Village Underground Lisbon: great dinner in a retro dubble-decker bus beneath 25 April Bridge, street art, events, partys, creative community & Polly Robbins

How about a delicious dinner in a dubble-decker retro bus beneath the 25th April Bridge? A great experience, but Village Underground in Lisbon offers much more! It’s a coworking center for creative- and event industries located at the Santo Amaro station in Alcântara, next to the Carris vintage trams & buses Museum.

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Village Underground Lisbon in summertime

Lisbon: the hippest place to be

For years, Lisbon was somewhat off the beaten track for young travellers, or millennials seeking a new home. The Portuguese capital crumbled romantically while London, Paris, Barcelona and more recently Berlin enjoyed the cultural status. Yet in the last 10 years the city has seen an explosion in culture, tourism and entrepreneurialism, and is now surpassing its European rivals as the hippest place to be!

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The Village Underground in Lisbon & Polly Robbins, November 2016

Who are you and how have you found yourself at Village Underground?

Polly Robbins: “I come from London. I love London, but the pace of life is crazy and I felt like spending some time in another European capital. Lisbon particularly attracted me because I’m interested in urban cultural development. I studied sociology, looking at how art movements develop in cities, and for the last 3 years I’ve been running a business in London that takes over empty spaces and makes them into venues for culture”.

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Village Underground Lisbon

Ex-pats & tourists in Lisbon

Polly Robbins: ‘I heard about Village Underground Lisbon from a contact who knows the London branch. So I contacted Mariana (Director VU), got some funding from the EU Erasmus Young Entrepreneurs scheme, and here I am. At Village Underground I am developing marketing and communications, specifically for the ex-pat and tourists in Lisbon. I’m also developing ways for the co-working community to share their skills and feel more part of a community”.

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Village Underground Lisbon

So what is Village Underground?

Polly:” It’s a project that began in London in 2009 when a group of friends had a crazy idea to hoist to some decommissioned tube train carriages onto the roof of a building and create a co-working space in Shoreditch. Mariana Duarte Silva, who is the Director of Village Underground Lisbon, was working in London when she came across the space and took a desk to set up her own music agency. She fell in love with it and brought the concept back to Lisbon, where the doors opened in 2012″.

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Village Underground Lisbon & one of the retro dubble-decker buses

Creative community

Polly: “Village Underground Lisboa sits at the end of the municipal tram yard, beneath the iconic Ponte 25 de Abril. It consists of 14 shipping containers which act as a co-working space for the creative industries. There are about 35 people working here, in web design, graphic design, video making, branding, theatre and music”.

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Village Underground Lisbon & one of the dubble-decker retro buses, November 2016

Cafe/restaurant & events

“There are 2 converted retro buses, one is a café, open to the public every lunchtime and for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. And in addition, there’s a warehouse space used for events and exhibitions, a recording studio, a large space outside used for events and a skate ramp.

There is a great range of events going on at Village Underground, from parties with electronic and live music, to markets, to exhibitions and performance. Starting January 2017 these will be hosted every Friday and Saturday”.

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Village Underground Lisbon & delicious dinner in a dubble-decker retro bus :-)

Tasty food & affordable prices

Our dinner: tapas; Peixe (fish): Moqueca de camarão com arroz selvagem (shrimp Moqueca with wild rice)Chili com carne com basmati de coentros (Cili con carne, basmati rice with coriander): wine , water, sobremesa (dessert). Bill: 77 euro (3 persons). A vegetarian dish is also available.

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Village Underground Lisbon & a group of visitors

Why should people visit Village Underground?

Polly: “It’s a really interesting space to be in physically, particularly if you like to be surrounded by cool architecture, street art and disused trams and buses! The café serves incredibly tasty food and the team working there is lovely. The people who gravitate towards Village Underground are an amazing bunch – I’ve been warmly welcomed! They come from all walks of life and you don’t have to be chatting too long before you discover that they’re involved in all sorts of weird and wonderful projects”.

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Village Underground Lisbon & poster of the nearby Carris Museum

Village Underground Lisbon

Both the interior and the terrace have free Wi-Fi. There is free parkingThe only entrance to the Cafeteria is the main gate of the Carris Museum, located at Rua Primeiro de Maio, 103.

Greenhouse (Estufa Fria) in Park Eduard VII Lisbon: wonderful tranquil green space & exotic tropical flora from all over the world

Park Eduard VII in Lisbon is a very popular place. Tourists from all over the world make amazing city views from the top of the park. It is really worth it to visit also the Greenhouse at the end of the parkand the nearby small cafe where you can enjoy your coffee or lunch.

