Laboratorio #Lisbon

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Do you tend to express yourself in artistic way by paintings, sketches or any other material pieces of art? If you’re answer is positive, you have to frequent in Laboratorio. This spot compares commercial and art activities at the same time. Everything take place in an apartment reality fulfilled with totally different furniture. That is why you can feel there pretty comfy. The golden rule of Laboratorio is obligation to feel free and state yourself. What attracted our attention is interior decor. There is a lot of various paintings on the walls and what is more absorbing our minds – several out of this world installations. At the first sight it can be a bit scary, but don’t be afraid to explore this eclectic rooms. The awesome thing is that you can simply become a part of this space by putting there your art pieces in any material form. We have to admit that we were stunned with sketches made from cigarettes ashes by local inhabitant. That is exactly the main Laboratorio’s concept – you can help to build the impression of this peculiar spot. Truly nice thing is that there is a strong link with Graca community. Every week they meet there in order to discuss the most crucial actions and concerns, which appear in their neighbourhood.

Central actions are connected with Association Real Urinol. Every single month you can see there the new exhibition. If you are interested in more information about that, visit their facebook page.


Venez vous aventurer au 1er étage de cet immeuble du quartier de Graça, on vous le garanti vous ne serez pas déçu !

Cet appartement aux allures roots, abrite à la fois expositions et petit bar avec en fond sonore la crème de la musique hip-hop, rock ou brésilienne. Vous n’y trouverez rien d’affriolant, le décor est fait de fauteuils, tables et tableaux en tout genre, une surcharge d’objets qui peut surprendre au premier abord mais qui finalement fait tout le charme de ce lieu. Ici rien n’est superficiel, il vous suffit de venir comme vous êtes, boire un verre entre amis, poser vos fesses sur une chaise et vos pieds sur la table, comme vous le feriez à la maison ! Et pour sur, personne ne vous fera de réflexion car c’est la philosophie de ce lieu … “Vous êtes ici comme chez vous”.

Il est important de noter que l’art fait partie intégrante de ce lieu, un art différent, un peu sombre peut être mais tout à fait étonnant et qui ne vous laissera probablement pas indifférent. Vous pouvez d’ailleurs venir découvrir chaque mois de nouvelles expositions au 2ème étage de cet appartement, pour plus d’informations, n’hésitez pas à faire un tour sur leur page facebook.

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A piece of music which you can find there.

♥ Laboratorio ♥ Rua Da Graça 168, 1170 Lisboa

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Tasca Bela #Lisbon

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It is undoubtedly that we are addicted to places where the family atmosphere is the most dominative feature, where we can feel almost like at homes surrounded by our relatives. The name of this place  is indebted to mother of the current owner – Bela Paiva. You can see her in the first picture. The spot is open since Bela has reached the age of four. In the very beginning it was just a simple and casual bar. Step by step with help  of her loved ones whole activity have changed. The key note of this spot is collective work of entire family.  Bela’s daughters – Daniela and Suraya  will welcome you with kindness and good-heartedness. Every single decoration item contributes to the atmosphere of this place and makes it more and more snug at the same time. When you enter Tasca Bela, you feel like you enter almost another epoch. Vintage decor, warm lights and various style paintings will introduce you to sentimental mood. The anachronism of this place will run you off your legs. We invite you to try traditional Portuguese food there, which is prepared by Bela’s son two houses further. All of them are cooked according to secret Paiva’s recipes. At first attempt you have to try Polvos and Pataniscas.

Visiting Bela is a great opportunity to listen to Fado music as well. It is from Wednesday till Sunday.  You have a chance to hear the real and genuine Fado music played by professional and non-professional musicians. It is really crucial to respect the performance, so… stay in silence and enjoy the moment.


Et parce que nous sommes addicts des lieux où il fait bon vivre, où l’on est reçu comme à la maison, on se devait de s’arrêter chez Tasca Bela.

Tasca Bela doit son nom à la mère des lieux “Bela PAIVA” que vous pouvez voir, ci-dessus sur la première photo et qui avait 4 ans lorsque ses parents ont lancé cette affaire. Des débuts modestes, avec peu de choix de nourriture, mais les choses se sont développées rapidement et naturellement  grâce à la participation de toute la famille PAIVA. Daniella et Suraya, les filles de Bela, vous accueilleront avec chaleur dans ce petit bar qui a des airs d’antan. La ribambelle de peintures au mur, la lumière tamisée, le mobilier vintage, participent à nourrir ce sentiment d’anachronisme qui vous habitera une fois dans le bar.

