101 Things to do in Lisbon

It may not be amongst Europe’s biggest cities, but it sure can keep you busy. Discover the city with our list of the very best things to do and see in Lisbon.
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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.

101 Things to do in Lisbon

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Castelo de São Jorge
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Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Explore the castle

icon-location-pin Castelo de São Jorge

The Castelo de São Jorge’s fortification was built by Muslims in the 11th century. According
 to legend, Martim Moniz – one
 of the knights fighting for the Christian cause – sacrificed his life at the castle’s door. Since then, the monument’s been
 seen as a symbol of the city’s reconquering.


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libelinha de lalique, gulbenkian
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Museums

See an awe-inspiring collection

icon-location-pin São Sebastião

Created in 1956 by an avid collector of Armenian origin, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian is one of the most visited centres for the arts, education and science in Lisbon. The collection inside the building is just as impressive as the gardens surrounding it.

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Panteão Nacional
Fotografia: Inês Calado Rosa
Attractions

Explore the National Pantheon

icon-location-pin São Vicente 

It has been installed at the Church of Santa Engrácia,
 in Santa Clara, since 1836, 
and is adorned with baroque, neo-baroque and mannerist features. Panteão Nacional honours the memory of distinguished Portuguese citizens who have served the country. Amália Rodrigues, for instance, rests there, as well as writer Sophia de Mello Breyner. It is classified as a National Monument.


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Sé de Lisboa
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Attractions

Visit a 870 year old church

icon-location-pin Santa Maria Maior

Sé de Lisboa (or Lisbon Cathedral) was built in
1147, after the Christian reconquering lead by D. Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first king. Look closely and you’ll notice its architecture doesn’t entirely match that era – Sé was initially built in a Romanesque style, but underwent changes in the following centuries. The ambulatory, for instance, is gothic. Also known as Igreja de Santa Maria Maior, the Cathedral has a collection of religous art called Tesouro da Sé Patriarcal.

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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
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Attractions

Visit a World Heritage Site

icon-location-pin Belém

Ordered to be built by King Manuel I in the 16th century, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos was donated at the time to
the monks of the Order of St Jerome. This masterpiece of Portuguese architecture – with clear traits of the Manuelino style – has been a National Monument since 1907, a World Heritage Site since 1983 and an official pantheon since 2016. Vasco da Gama, the famous navigator, and Luís de Camões, a writer from the Renaissance, are buried in the Convent’s church, alongside kings. Don’t miss the cloister.

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Elevador de Santa Justa
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Attractions

Queue for a lift

icon-location-pin Chiado

The Elevador de Santa Justa is 45 metres high – nearly as high as the queue of tourists below, if everyone were to climb on top of each other. Opened on July 10, 1902, it connects Baixa and the ruins of the Carmo Convent. At the top the view of the city
is incredible. The elevator
was classified as a National Monument in 2002, which means it's worth the wait.


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Torre de Belém
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Attractions

Visit yet another World Heritage site

icon-location-pin Belém

Torre de Belém was built in
the 16th century by order 
of D. Manuel I, as a tribute 
to the city’s patron, Saint Vincent. It was initially part
 of a surveillance and defence operation, but lost that function when the Spanish kings were 
in Portugal (1580-1640). The monument is one of the ex-libris of the Manuelino style, and since 1983 it’s been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Vista do Arco da Rua Augusta
©ATL/Arco da Rua Augusta
Attractions

See the view from a triumphal arch

icon-location-pin Baixa Pombalina

Arco da Rua Augusta is the reference point of the most famous pedestrian street of the city, Rua Augusta. A triumphal arch that is sure to offer a formidable panoramic view.

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Cristo Rei
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Attractions

Get to know Lisbon from Chris's point of view

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Towering at a height of 110 metres with arms flung wide open, the Cristo Rei is a proper tribute to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and it’s inspired by Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer. The project was inaugurated
in 1959, during Salazar’s dictatoriship – that's why it has such a cold and powerful aesthetic.

