The ‘Clara Clara’ Cafe in Alfama Lisbon is a kiosk in the garden-terrace of (Santa Clara), overlooking the Tagus (Tejo) River and the National Pantheon (Church of Santa Engracia).
‘Clara Clara’ kiosk cafe in the heart of fleamarket Feira da Ladra, Lisbon
Lovely & quiet garden
Summer, 2015. This small and quiet garden is a nice place to sit down and relax after browsing the legendary fleamarket Feira da Ladra, Lisbon or after visiting the nearby National Pantheon , in which important Portuguese personalities are buried.
April 29, 2021: cafe ‘Clara Clara’ terrace Lisbon
This lovely small garden was built in 1862. It provides a panoramic view of the Tagus River. Clara Clara Cafe presents complementary activities such as music or entertainment for kids . A little further down, there is a playground.
Kiosk cafe ‘Clara Clara’ Lisbon & Tagus river view december 2021
The cafe offers coffee, (bica), tea (chá) and Portuguese wines such as Vinho Verde (green wine), beer (imperial) and lemonade, fresh fruit shakes or a sandwich.
Cafe Clara Clara & a part of the garden overlooking the river Tagus
An inviting terrace in summertime: the kiosk cafe offers food and drinks – fresh seasonal products – with a careful selection of cheeses and wines, at tables under the trees in summertime.
Clara Clara cafe in June, the kiosk is decorated with garlands (Feast Days of the Popular Saints)
This beautiful garden was named after Pedro Amaral Boto Machado, a Portuguese Republican politician and governor (from May 1913 till May 1915) of the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, discovered and claimed by Portugal in the 1470s. Independence was granted on July 1975.
Clara Clara Cafe is open daily from 10:00 AM to midnight. Easy to reach by old tram 28.
Clara Clara Cafe in wintertime (december)
In winter season the cafe offers heaters and blankets. Tea, hot chocolate or a Vinho Quente (hot red mulled wine) . The scones and hot croissants already have enough fans, as well as the chocolate muffins.
In Lisbon you can still find a lot of nostalgic Moorish kiosks cafes
The garden is surrounded by the flea market every Tuesday and Saturday
Fleamarket Feira da Ladra, Lisbon (every Tuesday and Saturday from dusk till dawn),
If you love historic districts, visit this wonderful Largo (square) do Intendente, area Mouraria. Formerly a place of prostitution and drugs, nowadays very popular.
Trendy place & beautiful historic buildings
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, historic area Mouraria
‘Josephine: a Portuguese bistro with an international touch’
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”.
Bar & bistro ‘Josephine’ , Square Intendente Lisbon 2015: 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”.
Bar & bistro ‘Josephine’, Square Intendente Lisbon: burger, French fries and salade (11 euro). March 2017
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).
Wonderful historical buildings! Lisbon Largo Intendente & view from Cafe/Bar Josephine, 2015
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”.
Gary, Esther & Josephine, November 2014: bar & bistro ‘Josephine ‘ Lisbon
Square Largo do Intendente Lisbon
In wintertime it can be nice weather in Lisbon 🙂
Lisbon square Indentente area Mouraria ‘O das Joanas‘ Cafe
‘O das Joanas‘ Cafe sells breakfast, brunch and a great variety of soups, salads, quiches and cakes. More: Time Out
The Casa Independente is an artistic project idealized by Inês Valdez and Patrícia Craveiro Lopes.
Square Intendente Lisbon & THE LOVESEAT created by local artist Joana Vasconcelos
Good friends & the hidden loveseat created by a famous Portuguese designer 🙂
Square Intendente 2018
YouTube movie about area Intendente – Mouraria, historical area of Lisbon
Famous vintage shop ‘A Vida Portuguesa’, Largo Intendente
Lovely loveseat hidden in the middle of the square 🙂
At the center of the square, there’s a wonderful wrought-iron sculpture created by local artist Joana Vasconcelos serving as a small garden, while the buildings surrounding it were renovated to house new residents and projects.
