Restaurant & bar LESS Baixa Lisbon: stunning city views, lounge chairs & Gourmet Burger

Years ago I discovered on the 8th floor of a huge department store in Lisbon a little cafe: 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

Nine months ago 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 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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Meals are served inside and also outside on the terrace.
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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 
IMPORTANT: Mon-Wed 10.00-20.00. Thurs-Sat 10.00-00.00. 
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
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Looking for a great place to stay in Lisbon ? Check the availability calendar of my nearby 3-bedroom apartment with lovely patio.
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Príncipe Real Lisbon: centuries-old trees, shadowed terraces, designer shops & Saturday biological market

The park in area¬†Pr√≠ncipe Real in Lisbon¬†is¬†a gorgeous location! Centuries-old beautiful trees and shadowed terraces .¬†Besides: a biological market is held here every Saturday morning ūüôā

This century-old cedar ‘umbrella’ (20 meters) tree is really amazing!

Park Príncipe Real (Royal Prince) Lisbon : charming & quiet  area

Beautiful trees and terraces to drink your bica (espresso), and besides not expensive ! The atmosphere is very relaxed. This park is an extension of area Bairro Alto, in which plenty of bars and gay clubs are in easy reach.

Parque Príncipe Real Lisbon 

Park Pr√≠ncipe Real, and the nearby Botanical Garden of the University of Lisbon (one of Europe’s finest!) are great for relaxing.

Shopping & renovated historical buildings

Designer boutiques and art galleries are housing in wonderful renovated historical buildings.

Parque Príncipe Real Lisbon, Saturday biological market: Pedro & Dina

The small Moorish kiosk is one of the lovely designed kiosks (quiosque) in Lisbon, serving old-fashioned Portuguese refreshments and snacks.

On August 6, 711 Lisbon was taken by the Moors, 400 years later the city returned to Christian rule.  Nowadays the Moorish influence is still present.

Parque Príncipe Real Lisbon: Saturday biological market

Looking for a great place to stay in Lisbon ? Check the availability calendar of my  3-bedroom apartment with lovely patio in Mouraria historic Lisbon

Biological market every Saturday from 9:00-3:00

Around the park, the Biological Products Fair (Feira de Produtos Biológicos) is held every week on Saturdays at Jardim França Borges, commonly known as Jardim do Príncipe Real.

Parque Príncipe Real Lisbon: Saturday biological market

At Lisbon’s weekly organic farmers market¬†producers from all around the country sell most varied natural products, from vegetables to cosmetics, honey and wine. Bargaining is always possible and appropriate.

Parque¬†Pr√≠ncipe Real Lisbon & home made compotes ‘doces da Paulinha’

‘Doces da Paulinha’ (sweet and savory): traditional flavors, with organic products, handcrafted with love .¬†Facebook

Restaurants

There are several good places to have lunch or dinner, such as one of my favorites,¬†Italian restaurant & pizzeria¬†Zero Zero with a lovely outdour dining area, or trendy restaurant ‚ÄėO Prego da Peixaria: ¬†excellent steak or fish.

Lisbon Principe Real Rua dom Pedro V Cunha Palace

Rua dom Pedro V, no. 26 : Arabesque Ribeiro da Cunha Palace (1877)

Principe Real’s Rua dom Pedro V¬†¬†is¬†one of the most interesting streets of Lisbon to walk around.¬†In recent years, the neighborhood has become a great place to shop .

Embaixada, Praça do Príncipe Real

There¬†are incredible stores, such as¬†Embaixada¬†(the Embassy), ‚Äč‚Äčwhich was built in 1877 and now houses design shops, fashion and gastronomy in wonderful spaces.¬† ¬†Website

YouTube : the Rebirth of Lisbon’s Principe Real District

Shopping store Embaixada is located in Ribeiro da Cunha Palace, a XIX century new-Arabian Palace, one of the most iconic buildings in this neighbourhood. Facebook

Embaixada, Praça do Príncipe Real,  no. 26 Lisbon

Park Príncipe Real Lisbon

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
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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

‘Do you like to Tuk-Tuk with me’ ?¬†ūüėȬ†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.

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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

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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

Website Tuk Tours (more info and reservations)

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

Cafe restaurant ‘O Corvo’ (The Crow) Lisbon: great food & a sweater-wearing tree

Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo’ (The Crow) in area Mouraria Lisbon¬†is one of my favorites. This part of the city¬†is still quite authentic, although tourism has increased¬†the last few years.

Largo¬†dos Trigueiros, historic area Mouraria¬†Lisbon & a ‘sweater’ wearing beautiful tree ūüôā

A bit hidden away from¬†the hustle and bustle of Lisbon‚Äôs¬†city center there’s a wonderful small square surrounded with colourful old houses, and a small old fountain in the middle. Just lovely!

10 minutes walk from this little square: my authentic 3-bedroom apartment with lovely private patio in Mouraria (short term rentals).

2016: Cafe/restaurant¬†‘O Corvo‘¬†(The Crow)¬†Largo¬†dos Trigueiros,¬†Lisbon

Small terrace pleasantly shaded by a tree & graffiti knitting

Square Largo¬†dos Trigueiros, once forgotten and lined with cars, is nowadays one of the coolest places of Lisbon. In march 2016 cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo’ opened his doors.¬†

In summertime the terrace is shaded by¬†the spreaded branches of a beautiful tree with a colourful ‘sweater’ wrapped around the trunk¬†: knitted graffiti

September 2017:¬†¬†Cafe/restaurant¬†‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon

Menu

The menu offers affordable meals: a variety of dishes, also vegetarian.¬†Opened in March 2016, cafe-restaurant ‘O Corvo’ is a friendly, easy-going place serving homemade foccacia¬†(delicious!) among others, and homemade cakes.

Our lunch:¬†¬†entrec√īte (500 gr) for 2 persons, potatoes and salad ‚ā¨ 28; um¬†copo de vinho tinto¬†(a glass of red wine)¬†‚ā¨ 2,60; um copo de vinho branco (a glass of white wine)¬†‚ā¨ 2,60, small bottle of water¬†‚ā¨ 1,80, coffee¬†‚ā¨ 1,00.

