Portugal is famous for the beautiful coloured tin cans of tuna, squid and sardines . Tin cans serve as wall decoration in cafe/bar “Sol e Pesca ” ( litt.Sun and Fishing), but are also intended for consumption. A great idea!
Cafe/bar “Sol e Pesca“, Lisbon decorated with lovely coloured fish tin cans
Former old shop
This bar used to be an old shop with fishing equipment and that past now inspires the décor (like rods and hooks). Now the shop is also decorated with hundreds of colorful tins of the Portuguese favorite fish.
Cafe/bar “Sol e Pesca“, Lisbon
“Sol e Pesca“ also inspires what is served (or sold to be enjoyed at home), because in addition to the drinks (beer and local wines) it offers cans of a variety of fish that, if you like it, can be accompanied by bread and wine.
Mauro Fialho, Cafe/bar “Sol e Pesca“, Lisbon
Nowadays the Cais do Sodré area in Lisbon is a trendy place to go after the bars in the Bairro Alto close their doors. You’ll find here some clubs like Roterdão, and Musicbox. In July 2010 “Sol e Pesca” opened its doors.
Cafe` Sol e Pesca`Lisbon: Catarina Rebelo Lucas is preparing the mise en place
Catarina: ” In this area (Cais do Sodré) near the river Tagus there are a lot of shops for fishermen. This typical Portuguese old store closed 20 years ago and all the old stuff associated with fish is still there…
The new owner, sr. Henrique Vaz Pato (pato means duck in Portuguese) 😉 bought the shop and opened cafe ‘Sol e Pesca’ (Sun and Fishing) in July 2010″.
Muxama, a delicacy typical of the south region of the Iberian Peninsula, consisting of filleted salt-cured tuna.
The Arabs developed this salt curing technique and the term muxama comes from the Arab word musama which means “dry”. However, Phoenicians and Romans also used a similar process to preserve the fishes caught until the return of the fishing boats ashore.
Nowadays, in Portugal muxama is produced in the Algarve region, following a technique used for more than 1000 years almost unchanged.
Delicious! Muxama, salad, sardines, olives, bread, white wine, a small bottle of water: 22 euro
Bar/cafe Sol e Pesca (Sun and Fishing), Rua Nova de Carvalho 14, Lisbon
Hours: Monday to Friday from 18:00 to 02h00, Saturday from 18.00 to 04h00. Closed on Sundays, Facebook
MINERVA – Portuguese sardines
Minerva is a well-known Portuguese canned fish brand. Famous Lisbon city center cannery store Conserveira de Lisboa
Lisbon, Cais do Sodré , the new hotspot, December 2011
Nowadays the Cais do Sodré area in Lisbon is a trendy place to go after bars in the nearby Bairro Alto area close their doors