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9 Places You Have to Go in Lisbon's Baixa Neighborhood

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Kalaf Epalanga, the poet and vocalist of the Portuguese-Angolan music group Buraka Som Sistema, shares the secrets of the Baixa neighborhood. As told to Anja Mutic. This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
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R. das Fontainhas A São Lourenço 5, 1100-177 Lisboa, Portugal
“Founded by a Mozambican man who arrived here in the 1980s, the restaurant is an institution serving specialties from Portuguese-speaking African countries," says Kalaf Epalanga. This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
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R. da Madalena 121, 1100-319 Lisboa, Portugal
Kalaf Epalanga loves this bakery for it's French flair. “This cozy bakery makes the best croissants in town. Fabrica Lisboa also serves sandwiches, a variety of salads, and soups such as caldo verde—ideal for a light lunch.” This appeared in the...
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R. do Alecrim 21, 1200-161 Lisboa, Portugal
“Named for Sergio Leone’s classic film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the cocktail lounge is more than a place for drinks," says Epalanga, "It also hosts live music and film screenings.” This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
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6th floor, sala I, Commercial Center Martim Moniz, Praca Martim Moniz, 1100-341 Lisboa, Portugal
The big advantage of Topo, on the sixth floor of a shopping center on Martim Moniz Square, is its top-level location with views of the castle, Mouraria neighborhood, and more. Outside on the terrace, grab one of the wooden benches and linger over...
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Rua da Betesga 1AB, 1100-090 Lisboa, Portugal
Epalanga's go-to for red wine? Manuel Tavares. “This wine store and delicatessen was founded in 1860," he says. "The staff offers the best tips on pairing Douro reds and Madeiras and can ship bottles home for you.” This appeared in the Jan/Feb...
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R. da Madalena 57, 1100-016 Lisboa, Portugal
“Tascas are taverns serving simple, inexpensive meals," explains Epalanga. "Here, Yuko Yamamoto, a young expat, serves food you’d find in the countryside of Japan.” This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
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Tv. do Chafariz de El-Rei 6, 1100-140 Lisboa, Portugal
“A neo-Moorish palace built at the turn of the 20th century is now a boutique hotel," says Epalanga. "I visit in the mornings for the lavish breakfast spreads and teas from the Azores.” This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
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Rua da Prata 61, 1100-413 Lisboa, Portugal
“Manuela Carabina left a job in advertising to learn the art of ice cream–making in Italy, then returned to open Fragoleto," details Epalanga. "Seasonal flavors include lemon-basil and walnut-fig.” This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
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R da Madalena 232, 1100-325 Lisboa, 1100-204 Lisboa, Portugal
Epalanga says, “A streetwear shop doubles as a hangout for young skateboarders. It’s fascinating to get a glimpse of the local culture here, and they sell everything from sneakers to boards.” This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.