Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ Rossio, best place in Lisbon to enjoy a Ginja (liqueur made of berries), sticky pavement & 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

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 from here.

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

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

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)

26 Responses to “Cafe ‘A Ginjinha’ Rossio, best place in Lisbon to enjoy a Ginja (liqueur made of berries), sticky pavement & 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?

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  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 […]

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