The building next to vintage shop ‘A Vida Portuguesa’ was covered with beautiful tile panels in 1865. The romantic images on the façade include potted plants and Asians recalling Portugal’s trade with the East.
Facebook area Bairro Intendente Lisbon
Square Largo do Intendente: wonderful street art!
A city break to Lisbon is not complete without a night with fado, the melancholy Portuguese music! Good fado has its home in historical areas Alfama or Mouraria, like in restaurant/bar ‘Maria da Mouraria‘.
Mouraria , cradle of fado’ Lisbon in June (Santo Antonio festivities)
Rua do Capelão (& fado monument), street entrance to fado bar/restaurant ‘Maria da Mouraria’.
Lisbon, area Mouraria: Rua do Capelão
Fado is very traditional to Portugal. It is a song expressing sadness, longing, love, passion and life (saudade) The fado singer is often dressed in black, accompanied by a Portuguese guitarra and it is sung by men and women. You are expected to be quiet when the fado is sung in fado houses.
Usually the fado singing starts from 21:00
Rosinha de Braga fadista Fado bar/restaurant ‘Maria da Mouraria’ Lisbon
The Portuguese blues
No district in Lisbon is more praised for fado music than Lisbon’s historic Mouraria area. It is said that the melancholic sounds of the music and singing of the Moorish people were at the base of fado (meaning fate) music, often described as the Portuguese blues.
Mouraria Lisbon, restaurant/bar & fado house ‘Maria da Mouraria’ in wintertime, Largo da Severa 2.
It is said that Maria da Severa was born in this house, that’s why this place was created (in 2013) to promote fado as a tribute to the legendary singer, considered by many as the first fadista. She died here, at the age of 26 years old, November 30, 1846.
Square Largo da Severa, Mouraria Lisbon, September 2018
Terrace fado restaurant Maria da Mouraria. Square Largo da Severa has been renovated in recent years. Very quiet atmosphere, because no cars can come here. Picture: Henk van de Weerd
Who was Maria da Severa?
Teatro da Revista (a sort of vaudeville theatre) Lisbon: Revue about Maria da Severa’s life
Maria is said to have been a tall and gracious prostitute, and would sing the fado in taverns, were she encounters a Count, Armando de Vimioso, bohemian, and a celebrated and aristocratic bullfighter.
After Maria sings for Armando, a passionate romance begins. Armando’s mother, Constanca, forbids the romance, being a scandal in the family! The House of the Counts of Vimioso had also close links with the Portuguese royal family.
Casa ‘Maria da Mouraria’, Lisbon: talented fadista Tania Oleiro, accompanied by Ricardo Parreira and Marco Oliveira
Fado house ‘Maria da Mouraria’, works as an extension to the Fado Museum. To better understand the history of Lisbon’s song, it is essential to visit the museum, located in the nearby area Alfama.
Fado house ‘Maria da Mouraria’, Lisbon & Saint Anthony’s feast days in June (2018)
You can have dinner, or just enjoy some snacks and a couple of drinks. We were surprised by fadista Tania Oleiro and the delights of a good dinner (from 20:00 pm). If you wish to dine here, make a reservation.
Casa ‘Maria da Mouraria’, Lisbon: dinner with friends Josephine Lucassen (tourist guide) and Jorge Torres
Dinner & fado music: € 35- 45 per person
Our dinner: Peixinhos da Horta (fried green beans), prato do dia (dish of the day: pork liver), bacalhau (cod fish), bife, and 2 bottles of red wine.
Maria da Mouraria fado restaurant & tapas menu for 3 persons 2016
YouTube movie about the area and people who live here , trying to sing fado 😉
Famous fado singers & beautiful wall portraits in the streets: Amália Rodrigues, Fernanda Maria & Francisco Martinho
Helder Moutinho, the owner of restaurant Maria da Mouraria, is the brother of Camané , famous Portuguese fado singer & songwriter.
Fado House ‘Maria da Mouraria’, Largo da Severa in Mouraria Lisbon.
