Survey Says: Tourists Love Lisbon

February 26th, 2015 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon had a record year in tourism in 2014, and it seems that almost everyone left satisfied and wanting more. When visitors were asked how much they liked the city on a scale of 1 to 10, the average score was a 9.28, and 99.3% said they wish to return. Over half of those surveyed (62%) said Lisbon exceeded their expectations, and around the same number (60.8%) said they rank the Portuguese capital among their top 5 favorite destinations.

Lisbon was the European capital with the highest growth in hotel stays, and in 2015 there will be close to two dozen hotel openings. But this doesn’t mean that it will become more expensive and overrun with tourists like most other European cities. It remains an undiscovered (overlooked) destination for most tourists from outside Europe, and prices are still well below those of most other Western European capitals, especially when it comes to hotels and apartments.

There are many reasons why Lisbon is suddenly becoming a favorite in Europe, and one of them seems to be word of mouth, which reminds many of one of the most authentic European capitals. Lisbon is now more attractive than ever, especially after its renovated waterfront, new museum openings and a rejuvenated food scene. Tourists sharing all the scenic views they captured on camera in Lisbon on social media, and trip reports on blogs and websites have convinced many to visit the city and see for themselves.

If you haven’t been to Lisbon or it’s been some time since you were last in town, it’s time to discover a whole new destination. So start planning your sightseeing now!

The Most Romantic 24 Hours in Lisbon

January 21st, 2015 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

Lisbon sunrise

PORTAS DO SOL

SUNRISE
Wake up before sunrise, and head to Portas do Sol (literally “The Sun Gate”). This terrace in the Alfama district is where you may sit and watch the sun rising, and admire the early morning glow over the city’s most postcard-perfect view. It’s a good idea to stay at one of the hotels nearby, and if you choose Palácio Belmonte, you may even have the Portas do Sol view from your room. Other choices are Memmo Alfama, Solar dos Mouros and Solar do Castelo. After the sun has risen, go for a stroll around the neighboring maze of picturesque streets until 9AM, the castle’s opening time.
Castle view, Lisbon

VIEW FROM THE CASTLE

MORNING
Get a bird’s-eye view over the city from its oldest monument. Feel like the king and queen of the castle as you walk around the ramparts in the company of peacocks. You’ll want to spend some time here, but there’s still plenty to see, so hop on an official tram tour, which goes around the old city.
You may then look for a place for lunch that best appeals to you, although you probably should head back up by the castle for a meal with a view over the city, at Chapitô à Mesa.

Chapitô à Mesa

CHAPITÔ À MESA

Coaches Museum, Lisbon

COACHES MUSEUM

AFTERNOON
You may want to wait a few minutes for dessert. Try the city’s famous custard tarts on the opposite side of town, the Belém district. Lisbon’s most famous and iconic landmarks are all found there on the waterfront, where the Tagus river becomes the Atlantic. This was from where explorers like Vasco da Gama departed for their voyages around the world during the Age of Discovery, and now you may see the magnificent architecture from that time. Start with the cloisters of the Jeronimos Monastery, take a photo by the Discoveries Monument, and relax by the beautiful Belém Tower. Be sure to also see the Cinderella-like carriages of the Coaches Museum, and if you’ve still got the energy, head up the hill to the royal palace of Ajuda, known for its romantic collection of decorative art.

Belem Tower, Lisbon
BELEM TOWER

Ribeira das Naus, Lisbon

RIBEIRA DAS NAUS

SUNSET
Head back to the center of town, but stay by the waterfront. Head to the top of the triumphal arch for the beautiful view, and late in the afternoon there’s no better spot to be than Ribeira das Naus, the promenade next to Comercio Square. This is where many choose to stay for the sunset, either at the Cais das Colunas wharf, or sitting on the steps of the promenade.
Lisbon sunset

RIBEIRA DAS NAUS

Moon over Lisbon
MIRADOURO DE SÃO PEDRO DE ALCÂNTARA

NIGHT
After the sun disappears in the horizon, but before nightfall, head up to Bairro Alto for the city’s most romantic viewpoint, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. It’s the perfect backdrop for a selfie of the two of you, and you may sit for a while, as the moon shines above the castle.

