Square Martim Moniz Lisbon: tram 28, dancing & aphrodisiacs

Update January 2019: unfortunlately the streetfood kiosks disappeared on this square ūüôĀ¬† , 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’) : Jo√£o (Johnny)¬†and his¬†sister Luiza Gabriel

Kiosk with a tropical touch. Jo√£o 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 ‚ā¨¬†5,50. Delicious! Salad: 4.00 ‚ā¨

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 S√£o 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 S√£o 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 (‚ā¨ 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 Fus√£o

Aphrodisiacs and liqueurs like Licor de Merda¬†(made of shit)¬† ūüėČ

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)

YouTube Square Martim Moniz Lisbon

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 fus√£o (10h √†s 19h), bringing together the Martim Moniz retail trade with famous shops in the city.

Near this square is the starting point of the legendary tram 28.

Knight & hero Martim Moniz

Stylized depiction in the square Martim Moniz metro station

Hotel Mundal rooftop terrace Ans de Graaf Jan 16

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.

Rob Plews December 2012 Praca Martim Moniz kiosk A Preta

Friend Rob Plews: square Martim Moniz Lisbon 2016

Nostalgic Moorish kiosks in Lisbon, gathering places & Portuguese 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, like the nostalgic kiosks (quiosque), serving traditional Portuguese refreshments and snacks.

Kiosks in Lisbon Cam√Ķes Square

Kiosk Cam√Ķes Square (Pra√ßa Lu√≠s de Cam√Ķes), Lisbon

Just behind¬†Cam√Ķes’ statue¬†, close to the statue of Portugal’s famous¬†writer and poet Fernando¬†Pessoa (1888-1935), ¬†still mobbed by many tourists nowadays¬†; nearby great city views from luxury hotel Bairro¬†Alto’s roof terrace ¬†and,¬†one of my favorites, a cheap and¬†traditional Portuguese restaurant ‘Casa da India’.

Kiosks in Lisbon drinks Principe Real

Small kiosk Park Lisbon Principe Real

After shopping people like to take a break in this wonderful park with lots of exotic plants and trees, near Bairro Alto, posssibly one of the best (and gay) spots in Europe for a night out!

Nearby¬†you’ll find the¬†¬†Botanical garden , one of Europe’s finest!

Kiosks in Lisbon drinks Principe Real2

Lisbon Kiosk Rua Dom Pedro

Rua Dom Pedro V  is a wonderful avenue for shopping. There’s lots of boutiques, traditional antique shops and art galleries.

Kiosks in Lisbon Sao Roque museum church restaurant

Lisbon kiosk Largo Trindade Coelho

Small kiosk near ‚ÄėCasa da Comida‚Äô (‚Äô the house of food‚Äô), a new cafetaria/ restaurant in the wonderful bamboo garden of¬†Museum S√£o Roque.¬†This museum and church is home to Italian art from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Kiosks in Lisbon Cais do Sodre train station and ferry

Small kiosk Cais do Sodré, Lisbon

A major bus station is sited outside the front of the Cais do Sodré station, with a Carris small kiosk selling transport passes, tickets and guides.

Cais do Sodr√© ¬†is Lisbon‚Äôs major bus, metro, trainstation (‚ÄėLinha de Cascais‚Äô¬†, name of the train line joining Lisbon to Cascais), and¬†ferry terminal.

Wonderful 20 minutes ferry trip idea from here : ferry to Cacilhas at the other side of the river Tagus and how to reach the amazing Cristo Rei monument

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Lisbon viewpont Miradouro de S√£o Pedro de Alc√Ęntara.

This wonderful belvedere will give you a unique insight into the city and magnificent views on the old Moorish castle Castelo de São Jorge.

Kiosks in Lisbon fleamarket Feira da Ladra

Kiosk above Lisbon’s famous flea market Feira da Ladra¬†.

The Moorish influence is still present in areas Alfama and in Mouraria, where the Moors kept on living in the city after the conquist and gathered in this area.

After browsing¬†the market¬†it‚Äôs a good idea to have lunch in Restaurant ‚ÄėO Panteao de Santa Clara‚Äô¬† just above the market, serving real Portuguese food for a good price.

Adamastor Moorish kiosk near Tagus river

Kiosk river Tagus viewpoint Miradoura de Santa Catarina. Lisbon

‚ÄėAdamastor‚Äô, a popular gathering place in Lisbon overlooking the Tagus river,¬†which is officially called the Miradouro de Santa Catarina.

