friendly heating system.
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.
Mouraria is a ancient area in the heart of Lisbon wherefadowas born.
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’ festivalsfall 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 🙂
Mouraria apartment Lisbon , March 2018: Dutch lunch (erwtensoep) with friends Liesbeth Niebling & Erik Herter 🙂
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.
3-bedroom apartment in historic area Mouraria Lisbon: bathroom
Bathroom with tub, toilet, bidet, washing machine and dryer (free use)
Apartment Mouraria Lisbon: Paula Ferreira takes care of the cleaning
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):
70euro 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):
60-70euro 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 € 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
Despite the name, Casa da Índia (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.
Restaurant Casa da Índia (House of India) Lisbon: traditional Portuguese meal, delicious 🙂
‘Borrego no forno’ (lamb in oven € 6,50). Starters: pão e azeitonas (bread and olives € 1,20), copo de vinho branco (glass of white wine € 1.20), bica pingada (espresso with a drop of milk € 0,60).
Restaurant Casa da Índia (House of India), Lisbon
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Lisbon: really good service and a very friendly staff.
Restaurant Casa da Índia Lisbon & owner Alvaro
Casa da Índia (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 Índia (House of India) Lisbon
History: The Casa da Índia 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 Praça do Comércio , Commerce Square). The building was destroyed by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.
Restaurant Casa da Índia (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!
During 1415-1542Portugal 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.
Cascaisis 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
Cascaisis 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! 🙂
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 😉
Cascais is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign visitors, with a small city center. The shops are rich and varied.
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 Guimarães (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: ‘Linha de Cascais’ (name of the train line joining Lisbon to Cascais) from Cais do Sodré, Lisbon’s major bus, metro, ferry and trainstation. Return ticket: cheap.
‘Fábrica 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/cafe ‘Fábrica 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…… !
Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ & my favorite croissant with almonds spread (amêndoa)
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«s more than 10 different croissants, from simple (plain, € 1.20), old nunnery style (with sweet-soft egg cream, € 1.20, created by nuns who lived in monasteries with a lot of chickens in the garden... 🙂 to extra large: 2 fried eggs, tomato, cheese, ham, salad and chips ( € 7.00).
My favorite: a sweet croissant with almonds spread (amêndoa) € 2,20.
Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ : friend Margriet de Vrieze loves this place. Tea (chá) € 1.75
Cartoon character Zé Povinho – symbol of the Portuguese working-class
The cartoon character Zé Povinhowas 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 Zé Povinho. ‘Zé’ (José or Joseph in English), ‘Povinho’ is a diminutive for ‘Povo’, which means ‘people’.
Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica 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…
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 😉 Penis-shaped ceramics
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 ! 🙁 🙁
‘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 and capable to drive through the small streets in the ancient historical neighborhoods of Lisbon like Alfama and Mouraria.
Lisbon Square Martim Moniz: lots of tourists are waiting for legendary electric 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).
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 🙁 🙁
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.
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! 😉 😉
Eco friendly Tuk Tour old town Lisbon: narrow streets of Alfama
Watch out for pickpockets, especially on 28 and 15 electric trams!
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.
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.
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.
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: COMETLIS – Esquadra de Turismo, phone 00351 213421623,
On St. Martin’s Day traditions dictate that family and friends gather around a glowing hearth or bonfire.
Chestnuts are roasted, traditional alcoholic drinks are served, like água-pé (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
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.