Comercio Square, Lisbon

VIEW FROM THE TRIUMPHAL ARCH

Embaixada

EMBAIXADA

Continue heading up the hill and you’re now in the romantic district of Principe Real. Get yourselves a gift at the monumental Embaixada shopping gallery, and sit relaxing under the gigantic umbrella-like cedar tree at the garden across from it. It’s now dinner time, so choose one of the many restaurants in the popular nightlife district Bairro Alto nearby. Consider As Salgadeiras, a former bakery (the stone vaulted ceiling and old brick oven have been maintained) that serves excellent Portuguese cuisine, or try Lisboa à Noite. It’s a former stable for horses that has kept the ring chains and beautiful tile panels from the 1700s, serving some classic Portuguese dishes. A third option is Pap’Açorda, a chandeliered restaurant known for both its contemporary and traditional Portuguese cuisine, and yet another choice is The Insólito, found on a rooftop looking out to the castle.
The Insolito

THE INSOLITO

It’s now time to head back to your hotel, but you may also choose an apartment instead.
But why should you only have 24 romantic hours in Lisbon? Make this a 48-hour experience, and head to Sintra on the following day. This fairy tale town less than 40 minutes from the capital city was Europe’s first center of Romantic architecture, and is now a World Heritage Site. Of the many palaces and castles in town, the one you can’t miss is Pena Palace, but we also recommend the Regaleira Palace and the Moorish Castle, and Monserrate Palace. You can easily spend an entire day hopping around palaces and castles, and you may then relax in the oldest hotel in the Iberian Peninsula, Lawrence’s Hotel, or have the royal experience at Seteais Palace Hotel.

Pena Palace

PENA PALACE

10 Reasons to Visit Lisbon in 2015

January 2nd, 2015 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

Belem Tower, Lisbon

500 YEARS OF THE BELEM TOWER
Lisbon’s most iconic monument is celebrating its 500th anniversary throughout the year, with a special event at the end of June. On the same month, the annual parade down Avenida da Liberdade on the night of the 12th will have the World Heritage tower as its theme and inspiration.

Ribeira Market

THE NEW RIBEIRA MARKET
Lisbon’s central market added a food court on the ground level last May, which quickly made it one of the city’s most popular spots. In 2015, it will add new attractions upstairs, including a restaurant, auditorium and gallery, making it more than a dining destination.

MORE GASTRONOMIC STARS
2014 ended with Lisbon having a 2-Michelin-star restaurant for the first time. It was awarded to Belcanto, which had previously already been distinguished with one, and in 2015 there will be more acclaimed chefs opening new restaurants in the city. Henrique Sá Pessoa, known locally for his TV cooking show, closed his restaurant “Alma” in 2014, but will reopen it in a more central location, in Chiado, in the new year. And local celebrity chef Olivier will open a high-end restaurant and members’ club by Avenida da Liberdade, while in the same neighborhood there will be a new hotel with a restaurant managed by a Michelin star chef from Madeira. There will be more information about all of these places and more, throughout the year.

Roman Theater, Lisbon

THE NEW ROMAN THEATER MUSEUM
It’s one of Lisbon’s oldest constructions, but was only unearthed in the 1960s. It’s the city’s Roman theater, which is now only seen in part, as an archaeological site. But a small museum with a few pieces found on the site was created in 2001 next to the excavations, only to close in 2013 for renovations. Now in May of 2015 it will reopen and will better explain life in Lisbon during Roman times, while also trying to bring the ancient monument to life.

VOLVO OCEAN RACE
The 12th edition of the round-the-world ocean race chose Lisbon as a transatlantic stopover, bringing the sailing competition to the city from May 23rd to the 27th. During these dates, you can expect to see the Lisbon waterfront with even more activity.

Super Bock Super Rock

SUPER BOCK SUPER ROCK
It’s one of Lisbon’s biggest annual music festivals, but it had left the city for the beach in the last several years. In 2015 it’s back in Lisbon, in Parque das Nações, on June 16th, 17th and 18th. Right now only Florence and the Machine have been confirmed, but other bands will be announced soon.

EXPERIMENTADESIGN – DESIGN BIENNIAL
2015 is a year of Lisbon’s design biennial which is essentially also a contemporary culture festival taking place in several venues around the city. It’s only happening late in the year, in November and December, so there is no information about it at the moment, but you may now mark your calendar.

Ribeira das Naus

A NEW URBAN BEACH
With the Atlantic just a few minutes from the city center, Lisbon doesn’t really need an “urban beach.” But after the Ribeira das Naus waterfront promenade by Comercio Square became a “beach” last year, there was an idea to turn another waterfront area into a central “beach.” That project seems to be coming true, and the location is in the Belém district, not far from the Discoveries Monument. There will be beach chairs and an actual beach environment but no sand, only a lawn — and no swimming. But plenty of sunbathing.

