Tasting Ginja liqueur in Lisbon is a ‘must try’ : tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’ (‘Friends of Severa’, first fado singer), owner sr. António, fashionable area Mouraria & nightly fado performance

Planning a trip to Lisbon? A must-try is to taste a delicious liqueur: Ginja. Very popular, also affectionally known as Ginjinha.

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Tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon & owner sr. António Pais serving Ginja liqueur

In the partly renewed and nowadays trendy area Mouraria (a very old Moorish quarter in Lisbon), there’s a tiny tavern called ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ (friends of Maria Severa, considered as the first fado singer). Already 40 years sr. António Pais is the very friendly owner.  

‘Shot’ of Ginja: 1 euro :-)   Glass of red or white wine: 0.50 eurocent  :-) 

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

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

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Tiny tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon & amigo Felipe Aristimuño

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

You can order a Ginja with or without a cherry in it. The berries are on the bottom of the bottle and it requires a fair bit of skill to get just one berry into a glass. Most Portuguese people like to have their Ginjinhacom Ginja’ (with a cherry in the glass). If you don’t want it, ask for one ‘sem Ginja’ (without a cherry). The older Portuguese men drink their Ginja in one time. After this, they suck on the berry for a while and spit the pit onto the streets :-(

Lisbon Mouraria tiny tavern Os Amigos da Severa live fado Luc & Erika

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

The more lubricated the vocal cords are, the better the fado performance! A few glasses of Ginja give a great boost!  ;-) A remarkable night in Mouraria with friends Erika Reusens and Luc de Leersnyder
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Lisbon Mouraria tiny tavern Os Amigos da Severa people street live fado
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 Tiny tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ historic area Lisbon & live fado music around midnight
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Tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ & Maria Severa, first fado singer of Lisbon
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The tavern is located close to square Largo Maria Severa, the area where Maria lived during the nineteenth century, considered by many the first fado singer of Lisbon. The atmosphere of fado is everywhere in this little bar: by photos and posters accumulated on the walls, and the singing coming out of Mr. António’s radio.
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Saude! (cheers!) Tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ Lisbon & owner sr. António Pais
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Area Mouraria : fado history & fashionable Mouraria saw the birth of two great fado names – Maria Severa and Fernando Maurício. Nowadays the Moorish quarter is a melting pot of different cultures, living peacefully together :-) . There’re Fado houses, cheap (but good!) restaurants, taverns, bars and nightlife.
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Where: Barros Queiroz Street, 27.
Getting there: Bus: 708, 734, 740 | Electric: 12, 28 | Metro: Martim Moniz (green line)
Hours: Monday to Friday from 18pm, Saturday and Sunday from 16pm to 02:00 am
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Next door: restaurant/bar & fado house ‘Maria da Mouraria’, Largo da Severa 2.
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It is said that Maria Severa was born in this house, that’s why this place was renewed (in 2013) to promote fado as a tribute to this legendary singer.  She died here, at the age of 26 years old, November 30, 1846. More about this bar/restaurant….
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Bar Anos 60 (5 min. walk): nowadays a trendy spot, often live music, like Cabo Verdean music, Brasilian (former Portuguese colonies), jazz and more.  A lot of people of various nationalities discover this aerea. Open daily from 22:00-04:00. Largo do Terreirinho 21, smoking permitted
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Bar Anos 60 Mouraria Lisb0n

Lisbon district: guesthouse ‘SUN HOUSE’ with lovely garden, 2 bedrooms (2-5 persons) in Santa Iria Da Azóia near the Tagus river & perfect place for family vacation

New: ‘SUN HOUSE’, a family guesthouse located close to Lisbon’s airport (11 km), very easy to reach by car. Free parking. Ideal for families with children (2-5 people) or for couples. From 3 nights (€ 70 per night, high season) with 2 persons, week from € 350.

Sun House near Lisbon owners Paula Fernando and daughter Barbara

Welcome! The ‘SUN HOUSE’ garden: owners Paula & Fernando Ferreira and daughter Barbara

AVAILABILITY CALENDAR

E-mail: thelisbonconnection@gmail.com  or call J. Kruijs 0031 6 53941845

The ‘SUN HOUSE’ is a new private guesthouse in a little village (Lisbon district): Santa Iria Da Azóia, located around 20 km north from the city center of Lisbon, close to the river Tejo (Tagus). An ideal place for children, not a place where you find lots of tourists.

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The ‘SUN HOUSE’ kitchen/dinner space with door to the garden

Free pick-up service by car from the airport.

You will be welcomed with a fine bottle of portuguese wine and typical, famous Portuguese egg pastries: pasteis de nata.

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The ‘SUN HOUSE” Lisbon district: streetside villa located Avenida República , Santa Iria da Azoia

The new guesthouse has its own entrance from the vivenda’s (villa) private garden, where you can relax or prepare a BBQ. During your stay the garden is all yours, the owners will use the frontside of their villa.

