Have you ever heard of curated burgers? Curated nigiri? Curated pizzas, sandwiches or even curated cod? Probably not. After all, Time Out Market is the first market in the world where everything has been chosen, tasted and tested (with four or five stars, and not one star less) by an independent panel of city experts: Time Out’s own journalists and critics. More than 40 spaces with the leading representatives in all the food categories that help make Lisbon what it is - and tastes - all together under one roof. Find out everything you need to taste - and what Time Out had to say about it. A concept created from scratch in 2014 by the team at Time Out Portugal, with only the best ideas and business projects in Lisbon - according to the editorial team - which can stay in the market from one week to three years. If it’s good, it goes in the magazine, if it’s great, it goes into the market. On the one hand, 24 restaurants some of them from very well-known Portuguese chefs, 8 bars, a dozen shops and a high-end music venue called Rive Rouge, all with the very best in Lisbon (the best steak, the best hamburger, the best sushi and the best live performances, amongst others); on the other hand, home to some of the city's best known (and longest-running) market vendors of meat, fish, fruit and flowers. Check out more information at our Time Out Market Lisboa website. And do not miss the opportunity of experiencing it if you ever come to Lisbon!
It's difficult to know where to start in this, one of Europe's leading fine arts museums, with exhibits dating from 2000 BC to the early 20th century. From the ancient world come Egyptian scarabs, Greco-Roman jewellery and a giant ninth century BC Assyrian bas-relief in alabaster of a warrior. Perhaps the two outstanding rooms are those containing Islamic and Oriental art: carpets, robes, tapestries, tiles and glassware, mainly from 16th- and 17th-century Persia, Turkey, Syria and India; and porcelain, jade, paintings and lacquered boxes from China and Japan. The section on European art displays medieval manuscripts, and ivory and wood diptychs. Further on are Italian Renaissance majolica ware and tapestries, and a selection of 18th-century French furniture and silverware. Among the painters represented are Domenico Ghirlandaio, Rubens, Hals and Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Manet and Corot. Save time for the final room and its breathtaking glass and metal art nouveau jewellery by René Lalique. Audio-guides are available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese to help you get the most from the experience. There are also excellent temporary exhibitions, with pieces lent by institutions around the world. Downstairs is an art library (which often hosts midday classical recitals on Sundays), an excellent café and a small gift shop. There's a larger bookshop in the lobby of the main building. Don't miss the Centro de Arte Moderna at the southern end of the park.
Also known as the Jardim Guerra Junqueiro, the Estrela Garden was laid out in 1842 across the street from the Basílica. The bandstand near the top end of the park once graced the public promenade that became Avenida da Liberdade; it has been here since the 1930s. There's a swan lake overlooked by a café, several other kiosks, and a large playground.
The hilltop was fortified even before the arrival of the Roman legions; in later centuries the castle walls were strengthened by Visigoths and Moors, before falling to Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques, in 1147. His statue stands in the square just past the main gate. From the 14th to the 16th centuries, Portugal's kings resided in the Palácio de Alcaçovas, the remains of which now house a snack bar and a display of finds from the ongoing archaeological digs. The castle itself has undergone numerous transformations. Back in the 1930s, several government offices and a firehouse were removed from the grounds, exposing the walls, which were duly topped with supposedly authentic-looking battlements. There have been several makeovers since then. The battlements of the Castelejo (keep) have ten towers, which may be climbed; in one is a Cámara Obscura (10am-5pm) from which you can see key city monuments and spy on people downtown, as well as learning how the contraption works. Beyond the keep is an area where labelled displays trace out dwellings from prehistoric times and the late Islamic period, as well as the ruins of the last palatial residence on this hill, destroyed by the 1755 earthquake.
Families, celebrities, tourists, divas, intellectuals or fools: everyone strolls around the most famous and dearest of neighbourhoods. All roads lead to Chiado. Take a walk on the city's red carpet and release your inner Prima-Donna. We promise it's okay, just go with it.
