There are 4 km of road between the Portas de Benfica and the Zoological Gardens and we decided to walk the whole distance. Here are the must-visit places on Estrada de Benfica.
We got a move on to give you a taste of the best things to do on Estrada de Benfica, one of the city’s major arteries that links two parishes: Benfica and São Domingos de Benfica. You can still feel the strong pulse of neighbourhood life in cafés, restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries and shops of all shapes and sizes (one called Xanel, selling lingerie and fashion for ladies comes to mind). There are plenty of patisserie options on this street and it seems that it is becoming one of the new centres for grocery stores committed to selling loose products, with the opening of two new stores that join two historical fine produce stores on this street. Two ancient palaces are also awaiting you, and they are the best places to sit down for a rest if you decide to do the same as us and walk the road in one go.
“Benfica also has a feeling of good neighbourliness, butchers who call you by your name, shops and grocery stores. If this isn’t a typical Lisbon neighbourhood, we don’t know what is.”
Farturas Mon Amour Benfica/Monsanto
Right next to the Baldaya Palace we found a trailer that looked more like the candy house from the tale “Hansel and Gretel”. But it has no fixed opening hours, so it’s best to keep your fingers crossed if you really fancy some churros and farturas.