Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ Rossio, best place in Lisbon to enjoy a Ginja (liqueur made of berries), spit the pit & a city center tourist attraction

Try a typical Portuguese liqueur: Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ is a city center tourist attraction. When walking to ‘Restauradores’ or ‘Rossio’ , a lively area, in Lisbon’s city center, be sure to stop at the ‘A Ginjinha’ cafe, Largo de São Domingos 8

Lisbon Rossio Ginja

Cafe A Ginjinha’ Rossio Lisbon near Teatro Theater Nacional Doña Maria II

This is a very tiny bar where a maximum of three people can go in at a time and order a Ginja.

10 minutes walk from this square in historical área Mouraria: small café ´Os Amigos da Severa´´: also worth a visit for tasting Ginja liqeur :-)

Short term rentals: my 3bedroom authentic apartment (110 m2) in the historical part of Lisbon with a lovely patio, 10 minutes walk.

Lisbon A Ginjinha’ cafe Lisbon tourist attraction 1

Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ Rossio Lisbon. Next door: famous traditional hat shop

Ginja or Ginjinha as most people call it, is a liqueur made of a cherry-like berry called (not surprisingly) Ginja. The berries are fermented into a brandy that’s slightly bitter, slightly sweet and very sticky.

Students in September drinking ginja

Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ Rossio Lisbon in September

Lisbon students in September, a brand new school year…

You can order a Ginja for little money and with or without a cherry in it. The Ginja’s 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 Ginja).

A Ginjinha near Restauradores Lisbon Portugal

Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ Rossio Lisbon

Spit the pit

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. Take care: if you approach this square, the pavement can become quite sticky ;-) ;-)

Lisbon A Ginjinha’ cafe Lisbon tourist attraction 3 Rossio city center

Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ Rossio Lisbon

There’s no specific time for drinking a Ginja, the Portuguese tend to drink all day. Where to buy a bottle of Ginja in Lisbon (or order via the website?

Lisbon A Ginjinha’ cafe Lisbon tourist attraction 2

Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ Rossio Lisbon

Saude! (cheers)

27 Responses to “Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ Rossio, best place in Lisbon to enjoy a Ginja (liqueur made of berries), spit the pit & a city center tourist attraction”

  1. […] Rossio near Restauradores: Portuguese like to drink a ‘Ginjinha’, a liqueur made of […]

  2. Where can I buy Ginja from Portugal that will ship to the USA?

  3. […] Ginjinja near the tiny Ginja bar on Largo de São Domingos, Ginjinha is a liqueur made of a cherry-like […]

  4. […] can win a taste of Ginja if you manage to throw a coin in a small glas inside the big bottle filled with water. […]

  5. […] just in time! Be aware when you visit touristical attractions and terraces. Nearby you can taste a Ginjinha, a liqueur made of a cherry-like berry, a typical Lisbon […]

  6. […] Besides: they also sell 10 years old Port wines, Portuguese wines like vinho verde, Aguardentes (similar to Cognac, Schnapps or Grappa) and the legendary wild Cherries Liqueur Ginjinha. […]

  7. […] This one has very sad eyes….near the church in Rosssio, close to Palácio da Independência (Palace of Independece) and the famous small  ‘A Ginjinha’ cafe. […]

  8. I adore this spice drink

  9. where may I buy that they will ship to USA ?

  10. […] met up with Ana again on our last night in Lisbon at A Ginjinha, where locals begin their evening out with a shot of this brandy-fortified sweet liquor! It made […]

  11. Muzeyyen bedel on May 10th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    How can i get in contact with Ginjinha producers for magazine?

  12. Where can I buy 12 bottles of Ginja d’Obidos on line and get it shipped to Darwin – Australia?

  13. I really must say it’s very refreshing to uncover a genuinely original blog like this, good effort. I expect I’ll be coming back frequently and I’ll be looking to see if you’ve made another comment when I do.

  14. Guy Bellinger on March 15th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Do you know if the ‘A Ginjinha Bar’, Rossio, is the same as the one filmed in in 1930 in Leitão de Barros’ semi-documentary “Lisboa, Cronica Anedotica” (a masterpirece that can be viewed on You Tube). There are some places shown in the film I was unable to trace (probably because they have disappeared. Do you by chance have any information about them : Béco das Mil Patagas, Pateo de Batalha, Capile Palace, Colegio união por os dois sexos, Lota o Lavagem de Peixe (Camera Municipal de Lisboa)?
    Thank you in advance for any information you could give me
    Guy Bellinger
    PS: I am a contributor for and the French film location site L2TC
    PPS: Sorry for the mistakes. I visited Lisbon once and I loved the place but I did not stay long enough to start learning Portuguese.

  15. There is another shop called “Ginja sem Rival” near “Ginjinha” wich I think it’s even better!!

  16. Can I purchase Ginjinha from You to ship to US, if so how much would it be. Or is there a place I could contact in US to purchase this, as we were recently in Portugal and enjoyed it but could only bring back a little of it. Thank you.

  17. I was in Lisbon 1968 &69 the square looks the same and the cherry liquor
    Sold out of the same spot 40 yes later

  18. […] about sticking to the cobbles outside the best Ginjinha bar in town, where the locals try not to spill a drop of the cherry brandy, and the tourists wonder […]

  19. […] take the metro to Rossio Square, which lies at the base of hill, and is home to Cafe ‘A Ginjinha‘, a corner outdoor cafe known for its Ginja, a vintage liquor similar to port. The […]

  20. […] Seriously delicious. Well, a stroll around Rossio would not be complete without a visit to A Ginjinha. What is Ginjinha? It’s a sweet and sour liqueur made from cherries, and it’s […]

  21. […] Eat: Pastelaria Mexicana / Clube de Jornalistas / Confeitaria Nacional Drink: Noobai Café / Rossio Ginjinha / Pavilhão Chinês See: Foundação Calouste Gulbenkian / MUDE / Centro Cultural de Belem  […]

  22. […] Cafe A Ginjinha is a must-stop for me; I adored the delectable berry liqueur the last time I was in Lisboa, and have been passively (and fruitlessly) seeking it in Madrid ever since. The usual custom is to purchase just a shot and then drink it standing in the plaza, but Carlos has suggested that we may well snag a whole bottle and tote it henceforth to the shoreline in Belém. Groovy. […]

  23. For those wanting to have ginginha shipped to the US: probably not possible. But it is officially imported, at least in the Portuguese Ironbound section of Newark, NJ. I have seen the “Sem Rival” brand in bars and shops.

  24. […] heading off on our journey to Castelo de Sao Jorge, we stopped into A Ginjinha, for some local liquor made out of cherry-like berry called ginja.  It was this adorable, tiny […]

  25. […] A Ginjinha ist das kurioseste Lokal und ein Muss für jeden Lissabon-Besucher. Ein winziger Kirschlikör-Take-Away-Laden. Ein Schnapsglas voll kostet 1,35 Euro. Geöffnet von 9 (!) bis 22 Uhr. Saude! […]

  26. […] takes a tram to a A Ginjinha Registada (Largo São Domingos 8, 1150 Lisboa, Portugal) for a morning shot of Ginjinha, a liquor made from […]

  27. Hello everybody…

    My name is Hugo , and I am an oficial guide in Lisbon , I loved your article about ginga

    I invite everybody to came to Portugal…we offer degustation tours of the most typical products …

    Hugo Gonçalves

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