Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Holmes Place
Part of the UK fitness chain, Holmes Place is considered one of the more exclusive clubs in Lisbon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royale Cafe
French by name, Scandinavian by design and serving Mediterranean cuisine, Royale Cafe is a charming blend of international influences.
Can The Can
Lisbon restaurant Can The Can takes the unique approach of ‘Canned Food Goes Gourmet’.
Chiado
Chiado neighbours the Baixa area of Lisbon, and provides the city centre with entertainment in its district of theatres, cafes and fashion boutiques...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Luca
Previously hailed by critics as the best eatery in Lisbon, this restaurant has a fantastic reputation for fusion cuisine and a buzzy atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
Estufa Real
Although based in a rather remote location, this restaurant provides more than enough to make the journey worth while. The Sunday brunch is particularly popular.
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...
A Tapadinha
The best Russian cuisine in Lisbon - well worth a try...
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.
Esplanada do Adamastor
Located a little further out of the principle tourist area, this boho cafe is popular with travellers and students, who are fond of its down-to-earth decor and vibrant atmosphere...
The Albatroz Seaside Hotel
Like the hotel's previous owner, one will feel regal in the individually decorated rooms with beautiful Atlantic views....
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.
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.
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.
Chapito
The Costa do Castela road circumnavigates the Castelo de Sao Jorge; the neighbourhood is lively and the Chapito circus school only affirms the bohemian and artistic wealth of the area...
Docks Club
Docks Club is popular with people from all walks. The night is bound to be cheap, unpretentious and within such a close distance of other similarly cheesy clubs...
Altis Spa
While most spas in Lisbon are attached to hotels or heath clubs, there are a few out there that are open to non-residents and Altis Belem is one of the best in town.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
The museum documents original trademarks from Portuguese heritage, and a relaxing lunch in the courtyard will make the journey seem even less of a chore...
Sushi Bar
Upmarket sushi joint serving some of the freshest fish in town.

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