Lisbon’s A Brasileira among “best historic cafés” in Europe

A Brasileira, one of Lisbon’s oldest and most famous coffee shops, has been included in a list of Europe’s “best historic cafés” published online by UK newspaper The Telegraph.

The café opened in 1905 in the capital’s downtown section of Chiado and took its name from the “genuine Brazilian coffee” it sold. Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa was a regular customer and these days a statue of him stands outside in the street.

As the newspaper explains: “In Lisbon’s Old Quarter is one of the most famous of the city’s cafés – gilded, old and deliciously dim. It was the first shop to sell a ‘bica’, a small cup of the strong stuff, similar to an espresso”.

The paper advises “drinking it with the Portuguese specialty, a sweet, yolky pastel de nata tart.”

(click here) to see the 13 other cafés featured on the list.

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