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Guidebook for Lisbon

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Guidebook for Lisbon

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The Estrela Basilica, is a basilica and ancient carmelite convent in Lisbon, Portugal, built by order of Queen Maria I of Portugal, as a fulfilled promise for giving birth to a son.
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Basílica da Estrela
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The Estrela Basilica, is a basilica and ancient carmelite convent in Lisbon, Portugal, built by order of Queen Maria I of Portugal, as a fulfilled promise for giving birth to a son.
The leading figures of Portugal's history rest in the National Pantheon, in the Jeronimos Monastery or in the St. Vincent Monastery. But the best-known and most central cemetery in the city is also the eternal home of thousands of local souls, from the common people to noble families. Most of the tombs and vaults are monumental, including what is Europe's largest private funerary monument. It belongs to the family of the Duke of Palmela and is so large that from a distance it looks more like a church. Among those who created its works of art is the Italian sculptor Canova, and there's enough space to hold the bodies of over 200 people. The layout was inspired by Solomon's Temple and is in the form of an ancient Egyptian pyramid. Another extraordinary monument is the mausoleum of Carvalho Monteiro, the millionaire who built the Quinta da Regaleira Palace in Sintra. His resting place mixes the Romantic and the neo-Manueline styles, and is made of Italian marble sculpted with symbolic images. It is found to the left of the entrance close to the cemetery's church which includes an autopsy room, used before Lisbon had morgues. There are many other impressively ornate tombs, most of them belonging to the nobility, especially that of the Valle Flor family. Everything faces a wonderful view of 25 de Abril Bridge. This "city of the dead" was created in 1833 and has become a popular tourist attraction, especially because it's the last stop of trams 28 and 25. The curious name ("Pleasures") derives from a 16th-century estate that existed on this site.
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Dos Prazeres Cemetery
568 Praça São João Bosco
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The leading figures of Portugal's history rest in the National Pantheon, in the Jeronimos Monastery or in the St. Vincent Monastery. But the best-known and most central cemetery in the city is also the eternal home of thousands of local souls, from the common people to noble families. Most of the tombs and vaults are monumental, including what is Europe's largest private funerary monument. It belongs to the family of the Duke of Palmela and is so large that from a distance it looks more like a church. Among those who created its works of art is the Italian sculptor Canova, and there's enough space to hold the bodies of over 200 people. The layout was inspired by Solomon's Temple and is in the form of an ancient Egyptian pyramid. Another extraordinary monument is the mausoleum of Carvalho Monteiro, the millionaire who built the Quinta da Regaleira Palace in Sintra. His resting place mixes the Romantic and the neo-Manueline styles, and is made of Italian marble sculpted with symbolic images. It is found to the left of the entrance close to the cemetery's church which includes an autopsy room, used before Lisbon had morgues. There are many other impressively ornate tombs, most of them belonging to the nobility, especially that of the Valle Flor family. Everything faces a wonderful view of 25 de Abril Bridge. This "city of the dead" was created in 1833 and has become a popular tourist attraction, especially because it's the last stop of trams 28 and 25. The curious name ("Pleasures") derives from a 16th-century estate that existed on this site.
This romantic little square, with its small garden, has always been one of the city’s quietest corners but is now also one of its trendiest. It remains as calm as ever, with benches surrounding a small fountain shaded by trees, but now also has several spots for eating and drinking. The first one you see is an old kiosk, now restored, but there are also small cafe terraces, and several other eateries down Rua Nova da Piedade towards São Bento Palace. Below are the places we recommend.
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Praça das Flores
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This romantic little square, with its small garden, has always been one of the city’s quietest corners but is now also one of its trendiest. It remains as calm as ever, with benches surrounding a small fountain shaded by trees, but now also has several spots for eating and drinking. The first one you see is an old kiosk, now restored, but there are also small cafe terraces, and several other eateries down Rua Nova da Piedade towards São Bento Palace. Below are the places we recommend.
The building's construction began in 1677 and was completed in 1703. It's considered one of the most original 17th-century baroque convents, mixing gilt, paintings, tiles and marble. The rich baroque and rococo interior decoration contrasts with the sober exterior. Portuguese and Dutch tiles by Jan van Oort cover the walls, while eight paintings by several artists of the time have golden frames. This blending of tile and gilt is typical of Portuguese baroque and this is one of the most notable examples in Lisbon. The building is still occupied by Dominican nuns and the admission charge for the guided tour is one of the ways it raises money for renovations of its works of art.
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Igreja do Convento dos Cardaes
123 Rua O Século
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The building's construction began in 1677 and was completed in 1703. It's considered one of the most original 17th-century baroque convents, mixing gilt, paintings, tiles and marble. The rich baroque and rococo interior decoration contrasts with the sober exterior. Portuguese and Dutch tiles by Jan van Oort cover the walls, while eight paintings by several artists of the time have golden frames. This blending of tile and gilt is typical of Portuguese baroque and this is one of the most notable examples in Lisbon. The building is still occupied by Dominican nuns and the admission charge for the guided tour is one of the ways it raises money for renovations of its works of art.
A 16th-century monastery was turned into an imposing neoclassical palace that is now Portugal's parliament. It occasionally hosts art exhibitions, which may be seen in guided tours that include the palace's interior and the sculpture-filled garden in the back.
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Palácio de São Bento (Jardim)
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A 16th-century monastery was turned into an imposing neoclassical palace that is now Portugal's parliament. It occasionally hosts art exhibitions, which may be seen in guided tours that include the palace's interior and the sculpture-filled garden in the back.
All of Lisbon's lookout points are romantic, but none more than this one, looking over all of downtown towards the castle and the river. It's a landscaped terrace with busts of historical figures, a fountain, and kiosk cafés from where you may sit and admire the beauty of the city. Going up and down the hill next to the terrace is the Gloria funicular, and across the street is the bar of the Port Wine Institute, where you may sample all types of Portugal's famous drink.
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Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara
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All of Lisbon's lookout points are romantic, but none more than this one, looking over all of downtown towards the castle and the river. It's a landscaped terrace with busts of historical figures, a fountain, and kiosk cafés from where you may sit and admire the beauty of the city. Going up and down the hill next to the terrace is the Gloria funicular, and across the street is the bar of the Port Wine Institute, where you may sample all types of Portugal's famous drink.
Built in 1553, the Church of São Roque (St. Roch) is one of Lisbon's most magnificent monuments, due to its historical significance and artistic richness. A plain façade hides a rich interior, including the exuberant Chapel of St. John the Baptist, considered "the world's most expensive chapel." Built in Rome between 1742 and 1747, using the most precious materials, it was transported to Lisbon on three ships. It's now the fourth chapel on the left when facing the main altar, and is a true masterpiece of European art, mixing ivory, agate, lapis lazuli and gold. The other chapels are also rich in gilt, polychrome marbles, tiles, painting and sculpture. In São Roque Chapel is one of Lisbon's tile masterpieces, the "Miracle of St. Roch." Next to the church is the São Roque Museum, created in 1905 in a Jesuit building. It's home to a rich collection of sacred art, including sculpture, painting, jewelery, Flemish tapestry and relics that are unique in the world. In the small Asian-inspired cloister is a cafeteria serving light meals (and brunch on Sundays). You may join one of the multi-lingual guided tours (highly recommended) at no extra cost from the admission charge, so plan your visit accordingly (booking only required for groups of more than 8 people): In English - Thursdays at 3PM, Fridays at 11:30AM and 4:30PM, Saturdays at 10AM, and Sundays at 3PM
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Igreja de São Roque
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Built in 1553, the Church of São Roque (St. Roch) is one of Lisbon's most magnificent monuments, due to its historical significance and artistic richness. A plain façade hides a rich interior, including the exuberant Chapel of St. John the Baptist, considered "the world's most expensive chapel." Built in Rome between 1742 and 1747, using the most precious materials, it was transported to Lisbon on three ships. It's now the fourth chapel on the left when facing the main altar, and is a true masterpiece of European art, mixing ivory, agate, lapis lazuli and gold. The other chapels are also rich in gilt, polychrome marbles, tiles, painting and sculpture. In São Roque Chapel is one of Lisbon's tile masterpieces, the "Miracle of St. Roch." Next to the church is the São Roque Museum, created in 1905 in a Jesuit building. It's home to a rich collection of sacred art, including sculpture, painting, jewelery, Flemish tapestry and relics that are unique in the world. In the small Asian-inspired cloister is a cafeteria serving light meals (and brunch on Sundays). You may join one of the multi-lingual guided tours (highly recommended) at no extra cost from the admission charge, so plan your visit accordingly (booking only required for groups of more than 8 people): In English - Thursdays at 3PM, Fridays at 11:30AM and 4:30PM, Saturdays at 10AM, and Sundays at 3PM
Also known as Paulistas Church, this magnificent building (originally part of a convent from 1647) can easily go unnoticed on the way to Chiado. Inside, however, it has one of the most beautiful and sumptuous golden baroque decorations in the city, almost all in gilt added in 1727. It's one of Lisbon's most impressive artistic constructions, including a stucco rococo ceiling and a monumental organ which is a masterpiece of gilded woodwork. The altar is considered a highlight of gilding during the reign of John V, and includes sculptures of Saint Catherine, Saint Paul and Saint Anthony of Flemish origin. On the side walls are large paintings in gilded frames, some of them by Vieira Lusitano and André Gonçalves, two of Portugal's top 18th-century painters.
