Lisbon - a Guide to Eat, Drink and Shop!
Lisbon is a great city for food enthusiasts, the city is filled with great places affordable places to eat, where the ingredients are fresh and oh-so-tasty. And the good thing is that Lisbon has plenty of hills, so you will be walking it all off in no time! I have created a list with the places we loved, and some places that were recommended to us and I wish I would have had time to visit on our last trip.
Clube de Jornalistas - There is something so tremendously charming about this restaurant. It feels like an apartment with lovely creaky wooden floors and beautiful tiles on the walls. The food is local and VERY good. R. Trinas 129.
Cervejaria Ramiro - A Lisbon institution that focuses on seafood, loved by both tourists and locals. Av. Almirante Reis nº1 - H
By the Wine - If you feel like having a nice glass of wine (or many) and a cheese board to go with it, head here for your fix. Rua das Flores 41.
Queijaria Cheese Shop and Bar - Lots of great cheeses from Portugal and around the world can be found here to take with you or to eat in the shop. R. Monte Olivete 40.
Bairro do Avillez - A lovely restaurant that looks like a little village with different spaces. Lots of tapas style dishes to share. There is a shop too with cool local items. Very recommendable! R. Nova da Trinidad 18.
Taberna da Rua das Flores: A very old-school kind of bar/restaurant that serves up traditional Portuguese dishes for lunch and snacks for dinner. Rua das Flores 103.
Chapitô à Mesa: A very eclectic restaurant with a circus (!) and beautiful views. Costa do Castelo 7.
Mercado da Ribeira/Time Out Market: An old market shares space with a huge space for food enthusiasts. You can find almost any kind of meal here, just buy it and take it to one of the tables nearby or take it with you to go. Don't miss it! 481, Av. 24 de Julho
Pharmacia: Decorated like an old pharmacy this restaurant has so much charm we could barely take it! Very recommendable, and obviously the food is great too. R. Mal. Saldanha 1.
Mini Bar Teatro: Wonder chef Jose Avillez has created a theatre-like atmosphere with fabulous food and a true gastronomic experience. Don't miss this gem! R. António Maria Cardoso 58.
Restaurante Cervejeria Europa: A neighbourhood kind of restaurant with very fresh seafood for next to nothing. R. Francisco Metrass 57.
A Vida Portuguesa - gorgeous shop with all things Portuguese. It is impossible to leave without buying a good wine, a set of beautiful tins of anchovies or some local chocolate. They have various locations, one of them is R. Anchieta 11.
Conserveira de Lisboa - They are specialised in the colourful tins of anchovies, tuna, sardines and other seafood that Portugal is so famous for. So lovely and nostalgic! Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 34.
The Decadente Restaurant & Bar: Such a charming restaurant with a great, interesting menu filled with local specialities. The decoration is gorgeous. They have a lovely terrace too! R. São Pedro de Alcântara 81.
Livraria Ler Devagar: A must visit for any book lover: a fascinating space with A LOT of books. It used to be a printing space, and they have kept some of the machinery. 1300, R. Rodrigues de Faria 103.
Entre Tanto: An indoor market with around 30 small local designers and brands. It is located in a beautiful old palace. Rua da Escola Politécnica 42.
This & That: A beautiful little shop with maps, notebooks, home decor, toys... R. Ferragial 3.
Ceramics na Linha: Beautiful and very affordable ceramics, don't miss this place! For most of the items you pay per kg. R. Capelo 16.
Landeau Chocolate - We didn't have time to go here unfortunately, but it is the perfect place to go if you are a chocoholic like me. Their chocolate cake is supposed to be out of this world. Rua das Flores 70.
Royale Café - A wonderful green oasis in the middle of the city, with a beautiful patio in the back. They do everything: breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 29 R/C
Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata - Although many swear by the Pasteis de Nata from Belem just outside the city centre, but this wonderful little place has gained a lot of fame too. Half of it is a production area so you can see how these famous little custard tarts are made, and half of it is a tiny little cafe where you can buy your pasteis warm straight from the oven. Good luck with having just one... Rua do Loreto 2.
Hello Kristof - A hip cafe worth checking out if you appreciate good coffee. R. do Poço dos Negros 103.
