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Guidebook for Lisboa

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Guidebook for Lisboa

Sightseeing
The Bairro Alto is an old and picturesque neighborhood in central Lisbon, with narrow cobbled streets, centuries-old houses, small traditional shops, bars, restaurants and Fado houses. Rua da Atalaia, Rua do Diário de Noticias and Rua da Barroca become filled with caipirinha-sipping crowds, most under 40, but mixing different urban tribes, straight and gay. It's a place inhabited by old ladies and young artsy hipsters, giving it a vibe that is simultaneously old-fashioned and avant-garde, a shabby-chic neighborhood that really needs no name. It's simply the "bairro," the neighborhood where everything happens -- at night.
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Bairro Alto
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The Bairro Alto is an old and picturesque neighborhood in central Lisbon, with narrow cobbled streets, centuries-old houses, small traditional shops, bars, restaurants and Fado houses. Rua da Atalaia, Rua do Diário de Noticias and Rua da Barroca become filled with caipirinha-sipping crowds, most under 40, but mixing different urban tribes, straight and gay. It's a place inhabited by old ladies and young artsy hipsters, giving it a vibe that is simultaneously old-fashioned and avant-garde, a shabby-chic neighborhood that really needs no name. It's simply the "bairro," the neighborhood where everything happens -- at night.
The Chiado became the center of Portuguese Romanticism, obligatory passage point for anyone who wanted to know the city. Chiado has always been Lisbon’s main shopping district, today mixing independent stores and international chains, especially on the streets of Carmo and Garrett, and at the Armazéns do Chiado mall. But today it’s also the city’s meeting point, at cafés like Fábulas, Royale or Kaffeehaus, and at the ice cream shop Santini. It also has the best restaurants in town, such as Belcanto or Largo on Largo de São Carlos, Sea Me and several down Rua Duques de Bragrança, such as Cantinho do Avillez and Pizzaria Lisboa. It’s also home to the best rooftop bars, like Entretanto, Terraço BA and Silk Club.
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Chiado
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The Chiado became the center of Portuguese Romanticism, obligatory passage point for anyone who wanted to know the city. Chiado has always been Lisbon’s main shopping district, today mixing independent stores and international chains, especially on the streets of Carmo and Garrett, and at the Armazéns do Chiado mall. But today it’s also the city’s meeting point, at cafés like Fábulas, Royale or Kaffeehaus, and at the ice cream shop Santini. It also has the best restaurants in town, such as Belcanto or Largo on Largo de São Carlos, Sea Me and several down Rua Duques de Bragrança, such as Cantinho do Avillez and Pizzaria Lisboa. It’s also home to the best rooftop bars, like Entretanto, Terraço BA and Silk Club.
Situated near the Tejo river, in the area that was the site of the palace of the kings of Portugal for nearly two centuries. It is one of the largest squares in Europe and the center of Lisbon.
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Praça do Comércio
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Situated near the Tejo river, in the area that was the site of the palace of the kings of Portugal for nearly two centuries. It is one of the largest squares in Europe and the center of Lisbon.
The garden that’s the most romantic viewpoint in Lisbon, looking out to the castle.
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Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
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The garden that’s the most romantic viewpoint in Lisbon, looking out to the castle.
"The world’s most expensive chapel," built in Rome with the most precious materials, to be assembled in this impressive church.
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Igreja de São Roque
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"The world’s most expensive chapel," built in Rome with the most precious materials, to be assembled in this impressive church.
A little-known treasure, with a magnificent baroque and rococo interior dating from 1727.
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Church Saint Catherine
82 Calçada do Combro
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A little-known treasure, with a magnificent baroque and rococo interior dating from 1727.
The city's most picturesque street and its iconic funicular. Just around the corner from the apartment. Across from Bairro Alto, by the landmark Bica funicular, is a concentration of bars that attracts large crowds on weekends. The most popular spots are the Estrela da Bica restaurant and O Alemão da Bica.
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Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo
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The city's most picturesque street and its iconic funicular. Just around the corner from the apartment. Across from Bairro Alto, by the landmark Bica funicular, is a concentration of bars that attracts large crowds on weekends. The most popular spots are the Estrela da Bica restaurant and O Alemão da Bica.
A lookout terrace for chilling out at sunset. Just around the corner from the apartment. The Santa Catarina terrace attracts all kinds of people for the view of the port of Lisbon and for the sunset, but also for the Noobai café that mixes young locals and tourists staying at the hostels nearby. Others prefer the Pharmácia restaurant and the rooftop terrace Madame Petisca for a meal or cocktails.
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Miradouro de Santa Catarina
S/N R. de Santa Catarina
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A lookout terrace for chilling out at sunset. Just around the corner from the apartment. The Santa Catarina terrace attracts all kinds of people for the view of the port of Lisbon and for the sunset, but also for the Noobai café that mixes young locals and tourists staying at the hostels nearby. Others prefer the Pharmácia restaurant and the rooftop terrace Madame Petisca for a meal or cocktails.
