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A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Belcanto
Belcanto, José Avillez’ elegant, two Michelin-starred restaurant offers superlative modern, creative Portuguese cuisine in Lisbon’s Chiado district.
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.
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.
Fluid
Occasionally hosting international DJ's, this fashionable venue is popular with a glamorous media-set. Situated near to a choice of late-night party spots, some choose to begin the night here.
Shopping Centres
Shopping Centres located all over the city offer designer brands, high-street chains and even health and fitness facilities...
Hotel Real Palacio
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.
Ramiro
Despite a less than salubrious location, locals regularly queue for a place on the plastic tables of this eatery, which offers the perfect opportunity to gorge yourself on fabulous seafood.
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.
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
The Ritz was dictator Oliveira Salazar's vision. He wanted to create a luxury hotel with which to drag Lisbon's tourist scene to international attention.
Enoteca
Both a wine bar more than adequate for wine-lovers and a restaurant offering cheese-based dishes, Enoteca is situated inside a former reservoir aqueduct dating from 1781.
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...
Deli Delux
The perfect place to sample and purchase Portuguese and worldwide delicacies, Deli Delux offers a menu which changes seasonally and hosts celebrated wine tastings in the afternoon...
Hotel Lisboa Plaza
Built in 1953 and renovated in 2002, the Lisboa Plaza is very much a family hotel, in both senses. The same family have owned and operated the hotel since the outset.
Kais
Situated amidst a sea of party hotspots and trendy restaurants, Kais's crowd are both cosmopolitan and corporate. Choose between fine international dining upstairs and table-service buffet down below.
Barriga Killer
Housed in a converted warehouse on the docks, this club offers aerobics, step, weights, sauna and a Turkish bath.
Pao de Canela
The space between the Rua de O Seculo and the Rua de Sao Bento is dense with art galleries, creative spaces and a plethora of antiques - inspiring Pao de Canela's teahouse decor.
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.
Farol Design Hotel
A twist on the neo-classical, this hotel caters for the trendy crowd who will appreciate the aesthetics...
Kubo
Summer socialising at it's best; Kubo's beach bar is the place to be...
Cervejaria Trindade
Traditional Portuguese food served up on platters and washed down with in-house beer...
Hotel Avenida Palace
With a central location and luxurious premises, the Hotel Avenida Palace has a captive audience and the owners know it! Built in 1892, it has managed to retain its romantic and belle epoque characteristics.
Estado Liquido
Hipodromo do Campo Grande
A place to enjoy the spectacle of dressage in all its pomp and finery. Of the two annual dressage events held in Lisbon both take place in the Hipodromo.
Olissipo Castelo
Located in Baixa, the Olissipo Hotel benefits from a serene atmosphere, ideal for those seeking solace or, alternatively, for a romantic break.
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.
Meninos do Rio
If you are looking for a quiet corner to while away a few hours then go elsewhere. Meninos do Rio is the place for a party with a beach bar, giant bean bags and a friendly upbeat crowd.
O Cha da Lapa
Both the crowd and the atmosphere alike at this traditional tea-room reflect the Lapa district accordingly. Wealthy women spend time at the riverside, enjoying a quiet cuppa.
Mezza Luna
Commonly known as the 'middle-class' district, the crowd at Mezza Luna are conventional ladies that lunch and smart suits. A great option to get a fully flavoursome, light Italian lunch...
Clube de Fado
Boldly playing host to many traditional fadistas, the live music combined with the intimate dining atmosphere create a romantically relaxed evening...
Queens
This is an option preferable to some of the other bargain-basement clubs on the docas strip. Although the decor is questionable, the masses have fun and Ladies night is worth a try...
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.
Portas Do Sol
A Lisbon liquid lunch out on the terrace is the order of the day at Portas, a buzzing boozey lunch venue...
O2Lx
Located in the commercial clubbing district of the Lapa district, O2Lx is popular with wealthy Chanel and Pringle-laden Europeans who, mostly, enjoy a drug-fuelled evening...
Campo Pequeno
While not to everyone's tastes, bullfighting is undoubtedly part of the local culture, and the Campo Pequeno offers the opportunity to watch the spectacle in one of the oldest bullrings in Europe.
NH Liberdade
On the side of the Avenida, this offering from the surprisingly upmarket Spanish chain is fitted with a stylish, contemporary look of dark wood and steel fittings, and mini-apartment style rooms.
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.
Quinta da Beloura
Panoramic hill-views surround this golf course, which hopefully distracts you from the lake that sits between the 16th and 17th holes.
Santa Apolonia
The Avenida Infante Dom Henrique lies on the picturesque waterfront of the River Tejo. Providing selective design shops and chic restaurants, it is a place to visit to be seen...
Hotel Altis
Five-star hotels are awarded their status for meeting certain criteria, as opposed to being among the highest echelons for service, style and comfort. A bit drab, and mainly for business travellers.

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