Fabrica Coffee Roasters - Great coffee, craft beer, and a beautiful, cook space. R. das Portas de Santo Antão 136.
Copenhagen Coffee Lab: So hip, so cool, plus obviously great coffee. And their cinnamon rolls are excellent. R. Nova da Piedade 10.
Café da Garagem: A must visit! Beautiful views and great chocolate balls. :) Costa do Castelo 75.
Kaffeehaus: More Austrian than Portuguese but a great place if you are looking for a casual place with good food and amazing cakes. R. Anchieta 3.
A Luz Ideal: Somewhat off the beaten path but very much worth a visit thanks to its lovely atmosphere and good food. R. Gen. Schiappa Monteiro 2A.
Park Bar Lisboa - An eclectic bar hidden in a car park. It has amazing views! 58, Calçada do Combro.
Pavilhão Chinês - Even if the drinks and the food aren't that memorable, the place is absolutely worth a visit. The bar walls are covered with strange memorabilia, and it gives the place an interesting atmosphere. R. Dom Pedro V 89.
Chimera Brewpub: This bar is located in an 18th-century coach tunnel and a great place for craft beer. Rua Prior do Crato 6.
Duque Brewpub: Excellent bar for craft beers, they brew their own too. Calçada do Duque 51.
Cerveteca Lisboa: Said to be the best brewpub in Lisbon, and it really is great. They have plenty of taps and a long list of bottles too. Lovely atmosphere. Praça das Flores 62.
Red Frog: A speakeasy where you ring a bell on a nondescript door. Good cocktails are to be drunk here. nº5A, Rua do Salitre.
Pensão Amor: This bar used to be a brothel, but has since then been restored to a decadent lounge bar. In the afternoon it serves as a tea room. R. do Alecrim 19.
Cinco Lounge: They serve more than 100 cocktails, so good luck with leaving anytime soon. R. Ruben A. Leitão 17A.
Lisbeer: They claim to have the largest selection of beers in Lisbon (not all craft though). Very cosy space (some of the sofas are VERY comfortable!) and one of the few places where you are still allowed to smoke! Not everywhere in the bar though, so if you don't like smoke do not worry. Beco do Arco Escuro 1.
Topo: Rooftop bar with gorgeous views. 6th floor, Commercial Center Martim Moniz, Praça Martim Moniz.
Bairro Alto Hotel: In the bar located on the top floor of this hotel you can enjoy amazing views of the sunset. Not cheap though. Praça Luís de Camões 2.
You also HAVE to visit the old-school bars where you can drink ginjinha, a portuguese cherry liquor. Check out A Ginjinha or Ginjinha Sem Rival (Eduardino).
When we go anywhere 50% of us is really into vinyl records, so we visit as many as we can. Here is a list of shops to visit:
Flur: Avenida Infante D. Henrique, Armazém B4 Cais da Pedra - Santa Apolónia
Carbono: R. Telhal 6B.
Crew Hassan: zR. Andrade 8A.
Carpet & Snares: R. da Misericórdia 12.
Louie Louie: Escadinhas do Santo Espírito da Pedreira.
Groovie Records: Rua de S. Paulo 252.
Magic Bus: Calçada do Duque 17-a.
Discolecção: Calçada do Duque 53.
Estufa Fria - A beautiful garden with a greenhouse with a multitude of plants and trees. An incredibly relaxing place to go if you want to get away from the city hustle and bustle. 501, Parque Eduardo VII.
Memmo Alfama Hotel - A small but beautiful hotel in the Alfama neighbourhood. The decoration is wonderfully simple (if not Nordic) and the breakfast is excellent. Tv. Merceeiras 27.
Feira da Ladra: A charming (and huge!) flea market that runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You can find absolutely anything here, I promise. Campo de Santa Clara.
MUDE: A Design Museum that is very much worth a visit (plus it's free). 1100, R. Augusta 24.
Miradouros: There are plenty of viewpoints in the city where you can see all over the city, some of them more busy with tourists than others. Miradouro de Santa Catarina, Miradouro da Graça and Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara are a few recommendable viewpoints.