Alberto K is the restaurant whose name comes from Alberto Kappenberger, manager of The Royal Hotel during its 25 first years. It offers the best merging Italo-Danish and guaranteed good views. The experience of using the same cutlery (designed by Jacobsen) that the astronauts of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey used is also surprising.
This hotel is located in a historical restored building in the centre of Porto city. All its rooms are big and very luminous, and its decoration combines a contemporary style with retro touches. Guests can enjoy an excellent mixture of Portuguese and continental food; its location is perfect, only 200m from Soares dos Reis National Museum, and less than 10 minutes walk from Aliados metro stop.
El Farol Hotel
On top of the rocks of Cascais Lighthouse. It is a design hotel with only 33 different rooms, a Mediterranean high-cuisine restaurant (“The Mix”), and a terrace (“On The Rocks”) with amazing views of the Atlantic and nice atmosphere.
Miradouro Praça Sao Pedro de Alcàntara
It is located in a street that has its same name. You can gaze at the 7 hills, the wide landscape of red roofs and a privileged view of São Jorge Castle and Alfama district. It is located in the historic part of Barrio Alto; it has a big square with mosaics on the floor, a monument to Eduardo Coelco, and a big font which makes the square be more welcoming. The viewpoint includes a king of telescope for a better… Read More
Teatro Largo de Sao Carlos
Sao Carlos Theatre was built in 1792. It is very close to the crowded Rua Garret and Museu do Chiado, in the heart of the literary district par excellence, and in front of the house where Pessoa lived. Currently, it combines lyric shows with dancing and contemporary plays. The restaurant of the theatre is next to the main entrance through Teatro Nacional São Carlos Square. It is quite expensive though its atmosphere and me… Read More
It is one of the most visited art centres in Lisbon, where past and present merge. Visitors can participate and interact in several cultural events. It is as well a platform for showing different creations regarding art, fashion, architecture, music, publicity and communication.
Arpad Szenes- Vieira Dasilva Foundation
This museum is a compulsory visit in the city. Clouste Gulbenkian, one of the most important collectors of the 20th century, left all his belongings to Portugal; the country opened the museum in 1969. The museum shows a big collection of pieces from different origins and époques; it hosts amazing works such as Les Bulles de Savon by Eduard Manet or Palas Atenea by Rembrandt.
Bica do sapato
A restaurant, sushi bar, exhibitions rooms…It is the trendiest place in the capital of Portugal. Its offer includes a mixture of Portuguese, Mediterranean and Japanese food; a luxurious mixture for those who visit this singular place due to its culinary and cultural offer. John Malkovich y Catherine Deneuve within its founder members.
Pharmacia, located in a unique setting with sublime views of Santa Catalina viewpoint, it is an experimental and creative restaurant whose decoration comes from old chemist’s. The menu includes from “Ibuprofeno” cocktail to “psycho-stimulating” with tree strawberry and passion fruit. Each detail is a new example of originality, such as the test tube used for the soup. An interesting point: you can carry your own bottle of wine and they wil… Read More
Restaurant specialized in coal cooked fish. Visiting this place is a whole experience, as its kind of tavern style makes this place be peculiar and charming. It is managed by two very kind siblings specialized in gilthead bream/salmon and chocolate mousse to end up.
Buenos Aires Café
In the heart of Lisbon and next to the so famous Rua Garrett is the representative of the Argentinian gastronomy in the city: Café Buenos Aires. It is a small charming restaurant where you can taste excellent meat, home-made recipes, very good wines, and tapas for having something quick. All this in a scenery where the mixture of colours and light make it be a place to enjoy a meal, in an awesome intimate atmosphere.
Loja da Talaia
It is an amazing design store with avant-garde concepts for which good taste is the only requirement. Its owners, two prestigious stylists, knew how to create a singular space with the appearance of a gallery. It is specialized in furniture of the 50s and 60s, but you can also find there interesting contemporary style, recycled, and imported pieces.
A uoutra face da Lua
This vintage store is very charming and has nothing to do with recurrent things for this type of space. The objects are original and historical pieces, and it offers curious services such as “Design and confection of wardrobes”, “Cloths to be hired”, “Fashion Atelier”. It also has a big coffee bar inside where to have a break while looking for real treasures.
A outra face da Lua
The perfect place to taste the most charming sweet things of the city. A master French pattisier is responsible for these cared creations, in a romantic and kind of retro atmosphere where it is easy to get lost for hours while tasting house specialities. Irresistible selection of macarons, lemos pies, éclairs or a delicious chocolate mousse.
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One Brazilian and one German women manage this store gallery where art and singularity are a constant. A wide selection of unusual things, a cared selection of CDs, limited edition books, decoration items, curious lamps or strawberry-smell plastic shoes. A must: its café with organic products; you can lose all sense in its terrace with a deli tea poured in a Chinese china cup.
This is one of the singular spaces hosted by LX Factory. You must visit it. It is a 6-meter huge, messy and lovely bookcase. It’s is leaded by an antique rotary press, that though at a first glance you don’t really know what it is, it absolutely captivates you. The space includes a lovely café to be sitting and reading the most interesting works. A wide space that hosts an unlimited number of art, design, and fashion… books.
