Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ Mouraria Lisbon: original Angolan cuisine, from € 7 great (also vegetarian) dishes & fluent Dutch speaking owner Steve Geronimo

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

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

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

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 Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve Geronimo

Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ Lisbon & waiters Miguel Angelo and Silvio.

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.

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

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

Phone: (00351) 960069903       Facebook
Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi Lisbon & new terrace March 2017

Zero Zero Lisbon: Italian restaurant & pizzeria, delicious food, lovely decorated terrace near Botanical Garden & the city’s first Proseccheria

While walking around in area Príncipe Real in Lisbon we discovered Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero. One of the most beautiful terraces in the city, near the Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico, one of Europe’s finest!)

Restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon beautiful terrace July 16 Margriet

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.

Restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon beautiful terrace July 2016 2

Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon & delicious food

Our lunch:

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

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

No reservations

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.

Restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon beautiful terrace July 2016 3 NV Lissabon

Italian restaurant & pizzeria Zero Zero Lisbon, June 2016

Pizza Formaggiosa € 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 € 12.00:  ham, cheese and mushrooms; Salade Couscous with gambas € 12; glass of white wine (Trebbiano Marche) € 3.00.

Restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon beautiful terrace July 16 4 pizza oven

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!
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 😉 😉

Restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon beautiful terrace July 16 4 shop

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.

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.

Restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon beautiful terrace July 16 4 shop 2 charcuterie

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

Pizzeria Zero Zero, Príncipe Real (trendy, quite expensive area)
Rua da Escola Politécnica, 32
Lisbon
facebook   website 

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

Restaurant Zero Zero Lisbon beautiful terrace June 2016 3 NV Lissabon 3

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.

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Italian restaurant & pizzeria ZeroZero Lisbon: beautiful terrace & a free parking space

A real taste of Lisbon: historical red tramcar tour ‘7 hills’, alternative to fully packed tram 28 & the most picturesque neighborhoods of Lisbon

Although public transport (tram 28) is much cheaper, this historical red tramcar tour allows you to know the most picturesque neighborhoods of Lisbon in a friendly and comfortable way, while listening to the commentary available in several languages or melancholic melody of fado music.

Lisbon red tourist tram 7 hills Praca do Comercio

Praça do Comércio Lisbon

Tickets

Red tram tour, leaving from one of the most beautiful squares in the world: Praça do Comércio where you can buy a ticket. From around € 17 p.p. Child (4-9) around € 10

You will pass the narrow and steep streets of the city’s traditional quarters. You will see chatting people on doorsteps and feel the village atmosphere of Alfama and Mouraria and reveal a sharp contrast to the elegant, noble buildings of Chiado and Lapa. You will certainly fall in love with Lisbon and sooner or later you will come back……

Lisbon historical Red tram tour driver Paulo Dias starting point Praca do Comercio

Red tram driver Paulo Dias

HOP ON HOP OFF

“You can take advantage of the ‘Hop On Hop Off” system. This allows tourists to get off at each stop (20 min.), visit the surrounding area, and then get back on the tram or wait for the next one.

Tickets & prices

The ‘ 7 Colinas‘ (hills) route (about 1 1/2 hour, ) departs every 30 minutes, from 10:00-20:00 (from June-Sept), from 10:20-17:40 (Oct-May). Price € 18, children  (4-10)  € 9, Lisboa card reduction € 13,50.

Lisbon historical red tram tour tourists

“The ‘Carristur’ company has faithfully restored the interior of the trams dating from the thirthies and fourties, preserving their charm and original character.

Lisbon church Mouraria

Little church in Mouraria. More about this old neighborhood, home of fado music…..

In this area there’s my 3 bedroom apartment with 3 bedrooms and a 30 m2 patio (short term rentals)

This ‘ 7 Colinas’ (hills) route goes through the oldest and most traditional districts, giving its passengers a real taste of the city. Mouraria, Alfama, Chiado, Sao Bento and Estrela are just some of the districts that can be seen in the tram.

