Hotspots in Lisboa – where to eat, stay and have a cocktail

Hotspots in Lisboa – where to eat, stay and have a cocktail

The Portugese kitchen has many influences from the Mediterranean, and the country also has Europe’s highest fish consumption per inhabitant. But Lisbon’s restaurants have a lot more to offer. Here is a wide range of exciting places with influences from around the world.


Great restaurants in Lisbon


Lisbon is one of the few cities where I have had dinner twice in the same evening.

A Cevicheria

A Cevicheria is a quite popular small place with a relaxed atmosphere. Don’t be surprised by the big octopus hanging in the ceiling. The kitchen serves Peruvian dishes with finesse, lots of lime and coriander. Try the ceviche (of course) and their amazing surf and turf sandwich (the reason why I ate here after I already had dinner once). Oh, and start your dinner with a refreshing Pisco sour cocktail. chefkiko.com/#ACevicheria

Mini Bar Teatro

Popular restaurant owned by Portuguese chef Jozé Avillez, who also runs the two Michelin-starred restaurant Belcanto. Mini Bar Teatro is great to visit with a bunch of friends before a night out. Order the affordable tasting menu and enjoy the creativity! minibar.pt

The Decadente

Inside The Independente Hotel you will find The Decadente, a casual restaurant and bar with a nice vibe. Have lunch in the inner courtyard and enjoy great food to a great price. thedecadente.pt


Bars in Lisbon


Pavilhão Chinês

Crazy decorated bar with several different rooms where glass ornaments cover walls from floor to ceiling. This place do not serve food, only a whole lot of drinks. facebook.com/pavilhaochineslisboa


Hotels in Lisboa


Make your stay in Lisbon both fine and price worthy. A hotel I would love to return to is the beautiful H10 Duque de Loulé with its top location, cosy rooms and gorgeous interior.

Five starred Porto Bay Liberdade is also a great hotel I’ve stayed at. It’s very well located and has great amenities like a spa, a pool and a really nice bar.

Lisbon: Food hot spots

Lisbon: Food hot spots

When I said I was going to Lisbon, my collegue’s first reaction was: “The food is terrible. I was there recently and nothing tasted good. All they had was dried fish.”

Not a very nice sum up.

Since I am such a nerdy planner I had already booked a table at all the restaurants I wanted to visit. There was no time to hesitate about my own research.

So how did it go? The Portuguese cuisine, which has many Mediterranean influences, was not all that wow-ing because I’m not the biggest fan of Mediterranean food. But I found three hotspots that are worth a visit – or two! – during your Lisbon stay.

A Cevicheria
Where:
Rua Dom Pedro V 129
Find online:
facebook.com/ACevicheriaChefKiko
Visited: December 2015, January 2016

This place is a must. Order a pisco sour and sit in the bar to watch the chefs prepare all the yummy dishes. The menu has three big YES: the tuna ceviche, the steak tartar taco and the surf and turf mini sandwich with sweet potato bread. Also, the quinoa brulée is a fun and tasty dessert to end your meal with.

Mini Bar Teatro
Where: Rua António Maria Cardoso 58
Find online: www.minibar.pt
Visited: December 2015

Mini Bar is my true Lisbon crush. I get the giggles just thinking of it. The day before my visit, I ate at Belcanto Restaurant owned by José Avillez who also owns Mini Bar. Mini Bar has the best picks from Belcanto, dishes with advanced techniques and great flavours, but to a better price. I would say eating here is a bargain. It’s elegant food without stiffness, just plenty of fun. Order the tasting menu or, even better, the chefs menu and prepare to enter a theatrical adventure. The staff is brilliant, the drinks are even better and the food is the most exciting I’ve tasted in years.

Decadente Restaurante & Bar
Where: Rua São Pedro de Alcântara 81
Find online: facebook.com/thedecadente
Visited: December 2015

Good food in a hipster and trendy atmosphere. This place reminded me a bit of Michelberger Hotel in Berlin. I went here twice during my stay, and tried both the a la carte menu and the three course lunch menu (for only 10 euros!). Both were priceworthy and tasty. Try the black spaghetti with prawns and spicy tomato sauce. My favourite. 🙂