Being a close and enthusiastic neighbor of the “São Lázaro” area, I tend to spot the new places in this area before they actually become well known. One of these cases may well be Dona Gertrude, open since 2016, which definitely has something that attracts its visitors day by day, night by night.
“Dona”, which it is regularly called because of her tricky last name, is where you can travel to the past. Once you enter you’ll be lost in the decoration, with those old tables and chairs, the showcase, the lamps, and the big cupboard full of relics. You’ll probably be even more interested when you see that some of these items are actually for sale. So if you are a fan of vinyl, old magazines or just random old (but preserved) objects, I believe you will be roaming through this little “museum” for some time…
I spotted this place on a cold winter day, when a tea asks for a nice cookie, a lonely coffee asks for a magazine, or a Porto wine asks for talks with friends and an honored chalice. During summer, the cozy but roomy backyard provides a pleasant environment for a homemade meal like Chili, summer salads or “Moelas” (traditional Portuguese dish consisting of chicken in a strong sauce), with a good and fresh sangria to top it off.
Alone or with a small group of friends, at any time, “Dona” is always a nice companion to be with.