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.
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 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”.
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).
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
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!
Bar & Bistro ‘Josephine’ Lisbon: Gary, Erika Reusens & husband Luc watching football, WK 2014
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
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.
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
Square Largo do Intendente: wonderful street art!