Open since 1885, it's been a tobacco store (hence the name—"house of Havana"), grocery, drug store, bookshop and photographer’s studio. It's always been a meeting place, part of the city's fabric in the heart of the Bairro Novo. Today Casa Havanesa overflows with a jumble of books, wine crates, sardine cans and artifacts that recall past days. You can pop in for coffee, a drink (their gin selection is legendary), petiscos (Portugal's answer to tapas), a full meal, attend a book launch or dance the night away. Food choices range from scrambled egg with spiced sausage, to dogfish stew or salt-cod hamburgers. There's a fine outdoor terrace looking out on a pedestrian street.