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 â€œpregosâ€ (steak sandwiches).
Rua da Cruz dos Poiais, 89
Tel: 213 900 652
Youâ€™ll find this small restaurant between Bairro Alto and SÃ£o Bento Palace. From outside (in a tile-covered building) youâ€™d expect a traditional place, but the interior is very contemporary — not just the decor but also the food, which is of international inspiration.
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.
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. Itâ€™s served in a classic-style dining room which may be booked for private parties.
IN BOCCA AL LUPO
Rua Manuel Bernardes, 5A
Tel: 213 900 582
Hidden on a quiet street by PraÃ§a das Flores in the PrÃncipe 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
Rua de SÃ£o Paulo, 61
Tel: 211 376 146
This pizzeria in the recent nightlife district of Cais do SodrÃ© 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.
CalÃ§ada MarquÃªs 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.
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 â€œpetiscosâ€ (tapas) of the Algarve region. There are always daily specials (listed on a chalkboard).
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
Rua dos Fanqueiros, 161-163
Tel: 218 870 290
This small restaurant is found downtown and offers traditional Portuguese dishes and wines. The several â€œpetiscosâ€ (tapas) vary daily, and are listed outside. It follows the style of the classic Portuguese taverns, but gives it a contemporary touch.