As Vicentinhas confirms the cliché that little old ladies make good tea and cake and this eccentric Lisbon tea shop serves a home-made spread Mrs Beeton would have been proud to call her own. At the helm of this tea room/religious knick-knack shop is a group of genteel churchgoers who have dedicated their lives equally to the cloth and the dishcloth.
Customers are quite literally invited to take a pew, and nibble on one of the deliciously sticky and stodgy home-made cakes (we recommend the buttery scones). As Vicentinhas stocks a wide range of teas, but be prepared to drink whatever the elderly waitress (complete with ill-fitting wig) can remember to bring. And don’t expect to leave in a hurry: a brew can take up to 40 minutes to deliver!
Still, it’s ample time to study the intriguingly odd shop merchandise; effigies of Jesus and crocheted baby boots can be found alongside framed photos of Hugh Grant and Anthony Quinn torn directly from the pages of Hello! magazine. On this occasion it has to be seen to be believed.