At first glance Verde Perto could be mistaken for a contemporary art gallery, but this modern Lisbon bistro offers a selection of beverages (including alcoholic drinks) and a light lunch menu. Owners Iete Zuzarte and Roland Altmann use the long rectangular glass cabinets to exhibit the jewellery they design, which also happens to be for sale. The pieces are made from polished stones, mainly amber and aquamarine, and range from €20 to €1,000.
Although pleasing to the eye, the clean-cut angles and bleached out lighting can prove slightly disconcerting. Heavy wooden doors open out onto the street, but on a sunny day Bar des Imagens opposite proves far more popular. Lunchtime trade is consistent, but this artistic venture is yet to build a regular crowd. Most custom comes from middle-class tourists seeking a coffee after visiting the São Jorge castle.