Where you can
listen to Fado in Lisbon
Fado is the
soundtrack of Lisbon. Melancholy, ironic, proud and beautiful, the sound of
this traditional music is a reflection of the city’s soul. Therefore, you
should never leave Lisbon without listening to fado.
Similar to tango
and flamenco, fado is a musical genre that originated in the taverns. It was born
in the 19th century to the heat of wine, amongst humble people, bar
tables and narrow streets in port neighbourhoods such as Alfama. Its name
derives from Latin and means “fate/destiny”. In fado, sweet and profound
voices, sing sad songs about love, the absence of love, difficult things in
life, nostalgia for their land and frustrated desires. Fado is very expressive music that if listened to live, is a very intense experience.
One of the most famous fado singers was Amália Rodrigues,
who was commonly known as the “Queen of fado”. Nowadays, fado is quite popular
and recognized worldwide thanks to artists such as Dulce Pontes, Mariza, Carlos
do Carmo, Camané and Misia.
The best fado houses
in Lisbon can be found in the Alfama, Bairro Alto and Mouraria districts. Quite
often you can listen to live fado whilst enjoying a typical Portuguese meal.
The best places to listen to Fado in Lisbon are the following:
Casa de Linhares
(Beco dos Armazéns do Linho, 2) – Replacing what was the Casa de los Condes de Linhares, this elegant
fado house has some of the best female singers on the current fado panorama,
such as Raquel Tavares and Ana Moura.
(Travessa da Queimada, 9) – A small and pleasant bar. Its walls are covered in a mosaic mirror which reflect the light of the candles, creating an intimate
atmosphere. Here you can eat whilst listening to the intense sound of fado in Lisbon by
Tasca do Chico (Rua do Diario de Noticias, 39) – This
isn’t a place to eat. It is a popular café and bar, small and intimate, where
there is fado sung every Monday and Wednesdays. It is usually quite crowded.
Embuçado (Beco dos Curtumes,10) – A very typical restaurant, with traditional rustic-style
decoration and candles on the tables providing a romantic atmosphere. They have
a good selection of wines and do varied shows.
A Severa (Rua de
Gaveas,51)- Another very popular fado in Lisbon house where you can try typical Portuguese
dishes accompanied by the sound of fado. It was named after Maria Severa
Onofriana, a great fado Singer from the 19th century.
Take a look at
this map indicating where the fado houses in Lisbon are. Enjoy the music and
don’t forget to tell us which one you liked the best!
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