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Basílica da Estrela
© DR
Attractions

Visit the church that was born from a promise

icon-location-pin Estrela/Lapa/Santos

Building started in 1779 and the Basílica da Estrela was inaugurated in 1794. D. Maria I and D. Pedro III, the queen and king, vowed to build a church if they had a son to inherit the throne, and so the church was born.

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Igreja de São Roque
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Attractions

Visit another church, one born from a plague

icon-location-pin Chiado

Igreja de São Roque’s story takes us to the start of the 16th century, when victims of the plague were buried at this site. King D. Manuel I asked Venice to send him a relic of this Saint to Lisbon in order to protect citizens from the scourge. A church was built in loco, and as time passed by it gained a reputation as a miracle worker. Igreja de São Roque’s ornaments from atract both Art History students and enthusiasts. There is also a museum right next to the church.

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Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
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Attractions

See a palace sawn in half

icon-location-pin Ajuda

Construction began in 1802 but was interrupted in 1807 when the Royal family high-tailed it to Brazil to escape Napoleon’s armies. Palácio Nacional da Ajuda was never finished and still looks like it was sawn in half. Some wings (including the bedroom areas and the Noble floor) are open as a museum, while others house the Ministry of Culture.

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Aqueduto das Aguas Livres
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Attractions

Visit the Aqueduct

icon-location-pin Campolide

Aqueduto das Águas Livres was built between 1731 and 1799 and resisted through the great earthquake Lisbon suffered in 1755. There are regular visits promoted by Museu da Água (Water Museum).


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Padrão dos descobrimentos
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Attractions

Look at the river from the explorer's point of view

icon-location-pin Belém

One of the structures of
the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940, Padrão dos Descobrimentos was built to have an ephemeral existence, but it prevailed. In the 60’s it was rebuilt in concrete and, in 80’s, it got a viewpoint, an auditorium and some exhibition halls.

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Feira da Ladra
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Wake up early and prepare to bargain

icon-location-pin São Vicente 

If you enjoy pottering around flea markets when you’re on holiday, go to Feira da Ladra. There’s a bit of everything there, from socks to second-hand books to vintage silk handkerchiefs every Tuesday and Saturday. Top tip: rise early for the best experience.

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Vhils - Amália Rodrigues
©Bruno Lopes

See Vhils's first work in Calçada Menino de Deus

Street artist Vhils created his very first oeuvre on a sidewalk. Ruben Alves, a film director, needed cover art for a Fado album, and Vhils contemplated using the quintessential Portuguese pavement stones to create a portrait of Amália Rodrigues on the street.

Calçada Menino de Deus (Castelo)

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Time Out Market
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Visit the most incredible market in the whole universe and beyond

icon-location-pin Cais do Sodré

In 2014, Time Out magazine became a 3D project, with all the recommendations from our Food and Drink sections stepping out of print and into the Time Out Market. It has over 40 restaurants, a shop selling Portuguese products, a cooking academy, a bar, a club and a showroom. Definitely an unmissable stop.

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Museu de Lisboa – Palácio Pimenta
©José Avelar – Museu de Lisboa
Museums

Learn the history of this great city

icon-location-pin Campo Grande/Entrecampos/Alvalade

Museu de Lisboa was established in 2015 in a former palace. Its collection will teach you how Lisbon evolved – from prehistory to the start of the 20th century.

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Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado
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Museums

Take a journey through Portugal's artistic past

icon-location-pin Chiado

The National Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado (MNAC) has a permanent exhibition that travels through the history of art in Portugal, from 1850 to present day. Don’t forget to drop into the coffee shop, oddly named Spleen.

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MAAT
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Museums

Visit a museum that is a work of art

icon-location-pin Belém

The most recent contemporary art museum in Lisbon is called MAAT, looks like a ray that deflected off the river, and has been all over Lisboners’ Instagrams in the past few months. But don’t be content with just looking at the outside – the art, architecture and technology exhibitions indoors are unmissable.

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Museu Colecção Berardo
©Paulo Raimundo
Museums

Admire a great modern art collection

icon-location-pin Belém

Museu Colecção Berardo is 
a journey through the main artistic movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. Discover around 1,000 works of art from over 500 artists including Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Fernando Botero and Andreas Gursky and many more.

