Nicola is one of the most famous cafés in Lisbon. It first opened its doors in the late 18th century, when an Italian immigrant opened a “botequim” (the old word for café) in Rossio. This establishment quickly became popular in literary and political circles. Here, you could listen to the latest government gossip, conspire against the prince regent, or hear Bocage, a bohemian poet, improvise brilliant verses. All this fun came to an end with the Napoleonic invasions—French officers adopted the Nicola as their gathering spot. So, when the French retreated in 1808, Nicola threw a grand independence party. In 1929, Nicola moved to its current location, featuring the art deco style that you can see today.
At Nicola you can do it all, improvise poetry, start an insurrection, celebrate independence, and have a great cup of coffee.