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Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria (litt. the Cold House), November 2016

Wonderful atmosphere

The Estufa Fria de Lisboa is an eight hectare greenhouse that was erected in 1933 by architect Raul Carapinha, located in Eduardo VII Park, one of the most important parks that exist in the city. It is one of the most visited sites, by both students and tourists.
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Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria (litt. the Cold House), November 2016
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The Greenhouse, initially thought out as a place to simply shelter various types of plants, it has become one of the most pleasant green spaces in Lisbon, where you can spend a few enjoyable hours between lakes, waterfalls, brooks, statues and hundreds of different plant specimens from all over the world. A place that gives its visitors a sense of tranquility and well being.

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Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria, November 2016

Lisbon Greenhouse & three different areas

This Greenhouse is managed by the Lisbon City Council and is divided into three different areas: (Estufa Fria), litt. the cold house, without heating system; Estufa Quente (the Hot House), with glass dome, and the smaller Estufa Doce, (Sweet House), where cactusses are grown.

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Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria (the Cold House), November 2016

The Greenhouse’s history

The Estufa Fria started being planted in 1910, as a part of the urban plan of the Park Eduaro VII. In 1975 the ‘Hothouse’ and the ‘Sweet House’ were open to the public. These new exhibitions had tropical and equatorial plants on permanent display.

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Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria (the Cold House), November 2016

Lovely lake & small cafe

Walking out of the Estufa Fria Greenhouse there’s a lake with ducks and geese and a small cafe where you can enjoy your coffee or lunch. A lovely and quiet place :-)

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Beautiful small lake near the Greenhouse in Park Eduard VII Lisbon & friend Margarethe de Vrieze

Tickets

Adults: € 3,10, children and teenagers (6/18): € 2,33, students, pensioners: € 1,55. More information…. WEBSITE  Estufa Fria (source)  Facebook

Location: Estufa Fria de Lisboa, Parque Eduardo VII Lisbon

Open: in summertime from 10:00-19:00, wintertime 10:00-17:00. More….

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Cafe near the Greenhouse in Park Eduard VII Lisbon

Restaurant/winery Vestigius Lisbon: great Tagus riverfront dining, tasty tapas, extraordinary decoration, gin bar, cultural space & DJ sets

Located in the Cais do Sodré area with a privileged view of the Tagus River, Vestigius offers a fabulous terrace space.

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Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & waterfront dining

Vestigius offers Portuguese and Italian cuisine: pizza’s hamburgers, tapas, Portuguese petiscos and snacks, to accompany the great diversity of wines, gins and cocktails. In addition it’s a meeting place for arts & culture, music and literature.

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Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & wonderful vintage decor

Former warehouse in ruins & artistic charm

Originally this place was a port warehouse in ruins from the nineteenth century near the river Tagus. Now it’s turned into a space with a wonderful vintage decor, made from abandoned warehouse wreckage and second-hand parts, acquired in auctions and fleamarkets like the legendary Feira da Ladra in Lisbon

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Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & 2nd floor terrace

Stunning river views

The terrace on the second floor gives stunning views of the April 25 bridge and the Cristo Rei statue, but the (good) music from the speakers near our table was too loud to talk with each other.

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Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & wonderful vintage decor

Exhibitions & Music 

An essential component in Vestigius are the exhibitions, whether painting, drawing, photography or other areas and supports. Every month there’s a new exhibition. More…
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Hamburger Vestigius: € 11.50; Spark water € 3.50, coffee € 2.50
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Fridays – Live music at 8.30 pm & DJ’s at 11:00 pm
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Blues and rock from the 60’s to the 80’s, as well as adapting electronic music to an acoustic version. More..
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Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & tapas
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Delicious tapas
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Calamares (squid) € 8.50, pão (bread) € 2.50, baked potatoes € 5.50; glass of white wine: Portal da Calçada Reserva (vinho verde, young wine) € 5.00, coffee € 2.50
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Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & remarkable bathroom
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Vestigius
Cais do Gás, Armazém A, n.º 17
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Website – closed: Tuesday
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Vestigius restaurant Lisbon: location near the Tagus river

Restaurant Bairro do Avillez Lisbon tavern & gourmet store: one of a kind, spectacular decorated patio & very tasty dishes

José Avillez’ new restaurant in Lisbon, Bairro do Avillez (Avillez’ ‘neighborhood’) is located in Chiado. A spacious and spectacular location, with 2 separated seating areas.