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Museu nacional dos coches
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Museums

Visit a unique collection of carriages

icon-location-pin Belém

This is one of the world’s 
finest collections of historical carriages, moved in 2015 to a new building at Avenida 
da Índia. Museu Nacional
dos Coches now stands just
a few metres away from the old Picadeiro Real, where the carriages were kept from 1905 (and a few still remain).

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Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
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Museums

Get to know an ancient art collection

icon-location-pin Estrela/Lapa/Santos

The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga has about 40,000 items from the 12th to the19th century in its gargantuan collection. Highlights are the Painéis de São Vicente by Nuno Gonçalves, and the Temptations of St. Anthony by Hieronymus Bosch.

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Zé da Mouraria - Bacalhau com Grão
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants

Discover why you should thank cod

icon-location-pin Martim Moniz

Zé da Mouraria is a traditional restaurant, home to the world-renowned baked cod. Carnivorous appetites will
also be sated, especially with garlic beef steaks on the menu. Booking ahead is advised.

Up to 20€/person

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Restaurante Ramiro - Ameijoas
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants, Seafood

Eat top-notch seafood

icon-location-pin Intendente

Ramiro is the best-known seafood restaurant in Lisbon and always has a queue out the door, but it’s worth the wait. Make sure you try the Bulhão Pato clams (cooked in olive oil, garlic and coriander), the barnacles or the tiger shrimp.

Up to 40€/person.

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 manteigaria, fábrica dos pasteis de nata
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Restaurants, Pastelerías

Trying a 'pastel de nata' is a must

icon-location-pin Bairro Alto

It’s the locals’ guilty pleasure. Pastel de nata (custard tart) is present in nearly every café in town, but this is one of the best places for it. At Manteigaria you’ll find an abundance of mouth- watering tarts. One won’t be enough.

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Pap'Açorda
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Try great Portuguese comfort food

icon-location-pin Cais do Sodré

For years Pap’Açorda was
 one of Bairro Alto’s icons, the epicentre of Lisbon’s nightlife, but it recently moved to Time Out Market Lisboa. And the excellently prepared comfort food came with them, of course.

Up to 40€/person.

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sande nova pombalina
Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Restaurants

Stuff yourself with a satisfying sandwich

icon-location-pin Baixa Pombalina

From the outside, Nova Pombalina looks like a standard café in downtown Lisbon, but step inside and you’ll find a traditional sandwich shop, where both the pork sandwich and the cured ham with Serra cheese sandwich deserve the limelight.

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Mergulho no mar do belcanto
©Paulo Barata
Restaurants, Portuguese

Go to Portuguese food with two Michelin stars

icon-location-pin Chiado

Belcanto is the only restaurant
 in the city with two Michelin
 stars. Headed by the Portuguese JoséAvillez, it’s a sensorial and authentic dining experience. For a smaller budget but banging food nevertheless, try Bairro do Avillez.

Over 50€/person.

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Tapisco - Paelha Negra
Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Restaurants, Snack bars

Combine Portuguese 'petiscos' with Spanish tapas

icon-location-pin Chiado/Cais do Sodré

Tapisco is a paradise for tapas lovers, be they Spanish or Portuguese. Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa decided to combine these two gastronomies in one space, so people don’t feel pressured to choose between a pan com tomate or açorda de camarão. Order both and you’ll see what we mean.

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Loco - Pão de Chouriço a Vapor
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants

Try this creative haute cuisine

icon-location-pin Estrela/Lapa/Santos

Loco is a haute cuisine restaurant headed by one of the most creative minds of the city, chef Alexandre Silva. Go with an open disposition for tasting dishes outside your comfort zone – here you’ll face avant- garde Portuguese cuisine. And book ahead.

Over 50€/person.

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cozido do solar dos presuntos
Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Restaurants

Experience Portuguese food with a first class service

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To find high-calibre traditional food, your best bet is to give the door of classic Lisbon restaurant, Solar dos Presuntos, a knock. Service doesn’t get any more attentive than this.

Up to 40€/person.