Lisbon historical red tram tour Alfama near flea market Feira da Ladra

Alfama. This street is close to the legendary Feira da Ladra (‘thieves market’) and the castle of São Jorge (Castle of Saint George)

Lisbon historical Red tram tour Pessoa statue girl

Chiado, Rua Garrett. Famous cafe ‘A Brasileira’ with the statue in bronze of the poet Fernando Pessoa, mobbed by lots of tourists, all day long! And of course you will pass the Bica funicular

Lisbon historical Red tram tour Rua de Sao Paulo Rua Boa Vista stairs

Rua Sao Paulo/Rua da Boa Vista

 

Lisbon Red tram historical tour tourists see other tourists

As a tourist you will see a lot of other tourists waiting for tram 28

TRAM 28 (eletrico) is very popular . The number of tourist has been increased (2015), which means that tram 28 route is mostly fully packed.

Lisbon Red tram tour sightseeing little streets Pastelaria

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon: great location, wonderful river views, pricey food, boring decor, too noisy TV & terrible service

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’   has been replaced by a new restaurant: ‘Monte Mar’.

Restaurant Monte Mar Lisbon Tagus river 9

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 Tagus river 2 June 2016

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ Lisbon near the Tagus river: good too overpriced food

Our bill (2 persons) 99.10 €: good food but too overpriced in Lisbon

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

Restaurant Monte Mar Lisbon Tagus river 1 June 16

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 🙁

Restaurant Monte Mar Lisbon Tagus river big TV screens

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

Restaurant ‘Monte Mar’ asks an average of € 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  🙂  🙂

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 Tagus river 7 June 2016

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

Website         facebook

Restaurant Monte Mar Lisbon Tagus river 9 June 2016 inside cold decor

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!

Wallet-friendly restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ Mouraria Lisbon: tasty Portuguese food, local dining place & park ‘Jardim da Cerca da Graça’: great old town city views

Not trendy or chic, but very tasty and cheap: typical Portuguese food in Mouraria, historic area of Lisbon, close to a new park with wonderful old town city views. Easy to reach from square Praça Martim Moniz (tram 28)

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Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ Mouraria Lisbon, owners & daughter Ilda

Away from tourist areas in Lisbon you can find good and cheap restaurants, like restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ (Custódio ‘s Corner) in historic area Mouraria: tasty Portuguese food for a very good price: around 5-7 euro pp  😉

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Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ Mouraria Lisbon: good and cheap Portuguese food

Our bill: bife da casa 7.00 € (Portuguese fried beef with an egg on top of the meat, rice, or fried potatoes and salad), polvo (octopus): 5.00 €, carafe of house wine 0.50 l (vinho da casa): 1.40 €, bottle of water (agua): 0.85 €, dessert (sobremesa): maçã assada (roasted apple) 1.50  €, 2 coffee: 1.20  €, licor Beirão  (Portuguese liqueur) : 0,75  €

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Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’ Lisbon: polvo & batata cozida (octopus & potatoes) 5.00 €

Very popular: bitoque (Portuguese steak)

The Portuguese steak, bife, is a slice of fried beef served in a wine-based sauce with fried potatoes, rice, or salad.
Bitoque (toque means touch), comes from the idea that the meat only ‘touches’ the grill twice, meaning that it does not grill for too long before being served, resulting in a rare to medium-rare cut of meat. A fried egg is placed on top of the meat.

Mouraria Lisbon Laurinda restaurant O Cantinho

Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’  area Mouraria Lisbon: tasty and cheap Portuguese food

Restaurant ‘O Cantinho’ do Custódio
Calçada Do Monte 3
Mouraria Lisbon
Tel.: (00351) 218860826, no WiFi

About 10 minutes walk from starting point tram 28 square Martim Moniz

More about  ‘eléctrico 28′. This legendary tram is a tourist attraction in itself. It goes all around town.

Mouraria Lisbon O Cantinho restaurant 2011 Arjen

Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’  area Mouraria Lisbon: very tasty and cheap Portuguese food

Eat & drink like a local

Although this restaurant is quite close to the touristy areas of Lisbon, this is a local place that serves typical Portuguese food. You are very welcome, but the owners do not speak English.

Lisbon Apple dessert sobremesa maca

Restaurant ‘O Cantinho do Custódio’  area Mouraria Lisbon & roasted apple 1.50 €

Historical area Mouraria & history

Historical area Mouraria exists more than 900 years, together with Alfama Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods of great historical value. The former Moorish quarter is a muddle of very narrow streets, stairs and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age.

