Lovely traditional Portuguese ceramics shop at Lisbon’s fleamarket: ‘Armazém das Caldas’

There’s a store where you step into Lisbon’s famous fleamarket, ‘Armazém das Caldas’. The traditional Portuguese ceramics and the warm service of the owners makes me feel like buying a lot..  !  🙂

Fleamarket Feira da Ladra Lisbon ceramic shop Jan. 2017 & Loes Broere

Portuguese ceramics shop: ‘Armazém das Caldas’, Campo de Santa Clara 112, fleamarket Lisbon & friend Loes Broere, January 2017

Armazém (lit. warehouse) das Caldas opened his doors in November 2014, selling traditional Portuguese ceramics from Caldas da Rainha, the ‘capital’ of portuguese pottery, popularized by artist and designer Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. (also known for his illustrations, caricatures and sculptures).

Lisbon Armazem Caldas Feira da Ladra famous ceramic Bordalo Pinheiro black cat

Portuguese ceramics: ‘Armazém das Caldas’ Lisbon, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro designs

People who visit Lisbon a few days, usually like strolling through the fleamarket (Feira da Ladra, lit. thieves market), where you can find this lovely little shop.

I heard Chinese, Russian- or French people say: ‘How wonderful, but how do we get all this into our suitcase?’

Lisbon Armazem Caldas Feira da Ladra lovely ceramic 3

Portuguese traditional ceramics: ‘Armazém das Caldas’ , located at the fleamarket in Lisbon.

The shelves are full of crockery, tableware and decorative objects, in an explosion of colors and iconic products such as pumpkins, cabbages, swallows, roosters, frogs, lizards, sardines and hanging codfish.

Designer Bordalo Pinheiro had a great sense of humor..  and many of his designs, for example the collection of cabbage leaf dinnerware, is very funny…. !

Lisbon Armazem Caldas Feira da Ladra famous ceramics swallow

Portuguese ceramics: ‘Armazém das Caldas’ Lisbon & swallow nest (€ 30)

Swallow nest (andorinha): symbol of loyalty and love 

In 1891 designer Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro decided to produce a set of ceramic pieces that looked like swallows. They integrated into Portuguese homes and became a symbol for a Portuguese house which lives on still today. Why it had such a massive success? It represents family, loyalty and love! 🙂

Lisbon Armazem Caldas Feira da Ladra lovely ceramics hanging codfish

Portuguese ceramics: ‘Armazém das Caldas’ , hanging salted codfish (bacalhau, € 25)

Dried and salted codfish (bacalhau), a faithful friend (fiel amigo) & history

The Portuguese adore codfish and it’s said that are 365 different ways to cook it…one recipe for each day of the year!

There’s a very long history with codfish: shortly after Columbus (about 500 years ago) discovered America, the Portuguese were fishing for cod near NewFoundland. They were the first Europeans to do so. The nickname of codfish is ‘fiel amigo’ (faithful friend). More…….

Lisbon Armazem Caldas Feira da Ladra ceramics galinha

Portuguese ceramics: ‘Armazém das Caldas’ Lisbon, rooster (galinha, € 35)

The legend of the ‘good luck’ rooster (Galo de Barcelos): a national symbol of Portugal

If you visit Lisbon you see brightly coloured roosters in all souvenir shops in all kind of variations and sizes. According to the legend, it brings you good luck, but you must receive it as a gift…

YouTubeThe legend of the Galo de Barcelos has been passed from generation to generation and while the stories differ, the ending is always the same.

Short term rentals in Lisbon

Of course there’s a ‘good luck’ rooster in my 3-bedroom apartment with lovely sunny patio in Lisbon  😉

And also a swallow nest (andorinha), a symbol of loyalty and love  🙂

Lisbon Armazem Caldas Feira da Ladra ceramics sardines

Portuguese ceramics: ‘Armazém das Caldas’ Lisbon, sardines (sardinhas)

Grilled sardines (sardinhas) & party time in June: Feast days of the popular saints

Sardines play an important role in Portuguese culture. In the month of June traditionally millions of big and tasty sardines (sardinhas) are grilled outdoors. The streets of the historical areas in Lisbon are filled with a delicious smell (but also the smoke!) 😉

On the eve of Saint Anthony’s day, June 12, Lisbon turns into one big party!

