‘Feira da Ladra’ in Alfama at Campo de Santa Clara , is Lisbons legendary flea market, held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. More or less it means ‘market of thieves’. You should take this quite literally and keep an eye on your wallet .
Fleamarket ‘Feira da Ladra’ in Lisbon & ceramics shop ‘Armazem das Caldas‘ 2022 (worth a visit!)
If you are looking for buying ‘opportunities’, or things that fell of a lorry, make sure you go there early, cause like on all flea markets, the good stuff is sold first.
‘Feira da Ladra’ in Alfama Lisbon: famous fleamarket
Don’t be afraid to negotiate the price. It’s part of the game and if you don’t you’ll pay far too much. The market is held every Tuesday and Saturday, from dawn to dusk.
‘Feira da Ladra’ in Alfama Lisbon: famous fleamarket
This nice Portuguese lady speaks French and English. Good stuff!
‘Feira da Ladra’ in Alfama Lisbon: famous fleamarket, January 2019
Alberto Gourgel , designer & Margarethe de Vrieze
‘Feira da Ladra’ in Alfama Lisbon: famous fleamarket
December in Lisbon: 18 degrees and these dogs wear hand-knitted sweaters 😉 More about Dogs in Lisbon
Esta e do Ronaldo (‘This one is Ronaldo’s’) and ‘this one is Eusebio’s’.
Cristiano Ronaldo & underwear
Maybe Portugal’s famous soccer star and sexy sportsman Cristiano Ronaldo has swapped his hotpants here for something more erotical than Armani’s underwear 😉
‘Feira da Ladra’ in Alfama Lisbon: famous fleamarket
Michael Jackson‘s bestselling album of all time, ‘Thriller’. Price 50 euro, but you can always try to negotiate 😉
‘Feira da Ladra’ in Alfama Lisbon:
Fleamarket with lots of second hand stuff: it’s always fun to stroll around 🙂
Friend and tourist guide Josephine Lucassen & children Frederico and Alicia, February 2016
For a small fee anyone who wants can offer his stuff on this market.
Fleamarket Feira da Ladra Lisbon: Loek Polack & Ans de Graaf 🙂
Fleamarket easy to reach by tram 28
Feira da Ladra and the nearby National Pantheon
Important Portugese personalities are buried in the National Pantheon , like f.e. Amalia Rodrigues, the famous fado singer.
Cafe/terrace ‘O Panteao’ near the fleamarket June 2018
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
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.
Rui Vargas is no doubt one of the Lux Fragil dinosaurs. You can see him in Lux almost every week.
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
Reopened May 10, 2018: new owners
The Flamingo Bar in area Mouraria is one of the best surprises in Lisbon. A perfect place for a night out (till 03:00)!
Strike a pose!! Bar Flamingo in Lisbon, owners Jorge Gomes Moreira & Ana Batel, June 2017
Vintage decor with an aristocratic twist
The space, a former lavandaria (dry cleaning shop), is cozy, quite small, but with a very original decor 🙂 😉
Bar Flamingo Lisbon: June 12, Lisbon’s craziest night , friends Margriet, Rob, Lilja & bar owner Jorge
Owners Flamingo Bar: Ana Batel & Jorge Gomes Moreira
Terrace ‘Portas do Sol’ (Gates to the Sun) is located in Lisbon’s historical center, close to the famous viewpoint (miradouro) with the same name, at Largo das Portas do Sol. A coffee , cocktail bar and restaurant, and an exceptional location.
The lounge area of Portas do Sol, September 2010
Amazing views overlooking the Alfama rooftops and the river Tagus! After visiting the nearby São Jorge Castle (the Castle of St. Jorge), this is a place where you can sit down, chill out and enjoy the beauty of Lisbon.
Entrance Porta do Sol cafe, bar/cafe and restaurant, 1000 m2 terrace
This cafe/bar and restaurant is very easy to reach. It has direct access on the tram 28 which is the more touristic of the Lisbon trams.
