NileGuide Expert Says:
Dating from 1902, this is a culturally significant landmark and an important part of Lisbon's history.
Rua Garrett 120, Lisbon, Portugal
21 346 9541
NileGuide Expert tip:
Be sure to get your photograph taken with Fernando Pessoa.
Argubaly Lisbon's most famous café, the striking Art Nouveau interior is reason enough to pop in and order a bica
(espresso) while admiring the carved and pannelled wood decoration, huge gilded mirrors and 1920's canvasses. The esplanade is equally attractive, not least for the bronze statue of revered Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) seated at a table outside, an endearing symbol of the café's former pull as a favourite rendezvous for the city's literary set. Today, the figurine is a tourist attarction in its own right and provides a novel photo opportunity for the thousands of visitors who drop by every year.