Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

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...
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...
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.
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.
The Albatroz Seaside Hotel
Like the hotel's previous owner, one will feel regal in the individually decorated rooms with beautiful Atlantic views....
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.
A Tapadinha
The best Russian cuisine in Lisbon - well worth a try...
Luca
Previously hailed by critics as the best eatery in Lisbon, this restaurant has a fantastic reputation for fusion cuisine and a buzzy atmosphere.
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...
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.
Sushi Bar
Upmarket sushi joint serving some of the freshest fish in town.
Palácio Estoril
Óbidos Sailing School
A chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this school offers a range of water sports all set against a tranquil lagoon.
Hotel Real Palácio
Introduced as part of the hotel renovation this tastefully designed health club has good facilities including a sauna, Turkish baths and massage.
Belas Clube de Campo
Portugal is home to many of Europe's finest golf courses, many just outside Lisbon. Belas Clube de Campo, set against the bucolic hills of Sintra, is one of them.
Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB)
A leftfield performance space in the heart of the Bairro Alto, Lisbon's creative hub...
Sua Excelência
Situated just off Rua das Janelas Verdes, Sua Excelencia enjoys a central location. Considered by locals as 'part of the furniture', the restaurant is renowned for its flavoursome food.
Chapitô
Next to a circus school, this restaurant shares the same bohemian and artistic ethos, with a fairytale atmosphere suitable for both couples and groups.
Casanova
This restaurant offers a cosmopolitan paradox; the trendy crowd fits in with the reputation of the area. Their legendary pizzas defy the fast-food label.
Café Buenos Aires
Enjoy watching the tango while tucking into tartines at this lively eatery...
Alcântara Café
Having been exposed to the red-carpet treatment in this fabulously chic restaurant, stumble to one of the party hotspots nearby for a cocktail to finish of a night of glitz and glam.
Palácio Estoril
Opened in 2010, the international spa-brand is the first of its kind in Portugal offering Thai and Asian treatments.
Jézebel
A place to lounge around sipping cocktails or dance away the night in the beautifully laid out space. In the same building as a casino, it's a chance to see some of the best local DJs.
Incógnito
This club offers something extra to the more mainstream meat-markets. Open until late and popular with a young, friendly crowd, Incognito is a founding peg in Lisbon's night scene...
SV Café
This modern cafe fits in with the feel of the area; surrounded by small fashion boutiques and the main drag of shops, it attracts a group of young intellectuals...
Padaria São Roque
This 'Cathedral of Bread' (as proclaimed by the fans) finds itself far enough away from the Avenida da Liberdade to avoid the hoards of tourists, yet still is able to enjoy much passing traffic...
Esplanada da Graça
The Graça neighbourhood is mainly residential, yet still bustling and vibrant - explaining this café's popularity with the locals. Although offering a simple menu, the view is captivating.
Confeitaria de Belém
Raise spirits and refuel energy by stopping at this famous bakery. In particular, look out for the Pasteis de Belém (Custard Tarts), the recipe for which is still a closely-guarded secret.
Café Rosso
There is a wealth of options for eating and drinking, particularly around this area. Café Rosso, while convenient, may be more appropriate for a coffee than food...
Café Suiça
Café Suiça provides perfect opportunities for people-watching while taking a well deserved break from the day of shopping and sightseeing...
Café Nicola
Situated by a historical focal point for Lisboetas, Rossio Square, the outside tables to this tea room don't stay empty for long. This is the perfect spot for a cuppa and some people-watching.
Café no Chiado
Attracting a young, cosmopolitan crowd, this is an extremely affordable option for a light lunch with friends. Alternatively, young professionals ponder books and enjoy a cold glass of wine...
Café Bernard
After a day's shopping, refuel in this popular tearoom which is nothing special, but on the other hand traditional in every sense. Try the flaky croissants baked throughout the day.
Arte Café
Although not situated in the more touristy part of the city, this café-cum-art gallery is well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Procópio
Although the Estrela area is not as famously lively, this bar is popular due to its fascinating decoration and welcoming atmosphere - be careful not to miss it...
Pavilhão Chinês
Located on Rua Dom Pedro V, this spacious yet cluttered bar is consistent with the antique boutiques nearby. It has a polarised effect on customers: love it or loathe it, it is worth a visit.

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