Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Palácio Ramalhete
Elegant boutique hotel Palácio Ramalhete can be found in the boho neighbourhood of Lapa, offering 12 refined guestrooms and an outdoor pool.
Snob
The journalistic crowd who enjoy the late opening hours of Snob are the city's young design elite, who have recently taken residence in this area; the bar also offers a late-night menu to enjoy.
Tivoli Lisboa
The flagship hotel of Portugal's prestigious Tivoli Group, the Tivoli Lisboa is a delightfully luxurious five-star hotel, located half along the commercial Avenida de Liberdade.
Elevador da Santa Justa
Situated within the tourist and shopping district of the city, this 45m-high elevator was built by a disciple of Eiffel. Take a trip to the top to see unchallenged sights of the city.
A Travessa
Based within the busy tourist area of Lapa, this restaurant is mainly adored by Lisboetas, which is always a promising sign to tourists. Its reputation is simply unbeaten in the area.
Buenos Aires
Located beyond the bottom of the busy Avenida da Liberdade, this location provides a much needed air of peace and tranquility following an exhausting day of shopping...
Ramiro
Despite a less than salubrious location, locals regularly queue for a place on the plastic tables of this eatery, which offers the perfect opportunity to gorge yourself on fabulous seafood.
Hotel Real Palacio
Palacio Belmonte
This is quite simply a wonderful hotel. The refurbishment of this 15th Century palace has been completed with such love, care and attention to detail guests are instantly blown away.
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
The Ritz was dictator Oliveira Salazar's vision. He wanted to create a luxury hotel with which to drag Lisbon's tourist scene to international attention.
O Outra Face da Lua
Although the café is attached to a retro clothes store, thankfully the atmosphere isn't overwhelmingly hippie, therefore aims not to alienate any particular group of people.
Hot Clube
Located half way down the infamous Avenida da Liberdade lies the city's oldest jazz bar, Hot Clube. Its low ceilings and smoky atmosphere are authentic, and plenty of big names still drop by...
Hotel Avenida Palace
With a central location and luxurious premises, the Hotel Avenida Palace has a captive audience and the owners know it! Built in 1892, it has managed to retain its romantic and belle epoque characteristics.
York House
York House is what a boutique hotel should be all about. Instead of chi-chi designer furnishings and Starck bidets the hotel is filled with antique furniture, four-poster beds and an air of tranquility.
Cervejaria Trindade
Traditional Portuguese food served up on platters and washed down with in-house beer...
XL
XL has more than enough atmosphere on its own despite its non-central location. Full of fiercely loyal fans, the premises are constantly busy and people eat and drink far more than they should...
Confeitaria Nacional
Graced with a central location near to the institution of Rossio Square, the Confeitaria Nacional is a popular stop-off point for a coffee and pastry before continuing the day...
Bairro Alto Hotel
The Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon's newest and most chic hotels. With 5 stars and feted in the international media, expect to stay alongside visiting celebrities and fashionistas.
Farol Design Hotel
A twist on the neo-classical, this hotel caters for the trendy crowd who will appreciate the aesthetics...
Solar do Castelo
Located within the walls of Lisbon's most dominating landmark, the Castelo de Sao Jorge, this unique residence is a recent addition to the Hoteis Heritage Lisboa group.
Convento do Carmo
Situated in central Chiado, the site falls just off Rua Garrett, the Church, although in ruins, allows those interested in architecture to observe the fascinating Gothic arches and savour its fascinating history...
Primavera
Solar dos Nunes
Adhering to traditional restaurant values, all energies here are put into the city's best Alentejian cuisine. The southern region Alentejo is popular with an older generation of traditionalists.
Tavares Rico
This luxurious dining house is well situated in the hubbub of the bars and restaurants the area has to offer. After a period of closure, it is more acclaimed than ever.
Sao Bento/Rato
A peaceful area at night with a few upmarket restaurants provides a perfect place for a romantic meal. In addition, the Rua de Sao Bento is an antique collectors dream.
O Cha da Lapa
Both the crowd and the atmosphere alike at this traditional tea-room reflect the Lapa district accordingly. Wealthy women spend time at the riverside, enjoying a quiet cuppa.
Os Corvos
Situated in a rather obscure location, away from the trendy Santa Apolonia development, it is easy to oversee this stylish residence. However, the exquisite cuisine and wine make this restaurant a top find.
Pastelaria Versailles
The uptown location of this traditional tearoom deters the mainstream group of tourists, leaving it pleasantly undiscovered. A true taste of Portugal not to be missed...
Hotel Britania
The second of our picks from the Heritage hotel group, the Britania is the only surviving Art Deco hotel in the centre of Lisbon, and the artistic touches are all about the nuances.
Clube de Fado
Boldly playing host to many traditional fadistas, the live music combined with the intimate dining atmosphere create a romantically relaxed evening...
Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos
The theatre still hosts classical performances - alongside its contemporary festival in November - and tickets are cheap.
Baixa
Lisbon does not uphold a strong shopping culture, so it is common to see shops that are also cafes, bars and even clubs, making this an alternative to tourist ridden Avenida da Liberdade.
B. Leza
One of the clubs in the main party area of the city whose space is unbeaten by most. The former palace is regularly home to many live performances...
Cerca Moura
The Alfama area is heavily residential and fairly difficult to navigate. However it is worth a visit for a removed and peaceful view of the city, as is this café built into the original Moorish city walls.
Torre de Belem
A visit to Belem will give tourists a whistle-stop introduction to Lisbon's historic past combined with its contemporary culture. The tower is one of Lisbon's most recognised cultural symbols.
As Janelas Verdes
This former 18th-century palace was once the home of Portuguese novelist Eça de Queiros and supposedly the inspiration for his novels O Ramalhete and Os Maias.
Cultura do Cha
Situated only a short distance from the hubbub of the area, this eatery is popular for various reasons. The heavy wooden décor and substantial choice of tea provide a nostalgic atmosphere...
Cafe a Brasilieira
The Chiado area is densely populated with cafes and fashion boutiques, and this cafe deserves its place. Famous for its literary history, this is a hotspot for tourists. Enjoy the coffees and cakes.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Situated rather remotely outside the main city, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is a fine example of Manueline architecture, and includes a monastery, cloisters and church.
Campo Pequeno
While not to everyone's tastes, bullfighting is undoubtedly part of the local culture, and the Campo Pequeno offers the opportunity to watch the spectacle in one of the oldest bullrings in Europe.

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