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Salsa e Coentros
© Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants

Meet both the South and the North of Portugal on one table

icon-location-pin Alvalade

Salsa & Coentros has become part of the furniture in Time Out’s Restaurants Guide over the years, thanks to a cuisine that represents two strong Portuguese regions: Alentejo (south) and Trás-os-Montes (north). You can order one dish from each region and share. The desserts are also great. Up to 30€/ person.

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Groundburguer - Hamburguer
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Restaurants, Burgers

Eat the best burger in town

icon-location-pin São Sebastião

There are no doubts among 
us: Ground Burger has the best burgers in Lisbon. Doubting is Descarte’s job - all we care about is the 150g of Black Angus meat carefully disposed in between slices of homemade bread and served with fries, onion rings, or any other of those gastronomic sins. As for drinks, they are also American-inspired: there are strawberry, vanilla and chocolate milkshakes.

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Santini - Gelado de Pinhão
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Restaurants, Ice-cream parlours

Try this classical ice cream

icon-location-pin Chiado

Artisanal ice creams made
 the Italian way. With 65 years behind them in the Greater Lisbon area, Santini shows us that no matter how many other ice creams try to compete, these guys always nab the top spot. Don’t miss the fruit and nut flavour – and dare to try the seasonal specials.

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A Cevicheria - Ceviche de Atum
©Francisco Rivotti
Restaurants, Global

Wait in line for a ceviche it's so worth it

icon-location-pin Princípe Real

Cevicheria is one of the busiest tables in the city – it doesn’t accept reservations, and you have to wait for a place to sit. But it’s so worth it. The ceviche, gazpachos and causas, created by chef Kiko Martins, are some of this city’s great delights.

Around 30€/person.

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Pizza Primavera, Casanova
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Restaurants

Eat the best pizza in town

icon-location-pin São Vicente 

Not only does its amazing terrace look over the Tejo, but Casanova’s food is top-notch. Picture those thin and crunchy Italian pizzas and drool. They’re the best in town. If the weather is nice, try to get a seat outside.

Up to 20€/person.

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Taberna da Rua das Flores - Prato
© Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants, Portuguese

Savor Portuguese food with world influences

icon-location-pin Chiado/Cais do Sodré

By day, Taberna da Rua das Flores is a simple tavern serving traditional dishes, with a great meia-desfeita de bacalhau. But by night it’s a chef’s laboratory, mixing influences from all around the world. The recipes are seasonal, and neither uses refrigerated ingredients, and the ambiance resembles that of an oldschool grocery store.


Up to 20€/person.

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Feitoria - Trufas
©Paulo Barata
Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Taste the next level of Portuguese food

icon-location-pin Belém

Feitoria is where João Rodrigues, one of Portugal’s top chefs, uses his magic wand to produce incredible flavours in anything he touches. It’s located inside one of Belém’s most modern hotels, right next to the river.

Over 50€/person.

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Restaurante Das Flores
Fotografia:Ana Luzia
Restaurants

Das Flores

icon-location-pin Chiado

The business model of a traditional Portuguese tavern often implies a set of family rules: the management
 is done by the father, the cooking by the mother and the service by the kids. This little Chiado restaurant Das Flores follows this rule to the letter. Everything on the menu really is very good.

Around 10€/person.

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Gambrinus
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Restaurants, Portuguese

Eat at a fancy counter

icon-location-pin Santa Maria Maior

If there is one mandatory place to experience Lisbon like a local, it’s at Gambrinus, having a meal at the counter. Founded 80 years ago, this is one of the city’s great classic restaurants with its old-world charm. If you want to do it the right way, sit on a high stool, order a croquette, a prego and an imperial (trust us on this one).

15€/person for this menu.

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Piano do Zé dos Cornos
Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Restaurants, Portuguese

Discover this true 'tasca'

icon-location-pin Castelo de São Jorge

Zé dos Cornos is one of Lisbon’s most celebrated ‘tascas’. The family in charge, the wine
 and the recipes all hail from 
the same place: the beautiful village of Ponte de Lima, in northern Portugal. The pork “piano” bones are a best-seller.

Around 10€/person.