Lisbon’s craziest night: YouTube (in historical area Alfama)

Lisbon Feira da Ladra shop Armazem Caldas tableware1

‘Armazém das Caldas’ Lisbon, my favorite: crockery in beautiful soft colours

‘Armazém das Caldas’ Lisbon
Campo de Santa Clara, 112

Open from 11:00 – 19:00 (also on Sunday). Closed: Monday & Wednesday
Tuesdays and Saturdays (fleamarket days): open from 09:00 – 19:00

www.facebook.com/armazemdascaldas

Fleamarket Lisbon Armazem das Caldas

Fleamarket Lisbon, Alfama district. View from ‘Armazém das Caldas’ more…..

Restaurant & shop Lost In Lisbon: magical Indian-style, great city views & shrimp curry

Restaurant/cafe Lost In is one of the most magical places in Lisbon: fantastic city views and an inviting hangout Indian-style decoration.

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon & terrace June 2018

A while ago I bought a beautiful Indian-style coat in the imposant Lost In  clothing store, Rua dom Pedro V no. 58. The nice saleswoman asked: ‘Did you already visit  the restaurant behind the store? No? From here it is possible to enter the restaurant’. What a surprise!  🙂

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon & terrace June 2018

Peace & tranquility

The view over the city was wonderful, even though it was a cloudy day.

Menu : facebook

Restaurant Lost In Lisbon December 6, 2018

Waitresses Marlene & Tatiane

Lost In  is a chill-out ambiance. When you enter this space, you immediately feel the peace and tranquility it conveys.

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon June 2018 & Loesje Broere

Shanti (inner peace)
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It is said to be the “shanti place of Lisbon”. I am not religious nor interested in esotericism, but for those looking for relaxation after a busy day this is a great place.
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Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon June 2018: waiters Samuel & Patrik

Caril de gambas com arroz basmati, legumes salteados e papadam € 14. (Shrimp curry with basmati rice, sauteed vegetables and papadam).

Bill for 2 persons  € 56 ( shrimps, wine, water, icecream and coffee).

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon & shrimps: very flavorful

The staff is friendly and chatty, speaking a variety of languages. The 2 lovely young waiters gave 2 older ladies like us the idea being young again  😉  😉

Restaurant Lost In Lisbon: Dish of the day Dec. ’18

Dish of the day : 10 euro

For lunch there’s a daily menu (prato do dia) : € 10.00. Roast beef, sautéed potatoes & spinach, a drink and coffee. Wine is not included: glass 4 euro.

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon June 2018

We had a great afternoon amongst Indian couches and sofas, candles, colored comfortable chairs, statues, paintings & Indian shoes hanging on the walls.

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon June 2018

The music is calm, with a strong focus on jazz  🙂 (the day we’ve been there). Restaurant Lost In VIDEO 

Restaurant Lost In Lisbon December 6, 2018 & Lilja Plews

On Thursdays there is a jazz session from 9:50 p.m. to 11:50 p.m. and besides there’s frequent oriental dance events or DJ’s.

More info: Lost In facebook

Restaurant/cafe Lost In Lisbon & very friendly manager Rita Teixeira

Lost In
Rua dom Pedro V no. 58
Príncipe Real Lisbon
Phone: (351) 917 759 282

Monday : 16:00 – 24:00  Facebook  Website
Tuesday to Saturday : 12:30 – 24:00

Lost In Lisbon Shop :  clothes from India & very friendly saleswomen Mica & Leonor

Clothing store with typically Indian style with Arab influences.  Facebook

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Lost In Lisbon Shop: clothes from India & much more beautiful stuff!

