10 New Spots to Eat and Drink in Lisbon

Palácio Chiado, Lisbon

Rua do Alecrim, 70
Tel: 210 101 184

A palace built in the 1700s now has its beautiful rooms divided into several dining options. Downstairs by the entrance is the bar and a room serving lighter meals, while upstairs is the finer dining, with sushi, meats and seafood. Open throughout the day, it’s already one of the city’s hottest spots.

Momento HB, Lisbon

Rua da Rosa, 151
Tel: 213 420 765

An experienced young chef who has worked with some of the city’s top chefs has now ventured on his own with this new restaurant in Bairro Alto. Here he serves traditional Portuguese cuisine with his own personal modern twist. Prices are reasonable, but it’s worth splurging on the most expensive option on the menu, the delicious jumbo shrimp. There’s also an excellent chocolate mousse for dessert.

Monte Mar, Lisbon

Rua da Cintura, Armazém 65
Tel: 213 220 160

One of the most famous seafood restaurants by the beach in Cascais has now opened in the center of Lisbon, right on the waterfront. The terrace is also open for drinks throughout the afternoon, and at dinner time it serves fresh fish and seafood. If you prefer to eat inside, there’s plenty of space in the former warehouse, also with views over the river.

Isco da Bica, Lisbon

Rua do Almada, 29
Tel: 213 461 376

Decorated like a fisherman’s hut, this very relaxed restaurant is found by the popular Santa Catarina viewpoint. It serves both traditional and creative fish dishes, but which fish you’ll get depends on what was caught in the Atlantic waters north and south of Lisbon on that day.

Fábrica da Nata, Lisbon

Praça dos Restauradores, 62-68
Tel: 217 933 766

Lisbon’s famous custard tarts are found in every café and pastry shop in the city, but there are only a few places that specialize in it. This new spot in one of the city’s biggest central squares serves them warm, straight from the oven, inside or at the terrace facing the square.

Bread 4 U, Lisbon

Rua dos Sapateiros, 41
Tel: 211 394 632

It’s a bakery and cafe, hidden on a quiet street downtown, offering a variety of bread and pastries. Decorated with antique pieces, it’s a nice spot for a break between sightseeing, either for just a drink, a light meal or a sugar rush.

Bacalhau com Todos, Lisbon

Rua São Nicolau, 47-49
Tel: 213 420 745

Even if you don’t really like fish, you can’t leave Lisbon without trying one of its traditional salted cod dishes. At this new restaurant downtown you can choose from several options, and there almost isn’t anything else on the menu. To be enjoyed inside or at the sidewalk terrace.

Pizzaria do Bairro, Lisbon

Rua Nova da Trindade, 10
Tel: 213 951 843

The first Pizzaria do Bairro was a small spot by the Cais do Sodré ferry station serving pizza by the slice, and now it has expanded to this second spot in Chiado, as a full-blown restaurant. Decorated like a traditional Lisbon patio with orchard, its pizzas mix Portuguese and Italian flavors.

The Wine Cellar, Lisbon

Rua de São Paulo, 49
Tel: 213 470 098

It’s right in the heart of the new nightlive quarter, Cais do Sodré, but it’s also open during the day. In addition to serving wine by the glass (there are nearly 200 labels to choose from), it also offers Portuguese petiscos (tapas) for a meal or as a snack to accompany the wine.

UAU, Lisbon

Doca de Santo Amaro РArmaz̩m 13
Tel: 211 384 812

The latest spot at the docks is a cafe and ice cream shop that also serves brunch on weekends and cocktails, always with a beautiful view of the marina and bridge. Before refreshing yourself with a popsicle made with fresh fruit, you may also enjoy a light meal of meat, fish or vegetarian kabobs, accompanied by freshly-squeezed juices or smoothies.

Discovering Portugal’s Madeira Wine in Virtuoso Life Magazine

Madeira Wine

The current issue of luxury travel magazine Virtuoso Life is its annual edition entirely devoted to Europe, and it includes a 3-page article about Portugal’s Madeira wine (last year’s issue had Lisbon on the cover). Madeira is a centuries-old wine from the Portuguese island of the same name, made internationally famous through British importers, having even been the wine used by America’s founding fathers to toast the Declaration of Independence. The article recommends six “Madeiras,” but if you can’t find those where you live, you can always look for them on a trip to Portugal. This is a wine that the most dedicated oenophiles know well, but if you’re just discovering it, this article is a great introduction.
The magazine also makes a hotel recommendation for a trip to Madeira, the legendary Reid’s Palace Hotel, where Winston Churchill was known to write his war memoirs. You can read the article and the entire issue of the magazine here: Virtuoso Life magazine – Madeira Wine

