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10 Things to Do in Lisbon’s Avenidas Novas District

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Although it’s home to a large number of hotels, Lisbon’s Avenidas Novas district is the least touristy in the city. Mostly dating from the the early-to-mid-20th-century, it’s mostly a business and residential area, but there are a couple of museums that top the list of must-see attractions for many tourists. If you’re staying in this part of town, or are simply passing by, consider these often-overlooked recommendations:

Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

It’s the must-see museum in town, so many do end up here. But even those who don’t particularly enjoy museums will want to check it out, even if just to enjoy its wonderful gardens. Take advantage of Lisbon’s mostly-sunny weather throughout the spring, summer, and autumn months, and catch some sun or have a picnic on the lawns by the duck ponds. Once inside the museum, you’ll find a treasure trove of masterpieces from the East and West.

Those who enjoy modern art will want to discover Portugal’s modern artists. Their work is on display in temporary and permanent collections at this museum on the grounds of the Gulbenkian museum and park. Managed by the same foundation, it also has a good collection of British works.

Versailles Cafe, Lisbon

This is the classic European café, with a mirrored interior that could very well be part of a royal palace. Admire the architecture as you enjoy a huge selection of sugary pastries that the café and Lisbon are famous for.

Medeiros e Almeida Museum, Lisbon

It doesn’t even come listed in many guidebooks so it just may be one of Lisbon’s most wonderfully surprising attractions. It’s the former private residence of a wealthy businessman from the late 1800s, who lived among the works of art he collected. Highlights of a visit include not just those precious pieces, but also the rooms themselves. There’s a Rembrandt portrait, paintings by Rubens and Tiepolo, and the beautiful “Lake Room” covered in tile panels from the 1700s and with a fountain that used to be at the gardens of Versailles.

Museu da Cidade, Lisbon

Get to know Lisbon a little more by touring this museum that tells the story of its different periods in history. Housed in a palace built by the king for his mistress, it includes a pleasant garden with real peacocks roaming around other ceramic creatures.

Eleven restaurant, Lisbon

This Michelin-starred restaurant not only offers fine dining, but also views towards Edward VII Park and beyond. The food is mostly Mediterranean, and is a good choice for a dinner for two or for a larger group.

DeCastro Elias restaurant, Lisbon

One of the top local chefs that concentrates on traditional Portuguese cuisine for modern tastes is Miguel Castro Silva. He’s behind a trio of restaurants in town, and at this one not far from the Gulbenkian, he specializes in “petiscos”, the tapas-like Portuguese dishes based on classic recipes.

El Corte Ingles, Lisbon

Lisbon’s two big department stores in Chiado burned down in a major fire in 1988, so this Spanish giant is currently the only one in the city. Skip the malls and head here instead on a rainy day, and you’ll find everything you expect from a department store, but will also find a good food court on the lower level.

It’s worth a splurge at one of the city’s most refined restaurants. It’s on the top floor of the Ritz Four Seasons Hotel, and offers buffet lunches and a la carte dinners with city views. The food mixes Portuguese and international flavors.

Panorama bar, Sheraton Hotel, Lisbon

End your day above Lisbon, at the top of the Sheraton Hotel. Have a drink in an elegant, relaxed space overlooking the city below.

What’s Happening in Lisbon in 2014

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Ribeira das Naus, Lisbon

Two projects that were supposed to have been completed in 2013 will only be ready in 2014. The creation of a big hilltop garden overlooking the city by the Graça viewpoint was stalled when skeletons of around 50 people were found. Believed to date back to the 1755 earthquake, they caused the archaeologists to head to the site, and the garden should now only be ready by the summer. That’s also when the final phase of the Ribeira das Naus waterfront promenade shall finally come to an end. While the steps leading down to the water is already a “beach” for many locals and tourists, the green space behind it is taking much longer than anticipated due to various issues, from unfavorable weather to archaeological finds.