THE NEW COACHES MUSEUM
Will 2015 be finally the year when the new Coaches Museum opens its doors? The building has been ready for a couple of years, but the inauguration has been delayed several times. It’s now said that it’s scheduled for the summer, but locals have to see it to believe it. And tourists will also see more of Lisbon’s magnificent old carriages that also have to be seen to be believed. These fairy tale vehicles that once transported royalty and nobility can currently still be admired in the old museum, but when the new one opens, there will be more to see and more to learn about them, and about the times when they used to roam the streets of Lisbon and elsewhere in Europe.

NEW SPECIAL PLACES TO STAY
Portugal’s network of historic hotels will finally open one in the capital, in one of the arcaded buildings of Comercio Square. Scheduled for some time in the summer, the Pousada de Lisboa will blend the historic and the contemporary, plus an unbeatable waterfront location. Another excellent location is that of the upcoming Hotel Santiago de Alfama, just steps from the castle and around the corner from a couple of the city’s most beautiful viewpoints. And yet another special place where you may be the very first guest is Porto Bay Liberdade, opening soon by the city’s luxury shopping boulevard, featuring a refined restaurant and rooftop lounge.

Christmas and New Year’s in Lisbon 2014

December 4th, 2014 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

Holidays in Lisbon, Portugal

The Christmas lights are now on, and the Christmas shopping has begun. Much like everywhere else, there’s plenty of Christmas spirit in Lisbon, and if you’ll be in town this month and until New Year’s Day, you’ll find special events around the city:

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
From December 7th to the 21st, there will be free Christmas concerts in several of the city’s churches. Some of the highlights: In São Roque Church on the 12th at 9:30PM, in Graça Church on the 14th at 4PM, and in São Domingos Church on the 20th at 9:30PM. There will also be a special concert of the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra on Sunday the 21st, at 5:30PM in São Luiz Theater.

CHRISTMAS MARKET
From the 12th to the 28th you’ll find a Christmas market in the city’s largest square, Praça do Comércio. It’s the perfect opportunity to find something special from Lisbon for a gift.

MULTIMEDIA SHOW
The market won’t be the only event in Comercio Square. From the 14th to the 23rd, there will be a multimedia show projected onto the façades every night at 7PM, 8PM and 9PM. It’s a family show, lasting for about 15 minutes, with the theme of “Christmas wishes.”

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
Outside Lisbon, to the north of the city in the medieval village of Obidos, is the annual “Christmas Village.” It presents several shows and activities from December 5th to January 4th within the castle walls: See Facebook photos of the event here

NEW YEAR’S EVE
As always, the major New Year’s Eve celebrations will also take place in Comercio Square, with the usual fireworks at midnight. There will be plenty of live music before that, and you may grab a seat for a meal or drink at one of the many tables surrounding the square.

10 New Restaurants to Try in Lisbon this Fall

October 6th, 2014 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

A Cultura do Hamburger, Lisbon

A CULTURA DO HAMBURGUER
Rua das Salgadeiras, 38
Tel: 213 430 272

Formerly a tea house, this attractive space in Bairro Alto is now all about hamburgers. They all come with fries, and there are also the traditional Portuguese “pregos” (steak sandwiches).

Apicius, Lisbon

APICIUS
Rua da Cruz dos Poiais, 89
Tel: 213 900 652

You’ll find this small restaurant between Bairro Alto and São Bento Palace. From outside (in a tile-covered building) you’d expect a traditional place, but the interior is very contemporary — not just the decor but also the food, which is of international inspiration.

Bastardo, Lisbon

BASTARDO
Rua da Betesga, 3
Tel: 213 240 993

Looking out to Rossio Square in the Internacional Design Hotel, this restaurant is open to anyone wishing to try some creative Portuguese cuisine. It uses regional products and has a stylish interior, made up of mismatched chairs and funny portraits on the wall.

Don Castellana, Lisbon

DON CASTELLANA
Rua da Moeda, 1 H/N
Tel: 213 901 016

Just around the corner from Ribeira Market, this restaurant has a Roman-born chef preparing refined Italian cuisine. It’s served in a classic-style dining room which may be booked for private parties.