From this vista point you have the most breathtaking views on the Tagus river, the 25th of April Bridge and the Cristo Rei monument, nearby my favorite cafe/bar Noobai

Kiosks in Lisbon Sao Paulo near Cais do Sodre

Kiosk Rua de São Paulo, near Cais do Sodré  station Lisbon

On the other side of the road,  Mercado da Ribeira (famous market near the river, since 1882), topped with a Moorish-style dome.

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Lisbon’s Tagus river terrace Portas do Sol, exceptional location & viewpoint Santa Luzia

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.

Portas do Sol terrace Lisbon Tagus view 5 lounge sofas

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.

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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.

Portas do Sol terrace Lisbon Alfama Tagus view 4 lounge sofas

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! ūüôā

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).

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Open daily from 10am to 12pm. Fridays, Saturdays and nights before a public holiday until 2am.

Website Portas do Sol.  Address: Largo das Portas do Sol, Beco de Santa Helena, Lisbon

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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!

Lisbon viewpoint Portas do Sol by night

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.

Portas so SOl viewpoint miradouro Alfama Lisbon cruise ship

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…..

Portas so SOl viewpoint miradouro Alfama Lisbon statue Saint Vincent

Statue of S√£o (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 Portas dol Sol Lisbon Museum of decorative arts

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)!

Largo do Portas do Sol Lisbon tram 28

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, ‚Äėel√©ctrico 28‚Ä≤. This legendary tram 28 is a tourist attraction in itself. It goes all around town. Of course you can hop on and hop off.

Miradouro Santa Luzia Alfama ancient tiles and viewpoint

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.

Lisbon Miradouro Santa Luzia by night view roofs Alfama and river Tejo

Viewpoint Miradouro de Santa Luzia by night

This is a very popular look-out point from the Alfama area of Lisbon, next to the Santa Luzia Church.

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Viewpoint (miradouro) Santa Luzia – church

On the wall of the church are two beautiful tile panels (azulejos): one of Lisbon’s majestic Square Pra√ßa do Com√©rcio before the earthquake in 1775, and another one showing the¬†Christians attacking (the nearby)¬†Castelo de¬†S√£o Jorge (Saint George’s Castle) in 1147.

Miradouro Santa Luzia Lisbon Alfama azulejos

Miradouro Santa Luzia

Azulejos (tiles) have become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture. This place is a wonderful tile treasure!

Lisbon Restaurant Miradouro Sta Luzia Alfama

Restaurant ‘Miradouro Sta Luzia’ near the viewpoint, a very popular tourist place.

 

Breathtaking views Lisbon: ferry to Cacilhas, restaurant Farol & elevator Cristo Rei statue

A few days in Lisbon? Take the ferry from Lisbons’ Cais do Sodr√© (every 10 minutes) to Cacilhas , a part of Almada, Lisbon, at the other side of the river Tagus. (Returnticket: cheap)

Ferry Lisbon Tagus River Martijn Kramers

Cais do Sodré, Lisbon, ferry to Cacilhas (near the railway station). Picture: Martijn Kramers

Cacilhas is a picturesque neighborhood of Lisbon in the banks of the river best known by its Cervejarias (traditional beer houses) also offering shellfish, seafood, and fresh fish.

Lisbon restaurants O Farol Cacilhas

Cervejaria/restaurant Farol Lisbon

Ferry timetable from Lisbon to Cacilhas

Restaurant/CervejariaFarol” (lighthouse)¬†is just by the ferry-terminal, the food is¬†finger licking¬†good!¬†We enjoyed a¬†fresh dourada (sea bream). A Cervejaria is a ‚Äėbeerhouse‚Äô, where beer is produced (or used to be produced) and where you can eat as well. There are many cervejaria‚Äôs around and in Lisbon and the quality of the food is normally very good.

Lisbon restaurants ‚ÄėO Farol‚Äô seafood Dourada

Restaurant/CervejariaFarol”: delicious sea bream (dourada) Lisbon

Website restaurant¬†‚ÄėFarol‚Äô¬†Delicious food! Not very expensive ¬†ūüôā ūüôā ¬†YouTube

From restaurant ‚ÄėFarol‚Äô you can walk along the river to the elevator¬†to reach¬†the famous Cristo Rei statue and enjoy the wonderful view on downtown Lisbon.