República das Flores
You can buy a gift at the eleventh hour in this warm store, perfectly located on the ground floor of a Pombaline house from the beginning of the 19th century in a Chiado Square. Perfumed paper, soaps and bath products, flowers, linen table clothes from Porto, Bordalo Pinheiro china, cards, garments, jewelers, Porto wine, Alentejo oil and wine, Portalegre rebuçados (sweets), objects from India and Morocco… The catalogue of produc… Read More
Portuguese kindness and hospitality is really well-known. For those who want to go to Lisbon, you can enjoy the experience of having dinner at a Lisboan’s home thanks to Susana and her husband Joâo’s initiative. This lovely couple offers delicious dinners at their cosy apartment. If you visit them in spring or summer you will also enjoy their garden having dinner there. A delicious menu based on carefully selected typical Portugues… Read More
Feng Shui Hotel
The Inspira Santa Marta hotel in Lisbon assigns the customer a room based on their birth date and feng shui sign so they can have a well balanced stay. Other things we like about this hotel are: its retro and minimalist decor, its excellent cocktails menu, and their effort to promote the work of local artists.
They have a restaurant, the Open, that proposes a new conception of food based on Mediterranean cuisine: show-cooking, … Read More
Charming Hostel in Lisbon
The Independente is a charming hostel in the capital of Portugal with Art Déco style decoration, which faces São Pedro de Alcântara. It is placed in the border of Barrio Alto (a district of Lisbon) now on fashion. Its restaurant, as well with Art Déco interior design, has an exquisite typically Portuguese menu using ingredients typical of that zone, deserves a visit.
A cartonboard bar in Lisbon
It is Low, a store and bar in Barrio Alto of Lisbon, whose decoration and furniture are made out of cartonboard, a recycling material that substitues the traditional building materials. It was designed by Pedro Campos Costa who proposed a sustainable solution for decorating bars and stores. In this store you can find designed items made out of green and recycled materials. This bar organizes debates and discussions on env… Read More
Deluxe bread in Lisbon
Pastéis de Belén is the most well known bakery in Portugal. It is here where you can try their famous pastel de nata, a cream cake which is incredibly delicious and which is sold in cake shops all over Portugal. Its proximity to the San Jéronimo monastery has had a large influence over the bakery as their first recipes were provided by the monks who lived there. Gwyneth Paltrow’s favourite.
A coffee bar in Lisbon
Those with a love for genuine things who are visiting Lisbon cannot miss having a coffee at the Café no chiado. It is located in the Chiado area, known as the vintage and one of the most traditional neighbourhoods of the city. The area is home to the best known fashion shops, coffee bars, theatres and museums. A special place between the San Carlos Opera and San Luis theatre. Besides being a refuge for young artists and intell… Read More
Charming break in Portugal
In our endless search to discover new charming places, we have discovered this country hotel on the Portuguese coast. The minute you get there you understand why everyone is talking about Portuguese Alentejo at the moment. The Comporta beaches are absolutely unique, almost as unique as this amazing country estate dedicated to the dolce fare niente…and the food is incredible. The owner makes his own food based on country br… Read More
Diving into the trendiest places in Lisbon would not be complete without going to Mude, the Design and Fashion Museum. The name’s acronym in Portuguese means change, which is very appropriate if we consider that in this huge building , once home to the offices of Caixa General de Depósitos, one can see the evolution of European fashion and design in the XX century. In their collection, exhibited on bare walls, there are works by the g… Read More
Memmo Baleira Hotel
Located in Sagres Bay, Memmo Baleeira Hotel is a unique offer in Algarve. Its relaxing atmosphere and its contemporary and design style really stand out. All the rooms and suites of this resort are really cared, even minor details, offering amazing views of the sea and Puerto de Baleeira.
Hotel Memmo Baleira
Monte da Vilarinha Hotel is located between Alentejo and Costa Vicentina Natural Park. It is very charming and it has panoramic views of the valley. Its modern and chic rooms make it be the perfect option for quiet holidays but with some activity because you can enjoy horse rides and practice canoeing and cycling.
Hotel Monte Da Vilarinha
Quinta Nova family hotel and winery is thought to learn in situ basic notions about white, red, and Porto wine at the same time that you enjoy a lovely stay. A fantastic plan: enjoy a picnic in the terrace of the hotel facing the vineyards, taste wine and local food in the restaurant, buy some bottles in the store and finish the day having a glass of Porto in the library bar.Read More
At Alfama, the popular neighbourhood in Lisbon, the Chafariz d’El Rei (the King’s fountain) hotel can be found, one of the most charming hotels in Portugal. This elegant hotel occupies an old XIX century family palace which used to be owned by an aristocratic family. The fountain which supplied water to the Royal Palace was there. The Chafariz Del Rei has an exclusive library and an art deco mirror gallery. The magnificent Saint George castle is only a te…