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R. Augusta 89, 1100-048 Lisboa, Portugal
A few years ago, as hostels were starting to appear in Lisbon, I decided to try one out. My curiosity was big. Already Lisbon’s hostels were earning many awards. This was the chosen one. Located on a pedestrian street in downtown, the Travellers...
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R. João do Outeiro 24, 1100-246 Lisboa, Portugal
Located in the Mouraria neighborhood—the birthplace of fado—this restaurant is a prime pick for sampling traditional Portuguese food. The codfish, or bacalhau, is a must here. It is served with plenty of bread to clean your plate. In the style of...
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Rua do Paraíso 15B, 1100-395 Lisboa, Portugal
This Lisbon restaurant, more than 30 years old, is known for its creative take on Portuguese gastronomic traditions. An extensive wine list represents the many regions of the country offering opportunities to explore by simply ordering a glass....
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Praça da Figueira 18B, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal
You will feast with your eyes as soon you enter here. Founded in 1829, this confectionery store is considered one of the best in Lisbon, having won international prizes and serving, in the old days, as the official confectioner of the royal...
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Open since 1905, A Brasileira was once the choice of Fernando Pessoa, the great Portuguese poet. You can sit beside him just outside, next to his bronze statue. Back in the day, this place was a hangout for writers, artists, and journalists. The...
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429, Rua de S. Paulo 184, 1200-006 Lisboa, Portugal
Cais do Sodré is becoming the neighborhood of the moment, with many coffee shops, bars, and more opening doors and bringing life to its streets. Arco da Velha is one of those coffee shops that opened recently and you can’t miss it. The window...
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R. Augusta 2, 1100-053 Lisboa, Portugal
Blame it on all those years admiring the Arc de Triumph in Paris as I made my way on my daily commute; but I love a beautiful and strong visual monument at the beginning or end of a grand avenue. This example of one in Lisbon is especially sweet....
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R. São Tomé, 1100-563 Lisboa, Portugal
Santa Luzia offers you a panoramic view over Alfama, where you can make out the Alfama labyrinth. From here, you can see Santa Engrácia Dome (also known as National Pantheon), Santo Estevão Church, and the two white towers from São Miguel Church....
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R. do Vigário, 1100-502 Lisboa, Portugal
To get to know the neighborhood and its daily life, nothing beats a stroll through Alfama's streets. It is the oldest and one of the most typical neighborhoods in Lisbon. Here you might see two women chatting at the window (well, screaming) while...
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R. Garrett 77, 1200-273 Lisboa, Portugal
I often go to Chiado for dinner, a drink, or a visit to Bertrand bookshop, and every time I pass the door of Paris em Lisboa I breathe deeply—so that I feel the wonderful smell that comes from this store. Founded in 1888, it was chosen by Queen...
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R. dos Fanqueiros 77, 1100-010 Lisboa, Portugal
Are you looking for a funny, original, and practical gift? In this shop you will find it. Pillow cases with phrases like “I love you too” or with swallows or frogs (that might turn into a prince). If you take your lunch to work, check out the...
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Largo do Chiado 25, 1200-359 Lisboa, Portugal
If you are looking for tobacco, cigars, or smoking accessories, you should visit Casa Havaneza. You can find famous Cuban cigars like Cohiba and Montecristo, among others. However the shop has its own brand of cigarillos and pipe tobacco, the...
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Tv. Corpo Santo 15, 1200-130 Lisboa, Portugal
Cais Pimenta Rosa is located in Cais do Sodré, a neighborhood that is undergoing a lot of change. The aim of this shop is to showcase the work of craftsmen from around the country. The space has a high ceiling with crystal chandeliers; check out...
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Rua de Miguel Bombarda 222, 4050-377 Porto, Portugal
Somehow this Northern Portuguese city has become home to dozens of fantastic hostels, better than most I’ve stayed at elsewhere throughout Europe. You are pretty safe with nearly every one, but Gallery Hostel is my pick because it’s much more than...
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Tv. dos Congregados 11, 4000-114 Porto, Portugal
The 162 year old restaurant, one of the firsts in downtown Porto. Still ran by the Dourado family, it is the place to try one of the most exquisite sandwiches in Porto: Terylene sandwich. A double decked sandwich with roasted pork loin and smoked...
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R. de Cândido dos Reis 18, 4050-151 Porto, Portugal
It’s a Club, it’s a Café, it’s located in the Clérigos neighbourhood, and thats why its called Clube 3C. But it’s also a cool relaxed restaurant that after midnight, like a Cinderella, becomes a lively bar, ideal to get into the night among great...