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Kanazawa
Fotografia: RDF
Restaurants

Get a taste of Japan for the day

icon-location-pin Belém

Kanazawa is one of Lisbon’s best Japanese experiences, thanks to the talents of Tomoaki Kanazawa. The great Japanese chef owns this tiny space with only eight seats, where he serves up a kaiseki (tasting) menu. Don’t be scared by the restaurant’s decoration: the chef delegates those parts to others in order to focus entirely on the kitchen. It works. Booking is essential.

Over 50€/person.

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Café da Garagem
Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Bars and pubs

Go to the theatre and discover a great view of Lisbon

icon-location-pin Castelo de São Jorge

Light enters the room through the glass wall in Café da Garagem, Taborda Theatre’s coffee shop. The terrace offers an attractive view, but step inside and the atmosphere is cosy. Quirky tables are made out of old doors and easels. Great for either a meal or just a drink.

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Esplanda da Bénard
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Restaurants

Go to the same café where every tourist goes

icon-location-pin Chiado

Benard is as attractive to locals as it is to tourists – it’s common to see a few locals at the counter drinking a bica after lunch. The café has been in the heart of Chiado since 1868 and the pastry is yummy. Try the ham and cheese croissant, it’s the best in town.

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Kaffeehaus - Salsichas
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Restaurants, Cafés

Try an Austrian sausage in Portugal

icon-location-pin Chiado

Everything you need is under one roof at the Austrian Kaffeehaus. Sausages? There are plenty, any way you want them. Tapas? Check. Sweets? Just say the word. More substantial dishes? “Ja
klar!”, as they say. All this in one of the coolest cafes in Chiado.

Up to 
20€/person.

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Versailles
©Open House Lisboa/PedroSadio
Restaurants, Cafés

Enjoy the aesthetics at a beautiful bakery

icon-location-pin Avenidas Novas

With decorated ceilings, art nouveau mirrors and crystal lamps, Versailles is one of
the most beautiful bakeries 
in Lisbon. It opened in 1922, and from éclairs, custard tarts, thick hot chocolates to the famous croquettes, everything that comes out of its kitchen is delicious.

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Pois Cafe
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Restaurants, Cafés

Read the paper and grab a bite at the café

icon-location-pin Santa Maria Maior

Pois Café is a great place to lounge, read foreign newspapers (provided) and magazines. Rustic decor and mismatched furniture add
to the informal atmosphere. Sandwiches, salads, fine cakes and fragrant Austrian lemonade grace the menu.

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Nicolau Lisboa - Panquecas
Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Restaurants, Cafés

Post your brunch on Instagram

icon-location-pin Baixa Pombalina

There isn’t a weekend during
 which Nicolau Lisboa gets 
ignored on Instagram. Some
 post what arrives on the 
table; others, the decor which 
resembles a London cafeteria 
with some Lx Factory touches. 
And the menu has a bit of
every thing trendy, such as
pancakes (the stars of the
 house), tapiocas, eggs benedict,
smoothies or yoghurt with
 granola. Go ahead and post that
#nomnomnom hashtag.

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Bunch La Boulangerie
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants, French

Have a mouth-watering croissant

icon-location-pin Estrela/Lapa/Santos

One of the best croissants in the city is at La Boulangerie,
 as part of a great brunch with scrambled eggs, a bread basket, homemade jams, Nutella (yummy) and a collection of cold cheeses, cured hams and sausages, salad and fruit. If you don’t feel like having such a big amount food, just go for the mushroom patty. Take some time to notice the decoration too: there are slat frames in which people can write what they feel.

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Brunch na Bica do Sapato
Fotografia:Ana Luzia
Restaurants

Eat a top-notch brunch by the river

icon-location-pin São Vicente 

As the years go by, Bica do Sapato keeps its reputation for being one of Lisbon’s greatest restaurants – this place ensures a cosmopolitan environment with impeccable service. And 
if you’ve sampled their brunch, you’ll know why they keep getting high scores: this 25€ feast is composed by several types of bread, fish, cold meats, cheese, cereals, yoghurt, scrambled and fried eggs, bacon, salad and pastries. You’ll wish you could eat like Obelix.