Restaurant & bar LESS Baixa Lisbon: stunning city views, lounge chairs & elegant simple cuisine

Years ago I discovered a small cafe on the 8th floor of a huge department store in Lisbon : good coffee (bica), a pastel de nata .. and stunning city views!

Restaurant & bar LESS in Lisbon: this view will never be boring! 🙂

Restaurant & bar LESS & 8th floor classic department store Pollux

In 2017 restaurant & bar LESS was opened, on the 8th floor of department store Pollux (9 floors, 5.000 m2), founded in 1936, offering typical Portuguese luxury items for home decoration and household goods.

Restaurant & bar LESS in Lisbon: legendary Santa Justa Lift
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Makeover in 2017
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The terrace, offering views of the legendary Santa Justa lift and the ruins of the Convento do Carmo, (Carmo Convent) used to have a small cafe with plastic tables (a hidden gem..)
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Basic snacks, soups and coffees were served nearby products for sale in the store such as plastic flowers, garden chairs and camping tables.
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Cafe/restaurant LESS Lisbon & view river Tagus
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In September 2017 the entire 8th floor of the department store was transformed into a modern casual dining space serving delicious food (Chef: Miguel Castro Silva) .
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon & 8th floor Pollux store, September 4, 2018
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Delicious lunch with Margarethe de Vrieze.
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon
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Appetizer, smoked salmon tartar with horsera dish cream, soup, leek risotto with cod shavings, water & 2 glasses of house wine: 33 euro.
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon & 8th floor Pollux store, March 2018
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‘Are you being served?’
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BESIDES: When I entered the Pollux department store for the first time, around 16 years ago, the old-fashioned atmosphere and the (good) hierarchical service-model reminded me a little bit of the legendary British sitcom  “Are you being served?’ 😉 (YouTube), broadcasted between 1972 and 1985.
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon, March 2018
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The new menu card is very inviting! We were in the mood for trying a Burger on bread with potatoe chips, spices , red onions, mushrooms, onions & Port wine: very tasty!
Bill: Couvert (marinated olives, aromated butters, bread and toast) € 4.50; Burger Mushroom € 8.80; Coca-Cola € 3.00, small bottle of water € 2.00; coffee € 1.20
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon, 2018: new dining space & terrace
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LESS Restaurant & Bar 
Baixa, Lisbon WEBSITE
December 5, 2018
 
The restaurant can only be reached by taking the elevator in department store Pollux: 8th floor. Rua dos Fanqueiros, 276, Lisbon.
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Restaurant & Bar LESS Lisbon, March 2018
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Muito obrigada João and Samanta 🙂  . Chef restaurant LESS: Miguel Castro Silva
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Cafe restaurant ‘O Corvo’ Mouraria Lisbon: trendy, great food & ‘sweater-wearing’ tree

Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo’ (The Crow) in area Mouraria Lisbon is one of my favorites. This part of the city is still quite authentic, although tourism has increased the last few years.

Largo dos Trigueiros, historic area Mouraria Lisbon & a ‘sweater’ wearing beautiful tree 🙂

A bit hidden in Lisbon’s city center there’s a wonderful small square surrounded with colourful old houses, and a small old fountain in the middle. Just lovely!

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Square Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘ (The Crow) Largo dos Trigueiros, Lisbon

10 minutes walk from this little square: my authentic 3-bedroom apartment with lovely private patio in Mouraria (short term rentals).

2016: Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘ (The Crow) Largo dos Trigueiros, Lisbon

Small terrace pleasantly shaded by a tree

Square Largo dos Trigueiros, once forgotten and lined with cars, is nowadays one of the coolest places of Lisbon. In march 2016 cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo’ opened his doors. 

Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘ (The Crow), December 2018

Knitted graffiti

In summertime the terrace is shaded by the spreaded branches of a beautiful tree with a colourful ‘sweater’ wrapped around the trunk : knitted graffiti 🙂

September 2017:  Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon

Menu

The menu offers affordable meals: a variety of dishes, also vegetarian. Opened in March 2016, cafe-restaurant ‘O Corvo’ is a friendly, easy-going place serving homemade foccacia among others, and homemade cakes.

August 2018: Dorade (larded with peppers)  € 12, 50. Delicious!

Entrecôte (500 gr) for 2 persons, potatoes and salad € 28; um copo de vinho tinto/vinho branco (a glass of red or white wine) € 2,60;  small bottle of water € 1,80, coffee € 1,00.

September 2017:  Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon: entrecôte for 2 persons

Mix and match of antique furniture

Inside the restaurant there ‘s a mix and match of antique furniture, vintage pieces, wooden movie chairs, stone-clad tables and sofas from the last century. Everything recovered and in good condition.

Home made chocolate cake  € 3:60

When entering restaurant O Corvo it seems that it ‘s only one space and an open kitchen (very nice people!) but there’s another, greater room. The place is suitable for a group (50 seats).

September 2018:  Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘ Lisbon & Margriet de Vrieze

Historic area Mouraria

The cobblestoned former Moorish quarter, roughly between the Castle of Saint George (São Jorge) and Rossio square, is a friendly and super-central neighborhood where Fado was born and which today presents a mix of long-time residents and a multicultural community, complemented by artists, students and other young people.

Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon & nearby street with photos on the walls

Area Mouraria in Lisbon 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).

Area Mouraria Lisbon & photo printed on wood

Photographer Camilla Watson : fabulous photos printed on wood

Um tributo à 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!

British photographer Camilla Watson has been living in this area for 6 years.

Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon & one of the spaces

Location & how to get there:

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 , and turn right. 

YouTube: Square Largo dos Trigueiros & stairs to reach the restaurant

Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon
Largo dos Trigueiros 15A-15B Lisbon
Facebook  Phone: +351 21 886 0545
Super friendly staff, they all speak fluently English 🙂

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ Lisbon: Angolan dishes & Dutch speaking owner Steve

Update December 2018: at the moment this restaurant is closed.

A taste of Africa in Lisbon: restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi‘ in the historical Mouraria neighborhood in Lisbon serves typical Angolan food.

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve and Pedro Rita august 16

Steve Geronimo & Pedro Rita

Our lunch: Cachupa, 2 glassses of white wine, small bottle of water and coffee: € 14 in total for 2 persons 🙂

Jindungo pepper: the African red devil

A must-try in combination with this dish is a little bit of piri piri jindungo, also known as the African red devil. The Portuguese brought these peppers from Brasil to Africa and Europe. The jindungo pepper seems to be a natural medicine: it is said it’s good to stay healthy and to fight diseases. Very hot!!

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve kitchen

Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’, named after Steve’s daughter

Steve: ‘I live around the corner, together with my Portuguese wife and my lovely little daughter (5 years old), that’s why the restaurants’ name is ‘Cantinha da Fabi’.

Tough jobs in The Netherlands

‘In 1998 I moved to the Netherlands to work there and to save money in order to realize my plans. It is not easy to find work in Portugal and my dream was to open a restaurant in Lisbon’.

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve wife and daughter Fabi

Steve Geronimo, his Portuguese wife and little daugther Fabi, Praça do Comércio Lisbon

Steve: ‘I have worked 5 years in The Netherlands, like f.i. in a battery factory, in a spinach factory and in a factory where carpets are made. Only strong men can do these tough jobs: it means lifting and carrying heavy stuff, but the work was well paid’.

(btw: Steve’s muscles are impressive.. 🙂 and he is a fluent Dutch speaker)

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve BBQ

Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ historic area Mouraria, Lisbon

Steve: ‘My dream has come true: my own restaurant in Mouraria!’

