Café da Garagem
Café da Garagem is in teatro Taborda, right in the middle of Mouraria district, and has one of the most beautiful views over the city. Through a large glass window, you can even see Graça and Senhora do Monte viewpoints, two of the highest points of Lisbon. Café da Garagem welcomes anyone looking for a peaceful place to work or just to hang out with friends. The menu is well varied and includes salads, toasts and the somehow famous salmon toasts, both vegetarian and rustic. Relish a slice of apple pie or chocolate cake for the dessert and we’re sure you’ll leave happy. Café da Garagem has free wi-fi and is open every day of the week.
Café da Garagem exists for a few years now and its current phase is the result of a renewal designed by Joana Astolfi. Her main goal was to make this a cosy and comfortable place and it’s safe to say Astolfi was well succeed. Along the stairwell leading to the café, the décor relies mostly on pieces with sentences and tales that give life to the walls. The lighting is discreet and done with 32 glass lamps that spread across the long tables. The ones who don’t feel comfortable sharing a table can simply use the chairs sitting in front of Café da Garagem big window. On hotter days, you can use the terrace and enjoy the view over the city.
The russian restaurant Stanislav opened in Lisbon, near avenida da Liberdade, after 12 years in Cascais. This pombaline building housed an art gallery for a few years and it was eventually remodeled in order to host Stanislav. It is now a place for everyone who enjoys a meal with hints of history to it. The décor relies on vintage furniture, reminiscent of Russian traditions such as the matrioshkas dolls or the lace chairs and lamps. Stanislav is usually referred to as a charming space and we dare to add cosy to it. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
The menu is well varied and as expected, it offers a journey through Eastern Europe’s flavours. Amongst the most popular dishes you will find borsh (a soup made with beetroot and cream), shaslyk (skewerd pork with spices), golubsi (cabbage rolls filled with meat and rice) and the house special, Kiev chicken. As starter, the menu includes stuffed eggplant with local cheese and schuba salad (boiled herring and vegetables). In case you arrive early and have to wait for your table, head to Stanislav’s lounge area and have a sip of vodka.
Station Club is a place in Cais do Sodré that mixes food and music. Not simultaneously, of course, although it keeps them both really close to each other: the ground floor hosts a restaurant, the upper one houses a night club. Station took an empty port warehouse by the river and decorated it with minimalist and sober elements, relying mostly on light colours. The daily schedule includes several artists and musicians, covering different styles and expressions. It is open from Tuesday to Saturdays, only by night. At Fridays and Saturdays it closes only by 6 a.m., granting fun all night long.
Station’s cuisine is Asian-inspired and includes dishes influenced by Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cultures. The menu lists starters as gyosas, shrimp cakes with sweet and sour sauce and skewered chicken with teriaky sauce as starters. As main dishes, Station recommends the shellfish curry or the phad thai (a very popular rice dish from Thailand). For dessert, try the passion fruit panna cotta or go for the tapioca (a Brazilian sweet) with coconut milk and mango – all this served in a youthful atmosphere, where tourists are highly welcomed. After the meal, dont’ forget to climb to the upper floor to listen and dance to the sound of the house DJ.
Rocha do Conde de Óbidos viewpoint
Rocha do Conde de Óbidos viewpoint and garden is accessible through the Portuguese paving stairway that connects avenida 24 de julho to rua das Janelas Verdes. It is right in front of the main entrance to the National Museum of Ancient Art and its unique view goes all the way from the Tagus estuary to Lisbon’s port daily hustle. It also offers a peculiar view over the 25 de abril bridge and the Cristo-Rei shrine, on the other side of the river. Le Chat’s terrace enriches the experience of visiting this viewpoint, with a wide assortment of cocktails and light meals.
The name April 9th was chosen as a way to pay homage to the Portuguese troops who fought on the 1918 battle of La Lys (in Belgium), during the first World War. As the Portuguese military forces were ill-prepared and poorly equipped, they eventually perished at the hands of the German army. Even though it celebrates a tragic event, the garden is a peaceful and bucolic place. On the top, a porch covered with branches covers a big, semicircular bench. Next to it stand a couple of tables and four chairs, almost inviting us to sit and chat for a while. Right in front, a stone displays an engraved poem by Teixeira de Pascoaes which reminds us that «being happy is to be light / to smile is to flower / carnations in childhood / small rose buttons / are flourishing smiles of love».
D’Oliva is an italian inspired restaurant (originally from Oporto), located nearby avenida da Liberdade. With a classic décor, it’s divided into two big rooms and complemented with a bar whose specialty is cocktails. At lunch, D’Oliva is attended by businessmen working in the neighbourhood who arrive for the reasonably priced buffet. At night, D’Oliva tends to look and feel more familiar and even intimate. Its cuisine focuses on the Italian and Portuguese traditions, presenting them with a sophisticated and personal twist. D’Oliva closes on Sundays.
As expected, D’Oliva presents the Italian influences under the form of a wide variety of fresh pastas and risottos, prepared under the guidance of a true Italian chef. Thus, prepare your taste buds for the lobster taglioni or the risotto nero with clams and shrimps. There are also some classic Portuguese specialties available, like roasted pork knee, codfish à Brás and even a couple of vegetarian options. For dessert, international classics like chocolate mousse or lemon meringue pie are listed. As for the wine cellar, which is displayed for all to see, it lists around fifty references.