Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Nicola
Situated by a historical focal point for Lisboetas, Rossio Square, the outside tables to this tea room don't stay empty for long. This is the perfect spot for a cuppa and some people-watching.
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.
Castelo de Sao Jorge
This hilltop fortification predates the Romans, who occupied it at one point. It features as an important institution for Lisboetas as well as a popular hike for tourists.
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.
Centro de Arte Moderna
The Centro de Arte Moderna is placed appropriately outside the main city; Lisbon offers a wealth of contradictions where modernity meets with un-wavering tradition...
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.
Cervejaria Trindade
Traditional Portuguese food served up on platters and washed down with in-house beer...
Clube de Fado
Boldly playing host to many traditional fadistas, the live music combined with the intimate dining atmosphere create a romantically relaxed evening...
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.
Confeitaria de Belém
Raise spirits and refuel energy by stopping at this famous bakery. In particular, look out for the Pasteis de Belém (Custard Tarts), the recipe for which is still a closely-guarded secret.
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...
Convento do Carmo
Situated in central Chiado, the site falls just off Rua Garrett, the Church, although in ruins, allows those interested in architecture to observe the fascinating Gothic arches and savour its fascinating history...
Elevador da Santa Justa
Situated within the tourist and shopping district of the city, this 45m-high elevator was built by a disciple of Eiffel. Take a trip to the top to see unchallenged sights of the city.
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.
Farol Design Hotel
A twist on the neo-classical, this hotel caters for the trendy crowd who will appreciate the aesthetics...
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.
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.
Heritage Avenida Libertade
This Hotel has not abandoned its heritage, with the old apothecary accessories still adorning the walls in the lobby, but once one reaches the rooms things get decidedly more modern...
Hot Clube
Located half way down the infamous Avenida da Liberdade lies the city's oldest jazz bar, Hot Clube. Its low ceilings and smoky atmosphere are authentic, and plenty of big names still drop by...
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.
Hotel Britania
The second of our picks from the Heritage hotel group, the Britania is the only surviving Art Deco hotel in the centre of Lisbon, and the artistic touches are all about the nuances.
Hotel Metropole
With a location above one of Lisbon's favourite cafes and looking over one of its prettiest and liveliest squares, the Metropole is in prime position.
Hotel Real Palacio
Hotel Veneza
The Veneza should be one of those hotels, slightly faded around the edges but packed full of a bygone era charm. Somehow it's not - refurbs have left it lacking. For sleeping only.
Lapa Palace
The Lapa Palace has traditionally been regarded as Lisbon's premier hotel. Sitting atop one of the city's seven hills, the views from the magnificent garden and terrace are superb.
Lisboa Noite
Despite being situated on the busy street of Rua do Norte, Lisboa Noite offers a calm and sophisticated evening. Good seafood is served at reasonable prices, and service is friendly and polite.
Lisbon Sports Club
A much more wet and wild golfing experience, this course is crossed by the River Jamor and is the second oldest in Portugal.
Mae de Agua
This 'aqueduct of free waters' falls within what are known as the middle-class districts. Pleasantly peaceful surroundings can be found around in the Jardim das Amoreiras.
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...
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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