Names like Michael Bublé (in February) and Beyoncé (in March) will make Lisbon part of their tour this year, and 2014 is also a year of Rock in Rio-Lisboa which happens every two years. Already announced for the festival (taking place from May 23rd to June 1st) are Justin Timberlake, Arcade Fire and Robbie Williams.
Another regular festival is Optimus Alive which so far has announced Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys and Imagine Dragons (on June 10, 11 and 12).

Avenida da Liberdade will see the opening of even more luxury stores, with the next one said to be Chanel. For something more local, look for the shoes of Portuguese designer Luis Onofre later this year on the same avenue.
For local flavor, you will find a rejuvenated Ribeira Market on the waterfront this summer. In addition to the fresh produce and fish already available, it will add new shops, a restaurant and bar, as well as around 20 kiosks for meals and drinks.

The half marathon which crosses 25 de Abril Bridge is taking place on March 16th, the popular independent film festival IndieLisboa from April 24th to May 4th, the fish-themed gastronomic festival Peixe em Lisboa also in April, the Out Jazz festival which takes over several of the city’s gardens on weekends over the summer will be back, the international documentary film festival returns in October, as does the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival in November. The biggest parties of the year happen, as always, in June, culminating on the night of the 12th with the street feasts.

For the last couple of decades, most hotels in Lisbon opened in the more modern and soulless parts of the city, but the trend is now to renovate old buildings in the old town and downtown. Opening in 2014 are three around Avenida da Liberdade, and two in the Baixa district. We’ll have more details when they open, but in the meantime you may look for a room in Lisbon here: Hotels, apartments or hostels.


Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Principe Real is now Lisbon’s trendiest shopping area together with Chiado. And it all happens down one long street, Rua Dom Pedro V which then turns into Rua da Escola Politécnica. It is popular with locals and tourists, who find some of the most original spaces and buys in the city, mostly by local designers. Here are the five shops you can’t miss:

Embaixada, Lisbon

Praça do Príncipe Real, 26
This would be worth a stop even if it were empty. It’s a neo-Moorish mansion from the 1800s across from the neighborhood park and is now one of the city’s main shopping destinations. Its rooms are now shops specializing in design and creativity, mostly by Portuguese designers and brands.

21PR Concept Store, Lisbon

Praça do Príncipe Real, 21
This concept store is just a couple of doors down from Embaixada and also offers “Made in Portugal” products. The best buy here is the famous luxury soaps Claus Porto that are now among Portugal’s most popular gifts, but there is also fashion and accessories.

Solar, Lisbon

Rua Dom Pedro V, 68-70
It’s one of the oldest shops in the neighborhood and still one of the most interesting. More than a shop, it’s a cultural attraction, as a treasure trove of centuries-old tiles that you see in almost every Lisbon church and palace. In business since 1956, it offers pieces from the 1600s to the present, in different styles and at different prices.

Alexandra Moura, Lisbon

Rua Dom Pedro V, 77
Portuguese designer Alexandra Moura shows off her creativity at this boutique full of cutting-edge fashions. She also has a shoe line, beautifully presented in the small mirrored interior.

Nuno Gama, Lisbon

Rua da Escola Politécnica, 46
Nuno Gama is one of Portugal’s best known fashion designers and all of his creations are inspired by Portuguese culture. At this shop he offers his latest menswear collections, including underwear, footwear, and accessories.

5 New Spots to Taste Portugal in Lisbon

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Sabores da Madeira

Rua do Outro, 279
Now you don’t necessarily have to fly to the island of Madeira to taste the regional specialties of that subtropical Portuguese territory. At this space in downtown Lisbon you can enjoy the traditional drinks such as poncha (made of lemon, honey and brandy) and end a light meal with a glass of Madeira wine. The meals may include wheat soup or simply a slice of the traditional cakes of the island.


Rua de São Nicolau, 24
This is a trip to northern Portugal. It’s a café/wine bar open downtown throughout the day, presenting wines and food from the Douro region. The interior is small but attractive, but there are several tables placed outside on what is a pedestrian-only street. To accompany the wines there are sausages and cheeses, canned fish bruschettas and other “petiscos” (tapas).