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Tartine
© Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants

Enjoy a great brunch at Chiado

icon-location-pin Chiado

The menu has everything you need for the perfect brunch: fresh juices, cappuccinos and hot chocolates, eggs done seven different ways, croissants and so on. But there is also a great set brunch at Tartine for those who don’t go for the do-it-yourself approach. This café near the opera is attended by local artists, students and intellectuals.

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Delidelux - Brunch Delight
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants

Have brunch at a delicatessen

icon-location-pin São Vicente 

This delicatessen near Santa Apolónia rail station caters largely to diplomats and local bourgeois. Beyond the serried ranks of olive oils, patés and fine wines, Delidelux as a small restaurant area with a riverside terrace.

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Granola Leitaria Lisboa
Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Restaurants, Cafés

Have the best yoghurt

icon-location-pin Avenida da Liberdade/Príncipe Real

This place is not for lactose intolerants. Leitaria Lisboa looks like a vintage dairy store, and sells, as expected, a great variety of milk and yoghurts. The brunch is filled with dairy options too: it includes a yoghurt, a warm drink, a croissant, bread, jam, smoked salmon and chèvre cheese.

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Park
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Bars and pubs

Have a drink in a parking lot

icon-location-pin Chiado/Cais do Sodré

Okay, it sounds weird. But at Park, drinks are available on the sixth floor, so you’ll be far from the actual cars. Phones at the ready – the view it has over Lisbon is one of the most instagrammables, as are the cocktails. Plus, there are usually DJs to liven things up.

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Ribeira das Naus
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Go to the beach in the city centre

icon-location-pin Cais do Sodré

Well... sort of. Ribeira das Naus 
is the closest thing to the beach
you’ll find in the city centre.
 With terraces, lounge chairs and
food trucks with natural fruit
 juices, the only thing missing is
your inflatable flamingo.


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Topo Chiado
Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Restaurants

Drink up at Chiado

icon-location-pin Chiado

Not just a terrace with good cocktails, Topo Chiado is a snacker's paradise. It has beef carpaccio, picadinho de atum, burrata and eggplant and desfiada de bacalhau. To top things off, has a wordelful view over the city.

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Esplanada do Chapitô
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Nightlife

Have a drink at the circus

icon-location-pin Castelo de São Jorge

This bar, attached to the
 Chapitô circus school, has a
 broad terrace for visitors to 
enjoy one of the best views in
 Lisbon. There’s also a restaurant 
up stairs with an international
 menu. A separately run
basement space, Bartô, has
 loads going on, with exhibitions, 
poetry recitals and regular live 
music.

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Sky Bar
Fotografia:Manuel Manso
Bars and pubs

Climb up to the Sky

icon-location-pin Avenida da Liberdade

Sky Bar , the bar at the rooftop of Tivoli Hotel, is a great sopt for a drink at the end of the day, Sure, there's not a river view, but let's be honest, watching the movement down at Avenida da Liberdade can be a lot more interesting than watching ships sail.

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Terraço Bar do Bairro Alto Hotel
©Antonio Rodrigues
Hotels

Get to know one of the world's top terraces

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Bairro Alto Hotel’s terrace was awarded the accolade of having the fourth-best terrace view in the world. It serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. But it’s best enjoyed at the end of the day. The cocktail and wine list is a force to be reckoned with.

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esplanada portas do sol
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Attractions, Towers and viewpoints

Relax at Portas do Sol

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Generous in space and in the view it offers. Besides the Tejo river, you can see the Alfama area from the comfort of your chair. The Portas do Sol cocktail bar invites everyone to have a boogie on weekends, and it also serves food, to balance out all that sangria.

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le chat
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Bars and pubs

Have a drink at the museum

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Right next to the Museum of Ancient Art and its garden, Le Chat has a privileged view of the Tejo river, the bridge and the Christ the King monument. The glassed-in terrace invites you to snack and drink whatever the season.

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Noobai
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Restaurants, Cafés

Have a relaxing drink

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With a gorgeous view of the river and the south shore, Noobai is another sanctuary for that end- of-the-day drink. The menu offers risottos, couscous, and
a variety of cakes and scones. There’s even a kids’ area.

