António Ferreira opened this small shop in 1952, the same year the construction of the building was completed. Like other shops in the area covered by the original Alvalade development plan, Cafélia has left an indelible mark on the memories of those who experienced the first decades of this neighbourhood as residents or visitors. The dedication of Paulo Jorge and Jorge Gaspar, who have worked here for more than 30 years, has contributed much to this situation. It is they who recognise their regular customers and also know exactly what expressions like “the usual,” “the one I always buy” and also the less vague “the one you gave me to try the last time” mean.
With its ground floor and basement, the shop space is not as large as the list of articles it sells would have one believe: coffees and teas, dried fruits, biscuits, all kinds of sweets, teaports, coffee machines and accessories. All that is needed to enjoy a good coffee, including the coffee itself, primarily the house blends. The shop also sells a its very own tea, Cafélia tea, which is a blend of two types of black tea and one green tea.
Coffees and teas of diverse origins: São Tomé, Jamaica, Colombia, Angola, Cape Verde, etc.; dried fruits; biscuits; candied almonds and Easter eggs; bonbons and chocolates; medicinal drops; jellies; herbs; teapots; coffee machines and accessories.