In case you are wondering, it is a giant fly. Mosca da Fruta (Fruit Fly) is a relatively recent addition that has brought new life to Campo Mártires da Pátria – one of the best gardens in Lisbon, which had been somewhat neglected in recent years. The whole area has been receiving improvements, extending to the Anjos and Intendente areas, which are very trendy these days. Campo Mártires da Pátria welcomes some cultural initiatives such as the Festival Todos – a great festival that promotes the multiculturalism and diversity that characterises this area.
Back to the Fly, it is a great spot for a beer in the afternoon or if you want to read and work and you don’t mind the sound of ducks and chickens in the background. They have tasty, freshly squeezed juices served in little jars, sandwiches and toasts if you want a bite to eat. The staff is informal and relaxed.
During warmer months, on Wednesday evenings – weather permitting – they show films outside for free. The choice of films is usually very good and is supported by the Goethe Institute, just across the street. And while you are at it, you can go and have another beer at the Goethe Garden.
With spring definitely here to stay, there are more opportunities to enjoy the garden on a sunny afternoon.