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Miradouro da Graça
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Attractions, Towers and viewpoints

Gaze at Lisbon form the East

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From Miradouro da Graça you get a view of one of Lisbon’s best skylines, from the castle all the way down to the river. It also has a very nice outdoor café.

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miradouro senhora do monte
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Attractions, Towers and viewpoints

Admire the city from up high

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Miradouro de Nossa Senhora
do Monte is Lisbon’s highest point. Better than a city map, a beautiful tile panel displays the main monuments. One of the less visited viewpoints – and one of the most romantic.

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miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara
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Bars and pubs

See the city in a panorama

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At the top of Elevador da Glória and right next to Bairro Alto, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara has a unique panoramic view of the city. In a single glance your eyes – or camera – can take in the river, the São Jorge castle, Sé, Graça and Avenida da Liberdade. When you’re done, kick back with a refreshing drink on the terrace.

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Miradouro santa luzia
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Things to do

Stand over Alfama looking south

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It’s a viewpoint with a generous outlook over Alfama and an even better one of the Tejo river. The south wall of Santa Luzia also has two large tile panels worth admiring.

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adamastor, quiosque
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Restaurants, Cafés

Watch the sunset

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Better known as Miradouro do Adamastor, Miradouro de Santa Catarina is one of the most sought after viewpoints in Lisbon at sundown, both by tourists and locals.


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pessoa a ler em jardim
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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Visit the garden that Manet fell in love with

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Tapada das Necessidades is an ancient hunting place with a fountain, a tank and decorated with exotic species. Why not make like a king or queen and have a royal picnic? Plus, this stunning spot is where Manet was inspired to paint his masterpiece Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863).

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Jardim da Estrela
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Attractions

Visit a garden in the heart of the city

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Since opening in 1842, Jardim da Estrela is used to stage outdoor events such as music festivals. And locals use it all year round to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature.

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monsanto, keil do amaral, vista do rio
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Things to do

Meet Lisbon's lung

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We’ll explain more in a few pages’ ahead. But keep this in mind: Monsanto is Lisbon’s major oxygen generator. Three times the size of New York’s Central Park, this protected forest park has 42 picnic tables, basketball courts, an amphitheatre and playgrounds for kids.

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Jardim do Torel
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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Stroll through a garden amongst palaces

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In one area of Lisbon there are a heck of a lot of palaces. Jardim do Torel used to be part of one of those palaces. If you come back in August, you’ll even find an urban beach next to the lake.

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A Vida Portuguesa
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Shopping, Home decor

Say hello to Portugal from the old days

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As souvenirs go, fridge magnets don’t always hit the spot. A Vida Portuguesa is full to the brim with 100% Portuguese antique toys that you can take home and give your loved ones. The locals are fans too – they go to the store on nostalgia trips to find traditional items from their childhood.


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The Feeting Room
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Shopping, Fashion

Buy good Portuguese design

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Foreign brands and national designers sit side by side at The Feeting Room. The project started with Portuguese footwear but now incorporates hand-picked international labels in its chic line-up. Daniel Wellington has its own exhibition area. Besides clothes and shoes, you’ll
 find Portuguese soaps and Fine & Candy notebooks.

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Embaixada
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Shopping

Shop your heart out at a Palace

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Embaixada Lisboa is a concept
store in the Palacete Ribeiro
 da Cunha, with awe-inspiring 
nineteenth-century neo-
Arab design, at Príncipe Real. Design, fashion, and temporary exhibitions all feature. Don’t forget to check out the impressive restaurant and the garden as well.

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Luvaria Ulisses
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Shopping, Accessories

Try on the perfect glove

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This has always been the only place in Lisbon specialized in leather gloves – in every colour you can imagine. No more
 than three people can fit inside Luvaria Ulisses at the same time, but it’s a mandatory pit stop for those on the hunt for gloves with the quality and charm of times goneby.

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Chapelaria Azevedo Rua
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Shopping, Accessories

Wear the perfect hat

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Hats off to Chapelaria Azevedo. Opened in 1886, the shop was the hat provider to both Fernando Pessoa and Don Carlos of Spain. Centuries later, it’s still going strong, with hats for all tastes and ages, from classic to cutting edge. We’d like to see more people wearing this charming accessories on the streets, so if you feel the calling, this is where you need to go.

