Taking Cues from Lisbon’s Cafe Spaces

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For the coffee shop addict, Lisbon cafe spaces offer an acute cultural experience as well as an abundance of visual eye candy, interior design inspiration, and of course delicious treats and coffee. Lisbon cafes fall into three categories for me: new wave, modern Portuguese, and traditional pastelarias. Today, I want to share a few of my favorite modern Portuguese spaces. These spaces blend the traditional pasteleria elements like marble, dark wood, and ornate woodwork, juxtaposed with modern elements and unexpected details. To me, these spaces offer the best of old and new aspects of Portuguese design. After all, there’s something so exciting about blending tradition and history with a bit of innovation. If you are looking for the full experience of good food and good design, in a quiet spot, don’t miss these charming spaces when you visit Lisbon. But for now, I’ll share a visual tour and perhaps you’ll find some ideas for your own space.

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Winter at Jardim da Tapada das Necessidades

Winter in Lisbon is almost like early spring at home. Right now the aloe vera is blooming like crazy and the meadows are green. Right inside the city there are plenty of gardens to explore with the favorite always being Jardim da Tapada das Necessidades, a walled garden near the Alcantra neighborhood that feels nearly abandoned with crumbly buildings and an incredible domed greenhouse. Enjoy this virtual stroll through the gardens with Ekaterina, a fellow garden-lover, and temporary Lisboeta.

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How to Change Your Life

I have a tough time describing to people exactly what I do for a living and where I live and why so I end up in a lot of conversations online and offline about jobs, and life, and travel and dreams. I love hearing dreams! I also know a lot of us have the tendency to talk about change and never do anything about it (myself included!). I am probably one of the worst at that but once in a while I make some big dreams happen and people ask a lot about it. If you think something like a new career working with flowers or styling or a trip around the world is something you dream of, here are some tips and insights, based on my own experience, and own haphazard ways of doing things.

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Lisbon City Gardens

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The rarity of green in the city makes each sighting of a Lisbon city garden more special. In Lisbon, I see tiny apartment gardens literally made from trash and cuttings, little balconies overflowing with monotype gardens or explosions of texture, and stuffed little patios. While we have plenty of rainy, cold days, bare, deciduous trees, and cold nights, even through the winter you will find pockets of bougainvillea, roses, orange and lemon trees, and rosemary. These photos were taken about a month ago, while the jacarandas were still in their second blooming of the year and gracing the city with their presence! Many gardens are hidden behind walls or fences so I can only peer at an explosion of vines overflowing the walls.

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