Vimeo about the historic area Mouraria in Lisbon

Mouraria Graca Park beautiful city views 7

Garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça Lisbon, wonderful views & the Saint George castle

Nearby garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça & wonderful old town city views

The new garden, with an area of ​​1.7 hectares, was inaugurated on 17 June 2015. It is the largest green space for public access to historic districts of Lisbon, the connection between the neighborhoods of Graça and Mouraria, opened to the public.

Mouraria Graca Park beautiful city views 8

Garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça Lisbon & wonderful city views

Kiosk & childeren’s playground

According to the Lisbon Municipality, the project implemented on site included the planting of about 180 trees and shrubs. It was closed to the public for centuries.
There are three viewpoints, a picnic park, an orchard, a playground for children and a kiosk with a terrace. They serve soups, sandwiches and homemade cakes. ​

Mouraria Graca Park beautiful city views 1

Garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça Lisbon, kiosk & beer: 1 euro 🙂

Jardim da Cerca da Graça
Calçada do Monte 46,
Graça, Lisbon
Opening hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (also on Sundays)
near children’s play ground, Wifi available

Pedro Rita park Graca Mouraria Lisbon beautiful city viewpoint

Garden Jardim da Cerca da Graça Lisbon & journalist Pedro Rita

More pictures

This garden is located about 10 min. walk from my 3-bedroom apartment with 30 m2 lovely patio (short term rentals)

Former Palace Chiado Lisbon: gastronomic delights, history, aristocratic partys, elegant 18th-century rooms, frescoed ceilings & tea bags

The atmosphere is great in this former palace in the heart of Lisbon. Once the recidence of a nobleman who loved to party, now everyone is welcome to admire the beautifully restored rooms, while enjoying fine food and drinks.

Lisbon Chiado Palace Chiado Delisbon Aelio

Welcome! Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & very nice waiter Aélio, April 2016

History: Barão (Baron) Joaquim Pedro Quintela, 1st Conde de Farrobo

This elegant palace in Chiado (name of a square and its surrounding area) in Lisbon was built in 1781, where the aristocracy and bons vivants danced, enjoyed lavish banquets and admired new works of art. Baron de Quintela was born in this palace.

Lisbon Palacio Chiado wonderful restored April 2016 Mobile phone

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon: beautifully restored, April 2016 (& a mobile phone….. )

Baron de Quintela: excesses and inordinate feasting

The future 2nd Baron of Quintela and 1st Conde of Farrobo was born in this palace, on 11 December 1801. Despite his importance in political, social and cultural life in Portugal at the time, he will always be remembered for his excesses and revels.

And intrinsically associated with the palace is the famous Portuguese expression ‘farrobodó‘ (from ‘forrobodó’ which literally means having a great party 😉 ).

More about the palace and its history…..

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Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon: beautifully restored, April 2016

Renewed Palácio Chiado opened February 2016: fine dining & entertainment

The former home of Baron Quintela opened to the public under the name Palácio Chiado.
The restoration works took more then one and a half year. The historic rooms nowadays host alternatives for fine dining and other forms of entertainment for Lisbon residents and visitors. The palace will also have a varied cultural program.

Lisbon beautiful Chiado Palace April 2016

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon: beautifully restored, 1st floor April 2016

On the ground floor is a bar, with tables for dining, but simply chill out with a drink is also a possibility. There are seven chefs and their 7 gastronimical concepts, from sushi to burgers, and about 250 seats. The idea is to grab the plate and sit where you want.

It feels a bit like Time Out Ribeira Market in a more sophisticated setting.

Lisbon beautiful Chiado Palace April 2016 teacupsand small wooden forks

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & tea for 2 and a chocolate cake

Tea bags & small wooden cake forks

We decided to order tea for two (1 st floor) and a small chocolate cake to share, because we just had lunch in another restaurant in Lisbon.

In this elegant palace with grandeur and beautiful frescoed ceilings we expected an elegant soft pastel designed tea set and gold colored spoons, but not just teabags to dip in our cups and small wooden cake forks to eat the cake?  😉 😉

Chá (tea) for 2: 4 euro. Bolo de chocolate (chocolate cake) 2.50 euro

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Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & one of the beautiful frescoed ceilings

Restaurants:

The historic salons of the Palácio Chiado now host seven prestigious fine dining area’s.

Traditional Portuguese snacks (petiscos), cocktails & sparkling wines with fish and shellfish, hamburgers, steaks, light and healthy meals, seafood and sushi.

