This steak restaurant served up one of the dreamiest bits of wagyu i’ve ever inhaled. The sides of coleslaw and salad sound basic bitch; but they did something extra special to those steak based partners that elevated the whole dish. It was my favourite meal in Lisbon. Mostly locals on the night I ate at the restaurant and the service was top notch.
Estrella Da Bica
This little tapas bar served up delicious dishes in the heart of Bairro Alto. I actually stumbled on it by accident, but it turns out it’s very popular – expect to wait for up to 90 mins at the weekend if you go late. Or go early, and get a lovely table served by some hip Lisbon doods.
Ok this is actually a cheat because there are several restaurants within LX Factory and also the most delicious cheesecake shop. So if you were to swing by this converted “creative island” under the bridge you’d find lots of options. There is also an incredible bookshop and lots of little shops to browse either before or after food.
This beautiful hotel is at the bottom of a quiet cul-de-sac. The view from the terrace is quite stunning. It’s one of those view that take you into a trance like state without even trying. You look out across the whole district to the pantheon, and back out to sea. They even have a small rooftop pool, which if you ask nicely, they may let you use. Take your swimmers!
Time Out Market
2 years ago, Lisbon’s main market was turned into this Portuguese foodie mecca. It serves up everything from charcuterie to cakes and ice cream. Located right next to Cais Do Sodré, it’s really easy to find. And even if you’re not hungry – a quick bimble around Lisbon’s favourite food stops will probably change all that. Not great for the indecisive.
This bar sits on top of a multi-story car park in Bairro Alto. The vibe at sunset is perfect, with a view to die for, looking out across the river and south to the other side of the bridge. So if you’re the sort of person who’s missing Mambo at dusk, then go here. The music gets going later, with a mix of Hip Hop and party. A crowded dance floor after 00:00, the nights I was there. One not to miss. Free Entry.
There’s a theme here in Lisbon with bars. Which is basically rooftops with views. This terrace bar has amazing 6th floor views of the castle and surrounding areas. Slightly more grown up and sophisticated, the cocktails were great. Slightly pricey, but you get what you pay for. If you’re fed up of Bairro Alto’s party street and you’re looking for something slightly more chilled – this is the one. It’s based in the commercial centre, Martim Moniz. If you end up in a Chinese restaurant’s kitchen, then you’re on the wrong floor.
R. Da Atalaia
Every good party town worth it’s weight in party, needs a bar street. Even better if there’s a club street. So here’s Lisbon’s. R.Da Atalaia is the central street to head for in Bairro Alto if you’re looking for a fun night. There are plenty of things happening here, and it really doesn’t get going ‘till after midnight. You have been warned. Sleep when you’re dead.
I would argue that you could do a night in Lisbon WITHOUT going to a club. But if that’s your thing, check out Music Box. Or for something a bit more upmarket Lux. If you’re into daytime parties ‘Electronic Brunch’ runs every Sunday throughout the summer in a park just North of the city centre. Kölsch, Tiga and Will Saul have all played in the past few weeks. Worth a visit.
The great thing about Lisbon is that it has so many beaches that you can get to quickly. Although not popular with locals, you can get to Carcavelos Beach in 20 minutes from Bairro Alto, either by train or taxi. Just further along the coast and about 30-40 minutes away are the beaches of Estoril and Caiscais. These are both on the trainline, so again, pretty easy to reach. You can pay 10 euros for 2 sunbeds and a parasol for the full day. Or just chuck your towel down and get in the sea. If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous. Ericeira is about a 40 minute drive North of Lisbon. It has many beautiful beaches and great surf areas for all abilities. Alternatively head South to Sesimbra, which is a 50 minute drive across the bridge.
The most beautiful beaches in Portugal are further South, heading towards the Algarve. But they’re a few hours drive, and it really robs your time if you’re only in town for a few days.