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Patio Restaurant Bairro do Avillez decorated as a traditional downtown Lisbon neighborhood & ‘neighbor’ Erika Reusens ;-)

 2 Michelin stars

José Avillez is one of the most renowned chefs in Portugal. He currently owns six restaurants, five in Lisbon and one in Oporto. His cooking style, contemporary and of Portuguese inspiration, has earned him a Michelin star in 2012 (restaurant Belcanto in Lisbon) and, in 2014, it received a second one, making it the first restaurant in Lisbon to have this honour).

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Restaurant Bairro do Avillez Lisbon & wonderful decorated spacious patio

Patio restaurant representing a traditional Lisbon neighborhood

The Patio restaurant is really surprising: a huge open kitchen and a wonderful creative decoration. A large skylight lets in plenty of natural light. There are different doors, typical Portuguese tiles and closed- or open windows to give you the idea of being in a traditional downtown Lisbon neighborhood, where people often hanging out of their windows. YouTube

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Restaurant Bairro do Avillez Lisbon & our dinner end of August 2016

Our dinner: 2 couvert 7.00, Bife de Lombo (tenderloin steak) 18.00; Legumes Salteados (sautéed vegetables) 4.00; French fries € 3.00; 1 Bife Tártaro (tartar steak) € 14.00; água Vitalis (bottle of water) 3.00; Wine: Casa Passarella (bottle of white wine) 16.00; (by the glass 4.00). Desert: Avelã (hazelnut cream); Mil Folhas Pastel de Nata 6.00 (litt. ‘thousand sheets’ Pastel de Nata (famous Portuguese egg tart pastry) 6.00.

Bill for 2 persons: 91.00.

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Restaurant Bairro do Avillez Lisbon & delicious desserts

Bairro Avillez patio restaurant: tasty dishes & great ambiance

Once we were seated it took quite some time before a waiter came to our table. This restaurant just opened its doors, it’s understandable. The food was tasty, rather expensive in Lisbon (ca. € 45 p.p.), but the great ambiance was worth it!  :-)

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Restaurant Bairro do Avillez Lisbon & Taberna (Tavern)

Three concepts in one space: restaurant, tavern & grocery/gift store

Once you enter number 18 of Rua Nova da Trindade there’s the Taberna (tavern), a good idea to enjoy lunch, dinner or an ‘in-between’ snack in the afternoon. In de Tavern it is not possible to make reservations.

Mercearia (grocery & gift store)

Not just cheeses, sausages and canned goods but also kitchen accessories, books and aprons. More…... (website José Avillez). The charcuterie specialties rely on the advice of the illustrious shop in Lisbon:  Manteigaria Silva’.

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Restaurant ‘Bairro’ do Avillez Lisbon & the grocery store’s creative decoration

Bairro do Avillez, Rua Nova da Trindade 18. Lisbon

Opening hours: Taberna (tavern) & Mercearia (grocery/gift shop): daily from 12:00 pm till midnight.

Patio restaurant: daily, from 12:00 pm to 15:00 pm and from 19:00 pm till midnight. Closed on public holidays, December 24 (dinner) and 25. Phone: (351) 215 830 290 (reservations). Facebook

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Patio Restaurant Bairro do Avillez Lisbon, Erika Reusens & the friendly waitress

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ Mouraria Lisbon: original Angolan cuisine, from € 5 great (also vegetarian) dishes & fluent Dutch speaking owner Steve Geronimo

A taste of Africa: new restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi‘ in the historical Mouraria neighborhood in Lisbon serves superb Angolan food.

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Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ Lisbon & Pedro Rita

Our lunch: Cachupa, 2 glassses of white wine, small bottle of water and coffee: € 14 in total for 2 persons :-)

Jindungo pepper: the red devil

A must-try in combination with this dish is a little bit of piri piri jindungo, also known as the African red devil. The Portuguese brought these peppers from Brasil to Africa and Europe. The jindungo pepper seems to be a natural medicine: it is said it’s good to stay healthy and to fight diseases. Very hot!!

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Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’, named after Steve’s daughter

Steve: ‘I live around the corner, together with my Portuguese wife and my lovely little daughter (5 years old), that’s why the restaurants’ name is ‘Cantinha da Fabi’.