Principe Real is currently the hottest neighborhood in Lisbon. It’s where more and more independent boutiques are opening, and where you find the monumental Embaixada and EntreTanto concept stores. It also has some of the trendiest spots for a drink or meal at any time of the day, such as the Lost In terrace, O Prego da Peixaria, A Cevicheria and Zero Zero, or the cafés and restaurants in and around Praça das Flores.
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Príncipe Real
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Principe Real is currently the hottest neighborhood in Lisbon. It’s where more and more independent boutiques are opening, and where you find the monumental Embaixada and EntreTanto concept stores. It also has some of the trendiest spots for a drink or meal at any time of the day, such as the Lost In terrace, O Prego da Peixaria, A Cevicheria and Zero Zero, or the cafés and restaurants in and around Praça das Flores.
Who would have imagined that an abandoned industrial space outside the heart of the city would become one of the places to be in Lisbon? It was first taken over by small businesses and creative professionals, then came the shops and cafés, and even a small market on Sundays. Now many pass by in the evening, stepping into the curious bookshop Ler Devagar or into Landeau for its mouthwatering chocolate cake. Later at night, it’s time for dinner at 1300 Taberna, A Praça, or Rio Maravilha.
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LxFactory
103 R. Rodrigues de Faria
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Who would have imagined that an abandoned industrial space outside the heart of the city would become one of the places to be in Lisbon? It was first taken over by small businesses and creative professionals, then came the shops and cafés, and even a small market on Sundays. Now many pass by in the evening, stepping into the curious bookshop Ler Devagar or into Landeau for its mouthwatering chocolate cake. Later at night, it’s time for dinner at 1300 Taberna, A Praça, or Rio Maravilha.
The former red light district now competes with Bairro Alto as the main nightlife destination. Rua Nova do Carvalho (now also known as Pink Street for the color of the pavement) mixes crowds of all ages and backgrounds, on the terraces or inside the bar Pensão Amor. During the day everyone gravitates towards the waterfront, at Ribeira das Naus or at the former warehouses, such as the bar Vestígius. At any time of the day, the food court of the Ribeira Market is always packed. For dinner, the choices usually are Casa de Pasto, Duplex or Las Ficheras.
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Cais do Sodré
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The former red light district now competes with Bairro Alto as the main nightlife destination. Rua Nova do Carvalho (now also known as Pink Street for the color of the pavement) mixes crowds of all ages and backgrounds, on the terraces or inside the bar Pensão Amor. During the day everyone gravitates towards the waterfront, at Ribeira das Naus or at the former warehouses, such as the bar Vestígius. At any time of the day, the food court of the Ribeira Market is always packed. For dinner, the choices usually are Casa de Pasto, Duplex or Las Ficheras.
Parks & Nature
This modest garden-park, laid out in 1860, is the centre point of the city's elegantly affluent Príncipe Real neighborhood. Locals gather here for the serene setting and the cooling shade. An open-air café and children's play area offer pleasant distraction, but the highlight is a huge cedar tree, the flattened branches of which have been trained on a trellis, creating a huge, natural "umbrella".
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Principe Real garden
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This modest garden-park, laid out in 1860, is the centre point of the city's elegantly affluent Príncipe Real neighborhood. Locals gather here for the serene setting and the cooling shade. An open-air café and children's play area offer pleasant distraction, but the highlight is a huge cedar tree, the flattened branches of which have been trained on a trellis, creating a huge, natural "umbrella".
Arguably the prettiest of Lisbon's public green spaces, the Estrela gardens are attractive any time of year but it's during the warm summer months that the park is at its vibrant and most colorful. A lake teeming with ducks and geese is overlooked by a waterfront cafe, a favorite meeting point for residents, especially at weekends when an arts and crafts fair threads its way along the grounds. The well-maintained lawns are natural picnic sites while the adjacent adventure playground keeps smiling youngsters occupied. An refurbished 19th-century wrought-iron bandstand is still used today as an ad-hoc concert stage and there's an open air library for bookworms and anybody looking to improve their Portuguese.
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Jardim da Estrela
n°12 Praça da Estrela
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Arguably the prettiest of Lisbon's public green spaces, the Estrela gardens are attractive any time of year but it's during the warm summer months that the park is at its vibrant and most colorful. A lake teeming with ducks and geese is overlooked by a waterfront cafe, a favorite meeting point for residents, especially at weekends when an arts and crafts fair threads its way along the grounds. The well-maintained lawns are natural picnic sites while the adjacent adventure playground keeps smiling youngsters occupied. An refurbished 19th-century wrought-iron bandstand is still used today as an ad-hoc concert stage and there's an open air library for bookworms and anybody looking to improve their Portuguese.