Steve: ‘I saved money to realise my dream: 2 months ago I opened this restaurant (soon with an outside terrace). The room was freshly painted, but there still are works to be done to create a typical Angolan atmosphere.

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon Felipe and Rob August 16

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon: friends Felipe Aristimuño & Rob Plews

We loved the food: grilled fish with vegetables € 5, cabrito € 5 (goat meat stew served with rice, and besides a traditional dish for Angolan Independence day, November 11). Cerveja (beer) € 1, um copo do vinho branco (glass of white wine) € 1. Cafe (coffee) € 0,50.

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon & BBQ in July 2017

In the open space next to the restaurant a separate corner will be created for ‘special occasion’ dinners.

On the wall of the restaurant: a painting of the giant sable antelope (Palanca Negra), the national symbol of Angola and on the list of the world’s critically endangered animals. More…

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon giant sable antelope

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ area Mouraria Lisbon: giant sable antelope, national symbol of Angola

Steve: ‘I’m inspired by my mother’s way of cooking. She lives in Angola because the climate here is too cold for her. I tried many Portuguese recipes but personally I prefer the herbs used in the Angolan cuisine, f.i. typical dishes like Moamba de Galinha or Calulu.  ‘(More about Angolan cuisine).

There are also typical portuguese- and vegetarian dishes on the menu.

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon Mario and Margriet 2

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon: friends Mário and Margriet

Grilled fish with potatoes, Moamba de Galinha, salad, a bit home made ‘red devil‘ ,water and wine: € 22,10 for three persons.

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon & BBQ in July

Kitaba

Kitaba or quitaba is a crunchy, salty peanut paste seasoned with chilli pepper. Traditionally served as a couvert or little side dish when you have a beer break (€ 0,50)

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon KITABA

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’  area Mouraria, Lisbon & Kitaba

History of Angola: Portuguese colony from 1575 – 1975

The Portuguese colony of Angola was founded in 1575 with the arrival of Paulo Dias de Novais with a hundred families of colonists and four hundred soldiers. Luanda was granted the status of city in 1605. The fortified Portuguese towns of Luanda (established in 1575 with 400 Portuguese settlers) and Benguela remained almost continuously in Portuguese hands until the independence of Angola in 1975. More…..(Wikipedia)

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon outside

Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi Lisbon: Pedro Rita, a visitor and owner Steve 😉

Rua de Sao Pedro Martir 78,  Mouraria Lisbon, close to stop tram 28 at square Martim Moniz

Open: every day from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (also on Sunday)

Phone: (00351) 960069903       Facebook
Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi Lisbon July 1st 2017

Fully packed Tram 28 (2018) Lisbon, RED or GREEN TRAM, pickpockets & best stops

Popular and legendary tram 28, (eléctrico 28) is a tourist attraction in itself! It goes all around town and you can hop on and hop off. Long lines during the day (from 17:00 is a good idea!)

Tram electrico 28 Alfama Lisbon

Tram (‘eléctrico 28’), Alfama. Starting point: square Praça Martim Moniz 

STOPS

It passes the Saint George’s (São Jorge) castle , one of the main historical touristic sites of Lisbon, the famous viewpoint (miradouroPortas do Sol (Gates to the sun) and the legendary fleamarket ‘Feira da Ladra’  in Alfama, Graça, Mouraria, Bairro Alto, (Lisbon’s bohemien haunt of artists and writers, and posssibly one of the best spots in Europe for a night out). Last stop: Cemetery ‘Prazeres’ (Cemetery of ‘Pleasures’), really worth a visit!

Largo do Portas do Sol Lisbon tram 28

Tram 28, Largo Portas do Sol, a famous viewpoint & tourist attractionbackground Museum of Decorative Arts

Short- time rentals, 5 minutes walk from starting point tram 28 in Mouraria: my 3-bedroom authentic apartment with lovely patio, 100 m2

Lisbon Square Martim Moniz starting point tram 28 long lines

Starting point tram 28

Square Praça Martim Moniz & long lines of people waiting….