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Igreja de Santa Catarina
82 Calçada do Combro
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Also known as Paulistas Church, this magnificent building (originally part of a convent from 1647) can easily go unnoticed on the way to Chiado. Inside, however, it has one of the most beautiful and sumptuous golden baroque decorations in the city, almost all in gilt added in 1727. It's one of Lisbon's most impressive artistic constructions, including a stucco rococo ceiling and a monumental organ which is a masterpiece of gilded woodwork. The altar is considered a highlight of gilding during the reign of John V, and includes sculptures of Saint Catherine, Saint Paul and Saint Anthony of Flemish origin. On the side walls are large paintings in gilded frames, some of them by Vieira Lusitano and André Gonçalves, two of Portugal's top 18th-century painters.
It's the bohemian quarter of Lisbon. Start here and then go down to Cais do Sodré, near the river - find the pink street.
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Bairro Alto
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It's the bohemian quarter of Lisbon. Start here and then go down to Cais do Sodré, near the river - find the pink street.
Lisbon's most photographed street is probably Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo. It's in the historic and picturesque neighborhood of Bica, one of the city's most traditional neighborhoods, known for its small bars and especially for the iconic funicular that runs through it. Constantly photographed by tourists, the funicular has been going up and down the hill since 1892. The tiny neighborhood, found between the Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré districts, is made up of cobbled lanes and stairways, dating back to 1597, after a landslide. The land belonged to an influential Jew with ties to King João II, and was first inhabited by fishermen and fishwives. The name comes from a 17th-century water fountain ("bica"), although there are several in the area, that belonged to Duarte Belo, a local merchant. The fountains were popular meeting places, filling the neighborhood with life. Little affected by the 1755 earthquake, Bica offers a beautiful view of the river, and maintains the colorful 17th- and 18th-century buildings, many always with open doors, flower-filled balconies and laundry out to dry.
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Ascensor da Bica - Lisbon Serviced Apartments
234 Rua de S. Paulo
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Lisbon's most photographed street is probably Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo. It's in the historic and picturesque neighborhood of Bica, one of the city's most traditional neighborhoods, known for its small bars and especially for the iconic funicular that runs through it. Constantly photographed by tourists, the funicular has been going up and down the hill since 1892. The tiny neighborhood, found between the Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré districts, is made up of cobbled lanes and stairways, dating back to 1597, after a landslide. The land belonged to an influential Jew with ties to King João II, and was first inhabited by fishermen and fishwives. The name comes from a 17th-century water fountain ("bica"), although there are several in the area, that belonged to Duarte Belo, a local merchant. The fountains were popular meeting places, filling the neighborhood with life. Little affected by the 1755 earthquake, Bica offers a beautiful view of the river, and maintains the colorful 17th- and 18th-century buildings, many always with open doors, flower-filled balconies and laundry out to dry.
For decades, it was here that many people stood to watch the ships go by. Today it attracts young people of different tribes, who get together on the terrace of a kiosk or sit on steps added during a renovation of the space in 2013. The atmosphere is always relaxed, with the smell of beer and weed in the air. That's often accompanied by the soundtrack of street musicians, who add to the chilled-out atmosphere, especially at sunset, when tourists join the locals. Everyone is looked over by Adamastor, the mythical giant of epic poet Luís de Camões' "The Lusiads," which is sculpted on a rock looking out to the Tagus. For this reason, the terrace is also known as "Miradouro do Adamastor." Several cafés and restaurants in the surroundings serve meals throughout the day.
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Miradouro de Santa Catarina
S/N R. de Santa Catarina
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For decades, it was here that many people stood to watch the ships go by. Today it attracts young people of different tribes, who get together on the terrace of a kiosk or sit on steps added during a renovation of the space in 2013. The atmosphere is always relaxed, with the smell of beer and weed in the air. That's often accompanied by the soundtrack of street musicians, who add to the chilled-out atmosphere, especially at sunset, when tourists join the locals. Everyone is looked over by Adamastor, the mythical giant of epic poet Luís de Camões' "The Lusiads," which is sculpted on a rock looking out to the Tagus. For this reason, the terrace is also known as "Miradouro do Adamastor." Several cafés and restaurants in the surroundings serve meals throughout the day.
Food Scene
These are probably the best pizzas in Lisboa if you like the thin ones. The mushroom risotto is also quite good!
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Pizzaria Lisboa
5H R. Duques de Bragança
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These are probably the best pizzas in Lisboa if you like the thin ones. The mushroom risotto is also quite good!
It's a nice and cozy italian restaurant.
Pizzaria Maritaca
68 F Avenida 24 de Julho
It's a nice and cozy italian restaurant.
Modern version of traditional portuguese gastronomy.
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Tasca da Esquina
41C R. Domingos Sequeira
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Modern version of traditional portuguese gastronomy.
Chinese restaurant
O Norte da China
Chinese restaurant
This is a good spot for breakfast, with lots of tempting pastries.
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Tentadora Lda,a
1 Rua Ferreira Borges
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This is a good spot for breakfast, with lots of tempting pastries.
Open since 1934, the market still offers fresh fish and vegetables. At the new food court you can eat much of what is sold. It's open every day until late, so it's more than a shopping destination.
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Mercado de Campo de Ourique
104 R. Coelho da Rocha
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Open since 1934, the market still offers fresh fish and vegetables. At the new food court you can eat much of what is sold. It's open every day until late, so it's more than a shopping destination.
Previously called “Cervejaria da Esquina,” this restaurant by well-known chef Vitor Sobral now focuses on fish prepared in different ways: in the oven, grilled, cured or marinated. It has kept a few classics and some of the seafood dishes from the old restaurant, including the famous tuna sandwich, but everything else has changed, including the decor.
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Peixaria da Esquina
56 R. Correia Teles
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Previously called “Cervejaria da Esquina,” this restaurant by well-known chef Vitor Sobral now focuses on fish prepared in different ways: in the oven, grilled, cured or marinated. It has kept a few classics and some of the seafood dishes from the old restaurant, including the famous tuna sandwich, but everything else has changed, including the decor.
Fine gourmet cuisine is presented in a refined ambience that's kept a reputation of high quality food and service for over three decades. The menu lists mostly Portuguese dishes with strong international haute cuisine influences. There are three different rooms, one of them for a glass of wine and snacks, and during the warmer months guests can also dine on the lovely terrace.
