2018-09-23 Hotel Da Baixa, Lisbon, Portugal This morning the queue for the Elevador de Santa Justa was enormous ….. we decided not to join the queue considering the temperature was in the low 30’s Instead we headed in the direction of the popular restaurant area near Bairro Alto We pass the Alcoa Patisserie which has an amazing selection of local cakes and pastries Unusual plants for sale …. would love to take some home !! We visit the Basilica of our Lady of the Martyrs Although quite plain on the outside, Basilica of our Lady of the Martyrs surprised us with it’s beautiful interior This area of Lisbon has some elegant shops such as Paris EM in Rua Garrett Further up Rua Garrett is the popular Cafe A Brasileira Time for a coffee break ……. and a delicious pastry !! Ric stands by the Estatua de Antonio Ribeiro, a 16th century poet also known as the”Chiado” situated in the Chiado Square Looking towards Praça Luis de Camoes, a very popular square in this area of Lisbon Colourful local transport The bronze statue of Luis Vas de Camoes from the 16th century (who is considered to be the greatest poet of the Portuguese language), was inaugurated in 1867 and stands in the centre of the square which carries his name With the temperature soaring to the mid 30’s we thought we would find a nice air conditioned restaurant with light food …… Afuri, a Japanese restaurant was perfect!! The staff were very welcoming at Afuri We order amazing refreshing cocktails called Yuzu made with rum, lime, yuzu, honey and sparkling wine Wonderful fresh oysters with local seaweed, wakame, sesame vinaigrette and lemon Excellent Tuna Sashimi Our favourite Edomame Lobster Harumaki with lobster, shrimp, whitefish spring roll served with onion, yuzu and sweet chilli ….. so delicious Fabulous House-Made Gyoza Dumplings After we had finished our fabulous Japanese lunch at Afuri, we ventured out into the heat of the day Making our way back to the hotel we pass numerous busy restaurants As it was Sunday and no shops were open in Lisbon, we returned to the comfort of our air conditioned hotel to escape from the heat of the afternoon Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.