Set along the northwestern edge of Parque Eduardo VII, these three estufas (glasshouses) date from 1933 and make for a pleasant diversion away from the bustle of the city. The estufa fria (cool greenhouse) is filled with shimmering tree ferns and striking camellias, among other brilliant flora. The tropical trees and plants are landscaped around a series of ponds and waterfalls in much the same way as the more exotic greenery in the estufa quente (hot greenhouse). Here, coffee and mango trees flourish in the sticky heat. The smaller estufa doce (sweet greenhouse) bristles with prickly cacti and other succulents. Overhead, lofty palms at least one hundred years old provide welcome shade.
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Estufa Fria
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Set along the northwestern edge of Parque Eduardo VII, these three estufas (glasshouses) date from 1933 and make for a pleasant diversion away from the bustle of the city. The estufa fria (cool greenhouse) is filled with shimmering tree ferns and striking camellias, among other brilliant flora. The tropical trees and plants are landscaped around a series of ponds and waterfalls in much the same way as the more exotic greenery in the estufa quente (hot greenhouse). Here, coffee and mango trees flourish in the sticky heat. The smaller estufa doce (sweet greenhouse) bristles with prickly cacti and other succulents. Overhead, lofty palms at least one hundred years old provide welcome shade.
Food Scene
Best custard tarts (Pastel de nata) in Lisbon. A small space with an Art Nouveau façade facing Camões Square, that was once part of a butter shop, has reopened as a "custard tarts factory." The tarts are continuously made in front of you throughout the day, and you may take a few to enjoy at home or have them at the counter. It opens every day, and only closes at midnight.
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Manteigaria (Portuguese custard pies factory)
2 Rua do Loreto
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Best custard tarts (Pastel de nata) in Lisbon. A small space with an Art Nouveau façade facing Camões Square, that was once part of a butter shop, has reopened as a "custard tarts factory." The tarts are continuously made in front of you throughout the day, and you may take a few to enjoy at home or have them at the counter. It opens every day, and only closes at midnight.
Not only great food but also a hotspot in town. Arrive early to secure a table as the restaurant does not take bookings. Only 12 minutes walking from the apartment, towards Principe Real. A giant octopus hanging from the ceiling draws the attention of passers-by on the street, and it’s an indication of what’s served inside -- ceviche. This traditional Peruvian dish made of raw fish (salmon, octopus or shrimp) cured in lemon or lime juice, also has a Portuguese version here -- with cod. Alternatively, there are tacos and empanadas, and even a tasting menu so you may try several dishes. To wash it all down, there’s pisco sour, a drink also from Peru.
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A Cevicheria
129 R. Dom Pedro V
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Not only great food but also a hotspot in town. Arrive early to secure a table as the restaurant does not take bookings. Only 12 minutes walking from the apartment, towards Principe Real. A giant octopus hanging from the ceiling draws the attention of passers-by on the street, and it’s an indication of what’s served inside -- ceviche. This traditional Peruvian dish made of raw fish (salmon, octopus or shrimp) cured in lemon or lime juice, also has a Portuguese version here -- with cod. Alternatively, there are tacos and empanadas, and even a tasting menu so you may try several dishes. To wash it all down, there’s pisco sour, a drink also from Peru.
Located in the elegant “Rua Garret”, the chic shopping street in Chiado, the A Brasileira Cafe claims to fame its renowned patron, late Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa. His presence is still visible now, in the form of a bronze statue, which is a perennial company in photographs taken at the cafe’s terrace.
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Cafe A Brasileira
120 R. Garrett
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Located in the elegant “Rua Garret”, the chic shopping street in Chiado, the A Brasileira Cafe claims to fame its renowned patron, late Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa. His presence is still visible now, in the form of a bronze statue, which is a perennial company in photographs taken at the cafe’s terrace.
One of the best restaurants in Chiado to eat fresh fish! A short walk from the apartment. We recommend booking in advance. For years it was located by the beach of Comporta in the Troia peninsula, and was renowned for the freshness of its fish. That freshness and cooked-to-perfection standards were maintained with the move to the center of Lisbon, and the fish comes straight from the ocean, not fish farms. The bright dining area is simple and relaxed.
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Aqui Há Peixe
18A R. Trindade
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One of the best restaurants in Chiado to eat fresh fish! A short walk from the apartment. We recommend booking in advance. For years it was located by the beach of Comporta in the Troia peninsula, and was renowned for the freshness of its fish. That freshness and cooked-to-perfection standards were maintained with the move to the center of Lisbon, and the fish comes straight from the ocean, not fish farms. The bright dining area is simple and relaxed.
Found at the top of an 1800s building facing one of the city's most beautiful lookout points, this bar and restaurant offers one of the most beautiful views of Lisbon. An old elevator takes you to the top, and the tables are spread over an interior dining area and a terrace. Inside, for rainy days, is a counter with exclusive dishes that aren't served at the tables. That's where the cocktails are also made and where you may watch the chef in action. The menu is inspired by Portuguese cuisine and is quite original. For the pre-dinner hours, you may simply order a drink.
