Years ago I discovered a small cafe on the 8th floor of a huge department store in Lisbon: delicious coffee, pasteis de nata … and stunning city views!
Restaurant & bar LESS in Lisbon: this view will never be boring! 🙂
Restaurant & bar LESS & 8th floor classic department store Pollux
Around six 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
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 🙂
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, Fátima 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 & camarão a guilho (garlic shrimp)€ 12,50
A traditional Portuguese delicacy: clams
One of Portugal’s most typical (and one of the tastiest!) dishes is clams Bulhão 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!
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, Setúbal (Parque nacional da Serra da Arrábida) with a car called ‘Isabelinha Constantina’ 🙂 .
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
Welcome! Short term rental (since 10 year) fully equipped apartment, Lisbon city center. Direct from Dutch owner .€ 60-70 per night with 2 persons, with 3 pers. € 90, 4/6 persons € 90 – 120.From 2 pers., 3 nights.5 nights or more 10 % discount. Private quiet patio. No separate rooms.
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.
Mouraria is a ancient area in the heart of Lisbon wherefadowas born.
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’ festivalsfall 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 🙂
Mouraria apartment Lisbon , March 2018: Dutch lunch (erwtensoep) with friends Liesbeth Niebling & Erik Herter 🙂
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.
3-bedroom apartment in historic area Mouraria Lisbon: bathroom
Bathroom with tub, toilet, bidet, washing machine and dryer (free use)
Apartment Mouraria Lisbon: Paula Ferreira takes care of the cleaning
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).
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
New in Lisbon: Café Belga specializing in Belgian-inspired food and a variety of fine Belgian beers. Inviting place, good food and relaxed atmosphere 🙂
Café Belga, historicareaMouraria Lisbon
Lisbon’s most authentic neighbourhood: Mouraria
Miguel Avelar, Belgian architect, opened Café 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).
The great diversity of plants gathered from every corner of the world under Portuguese rule by its earliest gardeners – the German, E. Goeze, and the Frenchman, J. Daveau – illustrated Portugal’s colonial power at the time, though in Europe it was seen as a small and rather peripheral nation.
Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico)
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.
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.
Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico)
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.
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.
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.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the south bank of the river Tagus: views on downtown Lisbon and the 25 April Bridgeare amazing! Take the ferry from Lisbons’ Cais do Sodré(every 10 minutes, weekend every 20 min.) to the other side of the river Tagus: Cacilhas, a 10 min trip. (Return ticket : cheap)
Cacilhasused to be a bustling area for a long long time when shipping and fishing were still major economic activities in Portugal.
Restaurant Ponto Final’s terrace at lunchtime in June
You will love the typical Portuguese menu. Fish, meat and great Portuguese wines.
€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 € 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.
Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ Lisbon May 2015: Sophie Lever and Jurre Schöttelndreier
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.
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.
A warm summer evening while the sun is fading….whow!
Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ is a perfect romantic location for a great dinner overlooking Lisbon by night. Make sure that you book a table outside in advance.
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. ‘God opens his arms to the city’.
You can go back to the Cacilhas ferry terminal by bus # 101.
Prima uitgangspunt om Lissabon te ontdekken, ook voor senioren, hartje stad, tot 6 pers. Nederlandse eigenaar, verhuur sinds 2006. Rustige privé patio (30 m2). € 30-35 pp pn. vanaf 2 pers., 4 pers. € 25 pp 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.
Voor wie er van houdt tijdelijk tussen de bevolking te vertoeven in een 900 jaar oude volkswijk.
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 € 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)
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 🙂
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 🙂
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.
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 apartement Lissabon: Paula Ferreira verzorgt de (uitstekende) schoonmaak
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;
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.
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
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.
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 LisbonFebruary 2017
Historical area Mouraria & 900 years of history
Historical area Mourariaexists 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! € 8,50) and Thai chicken (€ 8,75), a bottle of fantastic biological wine Fossil (€ 13,00), small bottle of water (€ 1,30), olives (€ 1,00), and chocolate cake ice cream (€ 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 🙂 bottle€ 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 : 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”.
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 € 2.50, home made of course!), and for breakfast and for lunch a variety of healthy ideas to choose from (€ 3.50 – € 7.00).
