Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

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...
A Picanha
The presitigous Rua das Janelas Verdes is home to many up-market hotels, as well as A Picanha. Perfect if you want any kind of meat imaginable.
A Tapadinha
The best Russian cuisine in Lisbon - well worth a try...
A Travessa
Based within the busy tourist area of Lapa, this restaurant is mainly adored by Lisboetas, which is always a promising sign to tourists. Its reputation is simply unbeaten in the area.
A weekend in Lisbon with Ana Silva
Ana Silva tells us all about her indulgent weekend in Lisbon, from her stay at the Sheraton Lisbon to the custard tarts of Portas do Sol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Janelas Verdes
This former 18th-century palace was once the home of Portuguese novelist Eça de Queiros and supposedly the inspiration for his novels O Ramalhete and Os Maias.
As Vicentinhas
Quirky and unconventional, this tea-room-cum-cafe is a perfect spot to stop and refuel while scouring the streets for the plethora of antique shops. Just don't come in a hurry...
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.
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.
B. Leza
One of the clubs in the main party area of the city whose space is unbeaten by most. The former palace is regularly home to many live performances...
Bairro Alto
The Bairro Alto lies to the west of the city centre, where its prettily cobbled streets are full of small, alternative boutiques, as well as the more multi-functional properties.
Bairro Alto Hotel
The Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon's newest and most chic hotels. With 5 stars and feted in the international media, expect to stay alongside visiting celebrities and fashionistas.
Baixa
Lisbon does not uphold a strong shopping culture, so it is common to see shops that are also cafes, bars and even clubs, making this an alternative to tourist ridden Avenida da Liberdade.
Baliza
Perfectly situated for a post-shopping spritzer, Baliza can be found off Lisbon's busiest shopping streets. The evenings become popular with a relatively glamorous media set.
Ban Thai
This new restaurant claims the prestigious address shared by Lisbon's upmarket restaurants. Generally full of a young vibrant crowd, it is somewhere lively to 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.
Barriga Killer
Housed in a converted warehouse on the docks, this club offers aerobics, step, weights, sauna and a Turkish bath.
BBC
BBC club is one of the popular clubs in this predominantly party area. Sharing its address with mostly upmarket restaurants, the crowd are young and glamorous; enjoy a dockside cocktail.
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.
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.
Belcanto
Belcanto, José Avillez’ elegant, two Michelin-starred restaurant offers superlative modern, creative Portuguese cuisine in Lisbon’s Chiado district.
Berim Bar
This traditional bar is ideally located for the commercial shopping of the Baixa area. The relaxed opening hours of both bar and kitchen (when the last person leaves!) are a vital attraction.
Bica do Sapato
With a reputation for being the most chic spot to dine in the city, Bica do Sapato is situated on the waterfront of the Tejo.
Bicaense
Bicaence can be found off Lisbon's busiest shopping streets. Popular with a glamorous media set, there is just enough exclusivity without feeling pretentious...
Blogger Ana Silva heads back to Portugal
With the last vestiges of summer ebbing away, blogger Ana Silva heads back to Portugal to drown her sorrows...
Blue Heaven
Bocca
Bolshoi
Make-shift menus, second-hand seats and frequent renditions of Russian songs, this backstreet eatery has gained a relatively cosmopolitan crowd who enjoy the quirky environment.
Bonjardim
Though cheap it most certainly does not serve sub-standard piri-piri chicken - refreshingly raucous...
Buenos Aires
Located beyond the bottom of the busy Avenida da Liberdade, this location provides a much needed air of peace and tranquility following an exhausting day of shopping...
Cafe a Brasilieira
The Chiado area is densely populated with cafes and fashion boutiques, and this cafe deserves its place. Famous for its literary history, this is a hotspot for tourists. Enjoy the coffees and cakes.
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.
Café Buenos Aires
Enjoy watching the tango while tucking into tartines at this lively eatery...
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.

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