In Bocca al Lupo, Lisbon

IN BOCCA AL LUPO
Rua Manuel Bernardes, 5A
Tel: 213 900 582

Hidden on a quiet street by Praça das Flores in the Príncipe Real district, this restaurant presents thin-crust pizzas prepared in a wood oven. It stands out from the other pizza places in town by being organic, and for offering the choice of vegan pizzas.

La Favorita do Cais, Lisbon

LA FAVORITA DO CAIS
Rua de São Paulo, 61
Tel: 211 376 146

This pizzeria in the recent nightlife district of Cais do Sodré prepares the pizza in a wood oven, and uses the traditional Italian toppings. There are also pastas and salads, which you may enjoy until late, as it only closes at 1AM.

Lisboete, Lisbon

LISBOÈTE
Calçada Marquês de Abrantes, 92
Tel: 213 950 953

Not far from the Ancient Art Museum is this all-white restaurant that mixes Paris and Lisbon. The desserts are French, the cheeses are Portuguese, and the rest of the menu (mostly meat and fish) combines the flavors of Portugal and France.

Mô Petiscaria, Lisbon

MÔ PETISCARIA
Rua das Madres, 2
Tel: 213 900 420

Found off the beaten path in the Madragoa district (the one major attraction within walking distance is the Ancient Art Museum), this small space offers the “petiscos” (tapas) of the Algarve region. There are always daily specials (listed on a chalkboard).

Moules & Wine, Lisbon

MOULES & WINE
Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103 (Lx Factory)
Tel: 211 340 579

Taking over one of the many former warehouses of the Lx Factory complex, this restaurant specializes in mussels accompanied by little-known Portuguese wines. Both the interior and the terrace in the back (plus a few tables by the entrance) reflect the industrial past of the space. The lower level becomes a club on Friday and Saturday nights.

Taberna da Baixa, Lisbon

TABERNA DA BAIXA
Rua dos Fanqueiros, 161-163
Tel: 218 870 290

This small restaurant is found downtown and offers traditional Portuguese dishes and wines. The several “petiscos” (tapas) vary daily, and are listed outside. It follows the style of the classic Portuguese taverns, but gives it a contemporary touch.

10 Things to Do in Lisbon this September

August 28th, 2014 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

Comercio Square, Lisbon

“I LOST MY HEART IN LISBON” MULTIMEDIA SHOW
September 1st-8th
Every day, until the 8th, at 10PM, 11PM and midnight, you may catch a free 15-minute multimedia show projected onto the arcades of Comércio Square. It will show images of contemporary Lisbon, with lots of street art and 3D effects.

LISB/ON FESTIVAL
September 6 and 7
www.lisb-on.pt
September is still very much summer in Lisbon, so here’s a special outdoors music festival for you. It’s happening in Edward VII Park in the city center, with dance music, soul and jazz starting at 1PM and lasting until 11PM.

VOGUE’S FASHION’S NIGHT OUT
September 11
www.fashionsnightout.pt
The annual “Fashion’s Night Out” promoted by Vogue magazine is back, and in addition to the shops in the neighborhoods of Chiado, Príncipe Real and Avenida da Liberdade, this year several shops in Baixa are also staying open until late, with events and special discounts, plus the usual festive atmosphere, from 7PM to 11PM.

MEO OUTJAZZ FESTIVAL
Weekends
Lisbon’s summer-long festival of jazz and chill-out music continues in September, and this month, the locations are Martim Moniz Square on Fridays at 6PM and Saturdays at 5PM, and Parque Tejo, the park by the Vasco da Gama Bridge in the Parque das Nações district, on Sundays at 5PM. Always free.

MOTEL X – HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
September 10-14
www.motelx.org
Lisbon’s International Horror Film Festival is back for its 8th edition at Cinema São Jorge on Avenida da Liberdade, and this year will also have screenings at Teatro Tivoli on the same avenue, to celebrate that theater’s 90th anniversary.

QUEER LISBOA FILM FESTIVAL
September 19-27
www.queerlisboa.pt
This annual film festival screening LGBT-themed films from around the world is actually Lisbon’s biggest film festival in terms of number of screenings, and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. This year it will show 120 films, both long and short features, and a retrospective of the American director John Waters’ movies.

CAIXA ALFAMA – FADO FESTIVAL
September 19 and 20
www.caixaalfama.pt
The narrow streets and alleyways of the old Alfama neighborhood will stage several concerts of Fado music, with some big names of classic and contemporary Fado, such as Ana Moura and Gisela João. Two of the main locations are the Fado Museum and São Miguel Church. There’s one single ticket of 35 euros which offers access to all concerts in all locations.

