Archive for March, 2010

LA Tea Room, Lisbon

Avenida de la Liberdade, 177A – Lisbon – next to the Tivoli Hotel – Metro Avenida

Tel.  213 144 318 – Open 10am – 7pm

The Landior flagship clothing store on the corner right next to the Tivoli Hotel where I’m staying does a very good job of hiding its gorgeous tea room on the 1st floor with its red leather couches and huge white coffee tables by the windows overlooking the elegant Avenida de la Liberdade. This is a place for ladies who lunch and clothes shop simultaneously!

Kusmi Tea, Mariage Frères or Twinings… the large silver tea pot and beautiful china cup made up for the teabag and brewed a pretty good Kusmi Vert Darjeeling for my morning tea break in between two interpreting stints at the hotel next door.

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Rua do Salitre, 117 – Lisbon – Metro Avendia

Tel. 213 142 038  – Open Mon to Fri 12.15pm to 2.15pm and 7.30pm to 10pm

This friendly and busy vegetarian restaurant near Avenida de la Liberdade is part of a Buddhist centre offering meditation classes. For a Wednesday night, Os Tibetanos was full of people speaking all sorts of languages.  Indoors, the walls are hung with Tibetan tangkas, while the outdoor tables in the courtyard are overlooked by a huge white Tara mural.

Samosas, traditional Tibetan starters, curry, seitan and tofu dishes, rose petal ice cream in yoghurt, served with a choice of teas, herbal teas, wines or beers, in a totally relaxed atmosphere with no hang ups! Loved it.

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Rua Luis Augusto Palmeirim, nº 18 – 1700-275 Lisboa – Metro Alvalade

Tel: 916 745 863 – Open Mon to Sat 12pm to 8.30pm

Korean green tea at Ó Chá

I didn’t dare tell anyone at the seminar that I rode 9 stops on the Metro for a cup of tea after lunch, but, well, if you’re reading this you probably understand. Ó Chá is in an entirely residential neighbourhood with nothing touristy whatsoever. Just real life Lisboans doing real life things, so there is nothing else to do but enjoy this bright and colourful tea room.

Each tea is brewed and the tea leaves removed before serving, and there is a big selection of white, black, oolong and green teas to choose from. They even have the only green tea grown in Europe, from the Azores, which I’ll try next time!

The decor is cheerful, with brightly coloured cushions and tablecloths that all clash but somehow, with the Chinese redwood furniture, it all just comes together.

Worth the trip if, like me, you burned up all your sightseeing energy and would rather just sit and sip.


Teapots, teapots everywhere

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Near Chà do Carmo, there is a little vegetarian restaurant with a really delicious, self-service buffet for just 8,90 €.

They had a selection of salads with little lentil cakes and pappadums, and several hot dishes to choose from : stuffed aubergines (I went back for seconds instead of dessert!), vegetarian lasagna, rice and beans. Sometimes, these buffets can be healthy but heavy; this one was amazingly light.

Jardim das Cerejas, Calçada do Sacramento, 36 – Tel. 21 346 9308

Open 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 10pm

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Chá do Carmo, Lisbon

Largo do Carmo, 21 – 1200 Lisboa

Tel. 213 421 305 – Open Mon to Fri 8am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 8pm

Savouring Lisbon’s delicious, cinnamon sprinkled Pastéis de Belém pastries with a cup of Lipton yellow is nothing less than sacrilege, so finding this tea room was a real treat, mainly because it is located on a pretty, peaceful little square, which must be even more beautiful in Spring because it is filled with jacaranda trees that burst into blue flower around May.

Largo do Carmo square in Baixa

Chá do Carmo serves  a wide selection of Mariage Frères tea, although only the tea bag variety. Inside is nothing special, so save this address for a warm day when you can sit ouside and enjoy the square.

Opposite the Museu Arqueologico do Carmo.

I found a little vegetarian restaurant in the street leading to the square, with a really delicious buffet for just 8,90 €.

Jardim das Cerejas, Calçada do Sacramento, 36 – Tel. 21 346 9308

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