“Architecture, design, fashion, nightlife… The small Portuguese capital is now one of the coolest cities in Europe. Again, we fell in love. We want to live in Lisbon right now. And the Portuguese are so cool…”
That’s how the French magazine IDEAT begins its special article about “Lisbonne” in its special 10th anniversary issue. The magazine about “ideas, design, escaping, architecture, and trends” chose to highlight Lisbon in this special May issue for being one of its favorite cities. It finds that the city “less than two hours from Paris, is beautiful and ages tremendously well, it’s welcoming and with a real soul.” It sees it as “Europe’s rising capital,” a new “rival” for “Barcelona, Berlin, London, and Paris.”
The 8-page article then goes on to list the “10 reasons to go to Lisbon” which, according to the magazine, are:
- Go to the Chiado Museum for the best of Portuguese contemporary art
- Find design furniture in the Santos Design District shops
- Tour the city on tram 28
- Enjoy the best city view from restaurant Eleven
- Taste the tarts of Antiga Confeitaria de BelÃ©m
- Visit the Berardo Museum‘s collection of modern and contemporary art
- Shop in Bairro Alto and Chiado
- Dine at restaurant Olivier
- Dance at club Lux
- Sleep at the Bairro Alto Hotel
UPDATE: We now have a permanent page for the Lisboa Restaurant Week.
Staring today and until the 31st, you can enjoy Lisbon’s best food at more affordable prices. This is the city’s “Restaurant Week,” allowing you to taste some of the Portuguese capital’s most sophisticated (and expensive) menus for only 20 euros per person. It’s a way of attracting people who don’t usually want to spend dozens (or even hundreds) of euros at the most expensive restaurants and give them a chance to sample the city’s best food. Not all restaurants are part of the event, as the idea is to highlight the best of the top-quality choices. So there are 25 of them in total, with Casa da Comida, Conventual, Cop’3, Eleven, Mezzaluna, Olivier, and XL among them.
No, you won’t be able to just choose anything if you want to only pay 20 euros. Each restaurant will have special menus at that price. Those menus include appetizer, entrÃ©e, and dessert but no drinks. One euro from each meal will then be given to charity. It is advised that you reserve your table in advance, and be sure to ask about availability, since some restaurants only offer the special menu at lunch time and others limit the number of people per table. Check all the information about the event at www.lisboa-restaurantweek.com
Now there’s no excuse why you shouldn’t come to Lisbon. LisbonApartments.com and CasaMadragoa.com are collaborating to give you a chance to experience the city for free, and even giving you some cash to spend it wherever you want. All you have to do is provide your name and email address, and wait to see if you’re the lucky winner.
The complete free package is a 2-nights stay at an apartment in the center of Lisbon’s historical neighborhoods, a city tour on the charming Carristur tram, a ride on the Red Tours‘ segways or buggies, a trip around town on the fun 3-wheel Go Cars, two 24-hour Lisboa Cards giving you free entrance to Lisbon’s most famous sights, and dinner for two at the Espalha Brasas restaurant, beautifully sited on the riverfront and with postcard views of the landmark 25 de Abril Bridge.
Get the complete information and enter your details on the entry form here.
At the moment, Comercio Square, the largest, most monumental square in Lisbon is undergoing works in its entire central area due to maintenance in the city’s sewage system. Once that is over next month, the square will continue to be a construction site until late next year. It will get a long overdue makeover, removing traffic from two of its sides, allowing for more pedestrian use of the space. The other two sides will still be used for transport, with two car lanes by the river, and the side by the triumphal arch being used only by trams. As illustrated below, the sides no longer used by the automobile will be given broad sidewalks, most likely to be transformed into outdoor cafes. That pavement where tables and chairs will stand on will be crossed by lines inspired by coordinates on navigational charts used by the Portuguese explorers. The central area around the statue will be given an ocher color, supposedly so that the sun reflects less from the ground and the place becomes less blinding on sunny days. A lighter color will mark a walkway from the triumphal arch towards the river and the steps that descend to it. It is hoped that the complete renovation can be unveiled in time for the October 2010 celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Portuguese Republic, an event brought by the assassination of the king on this square in 1908 which led to the end of monarchy soon after that.
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Lisbon’s acclaimed Design Museum is back. It opened in 1999 in the Belem Cultural Center but closed in 2006 when the Berardo Museum took over its space. Now it will relocate to a building in the city’s main pedestrian street Rua Augusta, and although the official inauguration won’t be until next year, it will be previewing part of its collection starting this week. The name has changed and is now the Design and Fashion Museum, displaying works collected by Portuguese businessman Francisco Capelo. The preview exhibition will consist of 170 pieces and will be appropriately titled “Preview.” You may see it until October 11, and during this time until next year the building will be undergoing a renovation to finally welcome to entire collection.
For now visitors can get an idea of what they can expect from the museum in the future, exploring some of the highlights of a collection that includes a total of 1000 design objects and over 1200 pieces of fashion by famous names such as Charles & Ray Eames, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Christian Dior.