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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.  

The best things to do in Lisbon
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The best things to do in Lisbon

Your guide to the best things to do in Lisbon – for the perfect break in Portugal’s elegant and vivacious capital

The best places to see the sunrise in Lisbon
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The best places to see the sunrise in Lisbon

Don't worry about the weather too much, in Lisbon the sun is usually shinning. In this list you'll find the best views in Lisbon: viewpoints, or "miradouros" as we say in Portuguese, terraces, by the shore or from the river. A sunrise you won't want to miss.

Going to the beach in wintertime
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Going to the beach in wintertime

Some people think beach and winter don't work well together but in Lisbon you can see that's not true. Enjoy the sun rays and the salty breeze with this list of the best beaches to go in the winter. Oh, and don't forget to see the best sunsets too!

Eat & Drink in Lisbon

The best Lisbon restaurants
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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
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The best places for brunch in Lisbon

These restaurants and cafés are the top Lisbon brunch spots

The best ice cream parlours in Lisbon
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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
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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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Most popular cafés in Lisbon

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
Pastelaria Versailles
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Pastelaria Versailles

How many places are there where you can take afternoon tea or a late-night hot chocolate surrounded by chandeliers, carved wooden display cases and stained glass? This 1922 gem has a huge selection of cakes, meringues and pastries. You can have lunch or dinner here too: the desserts are fantastic.

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

Where to stay in Lisbon

The best hotels in Lisbon
Hotels

The best hotels in Lisbon

Discover the most charming Lisbon hotels and hostels for every budget, and find accommodation for every taste

Altis Avenida Hotel

Altis Avenida Hotel

Despite its monolithic exterior (the hotel is housed in a former government building), the Altis Avenida offers plenty of comfort and style, drawing on a 1940s aesthetic. The cheaper Classic rooms over- look the interior patio, while the more expensive Superior and Deluxe rooms have views of Praça dos Restauradores (double glazing blocks out the traffic noise). There are also two light-filled suites with views up the Avenida; the esplanade of the top-floor Rossio restaurant and bar affords a similar panorama. There’s no on-site gym, but guests have free use of the indoor pool, spa and 24-hour gym at the Altis Grand and discounts at the Altis Belém spa.

InterContinental Lisbon

InterContinental Lisbon

Primely located in central Lisbon, InterContinental Lisbon is a luxury 5-star hotel overlooking the famous Eduardo VII Park. It is just 500 metres from Marquês de Pombal Square and 700 metres from trendy Avenida da Liberdade's boutiques.InterContinental Lisbon has chic, spacious guestrooms. Many of the rooms have panoramic views overlooking the park's green areas. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and access to satellite channels. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.The hotel’s Akla Restaurant is open daily and serves a wide range of international dishes alongside a wide selection of Portuguese specialties. The UpTown Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink in a relaxing, homely environment. Local restaurants are available within a short walking distance, many serving typical Portuguese dishes.The nearby Marques de Pombal Metro Station connects with most of the city's emblematic areas. Lively Bairro Alto is 3 km away and features a variety of popular bars, restaurants and cafés. Rossio and Chiado, two of the historical downtown's most famous areas are both at a short 5-minute drive. The emblematic São Jorge Castle is 4 km from the hotel. Portela International Airport is 7.4 km from the InterContinental Lisbon.

EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel

EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel

There’s no doubt that the rooftop pool and sundeck, plus the huge spa with its view of a lovely botanical garden, are the big draws here. But this newish hotel’s location – halfway between Praça Marquês de Pombal and the Amoreiras mall – also has its attractions, especially if you’re planning to drive out to the beaches along the Estoril coast or magical Sintra. Inside, the understated modern decor and furnishings, all cream and brown, are offset by silvery hues in the common areas and turquoise in the 291 rooms and 20 suites.

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Featuring a fitness centre on the 11th floor with an outdoor running track overlooking Lisbon, the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is located next to Eduardo VII Park. It offers a spa on site.Luxurious and spacious, each room at the Ritz features an elegant décor with classic elements. Some rooms have large balconies, and all private bathrooms come with free L’Occitane toiletries.Start your day with a lavish breakfast buffet, served daily at the stylish Varanda Restaurant, offering unparalleled views over the park. During the warmer months, enjoy a cocktail at the Ritz Bar’s summer terrace. In-room dining options are available 24 hours, and guests can enjoy sushi on select days of the week.Guests wishing to pamper themselves can enjoy treatments as acupuncture and lymphatic drainage or Ayurvedic rituals at the spa. The indoor swimming pool overlooks the hotel gardens and Lisbon's Eduardo VII Park.The trendy Avenida da Liberdade is less than 10 minutes’ walking from the Four Seasons Hotel, and the iconic São Jorge Castle is within 4 km.The friendly and attentive staff is always ready to help, and exclusive concierge services are available at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. There is a shuttle service to Lisbon International Airport, located 7 km from the hotel.

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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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

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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.