In June, the month of the Festas dos Santos Populares(Feast Days of the Popular Saints), the Lisbon nights are filled with lively festivities that take over the city’s historical center. Festivities 2019
Every year mid-June, the time-honoured Santo António celebrations take over the streets of Lisbon, filling them with grilled-sardine and sangria-selling stalls, cheery bunting, and happy people. More..
At Avenida da Liberdade, from around 8h30 pm, June 12, there will be the yearly parade, with people dressed up in beautiful costumes. Each group represents a Lisbon neighborhood and there is a winner for the best song and costumes.
The narrow streets in area Bairro Alto(at night) are filled with people in a party mood, enjoying a whole lot of caipirinhas and mojitos on the bar-lined hills. Every bar and club in the district shuts its doors and moves its drinks to the windows, or on to tables outside.
All the streets are decorated with garlands and lights, from Castelo to Mouraria, Graça to Alfama, and Ajuda to Bairro Alto. Barely a street escapes as paper lanterns, streamers and coloured lights are hung from balconies and railings.
Manjerico (basil), a symbol of affection & love poems
As a symbol of affection, people present each other with little pots of basil (manjerico) and paper carnations on which they write poems.
During the month of June there are many stalls in the city where you can buy the pots with basil (from 5 – 15 euro) and a selection of poems with various texts
“não digas que não amas – “do not say you don’t love me pois tens a voz a tremer – because your voice is trembling quando um não proclamas – when one does not proclaim um sim pretender dizer” – it is “yes” you mean to say….
Gastrobar Rio Maravilha (Wonderful River) is situated on the fourth floor of one of the nowadays trendy ‘LX factory’ buildings in the Alcântara (‘bridge’ in Arabic) district in Lisbon, surrounded by huge windows overlooking the Tagus river, the 25 April bridge and the Cristo Rei statue .
Gastrobar Rio Maravilha Lisbon & wonderful view 25 April bridge from a formerly factory building
Very different from the usual 🙂
We didn’t have to wait long before the friendly welcoming staff seated us at a small table near one of the the huge windows: what a wonderful view! The multi flowered designed chairs and the bright pink coloured outfits chosen for the waitresses are quite surprising.
Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, ‘LX factory’ Lisbon & the restaurant’s decor
The whole space is very different from the usual. But you can expect this from those who already are experienced of managing remarkable spaces in Lisbon like unique bar ‘Pensao Amor’in a former red light district and restaurant ‘Casa do Pasto’ , with sophisticated Portuguese cuisine. A few months ago this place, ‘Rio Maravilha’ was opened, influenced by Brazilian flavors.
We decided to order a few small dishes like Salade de Lulas (squid salad, grilled sweet potatoes, onion and croutons) € 15.60, Cogumelos na Brasa (grilled mushrooms, foliage of sour cream and chestnuts) € 13.70, Ovo BT (egg BT) € 9.80, Hambúrguer de Novilho (veal) € 9.10, and a bottle of white wine: VB Filoco € 12.00.
Surprising : Ovo BT, a poached egg accompanied by cream cheese with some marmalade, parmesan cheese and ibérico pancetta.
Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, ‘LX factory’ Lisbon & wonderful views
The Hambúrguer de Novilho (veal) was not such a good experience: we ate just a little bit of it, due to the unpleasant ‘aftertaste’. According to the waitress nothing was wrong, but both we had no good feeling, also afterwards… (the restaurant is aware of our complaint, they asked to come again to enjoy a better experience, that’s all 🙁 ). BTW: the hamburger was not mentioned on our bill.
Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, LX factory Lisbon, entrance & very friendly staff
Gastrobar Rio Maravilha – eating & dancing
Tuesday from 18:00 – 02:00
Wednesday u/i Saturday 12:30 – 02:00 – Sunday: 12:30 -18:00
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Pessoawas largely unknown in Portugal until after his death in 1935. The man has no idea he’s mobbed by lots of tourists nowadays, all day long!
Sculpture poet Fernando Pessoa Lisbon & Dutch admirer Hans
‘The best way to travel is to feel’Pessoa wrote, ‘so feel everything in every possible way.’ Pessoa was born in Lisbon in 1888.
Apart from his high school years which he spent with his mother and half brothers in South Africa, he lived in Lisbon without a break, without taking public holidays, without traveling abroad. He did so with the help of heteronyms, inventing many lives (and cities) out of his own, spent between the Chiado area, where he lived.
Quality Restaurant Martinho da Arcade, Lisbon.