On vous invite à venir déguster leurs tapas portugaises préparées avec soin dans l’appartement familial situé à 2 pas du bar, par le fils ainé. Un délice ! Leurs “pataniscas” et leurs “poulpes”, sont des recettes tenues secrètes dont la famille hérite de génération en génération. Tasca Bela, c’est aussi une belle opportunité de venir écouter du fado authentique, où se mêle amateurs et professionnels, tous les soirs du mercredi au dimanche. Et ici, tradition oblige, on respecte la musique, alors silence quand ça joue !

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We interviewed Daniela and Suraya with three questions. We have never expected such a cosy chat.

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3onthespot: Can you point out the main tribute of Tasca Bela’s success?

Daniela and Suraya: Well, we don`t have any professional promotion, but at the same time we are the part of local community, which helps us with word-of-mouth-marketing. Here is a lot of local Alfama people, who visit us. They are our friends.

3onthespot: The spirit of this place with a few adjectives would be…

Daniela and Suraya: Family, family and once again family. We make a lot of effort to make our customers feel that they belong to our family. Tasca Bela is an open house, your house.

3onthespot: What is the feature that makes you distinctive?

Daniela and Suraya: We don`t think just about money and running the business. We pay attention to quality and hospitality more than to anything else. That makes the difference.

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 ♥ Tasca Bela ♥ Rua dos Remédios 190, 1100-446 Lisboa

  • Phone : 926077511
  • Subway: Santa Apolonia
  • Smoking : ok / No WiFi

BUS – Paragem Cultural #Lisbon

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We would like to offer you this time, slightly different evening entertainment. BUS – Paragem Cultural Association offers a lot of various activities like yoga, dance, guitar, music, qi gong, portuguese, massage classes… You will find there also cinema projections, which take place every Monday. Besides this you can fulfil your time with night quiz, tandem linguistic, lindy hop or live concerts. If you’re interested in specific activity, you can find more information on their facebook page.

Undoubtedly, this is a place with huge capacity. Large local is described by unusual decoration, which represents different styles of art. Absolute art mixture! Just take a place on random armchair, sofa or simply on the couch and enjoy the homey atmosphere. If you want to move the chair in any other place, feel free to do it. Your obliged to feel like you’re at your own home. Another advantage is a terrace with lovely threes. Usually, there is a lot of local people, who come every day. The localisation of this Association – Anjos is quit multicultural.

Real sociable swarm is the best expression to describe this spot!


Cette fois ci c’est au Bus Paragem Cultural qu’on s’arrête dans le Anjos multiculturel. Et le stop vaut le détour. On trouve ici une myriade d’activités. Des cours de Lindy Hop, de danse orientale, de yoga, qi gong, de portugais, de guitare, de massages… Il ne faut pas oublier de parler de leurs soirées quiz et “cinéma na sofa”. A chaque mois correspond un cycle cinématographique et en ce moment c’est la nouvelle vague française qui est à l’honneur. Intéressée par une de leurs activités? Allez faire un tour sur leur page facebook alimenté par Miguel le gérant du lieu.

Cet espace a un potentiel assez impressionnant. Un grand local qui abrite une déco tout a fait atypique vous ravira par son éclectisme. Prenez place sur l’un de leur sofa, rock chair, ou canapé et appréciez l’atmosphère intimiste du lieu. On est ici comme à la maison au point ou on peut presque en oublier de payer sa consommation. Aventurez vous aussi sur leur terrasse qui regorge de soleil.

