Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Sinal Vermelho
Before hitting the late bars in the Bairro Alto area, this is a fantastic choice to dine, pre-party, in part thanks to the lighter cuisine.
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...
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...
Terra Incognita Centro Nautico
A sailing school in Belem, there are ten boats here to hire along with a convenient skipper.
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.
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.
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.
VIP Eden
Naming a hotel 'VIP' is always ambitious, and some elements of the Eden risk being tacky. Nonetheless, a central location and self-contained apartments make this a good choice for groups on a budget.
Santiago Alquimista
Host to live performances, from karaoke to comedy, this is a popular choice for a youthful media crowd, following dinner out in a nearby culinary delight...
Majong
Fabulously located in an area dense with lively bars and eateries, Majong attracts c-list glamour. The minimalist bar promotes a too-cool-for-school attitude, popular with the media set.
Caxim Bar
Located just seconds from Castelo de Sao Jorge and its grounds, this dimly lit cave has Morrocan inspirations, giving an unmistakable feeling of having crossed into another continent.
Avenida da Liberdade
The leafy boulevard features as a central point for Lisbon's hotel district and, of course, its fashion stores. Even the most discerning shopper with find the gauntlet a challenge for their stamina.
Mercado de Santa Clara
After visiting The Fiera da Ladra flea market, this restaurant is a fantastic choice for lunchtimes. Tuck in to a traditional Portuguese Sunday lunch buffet...
Agito
Although not situated within the central madness of this area, the Agito Bar retains a vibrant atmosphere and is conveniently located on Rua da Rosa. Chilled and effortlessly cool.
Santa Apolonia
The Avenida Infante Dom Henrique lies on the picturesque waterfront of the River Tejo. Providing selective design shops and chic restaurants, it is a place to visit to be seen...
Teatro Taborda
Situated on the quieter end of the Costa do Castelo, this is a popular hangout for the young intellectual crowd of the city. Nonetheless, it is also a must-see for tourists for the view.
Olivier
The crowd at this highly successful tapas-style bistro is moneyed and beautiful, similar to the cuisine. Olivier adds the invaluable personal touch by eagerly awaiting the verdict on new dishes.
Inspira Santa Marta
Earth, wood, metal, fire and water - each of the rooms at this environmentally-friendly boutique hotel are themed around the elements. Feng shui enthusiasts will know exactly what room's best for them.
Speakeasy
Located near the clubbing scene along the Avenida 24 de Julho, Speakeasy offers a commercial, rather than traditional, fado house. This often means it is popular with a more diverse crowd.
Lapa Palace
The Lapa Palace has traditionally been regarded as Lisbon's premier hotel. Sitting atop one of the city's seven hills, the views from the magnificent garden and terrace are superb.
BedRoom Bar
Leave the negligee and marabou mules at home when you visit BedRoom bar - this is no pyjama party. Popular with Barrio-Alto's stylish young crowd go late for drinks and dancing.
Noori Sushi
Sushi Brazilian style - which makes sense when you realise the huge population of Japanese to be found in Brazil...
Hotel Altis
Five-star hotels are awarded their status for meeting certain criteria, as opposed to being among the highest echelons for service, style and comfort. A bit drab, and mainly for business travellers.
Largo
Lisbon's brand new ultra stylish restaurant with great food from one of Portugal's most celebrated chefs...
Porco Pretto
One for the pork-lovers, since all but one of the dishes are made with Iberian pork, a national delicacy. The food is simple, the decor quirky, and the location near to the design district.
Altis Belem
Not for those looking for a cosy hideaway - this is a sleek modernist construction with views over the docks to match. The Altis Belem Hotel has one of the best spas in the city.
Eleven
Providing seemingly endless views of the city and further, Eleven is not a dining experience to be missed. Fantastic fusions of food and charming service make this a popular choice.
People
Trying to emulate the New York 1990s gay scene whilst aspiring to attract the classy clientele of Kapital and Lux clubs. It provides a mid-point between the best-avoided and the trendy.
Pestana Palace
Currently regarded as the best hotel in Lisbon, this former 19th-century palace is classified as a national monument. With wonderful views of the Tejo river and a quiet location, this is a must for luxury-lovers.
Coliseu dos Recreios
Situated at the bottom of the Avenida de Liberdade, once noted by Fernando Pessoa as 'the finest artery in Lisbon', this impressive coliseum hosts a variety of musical events.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
The home of Benfica Lisbon's most famous football team, their newly renovated stadium played host to the 2004 European Championships.
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Galeto
Although situated in a more remote part of the city, Galeto Restaurant is perfectly placed; next door to a fantastic party hotspot, you can spend hours and hours here contemplating life.
Surfing
Lisbon is on the coast and where there is sea you will find surfers trying to tame it. Break out the flip flops and board wax and hit the beach.
Martinho da Arcada
Tucked away in the corner of the Baixa area, there is little tourist trade passing this traditional tea house. Offering a wide menu and a fine dining option, it is certainly worth a visit...
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Calouste Gulbenkian
Situated further out of the city centre, this cultural spot is recognised as one of Lisbon's most significant. Host to its own orchestra, the Gulbenkian is also a well used premises by international orchestras.
Lux
Bonjardim
Though cheap it most certainly does not serve sub-standard piri-piri chicken - refreshingly raucous...
1 de Maio
1 de Maio is located in the busy tourist district, where there are a plethora of bars to maintain your high spirits after having dinner in this vibrant restaurant...

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