- Type: Cafés
NileGuide Expert Says:
Emblematic building, great for people watching.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Check out the huge canvases on the walls – that depict scenes from the work of Portuguese poet Bocage, a frequent customer in the late 1800s.
Europe's café society atmosphere can really be appreciated at this busy establishment located on a street that overlooks the landmark Praça Dom Pedro IV, or Rossio Square. Nicola is synonymous with coffee, having been named after the company that imports beans from Brazil and São Tomé e Príncipe. The bright interior of marble, steel and glass is in surprising contrast to the sober facade and the twin stone pillars framing the entrance. Nicola is also a popular restaurant and fills up quickly at lunchtimes, both inside and out. But early mornings and late afternoons on the terrace are perfect for that caffeine pick-me-up while watching the world go by. © Nileguide 2011
Café Nicola is a part of Lisbon's history, and its existence is truly one of downtown's most specific marks. The presence of some of the most important figures of Portuguese literature is just another of its many interesting aspects, an example of that is Bocage, a famous Portuguese poet of the 19th century that used to go there.
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