A Brasileira is the beating heart of Chiado and a literary, architectural, and artistic treasure that is part of Lisbon’s history.
Stepping into A Brasileira do Chiado is like stepping back in time. One of Lisbon’s oldest and most emblematic cafés invites you to come inside and enjoy the meeting point of the intellectuals of times past, in a century-old space that preserves its original charm and elegance.


a brasileira do chiado on
exhibition at mnac

On 25 June 2021, MNAC — National Museum of Contemporary Art — hosted the opening of an exhibition about A Brasileira do Chiado that tells the story of an art revolution through the café’s modernist paintings, marking the 50th anniversary of the second generation of paintings. The Museum is showing some of the paintings used as wall art in 1925 and a collection of (largely unpublished) documents about the redecoration carried out in 1971, namely, photographs of the paintings being hung on the walls.

One hundred years ago, A Brasileira took the place of MNAC as the first modernist museum in Lisbon, receiving upon its walls works by the extraordinary generation that included Almada Negreiros, Stuart Carvalhais, and Eduardo Viana.

Throughout its 116-year history, A Brasileira has provided a stage for culture and for those who make it, promoting the kind of progress that only art can move forward. A Brasileira do Chiado and its History are proof positive that the economy and culture can and should come together for mutual benefit. Both improve when thoughtfully combined, getting art to more people (thus making it more valuable as it touches more and more hearts) and raising the economy to a whole new, widely embracing level that goes far beyond mere money.

Today, as before, A Brasileira continues to fulfil its purpose as a driver for change and a stage for artistic effervescence. It does so every time people meet at one of its hexagonal tables, but especially in every story told in Mensagem de Lisboa, born where Almada wrote part of his famous Manifesto. Today, as then, we believe that we can play a part in change.

The exhibition is on until 26 September 2021 at MNAC and is curated by Maria de Aires Silveira and Raquel Henriques da Silva.