Traditional Coffee Houses
The establishments called Cafés first appeared in Lisboa after the earthquake of 1755 and they were essentially social interaction spaces. At the time was required to put on a sign above the door announcing the business, a Marquis of Pombal´s decision.
Therefore, both the product and the word café invaded Lisbon’s daily life.
In the early twentieth century café life is the society mirror. Cafés are places where people meet for critical debates and shape public opinion. Many of them have gained fame as host to artists and writers gatherings, political meetings as well as exhibition places to modernist and surrealist painters.
Throughout the history of mankind coffee consumption gained some enemies because of its exciting effects. However, all these arguments have been refuted and replaced by good reasons, such as aroma and flavor.
Coffee is deeply rooted in Portuguese culture.
Any times is good for a coffee, and it’s very common to arrange a meeting saying “Let’s get a cup of coffee”