Literary coffee shops in Baixa Chiado

Wed, 23.01.2019

A walking tour about the main intellectual spots in Lisbon

The walking tours have come to stay in this New Year. The first theme will be about the most important literary coffee shops in Lisbon.  Join us in this exciting tour on the 23rd of January.

Indira Leão, our history teacher will guide us during this afternoon. Between the 18th and the 20th century intellectuals met in literary coffee shops (Cafés literários in Portuguese) to exchange ideas. The subjects of this discussions were several about Philosophy, Esthetic and Art. Emblematic artists such as Fernando Pessoa, Eça de Queiroz or Manuel Bocage participated in those debates.

We’ll start in Café A Brasileira. It was founded on the 19th of November of 1905 by Adriano Soares Teles do Vale. Adriano emigrated to Brazil were he profited with the production of coffee. In the beginning of the 20th century, when he returned to Portugal, he created coffee outlets, known as Brasileiras. They were known by this name because the coffee was produced and imported from Brazil. In this time, the Brasileira became the scenery of intellectual, artistic and literary meetings.

The Café Nicola was one of the first coffee houses (Botequins) in the 18th century. In 1929 Joaquim Fonseca Albuquerque inaugurated the place as Café Nicola. It was considered the second house of the poet Bocage.

The Martinho da Arcada was inaugurated on the 7th of January of 1782. From the innumerable personalities who have passed by stands out a very special client Fernando Pessoa. In 1999, it was elected by the European Coffee Guide as the best coffee of the year.

After visiting all of these coffee shops we will stay in Martinho da Arcada to socialize and to recreate this intellectual atmosphere.

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