Lisbon is a city of light, colors and a labyrinth of streets. Rua da Silva street is squeezed between two neighborhoods: Santos and Santa Catarina and on summer days it tempts with greenery and refreshing shade.
A popular place among locals and visitors, but without unnecessary crowds. It is definitely worth visiting while walking around the center.
From the balconies hang plants, leaves and flowers nurtured by the residents, there are pots of plants on the pavement, hence the informal name circulating among Lisboners: Rua Verde (The Green street). Certainly Rua da Silva is one of the most photogenic and instagrammable places in Lisbon. It is full of pubs and restaurants with cuisine from all over the world. There are also cosy cafes, shops, artists’ ateliers and even a street library. If you are going to Lisbon and, apart from tourist attractions you want to see local life and visit atmospheric places where residents spend their time: you’ve come to the right place, this blog is for you!
What and where to eat at Rua da Silva, center of Lisbon
The real gem of the green street is the O Fatica restaurant on the corner of Rua da Silva and Rua dos Mastros (street of masts). It is a gourmet’s paradise, I have not tried such different flavors for a long time. Brazilian cuisine, beautifully presented dishes, great service, Portuguese craft beer Cerveja Trindade is a bull’s eye! In the picture Moqueca Baiana – prawns in a delicious sauce covered with crispy cassava. The dish below is Baião de dois: a traditional Nordeste dish (northern Brazil) based on rice, beans and dried meat.
Address: R. dos Mastros 33, 1200-263 Lisboa
Buna speciality Coffee Shop
Buna is a cozy cafe, great for remote working or for a meeting with a friend. This is one of the digital nomads’ favorite places in Lisbon. It is worth dropping by for a delicious coffee and a banana cake with nuts. Low-set windows overlooking the street with pillows on the window sills give the place a pleasant atmosphere. Coffee is often prepared by the owner who is chatty.
Address: R. dos Mastros 27, 1200-337 Lisboa
A Obra is a restaurant with Portuguese dishes served in the form of appetizers. Nice place to eat lunch or dinner (especially a romantic one). Delicious octopus salad and an interesting wine list. “A Obra” in Portuguese means a piece of art: and this is also how the dishes prepared in the restaurant look like.
Address: R. da Silva 21, 1200-446 Lisboa
Roots Restaurante & Tapas Bar
Roots Restaurant is a place with appetizers from all over the world. Asian food lovers will adore it: this place is a fresh Asian breeze in Lisbon. The dishes are diverse and the atmosphere is relaxed. It’s nice to sit at the tables outside, but be sure to also look inside the premises and pay attention to the decor. If you don’t feel like having a meal, it’s worth dropping in for drinks.
Address: R. da Silva 28, 1200-649 Lisboa
Atelier Tania Gil Jewelry
Tania Gil is a Portuguese jeweller inspired by the ocean and nature. The atelier of this talented artist is located on the greenest street in Lisbon: Rua da Silva. Her delicate jewelry resembles shells, sea creatures, leaves and starfish. Take a look at the atelier to see by yourself what treasures it hides and to see the artist at work. Original jewelry will be the perfect souvenir from Portuguese holidays.
Address: Travessa dos Mastros nº1, Lisbon
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There is an unconventional library on the Rua da Silva. Livraria Green Street is a bookcase on the street where anyone can bring and leave a book or borrow one. The street library is an initiative of residents from the neighbourhood. On the shelves I saw books for adults and children, in Portuguese as well as English and French. Will you visit this unconventional Lisbon library?