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For years, Lisbon was the major commerce link between Asia, Europe and the Americas. Though slow to modernize, this enchanting city by the sea is in the midst of a renaissance, and during Expo '98, the city transformed itself with newly built roads, real estate development projects and the unveiling of the new Ponte Vasco de Gama bridge. We love the hip, Bairro Alto area, filled with a young, stylish crowd and creative restaurants, bars and cutting-edge boutiques. Lisbon has changed with the times to become a diverse, modern city, yet has never let go of its classic, old world, charming style.
Museum of the Orient
Avenida Brasilia, Doca de Alcantara
Tel. 351 21.358.5200
This new museum housed in a refurbished industrial building is situated on the Alcantara waterfront. It's all about the Orient and it contains Europe's largest collection of Asian artifacts. The highlight is the famed Kwok On Collection which is an unbelieveable treasure of Asian theatrical and sacred masks, costumes and related pieces numbering over 1200.
Museo do Design
Centro Cultural Belem
Praco do Imperio
The Lisbon Design Museum features an exhibition of new pieces dating from 1937. Luxurious, hand-crafted pieces in precious materials exemplify the French decorative tradition of the '40s and '50s, traditional wooden work, laminated material and plywood hails from Scandinavia and synthetic material in organic forms represents American design. Also included are pieces from the '70s in recycled materials as well as audacious, post-modern forms from the 80’s.
Parque das Nacoes
This city-within-a-city, originally conceived for the 1998 World Expo, was designed to create high-quality urban spaces and integrate the city in all its diversity. Today, residents enjoy services like shops and restaurants, schools, leisure and sporting facilities, a hospital and other services. Discover what is now known as the new Lisbon.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Avenida de Berna 45A
This very large art collection spans 4000 years and is the creation of an Armenian oil man. One of the exhibits is a jewelry collection by Rene Lalique. The museums landscaped gardens offer a great respite from the busy city.
Rua Antonio Maria Cardoso, 58
The restaurant is inside the Sao Luis Municipal Theatre and is the latest venture of Chef Jose Avillez. If you haven't heard of him you will as he's changing the eating scene of Portugal. He's already opened 5 restaurants. His avant-garde cooking is very up to date and includes dishes like tempura fried avocado spears with cilantro. The prices here are reasonable (hope it stays that way). Average dinner for two is around 80 Euros without wine or tip.
Lardo de Sao Carlos, 10
Chef Jose Avillez presents traditional Portugues dishes with a modern twist in a lovely wood paneled dining room. The New York Times calls the restaurant brilliant.
Terreiro do Paco
Lisboa Welcome Center
Praca do ComercioChef
This former post office has been divided into two spaces, the Terreiro and the Paco. Terreiro serves snack type sampler dishes, while the Paco upstairs offers a more sophisticated creative cuisine.
Chafariz do Vinho
Rua da Mae d'Agia a Praca da Alegria
This really unusual wine bar ia housed in an 18th century stone acquaduct. Not only are the good wines amazing value but also the four-course tasting menu.
A Casa do Bacalhau
Rua do Grilo
Thirty versions of Portugal's favorite dish-Bacalhau, or salt cod.
Other hearty dishes and great local wine list served in an ambinace of brick, wood and wicker
Largo Vitorino Damasio 3
Situated in the Santos Desogn District, this minimalist restaurant specializes Portuguese nouveau cuisine.
Casa da Comida
Travessa das Amoreiras, 1
This temple of gastronomy is located in an 18th century building. The patio is particurlarly inviting when weather permits. Some of the noted dishes are shellfish soup, pheasant marinated in port and grouper with a coriander sauce. All the wines are Portuguese.
Rua da Cinturu Porto de Lisoa 16
Bertilio Gomes, the young chef, is gaining well deserved respect for his inventive Portuguese cuisine.
The restaurant is housed in a warehouse like structure overlooking the Tagus River
Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 29
In the chic area of Chiado this small cafe is noted for it's creative salads. Perfect for lunch.
Bica do Sapato
Avenida Infante D. Henrique
Come for the scene and savor the food at John Malkovich co-owned Bica do Sapoto, where the Tagus River rivals the local celebrities for a beautiful backdrop. A former boat factory, this restaurant offers a sushi bar, a casual cafeteria-style venue and the main dining room, which takes delicious liberties with traditional Portuguese cuisine.
