Overlooking the buzzing Duque de Saldanha Square, this hip, contemporary hotel with a minimalist decor lies within a 5-minute walk from the Unbabel tower and it’s our usual choice to host internal meetings and your average get-togethers.
The Turim Hotel stands near the famous Marquês de Pombal roundabout, named after the man who rebuilt Lisbon after the big earthquake of 1755, and it’s the perfect starting point for a stroll down Avenida da Liberdade, through the plazas in Restauradores and Rossio, and into the old neighborhoods downtown.
If you are in the mood of a more traditional Lisbon setting.
Located in a historical building, the Vila Garden Guesthouse welcomes you to a traditional and typical neighborhood. At the end of the day, unwind in the garden’s lounge chairs, preferably with a cocktail or glass of wine.
Saudade, typically known as the “the untranslatable word for the presence of absence”, promises to provide you an unforgettable experience. Its rooms are named after what best characterizes Lisbon and its traditions — amongst them Popular Saints, sardines, tiles, and fado.
Now for the interesting stuff
For event, we’ve got you covered. But if you’re extending your stay a bit longer into the weekend (and we think you should), these are some of our favorite places in the city:
We didn’t exactly put a poll out there, but ask Lisboners where to eat and 3 out of 4 will mention Ramiro. It’s just manners. You’ll find some of the best seafood in town: Ameijoas à bulhão pato (clams sautéed in olive oil, garlic, lemon and cilantro), sapateira (crab), carabineiros (these huge red prawns), and for dessert, pregos (the classic steak on bread). It’s crowded, unpretentious, messy, and most important of all, the food is delicious. What’s not to love?
If you’re looking for something more intimate, drop by this taberna, a cozy tavern downtown with super friendly staff and amazing traditional food. They don’t do reservations, so make it an early bird dinner.
In the historic neighborhood of Madragoa, you can find this quaint little Italian place, Osteria, with a simple menu, standout products and that kind of comforting, nostalgia-evoking food your Nonna would have make, were you Italian. They like to point out, and it’s hard to argue against it: All meals taste better when shared.
O talho literally translates to The Butcher, which should give you a very good idea of what you’re in for. If you’re a fan of beef tartare, or think this could be as good a time as any to give it a try, this is the place to do it at.
Asian, Nepalese, Indian
If you’ve just strolled through Gulbenkian’s gardens and are feeling a bit peckish, pop by Casa Nepalesa, a place with a big menu, seasonally chosen products and locally ground spices. They highlight their stewed goat with spicey sauce and lamb with traditional curry sauce, but everything we’ve ever had there was delicious.
Traveling further east, Bonsai has survived three decades of skepticism, several sushimen and the boom of all you can eat sushi, and we’ll be damned if it’s still not the best japanese restaurant in town. There’s no going wrong, really. And if there happens to be Ramen for lunch that Saturday, you’re in for a treat.
Close to Campo Mártires da Pátria, in the middle of a lush garden, is Psi, with your not so typical vegetarian dishes such as ricotta roti with honey and nuts, red thai curry and Korean tofu bowl.
Placed downtown, it’s a restaurant with an open kitchen and casual atmosphere. The food is really good, but every single person we talk to highlights the vegan cakes, adding “there won’t be a crumb left in your plate.“
For those in the audience constantly craving delicious tacos and margaritas with a punch (what else?), there’s no better choice than Pistola y Corazon. In fact, we go there so often it’s entirely possible you run into some of us.
A drink or two
In the rooftop of an old factory building in Alcântara lies Rio Maravilha, a gastropub (is that a thing?) with Brazilian influences and one of the most beautiful views in Lisbon. Come for the views, stay for the cocktails.
A drink or two
There are very few places to indulge in a cocktail better than Foxtrot, an old-style bar with art deco vibes, a small indoors garden and an impressive liquor selection. A good choice for anyone who is prone to old-fashioned — both the style, and the drink.
Pasteis de Belém or Manteigaria
The famous Pastel de Nata
We’ve been known to fiercely argue over which place makes the best of our signature custard tarts, and we’re not sure if we’re ever going to settle on a winner. But maybe we don’t have to. Regardless of where you end up going, eat with cinnamon or powdered sugar, and get some extra ones for a late night snack. You’re welcome.