Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Doce de Santo Amora

A trip to Lisbon cannot be complete without a night out at the docks...the dock area under the 25th July bridge has been converted into a hip, happening strip , very reminiscent of Boat Quay / Clarke Quay in Singapore..We decided to step out at 10 o'clock at night, were not sure if it would be open that late on a Monday night, but we were in for a surprise! The place was chock-a-block full, and, we could see the cars still coming in..
As you walk down the strip, you realise that Doce de Santo Amora, unlike a Boat Quay, had remained true to its dock origns..the restaurants, while well appointed, are clearly warehouses along the dock, converted into some snazy and rocking spots.. definately more authentic for a dock front!



On the left side are rows and rows of sail boats , motor boats moored for the night...the restaurants are on the right, tables on the left by the waterfront and a walkway separating the two...

As for restaurants, there is a wide variety, though essentially continental to choose from..There is an English style pub, a karaoke bar, and, hold your breath, a salsa bar playing foot tapping music and people were dancing and drinking the night away...

We opted for an Italian place so that I could finally get something to eat! As a vegetarian, I was begining to get tired of bread, bread and some more bread!

The food was nice, the ambience was awesome, the weather gorgeous and the feel to the place was "throbbing with life"..When we finally left at around 12.30 p.m., people were still coming in and the place looked as full as when we had come in. I beleive the place is open into the wee hours of the night...If you are in Lisbon, there is no way that you can miss a trip to Doce de Santo Amora...If you do, the loss will entirely be yours!

2 comments:

ladybird said...

Hi! The docks sound like a wonderful experience! Do you now if they are open everyday or just on specific days?

manishadutt said...

Hi! its open everyday as far I am aware and till pretty late at night...