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Estórias na Casa da Comida
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Fine gourmet cuisine is presented in a refined ambience that's kept a reputation of high quality food and service for over three decades. The menu lists mostly Portuguese dishes with strong international haute cuisine influences. There are three different rooms, one of them for a glass of wine and snacks, and during the warmer months guests can also dine on the lovely terrace.
The authentic Neapolitan pizzas that are served here are prepared in a masterpiece -- a wood oven weighing nine tons, made of volcanic rock and lined with gold, which is one of only two in the world (the other one is in New York). This oven brightens the luminous space, which also has colorful Siena dishes as decorative pieces. Each pizza is made with fresh Portuguese and Italian ingredients, and the highlight is the burrata and gold leaf pizza. To accompany the pizzas, the suggestion is craft beer, and there are several local choices together with those from Italy and other parts of the world. And for those who don’t feel like pizza, there are veal and cod dishes cooked at low temperatures -- the other house specialties.
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Forno d'Oro
16b R. Artilharia 1
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The authentic Neapolitan pizzas that are served here are prepared in a masterpiece -- a wood oven weighing nine tons, made of volcanic rock and lined with gold, which is one of only two in the world (the other one is in New York). This oven brightens the luminous space, which also has colorful Siena dishes as decorative pieces. Each pizza is made with fresh Portuguese and Italian ingredients, and the highlight is the burrata and gold leaf pizza. To accompany the pizzas, the suggestion is craft beer, and there are several local choices together with those from Italy and other parts of the world. And for those who don’t feel like pizza, there are veal and cod dishes cooked at low temperatures -- the other house specialties.
This is a very Portuguese sushi restaurant, with the fish arriving straight from Portugal's Azores. Those Atlantic islands are actually some of the places from where Japan gets the fish for its sushi, especially the tuna. So at this restaurant everything is Portuguese but served Japanese-style, in the form of sushi and sashimi. Also from the Azores are the white wine, passion fruit juice and green tea, served in a contemporary space around the corner from São Bento Palace.
Kampai Restauração Lda (lapa)
37 Calçada da Estrela
This is a very Portuguese sushi restaurant, with the fish arriving straight from Portugal's Azores. Those Atlantic islands are actually some of the places from where Japan gets the fish for its sushi, especially the tuna. So at this restaurant everything is Portuguese but served Japanese-style, in the form of sushi and sashimi. Also from the Azores are the white wine, passion fruit juice and green tea, served in a contemporary space around the corner from São Bento Palace.
This restaurant's specialty is mussels accompanied by fries and beer. It offers different dishes of mussels together with Belgian, German, Dutch, and Portuguese beer. For those who don't enjoy shellfish there's the option of beef tenderloin. The interior and ambience are inviting for their simple, relaxed vibe.
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Moules & Beer
29D R. 4 de Infantaria
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This restaurant's specialty is mussels accompanied by fries and beer. It offers different dishes of mussels together with Belgian, German, Dutch, and Portuguese beer. For those who don't enjoy shellfish there's the option of beef tenderloin. The interior and ambience are inviting for their simple, relaxed vibe.
With over 30 types of bread and pastries, this is a revival of the traditional bakeries but with a contemporary ambiance. There are several branches around the city, from downtown to Chiado and Belém. You can take the bread and pastries home or enjoy light meals (sandwiches, soups and quiches) throughout the day.
A Padaria Portuguesa
32 Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco
With over 30 types of bread and pastries, this is a revival of the traditional bakeries but with a contemporary ambiance. There are several branches around the city, from downtown to Chiado and Belém. You can take the bread and pastries home or enjoy light meals (sandwiches, soups and quiches) throughout the day.
After a stall in the Campo de Ourique Market, the “Casa dos Ovos Moles em Lisboa” opened a shop not very far -- by the Estrela basilica and garden. But the specialty is not just “ovos moles” (the famous egg pastries from the city of Aveiro), it’s also the varied Portuguese sweets with origins in the country’s convents. In the small space which used to be a drugstore you’ll find the “pão de ló” sponge cake, cheese tarts, and various other sweets from different parts of Portugal. The options vary, and you may also find Port Wine and liqueurs like the “ginjinha.” The Bordallo Pinheiro faience that you see on the shelves is not there just for decorative purposes, it’s for sale, adding an extra traditional Portuguese touch to the space.
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Casa dos Ovos Moles em Lisboa
142 Calçada da Estrela
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After a stall in the Campo de Ourique Market, the “Casa dos Ovos Moles em Lisboa” opened a shop not very far -- by the Estrela basilica and garden. But the specialty is not just “ovos moles” (the famous egg pastries from the city of Aveiro), it’s also the varied Portuguese sweets with origins in the country’s convents. In the small space which used to be a drugstore you’ll find the “pão de ló” sponge cake, cheese tarts, and various other sweets from different parts of Portugal. The options vary, and you may also find Port Wine and liqueurs like the “ginjinha.” The Bordallo Pinheiro faience that you see on the shelves is not there just for decorative purposes, it’s for sale, adding an extra traditional Portuguese touch to the space.
If you're curious about the long name, it means "The Best Chocolate Cake in the World." Such audacity will make a lot of sense as soon as you try the mouth-watering chocolate cake served at this tiny shop in the Campo de Ourique neighborhood. Tourists have no reason to go to that mostly residential area unless they want to remain in tram 28 until its last stop, but chocaholics will want to make the effort to find this curious pastry shop. Go judge the cake for yourself before the rest of the world finds out about it -- and it probably will, considering the name has been expanding. The recipe has been taken across the Atlantic to New York and Brazil, with the city of São Paulo now offering more than one shop where you can try the yummy cakes. Once you have tried the chocolate one at the Lisbon shop, the cheesecake is another good option.
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O Melhor Bolo de Chocolate do Mundo
nº 62A R. Ten. Ferreira Durão
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If you're curious about the long name, it means "The Best Chocolate Cake in the World." Such audacity will make a lot of sense as soon as you try the mouth-watering chocolate cake served at this tiny shop in the Campo de Ourique neighborhood. Tourists have no reason to go to that mostly residential area unless they want to remain in tram 28 until its last stop, but chocaholics will want to make the effort to find this curious pastry shop. Go judge the cake for yourself before the rest of the world finds out about it -- and it probably will, considering the name has been expanding. The recipe has been taken across the Atlantic to New York and Brazil, with the city of São Paulo now offering more than one shop where you can try the yummy cakes. Once you have tried the chocolate one at the Lisbon shop, the cheesecake is another good option.
The views 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 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.
This restaurant facing São Bento Palace has a rather English pub style and is famous for its steaks. It's also known for being open until very late, allowing for long dinner conversations among the upper-class 40-somethings (politicians and journalists) that usually fill the space.
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Café de São Bento
212 R. de São Bento
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This restaurant facing São Bento Palace has a rather English pub style and is famous for its steaks. It's also known for being open until very late, allowing for long dinner conversations among the upper-class 40-somethings (politicians and journalists) that usually fill the space.
Here you’ll find the traditional “petiscos” (Portuguese “tapas”) from the north to the south of the country, accompanied by local wines or sangria. The space is small but welcoming, in the style of the classic old taverns, with wooden tables, an old cash register and other antique pieces, and a blackboard covered in popular sayings. There’s a special lunch menu with the dish of the day, as well as a list of traditional dishes, canned fish, and platters of cheese and smoked meats. All this to invite you to stay socializing, in long conversations.
Conversafiada
46 Travessa da Palmeira
Here you’ll find the traditional “petiscos” (Portuguese “tapas”) from the north to the south of the country, accompanied by local wines or sangria. The space is small but welcoming, in the style of the classic old taverns, with wooden tables, an old cash register and other antique pieces, and a blackboard covered in popular sayings. There’s a special lunch menu with the dish of the day, as well as a list of traditional dishes, canned fish, and platters of cheese and smoked meats. All this to invite you to stay socializing, in long conversations.