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The Insólito
83 R. de São Pedro de Alcântara
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Found at the top of an 1800s building facing one of the city's most beautiful lookout points, this bar and restaurant offers one of the most beautiful views of Lisbon. An old elevator takes you to the top, and the tables are spread over an interior dining area and a terrace. Inside, for rainy days, is a counter with exclusive dishes that aren't served at the tables. That's where the cocktails are also made and where you may watch the chef in action. The menu is inspired by Portuguese cuisine and is quite original. For the pre-dinner hours, you may simply order a drink.
The views at Lost in Esplanada bar are of Lisbon, the décor is inspired by India, but the ambience and menu are cosmopolitan. This cafe-restaurant in a large terrace overlooking the city serves light meals throughout the day, and also operates as a bar. While everyone naturally chooses to sit at the terrace, on rainy days there's shelter in the interior rooms that are just as welcoming.
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Lost In
Nº56-D R. Dom Pedro V
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The views at Lost in Esplanada bar are of Lisbon, the décor is inspired by India, but the ambience and menu are cosmopolitan. This cafe-restaurant in a large terrace overlooking the city serves light meals throughout the day, and also operates as a bar. While everyone naturally chooses to sit at the terrace, on rainy days there's shelter in the interior rooms that are just as welcoming.
A former bakery that’s now a restaurant serving some of the best cod dishes in the city, among other Portuguese specialties from the north to the south of the country.
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As Salgadeiras
18 R. das Salgadeiras
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A former bakery that’s now a restaurant serving some of the best cod dishes in the city, among other Portuguese specialties from the north to the south of the country.
Around the corner from the apartment, Estrela da Bica serves daily specials of home-style meals (including a vegetarian option) and some good desserts. It has a retro décor and a very relaxed ambience that often attracts young and trendy crowds.
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Estrela da Bica
33 Tv. do Cabral
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Around the corner from the apartment, Estrela da Bica serves daily specials of home-style meals (including a vegetarian option) and some good desserts. It has a retro décor and a very relaxed ambience that often attracts young and trendy crowds.
It’s the oldest restaurant in Portugal, with an authentic interior from the 1700s. It’s always been considered one of the best restaurants in the city since opening in 1784, as it’s always managed to attract the most highly acclaimed chefs to its kitchen. In the mirrored golden dining room you are now served contemporary Portuguese cuisine.
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Tavares
37 Rua da Misericórdia
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It’s the oldest restaurant in Portugal, with an authentic interior from the 1700s. It’s always been considered one of the best restaurants in the city since opening in 1784, as it’s always managed to attract the most highly acclaimed chefs to its kitchen. In the mirrored golden dining room you are now served contemporary Portuguese cuisine.
It’s a fish market and one of the most original restaurants in the city. It’s an innovative concept where the flavors of the sea are enjoyed in different forms, from “petiscos” (tapas) to sushi. We recommend booking in advance.
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Sea Me
21 Rua do Loreto
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It’s a fish market and one of the most original restaurants in the city. It’s an innovative concept where the flavors of the sea are enjoyed in different forms, from “petiscos” (tapas) to sushi. We recommend booking in advance.
It opened in April of 2013 and soon after became known as one of the best pizzerias in Lisbon. And that was inevitable, as it’s another project of chef Avillez, who mixes the expected ingredients with other less conventional flavors.
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Pizzaria Lisboa
5H R. Duques de Bragança
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It opened in April of 2013 and soon after became known as one of the best pizzerias in Lisbon. And that was inevitable, as it’s another project of chef Avillez, who mixes the expected ingredients with other less conventional flavors.
This terrace at the top of a building in the Chiado district opened in 2008 as one of Lisbon's most exclusive bars. It's now also a restaurant of Japanese cuisine, but continues to serve cocktails late into the night to the sound of music by the resident DJ -- always with its nearly-360º panoramic city view, with a minimalist decor and a chilled-out ambiance.
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Silk Club
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This terrace at the top of a building in the Chiado district opened in 2008 as one of Lisbon's most exclusive bars. It's now also a restaurant of Japanese cuisine, but continues to serve cocktails late into the night to the sound of music by the resident DJ -- always with its nearly-360º panoramic city view, with a minimalist decor and a chilled-out ambiance.
Owned by the National Centre of Culture, this historic dining venue tucked away in a quiet corner of Chiado is a favorite meeting point for city intellectuals – artists, writers and musicians, among others. The restaurant is styled under an arched, block-stone ceiling and enclosed by colorful walls and bookshelves brimming with literature. An attractive outside terrace faces the number 28 tram track and looks over Lisbon's opera house. The eclectic menu numbers fresh tempting salads, vegetarian risottos, various steaks and seriously healthy fast food – check out their hamburgers with green pepper and fresh spinach. Desserts include belt loosening Belgium chocolate cake and lemon meringue pie. The prata do dia – the day's specials – are always good value.