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Conserveira de Lisboa
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Shopping

Buy the best tinned fish

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If you like fish, you’ll be spoiled for choice at the charming Conserveira de Lisboa, which has resided here for over 80 years. The wooden shelves lined with colourful cans invite you to purchase from the exclusive house brands, Tricana, Prata do Mar and Minor.

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+351
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Shopping, Fashion

+351

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This store is named after Lisbon’s dialing code, +351. Ana Penha Costa created the brand as a tribute to this beautiful city. +351’s minimalistic clothes attract young local fashionistas.

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A outra face da lua
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Shopping, Fashion

Shop for vintage clothes while having a coffee

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A Outra Face da Lua is Lisbon’s most famed vintage shop. Browse the colourful rails for a great selection of quirky threads for both men and women, and when you’re done, get a coffee at the café with both indoor and outdoor tables.

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Lounge
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Nightlife

Start the night by listening and end up dancing

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Lounge is one of Lisbon’s best bars. There’s always something going on – on a typical night you might start off getting sweaty to rock ‘n’ roll, and end the night grooving to deep house.

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Casa Independente
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Nightlife

Go to a concert in a trendy neighbourhood

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Casa Independente opened
in 2012, just as the city centre square, Largo do Intendente, was becoming a destination
 of choice for a night out on the town. Every week you can catch gigs, DJ sets and workshops.

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Terraço do Lux Frágil
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Nightlife

Meet the best nightclub in town

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There are loads of clubs in Lisbon, but none compares to Lux Frágil. The décor is
on point and the music is second to none, courtesy
of the resident DJs and top international guests who swing by each week.


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Rive-Rouge - Mercado da Ribeira
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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Discover a great new bar at Time Out Market

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You’ve already read about
it here: at Time Out Market you can find Rive-Rouge, the heir to Lux Frágil. The design is unusual with red lighting, metallic structures, high tables and benches here. It’s not massive, but don’t despair, there’s still plenty of space for booty-shaking when the music starts.

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Red Frog - Balcão e Barmen
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Nightlife, Late-night bars

Visit the winner of Time Out's Bar of the Year Award

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Head up Rua do Salitre, and stop when you see a red frog at the door. Ring the bell, descend the staircase and you’ll find a space – Red Frog – that recreates the secret atmosphere of bars in the US Prohibition era.

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MusicBox
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Nightlife

Listen to the best DJs

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Musicbox has the most consistently high-calibre calendar in Lisbon. Every week it has concerts and DJ sets of great quality, featuring both national and international artists.

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Senhor Vinho
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Restaurants

Hear some traditional fado

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Senhor Vinho is possibly the best fado house in Lisbon, with first-rate singers and traditional Portuguese food to go with the music. Pity the prices aren’t more affordable.

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O bom, o mau e o vilão bar
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Nightlife

Listen to great music and maybe watch a movie

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Indie sessions, good vibe
 sessions, jam sessions... just
 pick the session you like most 
and hit up one of the rooms at O 
Bom, O Mau e O Vilão. You’ll feel
 right at home. It opened in 2013 and also runs movie sessions.

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Damas
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Nightlife, Late-night bars

Go to dinner, hear a concert and have a drink

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In Portugal we have a saying that goes more or less like “three is the sum that God made” (but rhyming) – and at the pint-sized Damas you can eat, drink and listen to live music, all under the same roof. Or have a beer outside with the mostly young, hipster clientele.

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Pensão Amor
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Nightlife

Have the best night out at Cais do Sodré

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Besides all the suggestions we already gave you, there is another bar at Cais do Sodré that deserves a visit. Pensão Amor has a really unique atmosphere – there is a strip pole, an extravagant decoration, and you can even discover your future through Tarot cards.

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Nightlife

Head towards Portugal's most famous gay club

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Trumps celebrated its 35-year anniversary last year and is a mandatory stop in Lisbon’s gay circuit. This year, it hosts the Hot Season festival, playing pop and house on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.

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