In November 2017, we had the chance to finally travel to Lisbon during the Web Summit 2017, a technology conference held annually since 2009. We where blown away by Lisbon’s beauty and this very special vibe in the city. Even though there is still much more to discover, we would love to share our top 5 foodie recommendations for Lisbon with you. Find out where to eat, drink and party in the city.
1. Lisbon TU e EU
Rua da Adiaça 58, Monday to Sunday, 9:30 to 23:00, T +351 919 485 256
Having dinner at TU e EU in Lisbon feels like sitting in a good friend’s kitchen and enjoying an intimate evening with you best friends. This little restaurant offers traditional Portuguese specialties and definitely needs to be on your must-see and must-eat list when visiting Lisbon. Thousands of guests in the past already left some messages on the restaurant’s walls and showed a lot of love for the hosts, the food and drinks. We literally ordered every single dish from the menu even twice and shared everything. It was almost impossible to chose only one or two dishes and there was not enough space on the table for all that food. Make sure to leave some space for the homemade desserts, coffee and a last drink with the hosts after your meal. We recommend to call and book a table since the restaurant is tiny. Please believe us when we say, you don’t want to miss this food and the whole experience.
2. PARK Bar
Calcada do Combro 58 (Bairro Alto), Tuesday to Saturday, 13:00 to 02:00; Sunday, 13:00 to 20:00, T +351 215 914 011
To enter this rooftop bar you literally have to go through a parking garage building, but you for sure will not be disappointed! The PARK Bar is located in one of the city’s most beautiful areas, Bairro Alto. Have some drinks at one of Lisbon’s most trendy garden terrace rooftop bars and admire Lisbon from above, enjoying the 180º view on a sunny afternoon or early evening.
3. Pensão Amor
Rua do Alecrim 19, Sunday to Wednesday, 14:00 to 3:00; Thursday to Saturday, 14:00 to 4:00
Pensão Amor is located above Lisbon’s cheeky Pink Street and is one of the city’s most popular cocktail bars. Its name – meaning ‘Love Guesthouse’ in English – gives you a hint about the location’s original use as a brothel when the area was known as the city’s red-light district. As soon as you enter the bar you’ll notice this heritage: the ceilings are painted with frescoes, the walls are covered with mirrors, paintings, posters and provocative art and the pole dance room is even decorated with leopard and gold. Despite this exciting past and the special vibe you can still feel, the bar is pretty relaxed and regularly hosts shows including jazz and swing gigs and burlesque shows. Make sure to stop by for a drink or two and check out the book store (love/erotica).
4. Restaurante Ponto Final
Rua do Ginjal 72, Wednesday to Monday, 12:00 to 23:00; closed on Tuesdays, T +351 21 276 0743
It might be a bit tricky to reach the Restaurante Ponto Final that is located on the other side of the river Tagus. You will have to cross the river on the commuter ferry from Cais do Sodre to Caçilhas. Once you arrive, you will have to walk for about fifteen minutes to reach the restaurant, but it will for sure be worth the food and the view. Make sure to book a table in advance, since this historic restaurant is usually always completely booked. Once you get a table, you can enjoy the stunning view, traditional Portuguese flavors, and fresh fisherman’s home dishes in a very casual kept environment. If you like fish, ask for the catch of the day. The food at Ponto Final is kept simple but of high quality and you can get good wine for about € 5-7 a bottle!
5. Time Out Market Lisboa
Avenida 24 de Julho 49, Sunday to Wednesday, 10:00 to 00:00; Thursday to Saturday, 10:00 to 2:00, T +351 213 951 274
Time Out Market’s concept is simple: bringing the best food and drink experience of the city under one roof. And this is exactly what awaits you in the historic market hall, today known as Time Out Market Lisboa. The concept for this food hall was actually created from scratch back in 2014, when the Time Out Portugal travel magazine was looking for a new headquarter and came across the historic Mercado da Ribeira. The building was turned into a modern and welcoming destination loved by both locals and tourists for its diversity and excellent food. Time Out Market Lisboa features more than 30 restaurants and kiosks, shops and stands, cooking workshops and a 900-capacity entertainment venue. You do not need to book anything in advance, but might need to wait a bit to find a free spot especially on busy weekends and during major events in the city, like WebSummit.