This small space, up the street from Praça das Flores, is a former grocery store from 1870, and the name is that of the original owner, whose portrait can be seen on a wall. There’s also the portrait of Mrs. Deolinda, the store’s second owner after Mrs. Quitéria. They’re both now part of the décor which has changed little for the space’s new life as a “petiscos” (tapas) restaurant. You’ll still find some products on display for sale, but the service is now essentially classic Portuguese “petiscos” at the table. They’re available for lunch and dinner, always with a welcoming ambience.
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Dona Quitéria
1 Tv. São José
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This small space, up the street from Praça das Flores, is a former grocery store from 1870, and the name is that of the original owner, whose portrait can be seen on a wall. There’s also the portrait of Mrs. Deolinda, the store’s second owner after Mrs. Quitéria. They’re both now part of the décor which has changed little for the space’s new life as a “petiscos” (tapas) restaurant. You’ll still find some products on display for sale, but the service is now essentially classic Portuguese “petiscos” at the table. They’re available for lunch and dinner, always with a welcoming ambience.
Featuring a rather romantic interior made up of a traditional Portuguese pavement, old furnishings, and tile panels, this restaurant serves classic Portuguese cuisine in contemporary style. The menu is reasonably priced and is a good choice for a dinner for two.
Restaurante Frei Contente
Featuring a rather romantic interior made up of a traditional Portuguese pavement, old furnishings, and tile panels, this restaurant serves classic Portuguese cuisine in contemporary style. The menu is reasonably priced and is a good choice for a dinner for two.
This restaurant belongs to a former contestant of the Portuguese version of the Masterchef TV show, and uses a wood oven to cook everything, from the meat to the desserts. It mixes Portuguese flavors and American cuisine, in an innovative menu focusing on smoked food, divided into tapas to share, meat, fish and a vegetarian option. It also has a bar with a variety of smoked gins and its own craft beer. It took over the space of an old restaurant that once had a Michelin star, and used the pots, pans and silverware that were left behind to create lamps for the ceiling. One of the walls is covered with small wooden plaques with the names of those who helped kick-start the project through crowdfunding. On Sundays it only serves brunch, with three options available until 6PM.
Le Moustache Smokery
44 Praça das Flores
This restaurant belongs to a former contestant of the Portuguese version of the Masterchef TV show, and uses a wood oven to cook everything, from the meat to the desserts. It mixes Portuguese flavors and American cuisine, in an innovative menu focusing on smoked food, divided into tapas to share, meat, fish and a vegetarian option. It also has a bar with a variety of smoked gins and its own craft beer. It took over the space of an old restaurant that once had a Michelin star, and used the pots, pans and silverware that were left behind to create lamps for the ceiling. One of the walls is covered with small wooden plaques with the names of those who helped kick-start the project through crowdfunding. On Sundays it only serves brunch, with three options available until 6PM.
The beautiful inner courtyard of the Ribeiro da Cunha Palace (which was turned into the Embaixada concept store) is now a space shared by a bar and a restaurant. The bar is "Gin Lovers," presenting a long list of gins that go well with the food of “Less”, the restaurant by well-known chef Miguel Castro e Silva. There are about 60 brands of gin, some of them local, and also wines and cocktails. As for the food, there are tartares and other specialties by the chef, of Portuguese and international cuisine. Open from noon to midnight (2AM on weekends), this is a space meant for breaks at any time of the day, for just a drink or a meal.
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Gin Lovers Bar & Restaurant
26 Praça do Príncipe Real
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The beautiful inner courtyard of the Ribeiro da Cunha Palace (which was turned into the Embaixada concept store) is now a space shared by a bar and a restaurant. The bar is "Gin Lovers," presenting a long list of gins that go well with the food of “Less”, the restaurant by well-known chef Miguel Castro e Silva. There are about 60 brands of gin, some of them local, and also wines and cocktails. As for the food, there are tartares and other specialties by the chef, of Portuguese and international cuisine. Open from noon to midnight (2AM on weekends), this is a space meant for breaks at any time of the day, for just a drink or a meal.
The name is inspired by the Parliament of the Portuguese Republic found on the same street. This is a place for small portions of simple and traditional Portuguese dishes or for about half a dozen choices of more elaborate dishes with international influences. The décor is in the style of "grandma's house," and the ambience is pleasant and welcoming. From time to time it also presents cultural events like book releases and live music.
Tasca República
312 Rua São Bento
The name is inspired by the Parliament of the Portuguese Republic found on the same street. This is a place for small portions of simple and traditional Portuguese dishes or for about half a dozen choices of more elaborate dishes with international influences. The décor is in the style of "grandma's house," and the ambience is pleasant and welcoming. From time to time it also presents cultural events like book releases and live music.
Many consider this to be Lisbon's best vegetarian restaurant. It has a pleasant outdoor area in the back, and serves dishes inspired by different world cuisines. They're presented in a buffet that does not include drinks.
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Terra
15 R. da Palmeira
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Many consider this to be Lisbon's best vegetarian restaurant. It has a pleasant outdoor area in the back, and serves dishes inspired by different world cuisines. They're presented in a buffet that does not include drinks.
This glass structure in the middle of a garden is a wonderful place for a drink or light meal in the shade of the greenery. There are some surprisingly creative dishes and tables placed outside to enjoy the fresh air even in winter.
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Esplanada Cafe
23 Praça do Príncipe Real
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This glass structure in the middle of a garden is a wonderful place for a drink or light meal in the shade of the greenery. There are some surprisingly creative dishes and tables placed outside to enjoy the fresh air even in winter.
Doce Real is an obligatory stop in Príncipe Real to pick up local pastries such as pasteis de nata and queijadas or simply to enjoy a refreshing drink. But the attraction is not necessarily the pastries or the juices, but the charming 1920s interior that is as Lisbon as it gets, with tiles, stained glass, and a beautiful ceiling filled with golden details.
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Doce Real
119 R. Dom Pedro V
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Doce Real is an obligatory stop in Príncipe Real to pick up local pastries such as pasteis de nata and queijadas or simply to enjoy a refreshing drink. But the attraction is not necessarily the pastries or the juices, but the charming 1920s interior that is as Lisbon as it gets, with tiles, stained glass, and a beautiful ceiling filled with golden details.
Between Praça das Flores and São Bento Palace is this artisanal ice cream shop which is also a “lab” for the Italian owner. That’s because he experiments with different flavors every day, mixing fresh local products and others imported from Italy, to offer new flavors daily. They’re served Roman-style, using a spatula instead of a scoop, in a cup or cone, with as many flavors as you like. Every ice cream is all-natural, with no artificial colorings or preservatives, and comes with optional whipped cream on top. There’s no place to sit in the blue-and-yellow interior, which only has space for the counter, so there’s always a line out the door.
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Nannarella
64 R. Nova da Piedade
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Between Praça das Flores and São Bento Palace is this artisanal ice cream shop which is also a “lab” for the Italian owner. That’s because he experiments with different flavors every day, mixing fresh local products and others imported from Italy, to offer new flavors daily. They’re served Roman-style, using a spatula instead of a scoop, in a cup or cone, with as many flavors as you like. Every ice cream is all-natural, with no artificial colorings or preservatives, and comes with optional whipped cream on top. There’s no place to sit in the blue-and-yellow interior, which only has space for the counter, so there’s always a line out the door.
The tables outside are almost always full, but that's because this is one of the most pleasant cafés in the city, surrounded by the tranquility of Praça das Flores. Whether you just want a drink, coffee, pastry, or go for a quick meal of traditional Portuguese dishes, you'll find crowds of all ages looking out to the garden. On Sunday mornings it serves a brunch buffet.
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Pão de Canela
N.ºs 25 a 29 Praça das Flores
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The tables outside are almost always full, but that's because this is one of the most pleasant cafés in the city, surrounded by the tranquility of Praça das Flores. Whether you just want a drink, coffee, pastry, or go for a quick meal of traditional Portuguese dishes, you'll find crowds of all ages looking out to the garden. On Sunday mornings it serves a brunch buffet.