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Café no Chiado
10 Largo do Picadeiro
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Owned by the National Centre of Culture, this historic dining venue tucked away in a quiet corner of Chiado is a favorite meeting point for city intellectuals – artists, writers and musicians, among others. The restaurant is styled under an arched, block-stone ceiling and enclosed by colorful walls and bookshelves brimming with literature. An attractive outside terrace faces the number 28 tram track and looks over Lisbon's opera house. The eclectic menu numbers fresh tempting salads, vegetarian risottos, various steaks and seriously healthy fast food – check out their hamburgers with green pepper and fresh spinach. Desserts include belt loosening Belgium chocolate cake and lemon meringue pie. The prata do dia – the day's specials – are always good value.
This is the place to go for a fun night out in one of the most historic eateries in the city. The restaurant is huge, a cavernous former monastery that's geared towards group bookings and welcoming family groups. Culinary choice is themed around the building's former function, and diners can choose from the Atrium, Cloister or Vestry menus that feature recipes handed down over generations. One of the most appealing aspects of dining here are the beautiful azulejo (decorative tile) panels that line the walls of the various halls. Another draw is the fact that Trindade once served as a brewery, the legacy of which is the different international lagers and ales available on tap and in bottles.
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Cervejaria Trindade
20 C R. Nova da Trindade
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This is the place to go for a fun night out in one of the most historic eateries in the city. The restaurant is huge, a cavernous former monastery that's geared towards group bookings and welcoming family groups. Culinary choice is themed around the building's former function, and diners can choose from the Atrium, Cloister or Vestry menus that feature recipes handed down over generations. One of the most appealing aspects of dining here are the beautiful azulejo (decorative tile) panels that line the walls of the various halls. Another draw is the fact that Trindade once served as a brewery, the legacy of which is the different international lagers and ales available on tap and in bottles.
Belgian and Portuguese cuisine is served in this beautifully restored 17th century convent whose lovely cloistered courtyard makes it one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. In addition to the high quality of the food, it also has a good selection of wines and its own freshly baked bread. Be sure to book ahead.
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A Travessa
12 Tv. do Convento das Bernardas
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Belgian and Portuguese cuisine is served in this beautifully restored 17th century convent whose lovely cloistered courtyard makes it one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. In addition to the high quality of the food, it also has a good selection of wines and its own freshly baked bread. Be sure to book ahead.
Located in the building of the Pharmacy Museum by the Santa Catarina lookout terrace, around the corner form the apartment, this restaurant's décor is inspired by the pharmacies of the past. The menu consists of traditional Portuguese "petiscos" (tapas), and the ambiance is relaxed. There is also a bar serving cocktails of Portuguese wines. It does not close after lunch, meaning you may also show up for a mid-afternoon snack outside on the terrace. For dinner you also have the choice of a special menu of several dishes chosen daily by the chef.
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Pharmacia
1 R. Mal. Saldanha
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Located in the building of the Pharmacy Museum by the Santa Catarina lookout terrace, around the corner form the apartment, this restaurant's décor is inspired by the pharmacies of the past. The menu consists of traditional Portuguese "petiscos" (tapas), and the ambiance is relaxed. There is also a bar serving cocktails of Portuguese wines. It does not close after lunch, meaning you may also show up for a mid-afternoon snack outside on the terrace. For dinner you also have the choice of a special menu of several dishes chosen daily by the chef.
This Lisbon institution open since 1936 is found right in the center of the city, on a street lined with touristy restaurants fighting for the attention of those passing by. But this one is one of Lisbon's top restaurants, and a must for seafood lovers. Everything arrives on your plate cooked to perfection, making the high prices seem quite reasonable. The most famous dish is the sopa rica de peixe ("Rich Seafood Soup"), which has been a favorite for over 40 years. The space is decorated with exotic dark woods and there's a large fireplace, around which businessmen, politicians and other famous faces are often seen dining.
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Gambrinus
23 R. das Portas de Santo Antão
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This Lisbon institution open since 1936 is found right in the center of the city, on a street lined with touristy restaurants fighting for the attention of those passing by. But this one is one of Lisbon's top restaurants, and a must for seafood lovers. Everything arrives on your plate cooked to perfection, making the high prices seem quite reasonable. The most famous dish is the sopa rica de peixe ("Rich Seafood Soup"), which has been a favorite for over 40 years. The space is decorated with exotic dark woods and there's a large fireplace, around which businessmen, politicians and other famous faces are often seen dining.
This space is all about traditional Portuguese products, as a restaurant and shop. It offers specialties from different parts of Portugal, especially from the Azores islands. For meals there's a good list of appetizers and "petiscos" ("tapas"), as well as fish and meat dishes. It's also possible to sample the traditional canned Portuguese fish.
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Maria Catita
30 Rua dos Bacalhoeiros
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This space is all about traditional Portuguese products, as a restaurant and shop. It offers specialties from different parts of Portugal, especially from the Azores islands. For meals there's a good list of appetizers and "petiscos" ("tapas"), as well as fish and meat dishes. It's also possible to sample the traditional canned Portuguese fish.
