Image by Susana Guerreiro

Esplanada Museu Arte Antiga – Art and a view

Lisbon is famous for its terraces with great views over the river. And when I think there were no more left to be discovered, I find yet another one.

Finding the terrace of the National Museum of Ancient Art was such a pleasant surprise, because it’s one of those terraces where you can still find peace and quiet.

You won’t notice it from the outside and to access it you need to enter the museum from the side entrance (not the main entrance with the stairs, but the one on Rua das Janelas Verdes). Follow the sign to Cafetaria, go through the door on the right side of the entrance hall and at the end of the stairs you will find a charming garden where you can quietly read a book, work (Wi-Fi is free) or just sit back and enjoy the view.

It’s less crowded than other terraces and you will always find a seat (even on weekends). I think it’s perfect on a hot day, as there is enough shade (though you can also sit in the sun) and there is always a nice fresh breeze.

I can’t really comment on the food, but prices are pretty much museum-like, as are the opening hours, so the terrace closes early at 17:30. 

It’s great after a trip to the museum, which is definitely worth a visit (for free on Sundays until 14:00), where you will find 14th to 20th century Portuguese and also European works by artists such as Bosch.

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Details about this spot



Rua das Janelas Verdes 1249 - 017, Lisbon

Opening Times

Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:30




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)