A taste of local with: QUASE CAFE

Have you heard of the Quase Café? Well if not it is time to check it up! Opened in May 2016, you will feel just like at home in this Café located in the oldest neighborhoods in town: Alfama.
The concept is really nice and new as you can buy all the elements of their place. You like the chair you are sitting in? The cup of tea you are drinking with? Well just take it back home! Also it makes you want to come back all the time as it makes the decoration often changing!
Catarina & Joana were nice enough to answer a few questions about their cool Café:

1) What is the Quase café about ?

It is about delivering fresh food (brunch , lunch and tapas), all homemade in a confortable and unique place and environment, where you can feel much as being at home. All the furniture and all  pieces of decoration are for sale. They are refurbished and recycled by Quase Café. It is also about organising thematic events and partys, customised by us.


2) How many people work in there?

We are 3 people working normally.

3) What is your typical customer?

It is a good mix of locals and tourists. Quase Café attracts all kinds of customers 🙂

4) What is your favorite hotspot in Lisbon?

Quase Café of course!


Rua do Salvador 14,

1100-465 Lisboa

929 326 800


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A taste of local with: FOODPRINTZ CAFE

Today we meet Lisa who owns the Foodprintz Cafe with her friend Karo. This place combines food, yoga and education so we were really curious to discover more…


Located near Marques Pombal, it is the perfect spot to eat healthy food for breakfast and lunch or just to go chill out during the day. The menu is 100% vegan which is pretty hard to find in Lisbon. Everything is homemade and the atmosphere is great, if you haven’t been there you should run to it!

1) When and how did your project come to life ?

Foodprintz Cafe is a collaboration between Karo and me, Lisa. I am german, she is dutch and we met all the way on the other side of the world in Sydney, Australia. She is a Jivamukti Yoga teacher and vegan chef, I am a psychologist and mindfulness trainer. Our beliefs and interests combined well with each other and from a collaboration grew a beautiful friendship. A bit more than two year ago we both returned to Europe, love is what Karo brought to Lisbon. I visited her once and I fell in love with the city! The people, the vibe, the weather….and so we started dreaming and talking about setting up an actual space where we both could combine all our beliefs, interests and passion. And that space became Foodprintz Cafe: Food, Yoga and Education.

Granola jar and toasts images by Fred Madeira                                 Cookie image by Luis Luz

2) What is the Foodprintz café about ?

We are about many things, but mainly anything conscious! In our cafe we serve fresh, organic food from a monthly changing menu. We have a big breakfast menu, well selected lunch menu and fresh juices, teas, coffees and lattes. Everything on our menu is vegan. We care a big deal about local businesses so we try to work exclusively with Portuguese producers and companies!


Apart from eating people can also join us for Jivamukti Yoga classes during the evening and meditation on sunday mornings. Or fancy booking a massage? 🙂

Our last pilar is education and while Karo and I also host a few workshop throughout the year together, we also have a lot of beautiful people with amazing projects organising their own workshops in our space. This year 2018 we will have at least 2 workshops every month and they range from vegan cheese workshops, macrobiotic cooking workshop, DIY facial cream workshops and many more.

Weather you join us for eating, yoga or a workshop you can be absolutely sure that we will be there and welcome you with a smile and a chat.

3) How many people work in there?

At the moment we are a team of seven people. Lisa the general Manager, Karo is head of the kitchen, Celia and Anabela are our kitchen hands, Livia and Pedro are in service and Manuela is giving us a hand with dishes. Karo is also teaching Yoga and Lisa is teaching meditation.


Image by Fred Madeira

4) What is your typical customer?

I don’t think we have a “typical” customer. Gladly, the kind healthy, vegan food is becoming more and more popular with many different people. We have customers in heels and suits, working in the area, in sweat pants and sneakers, living in the area and tourists from all over the world. We meet very different people every day but they all have one thing in common: they are looking for real and healthy food and an atmosphere where they can feel at home.


5) What are your favourite hotspots in Lisbon?

It is hard to choose my favorite spot honestly, Lisbon is very diverse and that is what I love about it so much. For walks with my dog I love to go to Jardim de Torel. On a sunny morning I love a coffee at miradouro Senhora do Monte. On a day off I like to take a walk to LX factory and have lunch at The Therapist. For a delicious vegan dinner I go to Ao26 The Vegan Food Project and for beach walks I like to get out of the city a bit and spend an afternoon in Sesimbra or Serra de Arrabida, where my boyfriend is from.

Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 82a
1250-193 Lisboa
Ph: +351 215 817 577
INSTAGRAM: foodprintzcafe
“If you pursue great footsteps, you leave great footprints” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

A taste of local with: THE BAR

What a better name for a bar than “THE BAR” meaning “THE place to be”. Well today I will introduce you to our partner, Teresa Ruiz who owns this place.

With its laid back environment and chill vibes, people gather in this bar of Principe Real to enjoy a fresh beer or a great cocktail (Margaritas are a MUST try). Opened in April 2017, it is already a must-do in Lisbon. The owner will make sure you are having a good time and you will want to come back all the time!


We asked Teresa a few questions about her space and life in Lisbon:

What is THE BAR about?

I wanted people to be comfortable, to have a casual place, somewhere for people to hang out and drink great drinks in a relaxed cool setting. I also wanted to bring together two things I really love: neon and street art. Portugal has some amazing street artists and I wanted to use the bar to showcase that, I was also lucky enough to come in contact with one of the oldest Lisbon based neon crafts men, to handcraft the neon sign for the bar.

What is your typical customer?
It’s a good mix of locals and tourist, which is great. Everybody can feel comfortable at The Bar.
What are your personal hot spots of Lisbon?
I am a HUGE beach lover. Here are my favorites:
– São Pedro do Estoril
– São Joao do Estoril
– All Caparica Coast (Meco is my favorite)
– Guincho
As an Art fan, here are the places where I like to hangout:
– CCB: Centro Cultural de Belém
– Underdogs Gallery
– Gulbenkian Museum
My go-to places for eating in Lisbon:
– Taberna das Flores (Portuguese restaurant)
– Chutnify (Indian restaurant)
– Ramiro (Fish restaurant)
And my favorite nightlife places:
– The Lounge: Great night bar in Cais de Sodré.
– Incognito: Hidden club in São Bento.
– A Capela: Cosy bar in Bairro Alto with great music.
Go check it out for yourself:
Tv. Monte do Carmo 1,
1200-420 Lisboa


A taste of Local with Lisbonne à pied

Today we start a new category “A touch of local”. In this category you will find a portrait of locals that are part of our partners which means we like what they do 😉 They are bars or restaurants owners, gallery curators, or, like in this case they are doing a special type of walking tours. For the first article we will start with Anne from Lisbonne à pied, a project that organizes guided tours in French about the city of Lisbon.

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When and how did the project come to life ?
I have always loved traveling. Travelling means new landscapes but also meeting new people. When in 2012, I decided to come to Lisbon to join my Portuguese boyfriend, I looked for an activity that would allow me to meet people traveling while staying in Lisbon. My early days in Lisbon, I walked the streets up and down. Connecting my pleasure to walk in Lisbon to my professional activity was a great opportunity. So I decided to offer guided tours of Lisbon in French. At that time, the French began to come more and more to Lisbon and the offer of visits in French was not very developed. I started at the right time.

How many people work in this project ?
The team has grown over the years. We are 5 guides today. We all come from different
horizons which enriches our exchanges and experiences. We all have another activity besides guiding. We have a common approach but a personal experience that brings different touches to the visits.


What is the project about ?
We wanted to offer something different from the classic cultural tours. A visit
like the one we make with our friends or families when they come and visit us.
Personally, I love walking around the city watching and listening to what’s
going on. This is how Lisbonne à Pied was born. Visits are private, the group
is small and people already know each other. This way, the dialogue between
the guide and the group can be established quickly and nobody is afraid to
ask questions. It also makes it possible to better adapt the visit to the group.
We propose itineraries but they sometimes change during the visit depending
on what people have already seen in Lisbon, their desires, the weather
conditions. The tours are cultural but not only. We want to tell the incredible
story of this small country that was an important and rich empire in the past but
also tell the story of today’s Lisbon. Gastronomy is one of our favorite

During your tours, what is important for you to show to people?
It is common that people visiting Lisbon with us have no idea of the history of the city and the country. We give them the information they need to understand the context in which their stays take place. The goal is not to knock them out of information but to leave with the outlines and the desire to document themselves during their stay or back home. We also like to let them discover what is important to us in Lisbon, the little details in Portuguese culture that makes it different. The topics are often improvised according to the centers of interest of the groups. We often speak gastronomy and Street Art but not only! Finally, we share with them the stakes of the development and the mutation of the city, the increase of mass tourism for example. We do not give our opinion but we give them info and facts to make theirs.


More info on their facebook page and website.