With many restaurants to try from - don't fall for the tourist traps that will try to seduce you each step of the way - and many typical stores and streets to lose yourself in, both Baixa and Sé are worth a whole day (or more) of exploring. Bring comfortable shoes and hit the streets. When the day is done, grab a seat at a bar, watch the game (whichever one is on) and you'll get why Baixa is one of the best places in Lisbon for a late afternoon drink. Recommended: Top 10 things to do in Chiado
The views, the people and the streets. Alfama was once the whole city of Lisbon, and although the city grew, it remained the heart of the capital. Get ready to get lost in its picturesque streets and meet its deepest and most well kept secrets. Recommended: Top 10 things to do around Graça and Castelo
If we translate the name of this neighbourhood it literally means Royal Prince. With restaurants, bars, stores, and art galleries everywhere, this neighbourhood is clearly attempting a rise to the throne. Hang in the coolest bars, shop at the dopest stores or just go for a bite. Here is all you need to know to explore Príncipe Real. It’s the neighbourhood with the most alternative shops, colourful fun nights and the hottest restaurants. There’s a lot to see and do and the offer is varied and does not disappoint. If you’re here for the food than be ready to taste a bit of every corner of the world. Recommended: 101 things to do in Lisbon
If on one hand it’s the place where typical fado was born, on the other it takes in more than 50 nationalities. What you get out of this is a powerful mix of sounds, flavours, and cultures. Recommended: 10 things to do in Baixa and Sé
Play detective and search for little villas, eat fresh fish and have a toast with sparkling sangria so you can fit in. Getting lost in Graça is like being part of a treasure hunt: you never know what you might find. We know your parents told you not to talk to strangers but in this case, you must. Meet the locals, the culture and the hidden jewls of this amazing areas.
Lisbon has 16 official viewpoints: all of them with amazing views over the city’s rooftops, the most important monuments, the Tejo river, its other margin, and the 25 de Abril bridge. But there are more than the ones City Hall (Câmara Municipal de Lisboa) lists as official: the others are rooftops, terraces, bars and hotels. To have Lisbon at your feet while having a drink is a nice programme, don’t you think so? So all you need to do is choose one out of the ten best viewpoints in Lisbon.
From Classical art to Modernism, from historic palaces to buildings designed by contemporary architects, here’s a brief guide to the the best Lisbon museums.
Embarking on an intrepid mission to discover Lisbon's many offerings is thirsty work and, besides the city's wide-range of history and cultural sights, there is a long list of modern, and more traditional, bars where you can replenish any lost fluid. From Portuguese beers to contemporary cocktails, you're in for a smorgasboard of alcoholic refreshments...
Want to get to know the Portuguese capital like a local? Try one of the many Lisbon tours on offer. With these, you can tackle the city’s charming streets and take in sights and attractions on foot, by bike, bus, boat – even in an old school VW Beetle if that’s what you fancy. There are loads of fun ways to explore the capital, you just have to pick your favourite. Why not experience the delicious delicacies of Portugal on a food tour? Sample bacalhau (salted cod) in the historic district of Belém, or sip on Portuguese wine, fresh from the vineyards of Alentejo, on a day-trip north of Lisbon. Alternatively, tour Lisbon at your leisure on one of the many hop-on, hop-off buses and trams that circulate daily. To help your decision-making, we’ve gathered up the best Lisbon tours below.
It’s no secret that the Portuguese love to party, and the Lisbon nightlife reflects that like a mirror: chill, crazy or just really loud, there is something for all the night crawlers out there. From amazing rooftops to closed door bars, from fancy cocktails to beers from all over the world, all the must-knows are here. Recommended: The best of Lisbon nightlife
Some are more touristic, others more typical. From sessions with renowned fado singers to some good old fashioned fado vadio (fado sung by amateurs). Being such an important heritage, you can't miss these places. This is the itinerary you’ll want to follow.
So you've landed in the Portuguese capital, checked in to your accommodation, seen the main sights and now you want to spend some of those hard-earned Euros, but where? Lisbon's shopping is second to none, with everything from quirky little stores selling traditional trinkets right up to more contemporary boutiques and swish stores that stock all the latest fashion, technology and gadgets.
Lisbon's attractions are great if you're looking for some sightseeing, and it's viewpoints are perfect for some Instagram worthy photos of your stay. But sometimes a low key day, with a picnic and a stroll is exactly what you need to take a break from the city. Here's a list of the best of Lisbon's public gardens and parks to reconnect with nature. And if you're traveling with kids, check out the best outdoors activities in Lisbon for kids, as well.
If you picked Lisbon for your holidays – hey, great choice! – then read the following list with free things to do in city. From free tours through Alfama, Graça and Bairro Alto, to bike rides or even free museums, enjoy Lisbon without spending a cent.
Looking for ways to keep the kids occupied on your next trip to Lisbon? Whether it’s paying a visit to the animals at the zoo or going for a run through one of the city’s parks, here you’ll find our favourite outdoor activities in Lisbon for kids.
