R. do Alecrim 35, Bairro Alto
With the exception of a few tables, all seats at Peixola are around one large, key-shaped bar in the middle of an intimate, lively dining room, where you'll find great cocktails, great ceviche, and equally great service. Almost everything on the menu is fish-oriented: think smoked salmon mousse appetizers, fish soup with anejo rum, and tuna tartar. Bonus: As of recently, the kitchen is open on Fridays and Saturdays until 1 am.
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.
54 Av. 24 de Julho, Lapa
If you're looking for late night sustenance, this is your spot: It's open until 6am, which is something you might require if you find yourself out dancing late. Specialties here include a nice green soup (caldo verde), and fresh baked rolls filled with chorizo and cheese.
70 Rua do Alecrim, Bairro Alto
Entrepreneurs and brothers Duarte Cardoso Pinto and Gustavo and António Paulo Duarte bought Palácio Chiado in 2014, when the 18th-century palace sat in empty disrepair. Over the course of almost two years, they carefully restored the place, breathing new life into the gold-leaf chandeliers, elaborate frescoes and stucco work, and stained glass windows to make a home for their upscale food court program: A series of restaurants and bars spread out over the full two floors of the space. It's worth visiting for the building alone, but the food is deserving of the setting—we like Delisbon for exhaustively sourced charcuterie and cheese, and Local Chiado for locally sourced, veggie-forward quinoa bowls and sugar-free desserts. If you like fish, try Bacalhau Lisboa, a Portuguese spot that serves traditional iterations of codfish the same way it's been cooked here for generations. There's also a bar and a more formal restaurant for a sit-down dining experience.
Sol e Pesca
44 Rua Nova do Carvalho, Bairro Alto
This place is all about preserved seafood. While you could have a full meal here with table service, the best way to experience it is to choose a couple of cans of fish, and order some bread and wine to accompany. It's also a great place to stop in for picnic supplies (they have a counter for quick grab-and-go orders).
1 Rua do Poço dos Negros, Bairro Alto
The owners of this cozy modern café are Portuguese and Australian—and you can count on The Mill both for a great wine list, which rotates every few months, and also healthy breakfast fare like bircher muesli and avocado toast with poached eggs. The menu is designed around seasonal produce—and you can always stop by for fresh bagels, pastries, and excellent coffee. The staff is warm and helpful; it’s the kind of place you could stop in for a quick breakfast, or easily kill an entire afternoon.
Museo Nacional do Azulejo
4 Rua Madre Deus , Penha de França
What Guinness is to Ireland, tiles are to Portugal, so it goes without saying that the National Tile Museum is a must-see: Housed in a 16th century convent, it features a collection of tiles that spans centuries, from the Renaissance through present day.
Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia
Av. Brasília, Belém
Situated right along the riverfront, the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT) is one of the most recent additions to Lisbon's historic Belém District. Designed by the British architect Amanda Levete, the oval-shaped building is strikingly modern, allowing for individuals to walk along the top and take in the views; the new structure sits beside the Tejo Power Station, an older building that exemplifies Portuguese industrial architecture from the beginning of the 20th century and has housed a museum of electricity for many years. The schedule at MAAT is refreshingly eclectic, offering both standard contemporary art exhibitions and hybrid presentations that explore everything from music to performance art to the history (and future) of technology. Suitable for all ages.
39 Rua Barata Salgueiro, Príncipe Real
Part film archive, part museum, and part movie theater, Cinemateca Portuguesa is the kind of place where you can wander in and watch an Ernst Lubitsch silent film accompanied by live piano. They screen a variety of classics; and there's a convenient restaurant and quiet patio in the back, too.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
45A Av. de Berna, Avenidas Novas
Calouste Gulbenkian was actually a British collector, but he lived a very international life, growing up in Turkey and traveling extensively during his career. In that context, it's not so surprising that his collection is housed in Lisbon, where he spent his final years. One of the largest in Europe, it claims significant holdings of Egyptian and Greco-Roman art, Armenian art, and impressionists like Manet, Degas, and Monet. There's also an impressive contemporary collection, built with funds from Gulbenkian's foundation, which was created with his fortune after his death. Exhibitions switch over frequently, and there's always a great mix of old and new on the walls, so it's entirely worthy of repeat visits.
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