Fathom Favorites : Lisbon

1. MusicBox


High energy, intimate club showcasing DJs and performers across music genres, featuring both Portuguese and international acts. Come here for the people watching and the cheap drinks. 

R. Nova do Carvalho, 24
Lisbon, 1200-014 

2. Cabo de Roca

Cabo de Roca

Located an hour's drive from Lisbon, this jagged cliffside marks the westernmost point of continental Europe. The spectacular views, and dramatic, sweeping landscapes make for an incredible photo-op, and its proximity to Sintra, the resort town known for its colorful castles, means it can be easily incorporated into a day trip. 

Estrada do Cabo da Roca s/n
Colares, 2705-001 



The recently opened Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology is a stunning, gargantuan building that seems to rise out of the Belem waterfront. The museum’s sleek and contemporary design is reason enough to visit, and the dynamism of the exhibits — the museum aims to feature 20 new exhibits each year — means you’ll always have something new to see.

Av. Brasília
Lisbon, 1300-598 

4. Lux Fragile

Lux Fragile

One of Lisbon’s premier nightclubs, this is where the fashion and celebrity set spend a night out. On the ground level, you’ll find a DJ spinning EDM tracks for a raucous dance crowd, but there’s also an upstairs dance floor where the mood is decidedly more tame. Head up to the rooftop for some fresh air, or to watch the sun come up.

Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A, Cais da Pedra a Sta Apolónia
Lisbon, 1950-376

5. Pensao Amor

Pensao Amor

Part cocktail bar, part erotic bookstore, this spot is intimate, theatrical, and decadent without being intimidating. Come here for a burlesque show or to explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the club with your SO (or new Portuguese lover). The risque decor and cocktail names may elicit a few snickers, but the building formerly housed a brothel, so embrace the ambiance and keep an open mind.

Rua Alecrim 19
Lisbon, 1200-014

6. Hello, Kristof

Hello, Kristof

A spacious, Scandinavian-inspired cafe serving speciality coffee and pastries. You could spend a whole day browsing the huge collection of indie magazines, making it the perfect repose for when you can’t bring yourself to walk up one more of those notoriously steep streets.

R. do Poço dos Negros 103
Lisbon, 1200-076

7. Dear Breakfast

Dear Breakfast

A trendy, Instagram-friendly spot for all-day breakfast worth stumbling out of bed for. Take in the cavernous, whitewashed brick, minimalist decor, and trompe l’oeil ceiling mirror while perusing the menu, an homage to the world’s greatest, most versatile breakfast item — the egg — with dishes like eggs benedict, truffled omelets, huevos rancheros, and eggs rothko. Wash it down with a fresh juice or smoothie and you’ll be ready to face the day.

R. Gaivotas 17
Lisbon, 1200-649

8. Manteigaria


Paris has macaroons, Vienna has its sachertorte, and Lisbon has the pastel de nata, a sweet tart made of a divinely creamy egg custard surrounded by a flaky puff pastry crust. Pasteis de Belem may be the most famous bakery in the city serving up these tasty treats, but if you don’t have the time to venture all the way there, this spot near Bairro Alto gives them a run for their money.

Rua do Loreto 2
Lisbon, 1200-108

9. Mini Bar

Mini Bar

Jose Avillez is a culinary behemoth in the Lisbon food scene: He operates ten restaurants in the city, including Lisbon’s first two-michelin starred restaurant, Belcanto, has published four cookbooks, and even has own TV show — basically, if it’s a Jose Avillez property, you know it’s going to be good. At Avillez’s first gourmet bar, expect to find a playful yet elevated tasting menu serving small plates like foie gras Ferrero Rocher bonbons and edible margaritas and caipirinhas, all in an intimate setting.

R. António Maria Cardoso 58
Lisbon, 1200-026
+ 351-21-130-53-93

10. 100 Maneiras

100 Maneiras

For haute cuisine that won’t break the bank, head to the small, 30-seat restaurant in Barrio Alto. On offer: The single tasting menu that changes seasonally, is both refined and playful, featuring singular dishes such as a cuttlefish cappuccino, mackerel pate, and the restaurant’s signature codfish clothesline, which is exactly what is sounds like: fried strips of codfish hanging on a mock clothesline, paying homage to the many clotheslines strung from the apartments in the neighborhood. Be sure to reserve ahead of time.