Tough jobs in The Netherlands

‘In 1998 I moved to the Netherlands to work there and to save money in order to realize my plans. It is not easy to find work in Portugal and my dream was to open a restaurant in Lisbon’.

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Steve Geronimo, his Portuguese wife and little daugther Fabi, Praça do Comércio Lisbon

Steve: ‘I have worked 5 years in The Netherlands, like f.i. in a battery factory, in a spinach factory and in a factory where carpets are made. Only strong men can do these tough jobs: it means lifting and carrying heavy stuff, but the work was well paid’.

(btw: Steve’s muscles are impressive.. :-) and he is a fluent Dutch speaker)

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Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ historic area Mouraria, Lisbon

My dream has come true: my own restaurant in Mouraria

Steve: ‘I saved money to realise my dream: 2 months ago I opened this restaurant (soon with an outside terrace). The room was freshly painted, but there still are works to be done to create a typical Angolan atmosphere.

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Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon: friends Felipe Aristimuño & Rob Plews

We loved the food: grilled fish with vegetables € 5, cabrito € 5 (goat meat stew served with rice, and besides a traditional dish for Angolan Independence day, November 11). Cerveja (beer) € 1, um copo do vinho branco (glass of white wine) € 1. Cafe (coffee) € 0,50.

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve Geronimo

Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ Lisbon & waiters Miguel Angelo and Silvio.

In the open space next to the restaurant a separate corner will be created for ‘special occasion’ dinners.

On the wall of the restaurant: a painting of the giant sable antelope (Palanca Negra), the national symbol of Angola and on the list of the world’s critically endangered animals. More…

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Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ area Mouraria Lisbon: giant sable antelope, national symbol of Angola

Steve: ‘I’m inspired by my mother’s way of cooking. She lives in Angola because the climate here is too cold for her. I tried many Portuguese recipes but personally I prefer the herbs used in the Angolan cuisine, f.i. typical dishes like Moamba de Galinha or Calulu.  (More about Angolan cuisine).

There are also typical portuguese- and vegetarian dishes on the menu.

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Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon: friends Mário and Margriet

Grilled fish with potatoes, Moamba de Galinha, salad, a bit home made ‘red devil‘ ,water and wine: € 22,10 for three persons.

Kitaba or quitaba is a crunchy, salty peanut paste seasoned with chilli pepper. Traditionally served as a couvert or little side dish when you have a beer break (€ 0,50)

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Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon & Kitaba

History of Angola: Portuguese colony from 1575 – 1975

The Portuguese colony of Angola was founded in 1575 with the arrival of Paulo Dias de Novais with a hundred families of colonists and four hundred soldiers. Luanda was granted the status of city in 1605. The fortified Portuguese towns of Luanda (established in 1575 with 400 Portuguese settlers) and Benguela remained almost continuously in Portuguese hands until the independence of Angola in 1975. More…..(Wikipedia)

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Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi Lisbon: Pedro Rita, a visitor and owner Steve ;-)

Rua de Sao Pedro Martir 78,  Mouraria Lisbon

Open: every day from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (also on Sunday)

Phone: (00351) 960069903       Facebook

Zero Zero Lisbon: Italian restaurant & pizzeria, delicious food, lovely decorated terrace near Botanical Garden & the city’s first Proseccheria

While walking around in area Príncipe Real in Lisbon we discovered Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero. One of the most beautiful terraces in the city, near the Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico, one of Europe’s finest!)

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Italian restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon, lovely outdour dining area & friend Margriet de Vrieze

Restaurant Zero Zero has one of Lisbon’s most beautiful terraces in the city center. We feel a bit like being in the heart of Italy, in the shade of bougainvilleas and the scent of flowers. A part of he terrace is covered with a canopy made of (I guess) willow branches, creating a lovely filtered sunlight.

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Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon & delicious food

Our lunch:

starter Fried Squid (Entrada Frittura di Calamari), eggplant, carrot and broccoli € 9.00; Salade Caprese with Mozzarella € 8.00; Salade Couscous with gambas € 12.00; small bottle of water € 1.50; 2 glasses of white wine (Trebbiano Marche) € 6.00. 2 cafe Espresso € 2:00

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Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon & beautiful terrace with bougainvilleas

No reservations

Restaurant Zero Zero does not accept reservations but in case you have to wait for a table you can taste a variety of Italian cheeses and hams in the little deli shop at the entrance of the restaurant.
My experience: when you arrive for lunch around 12:30, there are plenty of tables available, also outside.