The lounge area of Portas do Sol Lisbon
Portas do Sol is a lovely spot to sit down and relax with sofas and soft lounge-music, a place during the day where you can hang out and have coffee and snacks.
The lounge area of Portas do Sol Lisbon, in love! 🙂
They serve wines, cocktails, champagne and menu’s.
Live music with a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays. Beautiful bar with crystal chandlers and chairs in art deco and romantic style (250m2).
Open daily from 10am to 12pm. Fridays, Saturdays and nights before a public holiday until 2am.
Portas do Sol ‘s terrace/lounge area
Seen from the nearby famous viewpoint with the same name, a very popular place for locals and a famous tourist attraction. One of the most beautiful places in Lisbon!
Viewpoint (Miradouro) Portas do Sol Alfama Lisbon, by night
The Belvedere Portas do Sol is a balcony space that all people of Lisbon are proud to have at their disposal. Magnificent view of Lisbon and the typical Alfama district that spans several narrow, winding streets to the river Tagus.
View from the nearby small terrace
Located in between several highlights of Lisbon (like the viewpoint of Santa Luzia) , the Portas do Sol miradouro is the terrace that every person living in Lisabon would like to have at home…..
Statue of São (Saint) Vincent, Portas do Sol
There is also a statue of Saint Vincent holding a boat with two ravens, the symbols of Lisbon. Saint Vincent of Saragossa, better known locally as Saint Vincent of Fora, is the patron saint of Lisbon.
Largo das Porta do Sol, and the former city palace, Museum of Decorative Arts
In this wonderful 17th C. former city palace, currently houses the Museum of Decorative Arts. Anyone interested in decorative arts in general and the Portuguese Empire in particular will find this collection fascinating. Beautiful azulejos (tiles)!
The popular tram 28 (video) stops near the Museum and the viewpoints
If you like to have a good impression of the historical city of Lisbon, a very good idea is taking this typical little trolley, ‘eléctrico 28′. This legendary tram 28 is a tourist attraction in itself. It goes all around town. Of course you can hop on and hop off.
The nearby viewpoint Miradouro of Santa Luzia
Various small gardens along the edge of the walkway are filled with beautiful local flowers during the spring and summer months.
Viewpoint Miradouro de Santa Luzia by night
Viewpoint (miradouro) Santa Luzia – church
On the wall of the church are two beautiful tile panels (azulejos): one of Lisbon’s majestic Square Praça do Comércio before the earthquake in 1775, and another one showing the Christians attacking (the nearby) Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George’s Castle) in 1147.
Miradouro Santa Luzia
Azulejos (tiles) have become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture. This place is a wonderful tile treasure!
Restaurant ‘Miradouro Sta Luzia’ near the viewpoint, a very popular tourist place.
This area is a hotspot for people who love nightlife!!
Bairro Alto in Lisbon is posssibly one of the best spots in Europe for a night out!
Rua da Atalaia, Bairro Alto Lisbon at 02:00.
Every night hundreds of people are drinking mojitos and cheap beer out of plastic cups, listening to everything from samba to African rhythms, but mainly electro and techno.
‘A Capela’ is one of the most popular bars in Lisbon’s heart of funky bars and restaurants.
Of what was once a chapel (Capela) only some stones remain.
Owner and DJ Pedro Silva
Club and wine bar ‘A Capela, Rua Atalaia, 45 Lisbon. The eclectic selection of musical combines the environmental sounds of electronic music, dub, groove with the classics of all time, from Madonna to Kraftwerk.
Miguel Sá, Nuno Bernardino, Pedro Silva, Luis elgris Paul NUPI, Fernando fadigaz Pregal and Rui Cunha, among others, are responsible for the sound quality.
Everyday there’s a different DJ, mainly electronic music but very eclectic and super competent.
Bairro Alto district, Rua da Atalaia, in June.
June is 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.
Area Bairro Alto, Lisbon.
Picture: René van Gijn
Bairro Alto Lisbon. Picture: René van Gijn
Picture: René van Gijn
‘A Capela’ bar is open every day.