September 2017:¬†¬†Cafe/restaurant¬†‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon: entrec√īte¬†for 2 persons

Mix and match of antique furniture

Inside the restaurant there ‘s a mix and match of antique furniture, vintage pieces, wooden movie chairs, stone-clad tables and sofas from the last century. Everything recovered and in good condition.

When entering it seems that it ‘s only one space and an open kitchen (very nice people!) but there’s another greater room. ‘The place is¬†suitable for a group (50 seats).

September 2017:¬†¬†Cafe/restaurant¬†‘O Corvo‘, Largo¬†dos Trigueiros¬†in Lisbon

Historic area Mouraria

The cobblestoned former Moorish quarter, roughly between the Castle of Saint George (São Jorge) and Rossio square, is a friendly and super-central neighborhood where Fado was born and which today presents a mix of long-time residents and a multicultural community, complemented by artists, students and other young people.

Cafe/restaurant¬†‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon & nearby street with photos on the walls

Area Mouraria in Lisbon is a muddle of narrow streets, stairs and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age. Houses painted in several pastel colours or covered with antique tiles (Portuguese: azulejos).

Area Mouraria Lisbon & photo printed on wood

Photographer Camilla Watson : fabulous photos printed on wood

Um tributo √† Mouraria¬†(‚ÄėA tribute to¬†Mouraria): a permanent exhibition of¬†fabulous photos printed on wood on the walls of the streets in a tribute to¬†fadistas¬†or people with a strong connection to the neighborhood. Amazing!

British photographer Camilla Watson has been living in this area for 6 years.

Cafe/restaurant¬†‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon & one of the spaces

Location & how to get there:

10 min. walk from startingpoint tram 28, square Martim Moniz: walk via Rua da Madalena, then go up the stairs (Beco dos Surradores) until Largo dos Trigueiros , and turn right. 

YouTube: Square Largo dos Trigueiros & stairs to reach the restaurant

Cafe/restaurant¬†‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon
Largo dos Trigueiros 15A-15B Lisbon
Facebook  Phone: +351 21 886 0545
Super friendly staff, they all speak fluently English ūüôā

Ferry boat from Lisbon to Montijo: Samouco beach, great day trip & pink flamingos

Away from the crowds, on the south bank of the river Tagus (Sul do Tejo), there’s the beach of Alcochete, located near the small city of Montijo¬†. From Lisbon you can take a bus¬†across the Vasco da Gama Bridge directly to Alcochete centre at Oriente station ¬†(431, the most frequent),¬†or 432 and 437.

Ferry to Montijo from Cais do Sodre station Lisbon

Ferry boat from Lisbon to Montijo

But it’s really worth it¬†taking¬†a ferry¬†from Lisbon to Montijo (time schedule ferry boats, also from Cais do Sodr√© ferry terminal), walk around in this picturesque village, have lunch, take a bus to the centre of Alchochete and walk to the beach called Samouco¬†(ca. 15 min.)

Ferry to Montijo at Cais do Sodre Lisbon 25 April Bridge

Beautiful views ferry boat to Montijo: Lisbon city and the 25 April Bridge.

The ferry trip to Montijo takes about 20 minutes which gives you a chance to enjoy the river and the views of Lisbon and also the surrounding areas. Return ticket: euro 5.60.

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Montijo, Pra√ßa da Rep√ļblica

You’re away from the crowds…and it is really a pleasure walking around here.

Montijo near Lisbon city centre cafe

Montijo , a lazy afternoon in September, Rua Guerra Junqueiro.

Not one tourist in sight! Coffee (bica) euro 0,60.

Beach Alcochete near Lisbon Samouco

Alcochete , Samouco beach

PINK FLAMINGOS

From Montijo, take a bus to Alcochete centre and walk 15 minutes to Samouco beach  (YouTube).  You can enjoy watching pink flamingos or egrets (white heron) near the Reserva Natural of the Tagus river, which is famous for the birds.

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Alcochete , Samouco beach

Of course in July and August there¬†are more tourists.¬†On the background: Lisbon,¬†Parque das Na√ß√Ķes.¬†

Alcochete, like Sintra, has in the past been a popular haunt for royalty, coming here to relax and holiday. The town’s foundation dates back to the 7th century, after the Moors conquered Lisbon. Its name derives from the Arabic word for kiln, as there have been many found in the area.

Bullfighting also has a history here, and bulls are still let loose in the streets during the Barrete Verde and Salinas Feasts (the second weekend of August). ūüôĀ¬† ūüôĀ

Beach Samouco Alcochete near Lisbon Fitness exercises

Alcochete , Samouco beach

Fitness exercises at the beach…. ! On de background: Vasco da Gama Bridge

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Alcochete , Samouco beach

Near the beach there’s a small cafe. Very nice people!

Typical Portuguese snacks and drinks: coffee (bica) euro 0.60.

Lisbon Vasco da Gama bridge

Beautiful Vasco da Gama bridge Lisbon

By car it’s about 30 minutes from Lisbon to Alcochete beach.

The wonderful Vasco da Gama Bridge connects Alcochete and Montijo with Lisbon. It is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts),with a total length of 17.2 km (10.7 mi). The bridge connects the north of Lisbon with the south bank of the Tagus near Montijo.

Beach Alcochete near Lisbon

Alcochete , Samouco beach

TOPO rooftop Restaurant Lisbon & open air Bar Martim Moniz: surprising menu & Wow! city views

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

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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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Restaurant/winery Vestigius Lisbon: great riverfront dining, creative decor & cultural space

Located in the Cais do Sodré area in Lisbon with a privileged view of the Tagus River,  restaurant/cafe 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: ‚ā¨ 11.50; Spark water¬†‚ā¨ 3.50, coffee¬†‚ā¨ 2.50
Fridays – Live music at 8.30 pm & DJ’s at 11:00 pm
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
Delicious tapas
Calamares (squid) ‚ā¨¬†8.50, p√£o¬†(bread)¬†‚ā¨ 2.50, baked potatoes¬†‚ā¨ 5.50; glass of white wine:¬†Portal da Cal√ßada Reserva¬†(vinho verde, young wine)¬†‚ā¨ 5.00, coffee¬†‚ā¨ 2.50
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Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & remarkable bathroom
Vestigius
Cais do G√°s, Armaz√©m A, n.¬ļ 17
Lisbon – facebook
Website (& cultural agenda). Open: every day of the week
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Vestigius restaurant Lisbon: location near the Tagus river

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.

