Pavilhão Chinês in Lisbon is one of my favourite bars to take visitors to because every surface is crammed with collections; over four thousand pieces in total.
You could spend hours just looking at all the oddities so it’s a good job they have an extensive collection of cocktails and exotic teas on offer too. Even the menu has become a collector’s item. It’s full of risqué drawings of 1930s party scenes and each copy is numbered – I must remember to take photos of one next time I visit the bar.
The waiters wear waistcoats and bow ties and are a bit snooty but the Pavilhão Chinês is so popular that you sometimes have to queue for a table at the weekend, although I prefer to go early evening when there are only a handful of people there, making it easier to look around.
Here’s a selection of what there is to see:
If you fancy dropping by, here’s the address: Rua Dom Pedro V 89, 1250 Lisbon. You might even bump into ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair; apparently he likes to visit whenever he’s in Lisbon!
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