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.
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Top 10 things to do in Príncipe Real
Everything is luminous, organized and clean – given that this is a Danish coffee shop it couldn’t be any other way. But the design is only one of the reasons why you should stay: it’s also worthy of a visit so you can enjoy a quiet breakfast. Every morning there is freshly baked bread (with homemade jam and butter), and you can also choose yogurt with muesli or oats with fruit.
Sumptuous, exaggerated, and eccentric. Filled with huge paintings, chandeliers and decorated with tin soldiers, ceramic pieces, busts and caricatures, Pavilhão Chinês allows you to escape into another world: all of a sudden you are no longer in 21st century Príncipe Real. It looks like a museum but it’s not: you can raise your voice, toast with cocktails and have a few snacks.
Looking through the shop window can be a danger in itself: you will be risking falling in love for a chair, a side board or an armchair. The store celebrates 20th century Portuguese design and it’s called “Yo-Yo Objects”. Here you can find missing factory pieces as well as other international copies.
See that small crowd gathering at the entrance of a house with open doors, with a giant octopus hanging from the ceiling? It’s the popular “Cevicheria” from chef Kiko Martins – if you don’t have enough time or you don’t want to wait in line, head towards the bar: it faces the street and it serves the best cocktails – try the pisco – and the best snacks – ask for surf and turf, a mini pork belly sandwich, fillet steak with shrimp and sweet potato bread.
Quiosque de Refresco, at the centre of Príncipe Real, continues to be a mandatory stopping place to rest, chat with your friends and have a refreshing drink. The lemonade, the gooseberry (with fruit syrup) or mazagran (cold ice coffee) are the classics that won’t let you down. For infusion fans, you have herb tea or the thyme and lemon.
You have the fruit version, with granola and honey, another one with mascarpone cheese and chocolate crumble or the one with dulce de leche and toasted peanuts: these are all good motives to forget about the pressure of counting calories. At the Deli, you can have crepiocas (a word play with the words “crepe” and the Brazilian “tapioca”) while reading a magazine or a daily newspaper.
Painting, photography, collage, serigraphy or art installations, all art forms are welcome inside the “Gabinete”. This place takes in renowned artists as well as practically unknown, privileging unedited, unique works of art that will take your breath away. There are prices for every wallet.
Aren’t you familiar with the vocabulary? We can help: prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine and cremolato is a soft ice cream containing only fruit and ice. Combined together, we have a colourful and refreshing beverage, ideal for when the sun is stifling. At pizzeria Zero Zero, you can have passion fruit, lemon, strawberry and peach flavoured ones while you eat cheese and cold meats – whether you are just passing by or waiting for a table.
You must visit this neighbourhood’s most recent bar because 1) it has a Tamara Alves illustration, a Portuguese street artist that draws wild animals along with naked feminine figures, 2) they have beers and Portuguese ciders and 3) they also have cocktails that are famous in Sidney (the owner is Australian), classics such as Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Daiquiri or Number 9.
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Play detective and search for little villas, eat fresh fish and have a toast with sparkling sangria, you'll fit right in. Afterwards, walk around the neibourghood and visit one of the most famous Lisbon Castle and take it all in - this is as typically Portuguese as it gets. Don't get lost and make sure you cover the list with all the top 10 things to do around Graça and Castelo.
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