No creditcards, cash only
Planning a trip to Lisbon? A must-try is to taste a delicious typical Portuguese liqueur: Ginja! Very popular! You can taste it in many places in Lisbon. My favorite: very tiny bar ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ (friends of Maria Severa, considered as the first fado singer).
Tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon & owner sr. António Pais serving Ginja liqueur
In the nowadays trendy area Mouraria (a very old Moorish quarter in Lisbon), there’s a tiny tavern called ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ . Already 40 years sr. António Pais is the very friendly owner.
‘Shot’ of Ginja, a sweet cherry liqueur: 1 euro 🙂 Glass of red or white wine: 0.50 eurocent 🙂
Tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon, Rua de Barros Queiros 27 Lisbon
10 min. walk from Rossio Square
Most people who visit Lisbon try a glass of Ginja at Rossio Square, a city center tourist attraction, but it’s really worth it to walk 10 minutes from there to sr. António, and taste his favorite Ginja Albergaria, Ginja is a liqueur made of cherry-like berry called Ginja (not surprisingly 😉 The berries are fermented into a brandy that’s slightly bitter, slightly sweet and very sticky.
Tiny tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon & amigo Felipe Aristimuño
Portuguese liqueur in Lisbon: Ginja with or without a cherry & spit the pit
You can order a Ginja with or without a cherry in it. The berries are on the bottom of the bottle and it requires a fair bit of skill to get just one berry into a glass. Most Portuguese people like to have their Ginjinha ‘com Ginja’ (with a cherry in the glass). If you don’t want it, ask for one ‘sem Ginja’ (without a cherry). The older Portuguese men drink their Ginja in one time. After this, they suck on the berry for a while and spit the pit onto the streets 🙁
Tiny tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ historic area Lisbon & live fado music around midnight
Vocal cords & Ginja liqueur
Getting there: Bus: 708, 734, 740 | Electric: 12, 28 | Metro: Martim Moniz (green line)
Hours: Monday to Friday from 18pm, Saturday and Sunday from 16pm to 02:00 am
The park in area Príncipe Real in Lisbon is a gorgeous location! Centuries-old beautiful trees and shadowed terraces . Besides: a biological market is held here every Saturday morning 🙂
This century-old cedar ‘umbrella’ (20 meters) tree is really amazing!
Park Príncipe Real (Royal Prince) Lisbon : charming & quiet area
Beautiful trees and terraces to drink your bica (espresso), and besides not expensive ! The atmosphere is very relaxed.
Park Príncipe Real Lisbon. Picture: Rufus Ketting
Parque Príncipe Real Lisbon
Shopping & renovated historical buildings
Designer boutiques and art galleries are housing in wonderful renovated historical buildings.
Parque Príncipe Real Lisbon, Saturday biological market: Pedro & Dina
The small Moorish kiosk is one of the lovely designed kiosks (quiosque) in Lisbon, serving old-fashioned Portuguese refreshments and snacks.
On August 6, 711 Lisbon was taken by the Moors, 400 years later the city returned to Christian rule. Nowadays the Moorish influence is still present.
Parque Príncipe Real Lisbon: Saturday biological market
Biological market every Saturday from 9:00-3:00
Around the park, the Biological Products Fair (Feira de Produtos Biológicos) is held every week on Saturdays at Jardim França Borges, commonly known as Jardim do Príncipe Real.
Parque Príncipe Real Lisbon: Saturday biological market
At Lisbon’s weekly organic farmers market producers from all around the country sell most varied natural products, from vegetables to cosmetics, honey and wine. Bargaining is always possible and appropriate.
Parque Príncipe Real Lisbon & home made compotes ‘doces da Paulinha’
‘Doces da Paulinha’ (sweet and savory): traditional flavors, with organic products, handcrafted with love . Facebook
Restaurants in this area
There are several good places to have lunch or dinner, such as one of my favorites, Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero with a lovely outdour dining area, or trendy restaurant ‘O Prego da Peixaria: excellent steak or fish.
