Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Net Jazz Cafe
Part of the Chapito Circus School, this is another space functioning as a cafe throughout the day and an evening programme with live music. Popular with an arty set; a very cool experience.
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...
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...
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.
Pastelaria Versailles
The uptown location of this traditional tearoom deters the mainstream group of tourists, leaving it pleasantly undiscovered. A true taste of Portugal not to be missed...
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.
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...
Teatro Taborda
Situated on the quieter end of the Costa do Castelo, this is a popular hangout for the young intellectual crowd of the city. Nonetheless, it is also a must-see for tourists for the view.
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...
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.
Café Suiça
Café Suiça provides perfect opportunities for people-watching while taking a well deserved break from the day of shopping and sightseeing...
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.
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 de São Bento
The Rua de Sao Bento also houses a glamorous shopping scene making The Cafe de Sao Bento an ideal place to rest with a glass of wine.

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