An Amateur's Guide To Lisbon

Lisa Orrenius - October 30th 2016

Portugal, personal, food

I don’t claim to be an expert on Lisbon. Far from it in fact, as we have been in the city in total only around 10 times. But it was love at first sight and I fell fast and hard for the narrow cobbles streets, beautifully tiled facades, friendly people, and the many miradouros that whip up fantastic views over the city and the river. 

And then, of course, there were all the simply amazing places to eat and drink. Enough to make a girl who hates to waste a good hunger on mediocre food very, very happy. And constantly full. 

So not a Lisbon expert, far from it. In the area of making lists though, I AM, I would humbly brag, something of an expert. Over the visits to my new favorite city (sorry New York and Cape Town), I have of course collected my own personal favorites in Lisbon, a long unsorted list of everything from the best tuna tartare (read on!) to the best rooftop for a late afternoon drink. I will keep adding to this list, but here goes, my current list of favorite restaurants and bars in the magical Lisbon.

3 restaurants:

1. Tartar-ia, in Mercado de Ribeira close to the River beneath Chiado, takes tuna tartar to a completely new level. Amazingly good. Created by the team from the famous Algarve restaurant Vila Joya (which was the first in Portugal with two Michelin stars), this project is the perfect blend of haute cuisine experience with the practical and laidback atmosphere of the great, noisy and fun Mercado da Ribeira.

Mercado de Ribeira

2. Mini bar, one of Lisbon’s star chefs José Avillez’, restaurants in the Chiado area. Really great – tasty drinks and super affordable tasting menus. In this cozy restaurant, nothing it what it seems. How about green apple Margaritas and Caipirinhas – not to drink, but to eat? Foie gras Ferrero Rocher bonbon? Come for a full meal or just a drink and snack. www.minibar-pt

Mini bar Teatro

3. A Cevicheria, a must for ceviche fans. In the Princípe Real neighborhood, a small and beautifully decorated gastronomic gem. Order a pisco sour while you decide which of the ceviches you will go for. I recommend trying most of them!

A Cevicheria

3 bars:

1. Park. Here, you have to know where to go. Situated on the rooftop on top of an unassuming parking garage in the fun Bairro Alto district, perfect for an afternoon drink as you soak in the views over the city and the river.


2. Pharmacia. A restaurant and bar at the pharmacy museum just by the Miradoura Santa Catarina. Great décor inspired by old pharmacies but best I think to sit at the terrace for a drink just as the sun sets over the Tagus river. Just what the doctor ordered.


3. The Insólito. Accessed by a beautiful elevator, the oldest in Lisbon, "The Unusual" cocktail bar offers an amazing view over the city from its terrace in front of the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. A mix of new and classic cocktails, some centuries old.


What about hotels!? you ask. Well, we already have a bunch of wonderful hotels in other parts of Portugal here at the site, and some sustainable hotels in the capital will be added over the next week. Lots of movement in this area in Portugal, which makes us very happy!

UPDATE! Stunning, sustainable Lisbon hotels now up on the site!