Restaurant Martinho da Arcade Lisbon & Pessoa’s table
Portugal’s famous poet and writer Pessoa spent a lot of his time in cafes (like Cafe Martinho da Arcada, where he wrote and drank a lot . He died in 1935, aged 47.
“Acordar”, poem by Álvaro de Campos, one of Fernando Pessoa’s various ‘heteronyms’ (imaginary characters).
“Acordar da cidade de Lisboa mais tarde do que as outras
Acordar da Rua do Ouro
Acordar do Rossio, as portas dos cafés
E no meio de tudo a gare, que nunca dorme
Como um coração que tem que pulsar através de vigilia e do sono”
“The waking up of Lisbon, later than other cities
The waking up of Rua do Ouro
The waking up of Rossio Square, at the doors of its cafes
And in the middle of it all the train station, which never rests
Like a heart that has to beat in both waking and sleeping hours”
Located in the Cais do Sodréarea in Lisbon with a privileged view of the Tagus River,restaurant/cafe Vestigius offers a fabulous terrace space!
Vestigius cafe/ restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river
Vestigius offers Portuguese and Italian cuisine: pizza’s hamburgers, tapas, Portuguese petiscosand snacks, to accompany the great diversity of wines, gins and cocktails. In addition it’s a meeting place for arts & culture, music and literature.
Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & wonderful vintage decor
Former warehouse in ruins & artistic charm
Originally this place was a port warehouse in ruins from the nineteenth century near the river Tagus. Now it’s turned into a space with a wonderful vintage decor, made from abandoned warehouse wreckage and second-hand parts, acquired in auctions and fleamarkets like the legendary Feira da Ladra in Lisbon
Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & 2nd floor terrace
Stunning river views
The terrace on the second floor gives stunning views of the April 25 bridgeand the Cristo Rei statue, but the (good) music from the speakers near our table was too loud to talk with each other.
Vestigius restaurant Lisbon near the Tagus river & wonderful vintage decor
Exhibitions & Music
An essential component in Vestigius are the exhibitions, whether painting, drawing, photography or other areas and supports. Every month there’s a new exhibition. More…
Traditional Portuguese food, snacks, and a free smile 🙂 . Facebook
Typical Portuguese restaurants are a little bit disorderly, but very clean with a big TV screen (people like watching TV while eating, football, futebol), TL-tubes on the ceiling and paper table-covers.
Nowadays historical area Mouraria in Lisbon is still filled with old taverns and small restaurants, serving traditional Portuguese food for local prices. In contrary to the more touristical historic areas, like Alfama or Bairro Alto, where prices in restaurants are mostly much higher.
Colourful Mouraria area embraces the past and the present. A multicultural area, where many nationalities live together peacefully. Nowadaysit is a popular and fashionable part of Lisbon. Currently, it is gradually renovated.
Organic grocery store Bomercado, opened in Mouraria Lisbon in 2018.
Organic shop Bomercado in Lisbon provides groceries, fruit, vegetables and fresh bread, Portuguese biological wines and much more. Good prices, highly recommended! Shopowner Frank is sympathetic and knowledgeable.
The many winding alleys still show the traces of the 500 years of Moorish domination (from 711-1249).
Area Mouraria is a muddle of narrow streets, stairs and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age. Houses painted in several pastel colours or covered with antique tiles (Portuguese: azulejos).
The Portuguese language is peppered with words of Arabic origin, often those relating to food, farming and manual work. One commonly used is oxalá – a direct descendent of insha’Allah, the term meaning “God willing.”More….
Ó! Galleria is a project focused in illustration, drawing, books, zines and author pieces. Ema Ribeiro is the proud gallerist and she works with some collaborators, mostly young and promising illustrators.
My apartment in Mouraria Lisbon (short-term rental). Picture: Margaret Schöttelndreier
Entering Royale Café in Lisbon, we were pleasantly surprised by the stylish interior…. but the biggest surprise is the back patio: just lovely!
Royale Café Lisbon & lovely garden patio
Located in the elegant district Chiado in Lisbon, Royale Café offers creative cuisine with mediterranean ingredients (great vegetarian options) and fine wines.
Royale Café Chiado area, Lisbon
Quiet patio overgrown with lovely plants
Being a group of 10 people, we were lucky still enough space was available for us. We loved the food and the cute litte outside area, overgrown with lovely plants and with lots of shade.
Royale Café Lisbon & quiet patio July 2018
Our bill for 10 persons: 167 euro
Lunch including 2 bottles of fine wine (Quinta de S. Sebastião) and some beers. Homemade creative specialties (natural- and organic products) for a good price! 🙂 . Lovely spot for a brunch (on Sundays and bankholidays). Menu
A few minutes walk from Rossio Square, behind a small door in a popular tourist street in Lisbon, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, there’s Casa do Alentejo: suddenly you step in an amazing Moorish palace, with an impressive courtyard!