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Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon, June 2016

Pizza Formaggiosa € 10.50: tomato, mozzarella Fior di latte (written also as fiordilatte, made from fresh pasteurized or unpasteurized cow’s milk), gorgonzola, spinach and nuts.
Pizza Cappriccio € 12.00:  ham, cheese and mushrooms; Salade Couscous with gambas € 12; glass of white wine (Trebbiano Marche) € 3.00.

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Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon & inside pizza oven

Italian Flour ’00’  & secret pizza recipe

Pizza is not one of my favorite dishes, but my friends loved the great quality. ZeroZero offers 15 pizza choices and besides there are lots of vegetarian options.  If you eat inside you can see pizzas being made. The service was done with care and sympathy!
All the ingredients come from the best Italian producers, especially the Venice region.
The secret is in the dough, Zero Zero pizzeria uses a ‘balanced mixture of flour ’00’  and some other flours.

That’s why the name of this fine restaurant: ‘00′ or Zero Zero ;-) ;-)

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Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon: small deli shop at the restaurant’s entrance

More than a restaurant

Zero Zero is assumed to be Lisbon’s first Proseccheria‘ , thanks to the Prosecco bar at the entrance and their classic cocktails.

At the entrance of the restaurant there’s also a small deli where a variety of Italian cheeses, hams and delicacies can be bought in order to bring to your table or to take-away.

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Italian restaurant & pizzeria ZeroZero Lisbon: small deli shop at the restaurant’s entrance

Pizzeria Zero Zero, Príncipe Real (trendy, quite expensive area)
Rua da Escola Politécnica, 32
Lisbon
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The restaurant is open daily between 12:00 – 00h00, also on Sundays. Fridays and Saturdays until 01h00). Free parking place available.

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Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon June 2016: lunch with some Dutch friends

This restaurant is a perfect place for lunch or hot summer night dining in Lisbon’s city center.

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Italian restaurant & pizzeria ZeroZero Lisbon: beautiful terrace & a free parking space

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon: great location, wonderful river views, too overpriced food, boring decor, too noisy TV & terrible service

Due to the great Tagus riverviews and good affordable food, I used to visit this great location in Lisbon a lot. Lately former restaurant Cariocas do Rio’   has been replaced by a new restaurant: ‘Monte Mar’.

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Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon: near the Tagus river & great riverview

Good reputation: ‘Monte Mar’ restaurant in Guincho, 30 km from Lisbon

The location of the new ‘Monte Mar’ restaurant near the Tagus river in Lisbon could not be better, and besides the restaurant with the same name in Guincho, Cascais (30 km from Lisbon) has a very good reputation: it’s famous for its fresh fish and seafood dishes.

‘Monte Mar’ also has a ‘mini-restaurant’ spot in the trendy old market Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon: the ‘Time Out’ Food Hall/Gastronomical area.

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Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon near the Tagus river: good too overpriced food

Our bill (2 persons) 99.10 €: good food but too overpriced in Lisbon

1 copo Terras Alter Branco € 3.50 (glass of white wine); 2 água sem gás 0, 25 lt. € 5.00 (2 small bottles of water); 2 couvert € 5.00 (bread); 1 queijo Azeitao € 7.50 (Portuguese handcrafted, unpasteurised sheep’s milk cheese); 1 Sapateira Recheada (litt. stuffed shoe rack ;-) Stuffed Crab) € 32.00 ; 1 Gambas à guilho € 19.70 (garlic prawns): 1 bottle Muros Antigos Alvarinho Vinho Verde € 26.40 (Vinho Verde means ‘green’ wine).

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Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon near the Tagus river: wonderful views

Bad service & big TV screens

The waiter was totally not interested to solve our complaints about the noise coming out of one of the big TV-screens (football), placed quite close to our table. Sometimes we were not able to talk to each other. He could suggest us to be moved to another table? The atmosphere in this place feels like ‘just making money’.

Decor & plastic chairs

My friend, wearing a skirt, has to put a cotton napkin on her chair. The ‘industrial-chic’ chairs are made of a plastic material being too sticky in warm temperatures :-(

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Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon near the Tagus river & TV screen near our table

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ asks an average of € 25 to 30 for a plate. You would expect great service for that price.

Planning a trip to Lisbon? There are lots of other restaurants situated near the river Tagus with delicious food ( where you pay half of the price)…. and besides with super friendly waiters  :-)  :-)

like f.i. closeby restaurant IBO

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BTW: that night also the ladies room was certainly not a place to recommend in restaurant Monte Mar….