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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.

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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

Looking for a vacation apartment in Lisbon? My 3-bedroom apartment (100 m2) with lovely patio (30 m2) (short term rentals).

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

Cascais is a famous vacation spot in Portugal by the sea 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.

Cascais in summertime , Rua Direita

Cascais (more pictures and wiki info) 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 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 tourists, 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

Football lovers can watch the matches at this square: huge screens are strategically placed outside and inside the restaurants.

My favorite restaurant in Cascais is House of Wonders, delicious vegetarian food , Largo da Misericordia  

Cascais beach & a lazy Sunday afternoon in September

This beach is¬†only¬†five mins walking distance from restaurant ‘O Po√©ta’ . But 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 a promenade that connects Cascais to Lisbon providing one of the most spectacular costal walks available, 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 beaches in Europe. Strong northern winds are predominant during summer time (June‚ÄďAugust) as well as smaller north-west swells, making this beach ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

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: around 5 euro.

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Cascais & one of the small beaches

Lisbon’s Botanical Garden: designed in 1873, unique & one of Europe’s finest

Tucked away in the Principe Real dictrict, near Bairro Alto, the Botanical Garden (1873) is a lush retreat from the afternoon sun.

April 2018:  reopened after renovations РVideo Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden Lisbon entrance

Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Bot√Ęnico)

The University of Lisbon Botanical Garden was designed as a scientific garden, planting began in 1873 through the initiative of two professors, the Earl of Ficalho and Andrade Corvo.

Entrance with beautiful palms: Rua Politécnica 58, Principe Real

Botanical Garden Lisbon ticket office

Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Bot√Ęnico)

Ticket office in the garden. Tickets: cheap. Children up to 6 years: free

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Botanical Garden Lisbon Ficus macrophylla

Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Bot√Ęnico)

Ficus macrophylla (moreton bay fig)

The great diversity of plants gathered from every corner of the world under Portuguese rule by its earliest gardeners Рthe German, E. Goeze, and the Frenchman, J. Daveau Рillustrated Portugal’s colonial power at the time, though in Europe it was seen as a small and rather peripheral nation.

Botanical Garden Lisbon couple enjoy the garden

Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Bot√Ęnico)

It’s really wonderful to walk around and sit down for a while in this haven of tranquility and serenity. The park offers the ideal place to explore the vastness and beauty of nature. Wander along mosaic paths under tall palms, take in the scents of the herb garden and visit the colourful butterfly house.

Botanical Garden Lisbon Dracaena Draco dragon tree

Dracaena Draco (dragon tree)¬†Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Bot√Ęnico)

The systematic collections serve various fields of botanical research, demonstrating to the public and visiting schools the great diversity of plant forms and various ecological processes. They also represent an important and effective way of conserving plants whose survival is threatened.

Botanical Garden Lisbon 2 ladies making pics

Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Bot√Ęnico)

Some collections deserve a special mention. The outstanding diversity of palms, brought from all continents, confers an unexpectedly tropical atmosphere to several locations in the garden. Cycads, real living fossils representing ancient and mostly extinct floras, are one of the garden’s hallmarks. Nowadays they are extremely rare and certain species are preserved only in botanical gardens.

Botanical Garden Lisbon Pome granate

Pomegranade, native to semitropical Asia.

The garden is particularly rich in tropical species from New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan and South America, illustrating the mild climate and the special microclimates produced in the garden.

Lisbon Botanical garden

Jardim Bot√Ęnico da Universidade de Lisboa¬†¬†FACEBOOK¬†
Rua Escola Politécnica 58
Website

Open: summer (1 April to 31 October): everyday from 09:00 to 20:00.Weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 20:00.Winter: everyday from 09:00 to 18:00. Weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Christmas and New Years day.                          

Restaurant Canto Saudade Lisbon: Portuguese Cuisine, wonderful terrace, VW Vintage Van Tours & owner Marcus Madeira

Restaurant Canto Saudade in Lisbon is located close to the curious¬†Casa dos Bicos (built in 1523)¬†and¬†the river Tagus. Traditional Portuguese cuisine and a lovely authentic decor ūüôā

Restaurant Canto Saudade, Campo das Cebolas Lisbon, March 2018

Marcus Madeira (30), owner of Restaurant Canto Saudade:

“We started as a shop with traditional Portuguese products, but step by step we turned into a restaurant, me and¬†my mom, F√°tima Mariano (59). It has been a tough journey but we are grateful”.

Restaurant Canto Saudade: owner Marcus Madeira & Nídia Silva

Owner Marcus Madeira: “We have a small, cosy family business; our goal is to provide a memorial time in our Canto Saudade (litt. ‘nostalgic corner’), serving authentic Portuguese food and good wines in a relaxed atmosphere”.

Restaurant Canto Saudade,¬†¬†Codfish Br√°s style¬†(‚ā¨ 9,95) & friend Rob Plews

Owner Marcus Madeira: “Our specialities are clams ‘Bulh√£o Pato’¬†style, firegrilled¬†chorizo, octopus salad, alheira,¬†fish cataplana, octopus lagareiro style, codfish saudade style and seafood rice”.¬†Menu card¬†¬†¬†¬†

Facebook pictures & mouthwatering dishes

Restaurant Canto Saudade &¬†camar√£o¬†a guilho (garlic shrimp)¬†‚ā¨ 12,50

A traditional Portuguese delicacy: clams

One of Portugal’s most typical (and one of the tastiest!) dishes is clams¬†Bulh√£o Pato style : a clams recipe named after¬†a 19th-century Portuguese poet.¬†He is¬† known from a dish that he did not create, but just spreading the word about it!