Lisbon Cacilhas Amada ruined warehouses

Abandoned and ruinous old warehouses in Cacilhas, Lisbon on the other side of the river Tagus

Elevator to Cristo Rei Statue

After passing some abandoned and ruinous very old warehouses (wonderful old buildings!) and 2 restaurants: ‚ÄėAtire-te-ao-rio‚Äô, which means ‚Äėthrow yourself into the river‚Äô, and restaurant Ponto Final, you can go by elevator to reach the Cristo Rei statue.

Restaurant ‚ÄėAtira-te-ao-rio‚Äô, 10 minutes walk from the ferry, September 2017

Brasilian restaurant and a perfect romantic location for a great dinner overlooking Lisbon by night.

Lisbon Restaurant Ponto Final view bridge

Restaurant ‚ÄėPonto Final‚Äô,¬† Lisbon

Very good Portuguese cuisine, beautiful views!

Lisbon restaurant Ponto Final, Hans Arjen

Restaurant ‚ÄėPonto Final‚Äô, Lisbon

Amazing view, especially while the sun is fading….(romantic!)

Lisbon elevator to Cristo Rei statue

Close: elevator to reach the Cristo Rei Statue.

Lisbon Cristo Rei statue

Cristo Rei Statue Lisbon

A¬†sweeping view of the city and Ponte 25 de Abril (25th of April Bridge) from the top of the 82m (270ft) high pedestal (by elevator). This enormous monument is built in 1959 in thanks to God for having spared Portugal during World War II, inspired by the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro. ‚ÄėGod opens his arms to the city‚Äô. View from Cristo Rei Movie

You can go back to the Cacilhas ferry terminal by bus # 101.

Cristo Rei view Tagus river

Ferry timetable from Lisbon to Cacilhas

Zero Zero Lisbon: Italian restaurant & pizzeria, delicious food & lovely outdoor dining

While walking around in area Pr√≠ncipe Real in Lisbon we discovered Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero. One of the most beautiful terraces in the city, just near¬†the Botanical Garden¬†(Jardim Bot√Ęnico, one of Europe’s finest!)

Italian restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon, lovely outdour dining area & friend Margriet de Vrieze

Restaurant Zero Zero has one of Lisbon’s most beautiful terraces in the city center. We feel a bit¬†like being in the heart of Italy, in the shade of bougainvilleas and the scent of flowers.¬†A part of he terrace is covered with a canopy made of (I guess) willow branches, creating a lovely filtered sunlight.

Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon: delicious food

Our lunch:

Starter Fried Squid (Entrada Frittura¬†di Calamari), eggplant, carrot and broccoli¬†‚ā¨ 9.00; Salade Caprese¬†with Mozzarella ‚ā¨ 8.00; Salade Couscous with gambas ‚ā¨ 12.00; small bottle of water ‚ā¨ 1.50; 2 glasses of white wine (Trebbiano Marche) ‚ā¨ 6.00. 2 cafe Espresso ‚ā¨ 2:00

Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon & beautiful terrace with bougainvilleas

No reservations, go early for lunch

Restaurant Zero Zero does not accept reservations but in case you have to wait for a table you can taste a variety of Italian cheeses and hams in the little deli shop at the entrance of the restaurant.
My experience: when you arrive for lunch around 12:30, there are plenty of tables available, also outside.

Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon, June 2016

Pizza Formaggiosa ‚ā¨ 10.50: tomato, mozzarella Fior di latte (written also as fiordilatte, made from fresh pasteurized or unpasteurized cow’s milk), gorgonzola, spinach and nuts.
Pizza Cappriccio ‚ā¨ 12.00:¬† ham, cheese and mushrooms; Salade Couscous¬†with gambas ‚ā¨ 12;¬†glass of white wine (Trebbiano Marche) ‚ā¨ 3.00.

Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon & inside pizza oven

Italian Flour ’00’ ¬†& secret pizza recipe

Pizza is not one of my favorite dishes, but my friends loved the great quality. ZeroZero offers 15 pizza choices and besides there are lots of vegetarian options.¬†¬†If you eat inside you can see pizzas being made. The service was done with care and sympathy ūüôā

Restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon September 2017: Marinus Broere & delicious tiramisu (‚ā¨ 5)

00′ or Zero Zero

All the ingredients come from the best Italian producers, especially the Venice region.
The secret is in the dough, Zero Zero’ pizzeria uses a ‘balanced mixture of flour ’00’ ¬†and some other flours.

