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...
The Albatroz Seaside Hotel
Like the hotel's previous owner, one will feel regal in the individually decorated rooms with beautiful Atlantic views....
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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 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.
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.
Café de São Bento
The Rua de Sao Bento also houses a glamorous shopping scene making The Cafe de Sao Bento an ideal place to rest with a glass of wine.
Café Diário
Fabulously located in an area dense with lively bars and eateries, Cafediario remains a popular choice for locals and tourists alike, who enjoy being within the hub of the vibrant social area.
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Quinta da Penha Longa
Considered one of the best courses in Europe, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, Quinta da Penha Longa has played host to Portuguese Open in the past.
Quinta da Marinha Golf
A notable challenge even for an experienced golfer, this course has holes behind cliffs and slopes that lead to the sea.
Lisbon Sports Club
A much more wet and wild golfing experience, this course is crossed by the River Jamor and is the second oldest in Portugal.
Golfe do Estoril
One of the most beautiful courses in Europe, with a training ground toimprove all areas of your game. There is no excuse not to hit the greenat Estoril Sol.
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