Restaurant/cafe Bruta FlorMouraria Lisbon, dinner March 2017
Tábua de Enchidos (Meat Board) € 11.50, Tábua Vega with guacamole , black beans, humus, raw vegetables, chips, wrap and toast € 9.00, queijo € 5,50 (1/2 board of cheese variety), glass of red wine € 2.80, coffee € 0.80.
Restaurant/cafe Bruta FlorMouraria 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 café. Comfort and adventure. Can we mix them? We believe we can. A flavour, a sound, a colour … there are many ways of tasting life”.
If you visit Lisbon for a few days, a 10-minutes ferry trip to the other side of the Tagus river is really worth it. RestaurantAtira-te ao Rio is one of my favorites!
View Lisbon from Cacilhas (part of Lisbon). Picture: Svetlana Borodina
Restaurant Atira-te ao Rio
Right next to the elevator to the Cristo Rei Statue, restaurant Atira-te ao Rio (litt. ‘throw yourself into the river’) is a space blessed by fabolous views over old town Lisbon. Don’t forget to bring your camera! 🙂
Restaurant Atira-te ao Rio, Cais do Ginjal Lisbon & friend Josephine Lucassen
The menu is typically Portuguese:dishes with good presentation and tasty. We ordered my favorite dish in this restaurant: salada com polvo grelhado (octopus salad), cous-cous com legumes e iogurt (cous-cous with vegetables and yoghurt), and cool white wine (copo de vinho branco). Bill for 2 persons: 35 euro.
Restaurant Atira-te ao Rio, Cais do Ginjal Lisbon & view 25 April bridge
These pictures are made in September on a beautiful sunny day, but in wintertime there’s also the possibility to enjoy the views of old town Lisbon in the interior of the restaurant.
‘Fábrica Lisboa’ has its own production, which means that croissants, bread, pies or cakes are constantly coming out of the oven in front of the customers. Traditional portuguese soups, sandwiches made with rustic bread, pies and fresh salads are also served.
Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ Rua da Madalena 121, Lisbon
Funny Portuguese vintage decoration
When you pass through Rua da Madalena and you hear a bell it’s fresh bread/croissant time!
But this space really deserves a longer visit to appreciate the vintage decoration with delightful and funny details, like old scales, bottles, bread boxes, old phones or pornographic cassettes. Even the coffee machine is vintage…… !
Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ & my favorite croissant with almonds spread (amêndoa)
Among the things of the past, take your time to enjoy a ‘late breakfast’ or a snack with salad or scrambled eggs with ham, accompanied by rustic bread.
Croissants ‘old nunnery style’
There«s more than 10 different croissants, from simple (plain, € 1.20), old nunnery style (with sweet-soft egg cream, € 1.20, created by nuns who lived in monasteries with a lot of chickens in the garden… 🙂 to extra large: 2 fried eggs, tomato, cheese, ham, salad and chips ( € 7.00).
My favorite: a sweet croissant with almonds spread (amêndoa) € 2,20.
Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ : friend Margriet de Vrieze loves this place. Tea (chá) € 1.75
Cartoon character Zé Povinho – symbol of the Portuguese working-class
The cartoon character Zé Povinhowas created by satirist and designer Bordalo Pinheiro in 1875, a symbol of the Portuguese working-class people, as a caricature for the protest against the politics and the high taxes for the simple population. Still nowadays every child in Portugal knows Zé Povinho. ‘Zé’ (José or Joseph in English), ‘Povinho’ is a diminutive for ‘Povo’, which means ‘people’.
Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ & Zé Povinho, symbol of the Portuguese working-class people
Ceramics from Caldas da Rainha
Caldas da Rainha, north of Lisbon, is well known for its wonderful ceramic pottery with a long tradition. The output includes large decorative pieces, crockery, tableware and decorative objects, famous all over the world for its unique (and sometimes funny) designs. Where to find in Lisbon: More…
Why is there a ceramic penis between the vintage decoration? Some centers of ceramic production in Caldas da Rainha has a tradition of phalluses and amusing phallic symbols. The tradition is said to have started in Caldas when King Dom Luis, who ruled from 1861 to 1889, suggested that local potters create something more interesting 😉 Penis-shaped ceramics