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Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon near the Tagus river

Monte Mar Lisbon  R. da Cintura, Arm. 65, Cais do Gás

Phone (00351) 213 220 160

Tuesday – Friday 12h00 – 23h00; Saturday – Sunday 12h00 – 23h00

Website         facebook

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Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon & decoration inside the former old warehouse

I long for the old days when restaurant Cariocas do Rio  was still here: a wonderful place to relax near the river Tagus in Lisbon….a very pleasant atmosphere even though the service was a bit slow!

Wallet-friendly restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ Mouraria Lisbon: tasty Portuguese food, local dining place & park ‘Jardim da Cerca da Graça': great old town city views

Not trendy or chic, but very tasty and cheap: typical Portuguese food in Mouraria, historic area of Lisbon, close to a new park with wonderful old town city views. Easy to reach from square Praça Martim Moniz (tram 28)

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Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ Mouraria Lisbon, owners & daughter Ilda

Away from tourist areas in Lisbon you can find good and cheap restaurants, like restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ (Custódio ‘s Corner) in historic area Mouraria: tasty Portuguese food for a very good price: around 5-7 euro pp  ;-)

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Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ Mouraria Lisbon: good and cheap Portuguese food

Our bill: bife da casa 7.00 € (Portuguese fried beef with an egg on top of the meat, rice, or fried potatoes and salad), polvo (octopus): 5.00 €, carafe of house wine 0.50 l (vinho da casa): 1.40 €, bottle of water (agua): 0.85 €, dessert (sobremesa): maçã assada (roasted apple) 1.50  €, 2 coffee: 1.20  €, licor Beirão  (Portuguese liqueur) : 0,75  €

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Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ Lisbon: polvo & batata cozida (octopus & potatoes) 5.00 €

Very popular: bitoque (Portuguese steak)

The Portuguese steak, bife, is a slice of fried beef served in a wine-based sauce with fried potatoes, rice, or salad.
Bitoque (toque means touch), comes from the idea that the meat only ‘touches’ the grill twice, meaning that it does not grill for too long before being served, resulting in a rare to medium-rare cut of meat. A fried egg is placed on top of the meat.

Mouraria Lisbon Laurinda restaurant O Cantinho

Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’  area Mouraria Lisbon: tasty and cheap Portuguese food

Restaurant ‘O Cantinho’ do Custódio
Calçada Do Monte 3
Mouraria Lisbon
Tel.: (00351) 218860826, no WiFi

About 10 minutes walk from starting point tram 28 square Martim Moniz

More about  ‘eléctrico 28′. This legendary tram is a tourist attraction in itself. It goes all around town.

Mouraria Lisbon O Cantinho restaurant 2011 Arjen

Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’  area Mouraria Lisbon: very tasty and cheap Portuguese food

Eat & drink like a local

Although this restaurant is quite close to the touristy areas of Lisbon, this is a local place that serves typical Portuguese food. You are very welcome, but the owners do not speak English.

Lisbon Apple dessert sobremesa maca

Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’  area Mouraria Lisbon & roasted apple 1.50 €

Historical area Mouraria & history

Historical area Mouraria exists more than 900 years, together with Alfama Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods of great historical value. The former Moorish quarter is a muddle of very narrow streets, stairs and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age.

Vimeo about the historic area Mouraria in Lisbon

Mouraria Graca Park beautiful city views 7

Garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça Lisbon, wonderful views & the Saint George castle

Nearby garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça & wonderful old town city views

The new garden, with an area of ​​1.7 hectares, was inaugurated on 17 June 2015. It is the largest green space for public access to historic districts of Lisbon, the connection between the neighborhoods of Graça and Mouraria, opened to the public.

Mouraria Graca Park beautiful city views 8

Garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça Lisbon & wonderful city views

Kiosk & childeren’s playground

According to the Lisbon Municipality, the project implemented on site included the planting of about 180 trees and shrubs. It was closed to the public for centuries.
There are three viewpoints, a picnic park, an orchard, a playground for children and a kiosk with a terrace. They serve soups, sandwiches and homemade cakes. ​

Mouraria Graca Park beautiful city views 1

Garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça Lisbon, kiosk & beer: 1 euro :-)

Jardim da Cerca da Graça
Calçada do Monte 46,
Graça, Lisbon
Opening hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (also on Sundays)
near children’s play ground, Wifi available

Pedro Rita park Graca Mouraria Lisbon beautiful city viewpoint

Garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça Lisbon & journalist Pedro Rita

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

Former Palace Chiado Lisbon: gastronomic delights, history, aristocratic partys, elegant 18th-century rooms, frescoed ceilings & tea bags

The atmosphere is great in this former palace in the heart of Lisbon. Once the recidence of a nobleman who loved to party, now everyone is welcome to admire the beautifully restored rooms, while enjoying fine food and drinks.