Classic Portuguese dishes are the specialty at this refined rustic-style restaurant in Bairro Alto. It's found in an attractively renovated space of a former bakery, where it kept the original stone arcs and large brick oven. The menu is mainly made up of dishes from Alentejo and the north of Portugal.
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As Salgadeiras
18 R. das Salgadeiras
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Classic Portuguese dishes are the specialty at this refined rustic-style restaurant in Bairro Alto. It's found in an attractively renovated space of a former bakery, where it kept the original stone arcs and large brick oven. The menu is mainly made up of dishes from Alentejo and the north of Portugal.
Found next to the Santa Catarina lookout terrace, at the top of the Monte Belvedere hotel, this spot doubles as a bar and tapas restaurant. It opens in the afternoon for drinks and light meals in the sun or at sunset, and there’s always the option of traditional Portuguese “petiscos” (tapas). It has a covered and an outdoor space, and from both there’s a beautiful view over the Tagus crossed by the 25 de Abril Bridge. The menu is divided into meat, fish and vegetarian options to share.
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Madame Petisca
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Found next to the Santa Catarina lookout terrace, at the top of the Monte Belvedere hotel, this spot doubles as a bar and tapas restaurant. It opens in the afternoon for drinks and light meals in the sun or at sunset, and there’s always the option of traditional Portuguese “petiscos” (tapas). It has a covered and an outdoor space, and from both there’s a beautiful view over the Tagus crossed by the 25 de Abril Bridge. The menu is divided into meat, fish and vegetarian options to share.
This very small but very welcoming restaurant has a menu of classic Portuguese dishes which come very well presented on the plate. It's one of the longest-established restaurants in Bairro Alto, and its success is thanks to its unpretentious cuisine, reasonable prices, and cosy low-lit interior decorated with old photos. It also has a good selection of Portuguese wines, listed on a chalkboard.
O Barrigas
31 Tv. da Queimada
This very small but very welcoming restaurant has a menu of classic Portuguese dishes which come very well presented on the plate. It's one of the longest-established restaurants in Bairro Alto, and its success is thanks to its unpretentious cuisine, reasonable prices, and cosy low-lit interior decorated with old photos. It also has a good selection of Portuguese wines, listed on a chalkboard.
The ambience and the food are both traditional, but with a few surprises on the menu and a naughty name (it means "get on line/queue" but "bicha" is also slang for a gay male). Because of the name this is inevitably a gay-friendly restaurant, attracting the gay community and some local celebrities.
Põe-te na Bicha
36 Travessa da Água da Flor
The ambience and the food are both traditional, but with a few surprises on the menu and a naughty name (it means "get on line/queue" but "bicha" is also slang for a gay male). Because of the name this is inevitably a gay-friendly restaurant, attracting the gay community and some local celebrities.
Located in the building of the Pharmacy Museum by the Santa Catarina lookout terrace, 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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Pharmácia
1 R. Mal. Saldanha
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Located in the building of the Pharmacy Museum by the Santa Catarina lookout terrace, 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.
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.
It serves some good light meals, drinks, and desserts, but the reason everyone comes here is really for the terrace with a panoramic view over the city. You'll be standing over Lisbon's rooftops as a live DJ spins a number of upbeat sounds. It's especially popular on Sunday afternoons.
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Noobai
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It serves some good light meals, drinks, and desserts, but the reason everyone comes here is really for the terrace with a panoramic view over the city. You'll be standing over Lisbon's rooftops as a live DJ spins a number of upbeat sounds. It's especially popular on Sunday afternoons.
Parks & Nature
Jardim da Estrela, is a beautiful park in front of Basilica da Estrela, nowadays called "Jardim Guerra Junqueiro". It was created in mid 19th century. On the weekends you can see several families gathering there to feed the ducks and the carps on the ponds. One of the landmarks is an iron cast bandstand where you can find live performances in summer time. It was built in 1884 and originally placed in another area of the city, it was only in 1936 that it was moved to its actual location. This garden is inspired in the british style and has a romantic feel to it. It has 4,6 hectares. If statues is something you appreciate, you have several elements to enjoy: Fountain of Youth Antero de Quental bust (a portuguese poet from the 19th century) dated from 1946-1951 and made by Salvador Barata Feyo. Actor Taborda (portuguese actor 1824-1909) bronze bust, made by Costa Motta in 1914. "The king's daughter keeping the ducks" or "The duck keeper", made by Costa Motta and Francisco Santos (1914), located in one of the garden's lakes. "The digger", from 1913, made by Costa Motta (uncle). "The awakening", from 1911-1921 made by José Simões de Almeida (nephew). The park is open everyday, from 7 am to midnight. IN the north face you can find the "British Cemetery" were you'll find Henry Fielding's tomb. He was a british novelist and a playwright that died in Lisbon at the age of 47 years old. His last book was published after his death and its about his trip to Portugal to regain his health. The park has six entrances but the main ones have a big forged iron gate. It has two children playgrounds, a kindergarden and a seniors day center. In the center of the park you'll find a kiosk and a public library. On the east side there is a belvedere. Nowadays and mainly on the weekends you'll find there several cultural activities. It can be a arts and crafts market, a folk music concert, a military band, a yoga class, etc. Its very eclectic. You can find a family with 5 kids, a guy playing a cello, an artist painting a picture, a group of friends playing volleyball, an old couple walking hand in hand or a teenager with his skateboard.
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Jardim da Estrela
n°12 Praça da Estrela
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Jardim da Estrela, is a beautiful park in front of Basilica da Estrela, nowadays called "Jardim Guerra Junqueiro". It was created in mid 19th century. On the weekends you can see several families gathering there to feed the ducks and the carps on the ponds. One of the landmarks is an iron cast bandstand where you can find live performances in summer time. It was built in 1884 and originally placed in another area of the city, it was only in 1936 that it was moved to its actual location. This garden is inspired in the british style and has a romantic feel to it. It has 4,6 hectares. If statues is something you appreciate, you have several elements to enjoy: Fountain of Youth Antero de Quental bust (a portuguese poet from the 19th century) dated from 1946-1951 and made by Salvador Barata Feyo. Actor Taborda (portuguese actor 1824-1909) bronze bust, made by Costa Motta in 1914. "The king's daughter keeping the ducks" or "The duck keeper", made by Costa Motta and Francisco Santos (1914), located in one of the garden's lakes. "The digger", from 1913, made by Costa Motta (uncle). "The awakening", from 1911-1921 made by José Simões de Almeida (nephew). The park is open everyday, from 7 am to midnight. IN the north face you can find the "British Cemetery" were you'll find Henry Fielding's tomb. He was a british novelist and a playwright that died in Lisbon at the age of 47 years old. His last book was published after his death and its about his trip to Portugal to regain his health. The park has six entrances but the main ones have a big forged iron gate. It has two children playgrounds, a kindergarden and a seniors day center. In the center of the park you'll find a kiosk and a public library. On the east side there is a belvedere. Nowadays and mainly on the weekends you'll find there several cultural activities. It can be a arts and crafts market, a folk music concert, a military band, a yoga class, etc. Its very eclectic. You can find a family with 5 kids, a guy playing a cello, an artist painting a picture, a group of friends playing volleyball, an old couple walking hand in hand or a teenager with his skateboard.
Slightly neglected, Lisbon's botanical garden is perhaps in part because of that, an enchanting sight. It's actually quite large (covering 10 acres, or 4 hectares), but you wouldn't know it from the entrance. It's accessed from a gate on one of the busiest streets of the Príncipe Real district, and only later do you notice the dense vegetation. It was considered one of the best botanical gardens in Europe when it was laid out in the 19th century, and its large collection of subtropical vegetation remains impressive today. Many of the exotic plants are neatly labeled, and one that grabs the most attention is the Australian Cycad, an unusually-shaped tree with twisting trunks. Another curiosity is the butterfly greenhouse, which is the only one in Europe that’s open to the public.
