Your ultimate guide to Lisbon

Your ultimate Lisbon guide for restaurants and bars, theatre, art, gigs, clubs, shops and more...

The best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon
Restaurants

The best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon

Cabbage and tasteless tofu are a distant memory for Lisbon's vegetarians. From the very best restaurants in Lisbon to Lisbon's best healthy restaurants, check out the creme-de-la-creme of the city's veggie scene. 

Ten reasons to go to a music festival in Lisbon
Music

Ten reasons to go to a music festival in Lisbon

Sure, going to a festival abroad is great fun, but what if you want an actual holiday out of your trip as well? Maybe you want to sample some local cuisine (and booze) alongside all that cutting-edge music. Perhaps you even want a bit of sightseeing – gasp – to go with all the unique sights you'll encounter a festival? Our advice is to head to the charming, lively Portuguese city of Lisbon: not only can you hit one of its fantastic fests to get your music fix, but you can also soak up loads of culture, art and – yes – local liquor. Keep reading to find out what Lisbon has to offer alongside the festival experience.

The best hotels in Lisbon
Hotels

The best hotels in Lisbon

Are you in for a quick stay or a longer one? Did you come for romance or to hang out with friends? Is the family in tow or are you by your lonesome? Lottery winner or penny-pincher? Whatever your tourist profile or your ideal vacation are, you will find something to like among our collection of the best hotels in Lisbon. Make your pick and enjoy your stay.  

Where to eat in Lisbon the best bitoques
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Where to eat in Lisbon the best bitoques

You might have never heard about this dish - it is a Lisbon original, after all. Bitoque is a fried steak served with an egg on top and fries on the side. It is a lifesaver of sorts for many Lisboners, sold at most diners and traditional restaurants. See where to eat in Lisbon the best bitoques.

10 tips for surviving in Lisbon
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10 tips for surviving in Lisbon

Lisbon is like a maze and even though everyone wants to help, many don't know these tips. You'll find the best spots, and save a lot of time and money with these.  

Restaurants in Lisbon

The best Lisbon restaurants
Restaurants

The best Lisbon restaurants

Take a look at our list of the best places to eat in Lisbon, from the finest seafood restaurants to the city’s top tapas bars

The best places for brunch in Lisbon
Restaurants

The best places for brunch in Lisbon

These restaurants and cafés are the top Lisbon brunch spots

The best ice cream parlours in Lisbon
Restaurants

The best ice cream parlours in Lisbon

Ice cream or gelato? One scoop or two? Take your pick at the best ice cream parlours in Lisbon

The best places to eat outdoors in Lisbon
Restaurants

The best places to eat outdoors in Lisbon

Alfresco dining, Lisbon-style – our pick of the best places to eat outdoors in the Portuguese capital

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Where to stay in Lisbon

The best luxury hotels in Lisbon
Hotels

The best luxury hotels in Lisbon

From the good old classics that already belong to the city’s history, to the most recent ones that bet on the design or on the boutique concept, these are the best luxury hotels in Lisbon. Intended for a very specific audience, for people with blue blood running through their veins we might say, these hotels were born and exist for all who refuse to let go of their whims. Recommended: The best boutique hotels in Lisbon

The best romantic hotels in Lisbon
Hotels

The best romantic hotels in Lisbon

We already knew that Lisbon was one of the most romantic cities on earth, but the fact that it had so many hotels perfect for a romantic getaway was a nice surprise. Whether it's because a delicious breakfast is served in bed or because you’ll get highly emotional with its breathtaking views, the best romantic hotels in Lisbon will make you fall in love even more.

The best boutique hotels in Lisbon
Hotels

The best boutique hotels in Lisbon

That Lisbon doesn’t lack hotels, everyone knows. And that the number of hotels has risen considerably over the last few years – a result of the worldwide hype around our city – is also a well-known fact. That being said, we swooped the whole of the city’s hotel industry to bring you the best boutique hotels in Lisbon.   Considered the rich cousin of the not-so-fancy Bed&Breakfast, boutique hotels are known for their personality and cosy environment. The laidback mood is designed to make guests feel at home, and these certainly knew how to do it.     Recommended: The best Lisbon attractions

The coolest hotels in Lisbon
Hotels

The coolest hotels in Lisbon

What makes a hotel cool? In coming up with this list of the coolest hotels in Lisbon, we considered a heady mix of factors – from definables like design, location, service, amenities, architecture, and value for money, to less tangible elements like ambience or history. Then we factored in what we think Time Out readers would want from a trendy hotel and ended up with this list of the coolest hotels in Lisbon with something for every relaxed aesthetic sense. Recommended: Best cheap hotels in Lisbon 

Best cheap hotels in Lisbon
Hotels

Best cheap hotels in Lisbon

Sure, there are plenty of hotels in Lisbon, but a good bargain is hard to come by. We went on the hunt for the best cheap hotels in Lisbon and came back with eight great ones, with prices between 50 and 70 euros a night.   Save your Money and have a look at our selection, and if you’re still feeling thrifty check out how to have fun in Lisbon without spending a cent.  