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♥ BUS – Paragem Cultural ♥ Rua Maria 73, 1170-210 Lisboa

  • Phone : 21 813 1190
  • Website : http://www.buspc.pt
  • Subway : Anjos
  • Galaõ= 1 euro Bier= 1 euro
  • Non-smocker & Free Wifi

 

Tasquinha Ginja d’Alfama #Lisbon

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It is just 5 minutes walking from Fado Museum. In its neighbourhood it is really easy to skip this place. At first glance it doesn`t look like a fancy spot, but it is totally worth to step by. Our treasure hunting instinct have never betrayed us. Ginja da Alfama surprised us in extremely positive way. The spirit of this small restaurant is stuck in owners personalities. The way they treat you, let you feel like you`re the member of their family. They won our favour by being straight, honest and kind at the same time. Smallness of this kind of spots almost every time encourage you to speak with person who seats next to you. Probably, the Portuguese one, but it`s not just sociable experience. It is culinary adventure as well. Menu is filed with local plates such as unusual soups, chorizo and speciality of this place – vinegar sardines. You can complete your meal with a glass of traditional drinks as  their incredibly tasty sangria, amarguinha or ginja.

If you want to have a pretty huge shot of local spirit, it is an obligatory position in your “must to see” list.


A 2 pas du musée du Fado, c’est par hasard que nous avons découvert ce petit bar sans prétention. En bonnes petites chineuses, nos instincts nous ont conduit à la bonne adresse. Ginja d’Alfama est une entreprise familiale de longue date. Et on le sent! On est reçu ici par Maria, Delfina & Ramiro comme dans leur propre maison. Une petite maison dont la promiscuité vous poussera à bavarder avec vos voisins de tables. Des Portugais à tous les coups. Une aventure humaine, oui. Mais pas que. Venez découvrir toutes leurs spécialités qui vont des sardines au vinaigre en passant par leurs délicieuses soupes et leurs pastels de bacalahau. Côté boissons, leur sangria au gout de cerise est époustouflante. Leur collection de Ginja est impressionnante et l’ Amarguinha authentique.

Si vous souhaitez recevoir un “shoot” de local, mettez ce lieu dans votre liste des incontournables.

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› 3onthespot: Why the name Ginja da Alfama?

› Maria, Delfina and Senior Ramiro: Cause ginja is the speciality of this place, which exists ten years. We offer approximately ten various kind of ginja. 

› 3onthespot: The spirit of this place with a few adjectives would be…

› Maria, Delfina and Senior Ramiro: historic, antique, typical, homemade

› 3onthespot: What is the feature that makes you distinctive?

› Maria, Delfina and Senior Ramiro: This is strongly local place, which has a connection with natives. At the same time our place is visited by a lot of tourists, which some here by a pure coincidence. We re happy to host them as well.

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A piece of music which you can find there. Fado of course!

♥ Tasquinha Ginja d’Alfama ♥ Rua Sao Pedro 12, 1100 Lisboa

  • Phone : 936207958
  • Subway : Santa Apolonia
  • Coffe = 0,60 € Bier= 1 €
  • Non-smocker

Café Tati #Lisbon

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Today we bumped into cosy and colourful coffee place – Tati Cafe, which is run by Ramon and Susana. The name of this place associates to famous French director. At first sight you can see that interior decor is pretty eclectic and surrounded by careful touch of the owners. That`s why you are allowed to fell there really homey. Tati`s weekend speciality will blow your palate up. It starts with fresh squeezed juice, galao, marinated salmon, then omelette, cheese and finally homemade dessert. The awareness that every single product is straight from the local producer enriches the taste of the food.

However, Tati is not just a regular restaurant. Besides pleasuring your taste, it wil entertain you as well. We would like to recommend you especially Sunday jam sessions. It starts at 5 and lasts to 8 (it is a time when the sunset and sunrays pierce through Tati`s space). The atmosphere fulfilled with intimacy and improvisation will encourage your feet to make an performance. 


Aujourd’hui on fait escale chez Tati le café cosy & coloré de Ramon et Susana qui doit son nom au célèbre cinéaste. Une déco soignée & éclectique un peu à la Home Sweet Home… La spécialité du week end ? Un brunch à 13 qui décoiffe, du sucré/salé, du jus d’orange pressé au Galaõ en passant par le saumon mariné, l’omelette, le fromage artisanal jusqu’au dessert maison. Attention les produits frais sont à l’honneur.²

Mais Tati ce n’est pas que ça. On vous conseille tout particulièrement de vous y arrêter le dimanche pour leur Jam Session de 17h à 20h ( l’ heure du Sunset qui vient innonder le bar de ces rayons). Une ribambelle de musiciens de talents sur une scène qui n’en est pas une. Un climat intimiste et improvisé qui vous feront décoller les 2 pieds du sol.