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Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa
56/58 Rua da Escola Politécnica
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Slightly neglected, Lisbon's botanical garden is perhaps in part because of that, an enchanting sight. It's actually quite large (covering 10 acres, or 4 hectares), but you wouldn't know it from the entrance. It's accessed from a gate on one of the busiest streets of the Príncipe Real district, and only later do you notice the dense vegetation. It was considered one of the best botanical gardens in Europe when it was laid out in the 19th century, and its large collection of subtropical vegetation remains impressive today. Many of the exotic plants are neatly labeled, and one that grabs the most attention is the Australian Cycad, an unusually-shaped tree with twisting trunks. Another curiosity is the butterfly greenhouse, which is the only one in Europe that’s open to the public.
This romantic garden, laid out in 1863, is the center of a square surrounded by elegant buildings. It's an urban refuge with a gigantic parasol-like cedar tree, under which old ladies, families, or young couples sit for a while, as old men play cards and children run around a small playground. There is also a café with outdoor seating, and two kiosks serving refreshments. Every Saturday it's also home to a farmers' market selling organic fruits and vegetables, while every last Saturday and Monday of each month there's a market of crafts and antiques. Underneath it all is a stone reservoir from the 1800s that's part of the city's Water Museum, open for visits on Saturdays. Of the mansions that surround the square, the beautiful Palácio Ribeiro da Cunha stands out the most, a Neo-Moorish palace with horseshoe windows built in 1877 that's now the Embaixada shopping gallery.
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Jardim do Príncipe Real
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This romantic garden, laid out in 1863, is the center of a square surrounded by elegant buildings. It's an urban refuge with a gigantic parasol-like cedar tree, under which old ladies, families, or young couples sit for a while, as old men play cards and children run around a small playground. There is also a café with outdoor seating, and two kiosks serving refreshments. Every Saturday it's also home to a farmers' market selling organic fruits and vegetables, while every last Saturday and Monday of each month there's a market of crafts and antiques. Underneath it all is a stone reservoir from the 1800s that's part of the city's Water Museum, open for visits on Saturdays. Of the mansions that surround the square, the beautiful Palácio Ribeiro da Cunha stands out the most, a Neo-Moorish palace with horseshoe windows built in 1877 that's now the Embaixada shopping gallery.
Essentials
Regular supermarket, open from 9am to 10pm.
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Pingo Doce
14 R. Ferreira Borges
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Regular supermarket, open from 9am to 10pm.
Post Office. Is always nice to send a post card to your loved ones. Or to that one neighbor that you particularly dislike :)
R. Saraiva de Carvalho 122
122 R. Saraiva de Carvalho
Post Office. Is always nice to send a post card to your loved ones. Or to that one neighbor that you particularly dislike :)
Pharmacy. You never know when you may need one.
Farmácia Linaida
42-48 R. Ferreira Borges
Pharmacy. You never know when you may need one.
Local Healthcare Unit.
USF Santo Condestável
60 R. Patrocínio
Local Healthcare Unit.
Arts & Culture
The house where poet Fernando Pessoa lived the last years of his life was turned into a cultural center in 1994. It's made up of a few personal objects and portraits by Almada Negreiros and Julio Pomar, as well as a library with books about the writer and subjects related to him. There are often special events such as temporary exhibitions and poetry readings throughout the year.
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Casa Fernando Pessoa
16 R. Coelho da Rocha
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The house where poet Fernando Pessoa lived the last years of his life was turned into a cultural center in 1994. It's made up of a few personal objects and portraits by Almada Negreiros and Julio Pomar, as well as a library with books about the writer and subjects related to him. There are often special events such as temporary exhibitions and poetry readings throughout the year.
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was one of Portugal's biggest artists in the 20th century. Born in Lisbon in 1908, she began exhibiting her paintings in Paris in 1930 when she married her husband Arpad Szenes, an Hungarian artist. She later made the French capital her permanent home with her husband, and became the first woman to receive the French government's Grand Prix National des Arts. Most of her work is abstract compositions, and many examples can be seen at this museum along with works by her husband. Those works were left to the Portuguese state in her will, and can be seen together with temporary exhibitions of paintings by artists who were influential to or influenced by either Vieira da Silva or Szenes. This site (a former silk factory) was chosen for the museum because before moving to Paris, Vieira da Silva and Szenes had their studio nearby.
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Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva
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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was one of Portugal's biggest artists in the 20th century. Born in Lisbon in 1908, she began exhibiting her paintings in Paris in 1930 when she married her husband Arpad Szenes, an Hungarian artist. She later made the French capital her permanent home with her husband, and became the first woman to receive the French government's Grand Prix National des Arts. Most of her work is abstract compositions, and many examples can be seen at this museum along with works by her husband. Those works were left to the Portuguese state in her will, and can be seen together with temporary exhibitions of paintings by artists who were influential to or influenced by either Vieira da Silva or Szenes. This site (a former silk factory) was chosen for the museum because before moving to Paris, Vieira da Silva and Szenes had their studio nearby.
Since its inauguration in 2001, this gallery has concentrated on the work of almost two dozen contemporary artists. It presents eight or nine exhibitions per year (video installations, painting, sculpture, photography), and occasionally sponsors the publications of its artists, while also promoting their exhibitions in national and international museums.
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Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art
33 R. Santo António à Estrela
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Since its inauguration in 2001, this gallery has concentrated on the work of almost two dozen contemporary artists. It presents eight or nine exhibitions per year (video installations, painting, sculpture, photography), and occasionally sponsors the publications of its artists, while also promoting their exhibitions in national and international museums.
This gallery started out organizing exhibitions in different spaces in 1999, but moved to its permanent address in 2003. Since then it has become one of the city's best-known galleries, promoting young artists.
Galeria Miguel Nabinho
18-B R. Ten. Ferreira Durão
This gallery started out organizing exhibitions in different spaces in 1999, but moved to its permanent address in 2003. Since then it has become one of the city's best-known galleries, promoting young artists.
This gallery has presented young Portuguese artists locally and internationally since 1998. In 2008 the space was expanded and now its two exhibition rooms also show works by emerging and well established international artists.
Pedro Cera
This gallery has presented young Portuguese artists locally and internationally since 1998. In 2008 the space was expanded and now its two exhibition rooms also show works by emerging and well established international artists.
Amália Rodrigues is one of Portugal's biggest cultural icons and her house was turned into a museum following her death in 1999. She was a Fado diva who gained worldwide fame and acclaim, and her fans now make the pilgrimage to the space where she lived to see over 30,000 of her personal items, including her glitzy outfits, portraits, awards, and recordings in a 30-minute tour.
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Casa-Museu Amália Rodrigues
193 R. de São Bento
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Amália Rodrigues is one of Portugal's biggest cultural icons and her house was turned into a museum following her death in 1999. She was a Fado diva who gained worldwide fame and acclaim, and her fans now make the pilgrimage to the space where she lived to see over 30,000 of her personal items, including her glitzy outfits, portraits, awards, and recordings in a 30-minute tour.
This museum preserves and promotes the work of Julio Pomar, one of the greatest names in Portuguese art of the last century. It holds hundreds of works, from painting to sculpture and drawings, displayed in a former warehouse with two floors of exhibition space redesigned by architect Alvaro Siza Vieira.
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Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar
7 R. Vale
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This museum preserves and promotes the work of Julio Pomar, one of the greatest names in Portuguese art of the last century. It holds hundreds of works, from painting to sculpture and drawings, displayed in a former warehouse with two floors of exhibition space redesigned by architect Alvaro Siza Vieira.
A large part of one of the wings of Praça do Comércio was taken over by this space telling the story of Lisbon through models and multimedia displays. Organized chronologically, it focuses on the main events and personalities that shaped the city over the centuries. The exhibition highlights five of the most dramatic episodes in the city's history and is divided into six sections. The first one tells the myths and facts of the Portuguese capital's first settlers, another one focuses on the "global city" resulting from the Age of Discovery, a third space is dedicated to the Great Earthquake of 1755 followed by "Pombaline Lisbon" or the state-of-the-art city redesigned by the Marquis of Pombal. That reconstruction led to the square where this museum is found, so another area is reserved for the life in the square over time. Finally, the last space focuses on general aspects of the city and there's a gift shop to get your Lisbon souvenirs. There will also be temporary exhibitions and everything is accompanied by commentary through a multilingual audioguide.