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The ‘SUN HOUSE’ Lisbon district: private garden with BBQ

Facilities

Fully-equipped kitchen/dining room with fridge, magnetron, micro-wave, 4-burner-electric-cooker, washing machine,  dishwashing machine, coffee machine, plates for 6 persons, pans, cutlery, (wine) glasses, kitchen linen etc.
Satellite TV, free use WiFi;
2 bright sleeping rooms with comfortable beds (children bedroom for 3 persons). Luxury bed linen and blankets, baby bed plus mattrass (0-4 years). Large wardrobe;
bathroom with shower. Towels available;
sunny, quiet garden with outdoor dining area equipped with wooden table, 4 comfortable chairs, 1 parasol, BBQ, chairs for 10 persons;
4 bikes available (for free). Animals are not allowed.

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The ‘SUN HOUSE’ Lisbon district: bedroom with luxury bed-linen and blanket

SUN HOUSE PRICES
Prices from May u/i September 2015 :

May u/i September, 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 persons 110
Minimum stay 3 nights. Children discount.

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The SUN HOUSE Lisbon district: children’s bedroom (3 persons)

October, March and April (except holidays and holiday periods):
60 euro per night with 2 people, 80 with three people, four people 90, 5 persons 100. 10% discount on bookings of 5 nights or more.
In the months of November, January and February prices from € 50 per night, € 350 a week with 2 persons. Children discount.

The SUN HOUSE guesthouse Lisbon district kitchen

The ‘SUN HOUSE’ guesthouse Lisbon district: new kitchen

Cleaning fee: 40 euro. Free transfer from airport Lisbon, free use of WiFi (no laptop available).

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The ‘SUN HOUSE” guesthouse Lisbon district: private door to the garden

Reservation with contract including flexible cancellation conditions.

Price is inclusive electricity and gas. Payment procedure: 15 % 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.

Sun House near Lisbon fishermen boats Tagus river

Close to the guesthouse: the river Tagus (Tejo), children’s play park

There are 2 restaurants in the neighbourhood, a pharmacy and a small supermarket at 100m.

For children: bus to Lisbon’s Parque das Nações and the Oceanarium is 7 min. walk from the house, (30 min., 2.50 €) to the famous Oceanarium (Oceanário) in Lisbon, the largest aquarium in Europe!

Parque das Nações is a privileged place in Lisbon – it lies on a strip of land 5 km long by the river Tagus, a third part of which is made up of green spaces. Here architecture and art join nature in a happy marriage offering a very special leisure area unique in Portugal.

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The SUN HOUSE Lisbon district: garden with BBQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Francisco Franco Afonso & one of his favorite wines

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

Popular Hen & Stag Party’s

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

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

Save a tree – buy wine with natural cork

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

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

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Unique cork oaks in Portugal: fortunately they are protected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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African restaurant ‘Cantinho do Aziz’, Mouraria Lisbon

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

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

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

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

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

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Restaurant Cantinho do Aziz & very amiable staff

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

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

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

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Restaurant owner Khalid Aziz (born in Beira, Mozambique)

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

Delivery to your holiday apartment or hotel

call (00351) 218876472

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Laurentina beer & lovely ladies

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

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

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

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Restaurant street Cantinho do Aziz, Mouraria Lisbon

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

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

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

Cantinho do Aziz restaurant Mouraria Lisbon portrait Camilla Watson

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

Photographer Camilla Watson : fabulous photos printed on wood

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

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

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

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

Eco-friendly e-bike

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

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

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

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Beautiful view old town Lisbon & river Tagus

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

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

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

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

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

The location – historic  Mouraria Lisbon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YouTube Hendriktje ‘Amor de mel, amor de fel’

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

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

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

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

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

Amateur setting of Portuguese Fado is called FADO VADIO

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

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Café/bar ‘Tasca do Jaime’ Lisbon December 2014

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

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

Fado Vadio: ‘Dying cats or divine song’

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

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

Read more about Fado Vadio….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Restaurant Ibo Cais do Sodre Lisbon view from terrace

Restaurant ‘Ibo’ Lisbon & wonderful views from the terrace

Former colony of the Portuguese empire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lovely ladies

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

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

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

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

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

Restaurant Ibo Lisbon facing the Tagus river view from terrace ferry

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

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

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

Website Ibo restaurant (also in English)

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

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

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

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

YouTube Movie Tuk Tuk Tour Lisbon

Narrow Streets

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

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

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

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

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Historic area Mouraria Lisbon September 2014

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

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

Tuk-Tuk cars & origin

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

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

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

Young enthusiastic drivers & Tuk-Tuk cars

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

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Eco friendly Tuk car in Lisbon, historic area Alfama

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

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

Travessa da Pereira 16, Lisbon
+(351)914925450

Eco Tuk Tours Lisbon Facebook   Tripadvisor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vegetarian or meat

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

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

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

Restaurant Oh Nesta Mente Lisbon Intendente Rob & Felipe Sept 14

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

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

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Healthy, cheap & delicious!

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

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

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

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

Facebook Metro: Intendente

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

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

Intendent Square Lisbon August 14 Love Seat designer Joana Vasconcelos

Much more about area Intendente….

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

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

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

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

Lisbon Intendente Square Mouraria June 2014

Lisbon Square Largo Intendente, area Mouraria: June 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lisbon Largo Intendente Shop 'A Vida Portuguesa' 2014

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

Top Ten most beautiful tiled façades of Lisbon

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

Facebook Bairro Intendente Lisbon

Lisbon Largo intendente june 2014 wall drawings

Square Largo do Intendente: wonderful street art!

There’s much more to admire in Lisbon..

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