Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

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.
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.
Royalty Chauffeurs
Silk
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...
Albergaria Senhora
This hilltop pensão, with its deliciously tacky formica floors and pine veneer panels, opened in 1969 and little has changed since. It offers spectacular views of the Tejo.
Vila Gale Opera
One man's fantasy is another man's nightmare; whether the Opera will appeal to you depends on personal taste, but the musical theme is central to this unique hotel.
Holmes Place
Part of the UK fitness chain, Holmes Place is considered one of the more exclusive clubs in Lisbon.
Aya
Although not traditionally seen in Lisbon, this Japanese restaurant is extremely successful for its authentic traditional dishes. Because its location, it's a great option for those craving something a little different.
Sporting Club de Portugal
The traditional rivals to Benfica, this is the home of Sporting Lisbon who have recently been seeing some success.
Mae de Agua
This 'aqueduct of free waters' falls within what are known as the middle-class districts. Pleasantly peaceful surroundings can be found around in the Jardim das Amoreiras.
Megacampo
Home of the annual Portuguese Paintball Open, Megacampo styles itself as the best paintball centre on the peninsula.
Castelo de Sao Jorge
This hilltop fortification predates the Romans, who occupied it at one point. It features as an important institution for Lisboetas as well as a popular hike for tourists.
Bonjardim
Though cheap it most certainly does not serve sub-standard piri-piri chicken - refreshingly raucous...
Viagem de Sabores
The Romanesque Se Cathedral provides a focal point for the city, and also a theme for this inspired eatery, which has a significantly larger choice of international cuisines than most restaurants.
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...
Ocenarium
Containing species of sea life from the Antarctic, Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, this aquarium is popular with families. Although more remote, it is sandwiched between two other cultural hotspots.
Heritage Avenida Libertade
This Hotel has not abandoned its heritage, with the old apothecary accessories still adorning the walls in the lobby, but once one reaches the rooms things get decidedly more modern...
Santo Antonio
Sporting a fairly cosmopolitan layout with long wooden tables, the bar encourages an atmosphere of mingling, friendly strangers - helped by the fact that the cuisine on offer is tapas.
Nariz do Vinho Tinto
Loyal to the traditional values of a good restaurant, the effort in this establishment goes solely on the cooking. Though missing a vibrant atmosphere, it still provides a pleasant dining experience.
Chiado
Chiado neighbours the Baixa area of Lisbon, and provides the city centre with entertainment in its district of theatres, cafes and fashion boutiques...
Costa do Castelo Bar das Imagens
This curious bar provides a fantastic stopping point on the hike up to the infamous Castelo de Sao Jorge. Time your day so you can enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda.
Pinoquio
Pinoquio offers a large and varied selection, both in price and quality, of cuisine and alcohol. The location is perhaps one of the greater attributes; within walking distance of the main city squares.
O’Gilins
O'Gilins claims a monopoly on providing traditional Irish service. With real pints (almost unheard of in Lisbon), friendly service (an understatement) and late opening hours, it is perpetually buzzing.
Fragil
Fragil originally attracted a gay crowd and put Bairro Alto on the party map. Today, it is making moves in new directions, though its glory days are sadly over.
Royale Cafe
French by name, Scandinavian by design and serving Mediterranean cuisine, Royale Cafe is a charming blend of international influences.
Hotel Veneza
The Veneza should be one of those hotels, slightly faded around the edges but packed full of a bygone era charm. Somehow it's not - refurbs have left it lacking. For sleeping only.
Can The Can
Lisbon restaurant Can The Can takes the unique approach of ‘Canned Food Goes Gourmet’.
A Tapadinha
The best Russian cuisine in Lisbon - well worth a try...
Lontra
Lontra falls in the area around Rua do Poco dos Negros, home to a lively African community who dominate the club...
Tamariz
The sister club of Jezebel made for sun and sea in the summer, this is the place to dance the night away and get a little sandy. The real hedonists stay until dawn to watch the sunrise over the ocean.
Cinco Lounge
Cinco Lounge is a welcome addition to the already vibrant Baixa-Bairro Alto area. This glossy cocktail bar is an example of Lisbon's increasingly cosmopolitan reputation.
Paradise Garage
Located further towards the Pointe 25 de Abril flyover, a lively night can certainly be had before stopping for breakfast on your way home...
Pasteis de Cerveja
Located in a rather remote part of the city, this café is generally popular with tourists. The only place that sells a unique sweet pastry made with beer and sweet almond paste.
Bar Ache Cohiba
This recent addition to Lisbon's night scene is popular for locals who are tired of the area's institutions. Situated in the hubbub of the city, Ache Cohiba guarantees lively conversation and an eclectic clientele.
Centro Hipico da Costa do Estoril
Horse-riding is available in Lisbon, and this school offers lessons to riders of all abilities, or alternatively, guided treks to Monseratte and Capuchos.
Hotel Metropole
With a location above one of Lisbon's favourite cafes and looking over one of its prettiest and liveliest squares, the Metropole is in prime position.
Lisboa Noite
Despite being situated on the busy street of Rua do Norte, Lisboa Noite offers a calm and sophisticated evening. Good seafood is served at reasonable prices, and service is friendly and polite.
Senhor Vinho
With the highest prices of any of Lisbon's fado houses and a wealthy crowd to match, this infamous establishment is owned by the world-famous singer, Maria Da Fe...
Luca
Previously hailed by critics as the best eatery in Lisbon, this restaurant has a fantastic reputation for fusion cuisine and a buzzy atmosphere.

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