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Café Nicola

Restaurants, Cafés Santa Maria Maior
4 out of 5 stars
Nicola and its grand façade have been here since 1929, but occupy the site of a famous 18th-century café where poet Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage held court (his statue is still toasted nightly). In the 20th century, Nicola was a centre for political intrigue, with the dictatorship's secret police assigned to keep tabs on would-be agitators. Its marble, steel and glass interior is the result of a 1990s renovation, but the paintings are 1935 originals by Fernando Santos.


Venue name: Café Nicola
Address: Praça Dom Pedro IV (Rossio), 24
Opening hours: 8am-midnight daily
Transport: Metro Rossio. Tram 12, 15
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