That’s why the name of this fine restaurant:¬†‘00′ or Zero Zero¬† ūüėČ

Italian restaurant & pizzeria¬†Zero Zero Lisbon: small deli shop at the restaurant’s entrance

More than a restaurant

Zero Zero is assumed to be Lisbon’s first Proseccheria‘ , thanks to the Prosecco bar at the entrance and their classic cocktails.

Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon: NV Lissabon September 2017

Small deli shop

At the entrance of the restaurant there’s also a small deli where a variety of Italian cheeses, hams and delicacies can be bought in order to bring to your table or to take-away.

Italian restaurant & pizzeria¬†ZeroZero Lisbon: small deli shop at the restaurant’s entrance

The restaurant is open daily between 12:00 – 00h00, also on Sundays. Fridays and Saturdays until 01h00). Free parking place available.

Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon June 2016: lunch with some Dutch friends

This restaurant is a¬†perfect place for lunch or hot summer night dining in Lisbon’s city center.

Italian restaurant & pizzeria ZeroZero Lisbon

Pizzeria Zero Zero, Príncipe Real (trendy area)
Rua da Escola Politécnica, 32
Lisbon
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Beautiful terrace & a free parking space

Park Eduard VII Lisbon, exotic Greenhouse & tasty lunch Central Parque Kiosk

Park Eduard VII in Lisbon is popular: people from all over the world make amazing photos from the top of the park. It is also really worth it to visit the Greenhouse at the end of the park and the kiosk with terrace where you can enjoy your coffee or lunch. Great place for families with children!

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Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria (litt. the Cold House), November 2016

Wonderful atmosphere

The Estufa Fria de Lisboa is an eight hectare greenhouse that was erected in 1933 by architect Raul Carapinha, located in Eduardo VII Park, one of the most important parks that exist in the city. It is one of the most visited sites, by both students and tourists. MAP
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Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria (litt. the Cold House), November 2016
The Greenhouse, initially thought out as a place to simply shelter various types of plants, it has become one of the most pleasant green spaces in Lisbon, where you can spend a few enjoyable hours between lakes, waterfalls, brooks, statues and hundreds of different plant specimens from all over the world. A place that gives its visitors a sense of tranquility and well being.

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Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria, November 2016

Lisbon Greenhouse & three different areas

This Greenhouse is managed by the Lisbon City Council and is divided into three different areas: (Estufa Fria), litt. the cold house, without heating system; Estufa Quente (the Hot House), with glass dome, and the smaller Estufa Doce, (Sweet House), where cactusses are grown.

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Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria (the Cold House), November 2016

The Greenhouse’s history

The Estufa Fria started being planted in 1910, as a part of the urban plan of the Park Eduaro VII.¬†In 1975 the ‘Hothouse’ and the ‘Sweet House’ were open to the public.¬†These new exhibitions had tropical and equatorial plants on permanent display.

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Wonderful! Lisbon Greenhouse & Estufa Fria (the Cold House), November 2016

Tickets

Adults: ‚ā¨ 3,10, children and teenagers (6/18): ‚ā¨ 2,33, students, pensioners: ‚ā¨ 1,55. More information….¬†WEBSITE ¬†Estufa Fria (source) ¬†Facebook

Location: Estufa Fria de Lisboa, Parque Eduardo VII Lisbon

Open: in summertime from 10:00-19:00, wintertime 10:00-17:00. More….

Small lake near the Greenhouse in Park Eduard VII Lisbon & friend Margarethe de Vrieze

Lovely lake with ducks and geese 

Walking out of the Estufa Fria Greenhouse there’s a lake with ducks and geese and a kiosk with a terrace where you can enjoy your coffee or lunch. A lovely and quiet place, also for kids.

Lunch at Central Parque Quiosque, near the Greenhouse, Park Eduard VII Lisbon september 2017

Central Parque Quiosque & tasty lunch 

This is not the first time we went here for lunch, because my friends Alexandra Tops and Margarethe de Vrieze recommended this lovely place in the park where you can order good food for affordable prices.

