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Martinho Da Arcada in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Martinho da Arcada - Lisbon's oldest Restaurant

Martinho da Arcada

 

Café Restaurant Martinho da Arcada is reputedly Portugal’s oldest restaurant. It was opened by the Marquis de Pombal in 1782 and located at the corner of Commercial Square (also known as Palace Square) in the heart of Lisbon and listed as a Portuguese Architectural Heritage. It was the favourite meeting place of many public figures in society including politicians, celebrities, artists and writers in the past. One of the most frequent and famous customers was Fernando Pessoa, a major figure in the literary world and one of the greatest poets of the Portuguese language in the 20th century. He had a favourite table in a corner where he used to have coffee and work. Today his table is still there as he left it with his books and coffee cup overlooked by his portrait on the wall as a tribute to him.

The Café Restaurant has an old world traditional décor in keeping with its heritage. It specialises in authentic popular Portuguese cuisine.  There are also seats outside in the arcade where one can watch the world go by in the bustling Commercial Square.

 

Martinho da Arcada is at the North East Corner of the Commercial Square (Praça do Comércio). It is adjacent to a traffic junction

Martinho da Arcada is at the North East Corner of the Commercial Square (Praça do Comércio). It is adjacent to a traffic junction

 

Martinho da Arcada - The table permanently reserved for Fernando Pessoa. The table displays copies of his books together with his cup of coffee.

Martinho da Arcada – The table permanently reserved for Fernando Pessoa (A Portuguese Poet and Writer) . The table displays copies of his books together with his cup of coffee.

 

 

 

Martinho da Arcada - Portuguese version of Iberico Ham or Pata Negra – cured ham from the black pig.

Martinho da Arcada – Portuguese version of Iberico Ham or Pata Negra – cured ham from the black pig.

 

 

The traditional décor of the Martinho da Arcada with their friendly staff. The restaurant was refurbished in the 1990s.

The traditional décor of the Martinho da Arcada with their friendly staff. The restaurant was refurbished in the 1990s.

 

 

Martinho da Arcada : Pata Negra – cured ham from the black pig and traditional Portuguese cheese.

Martinho da Arcada : Pata Negra – cured ham from the black pig and traditional Portuguese cheese.

 

Martinho da Arcada - Grilled Octopus, a delicious traditional dish accompanied by a melange of vegetables and potatoes cooked with olive oil.

Martinho da Arcada – Grilled Octopus, a delicious traditional dish accompanied by a melange of vegetables and potatoes cooked with olive oil.

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Martinho da Arcada - Bacalhau with shredded potato and cheese. Bacalhau is one of the Portuguese national dishes.

Martinho da Arcada – Bacalhau with shredded potato and cheese. Bacalhau is one of the Portuguese national dishes.

 

Martinho da Arcada - Portuguese version of Crème brûlée with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Martinho da Arcada – Portuguese version of Crème brûlée with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

Martinho da Arcada - Portuguese Orange tart

Martinho da Arcada – Portuguese Orange tart

 

This restaurant serves authentic Portuguese food in a traditional environment with recipes passed on from generation to generation.

On our second visit to Lisbon, we went to Martinho da Arcada again. We had a delicious rice and octopus stew recommended by our waiter. We would certainly recommend this restaurant not only because of its great food but also for its excellent service.

The web site of this restaurant is http://www.martinhodaarcada.com/.

 

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