Restaurant Canto Saudade Lisbon & clams Bulhão Pato style

Poet Bulh√£o Pato¬†became more famous because of his clams recipe than his poetry ūüėČ

History Portugal & clams: YouTube

Restaurant Canto Saudade: owner Marcus Madeira & some kitchen staff

Campo das Cebolas Lisbon (litt. Field of Onions): a lovely area

The Campo das Cebolas, located near the Tagus river, is one of the most historical and beloved areas of Lisbon. The name comes from a vegetables market that took place on this site in the 1400s.

VIDEO about the renewed area & history

Restaurant Canto Saudade Lisbon & authentic Portuguese decor

Popular area in Lisbon

Picturesque buildings together with the lately created large open space (2017) ending at the waterfront avenue make this area more popular than ever, particularly to tourists.

Restaurant Canto Saudade & new open space near the river Tagus

History : Casa dos Bicos (House of the Spikes)

This square is home to Casa dos Bicos , built in 1523 and one of the few buildings that survived the 1755 earthquake.

Campo das Cebolos (Field of Onions)
An emblematic space of the city of Lisbon where the past and the future come together VIDEO

Casa dos Bicos (house of Spikes), Campo das Cebolas Lisbon in 2012

The house has a curious façade of spikes, influenced by Italian Renaissance palaces and Portuguese  Manueline styles.

More…..Wikipedia

Restaurant Canto Saudade Lisbon & authentic Portuguese decor

VW Vintage Van  & Tours around Lisbon

Marcus Madeira :¬†“We have 2 vintage VW Vans. It’s possible to book a tour with us (or a customized tour) around Lisbon, like f.i.¬†Sintra, Cascais, Guincho, Set√ļbal (Parque nacional da Serra da Arr√°bida) with a car called ‘Isabelinha Constantina’ ūüôā .

Capacity for 8 persons + a driver “. (From 250 euro a day,¬† please ask/call owner Marcus Madeira for more information).

VW Vintage car ‘Isabelinha Constantina‘. Picture: Nuno Rato

Marcus Madeira: “During the tour we talk about our daily portuguese habits, about Portugal, we play FADO music on our vintage radio as well as traditional portuguese music; wine tastings, cheese, liquors, and we take some pictures :)”

Restaurant Canto Saudade¬†& International women’s day 2018

Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 6, Campo das Cebolas – Lisbon

Phone: +351 21303235  FACEBOOK  info@cantosaudade.com

Open daily from 11:00 – 01:00. Closed: Monday. Very nice staff ūüôā . Metro:¬† Terreiro do Pa√ßo¬†blue line (linha azul)

Website VW Vintage Van Tours  FACEBOOK

Restaurant Canto Saudade:¬†typical Portuguese & beautiful ūüôā

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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

Website 

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

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

Welcome! Short term rental (since 10 year) fully equipped apartment, Lisbon¬†city center.¬†Direct from Dutch owner .¬†‚ā¨¬†60-70¬†per night with 2 persons, with 3 pers. ‚ā¨¬†90 pn, 4/6 persons ‚ā¨¬†90 – 120.¬†From 3 nights.¬†5 nights or more 10 % discount. Private quiet patio. No separate rooms.

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

Availabilitycalendar

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.

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

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

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

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

For check-in after 23:00 Euro 25 fee applies.

Casa rosa Mouraira Nov 15 2

October¬†2015:¬†new facade, new color, casa rosa ūüôā

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

Direct 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.

Mouraria apartment Lisbon outside terrace: patio (30 m2) September 2017

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 √°rea; there’s¬†some traffic driving through the¬†narrow one-way¬†streets.

Mouraria restaurant Jose Maria lunch Pedro Rita

Journalist Pedro Rita will give you the keys by arrival in Lisbon

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

Also easy to reach by metro (Martim Moniz). Nearby places: Sintra, Estoril, Cascais and 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

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

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

May u/i August, Christmas holidays and holiday periods (10 % discount on bookings of 5 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 terrace: dinner in summertime

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 5 nights or more. Child discount. Free stay children 1-4 years old.

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

Mouraria Lisbon apartment & private sunny patio (30 m2)

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).

Sleeping room apartment Mouraria Picture Emil Roes

Apartment Mouraria historical center Lisbon

Sleeping room streetside

Mouraria 3 bedroom apartment Lisbon sunny patio from March till October

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

 

Café Belga Lisbon: creative space, moules-frites, McChouffe & sexy bathroom decor

New in Lisbon:¬† Caf√© Belga specializing in Belgian-inspired food and a variety of fine Belgian beers.¬†Inviting place, good food and relaxed atmosphere ūüôā

Café Belga, historic area Mouraria Lisbon

Lisbon’s most authentic neighbourhood: Mouraria

Miguel Avelar, Belgian architect, opened¬†Caf√© Belga¬†on the ground floor of a renovated building in Mouraria, Lisbon’s most authentic neighbourhood. (Moors resided here after conquering Lisbon in 1147, until being expelled in the 15th century. Few traces of that time remain).

Café Belga, historic area Mouraria Lisbon

Reasonable priced typical Belgian dishes

Popular typical Belgian dish: moules-Frites (mussels & Belgian fries)¬† (Portuguese:¬†mexilh√Ķes) ‚ā¨ 11,50, Belgian beer on tap (Imperial) McChouffe¬† 4.30 ‚ā¨,¬† wine (um¬†copo do vinho da casa)¬†‚ā¨ 3,50. Cafe¬†‚ā¨ 1,20.

Some Belgian beers in Café Belga, historic area Mouraria Lisbon

Belgium, famous for many things (and besides ‘Manneken Pis‘,¬†Little Piddler” ūüėȬ† ), is regarded as the world capital of beer. The country offers one of the largest selections of beers in the world.

