Archive for December, 2013

5 New Spots to Eat in Lisbon in the New Year

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Start the new year with new experiences. If you’re in Lisbon at the moment or will be arriving in early 2014, you may be among the first to experience some new spots for lunch or dinner.
Here are five:

DeCastro restaurant, Lisbon

Rua Marcos Portugal, 1
Phone: 915 986 474
The name is that of the chef, one of Portugal’s most acclaimed. Although he’s already responsible for the menu of one of the city’s trendiest restaurants (“Largo”), here he continues to innovate with new dishes, while not forgetting his old favorites (like the clams with butter beans). It’s found on one of the city’s most tranquil spots, facing the romantic little Praça das Flores in the Principe Real district.

Casa de Pasto, Lisbon

Rua de São Paulo, 20
Phone: 213 471 397
Hidden on an upper floor, this is a brand new secret by one of the city’s top young chefs. Although he brings his fresh reinterpretations to Portuguese cuisine, the menu is mostly a list of time-tested dishes, cooked in a charcoal oven. That oven isn’t the only inspiration from the past, as the entire dining area is decorated like the typical Lisbon restaurant from the early 1900s.

Las Ficheras, Lisbon

Rua dos Remolares, 34
Phone: 213 470 553
In Lisbon you may want to concentrate on the local cuisine, but for something different, why not try Mexican? This new spot is open throughout the day and offers the spicy traditional Mexican food that has fans all over the world. Wash down the tacos and enchiladas with a nice glass of tequila before continuing down the neighborhood known for its bars.

Prego da Peixaria, Lisbon

Rua da Escola Politécnica, 40
A prego is a steak sandwich but at this restaurant it’s also fish burgers. The most popular is the salmon prego, but be warned that if you’re not a big fan of fish, you should go for the meat or vegetarian option instead. The fish taste is quite strong, as is that of the cod prego. All are accompanied by fries in a small attractive space decorated with recycled materials.

Campo de Ourique market, Lisbon

Stay on tram 28 until the last stop in Prazeres and you’ll be in the mostly residential neighborhood of Campo de Ourique. Although it doesn’t offer much in terms of tourist attractions, it’s a pleasant area with some good restaurants. But if you’re looking for a meal at any time of the day, head to the neighborhood market instead. It’s a building from the 1930s, recently renovated inside to offer a food court in addition to the stands of fresh fish and vegetables. You can sit for a quick meal of traditional Portuguese petiscos (tapas), or sushi or pizza, every day until midnight.

Free Wi-Fi in Lisbon’s Metro and Beyond

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Lisbon Metro

Lisbon’s Metro is about to become the second underground train service in Europe to offer free wi-fi internet connection to all passengers, after London. It will start next week at the stations of Marquês de Pombal, Alameda, Campo Grande, and Colégio Militar, and should cover the entire network by the spring of 2014 after a 5-million-euro investment.
All you’ll have to do is search for the ON-FI network on your smartphone or tablet, without the need to register or enter a password. It was also announced that in the near future you may be able to do the same in Lisbon’s main squares.

If you’re looking for free wi-fi connection in Lisbon, you may find it at several cafés in the city, but you may have to ask the waiter for a password. For password-free connection, head to the Armazéns do Chiado mall, right in the center of the city. The best connection is around the food court on the upper floor. Other malls such as Amoreiras and Colombo also offer the same free service.

5 Things to Do in Lisbon this Christmas

Monday, December 9th, 2013

If you’re in Lisbon this Christmas, you should know that most of the city will be closed on the 25th. That’s most of the city, but not all. You’ll find several things to do on that day that have a special appeal for families. On the 24th many attractions close earlier, but are open during the day. Here is what you can do in Lisbon on the 24th and 25th of December.

Christmas Village, Lisbon

A “Christmas Village” has been set up on Edward VII Park, and is already open every day until 8PM. The only exception is on the 24th when it closes at 6. You’ll find real reindeer, camels, Santa Claus to take photos with, and rides to keep children and adults happy. It charges admission: Children up to 11 years old pay 8 euros on weekdays and 10 euros on weekends; adults pay 10 euros on weekdays and 12 on weekends.

Christmas tree, Lisbon

From the 13th to the 24th, Comercio Square will be the stage of a Christmas-related 3D multimedia projection on the walls of the arcaded buildings and triumphal arch. It happens every 6, 7, 8, and 9PM, so on the 24th you can experience some Christmas magic before your Christmas eve dinner.

Zoo, Lisbon

The zoo is open every day throughout the year, so it’s a good family attraction on Christmas day. It has everything you expect from a zoo, but the star attraction is the dolphin show.

Oceanarium, Lisbon

If you prefer sea creatures and the indoors, head to the Oceanarium. It’s one of the world’s largest aquariums and is open on the 25th, although with a special opening time of 1PM to 6PM.

Casino, Lisbon

For a more mature attraction where children are now allowed, there’s the casino. It’s a short walk from the Oceanarium and is open on Christmas day from 3PM to 3AM (it closes on the 24th instead). In addition to the slot machines and gaming tables, there are also a couple of restaurants.