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Best of Lisbon

With a mix of forward-thinking design and centuries-old architecture, the Portuguese capital is moving to center stage.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Lisbon has been busy doing what it does best: embellishing its inimitable, gilded history with world-class venues for contemporary... more »

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Points of Interest

This small beer hall in Bairro Alto hosts Fado Vadio [Street Fado] nights twice a week.

Address:
39 Rua Diario de Noticias
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-96-505-9670

2. Aleksandar Protich

A delicious array of rainbow-colored, fashion-forward dresses, skirts, and tops hangs from meat hooks in this converted butcher shop.

Address:
112 Rua da Rosa
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-322-5199

3. Altis Belém Hotel & Spa

This Manuel Salgado-designed property combines 50 stylish, color-blocked rooms and suites with a prime riverfront setting and proximity to the Belém Cultural Center.

Address:
Doca do Bom Sucesso
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-310-6019

4. Bica do Sapato

Lisbon’s hippest restaurant—located at the docks and partly owned by actor John Malkovich—serves contemporary twists on Portuguese classics, such as codfish salad with chickpea ice cream. The retro-modern space is well suited to the forward-thinking food.

Address:
8 Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Armazém B
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-881... More

5. Bocca

Chef Alexandre Silva polishes up rustic Portuguese classics; a fresh risotto layered with crayfish ceviche is a standout.

Address:
87D Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-380-8383

6. Caza das Vellas Loreto

For a taste of the past, step into this shop that has been producing handmade beeswax candles in more or less the same fashion since 1789. From the tiny septuagenarian woman serving you to the hand-stamped paper bags you leave with, the experience is delightfully traditional.

Address:
53-55 Rua do Loreto
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-046-8802

An intimate dinner club.

Address:
94 Rua São João da Praça
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-885-2704

8. Confitería de Belém

Pasteis de Belém, the city’s famous custard tart, is sold in a lot of places, but the freshest come from this small confectionery near the Jerónimos monastery.

Address:
84-92 Rua de Belém
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-363-7423

9. Estado Líquido Fusion Sushi

Join the art students and furniture designers who gather here for exquisitely fresh sashimi at tables set on an under-lit glass floor.

Address:
5A Largo de Santos
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-397-2022

10. Fábrica Braço de Prata

Don’t let the seemingly shady surroundings deter you from an evening visit. The 1908 arms factory is home to a cultural center consisting of exposition rooms, a cinema, a bar and café, a bookstore, and a courtyard hosting concerts. The Saturday-at-midnight Fado is a must.

Address:
1 Rua da Fábrica do Material de Guerra
Lisbon
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11. Fátima Lopes

A local fashion designer’s eponymous boutique.

Address:
36 Rua da Atalaia
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-324-0546

Portuguese architect Francisco Aires Mateus renovated a 1907 iron factory to create this affordable hotel. Keeping its exterior intact, he gutted the building to make way for Zen-like interiors. Open expanses, including the Bonsai restaurant and Fontana bar, are punctuated by sharply angled glass staircases and sheaths of hammered ironwork—homages... More

A 1959 hotel chock-full of Midcentury masterpieces, a 15-minute walk from Old Town, with the largest standard rooms in Lisbon (452 square feet).

Address:
88 Rua Rodrigo Da Fonseca
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-381-1400

This 11-year-old Santos pioneer is local Paula Crespo’s temple to contemporary jewelry design.

Address:
59/61 Rua da Esperança
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-395-1407

15. Ginja Sem Rival

Ginjinha, the pungent morello-cherry liquor—a national icon—is best enjoyed at this venerable, peanut-size bar, near the National Theatre.

Address:
7 Rua das Portas de Santo Antão
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-346-8231

Traditionalists can book at this restored 18th-century town house with paned French doors and a subterranean pool and fitness center. It’s a 15-minute walk north from the central districts of Baixa and Alfama.

Address:
28 Avenida da Liberdade
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-340-4040

Conveniently set just below Parque Eduardo VII, the hotel has a classic-cinema theme and retro-fabulous rooms with Eames chairs, funky graphic prints, and padded white-leather headboards.

Address:
34 Rua Duque de Palmela
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-357-6145

18. Ibo

This restaurant on the water with views across the Tagus River, makes a nod to Mozambique—a former Portuguese colony—with piri-piri prawns and smoky Zambezi curries.

Address:
Cais do Sodré, Armazém A Compartimento 2
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-342-3611

Hobnob with impeccably turned-out locals over thin-crust pizzas. The space manages to feel intimate despite its warehouse-like dimensions.

Address:
68F Avda. 24 de Julho
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-393-9400

20. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

This historic site offers a glimpse of early-16th-century Lisbon. Built in the ornate Manueline style to celebrate King Manuel I’s Avis-Beja dynasty, the monastery’s gabled limestone façade stretches the length of the square.

Address:
Praça do Império
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-362-0034

21. Museu Coleccão Berardo

This latest addition to Belém’s sprawling Cultural Center opened in June 2007 and houses a 1,000-plus inventory of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and videos dating from 1909 (Picasso) to 2005 (Luc Tuymans).

Address:
Praça do Império
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-361-2400

22. O Epicurista

Score rare fragrances from Saboaria Confiança, Miller et Bertaux, and Absolument Absinthe, as well as ceramics by Flemish artist Piet Stockmans.

Address:
49 Largo do Conde Barão
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-393-3900

23. Paris: Sete

Here you can browse shelves lined with compulsory design reading or pick up vintage hand-carved cedar toy cars from TobeUs

Address:
14D Largo de Santos
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-393-3170

24. Sommer

Head to this new spot for pan-Mediterranean fare, like linguine with local Serpa cheese and roasted walnuts.

Address:
1K Rua da Moeda
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-390-5558

25. Varanda Restaurant

The restaurant, situated atop the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz—set above Parque Eduardo VII, offers some of the best views of the city.

Address:
88 Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-381-1400

The savory crêpes are generously sized, the hummus is house-made, and the jewelry in the clever wall-mounted cases is for sale.

Address:
26A Rua Costa do Castelo
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-887-0488

The hotel has a bull’s-eye central location in the historic hub and compact but sweet rooms papered in metallic Fortuny designs.

Address:
32-38 Rua do Comércio
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-881-3190

28. XL

Order a traditional Portuguese dinner of grilled fish with fresh vegetables.

Address:
57 Calçada da Estrela
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-397-2486

29. Yasmin

The restaurant features modern interiors (Saarinen chairs; graphic wallpaper) and whisper-thin carpaccios.

Address:
1A Rua da Moeda
Lisbon
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-393-0074