A neighbourhood café
New things must not happen just by the river, in Baixa, downtown Lisbon. They also happen further to the North, in less photogenic streets where tourists only show up from time to time, when there's a Champions League' game at Estadio da Luz*. Even if more slowly, also here things are changing. A new kind of neighbourhood seems possible: a friendlier one, more like what a neighbourhood should be.
In a 60 years old corner — reminiscent of a time when buildings were scarce and the main street (Estrada da Luz) was still a quiet road between farms — we found the perfect spot to do what we thought was missing: a nice, cosy café, local as well as global, of the bairro (neighbourhood) and of the world.
We called it like this — A Luz Ideal (meaning the ideal light) — because of its big windows and all the light that gets in; because of Estrada da Luz as we think it could be (less as a fast highway, and more like nice avenue), and because of these buildings' architecture, a modernist vision of an ideal Luz neighbourhood.
A Luz Ideal is a café with big windows with a view to the neighbourhood we dream of. A Luz Ideal is the light that gets in.
*the SL Benfica stadium, known in English as Stadium of Light.
At A Luz Ideal we serve home-cooked simple, unpretentious food. Except for some pastries, verything is made by us on a daily basis, with fresh, quality ingredients. During week days, at lunch, we always have two dishes, one of them meat-free. Saturday is brunch day.
We also have beautiful picnic baskets (by appointment), which you can enjoy in the beautiful Bensaude park nearby.