Lisbon, Loja das Conservas, Lisbon

Loja das Conservas, Lisbon

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Photo 00057It is no secret to anyone who has visited Lisbon that sardines play a big part in the diet. They are at their best around the time of the Festival of Santo António (12th-13th June) when grills cooking fresh sardines appear all over the city and the air becomes thick with the smell of smoky fish oil. However, the export of tinned sardines has for a long time been an important part of the fish industry in Portugal and a shop set up by the National Association of the Preserved Fish Industry, the Loja das Conservas on Rua do Arsenal, sells tinned sardines in beautifully designed tins, along with tinned tuna, cod, and eels; salmon, whiting and sardine pâtés; and bottles of oil and wine, all stylishly displayed. Who would have thought tinned fish could be so sexy?