Lisbon Stories :: Heim Cafe

Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Heim Cafe | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

One and a half years ago Hanna and Misha arrived to Portugal.
Their life back in Ukraine was connected with food, restaurants and cooking and they continued doing it in Algarve. But, they dreamt about moving to Lisbon and having their own space.

Five months ago they moved to Lisbon and started searching for space where they could open small cafe and cook food they like.
They wanted place where people would feel like home.
They found small space on the corner of Rua Santos-O-Velho. It needed a lot of work, but they knew that´s where their future cafe will be.
Misha did all the woodwork and made furniture himself.
They finally had everything ready and they named their cafe Heim ( means home ).

When you enter, first thing you see is Hanna´s big smile, and hear her greeting you.
Both Misha and Hanna, would make their best for you to feel good and wish to come back again.

Heim Cafe
Mon,Wed,Thur,Fri,Sat,Sun 09:00 — 20:00
Rua Santos-O-Velho, 2 & 4

Lisbon Stories :: Landeau Chocolate

Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Landeau Chocolate | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic\

Sofia studied Interior Design in London but she never worked as designer, besides two Landeau Chocolate shops that she designed.
While studying in London she worked in few restaurants and made chocolate cake for one of them. That is where everything started.
After she came back to Portugal and worked as a manager in Vertigo, where her chocolate cake was chosen by Time Out Lisbon as the best chocolate cake in town, she took a time out, and she spent it in her kitchen developing a recipe for what became Landeau chocolate cake.
The rest is history. Her chocolate cake became legend.
Both shops are very cozy, with magazines spread around, where you can take time for a slice of amazing chocolate cake with cup of tea or coffee. As soon as you come in you can feel chocolate scent which invite you to spend hours inside, which I love to do.

Landeau Chocolate
Rua Rodrigues Faria 103, Lisbon
Mon-Sun 12:00 — 19.00
Rua das Flores 70, Lisbon
Mon-Sun 12:00 — 19.00

Lisbon Stories :: A Luz Ideal

A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
A Luz Ideal| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

I discovered A Luz Ideal while passing by with a car. I remembered I looked through the window and noticed this beautiful small coffee bar on the corner and thought I need to come to visit.
Since I went there first time, I kept going and it turned into one of my favourite places .. one of those spots you come in and you are welcomed with a big smile.

Everything begun while Teresa, owner who lives in the neighbourhood, was sitting on the bus station across where A Luz Ideal is now and realized a shop that was there at the time was closed. Idea came in and she tried to find out who is the owner of place.
Together with Pedro, her husband who is architect, and few more friends, she made project, presented it to the owner of place and they were accepted…
When they found out it’s approved they panicked. No experience in a field, with new project in hands they didn’t know where to start .

But story has a happened, they opened a beautiful space which is visited by people from neighbourhood and also by tourists and those, like me, who go there on purpose. Food and pastries made by Teresa, good coffee and great light and atmosphere , I can’t ask for more ..

A Luz Ideal
Rua General Schiappa Monteiro 2A, Lisbon
Mon-Fri 09.30 — 20.00
Saturday 09.30 — 14.30
Sunday Closed

Lisbon Stories :: Hello, Kristof

Hello, Kristof
Hello, Kristof| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Hello, Kristof| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Hello, Kristof| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Hello, Kristof| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Hello, Kristof| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Hello, Kristof| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Hello, Kristof Hello, Kristof| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Hello, Kristof| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Today I will start a new column on the blog, Lisbon Stories.

I live in Lisbon for the last 15 years and I am totally passionate about this city.
I get so excited finding new places, new hidden gems, wandering around through its narrow streets…

The purpose of Lisbon Stories is to share some of my favourite places and their stories with you.
And… what better than to start with a brand new coffee place, Hello, Kristof ?

Ricardo, the owner of Hello, Kristof is/was a freelance graphic designer, who worked from home for some years. Being very communicative, the loneliness of freelance home work kicked out and he needed a change.

On a travel to NYC last year, he got inspired with all those lovely small coffee shops around there and he decided to do something new.
Back in Lisbon, he started searching for the perfect spot, and one day, while wandering through Poço dos Negros, he found it.

The place was not in a good shape, and a lot of construction work was needed.
Although the big Nordic influence, he also wanted to keep the original structure of place, so Hello, Kristof was born, in a mix of Nordic interior design and Portuguese architecture.

Hello, Kristof serves light lunches, juices, great cakes and very good coffee.

Hello, Kristof
Rua do Poço dos Negros, 103 , Lisboa
Monday-Friday 9h-18h

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Hoje vou começar uma nova coluna no blog, Lisbon Stories.

Vivo em Lisboa há 15 anos e estou completamente apaixonado por esta cidade.
Fico tão animada em encontrar novos lugares, novas pérolas escondidas, vagueando pelas suas ruas estreitas…

O objectivo de Lisbon Stories é partilhar alguns dos meus lugares favoritos e as suas histórias convosco.
E… que melhor forma de começar do que com um novo café acabado de abrir, Hello, Kristof ?

Ricardo, o proprietário de Hello, Kristof é/era um designer gráfico freelancer, que trabalhava a partir de casa durante alguns anos. Por ser muito comunicativo, a solidão de trabalhar em casa apareceu abruptamente e ele sentiu a necessidade de uma mudança.

Numa viagem a NYC no ano passado, ele inspirou-se com todas aquelas pequenas lojas encantadoras de café por lá e decidiu fazer algo novo.
De regresso a Lisboa, começou a procurar o local perfeito e, um dia, enquanto vagueava pelo Poço dos Negros, encontrou-o.

O lugar não estava em bom estado, e foi preciso muito trabalho de construção.
Apesar da grande influência nórdica, ele também queria manter a estrutura original do lugar, por isso Hello, Kristof nasceu, numa mistura de design de interiores nórdica e arquitetura portuguesa.

Hello, Kristof serve almoços leves, sumos, bolos fantásticos e muito bom café.

Hello, Kristof
Rua do Poço dos Negros, 103 , Lisboa
Segunda a Sexta 9h-18h