If on one hand it’s the place where typical fado was born, on the other it takes in more than 50 nationalities. What you get out of this is a powerful mix of sounds, flavours, and cultures.
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There are no indecisions: on the menu, you only have a dozen choices. But the place is known for its pho soup (hence the name), the Vietnamese soup that comes in a bowl filled with rice noodles, broth, vegetables and pieces of meat. Pho Phu, at Mouraria, is considered one of the best places to try this delicacy.
Quiz sessions, documentaries and movies, concerts, community dinners and much more. To invigorate the neighbourhood, Associação Renovar a Mouraria uses everything in its power. It has a restaurant that holds group dinners and it also organizes tour guides so you can learn this neighbourhood’s secrets in Portuguese, English, French, Italian and German.
Chest drawers and armchairs, lamps, and chairs from our grandparent’s era – here we go on a trip to the past while riding a Delorean. Or, at least, that’s the feeling you’ll get when you walk into Retrox Vintage shop, a décor and accessories shop with a special knack for old things and unknown designers.
Gins with strawberry, red pepper, lime, and peppermint or with ginger and cardamom: and if cocktails aren’t enough to seduce you then a rabbit’s bust, light bulbs hanging from the ceiling and a cool groove will convince you to have a drink at Flamingo. Or two. Or three drinks. Will you be able to maintain balance standing on one leg just like the pink animal that someone drew on the streets?
It was in 2002 that Doce Mila, a traditional pastry shop, decided to create a trademark product: the Mouraria custard tart. It’s crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside, it’s sort of like a small cheesecake mixed with a pastel de feijão (a small bean tart). Support this tradition and try Mouraria’s most tasteful mascot.
Food Temple presents itself as a “community of cultural gastronomy” with the will to explore new colours and flavours and to share them. It’s hard to find the word “vegetarian” in the restaurant’s descriptions precisely because it is much more than that: created by Alice Ming, Canadian of Chinese descent, this nook is worthy of a visit – don’t forget to book a table.
It’s a little museum with only three rooms where you can find in display photographs, awards, billboards, albums and the lyrics of one the dearest fado singers of this neighbourhood. Casa Fernando Maurício is named after him and pays him a sort of documental tribute.
Crab curry “is a handful but it’s so good”, samosas are “the best in Portugal” and if you are picky “DO NOT order” makoufe, they say. But reading this menu isn’t the best part of getting to know Cantinho do Aziz: the best is really the Mozambican gastronomy arriving at the table (as well as the Mozambican beer, Laurentina) with sympathy and lots and lots of flavour.
One of the projects accountable for renewing this neighbourhood’s image and ambiance is Casa Independente, inaugurated in 2012, which continues to provide the most fun and danceable nights. Located at an old palace, it has several rooms where you can sit down, chat with your friends, dance and it also has a pleasant patio. Go up the stairs: the newly inaugurated Andar de Cima has more privacy and quiet.
The modern paintings mix with old pictures from the 19th century in a photographic panel, which is fixated at Centro de Inovação da Mouraria. The work belongs to Camilla Watson, a photographer who kind of works for this neighbourhood and that, over time, has been sharing the photos of the people living there.
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Play detective and search for little villas, eat fresh fish and have a toast with sparkling sangria, you'll fit right in. Afterwards, walk around the neibourghood and visit one of the most famous Lisbon Castle and take it all in - this is as typically Portuguese as it gets. Don't get lost and make sure you cover the list with all the top 10 things to do around Graça and Castelo.
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