Lisbon Chiado Palace Chiado Delisbon Aelio

Welcome! Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & very nice waiter Aélio, April 2016

History: Barão (Baron) Joaquim Pedro Quintela, 1st Conde de Farrobo

This elegant palace in Chiado (name of a square and its surrounding area) in Lisbon was built in 1781, where the aristocracy and bons vivants danced, enjoyed lavish banquets and admired new works of art. Baron de Quintela was born in this palace.

Lisbon Palacio Chiado wonderful restored April 2016 Mobile phone

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon: beautifully restored, April 2016 (& a mobile phone….. )

Baron de Quintela: excesses and inordinate feasting

The future 2nd Baron of Quintela and 1st Conde of Farrobo was born in this palace, on 11 December 1801. Despite his importance in political, social and cultural life in Portugal at the time, he will always be remembered for his excesses and revels.

And intrinsically associated with the palace is the famous Portuguese expression ‘farrobodó‘ (from ‘forrobodó’ which literally means having a great party ;-) ).

More about the palace and its history…..

Lisbon Palacio Chiado wonderful restored April 2016 2

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon: beautifully restored, April 2016

Renewed Palácio Chiado opened February 2016: fine dining & entertainment

The former home of Baron Quintela opened to the public under the name Palácio Chiado.
The restoration works took more then one and a half year. The historic rooms nowadays host alternatives for fine dining and other forms of entertainment for Lisbon residents and visitors. The palace will also have a varied cultural program.

Lisbon beautiful Chiado Palace April 2016

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon: beautifully restored, 1st floor April 2016

On the ground floor is a bar, with tables for dining, but simply chill out with a drink is also a possibility. There are seven chefs and their 7 gastronimical concepts, from sushi to burgers, and about 250 seats. The idea is to grab the plate and sit where you want.

It feels a bit like Time Out Ribeira Market in a more sophisticated setting.

Lisbon beautiful Chiado Palace April 2016 teacupsand small wooden forks

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & tea for 2 and a chocolate cake

Tea bags & small wooden cake forks

We decided to order tea for two (1 st floor) and a small chocolate cake to share, because we just had lunch in another restaurant in Lisbon.

In this elegant palace with grandeur and beautiful frescoed ceilings we expected an elegant soft pastel designed tea set and gold colored spoons, but not just teabags to dip in our cups and small wooden cake forks to eat the cake?  ;-) ;-)

Chá (tea) for 2: 4 euro. Bolo de chocolate (chocolate cake) 2.50 euro

Lisbon beautiful Chiado Palace April 2016 fresco ceiling2

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & one of the beautiful frescoed ceilings

Restaurants:

The historic salons of the Palácio Chiado now host seven prestigious fine dining area’s.

Traditional Portuguese snacks (petiscos), cocktails & sparkling wines with fish and shellfish, hamburgers, steaks, light and healthy meals, seafood and sushi.

More details about the restaurants

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Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & friend Erika Reusens

Palácio Chiado Lisbon: really worth a visit!
Rua do Alecrim, 70 – Lisbon
Wonderful Website (also in Enlish)   FACEBOOK
Sunday till Wednesday from 12:00 – 24:00
Thursday till Saturday from 12:00- 02:00

Video inauguration of the Chiado Palace with hundreds of guests

Despite occupying a considerable area of Rua do Alecrim, the Palace has only one entry, at number 70.

Lisbon beautiful Chiado Palace April 2016 sushi restaurant

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon

Baron Quintela Room for private events (your own aristocratic party? ;-) )

Seating 16 to 25, Quintela Room can be hired for private events, for a discreet meal, a dinner with friends, or professional events. More…..

Lisbon beautiful Chiado Palace April 2016 DINING AREA

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & dining area

Gastrobar ‘Rio Maravilha’ Lisbon: disappointing experience :-( , breathtaking views Tagus river, LX old factory buildings: creative, dynamic area & weekly Sunday LX market

New gastrobar Rio Maravilha (Wonderwul River) is situated on the fourth floor of one of the old ‘LXfactory’ buildings in the Alcântara (‘bridge’ in Arabic) district in Lisbon, surrounded by huge windows overlooking the Tagus river, the 25 April bridge and the Cristo Rei statue .