The traditional stalls selling fresh produce are found on the ground floor and are open from 6AM to 2PM. The food court, with canteen-style communal tables mixes stalls from top chefs with different brands of local products, and the foods range from seafood to steak sandwiches, hamburgers, sushi and ice cream, among other specialties. The drink stalls are in the center. Mercado da Ribeira opens every day from 10AM to midnight from Sunday to Wednesday and from 10AM to 2AM from Thursday to Saturday.
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Mercado da Ribeira
s/n Av. 24 de Julho
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The traditional stalls selling fresh produce are found on the ground floor and are open from 6AM to 2PM. The food court, with canteen-style communal tables mixes stalls from top chefs with different brands of local products, and the foods range from seafood to steak sandwiches, hamburgers, sushi and ice cream, among other specialties. The drink stalls are in the center. Mercado da Ribeira opens every day from 10AM to midnight from Sunday to Wednesday and from 10AM to 2AM from Thursday to Saturday.
Getting Around
Metro station Baixa - Chiado is just 4oo mts from the apartment.
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Baixa-Chiado
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Metro station Baixa - Chiado is just 4oo mts from the apartment.
Drinks & Nightlife
The top of a car park at the doorstep of Bairro Alto instantly became an afternoon and night hotspot when it opened in the summer of 2013. Wooden tables and small potted trees facing 25 de Abril Bridge create the feeling of a garden suspended above the city, serving a variety of drinks and burgers into the night, to the sounds selected by a DJ.
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PARK
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The top of a car park at the doorstep of Bairro Alto instantly became an afternoon and night hotspot when it opened in the summer of 2013. Wooden tables and small potted trees facing 25 de Abril Bridge create the feeling of a garden suspended above the city, serving a variety of drinks and burgers into the night, to the sounds selected by a DJ.
The terrace at the Bairro Alto Hotel has been considered one of the most beautiful terraces in the world. The reason is the view that goes over the rooftops to 25 de Abril Bridge, and a comfortable, cozy atmosphere. Relax amid cushions and wicker chairs, and enjoy a glass of wine or a refreshing drink.
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Bairro Alto Hotel
2 Praça Luís de Camões
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The terrace at the Bairro Alto Hotel has been considered one of the most beautiful terraces in the world. The reason is the view that goes over the rooftops to 25 de Abril Bridge, and a comfortable, cozy atmosphere. Relax amid cushions and wicker chairs, and enjoy a glass of wine or a refreshing drink.
You don't necessarily have to go to the city of Porto to sample all kinds of port wine. This classic bar in Bairro Alto has over 150 kinds, from reasonably-priced to expensive, served in an 18th-century building facing the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alântara. If you also want something to eat there is a selection of Portuguese cheeses and meats.
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Solar do Vinho do Porto
45 R. de São Pedro de Alcântara
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You don't necessarily have to go to the city of Porto to sample all kinds of port wine. This classic bar in Bairro Alto has over 150 kinds, from reasonably-priced to expensive, served in an 18th-century building facing the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alântara. If you also want something to eat there is a selection of Portuguese cheeses and meats.
This smart, rustically decorated venue is ticked away in Lapa, one of the city's most exclusive enclaves. As such, customers tend to hail from the world of politics and the arts, and prices are a little steeper than elsewhere. But it's worth the extra pennies. The gastronomy is first class and represents Portugal's finest culinary traditions with hearty and aromatic dishes such as the veal stew and a wonderful baked fish and pineapple gracing the menu. The wine list is a revelation and the desserts sublime! As for the singing, it doesn't get much better: the restaurant's esteemed roll call of artists include Maria da Fe, Aldina Duarte, Francisco Salvacao Barreto and Joana Amendoeira. Senhor Vinho is particularly geared towards groups so advance booking is advised.
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Sr. Vinho
18 R. Meio à Lapa
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This smart, rustically decorated venue is ticked away in Lapa, one of the city's most exclusive enclaves. As such, customers tend to hail from the world of politics and the arts, and prices are a little steeper than elsewhere. But it's worth the extra pennies. The gastronomy is first class and represents Portugal's finest culinary traditions with hearty and aromatic dishes such as the veal stew and a wonderful baked fish and pineapple gracing the menu. The wine list is a revelation and the desserts sublime! As for the singing, it doesn't get much better: the restaurant's esteemed roll call of artists include Maria da Fe, Aldina Duarte, Francisco Salvacao Barreto and Joana Amendoeira. Senhor Vinho is particularly geared towards groups so advance booking is advised.
Mario Pacheco, an accomplished guitarist who's played with the best of them, including Camane, Ana Sofia Varela and Mariza, owns this beautiful and revered establishment. The club is one of the best venues in Lisbon to hear professional fado, and over the years has attracted Portugal's most celebrated fadistas. The building is centuries old. Guests dine under a vaulted ceiling of brick stone, and in one corner of the room an original Moorish well still stands. Between courses diners are regaled to the haunting strains of Portugal's most emblematic musical style, delivered by male and female singers, depending on the programme. The club's reputation is such that along with portraits of the performers there are dozens of photographs decorating the walls of VIP guests shaking hands with a proud Mario.