Lunch at Central Parque Quiosque, near the Greenhouse, Park Eduard VII Lisbon

Ideal place for families with children (they sell pizzas and icecream ūüôā )

Great place under the umbrellas for a drink while the kids play. The kiosk¬†is located next to the Children’s Park.

Our lunch: amondegas de atum¬†(tuna fish, feta cheese) 8 ‚ā¨; salad with¬†mozzarela e tomates 8 ‚ā¨; tosta e frango (toasted bread with chicken) 5.50 ‚ā¨ ; glass of white wine 3.50 ‚ā¨; bottle of water 1.20 ‚ā¨.

Very nice staff & relaxed atmosphere! Jessica Tribolet, Francisco Varela and Santos

Central Parque Quiosque , Park Eduard VII Lisbon
Open: every day from 10:00 – 20:00
Wifi available. Facebook

The wonderful building Pavilhão Carlos Lopes is also located in this park.

The building reopened in February 2017, after extensive remodeling work and is now a large, pleasant space with lovely azulejos tile work on its interior and exterior walls.

Famous Portuguese long-distance runner Carlos Lopes

The pavilion is a venue for temporary exhibitions, while a small permanent exhibition on Carlos Lopes displays the great runner’s trophies and equipment, including the shoes he wore during the Los Angeles Olympic marathon in 1984.

Hours: Daily: 10am-6pm. Map
Admission: Free. Read more
: Portugal Visitor 

How to reach Park Eduardo VII: Metro РParque or Marquês de Pombal Station 

History Castle of Saint George Lisbon, knight Martim Moniz & breathtaking views

For the most breathtaking views of the Tagus and Lisbon, walk the esplanades and climb the ramparts of the old Castelo de São Jorge (Castle of Saint George), located on the highest of the seven hills of the historic centre of the city. It is one of the main historical and tourist sites.

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Castle of Saint George

Singer inside the walls of the Castle (video)

Castelo do Sao Jorge entrance

Entrance Castle of Saint George Lisbon

Although the first fortifications on the Lisbon hilltop are known to date only from the 2nd century BC, archaeological research has shown that human occupation exists there at least since the 6th century BC, originally from autochthonous Celtic and Iberian tribes (with probable Phoenician, Greek and Carthaginian influences), afterwards Roman, Suevi, Visigothic and Moorish.

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Castle of Saint George

In the context of the Christian Reconquista the castle and the city of Lisbon were retaken from the Moors by King Afonso Henriques with the help of Northern European crusaders taking part on the Second Crusade. The Siege of Lisbon, which took place in 1147, was the only success of that Crusade.

Knight Martim Moniz

According to a famous legend, the knight Martim Moniz, noting that one of the doors to the castle was opened, prevented the door from closing again with his own body, sacrificing his life but allowing the Christians to enter the castle.

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In the square stands a heroic statue — sword in one hand, shield in the other — of the first king, Afonso Henr√≠ques

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Picture: Martijn Kramers

Many of the existing walls were erected during the centuries of Moorish domination. The Moors held power until 1147, the year Afonso Henríques chased them out and extended his kingdom south.

Even before Lisbon became the capital of the newly emerging nation, the site was used as a royal palace.

Lisbon: view from Castelo Sao Jorge

Wonderful views!

The castle overlooks the historic area Alfama, the mountains of Monsanto and Sintra, Ponte do 25 de Abril (25 April Bridge), Praça do Comércio, and the tile roofs of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

Lisbon seen from the Castle of Jao Jorge April 25 Bridge

Castle of Saint George (Castelo de São Jorge)

Address: Rua da Costa do Castelo
Bus: 37 Tram: 12 or 28
Website: www.castelosaojorge.egeac.pt

Prices: check the website, free for children under 10

Lisbon-castle-overlookiing-the-tagus from the Castelo

Restaurant ‘Cantinho do Aziz’ Lisbon: flavors of Mozambique & a naughty secret

Lisbon is the place for fantastic food! Apart from traditional Portuguese cuisine, restaurants from former Portuguese colonies have become more and more popular in recent years, like African and Goan (India) cuisines

Restaurant ‘Cantinho do Aziz’ Mouraria Lisbon: you feel like being in Mozambique!

