LIST OF TOP
RESTAURANTS, BARS & CLUBS
CAFÉ BUENOS AIRES
Since 2002, the Café Buenos Aires is one of the favorite places of the locals of Lisbon. Opened by a Portuguese woman who married an Argentine in Paris, Café Buenos Aires is a voyage. It tells stories of crossings, of round trips, of ports and travelers, of farewells and meetings, but also of family recipes from other latitudes. The influences of “cuisines of the world” are in Buenos Aires, port of arrival, shelter, memories.
It all started in 2010 with the project SEA ME – peixaria moderna, with an idea to pay homage to the old fishmongers that have disappeared over time from the beautiful city of Lisbon. In the ideal of typical Portuguese seafood restaurants, brasseries and seafood restaurants, this restaurant has combined Japanese influence, a culture faithful to the traditions of working well fish. This is how an innovative concept was born and offers a unique experience to its customers.
Open from morning to evening, the restaurant has options for breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners, as well as bar service with cocktails and a shisha lounge. At the top there is a panoramic swimming pool for the summer months, while in the next building are held theme parties and varied events, public and private. The whole space has a modern decor and is animated by DJs or jazz music.
+351 211 592 700
BICA DO SAPATO
The years go by but this restaurant in an old warehouse remains among the best and the most popular in the city. It is also known for being the restaurant of American actor John Malkovich, for having the most beeautiful view of the river, and for the sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere. The decor is both elegant and cool. Upstairs is a sushi bar, and the esplanade has a special snack menu during the summer.
It was almost two decades ago that Argentina opened its doors in Lisbon. La Paparrucha remains true to its gastronomic values, where the meat is carefully prepared on the famous Parrilla. Thinking of the “not so carnivorous” and vegetarians, the concept evolved, expanding the range of choices to pasta and delicious Portuguese fish.
It opens in the morning and stays open until 3 in the morning, so whenever you want to admire the river on a warmer day or night, this is the ideal place. The specialty is seafood and grilled fish in the restaurant, although the terrace is more crowded and used only for drinks and snacks such as sandwiches. On weekend nights it has a lounge atmosphere.
This restaurant is a former Lx Factory workers’ living room on the fourth floor, and was turned into a “gastrobar” that honors the Tagus river and Rio de Janeiro. It is still a “convivial room” for lunches, dinners, drinks and meals during the afternoon, and still offers the great view of the river and the 25 de Abril Bridge. It offers several original cocktails, and the dishes, created by the well-known chef Diogo Noronha, mix Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine, using only in-season ingredients. The curious decoration retains the industrial style, and is composed of tables with multimedia projections and table tops with board games. There is also a stage in the entrance hall for concerts and cultural events.
Famous for its fresh fish and seafood dishes, it is open for lunch and dinner overlooking Ponte 25 de Abril and Cristo Rei, including the interior through its large windows.
CAN THE CAN
A huge chandelier made out of three thousand cans of canned goods in the ceiling reveals the theme of this contemporary venue near the Praça do Comércio. It is a restaurant / café where the traditional Portuguese cans are raised to the status of gastronomical products, you will find them scattered on the walls and tables as decoration. Despite the welcoming interior, you will certainly prefer to sit on the terrace, and hear the occasional fado singers, especially at lunch time.
AQUI HÁ PEIXE
For years, this restaurant was located in Comporta in the Alentejo region by the sea. Aqui há Peixe settled in Lisbon in 2009, and has become in a short period of time, a reference thanks to the quality and freshness of its fish. The ocean-inspired decor invites guests to have a delicious meal in a casual atmosphere.
Contemporary restaurant, fusing artisanal cooking with daring and surprising choices. Jncquoi is the latest novelty in Lisbon. Its unusual decoration with its giant dinosaur in the center of the room and its fusion cuisine intrigue the most skeptical.
BECO CABARET GOURMET
Located inside the Bairro do Avillez restaurant in Chiado, behind a hidden passage, Beco is inspired by the clubs of the 20’s. Tickets give access to this exclusive place. It’s not exactly a restaurant, but a “gourmet cabaret” created by Michelin-starred chef José Avillez. It offers exclusive, adult-only dinners with a gourmet tasting menu that reveals some of the most unexpected creations. A superb cabaret show, elegantly inspired by the 1920s, accompanies your dinner. On Fridays and Saturdays, there are two services – from 19:30 to 21:45 and from 22:00 to midnight. After dinner, it operates as a bar, but the show continues, without prior reservation required.
This large restaurant at Lx Factory has an industrial setting with a curious assortment of art. The chef offers creative dishes influenced by Portuguese cuisine, with some international influences. He uses local seasonal and organic products and always selects local wines that are not very well-known.
Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103, Edifício H
+351 213 649 170
Located in the building of the Pharmacy Museum by the Santa Catarina viewpoint terrace, this restaurant’s décor is inspired by the pharmacies of the past. The menu consists of traditional Portuguese “petiscos” (tapas), and the ambiance is relaxed. There is also a bar serving cocktails of Portuguese wines. It does not close after lunch, meaning you may also show up for a mid-afternoon snack outside on the terrace. For dinner you also have the choice of a special menu of several dishes chosen daily by the chef.