VHILS EXHIBITION
www.vhilsfundacaoedp.com/
Throughout the entire month (and until october 5th), you may see an exhibition of renowned contemporary artist Vhils at the Electricity Museum. Although mostly known for his street art, you’ll be surprised by the range of his work, mainly the large scale works. Admission is free.

“THE SAVOYS” EXHIBITION
Until September 28th
www.os-saboias.pt
With art from several Italian museums and royal residences, this exhibition at the Ancient Art Museum shows the wealth of the House of Savoy, one of the oldest royal families in the world. Most of the 100 works on display are from the early 1700s, and by different Italian artists.

Graça, Lisbon

COM’OUT LISBON FESTIVAL
www.lisboanarua.com
Until September 20th, don’t be surprised if you stumble upon an outdoor concert or film screening at the most unlikely of places, from small hidden squares to narrow streets, throughout the old town neighborhoods. All the events are free, and all you have to do is check the calendar on the website to see what’s going on and where.

5 Things to Cool You Off in Lisbon this Summer

August 5th, 2014 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

Although this summer has been a little cooler and less sunny than usual, remember that you may find summer weather in Lisbon until early October. In between sightseeing, you’ll want to take a few breaks to cool off, and these are five things you could do in different parts of town:

Cocktail bike, Lisbon

SIP A COCKTAIL AT RIBEIRA DAS NAUS
A bike serving cocktails has been recently added to the attractions of Ribeira das Naus, Lisbon’s unofficial “urban beach.” You may sip a mojito, a mint lemonade or gin as you sunbathe on the lawn or on the water’s edge.

Graça, Lisbon

HAVE A BEER IN GRAÇA
As you may know, there are several hilltop terraces in Lisbon with beautiful views. One of them is in the Graça district (reached by tram 28), and there’s a kiosk café on the site. Enjoy a cool beer as you look out to the castle and the city below you.

Ribeira market, Lisbon

HEAD INSIDE THE RIBEIRA MARKET
It’s currently Lisbon’s trendiest dining destination. The new food court of the Ribeira Market serves all kinds of food and drinks throughout the day. So whether you wish to escape the heat at lunch time, or want a refreshing drink or meal in the evening, this is the place to go.

Santini, Lisbon

ENJOY AN ICE CREAM AT SANTINI
As you shop around the elegant streets of Chiado, you may want to enjoy what many locals say is their city’s best ice cream. You be the judge, as you choose among a list of different flavors. You’ll find them at number 9 of Rua do Carmo.

Lisbon cruise

GO ON A CRUISE
See Lisbon’s monuments go by on a cruise. Take a few photos and relax as you go from historic to modern Lisbon, but remember that it’s always a little cool on the boat, even on the hottest days. Check out all the information about the city’s sightseeing cruises here: LISBON CRUISES

5 New Restaurants in Lisbon for this Summer

July 3rd, 2014 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

When it comes to eating and drinking, the big news this summer in Lisbon is the new food court in the old Ribeira Market. But there are other new spots in town where you can be among the first ones to try and tell others about. Here are five of the best:

The Insólito, Lisbon

THE INSÓLITO
Address: Rua de São Pedro Alcântara, 83
It took over the top of an 1800s building and now offers some of the best views in town. Perfect for the warmer days, it looks over the city’s most beautiful garden viewpoint out to the castle, and serves contemporary Portuguese cuisine.
It is reached through an old elevator and there’s also an interior dining area.

Fluid, Lisbon

FLUID
Address: Rua da Escola Politécnica, 42
Found inside one of Lisbon’s two new concept stores (“Entre Tanto”) in the trendy Principe Real district, this “eatery and bar” has a small patio in the back looking out to the botanical garden. The interior has a minimalist industrial style, and is open throughout the day, starting at noon. It serves light meals, and in the afternoon you may simply sit for a drink accompanied by cheeses and cold cuts. A DJ shows up at night for hours of drinking, with the apple vodka as the house specialty.

A Praça, Lisbon

A PRAÇA
Address: Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103
Lx Factory in the industrial neighborhood of Alcântara is a group of formerly abandoned warehouses and factories that are now home to several small companies and creative projects. It also has a handful of places to eat, and a few shops. The new kid on the block is “A Praça,” a restaurant with a vintage décor and a relaxed atmosphere, offering a variety of options for lunch or dinner, from Italian to Portuguese cuisine. It’s also open in the afternoon for snacks, and late at night for cocktails.
On the warmer summer days, you’ll want to sit outside.