Rua dom Pedro V, no. 26 : Arabesque Ribeiro da Cunha Palace (1877)
Principe Real’s Rua dom Pedro V is one of the most interesting streets of Lisbon to walk around. In recent years, the neighborhood has become a great place to shop . Watch out for pickpocking )-:
Embaixada, Praça do Príncipe Real
There are incredible stores, such as Embaixada (the Embassy), which was built in 1877 and now houses design shops, fashion and gastronomy in wonderful spaces. Website
Park Príncipe Real Lisbon
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 piri piri (small, fiery chilli peppers), as well as cinnamon, vanilla and saffron.
Restaurant/cafe ‘A Vaidosa Terreirinho Ginginha’ & owner José Maria
CLOSED. UPDATE March 2019: due to eviction (despejos) after 34 years ( !!) this restaurant is closed. What a shame 🙁 🙁
Restaurant ‘A Catedral do Fado’:
5 minutes walk (also open on Sundays): restaurant ‘A Catedral do Fado’, good food, local prices :-). Rua Marquês Ponte de Lima 5, Mouraria, Lisbon
Owner José Maria & his wife Laurinda
Pataniscas de Bacalhau & rice, delicious!
The Portuguese cuisine is rich, filling and full-flavoured. There’s also Arab and Moorish influences, especially in the south.
Restaurant José Maria in Mouraria Lisbon January 2017
Lunch with Paula: delicious bacalhau à brás (salt cod): 6 euro pp
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.
Historical area Mouraria Lisbon Restaurant José Maria & his wife Laurinda
Lunch with Dutch friends, February 4, 2015: Denise, Jolanda, Margriet and Feikje
February 2019: a city trip to Lisbon with 3 generations of the Kollmer family from the Netherlands 🙂 🙂
Good quality & local prices
In this tiny restaurant in Mouraria you can enjoy a 3 course meal (starter, like cheese/ham, soup, main course, dessert, water, coffee and wine) for only about 9-10 euros pp. Not open on Sundays.
Laurinda’s bitoque is the best of Lisbon!! 🙂 🙂
If you prefer meat, and don’t feel like experimenting, try a ‘bitoque’. It’s steak and fries, with a fried egg, garlic and rice (ca. 7 euro).
Typical Portugues & very popular: grilled sardines
Bill for 3 persons: around 30 euro
Grilled sardines recipe by Rochelle Ramos:
Restaurant owner Laurinda & delicious fresh fish
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).
January 2016: what a wonderful surprise! 🙂 Erika, Loek, Luc & Ans
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).
Nun’s bellies & bacon from heaven 😉
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.
Mouraria Lisbon, tiny restaurant Marie-Jose and Laurinda
Bill: no credit cards
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)
Mouraria, Rua do Terreirinho 58 Lisbon near starting point starting point legendary tram 28 at square Martim Moniz.
Renewed Cafe Noobai, overlooking the Tagus River, March 2018
Relaxed ambiance & nice people
Cafe /restaurant Noobai is certainly worth a visit because of the wonderful view over the Tagus (Tejo) river side, the relaxed ambience and the nice people. One of my favorite places!
Cafe Noobai, 2015
Noobai Rooftop Bar Restaurant is located at the trendy Santa Catarina Belvedere , Lisbon
Cafe Noobai, 2010
Situated on a Lisbon hilltop Noobai has a panoramic view over the old town houses, the modern buildings, the Tagus river, the harbor, the “25 de Abril” bridge and the amazing sunset .
Rooftop Cafe Restaurant Noobai Lisbon: delicious tuna: € 7, march 2018
Salades, sandwiches and soups, special teas and fresh juices. And of course caipirinha’s 🙂
In wintertime there’ re fleece blankets available on the terrace. There’s also an indoor room
Noobai , 2005
The name Noobai comes from ‘Nu bai’ which means ‘we go’ in the creole dialect from Cabo Verde, a former colony of Portugal.
