Before Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal was known overseas thanks to the voice of Amália Rodrigues, the exponent of Fado, a word that means much more than simply destiny. One of the main Portuguese cultural treasures, Fado has become much more than a musical style, balanced by the historical Portuguese guitar. This music embodies the spirit of the Portuguese people, with lyrics so intense and emotional that you won't be indifferent to them, even if you don't understand the language. Follow All About Portugal on this tour through the main Fado Houses (and restaurants) in Lisbon, and let yourself be raptured by the noble and passionate Lusitanian soul.
The Bairro Alto hides, in one of its streets, one of the longest memories of what Fado is all about. Since 1955, A Severa, whose name is inspired by an ancient Gypsy singer, is one of the most unforgettable stages for those who enjoy singing and listening to Fado. The space opens at 8pm and Fado will be played from 7pm.
If you like custom-made experiences, Adega Machado's offer is tempting. Get carried away by the "Fado inside the Box", every day at 5 pm, a trip through the history of Fado and well accompanied by Portuguese food and drink. In addition, the space also organizes Fado nights.
Casa de Linhares
Powerful building near the Tagus River and the Cathedral, the Casa de Linhares breathes History. In an almost magical environment, dinners often hide a secret ingredient: Fado. At the end, and still packed with the Portuguese sound, enjoy a stroll in one of the most beautiful areas of Lisbon.
Clube de Fado
In the heart of Lisbon, Fado easily invades the streets and awakens the curiosity of passers-by. The Clube de Fado combines gastronomy with the "choir" of the guitar and the strength of the voices, creating a unique and multisensory experience. The cosy atmosphere invites fraternization, but also silence, as soon as Fado is heard.
Maria da Mouraria
One of the best kept secrets in the historic Mouraria, this House of Fados is located, incidentally, in Largo da Severa. From Wednesday to Sunday, the Maria da Mouraria gains renewed joy, with its spectacles of Fado. Traditional food is present every day, well watered by the inevitable Portuguese wine.
Mesa de Frades
The name does not deceive: it is a grandiose space with a lot of history. Old chapel, covered by tiles of the 18th century, the space has as protagonist the inescapable Fado. Each dish is a piece of Portuguese history, imagined (almost) perfectly by the unmistakable sonority of the Portuguese guitar.
It opened its doors in 1947 and, over time, became a landmark among the Houses of Fado. The whole space of O Faia breathes Fado, reaching its high point as the first chord marks the beginning of the daily musical spectacle. The Portuguese cuisine finds contemporary inspiration, in a gastronomic and sound experience.
With a traditional tavern spirit, this restaurant-bar also wants to reclaim its space in the Fado showcasing. Join us for a meal, a snack or a drink and try the "new" Fado, from Tuesday to Sunday. The Povo Lisboa bets on the residence of young interpreters, for about 12 weeks each.
It is in Bairro da Madragoa that Mr. Vinho is found, one of the main references among the Houses of Fado. As expected, music is accompanied by traditional gastronomy, but also more refined dishes. The environment makes the experience even more striking, with walls that seem to "echo" the voices of other times.
Tasca do Chico
Since 1993, "stray" Fado is heard in Tasca do Chico, which has also opened doors in Alfama. On Monday and Wednesday nights, the Portuguese guitar fills out the space. One can find the most varied artists performing, and even foreign customers have ventured singing Fado.