Archive for September, 2010

Must-Dos in Lisbon This October

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Lusitania

Discover the Treasures of Pagan and Celtic Portugal
It’s a major “temporary” exhibition that’s lasted for eight years, but it’s coming to an end this month. It’s inside Lisbon’s National Archaeological Museum and shows the “Religions of Lusitânia.” Lusitania is pre-Roman and Roman Portugal, when western Iberia or present-day Portugal was a pagan and Celtic territory.
In this exhibition you’ll surely be surprised and impressed by the richness of the archaeological finds, most of them busts and statues of gods and warriors of the time. Some already cover a Romanized Portugal, but most are pieces of a still-enigmatic civilization found all over Portugal.

Join Lisbon in the Celebration of 100 Republican Years
It’s usually open for visits only once a week, but for the first five days of the month you’ll be able to go inside the official residence of the president of Portugal, Belém Palace. That’s part of the 5-day celebration of the Portuguese Republic which is 100 years old on October 5th. The end of monarchy and the beginning of a new republic is also celebrated in the Museum of the Presidency next to Belém Palace.  Other celebrations take place on those first days on the month every night in Comércio Square with a 3D film showing the history of Lisbon and Portugal. That’s from 9:30PM to 11:50PM.

See the City on a River Cruise
They only take place from April to October, so this month is your last chance to cruise the Tagus and get the best photos of the city from a different perspective until next year. The cruise takes you to the modern district of the city, Parque das Nações, to the most historical, Belém, past all of the main landmarks.
It departs at 2:30PM and ends in Parque das Nações at 6:30PM.

Go to the International Documentary Film Festival
This year’s DocLisboa, Lisbon’s international documentary film festival, will take place from the 14th to the 24th of October. Some of the screenings will be inside a couple of theaters in the city (Cinema Londres and City Classic Alvalade), but most of them will be in Culturgest, a cultural center uptown. The opening film will be one about José Saramago, Portugal’s Nobel Prize-winning author who died earlier this year. Most of the other films are from Europe, but there are also many from North and South America.

“Fly London”: The Most British of Portuguese Brands Lands in Lisbon

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Fly London, Lisbon

It started in the city of Guimarães in the north of Portugal almost two decades ago but ended up becoming a trendy brand in London. “Fly London” is now known for quality casual footwear and has just opened a flagship store in Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade (number 230), the city’s luxury shopping street.
Its goal is said to be progressive, unconventional footwear design but you’ll also see some more classic-looking pieces.
At this new Lisbon shop you’ll also find clothing and accessories, and a fun feature is the use of RFID labels (Radio Frequency Identification) with electronic chips which project a client’s image on a screen, showing him or her on the streets of a major city (London, New York, Tokyo) wearing those selected shoes (because mirrors are a thing of the past).
At the end of August there was another “Fly London” opening, in London, by the popular Covent Garden shopping zone.

Fly London, Lisbon

Fly London, Lisbon

The New “Bistro 100 Maneiras” — Part Two of One of Lisbon’s Most Creative Restaurants

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Bistro 100 Maneiras

The beautiful Art Deco space left behind from one of Lisbon’s classic restaurants that closed some time ago is now the second home to one of the city’s most creative contemporary restaurants. The former “Bachus” is now “Bistro 100 Maneiras,” an extension of the acclaimed 100 Maneiras that opened last year by a Bosnian who’s now very much Portuguese with an international outlook.
This second spot is much larger than the original “100 Maneiras”, and although the menu is essentially the same (blending Portuguese and international inspirations), it will include a late-night version. That’s because it stays open until 2AM to serve the night owls that make the Bairro Alto neighborhood next door their favorite bar-hopping destination.
So the décor may be classic, even historic, but the cuisine is contemporary and with a personal twist. It’s spread over two floors, offering views of the river in the distance, and with a smoking and non-smoking section (quite rare these days since the anti-smoking-in-public-spaces law). There is also a lounge and bar area for cocktails.
The grand opening was yesterday and even better news is that it’s one of the selected restaurants for Lisbon’s Restaurant Week, happening right now until October 2nd, offering a special lower-cost menu.