More details about the restaurants

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Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & friend Erika Reusens

Palácio Chiado Lisbon: really worth a visit!
Rua do Alecrim, 70 – Lisbon
Wonderful Website (also in Enlish)   FACEBOOK
Sunday till Wednesday from 12:00 – 24:00
Thursday till Saturday from 12:00- 02:00

Video inauguration of the Chiado Palace with hundreds of guests

Despite occupying a considerable area of Rua do Alecrim, the Palace has only one entry, at number 70.

Lisbon beautiful Chiado Palace April 2016 sushi restaurant

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon

Baron Quintela Room for private events (your own aristocratic party? 😉 )

Seating 16 to 25, Quintela Room can be hired for private events, for a discreet meal, a dinner with friends, or professional events. More…..

Lisbon beautiful Chiado Palace April 2016 DINING AREA

Palace (Palácio) Chiado Lisbon & dining area

Gastrobar ‘Rio Maravilha’ Lisbon: disappointing experience :-( , breathtaking views Tagus river & LX old factory buildings

New gastrobar Rio Maravilha (Wonderful River) is situated on the fourth floor of one of the old ‘LXfactory’ buildings in the Alcântara (‘bridge’ in Arabic) district in Lisbon, surrounded by huge windows overlooking the Tagus river, the 25 April bridge and the Cristo Rei statue .

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha LX Lisbon view Tagus river 4th floor

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha Lisbon & wonderful view 25 April bridge from a formerly factory building

Very different from the usual

We didn’t have to wait long before the friendly welcoming staff seated us at a small table near one of the the huge windows: what a wonderful view! The multi flowered designed chairs and the bright pink coloured outfits chosen for the waitresses are quite surprising.

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha LX Lisbon 4th floor flowered chairs 2

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, ‘LX factory’ Lisbon & the restaurant’s decor

The whole space is very different from the usual. But you can expect this from those who already are experienced of managing remarkable spaces in Lisbon like unique bar ‘Pensao Amor’ in a former red light district and restaurant ‘Casa do Pasto’ , with sophisticated Portuguese cuisine. A few months ago this place, ‘Rio Maravilha’ was opened, influenced by Brazilian flavors.

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Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, ‘LX factory’ Lisbon: squid salad & grilled mushrooms

We decided to order a few small dishes like Salade de Lulas (squid salad, grilled sweet potatoes, onion and croutons) € 15.60, Cogumelos na Brasa (grilled mushrooms, foliage of sour cream and chestnuts) € 13.70, Ovo BT (egg BT) € 9.80, Hambúrguer de Novilho (veal) € 9.10,  and a bottle of white wine: VB Filoco € 12.00.

Surprising : Ovo BT, a poached egg accompanied by cream cheese with some marmalade, parmesan cheese and ibérico pancetta.

Restaurant RIO Maravilha LX Factory Lisbon wonderful views

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, ‘LX factory’ Lisbon & wonderful views

Disappointing

The Hambúrguer de Novilho (veal) was not such a good experience: we ate just a little bit of it, due to the unpleasant ‘aftertaste’. According to the waitress nothing was wrong, but both we had no good feeling, also afterwards… (the restaurant is aware of our complaint, they asked to come again to enjoy a better experience, that’s all 🙁  ). BTW: the hamburger was not mentioned on our bill.

Lisbon LX Factory restaurant Rio Maravilho ambiance

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha, LX factory Lisbon, entrance & very friendly staff

Gastrobar Rio Maravilha – eating & dancing
Tuesday from 18:00 – 02:00
Wednesday u/i Saturday 12:30 – 02:00 – Sunday: 12:30 -18:00
Closed on Monday – facebook Rua Rodrigues de Faria, 103

LX Factory | 4th floor, Lisbon  MORE about this area

Bakery/cafe Lisbon ‘Fábrica Lisboa’: tasty handmade croissants, old fashioned quality, funny vintage decoration & traditional erotic Portuguese pottery

Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ is responsible for the delicious smell 🙂 wafting through the street Rua da Madelena in Lisbon..

Bakery Fabrica Lisboa Lisbon Rua da Madalena croissants

Bakery (padaria)/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ : delicious handmade rustic bread and croissants

‘Fábrica Lisboa’  has its own production, which means that the croissants, bread, pies or cakes are constantly coming out of the oven in front of the customers. Traditional portuguese soups, sandwiches made with rustic bread, pies and fresh salads are also served.