Portuguese-speaking African countries (former colonies)  in which the Portuguese language is still an official language: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea

Restaurant ‘Cantinho do Aziz’¬†July 2nd 2016: great dinner with lovely friends

The cuisine of Mozambique

The cuisine of Mozambique has been deeply influenced by Portugal. In the early 1500s, the Portuguese colonized Mozambique.

African restaurant ‘Cantinho do Aziz’, Mouraria Lisbon

After over four centuries of Portuguese rule, Mozambique gained independence in 1975

In this restaurant¬†the dishes are not spicy; you have to try a little bit of their piri-piri Sacana pasta: a wonderful combination! (and¬†so does¬†the¬†soft background¬†African music and¬†a beer called Laurentina….).

Cantinho do Aziz restaurant Mouraria Lisbon terrace March 3 piri piri

Restaurant Cantinho do Aziz & home made¬†Piri-Piri ‘SACANA’ (which means ‘son-of-a-bitch’)¬†

Mozambican food is rich in meats, fish, and shellfish. Piri piri, (or the African Devil) is a traditional hot sauce, added to most meat and fish dishes. It is made from hot peppers or chilies, lemon juice, and spices boiled down to a thick paste. Delicious, but flaming hot!

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African restaurant ‘Cantinho do Aziz’¬†Lisbon & Erik Herter and Liesbeth Niebling

Sometimes there’s live music because this area is the cradle of Portuguese¬†fado music Video

(Sacana & ocra: pssssssst… a little secret):

Okra (or ladies’ fingers) in combination with ‘Sacana’ piri piri sauce is called ‘mini-Viagra for women) ¬†ūüėČ

Restaurant Cantinho do Aziz & very friendly staff

Bambino (his portrait can also be seen on the wall ) and Eunice. This restaurant is an excellent choice to taste true Mozambican food, with honest prices.

Restaurant Cantinho do Aziz & Rob Plews: lovely evening and great food

Muamba de galinha (chicken done in palm oil with okra and african vegetables served with coconut rice) ‚ā¨ 8; Makoufe (Prawns, crab and mixture of cabbage, served with coconut rice) ‚ā¨ 10; Pulao de Cabrito c/ Arroz de coco (lamb with coconut rice): ‚ā¨ 10.

Cantinho do Aziz restaurant Mouraria Lisbon owner Aziz

Restaurant owner Khalid (born in Beira, Mozambique)

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Khalid: ‚ÄėAfter the war, in 1982, my father decided to move to Portugal. I was born in Mozambique and arrived in Lisbon as a 1 year-old-kid . In the beginning my father Aziz worked in a restaurant but in 1983 he started his own restaurant here in Mouraria. Nowadays it is very popular! I am married with Jenny (also from Mozambique), we have 2 children. We also lived some years in London‚Äô.

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Laurentina beer & lovely ladies

Laurentina is Mozambique‚Äôs oldest beer brand. The name is dedicated to lovely ladies: ‚Äėlaurentinas‚Äô ;-)¬†

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February 2015 Lisbon: Ans and Loek Polack from Holland & owner Khalid.

We enjoyed: Chamussas, Camarão com quiabo (prawns in curry sauce with coconut rice), Muamba (chicken done in palm oil with okra and african vegetables served with coconut rice),Yuca wa Miamba (prawns in coconut sauce with okra and manioca),  bebinka (dessert),  jarro do vinho da casa (half house wine).

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Restaurant street Cantinho do Aziz, Mouraria Lisbon

Location: 10 min. walk from startingpoint tram 28, square Martim Moniz: walk via Rua da Madalena, then go up the stairs (Beco dos Surradores) until Largo dos Trigueiros , turn left and there’s the restaurant: Rua das Fontaínhas de São Lourenço 5, phone: (00351) 218876472 Lisbon. Video how to walk to the restaurant from square Martim Moniz

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This restaurant serves fish and vegetarian dishes as well as meat dishes (halal).

Lovely Jenny (married with Aziz)¬†is the boss in the kitchen: ‘my father adored Janice Joplin and Jane Fonda; he combined their names’

Photographer Camilla Watson : fabulous photos printed on wood

Um tributo √† Mouraria¬†(‘A tribute to¬†Mouraria): a permanent exhibition of¬†fabulous photos printed on wood on the walls of the streets in a tribute to fadistas or people with a strong connection to the neighborhood. Amazing! Created by British photographer Camilla Watson , who has been living in the area for 6 years.