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Lisboa Story Centre
78 Praça do Comércio
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A large part of one of the wings of Praça do Comércio was taken over by this space telling the story of Lisbon through models and multimedia displays. Organized chronologically, it focuses on the main events and personalities that shaped the city over the centuries. The exhibition highlights five of the most dramatic episodes in the city's history and is divided into six sections. The first one tells the myths and facts of the Portuguese capital's first settlers, another one focuses on the "global city" resulting from the Age of Discovery, a third space is dedicated to the Great Earthquake of 1755 followed by "Pombaline Lisbon" or the state-of-the-art city redesigned by the Marquis of Pombal. That reconstruction led to the square where this museum is found, so another area is reserved for the life in the square over time. Finally, the last space focuses on general aspects of the city and there's a gift shop to get your Lisbon souvenirs. There will also be temporary exhibitions and everything is accompanied by commentary through a multilingual audioguide.
Drinks & Nightlife
The main reason is because its twenty meters up the street. It's also a smokers bar, so if you still have the habit, you'll find it friendly. The place itself its quite unique. Let us tell you its history. In the early 70's, the owner, Luis Pinto Coelho, had an antiques shop in what nowadays is the entrance hall of the bar. It was in that space that he welcomed his friends where many subversive meetings took place in favor of our revolution (25 of April of 1974) that gave us democracy. Two days after the revolution the place was officially converted to a Bar, named "A Paródia", meaning "The Parody", to honor the last satire magazine from Raphael Bordalo Pinheiro. This was a truly republican bar. Inaugurated in a very politically active and socially complex period of portuguese contemporary history. It turned out to become a gathering place for revolutionary leftwing individualities and fearing right wingers. 1975 and 1976 were very exciting, ideologically, for a bar that had the same name as a very popular satirical magazine. After the revolutionary dust settled, the bar prospered and had a huge success as a business. On the walls you will have a taste of the satirical drawings of this magazine as well as others under the same topic. This gives a unique ambience to this bar, a contrarian and un-conformed feeling, alongside with a touch of irreverence and originality. The decoration of the bar is quite unique also. The owner has also decorated some of the most well known bars in Lisbon, such as Foxtrot, Procópio and Pavilhão Chinês. The bar has a selected and relaxed ambiance, cosy and intimate that welcomes long interesting conversations. Occasionally you may find some musical events, poetry reading, a play or a workshop of some sort.
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A PARÓDIA
26-b R. Patrocínio
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The main reason is because its twenty meters up the street. It's also a smokers bar, so if you still have the habit, you'll find it friendly. The place itself its quite unique. Let us tell you its history. In the early 70's, the owner, Luis Pinto Coelho, had an antiques shop in what nowadays is the entrance hall of the bar. It was in that space that he welcomed his friends where many subversive meetings took place in favor of our revolution (25 of April of 1974) that gave us democracy. Two days after the revolution the place was officially converted to a Bar, named "A Paródia", meaning "The Parody", to honor the last satire magazine from Raphael Bordalo Pinheiro. This was a truly republican bar. Inaugurated in a very politically active and socially complex period of portuguese contemporary history. It turned out to become a gathering place for revolutionary leftwing individualities and fearing right wingers. 1975 and 1976 were very exciting, ideologically, for a bar that had the same name as a very popular satirical magazine. After the revolutionary dust settled, the bar prospered and had a huge success as a business. On the walls you will have a taste of the satirical drawings of this magazine as well as others under the same topic. This gives a unique ambience to this bar, a contrarian and un-conformed feeling, alongside with a touch of irreverence and originality. The decoration of the bar is quite unique also. The owner has also decorated some of the most well known bars in Lisbon, such as Foxtrot, Procópio and Pavilhão Chinês. The bar has a selected and relaxed ambiance, cosy and intimate that welcomes long interesting conversations. Occasionally you may find some musical events, poetry reading, a play or a workshop of some sort.
This charming bar from 1972 is found hidden by Jardim das Amoreiras. You need to ring a bell to be allowed inside, where you'll find an Art Nouveau décor. The music selection ranges from jazz to blues and bossa nova.
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Procópio bar
21 Alto de São Francisco
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This charming bar from 1972 is found hidden by Jardim das Amoreiras. You need to ring a bell to be allowed inside, where you'll find an Art Nouveau décor. The music selection ranges from jazz to blues and bossa nova.
It looks like an antiques shop and could very well be a museum, but it's a bar that opens late in the afternoon. You must ring a bell to get inside, and once you do you find one of the city's most authentic spots. There's a total of five rooms decorated with curious objects (miniature trains, toy soldiers, old mugs, etc. from the owner's private collection), to admire as you sip a cocktail. There's an extensive list of drinks, from cocktails to juices, to teas and Port Wine. You may also play pool in one of the rooms.
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Pavilhão Chinês
89 R. Dom Pedro V
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It looks like an antiques shop and could very well be a museum, but it's a bar that opens late in the afternoon. You must ring a bell to get inside, and once you do you find one of the city's most authentic spots. There's a total of five rooms decorated with curious objects (miniature trains, toy soldiers, old mugs, etc. from the owner's private collection), to admire as you sip a cocktail. There's an extensive list of drinks, from cocktails to juices, to teas and Port Wine. You may also play pool in one of the rooms.
Recognized as the best cocktail bar in Lisbon, this lounge mixes unique drinks in a cool, sophisticated ambience. You have the choice of dozens of innovative cocktails, with new ones always being invented. It is owned by an Englishman who's worked at bars around the world (from Australia to New York) and decided to open his own in Lisbon. It's found in a quiet residential area, and is one of the top places in the city for chilling out. Snacks are also available to accompany the drinks.
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CINCO lounge
17A R. Ruben A. Leitão
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Recognized as the best cocktail bar in Lisbon, this lounge mixes unique drinks in a cool, sophisticated ambience. You have the choice of dozens of innovative cocktails, with new ones always being invented. It is owned by an Englishman who's worked at bars around the world (from Australia to New York) and decided to open his own in Lisbon. It's found in a quiet residential area, and is one of the top places in the city for chilling out. Snacks are also available to accompany the drinks.
The bottles that cover one of the walls of this bar are all of craft beer, from Portugal and abroad, for every taste. There are around 100 types, from Belgium to Germany, at various prices (roughly from 2 to 20 euros). They’re served nice and cold inside, or you may simply grab a few bottles to take home or to enjoy outside in Praça das Flores. Those who choose to stay at the bar may order snacks to go with the beer, and stay until 2AM on weekends.
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Cerveteca Lisboa
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The bottles that cover one of the walls of this bar are all of craft beer, from Portugal and abroad, for every taste. There are around 100 types, from Belgium to Germany, at various prices (roughly from 2 to 20 euros). They’re served nice and cold inside, or you may simply grab a few bottles to take home or to enjoy outside in Praça das Flores. Those who choose to stay at the bar may order snacks to go with the beer, and stay until 2AM on weekends.
Foxtrot is the typical early-20th century bar, inspired by the traditional English pubs. You must ring a bell to go inside, where you find four dimly-lit rooms, an Art Deco style, and a very inviting fireplace for the winter days. It offers an extensive list of drinks, from whiskeys to gin, to a variety of cocktails. From the kitchen comes the popular Foxtrot steak, hamburgers or steak sandwiches until 3AM.
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Foxtrot
28 Tv. Santa Teresa
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Foxtrot is the typical early-20th century bar, inspired by the traditional English pubs. You must ring a bell to go inside, where you find four dimly-lit rooms, an Art Deco style, and a very inviting fireplace for the winter days. It offers an extensive list of drinks, from whiskeys to gin, to a variety of cocktails. From the kitchen comes the popular Foxtrot steak, hamburgers or steak sandwiches until 3AM.