Café Belga, historic area Mouraria Lisbon: Pedro Rita loves McChouffe

There’s a large selection of Belgian beers, some imported directly from Belgium. Wall decorations of beer marks scatter across the walls of the restaurant , along with a friend’s illustrations .

Café Belga, historic area Mouraria Lisbon

Brussels-style Steak Tartare (‚ā¨ 11.50), slow-cooked beef stew with beer (Carbonnade Flamande¬†‚ā¨ 9.50)

Tasty Belgian frites (fries)

The fries (‚ā¨ 3) are baked according to Belgian rules . Born in Holland I recognize the taste. They are not fried in oil but with cow lard.

Café Belga, historic area Mouraria Lisbon & ceiling lamps

The ceiling lamps made of Philips Gramophone vinyl disks are lovely!

Vegetarian dishes 

Vegetarian hamburger made with broccoli and tofu (7,50 ‚ā¨), or vegetable pie (7 ‚ā¨) . (March 2017)

Every Saturday is moules-frites (mussels with fries) day.¬†¬†For dessert there’s f.i. Belgian chocolate mousse.

Café Belga, historic area Mouraria Lisbon & bathroom

Belgian bathroom ūüėČ ūüėČ

Café Belga Lisboa, Largo das Olarias, 37 Mouraria Lisbon. 10 minutes walk from starting point tram 28, Martim Moniz

Closed Monday.  Sunday & Tuesday РThursday from 11:00-22:00, Friday РSaturday 11.00-00.00.

info@cafebelga.pt         Facebook

Café Belga Lisbon street, Largo das Olarias, 37 Mouraria Lisbon

Looking for a great place to stay in this area in Lisbon? Check the availability calendar of my nearby 3-bedroom apartment with lovely patio.

Work in progress : in front of Caf√© Belga a terrace will be opening soon ūüôā near a wall with amazing work of the Portuguese street artist Vhils¬†(creation via destruction)

Breathtaking views Lisbon: Restaurant ‚ÄėPonto Final‚Äô Cacilhas, short ferry trip & great Portuguese food

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit¬† the south bank of the river Tagus: views on downtown Lisbon and the 25 April Bridge are amazing! Take the ferry from Lisbons‚Äô Cais do Sodr√© (every 10 minutes, weekend every 20 min.) to the other side of the river Tagus:¬†Cacilhas,¬† a 10 min trip. (Return ticket : cheap)

Riverfront terrace restaurant Ponto Final’, Cacilhas, amazing view downtown Lisbon. September 2017

Time table ferry from Lisbon Cais do Sodre to area Cacihas and vice versa

As you get off¬†the ferry, ¬†it takes about¬†15¬†minutes to walk along the river to Restaurant ‚ÄėPonto Final’, after passing lots of¬†ruinous warehouses.

Abandoned and ruinous warehouses, Cacilhas (Almada), Lisbon

Picture: Svetlana Borodina

Planning a trip to Lisbon? 

Check the availability calender: my 100 m2 authentic apartment with 3 bedrooms and lovely patio in the historical part of Lisbon (Dutch owner)

Cacilhas used to be a bustling area for a long long time when shipping and fishing were still major economic activities in Portugal.

restaurante Ponto FInal view downtown Lisbon

Restaurant Ponto Final’s terrace at lunchtime in June

Reasonable prices

You will love the typical Portuguese menu. Fish, meat and great Portuguese wines.

‚ā¨20/25 a¬†person incl. wine. Quite reasonable prices if you consider the view! If you’re not in the mood for food, just relax,¬†order a¬†coffee¬†or a glass of wine¬†(bottle from ‚ā¨ 7.50) and enjoy the scenery.

Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ & lunch with friends Svetlana and Sergy Borodin¬†from Prague

We enjoyed olives, ripened cheese from Alentejo, cod salad with chick-pea, octopus salad, dogfish soup, a delicious bottle of restaurant Ponto Final’s housewine, sweet rice and a custard dessert.

Bill for 3 persons 58.50 euro.

Lisbon Ponto Final Restaurant Sophie en Jurre 2015 2

Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ Lisbon May 2015: Sophie Lever and Jurre Sch√∂ttelndreier

Very good Portuguese cuisine. Especialidade da Casa (specialty of the house): arroz de Tamboril (rice with monkfish), Entrecosto Assado no Forno (roasted ribs) and Peixe Fresco Grelhado (grilled fresh fish). The wine list has a quality assortment of Portuguese wines.

Restaurante Ponto Final uitzicht brug

View 25 April Bridge

It can be rather windy along the river Tagus, so don’t forget a sweater in case you like to have dinner here. Or, order a bottle of wine and a starter, enjoy it outside for at least a glass, then move inside for the main dish.

Restaurant Ponto Final Cacilhas Lisbon amazing view

A warm summer evening¬†while the sun is fading….whow!

Restaurant ‚ÄėPonto Final‚Äô is a perfect romantic location for a great dinner overlooking Lisbon by night. Make sure that you book a table outside in advance.

Restaurant¬†‘Atira-te ao Rio’, splendid¬†view old town Lisbon

In case ‘Ponto Final’ is closed, the neighbor¬†restaurant¬†‘Atira-te ao Rio’,¬†Portuguese and international cuisine, is also a great place to enjoy your lunch or dinner!¬† ūüôā

Cacilhas Lisbon view Restaurant Atira-te-ao-rio’ and Cristo Rei statue

Cacilhas and the famous Cristo Rei statue

The elevator to reach the Cristo Rei statue  (1 euro returnticket) is situated quite close to restaurant Ponto Final .

Svetlana & Sergy from Prague

Stunning views! Close to the elevator.

Several possibilites how to travel to the Cristo Rei Monument

Ferry-Lisbon Cacilhas

Ferry timetable

From Lisbon, Cais do Sodré ( Lisbon’s major bus, metro & trainstation) to Cacilhas, the other side of the river Tagus and vice versa

Ponto Final Lissabon Ans

Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ Lisbon in wintertime.¬†Picture: Loek Polack

During winter season in Lisbon this place is also worth a visit ūüôā !¬† But it can be rather cold and very windy!