R. do Teixeira 35
Lisbon, 1200-459 

11. A Cevicheria

A Cevicheria

Ask any young Lisboan where they go for ultra-fresh seafood and they’ll name this Peruvian-meets-Portuguese restaurant among their top picks. The tasting menu is excellent (and well priced) and you can't go wrong with any of the ceviches. There's almost always a line to get in, so order a Pisco Sour from the bar window and claim a stool at one of the outdoor tables for prime people-watching while you wait.

R. Dom Pedro V 129
Lisbon, 1250-096 

12. A Ginjinha

A Ginjinha

Time-tested by a century of drinkers. The shots of sweet cherry liqueur served from the pint-sized open-fronted bar are known for packing a punch.

Largo de São Domingos, 8
Lisbon, 1100-201

13. Sintra


Emerging from the foothills of Sintra Mountain, the once-royal sanctuary is now open to the people. Take the train from Lisbon for a day trip to explore the 9th-century ruins of Castelo dos Mouros, stroll the hidden trails of Pena Park with 2,000 varieties of plant-life, and imagine yourself in the shoes of a royal as your footsteps echo through the elaborate interior halls of Pena Palace. Then go to Tivoli Palácio de Seteais for a long, leisurely lunch, followed by a visit to Quinta de Regalieria, where you can wander for hours around the Game of Thrones-like castle, pausing for pictures at the subterranean tower.

Sintra, 2710-609

14. LX Factory

LX Factory

A previously unused part of the city where an old wiring factory stood has been re-conceptualized as an industrial complex devoted to the arts. Fashion, architecture, music, multimedia, communication – anything creative can occur on these grounds. Visitors are welcome to shop, explore an artist’s work, try inventive food, and be inspired by the re-creation of a forgotten city quarter.

Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103
Lisbon, 1300-501

15. Belém Tower

Belém Tower

Constructed between 1514 and 1520 as a bulwark for the city, the picturesque tower casts a lovely reflection in the surrounding water and can be explored by history buffs and those who appreciate a nice photo op.

Torre de Belém
Lisbon, 1400-206

16. Luvaria Ulisses

Luvaria Ulisses

With a facade and decor preserved from its foundation in 1925, Portugal’s last shop singularly devoted to the manufacture and sale of fine leather gloves is both an experience and a source for a memorable souvenir. Their reputation for high-quality products has transcended the tiny storefront, which can accommodate no more than two guests at a time.

Rua do Carmo, 87-A
Lisbon, 1200-093

17. A Vida Portuguesa

A Vida Portuguesa

A shop intended to preserve the memories and products made in Portugal – both traditional and modern. From linens to stationery, perfumes to traditional quince jellies, every traveler is guaranteed to find a souvenir (or two) to tote home.

Rua Anchieta, 11
Lisbon, 1200-023

18. Embaixada


A Neo-Arab palace from the 19th century has been transformed into a concept space and commercial gallery. Work showcases culture, fashion, gastronomy, and design, blending innovation with historical architecture of the Príncipe Real neighborhood. Open for guests to shop, dine, and explore.

Praça do Príncipe Real, 26
Lisbon, 1250-184

19. Paris Em Lisboa

Paris Em Lisboa

Bringing Paris to Lisbon, this chic storefront, with quaint decor from its origin in the late 19th century, sells a range of fine household linens, accessories, and soaps. With all goods imported from France, the flagship store represents the historical Portuguese crush on French finery.

Rua Garrett, 77
Lisbon, 1200-203

20. Conserveira de Lisboa

Conserveira de Lisboa

The family business and staple of downtown Portugal since the early 1900’s specializes in beautifully packaged fish in tin cans.

Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 34
Lisbon, 1100-071

21. Claus Porto

Claus Porto

Colognes, lotions, and other potions, each perfectly displayed and tantalizing to test. The colorful environment and pleasing scents create a full-bodied experience. You can also find stationary and soaps that make for great travel gifts.


Rua da Misericórdia, 135
Lisbon, 1200-272

22. Solar Antiques

Solar Antiques

A veritable tile mecca with rows upon rows of antique tiles stored neatly and grouped by century.

Rua Dom Pedro, V 68-70
Lisbon, 1250-094

23. Time Out Market

Time Out Market

For a mix of street food and more substantial dishes by Michelin-star chefs, head to the city’s oldest and largest food market, where the best of Lisbon cuisine is housed together under one bustling roof.