Grei, Lisbon

GREI
Address: Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 87D
If you’re staying at one of the many hotels on or around Avenida da Liberdade, you may want to check out this new restaurant for lunch or dinner nearby. It serves Portuguese and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, and there are reasonably-priced menus for lunch. The dining area is divided into three spaces, all with an attractive décor and a welcoming atmosphere.

MiniBar, Lisbon

MINI BAR
Address: Rua António Maria Cardoso, 58
José Avillez is Lisbon’s top top chef and one of the city’s Michelin stars. He now has a total of five restaurants, all in the same neighborhood (Chiado), and this is the latest one. It shares the building of São Luíz Theater, and is a “gastropub” with finger food or other more elaborate options in tasting menus. Because of its location, it has a theater-inspired décor and turns into a late-night spot from Thursday to Saturday, serving cocktails and craft beers.

10 Spots to Watch the World Cup in Lisbon

June 12th, 2014 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

If you’re in Lisbon between June 12 and July 13, and want to join the rest of the world in watching the World Cup, there are a few spots in town where you may do that in the company of locals and other tourists — while having a couple of drinks. We’ve chosen ten of them, in different parts of the center of the city, so no matter where you are staying, there is a place close to your hotel or apartment:

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, Lisbon

1. QUIOSQUE DE SÃO PEDRO DE ALCÂNTARA
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Address: Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara

The kiosk café on Lisbon’s most romantic terrace viewpoint will be presenting more than just the usual city views. It will show all of the games and offer beer “happy hours.”

2. QUIOSQUES LIBERDADE
Neighborhood: Avenida da Liberdade
Address: Avenida da Liberdade

The several kiosk cafés found down Lisbon’s grand central boulevard will be showing Portugal’s games on large screens, with beer glasses going for just €1.50.

3. PARK
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Address: Calçada do Combro, 58

Found at the top of a parking garage, this is one of the city’s most popular bars. You’ll be able to watch the games (in the afternoon and at night) with a view of the 25 de Abril Bridge.

Ribeira das Naus, Lisbon

4. QUIOSQUE DA RIBEIRA DAS NAUS
Neighborhood: Cais do Sodré
Address: Ribeira das Naus

The waterfront promenade Ribeira das Naus, between downtown’s Comercio Square and the Cais do Sodré neighborhood, is the latest hotspot for some drinks in the sun, and during the World Cup it will also be the best waterfront spot to watch the games. It promises to show all of them, with “happy hours” offering beer at special prices.

5. LE CHAT
Neighborhood: Santos
Address: Rua das Janelas Verdes/Jardim 9 de Abril

Right at the doorstep of the Ancient Art Museum is this café terrace looking out to the port. During the World Cup games it will offer special menus, such as steak sandwiches and beer at special prices.

6. ELÉCTRICO BANANA CAFÉ
Neighborhood: Belém
Address: Largo dos Jerónimos

If you’re in Lisbon’s most monumental district, look for an old tram now converted into a café parked across the street from the famous Jeronimos Monastery. It will show the games on a 2-meter screen.

7. QUIOSQUE DO OLIVEIRA
Neighborhood: Príncipe Real
Address: Praça do Príncipe Real

Across the street from the city’s trendiest shopping gallery (“Embaixada”), at a corner of the neighborhood park of Príncipe Real, is this kiosk café that’s popular for late-afternoon drinks. It will show the games on a TV as it serves cheap beers.

8. CLUBE FERROVIÁRIO
Neighborhood: Alfama
Address: Rua de Santa Apolónia, 59

Hidden on a street behind Santa Apolónia train station by Alfama, this bar offers a terrace overlooking the river. It will project the games on the stage where it usually presents DJs and live music.

Mercado de Fusão, Lisbon

9. MERCADO DE FUSÃO
Neighborhood: Mouraria
Address: Praça de Martim Moniz

The big square in Lisbon’s most multiethnic neighborhood which usually serves foods from different parts of the world, will have a 42-inch LED screen showing the World Cup matches. Given the size of the square, that is not huge, so make sure you show up early to find a spot up close to the screen.