Restaurant Casa do Alentejo Lisbon, a former Moorish palace
‘Casa do Alentejo’ was created 85 years ago, as a purpose to be a meeting place for people from Portugal’s historical province Alentejo (além Tejo means beyond the Tagus) and to cultivate its unique culture. At that time many people from this region left home in search for a better life in Lisbon.
Restaurant Casa do Alentejo Lisbon, a former Moorish palace
The palace dates from the last quarter of the 17th C., but its current appearance is a result of considerable alterations carried out in 1918.
Nowadays here’s the headquarters of the association of the Alentejo people.
Casa do Alentejo Lisbon, a wonderful former Moorish palace
Ballroom & activities
Today many activities take place here: on Saturdays the ‘Alentejo afternoons’ (tardes Alentejanas), with choral groups. On Sunday, dancing begins at 3:30 pm in the beautifull ballroom. Mostly elderley people come here to socialize.
There’s also a library and a handicraft shop of typical products of Alentejo (downstairs).
Casa do Alentejo Lisbon, a former Moorish palace & of the restaurants
Beautiful tiles (ajulejos) & Portuguese history
The dining rooms are picturesque, with open fireplaces and decorated with beautiful tiles (azulejos). The azulejo is a form of Portuguese painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tilework.
Tiles have become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture. Azulejo comes from the Arabic word az-zulayj, meaning polished stone. Wherever you go in Portugal, azulejos are to be found inside and outside cafes, churches, palaces, ordinary houses and even ceilings, train- or subway stations.
Restaurant Casa do Alentejo, April 10 2019 & lunch with Daniel Mateus
Average price 3-course meal: 25 euro
Our choice for lunch: ensopado de borrego (lamb stew): 13 €, arroz de gambas (prawn and rice) 15 €. Small bottle of wine Monte de Vaqueira: 6 €.
The Portuguese appreciate eating and drinking well. The influence of Portugal’s former colonial possessions is clear, especially in the wide variety of spices used, like piripiri (small, fiery chilli peppers), as well as cinnamon, vanilla and saffron.
Traditionally just coffee and bread, often enjoyed in a cafe (pastelaria). Recommended: toast (tosta mista) with ham & cheese (queijo e presunto), or delicious sweet pastries like pastéis de nata, real calorie bombs! Coffee: strong (bica) with milk (galão – garoto), tea (chá) with or without sugar (açúcar). The pastalerias are often a part of the social life in the neighbourhood.
How to recognize cheap and really Portuguese restaurants? A little bit disorderly, but very clean; a big TV screen, people like watching TV while eating (a lot of football, futebol), TL-tubes on the ceiling and paper table-covers. Prices (in Lisbon) between 8 and 15 euro (three courses and wine).
My apartment in the same street in area Mouraria (100 m2), 3 bedrooms & lovely patio (30 m2). Picture: Margaret Schöttelndreier.
In Portugal there’s a lot of seafood restaurants, many with very beautiful displays of lobsters, shrimp, oysters, and crabs, but a big TV-screen, football (futebol!) is also really important….!! 😉
Starters, typical Portuguese (not free in more expensive restaurants)
Be prepared: in the more expensive restaurants you have to pay for starters like bread, cheese and often olives or shrimps (camarao) (from 3 – 10 euro).
Restaurant Jose Maria & Laurinda November 2018
Unrequested starter dishes
You won’t pay for starters if you don’t eat them, the waiter will take them away (não, obrigado), ‘no thank you’. The waiter will probably bring you some unrequested starter dishes: as those are not free, feel free not to touch them and they will not be charged on your bill (but check it, especially in restaurants with lots of tourists!). NOT in this place 🙂
Or, they ‘offer’ you a glass of portwine (and charge 4-7 euro on the bill). Tips are not usual in Portugal, but a few euro is ok.
Espetada: a typical Portuguese dish: 6.90 €
The espetada is a typical Portuguese dish made usually of large chunks of beeff rubbed in garlic and salt, skewered onto a bay leaf stick cooked over hot coals or wood chips.
Roasted apple (sobremesa: dessert)
Lunch (almoçar): between 12:00 and 15:00. Dinner from 19:00
Like in all mediterranean countries lunch (almoçar), is a big affair for Portuguese, served between noon and 3 o’clock, often in a restaurant (and often paid by the employer).
