A rough count puts their numbers around 40, most of them only recently saved from a long process of decay. Due to the city’s desire for a facelift, the authorities are currently re-licensing many of the kiosks in the city centre, as a gift to residents as well as acting as a catalyst for business and social integration.

Now, the ‘Quiosque de Refresco’ in Príncipe Real Garden and Camões and Flores Squares sell beverages from the past, like Mazagran (a coffee and lemon refreshment), Capilé (a sweet drink made from maidenhair), Leite perfumado (boiled milk with a scent of cinnamon and lemon) and Vinho Quente (red wine with spices, similar to mulled wine). Meanwhile, the five kiosks on Liberdade Avenue and those in Estrela Garden have opted for a trendy cultural slant, hosting concerts, readings and live acts all year round while offering a wide variety of snacks and light meals.

This and more inspiring projects can be found in the print copy of A smart guide to Utopia or the ebook version.