Pickpockets, take care!

Tram 28 is very popular with tourists & prime pickpocket territory! Take care! Leave your bag in the hotel/apartment, just take some money with you in your pocket !

New, October 2018 near starting point tram 28: open air elevator connecting Martim Moniz square to the streets around St George Castle

Hop on hop off

Buy the 24-hour ticket that will allow you to hop on and off whenever you want on all trams, buses, and subway lines.

Cost: around 4 euros.

Red tram tour sightseeing Lisbon

Alternative idea: oficial sightseeing RED TRAM TOUR 

How to avoid long lines TRAM 28 & official sightseeing Red Tram Tour Lisbon

The number of tourists has been increased since a few years, which means that tram 28 route is mostly fully packed.
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The RED TRAM is the official sightseeing tram, which covers the same neighborhoods, a ticket is more expensive, but you’re always guaranteed to have a seat.
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Starting point & tickets : square Praça do Comércio
GREEN Tram Lisbon Praca do Figueira April2016 2
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ALTERNATIVE GREEN TRAM & STOPS
Starting point & tickets Praça da Figueira Lisbon

The antique GREEN trams are older than the trams on tram 28

The tram departs from Praça da Figueira and passes Lisbon’s oldest Cathedral Sé de Lisboa, famous viewpoint Portas do Sol, near the Castle (Castelo) of Saint George, through the streets of historical areas Alfama and Graça 

There ‘s English and Portuguese tour commentary without the need for headsets.

Square Martim Moniz Lisbon Starting point tram 28

Starting point tram 28, square Praça Martim Moniz 

Short term rentals

10 minutes walk from starting point tram 28 my there’s my 3 bedroom (100 m2) apartment (short term rental) in historical area  Mouraria with a 30m2 and very quiet lovely patio.

Alfama tram 28

Alfama. Tram 28 is increasingly as popular with pickpockets as it is with tourists.

More info about tram 28, stops and useful tips: Seeing Lisbon through tram 28

Video tram 28 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YiHO5jZYY4

Christmas time in Lisbon tram 28 happy new year

Tram 28, Lisbon and Christmas, Praça da Figueira

The average intervals between each one is 15 minutes and the entire trip takes between 40 minutes and one hour (at a maximum speed of 50km per hour). All stops vintage tram 28

Tram 28 Alfama near flea market Feira da Ladra

Tram 28, near Lisbon’s legendary flea market ‘Feira da Ladra’

Lisbon Tram 12, free ride Mouraria

Besides: a free ride, tram 12 Mouraria

Lisbon tram 28 February 2010

Popular restaurant ‘Casa da Índia’ Lisbon: Portuguese food & overseas trade history

Despite the name, Casa da Índia (House of India), is a traditional and cheap restaurant with a Portuguese menu. The name refers to an organization that managed Portuguese trade in overseas goods, like spices, mainly in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Lisbon Casa da India restaurant near Bairro Alto meia dose

Restaurant Casa da Índia (House of India) Lisbon: traditional Portuguese meal, delicious 🙂

Borrego no forno’ (lamb in oven € 6,50). Starters: pão e azeitonas (bread and olives € 1,20), copo de vinho branco (glass of white wine € 1.20), bica pingada (espresso with a drop of milk € 0,60).

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Restaurant Casa da Índia (House of India), Lisbon

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Lisbon: really good service and a very friendly staff.

Lisbon cheap traditional Portuguese restaurant Casa da India owner

Restaurant Casa da Índia  Lisbon & owner Alvaro

Casa da Índia (House of India) :  spices from India

Owner Alvaro Martim: ‘From 1938 this place is a restaurant. All I know is that it used to be a shop selling spices from India”.

