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  • Bar Trobadores, a medieval tavern in Lisbon downtown

    In Lisbon downtown “Baixa” area, toward the Terreiro do Paco lies a different place with wood benches, light candles in chandeliers and various other decorative elements, perfectly recreating a medieval tavern.

    While listening to Celtic, folk or traditional Portuguese music drink beer in horns or earthenware mugs, try unusual potions, such as cider, hydromel or mead, while gained a plate of cheeses and sausages or snuggling a bowl of clad verde.

    Schedule:

    • Monday to Thursday, from 17:00 to 02:00.
    • Friday and Saturday from 17:00 to 04:00.
    • Closed on Sundays.

    Further notes:

    • Food: Food / Snacks
    • Music Type: Folk, Celtic
    • Live Music: Usually on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Restaurant Cervejaria “A Palmeira”

    “A Palmeira” may not be a fanciest restaurant but there is indeed something very special about it.

    Just outside the Subway station “Baixa Chiado”, you can enjoy a refreshing beer in a typical environment and enjoy the natural flow of working people and students by the of the day. Try a pint of stout beer “caneca de cerveja preta” while having some free lupins or “tremoços” and potatoes chips.

    Name: Restaurante Cervejaria “A Palmeira”
    Address: R. do Crucifixo 69, 1100 Lisboa
    Telephone: 213 428 372

  • Best Lisbon Coffee Houses – A Brasileira

    Any tourist who walks through the Chiado or Largo de Camões will almost inevitable find the Brazilian Coffee.
    A Brasiliera was a famous place for intellectuals and liberals, inside you can admire the amazing interiors, decorations and architecture besides painting from Vieira da Silva and Almada Negreiros.

    Today, a bronze sculpture of Fernando Pessoa, the author of “A Mensagem”, “The Message”, immortalise him in a table that provides an empty chair for a more personal “conversation” with the Master. The tables around the author have a more selective prices, but that should not dissuade you from the opportunity.

    One of the best Coffee Houses in Lisbon, a “Must” while in Lisbon due to its architecture and beautiful decorated interiors, and yes, for its rich coffee!

    Click here to check Brasilia coffee-house photos on Flicker

    Name: A Brasileira
    Address: Rua Garrett 120, 1200 Lisboa, Portugal
    Phone: +351 213 469 541

  • Licor de Amendoa Amarga

    Portuguese Liquor, Amendoa Amarga (Bitter Almond)

    Another very famous Liquor you have to try while in Lisbon is the “Amendoa Amarga”. Traditionally from Algarve, soothest region of Portugal, Amendoa Amarga is a “must try” if you visit Portugal.

    A sweet liquor made from Almonds with a near 20% alcohol,  served both at room temperature, fresh or with ice is a nice nice way to finish your meal.

    Want to try one before coming to Lisbon?

    Buy Amendoa Amarga (Portuguese/Algarve Traditional Liquor) – Milbar

    Buy Amendoa Amarga (Portuguese/Algarve Traditional Liquor) – Neto Costa

    Buy Amendoa Amarga (Portuguese/Algarve Traditional Liquor) – Hortense

  • Wine Liquor Selection-Garrafeira Nacional Museum Gifts & Souvenirs

    Want to know where to find a huge selection of Portuguese Wines and Liquors all in one place in Lisbon? Want to take a souvenir or a give from your holidays in Lisbon?

    The answer is the Store and Museum “Garrafeira Nacional”

    Name: Garrafeira Nacional
    Website : Garrafeira Nacional Web Site
    Address : Rua de Santa Justa, 18. CP 1100 – 485 Lisboa – Portugal
    Schedule: Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 19:30. Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00
    Telephone: 00351 218879080 or 00351 218879004
    Fax: 00351 218877526
    Email: info@garrafeiranacional.com


    The largest selection of Wines and Liquors in Lisbon

    • Inside a Ginginha store

    Famous Portuguese liquor, Ginginha

    Ginja, Ginginha, or Ginjinha is a traditional Portuguese Liquor made from alcohol, sugar and Ginja, a fruit quite similar to cherry.

    This liquor is a sweet with a twist of cinnamon. Due to the amount of sugar your fingers will get very, very sticky (though we are sure that wont be a problem). Served in small glasses you have the option to taste it with or without the Ginja in your cup. Be beware that it can come with the seed.

