The kiosks, small structures, often open on one or more sides, used as places to sell tobacco, magazines, newspapers, lotteries, refreshments and snacks,  appeared in Lisbon in the late nineteenth century, in the main squares, Avenida da Liberdade (then  Public Promenade) and waterfront.  In some of them, such as "King of Greaves” kiosk at Cais do Sodré, fried fish, olives, greaves and cod fillets were also sold.
These places are an obligatory meeting point, at the beginning of a work day for the so called mata bicho (slang, designating the first meal of the day), and  in the evening and into the night to get together and socialize.
In the 80s of the twentieth century, the City Council resumed the tradition of kiosks in the city, restoring the old ones, still in operation, and creating new spaces integrating open air terraces.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the kiosks are back and are part of the lisboets’ daily live. Today there are more than 40 of them, fully operational, in various parts of the city.
The traditional beverages lemonade chic, horchata, red currant drink, iced tea, scented milk, mazagran (cold coffee drink) or capilé can be enjoyed again in some kiosks.
Many of the new kiosks have a regular cultural and entertainment program.
These kiosks are assigned by public tender. See more…


horchata: non-alcoholic beverage made from almonds, sugar, water and ice;
capilé: refreshment made from syrup of maidenhair (or Capillaire) and orange blossom essence mixed with water ;
limonada chic:  lemon juice blend with the beaten peel , to make the beverage creamier and less bitter ;
scented milk: boiled milk with cinnamon, lemon and sugar. Serve cold.


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