Saint George’s Castle Lisbon overlooking lively square Martim Moniz: multicultural delicacies, aphrodisiacs, shops, events, music, tram 28 & favorite kiosk ‘A Preta’
When you travel to Lisbon it is a must to visit the legendary St. George’s castle. Walking from the beautiful Rossio square to Castelo de São Jorge, you will cross square Praça Martim Moniz. This is where the historic Mouraria neighborhood starts, nowadays a multicultural area. Enjoy a light meal and soft music here in the sun!
Square Martim Moniz February 2013: Kiosk ‘A Preta’ (‘The Black’) : João (Johnny) and his sister Luiza Gabriel
Kiosk with a tropical touch and my favorite. João and his sister Luiza (DJ Lady G Brown) serve super good hamburgers, delicious pinchos (meat on a stick), salades and fresh juices. They were born in Angola, a former colony of Portugal (from the 16th century to 1975). They moved to Lisbon in 1982. Johnny worked a few years in Amsterdam and he speaks a little Dutch (‘lekker!‘)
Kiosk ‘A Preta’ Square Martim Moniz Lisbon; hamburger with salad and potatoes € 5,50. Delicious! Salad: 4.00 €
Square Martim Moniz, located in the most multicultural area in Lisbon, has totally changed: nowadays it is a place where you can enjoy a light (also vega) meal in the sun: a meeting of cultures that will host delicacies from the four corners of the world, in the weekends there’s a market selling biological products, shops, music and shows.
Castle of Saint Jorge (Castelo de São Jorge ) overlooking square Martim Moniz Lisbon
Here you can eat samosas, or a pizza, or ice cream, or a hamburger, or a vegetarian snack … drinking a cold beer, listen to live music or a DJ and enjoy the warm summer evenings. The Castelo de São Jorge overlooking the historical centre of Lisbon, and the entire square has a view of the castle.
Square Martim Moniz February 2013: vegetarian kiosk Erva & Carla Contige
Kiosk with green cuisine: vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic specialities, made with fresh ingredients and prepared with love by Carla Contige…. You must try the salad, full of fruit, greens and seeds, or a Vega burger (€ 5). Besides: Carla is a very beautiful girl…..
Square Martim Moniz Mercado de Fusão December 2012: aphrodisiacs and liqueurs like Licor de Merda (made of shit)
The Liqor de Merda was born in 1974. It is a Portuguese alcoholic drink and the literal translation is “Shit liqueur”. Portugal went through a turbulent period marked by the struggle bewteen left and right. It was made to “honour” the government and, despite being a milk licor, it is said that it’s made with the best different types of shit.
Square Martim Moniz Kiosk ‘A Preta’ November 2012: here you can enjoy sun and music (DJ is Rycardo)
On Thursdays and Fridays from 3 PM to midnight there’s a DJ ( Soul, Funcky, Reggae, World Music, Jazz and more..) to liven up the square and to get you in the mood for the weekend. Here you can find all the cultures and flavours from around the world: 10 fast food kiosks from various continents, America, Africa, Europe and Asia that await you for an alternative dining experience.
Square Martim Moniz Lisbon: people are invited to dance for ONE BILLION RISING, February 14, Valentines day 2013
There’s also a stage on the square, always ready to host concerts, lectures, workshops and much more….. A Fun Track is also available in one of the kiosks, which rents pedal karts, streetsurfing boards, scooters, skateboards and roller skates for both children and adults.
Square Martim Moniz Lisbon, December 2012
Every day the kiosks are open from 10:00 till midnight. On Thursdays and Fridays from 3 PM to midnight there’s a DJ . Every Saturday and Sunday a Fusion market is held here, Mercado de fusão (10h às 19h), bringing together the Martim Moniz retail trade with famous shops in the city.
This square is the starting point of the legendary tram 28.
Knight & hero Martim Moniz: stylized depiction in the square’s metro station
But who was Martim Moniz? He was a hero! He sacrificed himself in 1147. According to the legend, Martim Moniz was a knight participating in the Christian invasion force, led by king Afonso I of Portugal. At one point in the siege of São Jorge Castle, he saw the Moors closing the castle doors. He led an attack on the doors, and sacrificed himself by lodging himself in the doorway, preventing the defenders from fully closing the door.
Rob Plews square Martim Moniz Lisbon December 2012 Kiosk’ A Preta’