A People’s Culture

Fado Houses by MaisFado

Jean Bernard Dos Santos is one of many Parisians of Portuguese descent. To ward off saudades, he founded a community dedicated to the most Portuguese of all musical genres: Fado. Fado has also been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Also considered nomeado pela UNESCO como Património Imaterial da Humanidade. For Jean Berard, every return to Lisbon has to include a stop by a Fado House.

Tasca do Chico

Rua do Diário de Notícias, 39

A historical tascaand fado house, is a place where anybody with Fado in their soul can sing with feeling. It is also, certainly, one of the most popular places among Lisbon locals. It isn’t rare to find renowned fadistas (a Fado singer) like Mariza, Ana Moura, Jorge Fernando or Ângelo Freire here.

Adega Machado

Rua do Norte, 91

A historical wine cellar known for having hosted legends like Amália Rodrigues and Alfredo Marceneiro. Marco Rodrigues, the resident fadista, and artistic director, is one of the greatest Fado talents of a generation.

Mesa de Frades

Rua dos Remédios, 139

A restaurant in the old chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, inside the Dona Rosa Palace. The acoustics here are unbeatable and the Fado is a more uptempo and tongue-in-cheek variant called Fado Vadio, which forces the singers to reveal more of what they keep close to their heart.

Voz do Operário

Rua da Voz do Operário, 13

This centennial association is a place of education, social action, sport and culture. It’s not a place where Fado is sung every day, but where artistic projects and collaborations between guitar players and fadistas tend to start. Between its gala occasions and simpler Fado evenings, Voz do Operário has launched such talents as Marta Alves or André Gomes.

Museums by Oh Lisboa

Created in the summer of 2015, this group was born to share the city “with those that are in daily contact with it, but don’t really know it.” The purpose is to get the Portuguese to get to learn more about the history, culture, heritage and people of Lisbon.

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Rua das Janelas Verdes

This is the most important art museum in Portugal containing 12th to 19th century arts. It houses a relevant public collection of ancient art, including painting, sculpture, jewellery and decorative arts. There are more than 40,000 pieces in the collection, which come from Europe, Africa and Asia. Several of these has been nominated by the state as “national treasures.”

Museu do Fado

Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1

It’s in the Fado museum that the Fado universe, with its singing and guitars, is enshrined. Among other things, it is a documentation centre that promotes knowledge of this unique musical expression. The Fado Museum also has an online archive available with access to thousands of digital sound entries which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Museu Arqueológico do Carmo

Largo do Carmo

Apart from also being a museum, this building is also the city’s most visible reminder of the 1755 earthquake. The reconstruction of this convent begun in 1756, but stopped in 1834 when all Religious Orders were extinguished in Portugal. The construction works were never finished. The museum was created with the intent of preserving and safeguarding the heritage from erosion and neglect.

Museu de Lisboa

The main building is in Pimenta Palace, in Campo Grande, but this museum is actually composed of several buildings scattered all across town where relevant memories of the city are kept. Among these is the iconic Casa dos Bicos, which houses the José Saramago Foundation.