The small rooftop bar of the Vintage House Hotel, between Avenida da Liberdade and Príncipe Real, opens during the spring and summer months for evenings of views over Lisbon to the sound of music. It's essencially a balcony looking out to the castle, serving tapas and a variety of cocktails from 5PM to midnight.
The V Rooftop Bar
2 R. Rodrigo da Fonseca
The small rooftop bar of the Vintage House Hotel, between Avenida da Liberdade and Príncipe Real, opens during the spring and summer months for evenings of views over Lisbon to the sound of music. It's essencially a balcony looking out to the castle, serving tapas and a variety of cocktails from 5PM to midnight.
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.
Laid-back and welcoming, this trendy bar is what turned the street Rua da Bica Duarte Belo into a nightlife hotspot. It's a much-photographed street due to its charming yellow funicular, and works as an extension of Bairro Alto which starts across the street. This bar has long been a favorite, particularly for its weekly jazz nights and film screenings, although any time you show up you'll find an inviting chill-out space for caipirinha and mojito-drinking.
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Bicaense Butchers
42 R. da Bica de Duarte Belo
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Laid-back and welcoming, this trendy bar is what turned the street Rua da Bica Duarte Belo into a nightlife hotspot. It's a much-photographed street due to its charming yellow funicular, and works as an extension of Bairro Alto which starts across the street. This bar has long been a favorite, particularly for its weekly jazz nights and film screenings, although any time you show up you'll find an inviting chill-out space for caipirinha and mojito-drinking.
All of a sudden, this bar with a retro atmosphere became THE most popular in Bairro Alto. The larger-than-average interior decorated with old furnishings apparently was the main attraction, allowing you to choose between staying in a relaxed chill-out ambience indoors or joining the usually large crowds outside by the door. A wood-fired oven on one of the walls is a reminder of the space's former incarnation as a bakery, and you may still get some light snacks (cheeses, hams, etc.) along with cheap drinks.
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Maria Caxuxa
6-12 R. da Barroca
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All of a sudden, this bar with a retro atmosphere became THE most popular in Bairro Alto. The larger-than-average interior decorated with old furnishings apparently was the main attraction, allowing you to choose between staying in a relaxed chill-out ambience indoors or joining the usually large crowds outside by the door. A wood-fired oven on one of the walls is a reminder of the space's former incarnation as a bakery, and you may still get some light snacks (cheeses, hams, etc.) along with cheap drinks.
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.
This welcoming bar is known for a gay-friendly ambience, especially among lesbians. There's no sign (it's simply distinguished by a bright orange door), but everyone easily finds it whenever they want a laid-back Bairro Alto bar that also allows some dancing in its small area. Some weekend nights offer live DJs and the drinks are always good (the Cosmopolitan is apparently the favorite).
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Purex
28 R. das Salgadeiras
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This welcoming bar is known for a gay-friendly ambience, especially among lesbians. There's no sign (it's simply distinguished by a bright orange door), but everyone easily finds it whenever they want a laid-back Bairro Alto bar that also allows some dancing in its small area. Some weekend nights offer live DJs and the drinks are always good (the Cosmopolitan is apparently the favorite).
Shopping
Lisbon's first major shopping mall opened in 1985 and remains a favorite. While Colombo eventually surpassed it in size and Centro Vasco da Gama is more popular, Amoreiras has more of an exclusive feel. In total there are over 275 retail spaces, including restaurants and a multiplex cinema. This mall is just part of the large Amoreiras complex, three mirrored towers also housing offices and luxury apartments. They were quite controversial in the 1980s due to their colossal post-modern style. An observation deck opened at the top in 2016, accessed through the mall.
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Amoreiras 360º Panoramic View
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Lisbon's first major shopping mall opened in 1985 and remains a favorite. While Colombo eventually surpassed it in size and Centro Vasco da Gama is more popular, Amoreiras has more of an exclusive feel. In total there are over 275 retail spaces, including restaurants and a multiplex cinema. This mall is just part of the large Amoreiras complex, three mirrored towers also housing offices and luxury apartments. They were quite controversial in the 1980s due to their colossal post-modern style. An observation deck opened at the top in 2016, accessed through the mall.
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.
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Go Natural
30 R. Azedo Gneco
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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.
What looks like an art studio is really a shop selling locally-designed products made from new and recycled materials. There are also traditional Portuguese products from around the country and its biggest specialty: furniture designed to order. That all means here you can find a perfect solution to your storage, decorative, or lighting needs.
Baeta Café
90 R. Saraiva de Carvalho
What looks like an art studio is really a shop selling locally-designed products made from new and recycled materials. There are also traditional Portuguese products from around the country and its biggest specialty: furniture designed to order. That all means here you can find a perfect solution to your storage, decorative, or lighting needs.
Located not far from the Amoreiras shopping mall, this well-designed wine shop has a huge selection of Portuguese and international wines, including some rare and exclusive labels. There are almost 3000 choices to make, ranging in price from 1 euro to almost 2000. There are new labels coming in every week, and it also regularly hosts wine tastings.
Wine O'Clock
2 R. Joshua Benoliel
Located not far from the Amoreiras shopping mall, this well-designed wine shop has a huge selection of Portuguese and international wines, including some rare and exclusive labels. There are almost 3000 choices to make, ranging in price from 1 euro to almost 2000. There are new labels coming in every week, and it also regularly hosts wine tastings.
This shopping gallery, in a palatial neo-Moorish building from the 1800s, had its rooms divided into several shops. They number over a dozen, all combining tradition, creativity and innovation in design and fashion, mostly from Portuguese designers. The beautiful interior has Moorish-inspired architecture mixed with Art Nouveau details, and space dedicated to the arts, with temporary exhibitions. There are also a couple of restaurants, with outdoor seating in the backyard.
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Embaixada - Concept Store
26 Praça do Príncipe Real
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This shopping gallery, in a palatial neo-Moorish building from the 1800s, had its rooms divided into several shops. They number over a dozen, all combining tradition, creativity and innovation in design and fashion, mostly from Portuguese designers. The beautiful interior has Moorish-inspired architecture mixed with Art Nouveau details, and space dedicated to the arts, with temporary exhibitions. There are also a couple of restaurants, with outdoor seating in the backyard.
In business since 1956, this shop offers top-quality antique tiles, many of them salvaged from old churches and palaces. You'll find Moorish-style 15th-century productions together with 20th-century Art Deco styles, ranging in price from just a couple dozen euros to the thousands.
Solar Antiques
66 R. Dom Pedro V
In business since 1956, this shop offers top-quality antique tiles, many of them salvaged from old churches and palaces. You'll find Moorish-style 15th-century productions together with 20th-century Art Deco styles, ranging in price from just a couple dozen euros to the thousands.
Portugal's most unique design pieces are made of cork and you'll find many examples at this shop in Bairro Alto. There is furniture and fashion accessories made with that very Portuguese eco-friendly material, all of high quality and with a distinctive design.
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CORK & CO
10 Rua das Salgadeiras
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Portugal's most unique design pieces are made of cork and you'll find many examples at this shop in Bairro Alto. There is furniture and fashion accessories made with that very Portuguese eco-friendly material, all of high quality and with a distinctive design.
Turn back time and grab a classic Portuguese product as a gift. Nostalgic locals, or simply those with good taste, come here for the same soaps and gourmet products that their grandmothers used to buy, while tourists are fascinated by the retro packagings. "Genuine" is the word to describe everything you see at the original shop in Chiado and at a second space in Largo do Intendente, which is more spacious and includes homeware.
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A Vida Portuguesa
11 R. Anchieta
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Turn back time and grab a classic Portuguese product as a gift. Nostalgic locals, or simply those with good taste, come here for the same soaps and gourmet products that their grandmothers used to buy, while tourists are fascinated by the retro packagings. "Genuine" is the word to describe everything you see at the original shop in Chiado and at a second space in Largo do Intendente, which is more spacious and includes homeware.