All that Jazz
Europe's oldest jazz club, operating on the Alegria Square since 1948, led by Luiz Villas-Boas. The jazz school, now known as Escola Luiz Villas-Boas, was established in 1979, developed by bass player Zé Eduardo, and it currently has 170 students. The jazz club is open to general audiences and concerts take place every week, Tuesdays to Saturdays, between 10pm and 2am. On Tuesdays there are jam sessions, with a different guest musician leading the jam every month. Concerts usually come in two sets, one at 10.30pm, the other at 12am. Entry is usually free for club members, tickets for the general audience vary according to the show, but cost usually around ten euros.
In terms of music, the name says it all. An old style English bar with valet parking (comes handy in that area) and a room with a fireplace (comes handy in winter). It is located in São Bento, near parliament. They serve "lambretas" (15cl beers). A Lisbon classic developed by Luís Pinto Coelho, a businessman who passed away in 2012 and who was also behind Procópio, Paródia and the Chinese Pavillion.
Páginas Tantas is a true jazz bar. It has been soldiering on for two decades in the Rua Diário de Notícias, in the Bairro Alto, always with the same purpose: to provide good moments and good music. The walls surrounding the mini-stage are covered in pictures of the great world jazz stars. There's live music, almost always a trio, from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Bairro Alto is among the last remaining places with live music bars. Alface Hall is one of those, a small bar with the people-hanging-out-by-the-door concept typical of the area. Once you step inside you will find jazz being played right next to you. It is also a boutique hostel with double rooms and bunks.
In Ancient Rome, the bacchanal was a celebration in honour of Bacchus, the god of wine, which usually degenerated into orgies. But this new Bacchanal is not about that - unless you're in the mood for wine, plenty of wine. Considering how stocked the shelves of Víctor Cordeiro's new bar (he also owns Loucos de Lisboa, in Príncipe Real) are, you may go for wines of countless grape varieties, from all Portuguese wine regions. It is located in Cais do Sodré, and the soundtrack has jazz and blues, quiet music for wine drinkers.
This culture centre took over a former Fábrica de Material de Guerra in 2007. The former War Materials Factory became a dynamic cultural factory, where several artistic currents are represented. It has more than ten rooms, which can host concerts, debates or exhibitions. Read their program closely - there are plenty of jam sessions and jazz concerts in Braço de Prata.
One of the most distinguished faces in the huge weekend crowds at the Cais do Sodré: Portuguese rock star Manuel João Vieira may not look like it, but he knows what he is doing. He took over a building that used to be a fish market and turned into a bar/ concert hall, one that couldn't be closer to the sea. Titanic Sur Mer is the spiritual heir of the late, great Maxime, but now with a more musically eclectic selection. Mondays are always Titanic Jazz Jam nights, with free admittance, from 11pm to 2am.
Best of Lisbon
There is no way around it: this time of the year Lisbon turns into a Christmas haven. Besides your usual things to do, ice rinks, twinkling lights and the never-ending Christmas markets hit the streets, along with the cold weather. Whether you love or loathe Christmas shopping, if your planning on doing them in Lisbon know that there are more options available than the crowded shopping centres. Whether you’re looking for classic decorations, arts and crafts or that last-minute gift, you can find all you want for Christmas at one of these markets. Here’s our pick of Lisbon’s best Christmas markets. Happy shopping. Recommended: Things you can only see in Lisbon
With its world-class restaurants, excelling in seafood, its reputation for style and long pedigree in art and culture, Portugal’s first city remains high on every discerning weekend-breaker’s hit-list. Want to know what to do in Lisbon? Wether you’re just here for a short visit (and if so, be sure to check out our best hotels list for a place to stay), or thinking of extending your stay permanently, this checklist will help you find the very best of Lisbon. Discover the landmarks, get a taste of some of that typical Portuguese food or uncover world flavours in the most typical neighbourhoods around the city. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Sintra is a postcard. A postcard full of places cramming with tourists, of course, but also of quiet places to contemplate. And, above all, many tables to rest from the tour and refill your energy. 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!
The first Michelin Guide gala to be held in Portugal dictated just two more stars for Lisbon restaurants in the 2018-2019 season. In total there are now eight restaurants in the great Lisbon area that can proudly boast this star from the most important gastronomic guide in the world. You can find them from downtown Cascais to a quick trip to Sintra, or just by walking up and down Chiado, now considered the center of high gastronomy in Lisbon. All of them are, of course, on our meticulously compiled list of the best restaurants in Lisbon, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking to find some more affordable, yet still delicious options in the city. If you want to try the best of the city, all under one roof, then the Time Out Market is the place to visit. Recommended: The 148 best restaurants in Lisbon
Vhils, Bordalo II, Aka Corleone, Tamara Alves or Mário Belém are some of the most impressive names in the urban art scene in Lisbon. In recent years, the city has become one of the world's capital of urban art, with major names like Obey Giant, Eduardo Kobra or Os Gémeos leaving their mark at Lisbon's walls. But seeing all the best works in one day might be difficult, so embark with us on an alternative tour around the city.
Ten thousand square feet. Tens of restaurants. Famous and award-winning chefs. The Time Out Market can be quite a challenge for the indecisive. If this is your first trip and you still don't have a favourite spot (or if you have been to several stalls in the food hall, but like to try new things), take our tips. Here are 21 dishes you absolutely must try at the Time Out Market, from soups and appetizers to desserts, including traditional Portuguese and international entrées.
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. Recommended: Best things to do in Lisbon
With so many top Lisbon attractions to tick off, with all the museums and free things the city has to offer, your sightseeing checklist could get very long indeed. That’s why we've put together this list of the city’s essential sights – here you’ll find architectural wonders, spectacular palaces and the best viewpoints in Lisbon.
Discover the city with our list of the very best things to do and see in Lisbon. From picture-perfect views that will light up your Instagram feed to the biggest hotspots in town, classic attractions to places kept a secret even to the locals, there are more than just 101 things to do in Lisbon. But we’ll start from there, for now. Wether you’re just here for a short visit (and if so, be sure to check out our best hotels list for a place to stay), or thinking of extending your stay permanently, this checklist will help you find the very best of Lisbon. Discover the landmarks, get a taste of some of that typical Portuguese food or uncover world flavours in the most typical neighbourhoods around the city. 101 things to do in Lisbon isn’t enough for you? Not to worry, you can still hit some of Lisbon’s best museums, art galleries or take a stroll through the most beautiful gardens and parks. If you’re on a schedule, check out some Lisbon tours to help you cover the most ground.
Some of these best Lisbon restaurants are new, some have been going for years. What they all have in common is great food, ambience and service. Recommended: The best fish restaurants in Lisbon