Eating: The town of Lisbon has some of the best value cafés and several restaurants of any European town, serving large portions of food at comfortable prices. The city of Lisbon also has a rich vein of inexpensive foreign restaurants featuring food from the former colonies: Angola, Mozambique, Brazil and Goa. |
There are several restaurants scattered around the Baixa, and check out the dockland area between Santa Apolónia and Alcântara where the capital's best eateries can now be found.
Some restaurants in Lisbon:
• O Glacial Artico, Rua do Arsenal: This pleasant café is usefully located on the Rua do Arsenal, on the left half way between Cais do Sodré and the Praça do Comércio. (Last sampled summer 2003).
• Restaurante Andorra: Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 82, Baixa. One of the less expensive fish restaurants on this street, with outdoor tables.
• Casa Faz Frio: Rua Dom Pedro V 96, Bairro Alto. A beautiful, very traditional restaurant, replete with tiles. Around €10 for a full meal and wine.
• O Sol: Calçada do Duque 21-23. Between Bairro Alto and Rossio, this tiny macrobiotic canteen serves a range of cheap dishes and fresh juices. Open noon-8pm. Closed Sun.
• Bica do Sapato: Avenida Infant Dom Henrique, Armazem B, Santa Apolónia (tel 21 881 0320). Very trendy sushi/fish diner owned by John Malkovich. Expensive.
Drinking: Actually for night time drinking, the densest concentration of designer bars and clubs is found in Bairro Alto Lisbon's traditional centre of nightlife, with its cramped streets sheltering bars, clubs, fado houses and restaurants. Much of the action has also now moved out to the Docas (Docklands) district.
Some bars in Lisbon:
• Marquês Rock Club , Largo Marquês do Lavradio, Alfama. Dark rock bar with live music most nights. Thurs-Sat.
• Bar Artis , Rua Diário Notícias 95, Bairro Alto. Chill to mellow jazz with a good mix of locals and the odd visitor.
• A Tasca , Trav. da Quiemada 13-15, Bairro Alto. Cheerful and welcoming tequila bar.