Restaurant Casa da india girl

Restaurant Casa da Índia (House of India) Lisbon

History: The Casa da Índia was established in Lisbon around 1500. This Portuguese organization had been based in Lagos in Southern Portugal, but after Prince Henry the Navigator died in 1460, the ‘House of India’ moved to Lisbon, and was located at the famous Praça do Comércio , Commerce Square). The building was destroyed by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

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Restaurant Casa da Índia (House of India) Lisbon

Seafood: Gambas á guilho (garlic prawns) 12.50 euro, delicious!! This restaurant is very popular and lively,  the marisqueira (seafood) is divine and cheap.

Portugal probably is the best place in Europe to enjoy seafood; the Portuguese appreciate eating and drinking well!

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Restaurant Casa da Índia (House of India) Lisbon

On the wall: the Duke of Viseu (Henry the Navigator), patron of the Portuguese exploration.

Restaurant Casa da India November 2018 & picanha na brasa 10,90 euro

During 1415-1542 Portugal discovered an eastern route to India that rounded the Cape of Good Hope. They discovered Brazil, established trading routes throughout most of southerns Asia, colonized selected areas of Africa and sent the first direct European maritime trade and diplomatic missions to China.

Restaurant Casa da India Lisbon street traditional Portuguese food

Restaurant ‘Casa da Índia’, Rua Loreto 51, near Bairro Alto

Opening hours: Monday -Saturday: 09:00 – 02:00. Closed on Sundays.

Restaurant Casa da india Frango

Restaurant Casa da Índia (House of India) Lisbon: chicken piri-piri

Noisy Tuk-Tuk cars Lisbon: sightseeing, polution & eco-friendly silent Tuk Tours

The last few years Tuk-Tuk cars are gaining more popularity among tourists in Lisbon. You see them everywhere in the city: cute little cars, but most of them make a lot of noise and they stink terribly !  🙁  🙁

Largo Maria da Severa Mouraria Lisbon & an eco-friendly Tuk Tuk

Mouraria is a very old neighborhoud with narrow streets where big tourist buses cannot get through.

UPDATE 2018: Electric charging points will soon be installed in Lisbon and diesel tuk tuks will be banned in 2019

🙂  🙂

Apartment historic area Mouraria Lisbon & lovely quiet , private patio

My 3 bedroom apartment in this area with lovely patio (30 m2) (short term rentals)

YouTube Movie Tuk Tuk Tour Lisbon

November 2018: tourist guide Josephine & small problem Tuk Tuk car

Nuno: 0351 914876508

‘Do you like to Tuk-Tuk with me’ ? Voulez-vous Tuk-Tuk avec moi? 😉  I saw a car with a led display using this text in several languages. These little Tuk Tuk vehicles are most ideal for short trips and sightseeing and capable to drive through the small streets in the ancient historical neighborhoods of Lisbon like Alfama and Mouraria.

Tuk Tuk Lisbon Eco Tours Martim Moniz may 14 1

Lisbon Square Martim Moniz: lots of tourists are waiting for legendary electric tram 28

Square Martim Moniz : starting point of the legendary old tram 28

Nowadays several owners of Tuk-Tuk cars are trying to persuade you to take a tour (from 45 – 60 euro for one hour), but a ride with ‘elétrico’ tram 28 will also bring you to most tourist attractions of Lisbon….and much cheaper (around 4 euro pp).

Tuk Tuk Lisbon Tuk Tuk Mouraria Rua do Terreirinho sept 14

Historic area Mouraria Lisbon: street small restaurant Jose- Maria & Laurinda

Tuk-Tuk cars, origin & polution

The Tuk-Tuk cars often run on diesel and some very old ones are imported from Asia. Auto rickshaws of Southeast Asia started from the knockdown production of the Daihatsu Midget which had been introduced in 1957. There are too many of them in Lisbon  🙁  🙁

Tuk Tuk Lisboa Baixa sept 14

Tuk-Tuk cars Lisbon downtown city center & elegant shopping area Rua Garrett

Young enthusiastic drivers & Tuk-Tuk cars

One of the advantages of the tuk-tuk cars in Lisbon is the possibility making trips with young and enthusiastic people, who speak several languages. Most of them are especially trained to talk about the historic sites of Lisbon.

