Alfama’s “O Chá” – Tea and a Taste of Macau in Lisbon

O Cha Tea Room, Lisbon

UPDATE: THIS CAFÉ HAS CLOSED

It first opened in the residential neighborhood of Alvalade, but it later added a second home in the old, historical center of the city, Alfama. Both “O Chá Tea Room” offer over 70 kinds of tea, mostly from Asia (Japan and China), but also from Africa, Latin America, and Portugal’s Azores. China, or more specifically the former Portuguese colony of Macau is the inspiration for the entire space, reflected on the hot colors of the decor. At Alvalade you may also buy some Asian furnishings while in Alfama it’s strictly a tea house. In addition to the teas it also serves a soup of the day, cakes, scones, crepes, and toasted sandwiches. That together with the chilled-out background music makes this a great place to meet friends or to take a break from sightseeing in Alfama. Sit on the dark-wood chairs, the colorful couches, or the cushy bean bags surrounded by Asian decorative items (from Tibet, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China…), and feel yourself be transported to the exotic lands discovered by Portuguese explorers (the owners lived in Macau until 2001). On some evenings there is live music, poetry-related events, and there are planned tea-related workshops in the future.
To find it, take tram 28 or follow its tracks from the Portas do Sol viewpoint in the direction of São Vicente Monastery. It’s on number 7C of Rua das Escolas Gerais, with tram 28 passing right by the door. It’s open on weekends, but closes on Mondays and Tuesdays. The opening times on weekdays are 4PM to 11 PM, on Saturdays it’s from 1PM to midnight, while on Sundays it’s 1PM to 8PM.

O Cha Tea Room, Lisbon

O Cha Tea Room, Lisbon

One Response to “Alfama’s “O Chá” – Tea and a Taste of Macau in Lisbon”

  1. Carol Trese Says:

    We stayed in wonderful Alfama for two weeks in Feb. 2010, and this was one of our favorite places. Our first night in Lisbon, we stopped in for a glass of wine after a long journey from California, and ended up going back to our apartment to make a couple of Carnaval masks out of tourist maps, and we returned to dance the night away at the Carnaval party that was going on. We had great food and wine, listened to great music with lots of new friends from across the globe, and we laughed and carried on into the wee hours. The staff is so friendly and welcoming–we found ourselves returning again and again. Another night we enjoyed a lovely Indian and Tibetan meal with many of the same crowd from the Carnaval party. Great ambience, great people, great food, and big big fun! It is a peaceful, restful place and a also a great place to have a party!

    Many thanks to our Alfama friends! Abrigada!

    Carol and Kevin
    San Francisco, CA