Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Hotel Real Palacio
Health Club Solinca
Part of the mammoth Colombo shopping centre, this modern gym offers classes in aerobics, step and yoga, along with a weights gym, solarium and massage centre.
Music Box
A tremendously cool venue that hides amongst the dark alleyways of Cais do Sodres, the Music Box attracts the hipster edgy crowd with its heady mix of live music and club-like feel.
Santini
Rich ice-cream for those with a sweet-tooth and an appreciation of great flavour. Whoever said Italy has the best ice-cream needs to visit Santini's...
Op Art
Op Art has managed to secure a fairly trendy crowd and has gained the reputation for being a 'mini-Lux'. Emulating London music styles, it is considered a cosmopolitan evening...
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.
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...
Esplanada
Whatever the weather, this futuristic café provides comfort and coffee for a young crowd. Popular with the surrounding offices at lunchtime, the menu has much to offer...
Hotel Baia
Simple without sacrificing style, and a well-connected owner who will happily give you the ins and outs of the area...
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.
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...
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...
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.
O Outra Face da Lua
Although the café is attached to a retro clothes store, thankfully the atmosphere isn't overwhelmingly hippie, therefore aims not to alienate any particular group of people.
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.
Cervejaria Trindade
Traditional Portuguese food served up on platters and washed down with in-house beer...
Farol Design Hotel
A twist on the neo-classical, this hotel caters for the trendy crowd who will appreciate the aesthetics...
A Picanha
The presitigous Rua das Janelas Verdes is home to many up-market hotels, as well as A Picanha. Perfect if you want any kind of meat imaginable.
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...
Crazy Nuts
Claiming the first and only name as a hamburger house, Crazy Nuts filled a much needed gap in the tourist industry. Friendly service makes this a popular choice with the young crowd.
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.
MuDe
MuDe, Lisbon's Design and Fashion Museum, is one of the world's leading museums of 20th century design, housing a collection of over 1,000 design objects and 1,200 couture pieces.
Kubo
Summer socialising at it's best; Kubo's beach bar is the place to be...
Convento
Technically part of the Kremlin club, Convento is primarily popular with a gay crowd. The church-like style is a novelty.
Bolshoi
Make-shift menus, second-hand seats and frequent renditions of Russian songs, this backstreet eatery has gained a relatively cosmopolitan crowd who enjoy the quirky environment.
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.
Centro Cultural de Belem
The CCB's block-like limestone structure caused no end of controversy when it opened in 1993, but it plays host to some of the city's best music, theatre and dance events...
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...
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.
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.
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...
Fortaleza do Guincho
A secluded hotel perfect for sea-lovers and those who enjoy the peace and quiet...
Olissipo Castelo
Located in Baixa, the Olissipo Hotel benefits from a serene atmosphere, ideal for those seeking solace or, alternatively, for a romantic break.
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...
Estado Liquido
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...

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