Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Confeitaria Nacional
Graced with a central location near to the institution of Rossio Square, the Confeitaria Nacional is a popular stop-off point for a coffee and pastry before continuing the day...
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...
Mexe
Mexe has an attraction that trumps the others: with pretensions of a club, it owns a more lively atmosphere than its neighbours, however its small size allows it to retain its intimacy...
Lisboa Regency Chiado
The Regency Chiado has a couple of real highlights: its location, sandwiched between the Bairro Alto and the more conservative shopping of Baixa; and the attention to detail and level of service on offer.
Sao Bento/Rato
A peaceful area at night with a few upmarket restaurants provides a perfect place for a romantic meal. In addition, the Rua de Sao Bento is an antique collectors dream.
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.
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.
Primavera
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...
Estado Liquido
Lounge Cafe
Located a little further out than the principal hubbub of bars and restaurants in the area, Lounge Cafe sounds exactly how it is; a chilled-out crowd (mostly students) nursing a pint in dim lighting.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Os Corvos
Situated in a rather obscure location, away from the trendy Santa Apolonia development, it is easy to oversee this stylish residence. However, the exquisite cuisine and wine make this restaurant a top find.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
El Gordo
All sensibilities are catered for in this Spanish-style tapas bar. Whether you are looking for an intimate meal or a vibrant party, the two branches of the restaurant can accommodate your hedonistic needs.
Combatelaser
Do you want the chance to fire off a few rounds at your friends and loved ones but can't face the hassle or pain of balls of paint? Combatelaser might be for you.
Cerca Moura
The Alfama area is heavily residential and fairly difficult to navigate. However it is worth a visit for a removed and peaceful view of the city, as is this café built into the original Moorish city walls.
Jardim dos Sentidos
The vegetarian menu here is adventurous and interesting. Providing a relaxed atmosphere with a popular outdoor dining area in the summer.
Parodia
This intimate drinking den in the affluent district of Campo de Ourique also preserves a hint of exclusivity with its doorbell policy - but no need to worry; anyone is welcome...
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.
Santiago Alquimista
Host to live performances, from karaoke to comedy, this is a popular choice for a youthful media crowd, following dinner out in a nearby culinary delight...
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.
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.
Herois
Centrally located within the Baixa area, Herois is situated perfectly for a post-shopping spritzer. It retains an exclusive feel, with chic decor and expensive drinks...
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.
Majong
Fabulously located in an area dense with lively bars and eateries, Majong attracts c-list glamour. The minimalist bar promotes a too-cool-for-school attitude, popular with the media set.
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.
Mercado de Santa Clara
After visiting The Fiera da Ladra flea market, this restaurant is a fantastic choice for lunchtimes. Tuck in to a traditional Portuguese Sunday lunch buffet...

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