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha LX Lisbon view Tagus river 4th floor

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha Lisbon & wonderful view 25 April bridge from a formerly factory building

Very different from the usual

We didn’t have to wait long before the friendly welcoming staff seated us at a small table near one of the the huge windows: what a wonderful view! The multi flowered designed chairs and the bright pink coloured outfits chosen for the waitresses are quite surprising.

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha LX Lisbon 4th floor flowered chairs 2

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, ‘LX factory’ Lisbon & the restaurant’s decor

The whole space is very different from the usual. But you can expect this from those who already are experienced of managing remarkable spaces in Lisbon like unique bar ‘Pensao Amor’ in a former red light district and restaurant ‘Casa do Pasto’ , with sophisticated Portuguese cuisine. A few months ago this place, ‘Rio Maravilha’ was opened, influenced by Brazilian flavors.

Restaurant RIO Maravilha LX Factory Lisbon 4

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, ‘LX factory’ Lisbon: squid salad & grilled mushrooms

We decided to order a few small dishes like Salade de Lulas (squid salad, grilled sweet potatoes, onion and croutons) € 15.60, Cogumelos na Brasa (grilled mushrooms, foliage of sour cream and chestnuts) € 13.70, Ovo BT (egg BT) € 9.80, Hambúrguer de Novilho (veal) € 9.10,  and a bottle of white wine: VB Filoco € 12.00.

Surprising : Ovo BT, a poached egg accompanied by cream cheese with some marmalade, parmesan cheese and ibérico pancetta.

Restaurant RIO Maravilha LX Factory Lisbon wonderful views

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, ‘LX factory’ Lisbon & wonderful views

Disappointing

The Hambúrguer de Novilho (veal) was not such a good experience: we ate just a little bit of it, due to the unpleasant ‘aftertaste’. According to the waitress nothing was wrong, but both we had no good feeling, also afterwards… (the restaurant is aware of our complaint, they asked to come again to enjoy a better experience, that’s all :-(  ). BTW: the hamburger was not mentioned on our bill.

Lisbon LX Factory restaurant Rio Maravilho ambiance

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, LX factory Lisbon, entrance & very friendly staff

LX FACTORY Lisbon: dynamic & creative area in old restored factory buildings

LXFactory Lisbon is located in the heart of the Alcântara district, a former industrial area (23.000 m2), built in 1864 to manufacture thread and fabric.  An abandoned industrial site has been turned into a trendy creative and cultural hub.

The past and present converge in a wonderful way! :-)

Lisbon LX Factory Lisbon street in wintertime 25 april bridge

LXFactory Lisbon in wintertime: old factory buildings under 25 April bridge

Restaurants, galleries, architecture, studios, terraces, music, nightclubs, fashion boutiques and a spectacular book store: Livraria ‘Ler Devagar’ (litt. read  slowly, website with a virtual tour)

Facebook ‘Ler Devager’ bookshop

Lisbon LX Factory Lisbon Alcantara streetart 2

LX factory area Lisbon

In 2008, LX Factory was born, the area was transformed into an Arts Center, where numerous significant cultural events are held, nowadays one of the most visited arts centers of Lisbon.

Here, visitors can participate in events that underline the city’s vibrant contemporary arts scene.

Lisbon LX Factory old restored buildings Sunday market art 25 April bridge

LX Factory Lisbon & weekly open air market on Sunday

Weekly Sunday LX market from 12:00 -19:00. Facebook

Every Sunday an open air market is held, selling original pieces, trendy hand-made items, 2nd hand, vintage, shoes, plants, food and much more…I love it!  :-)

Lisbon LX Factory weekly Sunday market

LX Factory Lisbon & weekly open air market on Sunday

Some shops are closed on Sundays, but most restaurants and cafes are open. Really worth a visit!!

Lisbon LX Factory Lisbon Alcantara streetart 3

LX FACTORY
Rua Rodrigues de Faria, 103
Lisbon  facebook metro map (Alcantara)

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha – eating & dancing
Tuesday from 18:00 – 02:00
Wednesday u/i Saturday 12:30 – 02:00 – Sunday: 12:30 -18:00
Closed on Monday – facebook Rua Rodrigues de Faria, 103

LX Factory | 4th floor, Lisbon