Pizzaria do Bairro

Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, Armazém A, 18
It’s a pizzeria but it’s more Portuguese than Italian. All the toppings are inspired by Portuguese tastes, using local cheeses and hams, and there’s even the choice of cod. It’s found on a former warehouse from the 1800s by the entrance to the Cais do Sodré ferry terminal, and there’s no space to sit inside. Instead, this is a place to grab a slice (or an entire pie) to enjoy on the waterfront.

Loja das Conservas

Rua do Arsenal, 130
What you find here is to be enjoyed at home or elsewhere. It’s not a cafe or restaurant, it’s a shop selling just one type of product — canned fish. Now recognized as a healthy and high-quality gourmet product, the canned fish from Portugal comes in a large variety and in attractive packagings that also make great gifts. Naturally, it’s attracted a large number of tourists, which is why displays on the walls explain the history of each brand in English and Portuguese.

Patio do Bairro

Rua da Atalaia, 35
For many years this was a popular Mediterranean restaurant called “Império dos Sentidos” but is now concentrating only on Portuguese food. The interior is filled with drawings illustrating typical old Lisbon courtyards and alleys, very much like those you find outside the restaurant, in the Bairro Alto neighborhood.

Lisbon is One of Europe’s Best Shopping Cities, Says Study

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Lisbon shoppingWhen you think of shopping in Europe, the cities of Paris, London and Milan automatically come to mind. Lisbon, still completely undiscovered in every aspect, doesn’t even enter a top 10 list in that category. But a recent study says otherwise. The Economist Intelligence Unit analyzed shopping in 33 European cities and Lisbon ranked in seventh place behind London (not surprisingly at number one), Madrid (a surprising number 2), Barcelona, Paris, Rome and Berlin. The Portuguese capital actually ranked better than other cities that receive much bigger buzz such as Amsterdam, Milan and Vienna. The Globe Shopper City Index says Lisbon has competitive prices, affordable hotels and a wide selection of restaurants. Naturally, it also points out the sunniest weather in Europe, ranking number one in climate. Another category in which it ranked at the top was international cuisine (the number and variety of restaurants), and also scored high in safety and quality hotels. Unsurprisingly, it was also found to be Western Europe’s most affordable city.
In terms of culture it ranked sixth behind Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona and London. However it did poorly in accessibility for the number of available flights.

The Top 10 Shops in Lisbon’s Chiado

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Ourivesaria Aliança, Lisbon


Chiado is Lisbon’s most popular shopping area. While the luxury labels are located on Avenida da Liberdade and the more alternative choices are found in Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real, it is in Chiado that everyone finds their favorite international brands. Next to H&M, Nike, Zara, Levi’s, Foot Locker and other famous names are local business you should check out. Below are the ten best.

It’s the shop everyone says you should not miss in Lisbon. Filled with nostalgia, it offers irresistible retro products that make classic Portuguese gifts.

One of Portugal’s first major fashion designers has her main boutique here, filled with her latest creations in clothing and accessories.

Even if you have no intentions of buying the silver and gold available here, be sure to visit this shop for the jewel that is the interior. In true Louis XV style, it is one of Lisbon’s most beautiful shops.

It’s officially the world’s oldest bookstore, as confirmed by a Guinness World Records certificate on a wall. In business since 1732, there are periodicals and English-language books in addition to the latest Portuguese best-sellers.

A probable record holder for “world’s smallest shop”, enter one at a time for a trip to the 1920s and exclusive perfectly-fitted hand-made gloves.

It was here that this now-international brand was born. Created by an American, this children’s fashion label is for those looking for quality classic European styles, all beautifully handmade in Lisbon. You can now find it in the world’s biggest department stores, but this is the original shop.

During Portugal’s monarchy days, this shop had the privilege of providing the linen for the royal palace.

This attractive shop tempts you into buying quality products for the home, almost all “Made in Portugal.” Those include fragrances, textiles and ceramics.

This fairytale of a shop presents the collections of a duo of fashion designers who are arguably the country’s most creative, and the creativity is reflected in the décor of the boutique.

There are several Vista Alegre shops around Lisbon, but the Chiado branch is the most beautiful, looking almost like a museum of the famous Portuguese porcelain that has decorated royal palaces in Europe and the White House in the United States.