 

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon: too pricey food, too noisy, terrible service & boring decor

Due to the great Tagus riverviews and good affordable food, I used to visit this great location in Lisbon¬†a lot.¬†Lately former restaurant ‘Cariocas do Rio‚Äô¬†¬† has been replaced by a new restaurant: ‘Monte Mar’.

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon: near the Tagus river & great riverview

Good reputation: ‘Monte Mar’ restaurant in Guincho, 30 km from Lisbon

The¬†location of the new ‘Monte Mar’ restaurant near the Tagus river in Lisbon¬†could not be better, and besides¬†the restaurant with the same name in Guincho, Cascais (30 km from Lisbon) has a very good reputation: it’s¬†famous for its fresh fish and seafood dishes.

‘Monte Mar’ also has a ‘mini-restaurant’ spot in the trendy old market Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon: the ‘Time Out’ Food Hall/Gastronomical area.

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon near the Tagus river

Our bill (2 persons) 99.10 ‚ā¨: good food but too¬†overpriced in Lisbon¬† ūüôĀ

1 copo Terras Alter Branco ‚ā¨ 3.50 (glass of white wine); 2 √°gua sem g√°s 0, 25 lt. ‚ā¨ 5.00 (2 small bottles of water); 2 couvert ‚ā¨ 5.00 (bread); 1 queijo Azeitao ‚ā¨ 7.50 (Portuguese handcrafted, unpasteurised sheep’s milk cheese); 1 Sapateira Recheada (litt. stuffed shoe rack¬†ūüėȬ†Stuffed Crab) ‚ā¨ 32.00 ; 1 Gambas √† guilho ‚ā¨ 19.70 (garlic prawns): 1 bottle Muros Antigos Alvarinho Vinho Verde ‚ā¨ 26.40 (Vinho Verde means ‘green’ wine).

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon near the Tagus river: wonderful views

Bad service & big TV screens

The waiter was totally not interested to solve our complaints about the noise coming out of one of the big TV-screens (football), placed quite close to our table. Sometimes we were not able to talk to each other. He could suggest us¬†to be moved to another table? The atmosphere in this place¬†feels like ‘just¬†making money’.

Decor & plastic chairs

My friend, wearing a skirt, has to put¬†a cotton napkin on her chair. The ‘industrial-chic’ chairs are made of a plastic material being too sticky in¬†warm¬†temperatures ūüôĀ

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon near the Tagus river & TV screen near our table

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ asks an average of ‚ā¨ 25 to 30 for a plate. You¬†would expect¬†great service for that price.

Planning a trip to Lisbon? There are lots of other¬†restaurants¬†situated near the river Tagus¬†with delicious food ( where you pay half of the price)…. and besides with super friendly waiters¬†¬†ūüôā¬† ūüôā

like f.i. closeby restaurant IBO

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BTW: that night¬†also the ladies room¬†was certainly¬†not a place to recommend in restaurant Monte Mar….

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon near the Tagus river

Monte Mar Lisbon  R. da Cintura, Arm. 65, Cais do Gás

Phone (00351) 213 220 160

Tuesday – Friday 12h00 – 23h00; Saturday – Sunday 12h00 – 23h00

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Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon & decoration¬†inside the former old warehouse

I long for the old days when restaurant Cariocas do Rio¬†was still here: a wonderful place to relax near the river Tagus in Lisbon….a very pleasant atmosphere even though the service was a bit slow!

Bar/cafe ‘AI Mouraria’Lisbon: square Martim Moniz, tram 28 & sunny terrace

Wine is one of the best national products¬†of Portugal. There’s a tiny cafe, wine & tapas bar in Lisbon: ¬†‘AI MOURARIA’, next to the starting point of old TRAM 28, a very popular tourist attraction.

Happy New Year! Feliz Natal!¬†New wine & tapas bar ‘AI MOURARIA’ Lisbon: Sandra Vaz¬†& Bruno Salsa

Taste a glass of wine¬†in tiny but stylish wine & tapas¬†bar ‘AI MOURARIA’¬†, or at their¬†sunny terrace located¬†in the¬†historic former¬†Moorish quarter of Lisbon. Near square Martim Moniz, with¬†a lot¬†of¬†kiosks, live music¬†and weekly markets.¬†Portuguese coffee¬†(bica), or¬†beer,¬†(Irish) whisky¬†or¬†¬†Ginja are also¬†available: a ‘must try’¬†being a visitor. A favorite liqueur of many Portuguese and a typical drink in Lisbon.