Wine in the Afternoon Overlooking Lisbon at Entretanto Bar, Hotel do Chiado

Entretanto Bar, Hotel do Chiado, Lisboa

From now until February 28th you can have a glass of wine as you admire one of the best views of Lisbon after a day of sightseeing, conferences, or work in the city. Every day at 5PM, Hotel do Chiado‘s special “After Work Wine Experience” will offer Portuguese wines at its rooftop “Entretanto Bar” which has one of the most beautiful views of Lisbon, from the river to the castle and uptown. The wine is served by the glass starting at €2.50, and you may choose among reds, whites, and sparkling wines — all from Portugal. Each comes with an accompanying snack or tapa, and on some days there will also be live music (mostly jazz and bossa nova). That’s the perfect ambience and the perfect setting for the most perfect end to your day or start of your night in Lisbon.
While this event is open to everyone, if you’re a guest at the hotel, you can have just a few extra drinks, since your bed will not be too far away. More hotel information here: Hotel do Chiado.

The European Wine Bloggers Conference in Lisbon

European Wine Bloggers Conference in LisbonFrom October 30th to November 1st, Lisbon will bring together wine writers, winemakers, foodies, wine retailers and distributors from around the world for a special wine conference. Lisbon is of course the capital of a great wine country, whose labels have become more popular and of a higher quality each new year, and participants of the conference will be able to sample the unique diversity of Portuguese wines together with a wide range of international labels. If you love all kinds of wine, you may take a look at the conference’s website to find out how you can participate in it. You’ll stay at the Hotel VIP Grand Lisboa and visit a wine region while also sampling traditional and contemporary Portuguese cuisine along the way.
GoLisbon.com has joined the organization in guiding the conference participants through Lisbon, by providing a number of suggestions for days and nights around the city. Those suggestions have been posted over the summer on their website and you may want to check them out for some extra Lisbon ideas even if you won’t be able to be part of the conference:

5 Best Wine Shops in Lisbon

A Night Out in Lisbon’s Alfama

Three Laid-Back Wine Bars in Lisbon

More Than Just Clove and Cinnamon: The Right Fusion in Bairro Alto

Cravo e Canela restaurant, Lisbon

After being closed for a few months, restaurant Cravo e Canela (“Clove and Cinnamon”) in Bairro Alto has reopened, refreshed with a new menu. The dishes have changed, but the fusion of Portuguese and international flavors remains the same, as does the intimate ambience. The décor is made up of candelabra, oriental sculptures, and mirrors surrounding the dark furnishings, where you sit as you listen to a soundtrack of chill-out, jazz, or fado tunes. That’s the perfect setting for a long, relaxed dinner that’s guaranteed to be one of the most memorable among Bairro Alto restaurant experiences. 

Start with the octopus carpaccio as an appetizer as I did, and let the knowledgeable staff suggest the perfect wine to go along with your meal. I was recommended a Callabriga Douro, a red wine from the north of Portugal. It went well with the main entrées that later arrived at my table, a vegetable risotto and a shrimp açorda (the traditional Portuguese bread stew).

The menu had other tempting options, under meat, fish, and risotto listings, and for lovers of the more exotic (and spicier) flavors, the Thai curry shrimps will sound tempting and is perhaps my likely choice on a return visit. But next time we’ll have to repeat one of the desserts that completed our meal, the chocolate chiffon. That generous slice of cake was shared at the table, but I was also curious about the rice pudding and ice cream combination, and ordered that. The pudding comes in a thin cup, with strips of lemon providing a little extra flavor mixed in. The ball of ice cream that stands next to it on a plate is usually vanilla, but I requested it be lemon-flavor instead. It was a wise choice, and one that matched the chocolate chiffon in satisfying the taste buds. The apple lasagne also sounded interesting, but that was also left for next time.

The owners seem to have made comfort and customer satisfaction a top priority, and those who don’t want to leave after dinner may choose to move on to the bar. They may stand or sit there with a drink, as they watch the streets of Bairro Alto become filled for the usual bar hop through the night.

The bar, the inviting and comfortable ambience, the inventive flavors on the menu, and the attentive service is just the right fusion to make Cravo e Canela one of the sure bets for a night in Bairro Alto.