Monday to Thursday: 18:00 till 02:00, Friday and Saturday: 18:00 till 03:00 Sunday: 18:00 till 2:00 a.m.
No neighborhood in Lisbon is praised more for Fado music than Lisbons historical area Mouraria.
Mouraria, Calçada de Santo André.
This ‘Bairro‘ (neighborhood) is a maze of little, narrow streets, situated between Graça, Alfama and Costa de Castelo, given it’s name by the first Portugese king, Dom Afonso Henriques (1109 – 1185) , after Lisbon was taken over again by the (Christian) Portugese army from the Moorish overlords. The Moors however kept on living in the city after the conquist and gathered in this area.
It is said that the melancholic sounds of the music and singing of the Moorish people was at the base of Fado (meaning fate) music, often described as the Portuguese blues. Its passionate songs overflow with saudade ( yearning), with sorrowful themes like despair, loss, betrayal, jealousy and unrequited love. The little streets of Mouraria are full of typical small grocery stores, old bars (some Fado taverns) and cheap traditional restaurants.
Ginja Cafe in area Mouraria
More history of Fado (and the sad story of the legendary fadista Maria Severa (1820 – 1846) on this website.
Picture: Jef Aerosol. Stencilled paste-up of Amalia Rodrigues, Beco dos Cortumes, Alfama, Lisbon
Amália Rodrigues, Rainha do Fado (‘queen of Fado’) was born near Mouraria on Rua Martim Faz in 1920. She was a genius and worldwide famous Fado singer and lived for many years on Rua de Sao Bento 193. Nowadays her house is a museum, it’s just like she’s still living there… Casa Amalia Rodrigues ; 30 minutes guided tours from Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00-18:00. Metro: Rato.
Amália Rodrigues lived near Mouraria, one of her very famous songs: Ai, Mouraria (Oh Mouraria), da velha Rua da Palma (near the old street ‘Rua da Palma’), onde eu um dia (where one day), deixei presa a minha alma (my soul became a prisoner)…
On October 6, 1999, Amália Rodrigues died at the age of 79 in her home in Lisbon.
Portugal’s government promptly declared a period of national mourning. She is now buried at the National Pantheon alongside other Portuguese notables.
‘Discoteca ‘Amalia’ Rua Aurea 274, a shop specialized in traditional Fado music. Very friendly and professional staff.
For those interested in knowing more about fado music style: the Fado Museum is located in front of Largo do Chafariz de Dentro (the historic Alfama neighborhood) including a permanent exhibition, a temporary exhibition area, a documentation centre, a store, a small auditorium, a school, and a restaurant/coffee-shop. Saturdays and Sundays, 4h30pm guided tour of the museum featuring the participation of fado singers of different generations.
Open from 10:00 am – 18:00 (closed on Mondays)
Alfama is certainly the most famous historic and oldest neighborhood in Lisbon.
Beautiful azulejos (ancient tiles), Beco dos Loios,
Historic area Graça, near area Alfama, close to the famous Feira de Ladra (thieves market).
Nearby: viewpoint (miradouro) Portas do Sol
Alfama famous tram ‘electrico 28’
A ‘must do’ and cheap Lisbon attraction. This legendary tram is a tourist attraction in itself. It goes all around town and you can ‘hop on hop off’.
Alfma is a narrowed maze of streets, nowadays with many fado restaurants and picturesque houses. The name Alfama originates from the Arabic word Al-Hamma meaning ‘fountains’ or ‘baths’. The area contains many important historical attractions.
Chafiraz d’ El Rei, a palace built in 1747, for many years a pigeons’ home.
Nowadays this beautiful building is restored into a romantic hotel with grandeur
After the Mourish domination (7-12 century), Alfama became inhabited by the fishermen and the poor, and the neighborhood of the poor continues to this day.
In the 19th C. Alfama was a gloomy, dirty and depressing area as a result of unhealthy living conditions. Today the poorer classes continue to live here, mainly in houses in need of renovation.
Insufficient heating and draughty walls ensure poor living conditions, especially in wintertime.
At present some of the houses are being renovated.
Beautiful Alfama area Lisbon