Rua Marquis de Fronteira
Jardim Amalia Rodrigues
Eleven partners, one of which is the celebrity chef Joechim Koerper, have opened this new superb concrete and glass restaurant. It is set in Eduardo VII Park and overlooks the Tagus River. It is the first restaurant in Lisbon to recieve a Michelin star.
Nobre Marina Club
Edificio Nau, F18
Passeio dos Naveganes. Marina Expo.
This traditional restaurant offers a refined atmosphere and exquisite dishes including crab soup, bass cooked in parchment and duck with olives.
Rua da Atalaia 36
Portugal's fashion queen does colorful and streamlined outfits for men and women.
A Vida Portuguesa
Rua Anchieta 11
Classic Portuguese products and design items that are well presented at this special store.
Rua do Carmo 87
Internationally-known Ana Salazar jumpstarted Portugal's fashion industry in the '70s and remains an inventive force of style today. Her line of clothing and accessories is influences by her fellow artists and writers.
Rua Latino Coelho, 33
Only available by appointment, this exclusive designer and former apprentice of Ana Salazar is quite popular for her urban clothing with custom-made finishings.
Rua Dom Pedro V 74
Tel. +35 1 212.467.629
Orriginal home decor and jewelry by independent designers from Portugal and Brazil.
Galerie Jorge Shirley
Rua da Escola Politecnica 21-23
Tel. +35 1 213.864.497
This is one Lisbon's most respected Art Galleries.
Emporio Casa Bazar
Rua Dom Pedro V 65
Tel. +35 1 210.964.093
Spanish candles, smooth Italian vases and Brazilian electronic music. Kitsch designed Portuguese household products .
Rua do Norte, 33
Bags, suitcases, trunks and vanity cases.
Ilha do Bairro
Tua do Norte 94
Club styles for nights on the town.
A free monthly guide to Lisbon in English and Spanish and available in tourist-frequented places.
Guia do Lazer
http://lazer.publico.clix.pt/ (in Portuguese)
This entertainment listing is found in the Thursday edition of the Publico daily paper.
Fado is a nostalgic and mournful music that depicts the epic adventures of Portuguese people around the world. The term "saudade" is so essentially Portuguese that is defies translation.
Fado singers bring the world of doomed love affairs and the hardships of life to their audience in their soulful ballads.
Rua do Meio-aLapa, 18
With her husky voice and obligatory shawl, Maria de Fe is a revered fado singer. This club is a must for fado purists to come and hear her and othe artists singing Lisboa and Coimbra. The club attracts locals and discerning foreign visitors.
Avenida, Infante D. Henrique
This once old customs warehouse on the banks of the Tigus is night time complex various clubs including dance on the lower floors to the bars above and the outdoor terrace. You can wander from one to the other immersing yourself in disco, techno, garage and house sounds by DJ's and live bands.
50 Lago do Conde Bar-o
African club located in a warehouse near the Tagus river. Although the specialty is live music from Cape Verde there are ofen bands from Angola, Mozambique and Brazil.
Travessa dos FiessDeus, 33-31
Dance with a young crowd after getting your fruity, slushy drink from '50s-style juice mixers.
Rua da Barroca, 43
Meet a diverse crowd for drinks and casual conversation.
Rua da Barroca, 60A
One of the city's more tranquil nightspots, where speaking won't strain your vocal chords.
Rua da Atalaia, 105
This is the gayest of the "straight" clubs. Or better yet, this is Lisbon's "straight-friendly" gay club. Predominantly gay on weekends, this is one of the oldest and hippest nightspots in the city.
A diverse crowd dances until 4am.
Avenida 24 de Julho, 68
An upscale crowd, a chic look and a terrace that's perfect for summer nights.
Escadinhas da Praia, 5
A unique club that opens at 6am, that, according to the doorman, attracts anyone from "dukes to drug addicts, club kids, artists, prostitutes, politicians - you name it."
Rua da Imprensa National 104B
Tel. +35 1 213.951.135
Very lively Gay dance club with two dance floors. Drag shows are spirited and quite popular with the locals and tourists alike.
Rua Ruben A. Leitao 17
Tel. +35 1 213.424.033
Unusual concoctions make up the 40 page drink list. Try the beetroot margaritas with coriander.