Avenida 24 de Julho, 49
Lisbon, 1200-479

24. Bairro do Avillez

Bairro do Avillez

Inspired by the best of Portuguese flavors, renowned chef Jose Avillez opened the warehouse-like space to house a mixture of mouth-watering epicurean experiences, including a gourmet deli named Mercearia; Taberna for those with a substantial appetite; and the seafood-focused Páteo.

Rua Nova De Trindade, 18
Lisbon, 1200-303

25. Peixaria da Esquina

Peixaria da Esquina

A cervejaria with a modern atmosphere, twelve tables, several beers on tap,  and traditional Portuguese cooking and composed dishes. There's a section on the menu devoted to rice, and a big lobster tank in the room. The can’t miss dish: arroz de mariscos, a seafood rice served in a cast-iron pot with lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams.

Rua Correia teles 56
Lisbon, 1350-102

26. Casa C'Alma

Casa C'Alma

A boutique guesthouse with only five rooms overlooking a charming little park in trendy Principe Real. Guests are intended to relax — the vibes are hospitable and the design is minimalist and Scandi-inspired.

Praça das Flores, 48 
Lisbon, 1200-192 
+351 919 430 494

27. Valverde Hotel

Valverde Hotel

Decorated in warm colors, on the upscale Avenida da Liberdade, the 5-star hotel has an inviting patio and small swimming pool. Locals hang out here for brunch on the patio or after-work cocktails.

Avenida Da Liberdade, 164
Lisbon, 1250–146

28. Casa das Janelas com Vista

Casa das Janelas com Vista

A beautiful B&B on a peaceful street in one of the city's hippest neighborhoods has superb views, perfect for those wanting a homey vibe. The decor blends cool with cozy.

Rua Nova do Loureiro, 35
Lisbon, 1200-293

29. Hotel Bairro Alto

Hotel Bairro Alto

Bordering the historical Chiado and the bohemian Bairro Alto neighborhoods, this hotel brings its central location into the design, blending classic cultural pieces with exotic splashes of contemporary design. It is walking distance from Lisbon’s main attractions, including São Carlos Theatre, Basilica of the Martyrs, and A Brasileira, the famous pastry shop.

Praça Luís de Camões, 2
Lisbon, 1200-243

30. Baixa House

Baixa House

Refurbished from the late 18th century, this 12-room apartment building maintains original construction elements like antique wood floors and paneled ceilings — authentic Portuguese design. The delicately decorated apartments blend the best of both worlds: apartment-style rooms give guests their own living space while full-service and personalized recommendations can be given when needed.

Rua dos Fanqueiros, 81

31. Memmo Príncipe Real

Memmo Príncipe Real

From the same owners of the amazing Memmo Alfama, this recently opened 5-star boutique hotel in Lisbon’s trendiest neighborhood doubles as a secret sightseeing spot — the city views are breathtaking. The neighborhood remains a residential district filled with gardens, a couple of the city's most tranquil squares, and colorful mansions.


Rua D. Pedro V, 56
LISBON, 1250-094

32. Hotel 1908

Hotel 1908

A hip new spot set in a gorgeous building (circa1908) in the most up-and-coming and multicultural part of town. It hosts a gallery featuring pieces by contemporary Portuguese artists Vanessa Teodoro, Bordallo II, David Oliveira, and Irmãos Marques.

Largo do Intendente Pina Manique, N. 6
Lisbon, 1100-285

33. Santa Clara 1728

Santa Clara 1728

Enjoy the serene design by local architect Manuel Aires Mateus in this refurbished 18th-century building offering six spacious rooms, a communal dining table, and a secluded garden. On the hotel’s doorstep you’ll find the legendary flea market Feira da Ladra, which is open every Tuesday and Saturday.

Campo de Santa Clara, 128
Lisbon, 1100-473

34. Verride Palácio Santa Catarina

Verride Palácio Santa Catarina

Originally the home of a Portuguese count, this elegant building was transformed into a hotel by architect Teresa Nones da Ponte and interior designer Andrea Previ. It blends classical Portuguese architecture with sleek, modern decor. The Queen’s and King’s Suites are the hotel’s crowning achievements, showcasing original decorative details like Rococo-style molding, hand-painted 18th-century Portuguese tiles, and intricately carved wood paneling.

Rua de Santa Catarina, 1
Lisbon, 1200-401

35. Bar 38º 41′

Bar 38º 41′

Located between two iconic Lisbon landmarks — the historic Belém Tower and the mid-20th-century Monument to the Discoveries — the bar at the Belém Altis Hotel & Spa is fantastic for post-sightseeing beverages with great views of the Tagus River.

