‘Tapada das Necessidades’ Lisbon: remarkable cactus garden, Palace gossip, free access for public/tourists & setting for a picnic usually seen in films

Tweet Exotic garden Tapada das Necessidades in Lisbon is a guarded secret even the most Lisboetas don’t know about. Beautiful grounds and palace peeling pink paint, with an incredible cactus garden and a setting for a picnic you usually only see in films. Since a few years it’s open to the public/tourists and it’s free! Tapada das […]

Kiosk cafe ‘Clara Clara’ Lisbon, terrace near fleamarket Feira da Ladra, WiFi hotspot, playground for children & panoramic Tagus river views

Tweet The ‘Clara Clara’ Cafe in Alfama Lisbon is a kiosk in the garden-terrace of Boto Machado (or Santa Clara), overlooking the Tagus (Tejo) River and the National Pantheon (Church of Santa Engracia), in the heart of Lisbon’s legendary flea market, Feira da Ladra, litt. thieves market. ‘Clara Clara’ kiosk cafe in the heart of fleamarket Feira da […]

Excellent Restaurant ‘Casa da Comida’ Lisbon & the heavenly garden of Sacred Art São Roque Museum

Tweet Restaurant ‘Casa da Comida’ in Lisbon is an international well-known restaurant, very famous for its Portuguese gastronomy. In January 2009 ‘Casa da Comida’ (‘ the house of food’) opened a new cafetaria/ restaurant in the wonderful new bamboo garden of Museum São Roque, just a few steps away from Bairro Alto (a legendary old neighborhood in Lisbon’s historical […]

Lisbon people: Rob Plews’ (teacher and writer) favorite places in Lisbon: the Botanical garden & Tapada das Necessidades

Tweet I set foot in Lisbon back in 2001 after 9/11, and how refreshing not to understand a word as I went from café to café drinking galão, with TVs blaring in the background. I overheard an eager tourist trying to sum up this city as he scrunched his eyes under the vivid Atlantic light […]