PÁTEO DO AVILLEZ
Located at the central courtyard of a typical Portuguese restaurant. This is another amazing venue from Chef José Avillez. The quality is of the ingredients is key and the menu offers a variety of fish and seafood dishes.
MERCADO DE CAMPO DE OURIQUE
Living the authenticity of a market with all the quality that gourmet gastronomy has to offer, is the driving concept of this unique project in Lisbon. You will want to experience the market, to enjoy the close contact with people, to feel the freshness of food – and to do it in a pleasant and modern place.
Located at the top of the hostel The Independente, in a 19th century building facing one of the most beautiful views of the city. To enter you must take an antique elevator, and the tables are distributed through an indoor room and a terrace. The cuisine is Portuguese-inspired and offers very original dishes. Also perfect for happy hour where you can simply order a wine or a cocktail.
Rua de São Pedro Alcântara, 83
+351 211 303 306
Typical Portuguese restaurant in a relaxed atmosphere with traditional decoration and hearty dishes. This restaurant offers a terrace overlooking the great Restaurateurs Square (Praça dos Restauradores). It is an authentic restaurant, a “tasca” with typical dishes and also seafood and waiters dressed in the old fashioned way.
Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa presents a menu full of Spanish tapas and Portuguese snacks. Among the Iberian options are paellas and açordas, Iberian pork and tortillas. The room is small, with few tables and a counter facing the open kitchen, allowing you to observe the confection of each dish. There is even space for a vermouth bar with half a dozen cocktails to choose from.
A cute pastry shop / restaurant offering a variety of healthy dishes. This venue is perfect for a quick lunch between sightseeing breaks.
The innovative cuisine, based on rare and seasonal products, is served in a sophisticated and contemporary space. The chef is German but has worked in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain, so his dishes are strongly influenced by Mediterranean flavors.
It is a Lisbon institution, opened in 1936 as a German brewery. In the 60’s it became a luxury restaurant with Portuguese cuisine, specializing in seafood. The decoration with exotic wood and stained glass alluding to King Gambrinus is the same as always, as is the flawless old-fashioned service.
This bar is located in the building of the hotel 9Hotel Mercy, but has an independent entrance. It has an original concept, a mix of tea room and cocktail bar. In the luxurious gold and black décor room, teas, cocktails and tea cocktails are served, as well as light meals, and snacks to share.
Rua da Misericórdia, 78
+351 919 835 036
Open from 3pm to 11pm, this small terrace on the sixth floor of 9Hôtel Mercy in Chiado faces the castle. It can accommodate a little over twenty people and offers a list of drinks ranging from wine to non-alcoholic cocktails as well as cheese platters and sandwiches. The atmosphere is calm, ideal to relax in the late afternoon or after dinner.
The best cocktail bar in the city offers a sophisticated lounge atmosphere and a list of original cocktails.
PENSÃO DO AMOR
A typical “Lisboeta” building, formerly a boarding house with rooms rented at the time, by prostitutes and sailors, is now occupied by this audacious bar. It has an entrance through Rua do Alecrim (with space for a small terrace) and the “Rua Cor-de-Rosa” (Rua Nova do Carvalho). It is decorated in a cabaret style.
O BOM, O MAU E O VILÃO (THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE VILAIN)
Located on the Cais do Sodré, this small cocktail bar offers live music. The music starts at 22:00, the weekend a DJ sets the mood until 4:00.
This bar is located on the 9th floor of the Tivoli Avenida da Liberdade and has one of the most beautiful views of the city. The bar offers a variety of cocktails including some without alcohol. It also offers light snacks, allowing you to dine after a cocktail at sunset.
Open from morning to night, it is divided into two areas, one for cocktails on the sofas and on the sun loungers, and another, up the stairs, for light meals. So it is possible to snack at any time of day, stay in the sun, or have a drink after dinner, always with good background music.
TOPO MARTIM MANIZ
Located on the 6th floor of a building in the most multiethnic area of the city, Topo offers a breathtaking view of São Jorge Castle. The terrace has been completely furnished with wooden structures serving as tables and chairs, while the interior has tables and a long counter serving Portuguese and international cuisine. The bar menu offers around a dozen cocktails, having non-alcoholic choices such as fresh juices and smoothies.
This terrace is on the eighth floor, a few meters from Avenida da Liberdade. It overlooks the castle and the city. It features a menu with several cocktails and gins, as well as sandwiches and other snacks. The afternoon (open at 5pm) and the evening (closed at 2am) are often animated by invited DJs.
Lux is undoubtedly a must in Lisbon. A bar, a disco and a concert hall with the most incredible parties of the city. Opened in 1998 by the same group responsible for the restaurant Bica do Sapato (which includes the actor John Malkovitch), this nightclub is known for its fabulous decor, its terrace with spectacular views of the Tagus, the theme nights and the best invited DJs of international renown.
The minimalist decor consists of tables where you can enjoy a variety of cocktails, and the view of the terrace is overwhelmingly amazing. A resident DJ animates the space for the night inside. From Tuesday to Thursday the time is from 7:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., while on Friday and Saturday it is open until 4:00 p.m. (last entry at 2:30 p.m.).