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We interviewed the owner Ramon with 3 questions:

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› 3onthespot: The spirit of these place with a few adjectives would be…

› Ramon: disobliging, humble, spontaneous and hospitable.

› 3onthespot: What is the feature that makes you distinctive?

› Ramon: It is the atmosphere. Melting pot of people, food and music. Melting pot. This is the essence of this place.

› 3onthespot: Well, you have pretty beautiful space here. Do you organise some events here?

› Ramon: Live concerts, jam sessions. We have  books presentations as well and random spontaneous activities.

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¡ When you leave Cafe Tati, don`t forget to stop at small restaurant near by. In Bar o Cantinho Da Saudade I, you have to try the delicious, homemade pasteis de bacalhau.

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♥ Café Tati ♥ Rua ribeira nova 36, 12-376 Lisboa

  • Phone : 21 346 12 79
  • Subway : Cais do Sodre
  • Opening hours : tuesday to saturday from 11h to 01h00 / sunday from 11h to 22h
  • Galaõ=1,20€ Bier= 1,20€
  • Non-smocker & Free Wifi

 

Café da Garagem # Lisbon

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Right in the middle of the Alfama`s heart, you just have to push the doors of the Garagem Theatre. It is right on the ground floor. Direct yourself to the basement, which undoubtedly will leave you speechless. Once you enter the cafe Garagem, you will adopt this spot as your own headquarter and won`t leave it. The huge window will captivate you with a breathtaking view of the Graça`s miradouro. Loft-style offers you a lot of space. Large expanse together with fengh sui decor introduce into atmosphere of harmony and make you vanish into thin air. There is a lot of characteristic objects which attract attention like birdcage, binoculars, stained glass. You won`t be able to decide which one keep your eye on.

This comfortable and inspiring space will leave you with a spirit of passing by actors of the Garagem Theatre (pretty handsome!). Cafe offers affordable prices for salads, sandwiches, soups and homemade pies. Don`t hesitate to step by. What is more important. Keep calm and order a homemade lemonade! Yumi!


Au coeur de l’Alfama venez pousser les portes du Teatro da Garagem dans lequel se cache, au rez de chaussé, un café qui vous laissera sans voix. Découvrir le Café da Garagem c’est l’adopter. La vue que nous offre les larges baies vitrées, l’espace aux allures de loft et la décoration très fengh sui réalisé par Joana-la-designer participent à l’harmonie du lieu. De la cage à oiseaux, jusqu’aux jumelles, en passant par les luminaires : chaque objets saura attirer votre regard curieux.  Un véritable havre de paix avec une vue imprenable sur le mirador de Graça.

Ce lieu paisible et inspirant, où circulent les acteurs de la compagnie de théâtre, proposent des consos à un prix abordable. Vous pourrez vous restaurez avec leurs salades, leurs tartines, soupes et tartes maison.Et s’il vous plait, testez leur limonade maison, un délice… Yumi!

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We interviewed the crew: Vitor & Teresa  with 3 questions:

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> 3onthespot : Why café de Garagem ?

Vitor & Teresa : Because Teatro de Garegem it’s the name of the theatre’s company which makes its 25 years this year. We call it Garagem because everything started in an actual garage longtime ago.

> 3onthespot : The spirit of these place with a few adjectives would be…

> Vitor & Teresa : Beautiful, inspiring, friendly, great!

> 3onthespot : What is the feature that makes you distinctive?

Vitor & Teresa : the localization, the view, the calm atmosphere and the people around. This place is really inspiring, some people are used to stay here in order to write.

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Here you can find an examples of music tase, which you will here in Café Garagem:

 ♥ Teatro Taborda ♥ Rua da Costa do Castelo, 75 1100-178 Lisboa

  • Phone : 96 801 52 51
  • Website : http://www.teatrodagaragem.com/
  • Subway: Partida da Praça da Figueira – Eléctrico 12 / Partida da Rua da Madalena – Eléctrico 28
  • Opening hours : Monday 18-24h / Tuesday – Thirsday 15-24h / Friday – Saturday 15-02h / Sunday – 15 – 24h
  • Galaõ=1,20€ Bier= 2€
  • Non-smocker & Free Wifi