Alfama historic Lisbon: Rua do Salvador, real Portuguese atmosphere near famous viewpoint Portas do Sol, tasca ‘Zip Zip’ & cool vintage store designer Alberto Gourgel
One of my favorite old streets in Lisbon is Rua do Salvador in Alfama, the most famous historic and oldest neighborhood of Lisbon. The area is easy to reach from the city center by the legendary old tram 28
Here you will find a real Portuguese atmosphere, quite close to the famous viewpoint and tourist attraction Portas do Sol
Rua do Salvador is named after the city of Salvador in Brazil, a former Portuguese colony (from 1500-1825). Historic name: Cidade de São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos ( “City of the Holy Savior of the Bay of all Saints”).
Tasca ‘Zip Zip’ Rua do Salvador 45 Lisbon, typical Portuguese restaurant
Small restaurant ‘Zip Zip’ is a real tasca, serving affordable good Portuguese standard snacks and dishes, also loved by locals. Typical in historic area Alfama is a singing canary (or other types of birds, like a parrot) in a small cage hanging from windows and doors.
Tasca ‘Zip Zip’ Rua do Salvador 45 Alfama, Lisbon, in the afternoon
Tourist menu 7 euro (starter, main course and dessert). Restaurant ‘Zip Zip’ is a traditional Portuguese family restaurant. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the food is cheap but tasty.
Typical in historic area Alfama in Lisbon: a singing bird in a cage, this very nice bird is a Katara
Restaurant ‘Zip Zip’ in Alfama is open from Monday to Saturday from 11:00h until 24:00h. Closed: Sunday. In the smaller restaurants in Lisbon the bill is usually written on the paper table cloth and you can pay cash only.
Rua do Salvador, Lisbon
While walking around in this narrow old street you will discover hard working people and small shops.
Tiago Praça in his atelier, pottery Olaria Lisbon, Rua do Salvador 57
Vintage store & atelier Alberto Gourgel, Rua do Salvador 83, Alfama Lisbon
Designer Alberto Gourgel was born in Angola, a Portuguese colony from the 16th century to 1975 . In 2010 Alberto opened his atelier/store in Rua do Salvador.
Atelier Alberto Gourgel, Rua do Salvador 83, Lisbon
Here you can find all kinds of cool vintage stuff and old-fashioned suitcases decorated with original Portuguese magazines, created by Alberto. Blog: coisasdoalberto
Alberto Gourgel: “I like this very old street in Alfama, it’s a mix of old and modern Lisbon. The owner of the fish shop next door sells fish while singing fado songs. Besides I’m very glad to rent this place quite close to the “Feira da Ladra’, Lisbon’s famous flea market“.
This legendary flea market is held every Tuesday and Saturday from dawn to dusk, visited by lots of tourists from all over the world.
Atelier/store Alberto Gourgel, Rua do Salvador 83, Lisbon
Alberto: “I often find nice old stuff at auctions. Portugal is a poor country and in the past people bought their furniture when they got married for the rest of their lives. When they die the furniture often is sold at auction. Young people here like going to Ikea. But it’s not only a business, I really like what I do”.