Wintertime Sunset video.

Cristo Rei Statue, Cacilhas, Lisbon

The 82m (270ft) high pedestal (by elevator). This enormous monument is built in 1959 in thanks to God for having spared Portugal during World War II, inspired by the famous statue in¬†Rio de Janeiro. ‚ÄėGod opens his arms to the city‚Äô.

You can go back to the Cacilhas ferry terminal by bus # 101.

Yellyfish. Picture Svetlana Borodina

Restaurant Ponto Final, Cacilhas Cais Ginjal 72, Cacilhas , Almada,

Phone: (00351) 212 732 108. Mail:  pontofinalrest@gmail.com. Closed: Tuesday and December 21st till January 21st.

Authentiek 3 slpk. appartement (100 m2) hartje Lissabon: heerlijke patio, tot 6 pers. Smart TV & BBQ

Prima¬†uitgangspunt om¬†Lissabon te ontdekken, ook voor senioren, hartje stad, tot 6 pers. Nederlandse eigenaar, verhuur sinds 2006.¬† Rustige priv√©¬†patio¬†(30 m2). Met 2 pers. :¬†‚ā¨ 60-70 pn , met 4 pers. ‚ā¨ 90/100 pn.¬†V.a. 3 nachten.¬†Bij 5 of meer nachten 10 % korting.¬†¬†YouTube: de buurt¬†¬†

Privé patio (ommuurd en rustig),  juni 2016

Patio (30 m2) met 2 BBQ’s¬†waar gerookt kan worden.¬†

Hartje historisch Lissabon, maar net buiten de toeristische drukte. Nabij metro plein Martim Moniz vanaf het vliegveld en startpunt tram 28.  

BESCHIKBAARHEIDS kalender

Mouraria appartement Lissabon, patio juni 2014: vrienden Rob en Felipe

Zon op de rustige, privé patio (30 m2) van begin maart tot eind september. 

Reserveren of meer info (vanaf 3 nachten, geen aparte kamers te huur): mail naar Julie Kruijs thelisbonconnection@gmail.com  , tel. 0653941845 (ook WhatsApp). Skype: juliekr1956.

Vlakbij het prachtige plein Intendente¬† .¬†Lucky TV: Willy & Max in Lissabon ūüėČ ūüėȬ†

Kamer Mouraria appartement Lissabon oktober 2017

Aankomsttijd: 15:00, vertrektijd 11:00.  In gezamenlijk overleg is flexibiliteit mogelijk. Na 23:00 uur inchecken: 25 euro

Fado zangeres Mariza

Zangeres Mariza groeide op in deze wijk YouTube

Appartement Mouraria Lissabon kamer en suite aan de straatkant

Thelisbonconnection:

mijn blog over Lissabon (nuttige- maar ook heel veel aangename info over de stad en omgeving).

Gastvrij Portugal : unieke vakantiehuizen met veelal Nederlandse eigenaren.

  Casa rosa Mouraira Nov 15 2

Appartement Mouraria oktober 2015 na¬†werkzaamheden: nieuw dak¬†en –¬†fa√ßade, casa rosa ūüôā

Straat: Mouraria, Rua do Terreirinho Lissabon .

Voor wie er van houdt tijdelijk tussen de bevolking te vertoeven in een 900 jaar oude volkswijk.

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Appartement Mouraria in juli: zonnige¬†patio (30 m2) en 2 BBQ’s

120 jaar oud appartement in Mouraria, historisch Lissabon, 2e etage (ca. 110 m2) met 3 slaapkamers, gratis gebruik WiFi en smart TV met o.a. Ned./Belgische zenders. Uitstekende stoelen en bedden. Airco.

 

Geen nachtelijk café-lawaai, wel komt er bij vlagen verkeer door de nauwe straatjes .

Taxi & metro

Afstand vliegveld ca. 8 km. (per taxi ‚ā¨ 10-12 incl. bagage). Het appartement is erg makkelijk per metro te bereiken (metro, halte plein Martim Moniz).

Appartement Mouraria : zonnige en rustige patio  (30 m2)

Startpunt legendarisch trammetje 28,  taxistandplaats en bussen bij plein Martim Moniz is 3 min. lopen.

Appartement Mouraria Lissabon: rustige privé patio (30 m2) met BBQ gedeelte, juni 2017

Castelo de S√£o Jorge ligt op loop afstand.

Appartement Mouraria in historische wijk in Lissabon & keuken, januari 2017

Sintra, Estoril, Cascais en de stranden van Costa da Caparica zijn makkelijk bereikbaar.

De legendarische 16e-eeuwse uitgaanswijk Bairro Alto is ca. 15 min. lopen.

Lisbon Mouraria area seen from Costa do Castelo

Mouraria, historische wijk in Lissabon

Historische wijken worden langzamerhand gerestaureerd, ook Mouraria, dat haar naam dankt aan vroegere bezetters, de Moren (Os Mouros).

Mouraria restaurant Jose Maria lunch Pedro Rita

Pedro Rita (voetbaljournalist, woont in de buurt) overhandigt de sleutels bij aankomst in Lissabon

Het straatje ligt dichtbij twee centrale- en monumentale pleinen Praca Dom Pedro IV (Rossio in de volksmond) , Praca da Figueira en plein Martim Moniz

Plein Martim Moniz YouTube, lekker eten, live muziek en meer!

Mouraria was ooit de bakermat van de¬† ‘de Fado‘ muziek, nu is het een oude multiculturele (volks)wijk en toch typisch Portugees, met fado restaurantjes.

Appartement in oude Moorse wijk Mouraria, Lissabon: winter 2018

Nieuwe sofa ūüôā

In de buurt: bakkers met heerlijke verschillende soorten verse broodjes) en onweerstaanbaar lekkere Portugese gebakjes, zoals bijvoorbeeld het beroemde roomtaartje Pastel de Nata: een caloriebom  !