Eco friendly Tul Tours Lisbon f1 2

Eco friendly Tuk car in Lisbon, historic area Alfama

Eco (and silent!) Tuk Tours Lisbon

I have no commercial interest but maybe this article helps to make Lisbon cleaner!  😉 😉

Eco Tuk Tours Lisbon narrow streets old town Lisbon 3

Eco friendly Tuk Tour old town Lisbon: narrow streets of Alfama

Safety in Lisbon: watch out for pickpockets especially trams 28 & 15 (to Belém)

Watch out for pickpockets, especially on 28 and 15  electric trams!

Tram 28 pickpockets

Tram 28 is increasingly as popular with pickpockets as it is with tourists

Violence against tourists is very unusual, but be aware of people that brush up close to you or jostle you in the street.  Don’t leave bags and camera equipment unattended for even a moment! Also be aware when you visit touristical attractions and terraces.

STREETS

Lisbon is a safe city, you’ll only have to be careful with people selling drugs in the downtown area.  Some sell bay leafs instead of hash, so don’t buy anything from them. When you hire a car and you leave it overnight in the street, take care not to leave any of value in it (even locked) or in your hotel room.

Police in Lisbon

Take a taxi at night: it is cheap in Lisbon

Be always very careful with your things and never carry large amounts of money with you. When leaving the nightclubs take a taxi, you’ll have to pay a bit more (10 euro in the city) but sometimes it’s the best.

Lisbon Safety Police Praca do Commercio

Praça do Comércio: friendly policemen on electrical Segway steps

More information Lisboa Card

It you are the victim of theft, and you want to make an insurance claim, you have to report it to the police and get a report copy. If your passport is taken, you must contact the consulate to get a replacement issued.

Police in June 09 near Rossio Square

Police: COMETLIS – Esquadra de Turismo, phone 00351 213421623,

mail:  lsbetur@psp.pt    Where: Praça dos Restauradores – Lisbon

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Roasted chestnuts Lisbon, November 11 St. Martin’s Day traditions & liqueur Jeropiga

The unmistakable smell of roasted chestnuts (castanhas assadas) is announcing autumn’ s arrival in Portugal. Quentes e boas’! ‘(Get’ em hot!). This cry goes out on the Lisbon streets.

chestnuts in Lisbon December 08 quente e boas

‘Hot and good, a dozen for € 2“.

Much to the chagrin of many, the traditional paper cone made out of the Yellow Papers has been replaced by soulless paper packages, which takes something away from the ritual of chestnuts.

Chestnuts in Lisbon white paper bag instead of yellow papers

Baixa area, the commercial heart of Lisbon

St. Martin’s Day is celebrated on November 11

It is called Magusto. This day is the peak of three days, often with very good weather, known as Verão de São Martinho (Saint Martin’s summer).

St. Martin’s Day dinner at home with friends

The Portuguese celebrate St. Martin’s Day with jeropiga (a traditional delicious sweet liqueur wine) and roasted chestnuts (castanhas assadas).

How to make jeropiga

Tram Lisbon Feliz Natal and roasted chestnuts

Rossio, Lisbon in December

Traditions

On St. Martin’s Day traditions dictate that family and friends gather around a glowing hearth or bonfire.

Roasted chestnuts

Chestnuts are roasted, traditional alcoholic drinks are served, like água-pé (a watered kind of wine), jeropiga, vinho novo (young wine), or the slow smooth burn of aguardente (‘firewater’, alcoholic drinks between 29 and 60 percent).

Chestnuts and Jeropiga

Chestnuts and jeropiga

Because this pagan festival is a celebration of life, there is food and drink and plenty of fun: in some regions people smother themselves with ashes, black themselves up and sing around the fire.

Largo do Chiado chestnuts

Largo do Chiado, Lisbon

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