Sometimes on Sundays there are DJ’s playing relaxed tunes
Noobai is good fur a lunch or to get things started before moving on to nearby bars in Bica or Bairro Alto
Cafe Noobai, area Santa Catarina Lisbon
Near Adamastor Lisbon & view Tagus river March 2018
Monday – Sunday 10 AM > 12 AM
Café Noobai, Lisbon. April 16, 2016
A lovely place in Lisbon 🙂 Cecile Joyce and Cristine van Haalen
Cafe Noobai Lisbon in February, near Adamastor, popular gathering place
Update January 2019: unfortunlately the streetfood kiosks disappeared on this square 🙁 , soon plans will be announced about the ‘new look’.
At this square there’s the starting point of the legendary tram 28, a ‘must do’ Lisbon attraction.
Square Martim Moniz : Kiosk ‘A Preta’ (‘The Black’) : João (Johnny) and his sister Luiza Gabriel
Kiosk with a tropical touch. 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 is nowadays 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 : 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).
Square Martim Moniz : kiosk mr. Leader (BBQMM)
Kiosk with a cook of Chinese origin. I tasted his creation of an empadão, a mix of minced meat and mashed potatoes.
Empadão (pie) mix: minced meat with mashed potatoes, linguiça (smoke cured pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika), bacon an dried chili peppers
Delicious! ( 3.50 euro)
Square Martim Moniz Mercado de Fusão
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’ : 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.
Square Martim Moniz Lisbon: people are invited to dance for ONE BILLION RISING
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, Christmas period
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.
Knight & hero Martim Moniz
Stylized depiction in the square Martim Moniz metro station
Saint Jorge Castle Lisbon: view from rooftop terrace hotel Mundial square Martim Moniz & Ans de Graaf from Holland
History Saint Jorge Castle & hero Martim Moniz
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.
Friend Rob Plews: square Martim Moniz Lisbon 2016
The beautiful and very popular tourist attraction Rossio Square, the popular name of the Pedro IV Square (Praça de D. Pedro IV), has been the setting of popular revolts and celebrations, bullfights and executions.
Nowadays Rossio square is a preferred meeting place of Lisbon natives and tourists alike and the most congested area for traffic in the city center.
Rossio Square Lisbon
This square has been a meeting place for people of Lisbon for centuries. Some of the cafés and shops of the square date from the 18th century, like the Café Nicola, where Barbosa du Bocage , a Portuguese poet, used to meet friends.
Famous Café Nicola, Praça Dom Pedro IV 26 (founded in 1929).
It was here that the first Portuguese women dared to break the male stranglehold on cafe-going. Rossio’s cafes are popular for sitting and watching the world go by.
UPDATE September 1, 2018
On August 31, 2018 Pastelaria Suiça – a veritable symbol of Rossio – closed its doors forever. It is said a 5 star hotel will be built here ..
Pastelaria Suíça was a traditional Portuguese cafe/restaurant, famous for its huge variety of delicious cakes and pastries.
During World War II this place (Suíça means Switzerland) was the meeting point where those in exile negotiated their tickets to freedom.
Pastelaria Suíça terrace, Praça D. Pedro IV 96/101.
Be aware of pickpockets
Locals appreciate this cafe/restaurant just as much as tourists. The waiters are not always very nice. Being a tourist, be aware of pickpockets: while enjoying a delicious cálice de vinho do Porto (a glass of Port Wine), somebody tried to steel my friend’s bag from under her chair. Happily a friendly waiter warned us just in time! Be aware when you visit touristical attractions and terraces.
Nearby you can taste a Ginjinha, a liqueur made of a cherry-like berry, a typical Lisbon spirit.
Street performances (‘living statue’), newspaper vendors, street traders (offering cheap watches or ‘jewellery’), lottery ticket sellers, ‘psssst drugs’ sellers and begging hands……….also some lovely shops, like the unique hatmakers shop Chapelaria Azevedo Rua (opened in 1886)
And, of course, in wintertime, the unmistakeable smell of roasted chestnuts (castanhas assadas)
Lisbon Rossio lottery ticket seller