Menu list with 2 price columns
When dining in Lisbon, you will notice that some restaurants have a menu list with 2 price columns. The cheaper list is for half-portions (meia dose), the higher priced list is for full-portions (dose)
Usually three courses, including soup (sopa) like f.i. caldo verde (a soup of cabbage and potatoes).
Caldo Verde, a popular soup of Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine.
Fish, like codfish (bacalhau) or charcoal-grilled sardines (sardinhas assadas) or meat (rabbit and pork are very popular), Coelho a caçador (rabbitstew, in red wine), accompanied with a small bottle of red or white wine (uma garaffa de vinho branco ou tinto) or Vinho Verde (a young sparkling ‘green’ wine, low-alcohol).
Desserts (sobremesas): crême brulée (pudim flan), chocolate mousse and a big variety of almond cakes (amêndoa). Toucinho do céu (bacon from heaven) or barriga de freiras, (nun’s bellies), recipes originally created by nuns in the 17th and 18th Century. Often cheese (queijo), from sheep or goat’s milk. Very popular is ‘queijo da Serra” from the region of Serra da Estrela in the north.
In the smaller restaurants the bill is usually written on the paper table cloth…you can pay in cash only. Our bill for 2 persons? 20 euro, incl. a glass of home made Aguardente bagaceira……(litt. firewater)
Welkom! Prima uitgangspunt om Lissabon te ontdekken, hartje stad, tot 6 pers. Nederlandse eigenaar, verhuur sinds 2006. Geen aparte kamers te huur. Rustige privé patio (30 m2). Met 2 pers. : € 60-70 p.n. , met 3/4 pers. € 80/100 p.n. Vanaf 3 nachten. Bij 6 of meer nachten 10 % korting. Schoonmaak € 40. Prima (eco) verwarming.
Voor wie er van houdt tijdelijk tussen de bevolking te vertoeven in een 900 jaar oude volkswijk.
Patio (30 m2) & keuken. Juli 2018. Foto: Margaret Schöttelndreier
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. Mobiele 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).
BBQ met vrienden Erik Herter en Liesbeth Niebling: dourada 🙂
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: april 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 appartement Lissabon: Paula Ferreira verzorgt de (uitstekende) schoonmaak
woonkamer met 2-zits comfortabele 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 geluidisolerend 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, 2 x 90×200) bedden, aan de straatkant, grote antieke kledingkast en een gemakkelijke stoel. Frans balkonnetje, PVC- ramen met geluidisolerend 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 (2 x 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, 2 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. Mobiel airco apparaat. Goede verwarming voor de wintermaanden via Heatwafer ecopanelen in iedere kamer.
Juni 2018: BBQ met Rob, Felipe, Joanna, Fernando en zoon Aleksander (3)
Mei t/m augustus, feestdagen en vakantieperiodes (10 % korting bij een boeking van 6 nachten of meer). Informeer naar aanbiedingen.
70 € per nacht met 2 personen, €90 met drie personen, bij 4 personen €100, 5/6 pers. €110 . (Vanaf 2 personen te huur).
September t/m april (m.u.v. feestdagen en vakantieperiodes):
€ 60-70 euro per nacht met 2 personen, €90 met drie personen, bij 4 personen €90/100, 5/6 personen €110.
10 % korting bij een boeking van 6 nachten of meer.
Informeer naar aanbiedingen of verhuur voor langere periodes. Kinderkorting in overleg. Kinderen 0-4 jaar gratis. Chicco reis babybed en badje is gratis beschikbaar.
Alles inbegrepen, excl. schoonmaak 40 euro. De bedden zijn opgemaakt bij aankomst. Mooi bedlinnen (Essenza), ruime voorraad handdoeken (geen grote strandlakens). Prima verwarming in de wintermaanden via Heatwafer panelen in alle 6 kamers € 25 per boeking.
Historische buurt Mouraria in Lissabon
de buurvrouwen (as vizinhas).
Appartement in Mouraria Lissabon: badkamer met wasmachine en droger
WiFi internet (wel eigen laptop(s) meenemen) en satelliet TV met vele kanalen, o.a. Nederlandse en Belgische zenders.
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. Comfortabele uitschuifbare bedbank voor 2 personen (90×200)
LX factory Lisbon: weekly Sunday market & Bolo do Caco
Delicious wheat bread from Madeira Island: Bolo do Caco
At the weekly Sunday market, there’s a stall and a table with chairs where you can enjoy a gastronomical treat from the Portuguese Island Madeira: Bolo do Caco, traditional bread. Delicious with f.i. just garlic butter € 4, vegetarian € 5 or prego (steak) € 8. More info
There ‘s a gem in Lisbon with spectacular city views from the top of a shopping center: rooftop restaurant/ bar ‘Topo’ (Top) overlooking popular square Martim Moniz.