10. JARDIM DA ESTRELA
Neighborhood: Estrela
Address: Largo da Estrela
The café by the entrance of Estrela’s park across from the basilica will be showing every World Cup game except those that start at 11PM. In addition to its regular menu, it will have special finger food for you to enjoy as you watch the games on a plasma screen.

Lisbon for Drinkers: The Spots for Different Kinds of Drinks

May 8th, 2014 by Mario Fernandes - GoLisbon.com

One of Lisbon’s most popular activities is bar-hopping through Bairro Alto or standing outside the bars of Cais do Sodré. As one of the top wine-producing countries in the world, Portugal also attracts tourists looking to discover its wines, so when in Lisbon, where to go for the local (and some international) drinks? Here are some suggestions:

BEER

Museu da Cerveja, Lisbon

MUSEU DA CERVEJA
Comercio Square
It’s one of the several restaurants in Comércio Square, and it’s also a museum. Up the stairs by the entrance is a small space presenting the history of beer, from its production to consumption. The ground level is spacious and attractive, but most people look for the tables outside for a refreshing beer in the sun.

SERVAJARIA
Restauradores Square, 64
With tables outside looking out to Restauradores Square, this beer house also specializes in steaks and traditional Portuguese foods that usually accompany the beer. There are international and Portuguese labels.

CHAMPAGNE

Champanharia do Cais, Lisbon

CHAMPANHARIA DO CAIS
Rua Nova do Carvalho
The new trend in town is champagne bars. A popular one is found on one of the most popular nightlife streets, serving champagne cocktails together with snacks.

CHAMPANHERIA DO LARGO
Largo da Anunciada, 20
This is reputedly the best champagne bar in Lisbon, located in a quiet corner by the Lavra funicular and Avenida da Liberdade. Along with the champagne and other sparkling wines, it also serves meals throughout the day, inside or outside.

GIN
LISBONITA GIN BAR
Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 18
Sharing the space of a restaurant serving Iberia food (“Taberna Moderna”), this bar by the famous Casa dos Bicos was the first to focus exclusively on gin. There are almost 70 varieties, mixed with different and exotic ingredients, from fruits to flowers.

VESTIGIUS WINE & GIN
Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, Armazém A, 17
It’s one of the city’s best and most attractive wine bars, but this former warehouse on the waterfront is now also a gin bar. Together with a huge list of all kinds of wines, there is now also gin to be enjoyed late into the night.

GINGINHA
GINGINHA DO CARMO
Calçada do Carmo, 37
Hidden in a corner by Rossio Station, this is one of several tiny spots in the city serving the cherry liqueur known as “ginginha.” Locals and tourists pass by day and night for a shot of this sweet and strong drink, sometimes served in a small chocolate cup.

PORT
SOLAR DO VINHO DO PORTO
Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, 45
For many people, Portuguese wine is synonymous with Port. Of course Portugal is a major wine-producing country with all kinds of wines, but Port remains its most famous. Although it’s a product from the city of Porto, you may sample the different types in Lisbon, at this mansion from the 1700s facing one of the city’s most beautiful terraces, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

PONCHA

Sabores da Madeira, Lisbon

SABORES DA MADEIRA
Rua do Outro, 279
After Port, Portugal’s second most-internationally-known wine is probably that of Madeira. But that Portuguese island also offers another alcoholic specialty, the “poncha.” It’s a mix of brandy, lemon and honey, and in Lisbon you may try it at this spot downtown offering all that is special from Madeira to eat and drink.

HOT WINE
OS TROBADORES
Rua de São Julião, 27
If you’re in Lisbon on a colder day, why not have a glass of hot wine? It’s served at this bar recreating medieval Lisbon, offering drinks and snacks such as Portuguese sausages and cheeses on candle-lit wooden tables.

LOCAL WINES
ARTIS
Rua do Diário de Notícias, 95
For different types of Portuguese wines, from red to “green,” head to this very popular bar in Bairro Alto. In business since the 1980s, its tables get filled up quickly, so show up early at night, for glasses or bottles of the national labels.

Bebedouro bar, Lisbon

BEBEDOURO
Rua de São Nicolau, 24
Here it’s all about the wines from Portugal’s Douro Valley, the world’s first demarcated wine region. The interior is small but attractive, and there are also tables outside. Cheeses, sausages and bruschettas accompany the drinks.

WINE BAR DO CASTELO
Rua Bartolomeu Gusmão, 13
This is a favorite of tourists, since it’s found by the castle. The staff invites you to relax, recommending dozens of choices of Portuguese reds and whites served by the glass.

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