    Ginginha liquor, see the ginjas floating

    Ginginha (or Ginjinha) liquor, see the ginjas floating

    The places where Ginginha is served are usually very small and people gather outside. This makes them a great place to let some time go by and appreciate Lisbon own rhythm and the “Alfacinhas”, that’s how Lisbon people are called.

    There are no special time or occasion for a Ginjinha, you will find everyone just hanging outside, students from universities partying, older people discussing politics/soccer and other tourist.

    There remain a few of these places particularly old, we leave recommendation by the end of this post, go on and find yourself a couple more and choose your personal favorite.

    Where to find a Ginginha ?

    Visit a Ginginha Liquor Store in Lisbon, a travel experience on it's own

    Visit a Ginginha Liquor Store in Lisbon, a travel experience on it’s own

    Name: GINGINHA CIMA, LDA
    Address: R. das Portas de Santo Antão 7, 1150 Lisboa
    Contact: 00351 213 468 231
    Street View – See where to taste the “Ginginha” (or Ginjinha)


    See a larger maps where to drink “Ginginha” (or Ginjinha)

  • Sagres Portuguese beer brand

    Sagres Portuguese Beer

    Sagres Portuguese beer brand

    Sagres Portuguese beer brand

    Sagres, is a 100% natural beer, without any additives. Made mainly with malt, lupus and other cereals is characterized by a light bitter taste. Historically it has better acceptance in the south and Super Bock at north.

    The Sagres beer comes normally in 33cl or 20 cl, “mini”, bottles and about 5% alcohol. Besides there’s a wide range of flavors to taste, Sagres Normal, Bohemia, Bohemia 1835 Bohemia Gold, Panache, Preta. Alcohol free “Zero”, in versions Normal, Preta and Panache.

    Sagres Panache

    Sagres Panache

    Sagres Panache, is a light lemon flavored beer, just perfect for those sunny days.

    Sagres Black beer

    Sagres Black beer

    Sagres “Preta”, is a black beer with a very exquisite flavor and beautiful foam and color, a truly “Don’t miss”.

    Sagres Bohémia

    Sagres Bohémia

    Sagres Bohémia, Bohémia 1835 and Bohémia Gold. Are a set of Special Pilsner Beers with fruited aroma perfect accompaniment for your meals.

    Beautiful Amber/Red color and intense foam with alcohol ranging from 6.2% to 6.6%

    Sagres Zero, alcohol free beer

    Sagres Zero, alcohol free beer

    “Zero”, is the alcohol free, zero percent alcohol,  Tagline of Sagres brand.

     

     

     

     

     

    Don’t forget, beer in Lisbon always with some lupins, “Tremoços”.

  • Free Wifi and Internet combined with great views and food

    While in Lisbon, even though you are on vacations, you may need access the Internet. Here is a list of some examples that join free wifi Internet access and great places for a meal or a nice view over Lisbon.

    Every day there is an artistic expression. Concerts, exhibitions and movie projection in a bar without formality.

    Name: Colectivo Cultural dos Bacalhoeiros
    Address:  Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 125
    Schedule:  10:00 to 1:00
    Phone:  218 864 891

    Enjoy one of the best views of Lisbon in “Santa Catalina” belvedere. Ideal for a relaxing sunny late afternoon. Fresh fruit juices and salads are the house specialties.

    Name: Noobai Café
    Address: Miradouro do Adamastor, em Sta. Catarina
    Schedule: 12h00 to 20h00 (Friday and Saturday until 24 hours)
    Phone: 213 465 014

    The fruit is the hallmark of this space. Eat some fast served and healthy food.

    Name: Passion Fruit
    Address: Avenida Elias Garcia, 137
    Schedule: 08h00 to 20h00
    Phone: 210 129 946

  • "Tremocos", Lupins with Beer

    Tremocos – Relax in Lisbon and drink a cold Beer with lupins

    In Rome be a Roman, they usually say, so while enjoying your sunny holidays in Lisboa you have to stop, let some time go by and relax while enjoying a cold beer, either Sagres or Super Bock, with some lupins, “Imperial com Tremoços”.

    "Tremocos", Lupins are usually served like a appetizer to go along with Beer

    "Tremocos", Lupins are usually served like a appetizer to go along with Beer

    Lupin is very nutritious low calorie seed (64 kcal per 50g) , full with fiber and good oils, like the ones present in olive oil.

    In Portugal, called in a funny way the “poor man Seafood”, they are served like peanuts. Salted and sometimes with garlic and herbs scent. they are the perfect appetizer and accompaniment for a cold beer.

