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:
Address: Rua de SÃ£o Pedro AlcÃ¢ntara, 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 cityâ€™s most beautiful garden viewpoint out to the castle, and serves contemporary Portuguese cuisine.
It is reached through an old elevator and thereâ€™s also an interior dining area.
Address: Rua da Escola PolitÃ©cnica, 42
Found inside one of Lisbonâ€™s two new concept stores (â€œEntre Tantoâ€) in the trendy Principe Real district, this â€œeatery and barâ€ 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.
Address: Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103
Lx Factory in the industrial neighborhood of AlcÃ¢ntara 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 â€œA PraÃ§a,â€ a restaurant with a vintage dÃ©cor and a relaxed atmosphere, offering a variety of options for lunch or dinner, from Italian to Portuguese cuisine. Itâ€™s also open in the afternoon for snacks, and late at night for cocktails.
On the warmer summer days, youâ€™ll want to sit outside.
Address: Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 87D
If youâ€™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 dÃ©cor and a welcoming atmosphere.
Address: Rua AntÃ³nio Maria Cardoso, 58
JosÃ© Avillez is Lisbonâ€™s top top chef and one of the cityâ€™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 SÃ£o LuÃz Theater, and is a â€œgastropubâ€ with finger food or other more elaborate options in tasting menus. Because of its location, it has a theater-inspired dÃ©cor and turns into a late-night spot from Thursday to Saturday, serving cocktails and craft beers.