Bakery Fabrica Lisboa Lisbon Rua da Madalena home made bread

Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ Rua da Madalena 121, Lisbon

Funny Portuguese vintage decoration

When you pass through Rua da Madalena and you hear a bell it’s fresh bread/croissant time!
But this space really deserves a longer visit to appreciate the vintage decoration with delightful and funny details, like old scales, bottles, bread boxes, old phones or pornographic cassettes. Even the coffee machine is vintage…… !

Fabrica cafe Lisboa Rua da Madalena croissant almond

Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ & my favorite croissant with almonds spread (amêndoa)

Among the things of the past, take your time to enjoy a ‘late breakfast’ or a snack with salad or scrambled eggs with ham, accompanied by rustic bread.

Croissants ‘old nunnery style’

You can choose between more than 10 different croissants, from simple (plain, € 1.20), old nunnery style (with sweet-soft egg cream, € 1.20, created by nuns who lived in monasteries with a lot of chickens in the garden… 🙂 ) to extra large: 2 fried eggs, tomato, cheese, ham, salad and chips ( € 7.00).

My favorite: a sweet croissant with almonds spread (amêndoa) € 2,20.

This bakery is located about 10 min. walk from my 3-bedroom apartment with 30 m2 lovely patio (short term rentals)

Fabrica Lisboa Rua da Madalena Margriet Jan 16

Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ : friend Margriet de Vrieze loves this place. Tea (chá) € 1.75

Cartoon character Zé Povinho – symbol of the Portuguese working-class

The cartoon character Zé Povinho was created by satirist and designer Bordalo Pinheiro in 1875, a symbol of the Portuguese working-class people, as a caricature for the protest against the politics and the high taxes for the simple population. Still nowadays every child in Portugal knows Zé Povinho. ‘Zé’ (José or Joseph in English),  ‘Povinho’ is a diminutive for ‘Povo’, which means ‘people’.

Fabrica Lisboa bakery cafe Rua da Madalena ZE POVINHO

Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’  & Zé Povinho, symbol of the Portuguese working-class people

Ceramics from Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha, north of Lisbon, is well known for its wonderful ceramic pottery with a long tradition. The output includes large decorative pieces, crockery, tableware and decorative objects, famous all over the world for its unique (and sometimes funny) designs. More…

Bakery Fabrica Lisboa Lisbon Rua da Madalena wall with vintage and penis

Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ , Wifi cornervintage decoration

Erotic ceramics, a Portuguese tradition

Why is there a ceramic penis between the vintage decoration? Some centers of ceramic production in Caldas da Rainha has a tradition of phalluses and amusing phallic symbols. The tradition is said to have started in Caldas when King Dom Luis, who ruled from 1861 to 1889, suggested that local potters create something more interesting 😉

Penis-shaped ceramics are for sale in Portugal in all shapes and sizes: f.i. mugs, cups, and plates, or decorative pieces.

Bakery Fabrica Lisboa Rua da Madalena 121 street Lisbon

Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ , Rua da Madalena 121, Lisbon

‘Fábrica Lisboa’
Rua da Madalena 121 (Baixa) Lisbon, Portugal
Free WiFi. Web: fabricalisboa.com. Facebook
Open from 08:00 – 20:00; closed on Monday
Weekend: 09:00 – 19:00.

Movie (impressions) on VIMEO

Fabrica cafe Lisboa Rua da Madalena penis tradional ceramics

Lovely Portuguese ceramics at Lisbon’s fleamarket: ‘Armazém das Caldas’ & symbols of Portugal, ‘good luck’ rooster, ‘saint’ sardine, ‘friend’ codfish & ‘love’ swallow

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 owner makes me feel like buying a lot.. 😉 I love it!

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

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

Armazém (litt. 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, litt. 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, are very funny…. !

Lisbon Armazem Caldas Feira da Ladra famous ceramics swallow

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

Swallow nest (andorinha in Portuguese) & 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.

Of course there’s a ‘good luck’ rooster in my 3-bedroom apartment with patio in Lisbon  😉  (short term rentals).

