Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Pap’ Acorda
When a restaurant is acclaimed by the locals, it suggests it has a winning formula. It is well worth a visit for its exquisite cuisine and easy location.
Lua
Lua is a popular venue for those looking to kick back. With a decent menu on offer, it's spacious enough to accommodate large groups, and has a chilled, unpretentious atmosphere.
Pao de Canela
The space between the Rua de O Seculo and the Rua de Sao Bento is dense with art galleries, creative spaces and a plethora of antiques - inspiring Pao de Canela's teahouse decor.
Enoteca
Both a wine bar more than adequate for wine-lovers and a restaurant offering cheese-based dishes, Enoteca is situated inside a former reservoir aqueduct dating from 1781.
Hotel Lisboa Plaza
Built in 1953 and renovated in 2002, the Lisboa Plaza is very much a family hotel, in both senses. The same family have owned and operated the hotel since the outset.
Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II
Praca Dom Pedro IV forms an important focal point in the city, both geographically and socially. The imperious columns tower high above the square, creating an awe inspiring atmosphere...
Deli Delux
The perfect place to sample and purchase Portuguese and worldwide delicacies, Deli Delux offers a menu which changes seasonally and hosts celebrated wine tastings in the afternoon...
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...
Esplanada
Whatever the weather, this futuristic café provides comfort and coffee for a young crowd. Popular with the surrounding offices at lunchtime, the menu has much to offer...
Santini
Rich ice-cream for those with a sweet-tooth and an appreciation of great flavour. Whoever said Italy has the best ice-cream needs to visit Santini's...
Barriga Killer
Housed in a converted warehouse on the docks, this club offers aerobics, step, weights, sauna and a Turkish bath.
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.
Music Box
A tremendously cool venue that hides amongst the dark alleyways of Cais do Sodres, the Music Box attracts the hipster edgy crowd with its heady mix of live music and club-like feel.
Kais
Situated amidst a sea of party hotspots and trendy restaurants, Kais's crowd are both cosmopolitan and corporate. Choose between fine international dining upstairs and table-service buffet down below.
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.
Hotel Baia
Simple without sacrificing style, and a well-connected owner who will happily give you the ins and outs of the area...
Op Art
Op Art has managed to secure a fairly trendy crowd and has gained the reputation for being a 'mini-Lux'. Emulating London music styles, it is considered a cosmopolitan evening...
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...
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...
Convento
Technically part of the Kremlin club, Convento is primarily popular with a gay crowd. The church-like style is a novelty.
Bolshoi
Make-shift menus, second-hand seats and frequent renditions of Russian songs, this backstreet eatery has gained a relatively cosmopolitan crowd who enjoy the quirky environment.
Crazy Nuts
Claiming the first and only name as a hamburger house, Crazy Nuts filled a much needed gap in the tourist industry. Friendly service makes this a popular choice with the young crowd.
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...
A Picanha
The presitigous Rua das Janelas Verdes is home to many up-market hotels, as well as A Picanha. Perfect if you want any kind of meat imaginable.
Kubo
Summer socialising at it's best; Kubo's beach bar is the place to be...
Cervejaria Trindade
Traditional Portuguese food served up on platters and washed down with in-house beer...
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.
MuDe
MuDe, Lisbon's Design and Fashion Museum, is one of the world's leading museums of 20th century design, housing a collection of over 1,000 design objects and 1,200 couture pieces.
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.
Centro Cultural de Belem
The CCB's block-like limestone structure caused no end of controversy when it opened in 1993, but it plays host to some of the city's best music, theatre and dance events...
Mexe
Mexe has an attraction that trumps the others: with pretensions of a club, it owns a more lively atmosphere than its neighbours, however its small size allows it to retain its intimacy...
As Vicentinhas
Quirky and unconventional, this tea-room-cum-cafe is a perfect spot to stop and refuel while scouring the streets for the plethora of antique shops. Just don't come in a hurry...
Estado Liquido
Hipodromo do Campo Grande
A place to enjoy the spectacle of dressage in all its pomp and finery. Of the two annual dressage events held in Lisbon both take place in the Hipodromo.
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...
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.
Fortaleza do Guincho
A secluded hotel perfect for sea-lovers and those who enjoy the peace and quiet...
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.
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.

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