Kamer appartement¬†¬†Mouraria, Lissabon: lunch met Liesbeth¬† Niebling & Erik Herter, maart 2018 : erwtensoep ūüôā

Restaurantjes in de buurt

De supermarkt is 10 min. lopen vanaf het appartement, er zijn veel kleine winkeltjes in de buurt en typisch Portugese restaurantjes (ca. 10-12 euro p.p.). Het is veelal goedkoper om uit eten te gaan dan om zelf te koken.

Restaurant Rua do Terreirinho 58 José Maria and Laurinda

In het straatje: Restaurantje Jose-Marie en zijn vrouw Laurinda Mouraria

Klimaat & kleding

Het weer in Lissabon is het hele jaar door zeer aantrekkelijk. In de winter kan het overdag op een terrasje heerlijk warm zijn, ‘s avonds kan het, ook in voor- en najaar, behoorlijk afkoelen. Neem altijd een jas of trui mee. Actueel weer.¬†.

Mouraria apartment Paula cleaning garden

Mouraria apartement Lissabon: Paula Ferreira verzorgt de (uitstekende) schoonmaak

Tickets: : Ryan Air (vanaf Eindhoven, binnenkort ook vanaf Schiphol),  TAP (Portugese luchtvaartmaatschappij),  Transavia.nl,   Easyjet Lissabon,  KLM, Vueling (tip). Route sneltrein door Portugal: Alfa Pendular (online ticket reserveren  vanaf 30 dagen vooraf is mogelijk).

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Slaapkamer 1 appartement Mouraria Lissabon. Foto: Emil Roes

Indeling appartement : (woonkamer, 3 slaapkamers met ramen, badkamer, keuken & patio, 30 m2)

  • woonkamer met¬†¬†2-zits¬†comfortabele (slaap)bank en grote antieke uitschuifbare eet/computertafel met 4¬† stoelen¬†(Linum, ook geschikt voor terras)¬† en¬†een gemakkelijke extra stoel (Linum). Originele balkenvloer in alle kamers. Frans balkonnetje, PVC- ramen met geluidsisolerend dubbel glas aan de straatkant. Smart/Satelliet TV met o.a. Ned. zenders, 123 cm, radio, CD-speler, WiFi-aansluiting;
  • 3 slaapkamers met uitstekende bedden (geen kleiner Portugees-, maar Hollands formaat):
  • slaapkamer met 2 een-persoons (boxspring, 90×200) bedden, aan de straatkant,¬†grote antieke kledingkast en een gemakkelijke stoel. Frans balkonnetje, PVC- ramen met geluidsisolerend dubbel glas;
  • tweede rustig gelegen slaapkamer (met raam, uitzicht op de tuin van de buren) en¬†een 2-persoons bed (210×180), antieke linnenkast;
  • derde rustige slaapkamer (met raam naar de patio) en¬†comfortabele uitschuifbare¬†bedbank voor 2 personen¬†(90×200);
  • Chicco baby/kinderbed plus matrasje 0-4 jr. en babybadje;
  • badkamer met douche, ligbad, bidet en toilet. Gebruik wasmachine en droger inbegrepen, ruime hoeveelheid¬†handdoeken van goede kwaliteit (geen strandlakens). Haardroger;
  • donsdekbedden en luxueus bedlinnen (Essenza);
  • keuken met tafel en 2 stoelen, 2 koelkasten, magnetron, 4-pits electrische kookplaat, oven, goede pannen, waterkoker, koffie/Nespresso apparaat, citruspers, (wijn)glazen, borden, bestek, keukenlinnen etc.;
  • zonnige (van half¬†maart tot eind september) en¬†rustige prive patio van ca. 30 m2. Tuintafel met¬†2 comfortabele¬†stoelen, 3 bamboe stoeltjes¬†en een zonne/slaap stoel. Comfortabele Linux stoelen uit kamer en slaapkamer kunnen ook buiten gebruikt worden.¬†Barbecue gedeelte met marmeren aanrecht, 2 BBQs¬† en 2¬†muurparasols;
  • de indeling van het appartement biedt voldoende privacy. Airco apparaat. Goede verwarming voor de wintermaanden via Heatwafer ecopanelen in iedere kamer.

Appartement Mouraria historisch Lissabon: rustige patio (30 m2)

Tarieven 2018
Mei t/m augustus, feestdagen en vakantieperiodes:
10 % korting bij een boeking van 5 nachten of meer; bij een boeking van 10 dagen of langer: 15 %.
70 ‚ā¨ per nacht¬†met 2 personen, ‚ā¨90¬†met drie personen, bij 4 personen ‚ā¨100, 5/6 pers. ‚ā¨120¬†. (Vanaf 2 personen te huur).
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September t/m april (m.u.v. feestdagen en vakantieperiodes):
‚ā¨¬†60-70 euro per nacht¬†met 2 personen, ‚ā¨90 met drie personen, bij 4 personen ‚ā¨90/100, 5/6 personen ‚ā¨110.
10 % korting bij een boeking van 5 nachten of meer; bij een boeking van 10 dagen of langer: 15 % . 
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Informeer naar aanbiedingen of langere periodes. Kinderkorting in overleg. Kinderen 0-4 jaar gratis. Chicco reis babybed en badje is gratis beschikbaar.
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Alles inbegrepen, excl. schoonmaak 40 euro. De bedden zijn opgemaakt bij aankomst. Mooi bedlinnen (Essenza), ruime voorraad handdoeken (geen grote strandlakens).
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 Historische buurt Mouraria in Lissabon
de buurvrouwen (as vizinhas). 
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Appartement in Mouraria Lissabon: badkamer met wasmachine en droger
WiFi internet (wel eigen laptop(s) meenemen) en satelliet TV met vele kanalen, o.a. Nederlandse en Belgische zenders.
Reservering (20 % aanbetaling) d.m.v. huurcontract incl. coulante annuleringsvoorwaarden:
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November, december (m.u.v. de Kerstperiode ),  januari en februari: prijs op aanvraag (soms ook langere periodes mogelijk). 
Prima verwarming via Heatwafer panelen in alle kamers¬†‚ā¨ 25 per boeking.
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5 min. lopen vanaf het appartement: startpunt trammetje 28 0p plein Martim Moniz
Startpunt legendarische gele tram 28: 5 minuten lopen vanaf het appartement
Een ‘must do’ Lissabon attractie: het legendarische trammetje 28, startpunt is vlakbij het appartement. Een ideale- en goedkope¬†manier om de historische wijken van Lissabon te zien en de ‘miradouros’ (mooie uitkijkpunten) over de rivier De Taag.
Appartement Mouraria Lissabon, 2e rustige slaapkamer, met raam naar de tuin van de buren
Appartement Mouraria Lissabon, 3e rustige slaapkamer, met raam naar het terras
Bij aankomst in het appartement staat een lekkere fles Portugese wijn in de ijskast. Zeer goed verzorgde schoonmaak, opgemaakte bedden bij aankomst.
Mouraria 3 bedroom apartment Lisbon patio March 2016
3- slaapkamer appartement Mouraria Lisbon: geurende jasmijn op de p√°tio (30 m2) maart 2016
De zwaluw (gekregen van Sander en Marcel ūüôā¬†)¬†is een Portugees symbool dat staat voor liefde en geluk: gitzwarte zwaluwen (andorinhas) sieren menig Portugees huis¬†¬† meer