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
Tuesdays and Saturdays (fleamarket days): open from 09:00 – 19:00
Thursdays and Fridays: open from 11:00 – 19:00

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Fleamarket Lisbon Armazem das Caldas

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

Rooftop Restaurant Bar ‘TOPO’ Lisbon facing popular square Martim Moniz: stunning city center views, surprising dishes & late night open air bar

There ‘s a gem in Lisbon with spectacular city views from the top of a shopping center: rooftop restaurant/ bar ‘Topo’ (Top) facing the popular square Martim Moniz.

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant view Martim Moniz Castle St George

View from restaurant/bar ‘Topo’ : square Martim Moniz Lisbon &  Castle of São Jorge

Located on the top floor of the shopping center at square Martim Moniz, this space was once a retail warehouse of Chinese products now being a modern restaurant / bar. Perfect place for  a lunch or a late afternoon with cocktails, snacks and good music.

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant friendly staff Mafalda Malafaya

Mafalda Malafaya, Managing Director ‘Topo’ restaurant/bar Lisbon

The staff is wonderful, every time I return I am greeted with a big smile!

Being there for the first time, coming out of the elevator entering ‘Topo’ s space, the views are overwhelming! Everybody is making pictures before sitting down, just like I did 🙂 🙂

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant Erika lunch December 2015

Restaurant/bar ‘Topo’ near Mouraria area Lisbon: lunch with friend Erika Reusens

Also the menu is surprising: we started our lunch with Tosta Gambas alioli (toast with garlic prawns): € 6, Tártaro de novilho (calf beef tartare) € 14.00, Tártaro de atum (tuna tartare) € 12.00, bottle of white wine (Pinta Negra) € 15, small bottle of water € 1.50, coffee (bica) € 1.50. Our bill for 2 persons: € 50:00.

A small remark: I also tasted the Prego (a popular sandwich in Portugal) with tuna (€  11:00), but the bread was baked too hard and (for my taste) the french fries are too salty.

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant square Martim Moniz open air bar

Restaurant/ bar ‘Topo’  near Mouraria area Lisbon & open air rooftop bar

Open air rooftop bar & restaurant area with glazed walls

The restaurant area is surrounded by walls of glass, and also a part of the open air rooftop bar is covered with sheets of transparent plastic.

Mouraria Lisbon rooftop Bar Topo February 2015

Rooftop bar ‘Topo’, Mouraria Lisbon. Picture: Marcel van Paridon

A wonderful space if you’re not scared of heights!  I am .. 🙁

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar Martim Moniz open air bar dec 15

Bar / restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: rooftop bar & wonderful city skyline

Starting point touristic tram 28

The square you see from above in the restaurant is Praça Martim Moniz, nowadays with lots of terraces and weekly markets, near the starting point of tram 28, the popular touristic tram. 

Mouraria roofbar Topo Sander Offenberg

Bar / restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: rooftop bar. Sander Offenberg from Holland loves the city skyline 🙂 picture: Marcel van Paridon

Square Intendente – a great place, 10 minutes walk from here

If you love historic districts out of the tourist path, you must visit Largo (square) do Intendente, : formerly a place of prostitution and drugs, nowadays a great place to spend time with family and friends.

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar restaurant historical area Mouraria and Graca

View from bar/ restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: historic area Mouraria and the hills of Graça

From here it’s around 15 minutes to walk up the hill to visit the legendary St. George’s castle.

‘Topo’ is located quite close to my apartment in area Mouraria (where the Moors lived), the birthplace of Fado music.

5 minutes walk: my 3-bedroom apartment with 30 m2 sunny patio (short term rentals)

Lisbon O TOPO rooftop bar Martim Moniz restaurant ares with city view

Bar/ restaurant ‘Topo’ Lisbon: tastefully decorated restaurant

Dining bar

In the tastefully decorated restaurant there’s a huge dining bar from where you can admire the wonderful views.  This is one of those places where you long for to go there again!

‘TOPO’
Centro Comercial Martim Moniz, 6º floor, Lisbon
Getting there: Bus: 708, 734, 740 | Electric: 12, 28 | Metro: Martim Moniz (green line)
Tuesday to Thursday – 12:00 to 24:00. Closed on Monday.
Friday & Saturday – 12:00 to 02:00 (DJ set/live music)
Sunday – 12:00 to 24:00

E-mail: geral@topo-lisboa.pt

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