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Clube de Fado
86 R. de São João da Praça
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Mario Pacheco, an accomplished guitarist who's played with the best of them, including Camane, Ana Sofia Varela and Mariza, owns this beautiful and revered establishment. The club is one of the best venues in Lisbon to hear professional fado, and over the years has attracted Portugal's most celebrated fadistas. The building is centuries old. Guests dine under a vaulted ceiling of brick stone, and in one corner of the room an original Moorish well still stands. Between courses diners are regaled to the haunting strains of Portugal's most emblematic musical style, delivered by male and female singers, depending on the programme. The club's reputation is such that along with portraits of the performers there are dozens of photographs decorating the walls of VIP guests shaking hands with a proud Mario.
Open for nearly two decades, this jazz bar is now one of the few surviving classics of Bairro Alto. It opens shortly after dinnertime to offer relaxed evenings, often to the sound of live performances. You may catch new talents together with established local musicians as you sit at one of the around 80 seats available which invite conversation accompanied by cocktails and toasted sandwiches. The décor features large photographs of some of the greatest names of the jazz world.
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Paginas Tantas - Sociedade De Restaurantes, Lda.
85 R. do Diário de Notícias
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Open for nearly two decades, this jazz bar is now one of the few surviving classics of Bairro Alto. It opens shortly after dinnertime to offer relaxed evenings, often to the sound of live performances. You may catch new talents together with established local musicians as you sit at one of the around 80 seats available which invite conversation accompanied by cocktails and toasted sandwiches. The décor features large photographs of some of the greatest names of the jazz world.
A former guesthouse where ladies of the world’s oldest profession got together with sailors is now one of the most popular bars in town. This is due to a naughty and relaxed atmosphere, but also to a décor recalling the history of the building. The ceilings were painted with frescoes, the walls are covered with mirrors, paintings and old posters, and decorative pieces give the space an old burlesque atmosphere spread through several rooms.
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Pensão Amor
19 R. do Alecrim
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A former guesthouse where ladies of the world’s oldest profession got together with sailors is now one of the most popular bars in town. This is due to a naughty and relaxed atmosphere, but also to a décor recalling the history of the building. The ceilings were painted with frescoes, the walls are covered with mirrors, paintings and old posters, and decorative pieces give the space an old burlesque atmosphere spread through several rooms.
This wine bar looks like a wine cellar, divided into different rooms with stone arches, and decorated with barrels, old photos, and thousands of bottles, including the 3267 that cover the ceiling at the entrance.
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BytheWine
41 Rua das Flores
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This wine bar looks like a wine cellar, divided into different rooms with stone arches, and decorated with barrels, old photos, and thousands of bottles, including the 3267 that cover the ceiling at the entrance.
This pub is inspired by the British gastropubs, meaning it serves meals in addition to drinks. The dimly-lit space, which has maintained the original 18th-century arches, is welcoming, with a décor made up of restored mirrors and chandeliers. Three TVs show football (soccer) games, rugby, cricket or golf, following the English tradition.
The George
58 R. do Crucifixo
This pub is inspired by the British gastropubs, meaning it serves meals in addition to drinks. The dimly-lit space, which has maintained the original 18th-century arches, is welcoming, with a décor made up of restored mirrors and chandeliers. Three TVs show football (soccer) games, rugby, cricket or golf, following the English tradition.
An old pharmacy is now a wine bar with about 160 local varieties. It's arguably the most beautiful and welcoming bar in Bairro Alto, with a décor that maintains much of its past -- the cabinets formerly displaying medication are now filled with bottles illuminated by dim lighting. With such an inviting interior it's not surprising that it attracts tourists and locals who stay not just for the wines but also for the cheeses and meats served at barrels turned into tables. A second smaller room next door has a similar ambience but this time with a décor made up of Indian crafts and with the possibility of also drinking tea.
The Old Pharmacy
73 R. do Diário de Notícias
An old pharmacy is now a wine bar with about 160 local varieties. It's arguably the most beautiful and welcoming bar in Bairro Alto, with a décor that maintains much of its past -- the cabinets formerly displaying medication are now filled with bottles illuminated by dim lighting. With such an inviting interior it's not surprising that it attracts tourists and locals who stay not just for the wines but also for the cheeses and meats served at barrels turned into tables. A second smaller room next door has a similar ambience but this time with a décor made up of Indian crafts and with the possibility of also drinking tea.
Shopping
The commercial centre houses 54 shops, and there are 12 restaurants gathered together on the top floor food hall. The anchor department store is photography, sound and video retailer FNAC. A desk near the entrance sells concert and theatre tickets and is a good place to find out what kind of live entertainment the city is hosting.
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Aldo
51-1, 1200-094 R. do Carmo
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The commercial centre houses 54 shops, and there are 12 restaurants gathered together on the top floor food hall. The anchor department store is photography, sound and video retailer FNAC. A desk near the entrance sells concert and theatre tickets and is a good place to find out what kind of live entertainment the city is hosting.