Restaurant cafe Bruta Flor Lisbon: creative food, warm staff, live music & lovely place

Great selection of creative- and vegetarian meals in a lovely old little place! Cafe/restaurant Bruta Flor (Wild Flower) is located in Mouraria, a bit tucked away in the heart of the historical part of Lisbon.

Restaurant Bruta Flor, historic area Mouraria Lisbon, Saturday night February 2017

Nowadays Largo da Severaa in historic area Mouraria is a beautiful little square, named after Maria Severa, considered to be the first fado singer in Portugal.

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor  Mouraria Lisbon June 2017

This restaurant was once a¬†typography workplace, now it’s been transformed into a lovely decorated dining space.

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor (Wild Flower) area Mouraria Lisbon February 2017

Historical area Mouraria & 900 years of history

Historical area Mouraria exists more than 900 years, together with Alfama it is 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.

Restaurant Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon & healthy creative dishes

Great selection of vegetarian dishes

We ordered a vegetarian meal: tomato couscous (yummy! ‚ā¨ 8,50) and Thai chicken (‚ā¨ 8,75), a bottle of fantastic biological wine Fossil (‚ā¨ 13,00), small bottle of water (‚ā¨ 1,30), olives (‚ā¨ 1,00), and chocolate cake ice cream (‚ā¨ 3,50).

Restaurant Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon & friend Rob Plews, February 2017

There’s a variety of (bio) Portuguese wines available, my favorite:¬†Fossil ūüôā bottle¬†‚ā¨ 13.

There are also nights of live music: this night we really enjoyed Vitória.

Restaurant Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon & Vitória  (YouTube)

Owners restaurant Bruta Flor Paula, Ruth & Ugo: world citizens

Owner Paula Froes: ‘We are a family of three, who decided to step up and do something for ourselves. All of us have their own professions but I am the only one who works on at least one of mine. None of us was born in Portugal. I come from Mozambique, Ugo and Ruth from England. We have also lived in Brazil. We are somehow a trio of world citizens’.

Restaurant Bruta Flor Mouraria Lisbon February 2017: owners Paula, Ruth & Ugo

Restaurant Bruta Flor, Mouraria : March 18 & NV Lissabon members

Music, Art & people 

Owner Paula: “As you come into our place you will probably feel the influences of our travels, both in the decoration, the food, the exhibitions, workshops and live music. The world is made of different people and that makes it exciting. There are many pleasures in life, amongst them eating, drinking, enjoying music, art and people”.

On the wall, a portrait of a French painter Séraphine Louis

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon February 2017 & owner Ugo

Home made cakes

Bruta Flor is divided into 2 spaces: there’s a small and cozy cafe right next to the restaurant. From morning to evening there’s coffee and delicious cake (slice ‚ā¨¬†2.50, home made of course!), and for breakfast and for lunch a variety of healthy ideas to choose from (‚ā¨ 3.50 – ‚ā¨ 7.00).

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor Mouraria Lisbon, dinner March 2017

T√°bua de Enchidos (Meat Board) ‚ā¨¬†11.50, T√°bua Vega with guacamole , black¬†beans, humus, raw vegetables, chips, wrap and toast ‚ā¨ 9.00, queijo ‚ā¨ 5,50 (1/2 board of cheese variety), glass of red wine ‚ā¨ 2.80, coffee¬†‚ā¨ 0.80.

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor Mouraria Lisbon & dinner with friends Loek Polack and Ans de Graaf

Bruta Flor: a mix of good food, comfort & adventure

Owner Paula: “Providing opportunities for people to meet one another, share their visions, arts, over a delicious meal. Life is not only about gathering, sometimes we just want to be by ourselves and have a good reading in a quiet environment. We would like to think this is also possible at our caf√©. Comfort and adventure. Can we mix them? We believe we can. A flavour, a sound, a colour … there are many ways of tasting life”.

Restaurant/cafe¬†Bruta Flor Mouraria Lisbon, wall drawing: beautiful man & wild flowers ūüôā

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor¬† ¬†Music:¬†Caetano Veloso –¬†O Quereres – Bruta Flor
Opening hours (closed Monday/Tuesday)  table booking recommended
15:00 – 23:00 (Wednesday – Thursday)
15:00 – 24:00 (Friday)
11:00 Р24:00 (Saturday) There are also nights of live music and painting exhibitions.
11:00 – 23:00 (Sunday)
Happy hours: 18:30 Р20:00. Phone: (00351) 915498119.  Facebook

 

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon & view Largo da Severa Lisbon

Short-term rental in this area: my apartment (100 m2, 3 bedrooms), lovely private & quiet patio

Looking for an authentic apartment in this area? More info about my apartment in Mouraria & availability calendar