A Brasileira Cafe

A Brasileira – Hangout for the artistic intellectuals

Lisbon’s cozy cafes are as famous as the city’s quaint cobbled streets, narrow alleys and magnificent attractions. With intriguing histories and even more interesting decor, the numerous cafes are perfect for short breaks or to wind down after long walks and all day sightseeing. A Brasileira cafe, meaning The Brazilian, is one of such idyllic cafes.

Located in the elegant “Rua Garret”, the chic shopping street in Chiado, one of A Brasileira Cafe claims to fame is its renowned patron, late Fernando Pessoa, a Portuguese poet who died in 1935. His presence is still visible now, in the form of a bronze statue which is a perennial company in photographs taken at the cafe’s terrace. A Brasileira Cafe Lisbon area is one of culture and once a favorite venue for passionate debates, continues to make it a magnet for writers. Its close proximity to the city center also ensures endless streams of guests, looking for a caffeine break, from their downtown affairs.

A Brasileira Cafe of Lisbon has a distinct entrance with its green and gold sign atop the doorway and its Art Deco interior, which has been revamped since its opening, is a great conversation starter. The wooden booths among opulent mirrored walls, with beautiful ceilings accessorized by chandeliers, face stiff competition from the alfresco tables, under the bright orange umbrellas – a perfect spot for people watching. Sipping “bica” and enjoying savory snacks at this famed coffeehouse is another fascinating facet of exploring Lisbon.

A Brasileira Cafe started as a coffeehouse selling authentic Brazilian coffee and was the first to start offering “bica”, a strong form of coffee, not unlike expresso. Regulars at this famous cafe continue to order their cups of “bica”, which is, usually, enjoyed standing by the bar, instead of settling for seats. Sandwiches, local treats and other favorite beverages make up the menu of A Brasileira, in Lisbon. Its prime location and popularity with tourists, have led to a pricier menu, but the grand interior and inspiring ambiance make it a worthwhile trip.

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