Quality Restaurant Café Martinho da Arcada Praça do Comércio Lisbon: prime spot & Portugal’s most famous 20th C. poet and writer Fernando Pessoa’s table

Opening in 1782, Restaurant Café Martinho da Arcada, located in the corner of the Praça do Comércio 37 near the Tagus river, is one of the oldest restaurants/cafés in Lisbon.

Lisbon Restaurante da Arcada Praca do Comercio 37

The restaurant’s terrace under the beautiful arcades, Praça do Comércio

Movie Praca do Comercio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhuLEkL0Ue4. Situated downtown, this cafe was once the ideal setting for the so called ‘tertúlia’s‘ (café talks). Well known names from Portuguese life, such as Bocage, Amalia Rodrigues and Portugal’s most famous 20th C. poet Fernando Pessoa, were some of its usual customers.

Lisbon Restaurante Martinho da Arcada Antonio Barbosa de Sousa

Owner of Restaurant ‘Martinho da Arcada’, senhor Antônio Barbosa de Sousa.

Pessoa (1888-1935), worked and lived in the Baixa area in Lisbon, he wrote pieces of his work in this restaurant after closing time.

Lisbon Restaurante Martinho da Arcada table Pessoa

Restaurant Martinho da Arcade Lisbon: Pessoa’s table is still there…

Fernando Pessoa’s favorite dish: juliana soup, cod and fried eggs with cheese. Until the autumn of 1989 the cafe was retained in the style in which Pessoa enjoyed it. Meeting him for coffee….

Lisbon Restaurante Martinho da Arcada interior1

The inside dining room

These days mainly employees of the surrounding ministries and business people meet here for lunch. The staff is very friendly. Prices: not cheap, but the quality is excellent.

Lisbon Restaurante Martinho da Arcada staff

We enjoyed some fantastic dishes…

All washed down with some excellent Portuguese wines.

Clam stew 17.00 euro, veal medallions 18.50 euro, small bottle of Rimor  white wine euro 9.00.

The menu lists regional Portuguese cuisine; try a amijoa cataplana (clam stew)! Open: daily from 08:00 – 22:00. Close on Sundays.

More about Fernando Pessoa on this website

restaurant Martinho da Arcada friendly waiter

The very friendly waiters

Lisbon Praça do Comércio Feb 2011

Lisbon Praça do Comércio , February 2011

Are you a wine lover? You can taste a selection of fine Portuguese wines for free at Sala Ogival, also located at Praça do Comércio, Lisbon

 

3 Responses to “Quality Restaurant Café Martinho da Arcada Praça do Comércio Lisbon: prime spot & Portugal’s most famous 20th C. poet and writer Fernando Pessoa’s table”

  1. [...] par Martinho Rodrigues, en 1829, et, enfin, en 1845, son nom serait définitivement arrêté en Café Martinho da Arcada, pour ne pas être confondu avec le Café Martinho do Rossio, aussi fréquenté par Pessoa et [...]

  2. [...] favoriete café van Fernando Pessoa zou Café Martinho da Arcada zijn, onder de bogen, aan het grote Plaça do Comercio. Je schijnt er ook lekker te kunnen eten. En [...]

  3. […] (i.e., Lisboa’s version of St. Marks’ Square in Venice), one can find the illustrious Restaurant Café Martinho da Arcada, Pessoa’s favorite haunt.  I of course needed to eat there at least once, though I chose not to […]

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