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Alfama

Establishment neighborhood
Palacio Belmonte
14 Pátio de Dom Fradique, Alfama
Located inside a 15th-century castle in the historic Alfama District, this boutique hotel is one of Lisbon’s hidden gems. Its eleven private rooms are infused with a sense Portuguese history, decorated with blue and white 17th-century tiles and antiques throughout, with views of the city's rooftops and the Tagus River. Just a 15-minute walk from the main square, it's at once secluded, yet central—an ideal respite for those looking to escape the bustle of the city. Plus, the property itself boasts its own beautiful outdoor café and patio, as well as a private restaurant; a library, ballroom, music room, garden, and pool all round out the experience.
Santa Clara 1728
128 Campo Santa Clara, Alfama
In the center of the city right by the Fiera de Ladra, Lisbon’s flea market, Santa Clara 1728 is a beautiful 18th-century palace that has been transformed into a quiet, romantic sanctuary. Reminiscent of a chic, upscale bed and breakfast, this hotel has six spacious suites and a dining room where the owners (a family who also calls the space home) host delicious dinners open to all guests. Limestone staircases, minimalist wooden furniture, and impressive artwork all complement the beauty of the building itself. Bonus: luxurious, heated bedroom floors, along with views of the Tagus River and National Pantheon.
Cervejaria Ramiro
1 Av. Almirante Reis, Alfama
Known for serving some of the best seafood in Lisbon, the brightly lit Cervejaria Ramiro is always bustling with foodies—local and foreign alike—clamoring to try the restaurant's famous clams in garlic sauce, grilled giant tiger shrimp, and percebes (goose barnacles), among a host of other amazing options. While it may seem like you won't have room to try anything but the seafood, save some for their prego, a Portuguese steak sandwich—it's said to be the best in the city. Note: unsurprisingly, this place is pretty popular, so if you want to avoid the line (it's first-come, first-served), it's best to try for an early dinner.
Lux Frágil
Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A, Cais da Pedra a Sta Apolónia, Alfama
One of Portugal's most popular venues, Lux Frágil has remained a fixture of Lisbon nightlife since opening in 1998. Located near the waterfront, with three distinct but connected areas—a club, a bar, and a rooftop lounge—the interior is a sleek and fashionable setting for weekly events consisting of mostly house, techno, and disco music, presented by an impressive selection of well-known DJs. If you’re not a hardcore dancer, you can stick to the upstairs bar, which is a bit more laid back. Beware: As one of Lisbon’s most famous clubs, the line gets pretty long on the weekends, so it's best to arrive on the earlier side.
Castelo de São Jorge
Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, Alfama
Set on the city's tallest hill (where its Middle-Age inhabitants could best see incoming threats), São Jorge Castle was originally built by the Moors, before it was captured by the Christians who eventually ruled the city. Despite its dramatic history, today, the castle is one of the city's most relaxing and tranquil places—there are peacocks wandering around the grounds, and gorgeous views of the city from the defensive towers. Leave a little time to explore the camera obscura.
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