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.
Grilled, boiled or roasted fish and the freshest seafood – the choice is yours, but it is our job to point you in the right direction. We've trawled through the city looking for the best seafood restaurants in Lisbon. Nothing here reeled you in? Then check-out the best fish restaurants in Lisbon and our pick for the best japanese restaurants, in case you prefer to have your fish in a sushi roll.
Whether you’re craving for crusty sourdough pizzas, want to take a pasta-loving date to one of the city's best romantic restaurants or are looking for a break from the Portuguese traditional food, these are the best Italian restaurants in Lisbon.
If you are a fresh fish lover, Lisbon is probably one of your top destinations. And if it isn’t yet, because you’ve never been here and you’ve just arrived at this page because you were cruising on the internet, pay attention to what we have to say. Our seafood is the best in the world (ok, maybe we are exaggerating a little bit here, but it is certainly on the top-5) and these are the best fish restaurants in Lisbon where you have to go to see that we are absolutely right.
Just because you’re on a diet, detox or health kick – or need coeliac-friendly, dairy-free or paleo-style dishes to figure on the menu – doesn’t mean that you can’t still dine out in style. We’ve rounded up the best healthy restaurants in London, including superfood pitstops, healthy vegetarian and vegan restaurants, calorie-conscious eateries and raw food specialists. We’ve also included restaurants that offer plenty of healthy dishes so that you don’t have to ditch your less enlightened (read: fatty) friends when you say goodbye to gluttony. Clean eating just got a whole lot tastier.
The offer for Japanese restaurants in Lisbon has seen a major growth over the last years. Not everything that opened, however, has the quality we would wish for or the magical hands that can treat it as it deserves. The best Japanese restaurants in town are few, but they make a fine set. Here it is.
It’s always time for a great barbecue and we give you a complete list of the best restaurants in Lisbon to eat meat. We’ve also included some cool tips for you to make your own barbecue, things we’ve learned with people who have spent years firing up the grill.
These restaurants and cafés are the top Lisbon brunch spots.
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.
Ice cream or gelato? One scoop or two? Take your pick at the best ice cream parlours in Lisbon.
The number of brilliant things to do in Lisbon is huge. We’re talking about ancient castles, beautiful churches, art museums, markets, beaches, fresh seafood eateries, bars in which to hear traditional fado music and one massive, ornate lift designed by a guy who studied under Gustave Eiffel. That’s just a fraction of what’s on offer and you’re probably going to want to fit in as much as possible, so you're going to want a great base in which to start and end your days. This is where the best Airbnbs in Lisbon come in. Whether you’re travelling solo, having a romantic weekend or enjoying a group trip, we’ve got an awesome Airbnb apartment to suit you. Have a look at our round-up below and start planning your adventure. Recommended: the best 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.
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
The best 4-star hotels in Lisbon offer style, comfort and privileged location in the city center. Many of the best boutique hotels in Lisbon are in this category, bringing the best of design and a personal touch to their guests' stay.
The offer for hotels and hostels in Lisbon keeps growing to keep up with tourists pouring in to meet the capital. We’ve already covered the best hotels in Lisbon, but now we are narrowing it to the cream of the crop. If you are looking to live it large check-in at one of these best 5-star hotels in Lisbon. Recommended: The best things to do 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.
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
Lisbon is getting busier and we don’t mind that at all. With so many cool streets to go, shops to buy and restaurants from all over the world to experience, besides the good and old traditional ones, of course, you can end your holidays more tired than when you began. Whether you're looking for a relaxing treatment or to spend a full weekend, these hotels have the ideal recipe to forget the craziness of the urban life for a while. Lean back, place some cucumber in your eyes and enjoy some zen music at the best spa 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
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
See and taste your way through Lisbon on this three- to four-hour small-group walking tour of the city. With historic highlights, culinary delights and local interaction, this tour offers a unique insight into Portugal's capital.
Ready to try the best food treats of Lisbon? Get the most delicious private food experience in the city right here! Your local host will take you to the best spots for you 10 tastings and food memories to last you a lifetime!
Enjoy time away from Lisbon on a small-group day trip to Arrabida and Sesimbra. Visit Palmela Castle, then sample four wines at a local winery. Enjoy the fishing village of Sesimbra, and visit Arrabida Natural Park.
Take the heat out of sightseeing by swapping Lisbon’s backstreets for the open waters of the Tagus River on a hop-on hop-off cruise.