Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

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.
Side
Side has an advantage over other bars: its daytime trade, which is popular with a fashion set who enjoy the health-conscious menu as well as a variety of wines by the glass in the evening.
Verde Perto
Successful in maintaining a prominently middle-class clientele, this is a great place for a light lunch and a glass of wine with a group of friends while admiring the fantastic views...
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.
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...
Lisboa Regency Chiado
The Regency Chiado has a couple of real highlights: its location, sandwiched between the Bairro Alto and the more conservative shopping of Baixa; and the attention to detail and level of service on offer.
Primavera
Estado Liquido
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...
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.
Bicaense
Bicaence can be found off Lisbon's busiest shopping streets. Popular with a glamorous media set, there is just enough exclusivity without feeling pretentious...
Clube de Fado
Boldly playing host to many traditional fadistas, the live music combined with the intimate dining atmosphere create a romantically relaxed evening...
Mezza Luna
Commonly known as the 'middle-class' district, the crowd at Mezza Luna are conventional ladies that lunch and smart suits. A great option to get a fully flavoursome, light Italian lunch...
Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos
The theatre still hosts classical performances - alongside its contemporary festival in November - and tickets are cheap.
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...
Queens
This is an option preferable to some of the other bargain-basement clubs on the docas strip. Although the decor is questionable, the masses have fun and Ladies night is worth a try...
Dom Pedro Palace
The five-star high-rise is part of an Italian and Portuguese chain that caters mainly for business customers. Many rooms have fantastic views of the Tejo, the expansive river sweeping the city.
Gambrinus
Situated near the lower end of the Avenida da Liberdade, Gambrinus' chef produces the best seafood in the city. A suberb choice if you are looking for a special evening.
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.
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.
Baliza
Perfectly situated for a post-shopping spritzer, Baliza can be found off Lisbon's busiest shopping streets. The evenings become popular with a relatively glamorous media set.
Meninos do Rio
If you are looking for a quiet corner to while away a few hours then go elsewhere. Meninos do Rio is the place for a party with a beach bar, giant bean bags and a friendly upbeat crowd.
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.
Champagne Club
Located near to the mainstream clubbing district, Champagne Club offers adult entertainment provided in a professional setting. You might even catch a performance by a Playboy bunny...
Combatelaser
Do you want the chance to fire off a few rounds at your friends and loved ones but can't face the hassle or pain of balls of paint? Combatelaser might be for you.
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...
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.
Portas Do Sol
A Lisbon liquid lunch out on the terrace is the order of the day at Portas, a buzzing boozey lunch venue...
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.
Bica do Sapato
With a reputation for being the most chic spot to dine in the city, Bica do Sapato is situated on the waterfront of the Tejo.
Jardim dos Sentidos
The vegetarian menu here is adventurous and interesting. Providing a relaxed atmosphere with a popular outdoor dining area in the summer.
El Gordo
All sensibilities are catered for in this Spanish-style tapas bar. Whether you are looking for an intimate meal or a vibrant party, the two branches of the restaurant can accommodate your hedonistic needs.
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.
The Mix
Overtly stylish and not for those looking for a simple hearty meal, enjoy the views and Eurasian fusion-style cuisine.
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...
O2Lx
Located in the commercial clubbing district of the Lapa district, O2Lx is popular with wealthy Chanel and Pringle-laden Europeans who, mostly, enjoy a drug-fuelled evening...
Clube VII
The biggest and best health club in Lisbon, Clube VII is English owned, and if you can't find an exercise to your tastes amongst the 150 classes, you never will.
NH Liberdade
On the side of the Avenida, this offering from the surprisingly upmarket Spanish chain is fitted with a stylish, contemporary look of dark wood and steel fittings, and mini-apartment style rooms.
Herois
Centrally located within the Baixa area, Herois is situated perfectly for a post-shopping spritzer. It retains an exclusive feel, with chic decor and expensive drinks...
Parodia
This intimate drinking den in the affluent district of Campo de Ourique also preserves a hint of exclusivity with its doorbell policy - but no need to worry; anyone is welcome...

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