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New wine & tapas bar ‘AI MOURARIA’ in Lisbon & sunny terrace, November 2013

All wines on the list are¬†from Portuguese origin, you can choose from a varied range, from red to white. The quality is high, the prices are¬†low ūüôā . A glass of wine:¬†‚ā¨ 2,20, ‘tapas’ (or, in Portuguese ‘petiscos’) from¬†‚ā¨ 1.60 (pasteis).¬†The sunny terrace¬†is¬†located¬†at the recently partly renovated Mouraria neighbourhood in Lisbon,¬†one of the oldest parts of the city.¬†It is said that Fado music was born¬†in this area¬†around 1820.

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Winebar ‘AI MOURARIA’ Lisbon & Bruno, very sympatic, muito simp√°tico!

Beautiful glass door-design: images of two people who lived in Lisbon and who¬†culturally played an important role in Portugal. Am√°lia Rodrigues,¬†famous fado singer who lived nearby this area, was most influential in popularizing fado music¬†worldwide.¬†The small¬†image is a portrait of Portugal’s poet¬†and writer Fernando Pessoa. Written on the door:¬†one of¬†Pessoa’s¬†remarkable quotes.

Winebar Ai Mouraria Lisbon Sandra owner & Portuguese bolo

Sandra Vaz & delicious Portuguese cakes (bolos): a good combination with strong Portuguese coffee (bica)

Am√°lia Rodrigues was a very popular Portuguese singer and actress, known as the Rainha do Fado (‘Queen of Fado’). This winebar is named after¬†one of her¬†famous songs, ‘Ai, Mouraria’¬†(Vimeo): Am√°lia sings about the streets of the old quarter Mouraria where she was betrayed in love. (This old town district is restored, the project is thus¬†called ‘Ai Mouraria’).

Almost around the corner you can enjoy live fado music in the evening.

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New wine & tapas bar ‘AI MOURARIA’ in Lisbon

Bruno, showing my favorite wine Terras do Pó, (lit. grounds of dust), a Portuguese guitar (YouTube) & good friend (and tourist guide) Josephine.

Adress wine & tapas bar: Rua da Mouraria 20. Facebook

Terras do P√≥ 2012, white wine (vinho branc0). Region: Set√ļbal Peninsula ‚ā¨ 2,20 (by the¬†glass)

Winebar AI MOURARIA door drawing Pessoa

Winebar ‘AI MOURARIA’ Lisbon: small¬†image of Fernando Pessoa, famous Portuguese poet and writer

Fernando Pessoa¬†(1888‚Äď1935). One of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century, Portuguese poet¬†and writer, who lived in Lisbon. More about Pessoa & Lisbon

Famous quotes:¬†The Book of Disquiet¬†, published posthumously. Favorite quote: ‚ÄúLiterature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.‚ÄĚ

Terrace winebar ‘AI MOURARIA’¬†Lisbon at Christmastime¬†& church ‘A Capela de Nossa Senhora da Sa√ļde’

Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health. This tiny church was built on this spot in 1505 in gratitude for the end of the plague outbreak. The building was modified in the 18th century, and was given a very simple but beautiful façade and a baroque interior with paintings and tile panels.

‘A Capela de Nossa Senhora da Sa√ļde’, interior, church in Mouraria, Lisbon

Starting point tram 28

Near¬†the terrace of winebar ‘AI MOURARIA’¬†you will find¬†the starting point of electrical tram 28. If you want to get a good impression of the historical city of Lisbon, a very good (and cheap)¬†idea is taking this typical little trolley, ‚Äėel√©ctrico 28‚Ä≤. This legendary tram is a tourist attraction in itself. It goes all around town. Of course you can hop on and hop off.

Square Martim Moniz Lisbon Starting point tram 28

Square Martim Moniz Lisbon: starting point tram 28 Lisbon, (near hotel Mundial), going all around town

YouTube tram 28

Ruud Lisboa Ai Mouraria cafe bar

June 2014: cafe/bar AI Mouraria Lisbon

Dutch friend Ruud Leijten enjoying a Portuguese beer

Lisbon Cafe bar AI Mouraira & friends Alexandra & Louis, March 2015