5 New Shops in Lisbon For Your Gifts

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Whether it’s a Christmas present or a souvenir at any time of the year, here are five recently-opened shops in Lisbon where you’ll always find something special for yourself or someone else:

Voa, Lisboa

Address:Rua Nova do Almada, 96 (Chiado)
It’s new and it’s one of Chiado’s most beautiful shops. It offers products for the home (from the bedroom to the living room), as well as flowers and gourmet products, almost all made in Portugal. It’s all found on two floors, with a small café area upstairs for a warm cup of tea.

Address: Rua do Norte, 20-22 (Bairro Alto)
For years, Tom Tom Shop has been where everyone knows they’ll find the most fun and original gifts in the city. Now, in addition to the first (bigger) shop on Rua de O Século (number 4A), there is a second (smaller) one also in Bairro Alto, on Rua do Norte. There you’ll find the same humorous gifts and household items in a wide range of prices.

Address: Rua de São Nicolau, 43 (Baixa)
Similar to Tom Tom Shop, this recently-opened shop downtown is all about fun gifts. Some more useful than others, but all irresistible if you like funny and pop-culture-related objects.


Address: Calçada do Correio Velho, 7 (Alfama)
This concep store/bar is found by St. Anthony Church and the cathedral. It opens at noon until the evening, presenting design items, jewelry, fashions and accessories at prices said to range from just 5 to 200 euros. The goal of the owners was to offer a selection of products that’s hard to find anywhere else, as well as provide a space to return often, not only to check out what’s new but also to have a drink and a snack.

Address: Rua da Misericórdia, 100 (Chiado)
Former shop Muu is now also known as “Loja do Chiado.” In addition to the exclusive, specialty cowhide handbags and accessories made in Portugal that have always been available here, there are now two other Portuguese brands — Catarina Martins footwear and TM Collection fashions.

“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

“Temperamento”: A New Shop for Contemporary Portuguese Crafts and Gourmet Products in Lisbon

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Temperamento, Lisbon

Taking home a souvenir from Lisbon no longer has to be from the typical kitsch shops so common around the world. There are now several places in the city offering more authentic choices and original items, actually made in Portugal by local artists and companies.
The newest one is “Temperamento” downtown, a small space that’s big on the quality of the selection of crafts and gourmet products. These are products not just targeted at tourists but also at the local population, telling stories of Portuguese traditions and craftsmanship much appreciated by those with a more refined taste.
There are of course the famous Portuguese soaps and fragranced candles of the Portus Cale brand, together with the traditional biscuits, olive oils, jams, and ceramics and design pieces by young Portuguese artists.
Unlike many shops in the neighborhood, this one is open on Saturdays.

Temperamento, Lisbon

Temperamento, Lisbon

Address: Rua da Madalena, 182B (Baixa)
Telephone: (+351) 218 876 208

Temperamento, Lisbon

Making Your Lisbon Shopping List? Put Cork In It

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Cork & Co., Lisbon

Portugal’s biggest export is not wine or shoes, it’s cork. This is the world’s biggest cork-producing country, supplying around 70% of it. That all-natural material comes mostly from the Alentejo region, and can be molded into a variety of products. A new shop in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto shows that this fully recyclable material is quickly becoming one of Portugal’s trademarks, especially in the design world. New York’s MoMA recently presented some of the best of Portuguese design, and many of the selected pieces were made with cork. You can now see many of those examples at the new “Cork & Co.” shop, offering fashion accessories and furniture all made with that very Portuguese material. These are all products with unique and exceptional characteristics, and entirely made in Portugal. On a trip to Lisbon this is a place to include in your itinerary if you’re looking for local creativity, high-quality eco-friendly products, and distinctive design.

The address is number 10 of Rua das Salgadeiras, just around the corner from Camões Square. This being Bairro Alto, it opens late and stays open at night — 2PM-10PM Monday to Wednesday, and 2PM to 11PM Thursday to Saturday. The phone number is (+351) 216 090 231

Cork & Co., Lisbon

Cork & Co., Lisbon