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Lisbon

York House
York House is what a boutique hotel should be all about. Instead of chi-chi designer furnishings and Starck bidets the hotel is filled with antique furniture, four-poster beds and an air of tranquility.
XL
XL has more than enough atmosphere on its own despite its non-central location. Full of fiercely loyal fans, the premises are constantly busy and people eat and drink far more than they should...
W
Classic Indian womenswear...
VIP Eden
Naming a hotel 'VIP' is always ambitious, and some elements of the Eden risk being tacky. Nonetheless, a central location and self-contained apartments make this a good choice for groups on a budget.
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.
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.
Vertigo Cafe
Healthy, wholesome dishes make a welcome change to the usual carb/carnivorous influenced menus; join the ladies who lunch and tuck into a leafy salad or quiche.
Verde Perto
Successful in maintaining a prominently middle-class clientele, this is a great place for a light lunch and a glass of wine with a group of friends while admiring the fantastic views...
Veranda
A restaurant to be saved for a special night. The cuisine and wine list are prepared with the utmost care, and the formal atmosphere matches. Strict black tie dress code...
Torre de Belem
A visit to Belem will give tourists a whistle-stop introduction to Lisbon's historic past combined with its contemporary culture. The tower is one of Lisbon's most recognised cultural symbols.
Tivoli Lisboa
The flagship hotel of Portugal's prestigious Tivoli Group, the Tivoli Lisboa is a delightfully luxurious five-star hotel, located half along the commercial Avenida de Liberdade.
Tivoli Jardim
Not Lisbon's most exciting hotel, the Tivoli Jardim is a popular choice for the cost-conscious. Its location is, however, perfect.
The Mix
Overtly stylish and not for those looking for a simple hearty meal, enjoy the views and Eurasian fusion-style cuisine.
The Albatroz Seaside Hotel
Like the hotel's previous owner, one will feel regal in the individually decorated rooms with beautiful Atlantic views....
Terra Incognita Centro Nautico
A sailing school in Belem, there are ten boats here to hire along with a convenient skipper.
Teatro Taborda
Situated on the quieter end of the Costa do Castelo, this is a popular hangout for the young intellectual crowd of the city. Nonetheless, it is also a must-see for tourists for the view.
Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II
Praca Dom Pedro IV forms an important focal point in the city, both geographically and socially. The imperious columns tower high above the square, creating an awe inspiring atmosphere...
Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos
The theatre still hosts classical performances - alongside its contemporary festival in November - and tickets are cheap.
Tavares Rico
This luxurious dining house is well situated in the hubbub of the bars and restaurants the area has to offer. After a period of closure, it is more acclaimed than ever.
Tasquina da Adelaide
Situated in a more remote part of the area doesn't affect the traffic in and out of this popular restaurant. Serving traditional Portuguese dishes, there is no pretensions in the atmosphere or food.
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.
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...
Sushi Bar
Upmarket sushi joint serving some of the freshest fish in town.
Surfing
Lisbon is on the coast and where there is sea you will find surfers trying to tame it. Break out the flip flops and board wax and hit the beach.
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.
Sporting Club de Portugal
The traditional rivals to Benfica, this is the home of Sporting Lisbon who have recently been seeing some success.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
The home of Benfica Lisbon's most famous football team, their newly renovated stadium played host to the 2004 European Championships.
Speakeasy
Located near the clubbing scene along the Avenida 24 de Julho, Speakeasy offers a commercial, rather than traditional, fado house. This often means it is popular with a more diverse crowd.
Solar dos Nunes
Adhering to traditional restaurant values, all energies here are put into the city's best Alentejian cuisine. The southern region Alentejo is popular with an older generation of traditionalists.
Solar dos Mouros
Located within minutes of the Castelo de Sao Jorge, this unique residence runs similarly to the nearby Palaccio Belmonte. It is one of a handful of the city's most atmospheric and unique hotels.
Solar do Castelo
Located within the walls of Lisbon's most dominating landmark, the Castelo de Sao Jorge, this unique residence is a recent addition to the Hoteis Heritage Lisboa group.
Snob
The journalistic crowd who enjoy the late opening hours of Snob are the city's young design elite, who have recently taken residence in this area; the bar also offers a late-night menu to enjoy.
Sinal Vermelho
Before hitting the late bars in the Bairro Alto area, this is a fantastic choice to dine, pre-party, in part thanks to the lighter cuisine.
Silk Club
At once a restaurant, rooftop bar and club, Silk Club is an exclusive night spot that attracts beautiful people from across the city to Chiado.
Silk
Side
Side has an advantage over other bars: its daytime trade, which is popular with a fashion set who enjoy the health-conscious menu as well as a variety of wines by the glass in the evening.
Shopping Centres
Shopping Centres located all over the city offer designer brands, high-street chains and even health and fitness facilities...
Sheraton Lisboa
The Sheraton Lisboa forms the hub of corporate travelling in the city due to its substantial conference facilities. Convenient and reliable, it is however unsuited to those seeking a little more relaxation.
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...
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