Used primarily by visitors to the Teatro Taborda but one of Lisbon’s pleasant cafe’s is worth a visit in its own right. Located at the quieter end of Costa do Castelo, an inconspicuous entrance betrays none of the activity below. A long rectangular room filled with wooden tables and chairs is reached via a staircase from the theatre.
The decoration is simple: there are black and white stills of theatre performances, but the wall-to-wall windows afford a far more dramatic view of the city below. This hilltop retreat is a popular choice for covert liaisons and thoughtful contemplation. You can also get to the shaded outdoor seating area by a path snaking up from Graça.
A simple menu of salads and light dishes is served and the bar benefits from a drinks licence. As you’d expect, budding thespians and intellectuals form the bulk of regulars, with the odd circus performer making an appearance!