For one of the most original souvenirs of any trip to Lisbon, breeze down to this little cornershop in the city's Baixa (downtown) district and buy a tin of tuna. Not any old tin but one packaged in great retro wrapping. Established over 80 years ago, this family-run business has been selling tins of tuna and other fish and seafood since the early 1930s. The retro wrapping features graphic design from the 1940s faithfully reproduced as if you were shopping during the same period. The range of sardines is especially delicious garnished variously in lemon, oregano, garlic and even curry. There's also tinned octopus, anchovy, mackerel, mussel and cod for sale. On most days you can watch the elderly female staff applying the wrapping to their wares
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Conserveira de Lisboa
34 Rua dos Bacalhoeiros
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For one of the most original souvenirs of any trip to Lisbon, breeze down to this little cornershop in the city's Baixa (downtown) district and buy a tin of tuna. Not any old tin but one packaged in great retro wrapping. Established over 80 years ago, this family-run business has been selling tins of tuna and other fish and seafood since the early 1930s. The retro wrapping features graphic design from the 1940s faithfully reproduced as if you were shopping during the same period. The range of sardines is especially delicious garnished variously in lemon, oregano, garlic and even curry. There's also tinned octopus, anchovy, mackerel, mussel and cod for sale. On most days you can watch the elderly female staff applying the wrapping to their wares
The salons in the 18th-century neo-Moorish palace located in the city's trendy Principe Real district have been transformed into a series of attractive boutiques, each selling a different range of independent fashion, eco-friendly cosmetics, handmade jewelry and chic interior decor, most of it created by Portuguese designers. The former palace building has been completely refurbished and the stores occupy two floors. Access is gained via a grand marble staircase and much of the Art Nouveau detail has been carefully preserved. Temporary art exhibitions are held here on a regular basis to add even more vibrancy to an already creative environment.
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Embaixada - Concept Store
26 Praça do Príncipe Real
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The salons in the 18th-century neo-Moorish palace located in the city's trendy Principe Real district have been transformed into a series of attractive boutiques, each selling a different range of independent fashion, eco-friendly cosmetics, handmade jewelry and chic interior decor, most of it created by Portuguese designers. The former palace building has been completely refurbished and the stores occupy two floors. Access is gained via a grand marble staircase and much of the Art Nouveau detail has been carefully preserved. Temporary art exhibitions are held here on a regular basis to add even more vibrancy to an already creative environment.
If you're after an original souvenir of Portugal, this absorbing handicraft-hardware store is probably where you'll find it. Items on sale here are represented by brands that have been manufactured in the country for generations, and the inventory lists some of the nation's most cherished goods. There are fragrant soaps from Brito/Claus Porto (Oprah raved about them on her show) displayed in colorful and stylish retro wrapping paper, and Benamor Cream boxed in similarly eye-catching designs. For the kitchen, look out for the aromatic vinegars from Moura Alves and gourmet sea salt (Flor de Sal) from the Algarve. There are also toiletries, stationary, books, toys and even jewelry, all uniquely Portuguese and with a provenance that stretches back centuries.
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A Vida Portuguesa
11 R. Anchieta
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If you're after an original souvenir of Portugal, this absorbing handicraft-hardware store is probably where you'll find it. Items on sale here are represented by brands that have been manufactured in the country for generations, and the inventory lists some of the nation's most cherished goods. There are fragrant soaps from Brito/Claus Porto (Oprah raved about them on her show) displayed in colorful and stylish retro wrapping paper, and Benamor Cream boxed in similarly eye-catching designs. For the kitchen, look out for the aromatic vinegars from Moura Alves and gourmet sea salt (Flor de Sal) from the Algarve. There are also toiletries, stationary, books, toys and even jewelry, all uniquely Portuguese and with a provenance that stretches back centuries.
The fine porcelain of Vista Alegre has ended up at the grandest tables of Portugal and around the world (including at the White House in Washington and in European palaces) since 1824. The designs range from classic to highly contemporary and this is the best shop to look for them.
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Vista Alegre
20-23 Largo do Chiado
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The fine porcelain of Vista Alegre has ended up at the grandest tables of Portugal and around the world (including at the White House in Washington and in European palaces) since 1824. The designs range from classic to highly contemporary and this is the best shop to look for them.
Essentials
It looks like any regular supermarket but the difference is that here everything is organic. The demand for healthier and eco-friendly products led to the success of the Brio stores, and those looking for a light meal may head to the adjoining Origem cafeteria in Chiado's branch. Options include salads, sandwiches, quiches, desserts and more, to be enjoyed indoors or at the tables outside.
Brio
1 Tv. Carmo
It looks like any regular supermarket but the difference is that here everything is organic. The demand for healthier and eco-friendly products led to the success of the Brio stores, and those looking for a light meal may head to the adjoining Origem cafeteria in Chiado's branch. Options include salads, sandwiches, quiches, desserts and more, to be enjoyed indoors or at the tables outside.