Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

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.
Largo
Lisbon's brand new ultra stylish restaurant with great food from one of Portugal's most celebrated chefs...
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...
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.
Olivier
The crowd at this highly successful tapas-style bistro is moneyed and beautiful, similar to the cuisine. Olivier adds the invaluable personal touch by eagerly awaiting the verdict on new dishes.
Caxim Bar
Located just seconds from Castelo de Sao Jorge and its grounds, this dimly lit cave has Morrocan inspirations, giving an unmistakable feeling of having crossed into another continent.
Noori Sushi
Sushi Brazilian style - which makes sense when you realise the huge population of Japanese to be found in Brazil...
Porco Pretto
One for the pork-lovers, since all but one of the dishes are made with Iberian pork, a national delicacy. The food is simple, the decor quirky, and the location near to the design district.
Galeto
Although situated in a more remote part of the city, Galeto Restaurant is perfectly placed; next door to a fantastic party hotspot, you can spend hours and hours here contemplating life.
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.
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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.
Martinho da Arcada
Tucked away in the corner of the Baixa area, there is little tourist trade passing this traditional tea house. Offering a wide menu and a fine dining option, it is certainly worth a visit...
Coliseu dos Recreios
Situated at the bottom of the Avenida de Liberdade, once noted by Fernando Pessoa as 'the finest artery in Lisbon', this impressive coliseum hosts a variety of musical events.
People
Trying to emulate the New York 1990s gay scene whilst aspiring to attract the classy clientele of Kapital and Lux clubs. It provides a mid-point between the best-avoided and the trendy.
Megacampo
Home of the annual Portuguese Paintball Open, Megacampo styles itself as the best paintball centre on the peninsula.
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.
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.
Sporting Club de Portugal
The traditional rivals to Benfica, this is the home of Sporting Lisbon who have recently been seeing some success.
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.
Bonjardim
Though cheap it most certainly does not serve sub-standard piri-piri chicken - refreshingly raucous...
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.
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...
O’Gilins
O'Gilins claims a monopoly on providing traditional Irish service. With real pints (almost unheard of in Lisbon), friendly service (an understatement) and late opening hours, it is perpetually buzzing.
Chiado
Chiado neighbours the Baixa area of Lisbon, and provides the city centre with entertainment in its district of theatres, cafes and fashion boutiques...
Nariz do Vinho Tinto
Loyal to the traditional values of a good restaurant, the effort in this establishment goes solely on the cooking. Though missing a vibrant atmosphere, it still provides a pleasant dining experience.
Costa do Castelo Bar das Imagens
This curious bar provides a fantastic stopping point on the hike up to the infamous Castelo de Sao Jorge. Time your day so you can enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda.
Royale Cafe
French by name, Scandinavian by design and serving Mediterranean cuisine, Royale Cafe is a charming blend of international influences.
Santo Antonio
Sporting a fairly cosmopolitan layout with long wooden tables, the bar encourages an atmosphere of mingling, friendly strangers - helped by the fact that the cuisine on offer is tapas.
A Tapadinha
The best Russian cuisine in Lisbon - well worth a try...
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.
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...
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.
Luca
Previously hailed by critics as the best eatery in Lisbon, this restaurant has a fantastic reputation for fusion cuisine and a buzzy atmosphere.
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...
Lontra
Lontra falls in the area around Rua do Poco dos Negros, home to a lively African community who dominate the club...
Cinco Lounge
Cinco Lounge is a welcome addition to the already vibrant Baixa-Bairro Alto area. This glossy cocktail bar is an example of Lisbon's increasingly cosmopolitan reputation.
Centro Hipico da Costa do Estoril
Horse-riding is available in Lisbon, and this school offers lessons to riders of all abilities, or alternatively, guided treks to Monseratte and Capuchos.
Pasteis de Cerveja
Located in a rather remote part of the city, this café is generally popular with tourists. The only place that sells a unique sweet pastry made with beer and sweet almond paste.

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