“A Carioca” is a small traditional coffeeshop located at Bairro Alto, open since 1936. There’s also a factory located near Martim Moniz called Negrita Est. 1924, where coffee is processed. This brand is one of the oldest in Lisbon and you can taste it everywhere. Entering this shop is like stepping into the 1920’s. With its Art Deco interior, the intense aromas of the specialty coffees, teas, and chocolates with different origins are amazing.
Portugal has a long tradition in coffee and besides Italy and Turkey, in Europe there’s no place to have a short strong espresso like in Portugal. Our colonial past has brought us lots of exotic products, coffee was one of them. There’s coffee from Timor, in distant Asia, from South America like the Brazilian and Africa: Angola, the islands of Cape Verde and São Tomé e Principe of course.
Back in the old days, they kept a book of the favorite blends of all families nearby, so people would step into the shop and ask for the same blend they’re used to. Ask for help if you can’t choose between Arabica and Robusta. This is also a good place to buy tea. There’s teas from the Azores islands and Licungo tea, from Mozambique and many others, from the strongest to the most aromatic ones.
Unfortunately you can’t have coffee inside, but you can buy 100g of your favorite to take home. Make sure you also buy a small coffee mill so you can have “a bica” back home.