View from restaurant/bar ‘Topo’ : squareMartim MonizLisbon & Castle of São Jorge
Located on the top floor of the shopping center at square Martim Moniz, this space was once a retail warehouse of Chinese products now being a modern restaurant / bar. Perfect place for a lunch or a late afternoon with cocktails, snacks and good music.
Mafalda Malafaya, Managing Director ‘Topo’ restaurant/bar Lisbon
The staff is wonderful, every time I return I am greeted with a big smile!
Being there for the first time, coming out of the elevator entering ‘Topo’ s space, the views are overwhelming! Everybody is making pictures before sitting down, just like I did 🙂 🙂
Restaurant/bar ‘Topo’ near Mouraria area Lisbon: lunch with friend Erika Reusens
Also the menu is surprising: we started our lunch with Tosta Gambas alioli (toast with garlic prawns): € 6, Tártaro de novilho (calf beef tartare) € 14.00, Tártaro de atum (tuna tartare) € 12.00, bottle of white wine (Pinta Negra) € 15, small bottle of water € 1.50, coffee (bica) € 1.50. Our bill for 2 persons: € 50:00.
A small remark: I also tasted the Prego (a popular sandwich in Portugal) with tuna (€ 11:00), but the bread was baked too hard and (for my taste) the french fries are too salty.
Restaurant/ bar ‘Topo’ near Mouraria area Lisbon & open air rooftop bar
Open air rooftop bar & restaurant area with glazed walls
The restaurant area is surrounded by walls of glass, and also a part of the open air rooftop bar is covered with sheets of transparent plastic.
Rooftop bar ‘Topo’, Mouraria Lisbon. Picture: Marcel van Paridon
A wonderful space if you’re not scared of heights! I am .. 🙁
Bar / restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: rooftop bar & wonderful city skyline
Bar / restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: rooftop bar. Sander Offenberg from Holland loves the city skyline 🙂 picture: Marcel van Paridon
Square Intendente – a great place, 10 minutes walk from here
If you love historic districts out of the tourist path, you must visit Largo (square) do Intendente, : formerly a place of prostitution and drugs, nowadays a great place to spend time with family and friends.
View from bar/ restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: historic areaMouraria and the hills of Graça
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Apartment Mouraria patio July 2014
Maybe you like to stay there a while to discover this beautiful and peaceful city and the nice people of Lisbon?
The house has 3 bedrooms (100 m2), with a lovely patio (30 m2) and it’s located in the old heart of the historical area Mouraria, but out of touristic noise. You’ll be welcomed with a fine bottle of Portuguese wine 🙂
Apartment Mouraria Lisbon: patio & kitchen, May 2018
Many experts say this is one of the best clubs in Europe. A three floor building on a unique location along the river Tejo, near train station Santa Apolónia.
After his succes with the Bairro Alto club Fragil, Manuel Reis used his experiences in creating this trendy hot spot together with associate John Malkovitch (yes, you are right, the actor). This club is certainly still one of the top clubs in town, but the glory days were the opening year 1999 up until about 5 years ago (I’m sorry, but we have to be honest). Still worth a visit though, not in the last place for the top musical attractions you will find here. The view from the gigantic balcony also remains unbeatable.
The place is divided in three floors. On ground floor you will find the club area, a rectangle and dark room with two bars and a stage. First floor is a bar and lounge, with a smaller open space in the middle for dancing. But go to the balcony first and take your time to enjoy the riverview. The decoration of the bar/ lounge changes at least every half year (my personal favourite was the era that the whol place was filled with enourmous beenbags and ‘pouffes’). The second floor is a roofterrace, only open in summer.
Lux fragil open it’s doors for clubbers usually around midnight, but the best time to arrive is from 3.00 till 5.00. As most bars in Bairro Alto close around 2:00 am, all barowners, DJ’s and nightflies choose where to go. Doors close at 5:00. But the club stays open till about 08:00 or 09:00.
There’s many concerts in Lux as well, starting earlier. For an agenda of the clubnights and the concerts visit the luxfragil website.
All major DJ’s from Europe play in Lux, but there are a few Portuguese stars that made their way to the top behind the desks in Lux Fragil.
Probably the most famous of them all is DJ Vibe. Check out some of his mixes on his myspace page. Facebook. He’s one of the residents in Lux and of course a well-known producer.
Rui Vargas is no doubt one of the Lux Fragil dinosaurs. You can see him in Lux almost every week.