Address: Largo da Trindade, 9 (Rua da Misericordia)
Phone: 210 990 475
Closed Sundays

Lisbon’s Restaurant Week Lasting For More than 7 Days this Month

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Lisboa Restaurant Week

UPDATE: We now have a permanent Lisbon Restaurant Week page.

It may be called “Restaurant Week,” but this event lasts for more than seven days. It happens twice a year, and 2010’s second edition will take place from the 22nd of September to October 2nd.
That’s eleven days when you can try over 50 restaurants and their special menus at reduced prices. One euro per person will be donated to local charities, and it is advised that you book with some time in advance to guarantee that that menu is still available.
Some of the participating restaurants include Assinatura, Belcanto, Bubbly, Casa da Comida, Chiado Unique, Conventual, Eleven, Gemelli, Kais, Mezzaluna, Opaq, Panorama, Quinta dos Frades, Sofisticato, Sommer, Tágide, and XL.
For the complete list and more information, see the official website: http://www.lisboa-restaurantweek.com/

The New Restaurant at the Top of Lisbon’s Landmark Santa Justa Elevator

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Bella Lisa Elevador

Every tourist to Lisbon can’t resist stopping at the landmark Santa Justa Elevator, either to take a photo or for the charming ride to the top which offers one of the best city views. Now there is a new restaurant on the upper level (“Bella Lisa Elevador“), next to the ruins of Carmo Convent where you can take a break and have a meal as you look over Lisbon.
It opens every day at noon with an Italian menu created by a native Italian, and is filled with pizzas (of the Naples thicker-crust kind), pastas, and the known Italian desserts such as tiramisu.
After midnight it becomes the “Lift Club,” a bar with live music and cocktails until 2AM.
To reach it you don’t have to ride the elevator, you simply look for the entrance to the right of the Carmo Convent façade.

Bella Lisa Elevador

A Legendary Director and New Thrills in Lisbon’s International Horror Film Festival This Year

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Motelx, Lisbon

Another horrifying edition of Motelx, Lisbon’s International Horror Film Festival, is back later this month and the guest of honor is George Romero, the legendary director of 1968’s Night of the Living Dead and 1978’s Dawn of the Dead. In addition to attending the screenings, he’ll also present a masterclass and show his latest film, Survival of the Dead together with his lesser-known works from the 1970s and 80s.
In this fourth year of the annual festival there will be five days of films, all still devoted to the supernatural, gore, monsters and psychological thrills. The goal of the festival is simply to share, celebrate and promote a passion for the horror genre, but there is a prize for the Best Portuguese Horror Short Film.
This year it’s happening from the 29th of September to the 3rd of October in Cinema São Jorge and you can get more details about the scheduled program at the official website: http://www.motelx.org/

“Pedro e o Lobo”: A New Ambitious and Sophisticated Restaurant in Lisbon

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Pedro e o Lobo Restaurant, Lisbon

A former contemporary art gallery not far from Avenida da Liberdade is since a couple of weeks ago, a sophisticated new restaurant. The refinement is in the elegant simplicity of the décor and in the kitchen, presenting an internationalized Portuguese-inspired cuisine with the personal touches of the chefs.
Despite their young age, those are two experienced chefs, with one having worked in New York’s famous Per Se and Pure Food and Wine, and the other in Lisbon’s Michelin-starred Eleven and Barcelona’s Moo.
At the bar there’s a good cocktail list concocted by the master of the Cingo Lounge cocktail bar.
The wine list is of mostly Portuguese labels mixed with a few foreign selections.
There are simpler and lower-priced menus for lunch (served only on weekdays), and the choice of à la carte service or a tasting menu for dinner. That tasting menu consists of six dishes at the quite reasonable price of 36 euros without drinks.
From the creativity of the food to the effort in providing a quality service and ambience, this one promises to become one of Lisbon’s hottest tables.

It’s closed on Sundays.
Address: Rua do Salitre, 169
Phone: 211 933 719
Website: www.pedroeolobo.pt