The best family-friendly hotels in Lisbon
Hotels

The best family-friendly hotels in Lisbon

Lisbon's best family-friendly hotels offer the perfect getaway to the city. From all the activities you can do outdoors to all the beaches you have near the city, Lisbon is a magical playground for children. If you’re planning a family break to the city make sure you choose a hotel that knows how to make your stay really special. There are hotels that will bring milk and cookies to your little ones beds before they go to sleep or that will take care of them while you go to a fancy dinner. Below are the best family-friendly hotels in Lisbon – they’ll soon make you wish you were six again! Recommended: The best things to do in Lisbon

Things to do in Lisbon

The best Lisbon attractions
Attractions

The best Lisbon attractions

Follow our guide to the top Lisbon attractions, landmarks and sightseeing spots you’d be mad to miss

The best Lisbon museums
Museums

The best Lisbon museums

Looking for a fix of culture but not a clue where to start? Here are ten of the top museums in Lisbon

The best outdoor activities in Lisbon for kids
Kids

The best outdoor activities in Lisbon for kids

Take the little'uns on an adventure with our guide to the best outdoor activities for kids

The best shops in Lisbon
Shopping

The best shops in Lisbon

Spend, spend, spend at these top Lisbon shops

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Most popular cafés in Lisbon

Tartine
Restaurants

Tartine

The menu at Tartine has everything you need for the perfect brunch: fresh juices, cappuccinos and hot chocolates, eggs seven different ways, toast, pancakes, waffles, croissants and yoghurts. But there is also a set brunch for those who dislike the do-it-yourself approach, including a bread basket, hot drinks, granola with organic yoghurt, and more.

Wish Slow Coffee House
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Wish Slow Coffee House

What goes to make up a Wish? Pretty little things. The concept here of a enchanted world will charm even the grumpiest of punters, who can buy cushions in the shape of clouds, notebooks with special messages on the cover, and lampshades that look like origami. It's a great place to browse and a good excuse to visit the 'creative factory' in western Lisbon where it is located. Further to being an amazing shop, it's also a charming café full of yummy things to eat. They serve poffertjes (small Dutch buckwheat pancakes) and bagels, but also thoroughly Portuguese bites such as tremoços (lupin seeds) and platters of cheese, ham and sausages.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Pois, Café
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Pois, Café

This Austrian-run café is a great place in which to lounge, reading the foreign newspapers and magazines provided. The rustic decoration, mismatched furniture, and games and toys scattered about add to the informal atmosphere. Sandwiches, salads, fine cakes and fragrant Austrian lemonade are all on offer.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Kaffeehaus
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Kaffeehaus

This Austrian-owned café brings a touch of Viennese class to Lisbon. The hearty fare on offer includes wiener schnitzel, spätzle, apfelstrudel and sachertorte, and there's delicious hot chocolate too. There are also vegetarian options and a brunch menu at weekends. A range of foreign newspapers hang by the door.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars

Lisbon music and nightlife

The best Lisbon clubs
Nightlife

The best Lisbon clubs

Here’s our guide to some of the hottest places to shake what yo mamma gave ya, and then some

The best Lisbon bars
Bars and pubs

The best Lisbon bars

If you fancy a vibrant night out, the Portuguese capital has an abundance of great places for a drink

Gay Lisbon guide
LGBT

Gay Lisbon guide

Bars, saunas, nightclubs – party at these LGBT venues in Lisbon

The best places to see Fado music in Lisbon
Music

The best places to see Fado music in Lisbon

Enjoy the beautiful, melancholy music of Fado – a genre born in Lisbon – at one of these top Fado music clubs

The best of Lisbon nightlife
Nightlife

The best of Lisbon nightlife

The city's best nightspots, for whatever you're into

Adventures near Lisbon

Heaven can wait: things to do in Arrábida
Things to do

Heaven can wait: things to do in Arrábida

If you’re looking for paradise, guess what, we have the key. The secret word is Arrábida and if you’re staying in Lisbon it will only take you 41 minutes to get there by car. And besides this free tip of how to reach heaven on earth we’ve also selected what you can do while there. Here’s is our guide with the best things to do in Arrábida. And, you’ll see when you get there, heaven can perfectly wait, especially if it’s sunny and warm.   

Fun things to do near Lisbon: visit Sintra
Things to do

Fun things to do near Lisbon: visit Sintra

Sintra, with its fine architecture, significant monuments and museums and hidden treasures, is maybe the best choice for you if you are looking for some out-of-town hours. So save one day on your schedule, put on your hiking boots and visit Sintra, less than one hour away from Lisbon. You won’t regret it – scout's honor!

Things to do in Cascais: a perfect day
Things to do

Things to do in Cascais: a perfect day

You’ve woken up and feel like getting out and about with so many options of things to do in Cascais. Whether for walking, cycling or skating, this cycle route is perfect. It stretches for almost nine kilometres between the centre of town to Guincho beach, via the sea cliffs at Boca do Inferno. There are 60 free bikes (as BiCas) for hire at Cascais rail station, at the Casa das Histórias museum, or at Guia. You’ve done enough exercise and now need to get your strength back. That’s normal. A Sacolinha (Alameda dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra, 107 A) is a great bakery with fabulous cakes and bread, including croissants, filled doughnuts and flaky palmiers. Time to head for the water. You can wear a wetsuit if you want. What for? To get onto a paddlesurfing (Stand Up Paddle) board. Surf N Paddle is an outfit based at Praia da Duquesa where instructors teach you how to get paddling (lessons from €25) or, if you already know how to, where you can hire a board (from €5). You’re probably famished by now. The Mercado da Vila (Rua Padre Moisés da Silva) in the centre of Cascais was revamped in 2015 and now has dozens of eateries as well as produce stalls. Our favourites are Marisco na Praça, which specialises in fish and shellfish, Italian restaurant Gulli, which is great for kids, Pátio do Petisco, where you can split some snacks, and Grão d’Amor, which has toasted sandwiches, salads and the like. Now for something more edifying. Cross the famous Rua Frederico Arouca (which local

The best things to do in Setúbal
Things to do

The best things to do in Setúbal

There are loads of great options for day-trips from Lisbon but if you are a fish lover, you cannot miss Setúbal, a seaside town and probably the best place to eat it fresh and cheap. Save one day on your agenda, head up to the other margin of the Tagus River, through the 25 April Bridge, and have fun with our list of the best things to do in Setúbal, which includes of course eating as much fresh fish as you can.