Doca do Bom Sucesso
Lisbon, 1400-038

36. Topo


See Lisbon from a new perspective atop this ultra modern rooftop bar. When you're done taking in views of São Jorge Castle and the pastel houses of the old city, order a few expertly crafted cocktails made by master bartenders at Black Pepper & Basil.

Commercial Center Martim Moniz, Piso 6
Lisbon, 1100-341

37. Sol e Pesca

Sol e Pesca

Housed in a former fishing tackle shop, the restaurant helped transform the Cais de Sodré district into one of Lisbon's coolest. Order a few conservas (tins of sardines, tuna, and other preserved fish) with beer or wine for an authentic and affordable happy hour.

Rua Nova do Carvalho, 44
Lisbon, 1200-014

38. Tasca do Chico

Tasca do Chico

For a typical night out in Lisbon, this traditional bar is one of the most distinctive in Barrio Alto. Go for red wine, roasted sausage, and fado, a type of popular Portuguese song accompanied by mandolins or guitars.

Rua do Diário de Notícias, 39
Lisbon, 1200-108

39. Bairro de Alfama

Bairro de Alfama

Ancient and picturesque, the city's oldest district is known for its panoramic pleasures, hidden gardens, and tiny bars that serve small bites. Stroll along the narrow cobbled streets or hitch a ride on the quaint number 28 tram.

Near Rua de São João da Praça, Lisbon

40. Cascais


A small, upscale beach town brimming with shops and cafes, just 30 minutes from Lisbon. Locals say Lisbon is for doing things, but Cascais is for living and relaxing. Wander the narrow historic streets, stop into boutiques, or take a bike ride along the coast.


Cascias, Portugal

41. Cervejaria da Esquina

Cervejaria da Esquina

A cervejaria with a modern atmosphere, twelve tables, lots of beers on tap, and traditional Portuguese cooking and composed dishes. There's a section on the menu devoted to rice. And there's a lobster tank. The can't-miss dish: arroz de mariscos, a seafood rice served in a cast-iron pot with lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams.


Rua Correia Teles, 56
Lisbon, 1350-102

42. A Taberna da Rua das Flores

A Taberna da Rua das Flores

Chef-owner André Magalhem is a sweetheart. You walk into his restaurant, and he's everywhere at the same time. He's in the kitchen, he's in the dining room, he's pouring you wine, he's talking to you about what he found at the market that morning. The restaurant has six tables and a small bar that three people can stand up against. He's serving dishes like cured octopus roe, sliced like sashimi, snails, and various kinds of tuna, fresh from the Azores.

Rua das Flores 103
Lisbon, 1200-015

43. Belcanto


One of Portugal's only restaurants with two Michelin stars. Chef José Avillez worked at El Bulli for awhile, and is now taking traditional Portuguese rustic cooking and turning it upside down. The food is very avant-garde in texture and presentation, but the dishes taste just like they were made by a Portuguese grandma.

Largo de São Carlos, 10
Lisbon, 1200-410

44. Cervejaria Ramiro

Cervejaria Ramiro

The place to go for fresh seafood. Period. You’ll be mid-lunch, and a fisherman will walk in with the latest catch of the day. It's casual and boisterous with loud, clanking silverware and lines out the door.

Av. Almirante Reis, 1-H
Lisbon, 1150-007

45. Pastéis de Belém

Pastéis de Belém

Since 1837, the old-world bakery has been making Lisbon's famous Portuguese egg tarts by hand using traditional methods. The pastries, filled with custard cream and lightly dusted with cinnamon, are enjoyed all hours of the day, but it's best to pick up a fresh batch in the evenings to avoid the crowds during the morning and afternoon rush.

Rua de Belém, 84
Lisbon, 1300-085

46. d'Orey & Cardoso

d'Orey & Cardoso

Bring home a piece of Lisbon — specifically, iconic azulejos (tiles). While there's no shortage of shops selling a variety of the colorful squares, many are blatantly inauthentic. For the real deal, make the trip to Chiado to visit the antique tile specialists.

Rua do Alecrim, 68
Lisbon, 1200-015

47. Feira da Ladra

Feira da Ladra

Barter for an eclectic mix of housewares, clothing, antiques, and tiles at the city's bric-a-brac flea market. Open from dawn to dusk on Saturdays and Tuesdays.


Campo de Santa Clara
Lisbon, 1100-472