    And how to eat luppins or “tremoços”?. Remember that the lupines are served with peel, first bit gently the “tremoço” in its middle in order do cut the peel and while holding the lupin between you index and thumb squeeze it in order to “pop” the seed. “Practice makes perfection”!

    Sadly they are not that common anymore, most times you have to even specifically ask for them, don’t forget that. One place where you will surely find them is in the Palace, Restaurant, Cafeteria and Culture Center “Casa do Alentejo“.

  • A normal coffee in Portugal is served Plain and in small cups

    Coffee in Lisbon, Facts, Types, Tips, Advices & How to order

    A normal coffee in Portugal is strong and served plain, in small cups

    A normal coffee in Portugal is strong and served plain, in small cups

    Portugal is known for its coffee, after try one you Will know what we mean. It usually comes in small cups but if you want yours with milk ask for a “Meia de leite” or “Garoto”, which translates to call “a child”.

    Old "A Brasileira" coffee publicity

    Old "A Brasileira" coffee publicity

    One one the first sites where coffee was served in Lisbon was “A Brasileira”, one of the places you must visit. In order to promote this exquisite new drink that came from Brazil, a former Portuguese colony, there was a sign in which was written “Beba Isto Com Açúcar” which could be translated to “drink this with sugar”. You could easily imagine that the bitter taste of the new drink was too distinct for the new Portuguese palates. Because of that, sign until today you can order a coffee by asking for a “BICA” (Beba Isto Com Açúcar).

    For instance in the Porto, the second most important Portuguese city, you can order a coffee by asking for a “Cimbalino”, which comes from a very popular coffee machine brand from that time, to today.

    How to ask for a coffee? What coffee types?
    Expresso, Café, Bica: A Strong coffee served in a small cup (fill at 3/4 of the cup)
    Cheia:  A Strong coffee served in a small cup (full cup)
    Carioca:  A weaker coffee than the Expresso, sometimes the Carioca is made from the coffee used in a Expresso (the coffee is used only for one time).
    Meia de Leite:  Special for Breakfast. Half milk and half coffe.
    Galão or Café com Leite:  Special for Breakfast, this is basically a Expresso with milk in a mug.
    Abatanado: A large coffee (double or triple size of a coffee cup)
    Descafeinado:  Decaffeinated coffee.

    Common brands of coffee in Lisbon and in Portugal include:

    • Delta
    • Nicola
    • Sical
    • Tofa

    Last tip, the coffee always comes with sugar on the side and rarely with a treat (like chocolate or candy). If you can’t have sugar ask for “adoçante”.

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    6 Best things you should drink in Lisbon

    Eat and drink is always part of any holidays. While is Lisbon there are a set of Top drinks you will surelly should not miss.

    • Port Wine “Vinho do Porto”. “Port Wine” is a registered trademark that ensures that the wine came from a certificated producer and region (Porto), much like “Champagne”. Though produced in the north of Portugal it can be enjoyed elsewhere.  Enjoyed at any time of the day, as a aperitif, along your dessert, etc. The only rule? Enjoy it!
      (tip: try the several Port Wine types, Red, White, Tawny, Ruby, etc)
    • “Ginjinha”, strong sweet cherry liquor. In Rossio, Lisbon downtown, you can find two very typical Ginjinha places:
      • Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 7 (?), 1150-264 Lisboa
      • Largo São Domingos 8, 1150 Lisboa
    • Most visitors will remenvber their first Portuguese coffee has “short” and “strong” (after traveling to other countries i realize that this is indeed true).
      Your coffee will be served black and in small cups by default. If your choose to have yours with milk make a direct reference to it. Follow this link to know more about the many coffee types.Take a moment and drink a coffee in one of the most special Lisbon coffee houses “A Brasileira”. There you will find a statue of a very special client, the Poet “Fernando Pessoa”, one of the most important Portuguese writers.
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    • Portuguese beer “Sagres and/or “Super Bock” with “tremoços” as a appetizer.
      • The “Tremoço” is a seed at which is added salt and sometimes garlic just for flavor, they are usually served together with a beer.
      • Usually the beer is served in bottle or in glass, in that way its called a “fino” or “imperial”.
    • “Sangria”.  Sangria is a very refreshing drink usually made with red wine “7Up”, or similar, pieces of fruit,  fruit juice, sugar and cinnamon. Other alternatives might be with white wine or champagne.
      (In 2013 “Sangria” became a reserved word for this drink produced in either Portugal or Spain)