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Trendy Lisbon - The 10 Hot Spots Right Now

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Trendy Lisbon - The 10 Hot Spots Right Now

1 | PRÍNCIPE REAL

Principe Real is currently the hottest neighborhood in Lisbon. It’s where more and more independent boutiques are opening, and where you find the monumental Embaixada and Entre Tanto concept stores. It also has some of the trendiest spots for a drink or meal at any time of the day, such as the Lost In terrace, O Prego da Peixaria, A Cevicheria, or the cafés and restaurants in and around Praça das Flores. At night, the best cocktails are at Cinco Lounge.

2 | CHIADO

Chiado has always been Lisbon’s main shopping district, today mixing independent stores and international chains, especially on the streets of Carmo and Garrett, and at the Armazéns do Chiado mall. But today it’s also the city’s meeting point, at cafés like Fábulas, Royale or Kaffeehaus, at the ice cream shop Santini, or at Nut'Chiado. It also has the best restaurants in town, such as Belcanto or Largo on Largo de São Carlos, Sea Me and several down Rua Duques de Bragrança, such as Cantinho do Avillez, Pizzaria Lisboa and U Chiado. It’s also home to the best rooftop bars, like Entretanto, Terrace and Silk Club.

3 | LX FACTORY

Who would have imagined that an abandoned industrial space outside the heart of the city would become one of the places to be in Lisbon? It was first taken over by small businesses and creative professionals, then came the shops and cafés, and even a small market on Sundays. Now many pass by in the evening, stepping into the curious bookshop Ler Devagar or into Landeau for its mouthwatering chocolate cake. Later at night, it’s time for dinner at 1300 Taberna, a Praça or Moules & Wine, and on weekends the day ends at Faktory Club.

4 | BAIRRO ALTO

Throughout most of its 500-year history, this neighborhood has maintained a certain bohemian and alternative atmosphere. Starting on Largo do Camões and entering Rua do Norte, this is where the night owls roam the streets looking for the perfect bar and restaurant. On Rua do Norte, many stay for dinner at the restaurants Blend, Cervejaria do Bairro, or Esperança, while others enjoy a glass of wine at Grapes & Bites. Those who turn towards Rua das Salgadeiras admire the Cork & Co. shop, get together by the door of the Purex bar, or by Maria Caxuxa around the corner on Rua da Barroca. Others still pass by Rua do Diário de Notícias, then go down the hill towards the Park bar, while others choose to move up towards the São Pedro de Alcântara terrace for the views or for dinner at The Decadente or The Insólito.

5 | CAIS DO SODRÉ

The former red light district now competes with Bairro Alto as the main nightlife destination. Rua Nova do Carvalho (now also known as Pink Street for the color of the pavement) mixes crowds of all ages and backgrounds, on the terraces or inside the bar Pensão Amor. During the day everyone gravitates towards the waterfront, at Ribeira das Naus or at the former warehouses, such as the bar Vestígius. At any time of the day, the food court of the Ribeira Market is always packed. For dinner, the choices usually are Casa de Pasto, Duplex or las Ficheras.

6 | DOCA DO JARDIM DO TABACO

On the site of the future Lisbon cruise terminal, by Santa Apolónia station, is a group of old warehouses that are now some of the most popular spots in town. That’s where you’ll find the trendy Bica do Sapato restaurant and the Lux club, while during the day many choose the restaurants Cais da Pedra and Casanova, or the Deli Delux café.

7 | AVENIDA DA LIBERDADE

Lisbon’s luxury shopping boulevard also offers several kiosks for light meals or drinks at any time of the day. Past some of the best local jewelry and shoe stores, many eventually turn to Rua Barata Salgueiro which crosses the avenue, for lunch or dinner at the trendy restaurants Guilty or SushiCafé Avenida. For a coffee break, there's the Delta Q cafe. During the summer, many end the day overlooking Lisbon from the terrace of Sky Bar.

8 | MIRADOURO DE SANTA CATARINA

The Santa Catarina terrace attracts all kinds of people for the view of the port of Lisbon and for the sunset, but also for the Noobai café that mixes young locals and tourists staying at the hostels nearby. Others prefer the Pharmácia restaurant, for a meal or cocktails.

9 | DOCAS DE SANTO AMARO

It may be a bit touristy, but the Santo Amaro dock (or simply “the docks”) also attracts many locals, for the pizzas at Capricciosa or for ice cream at Artisani. The terraces facing the marina and 25 de Abril Bridge create the perfect cosmopolitan spot for the afternoon or night.

10 | BICA

Across from Bairro Alto by the landmark Bica funicular is a concentration of bars that attracts large crowds on weekends. Of the various spots found down Rua da Bica Duarte Belo, the most popular is the Bicaense bar, and a little further down the hill is the popular Estrela da Bica for dinner.

Source: LisbonLux

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10 MOST BEAUTIFUL SHOPS IN LISBON

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10 MOST BEAUTIFUL SHOPS IN LISBON

TOUS – OURIVESARIA ALIANÇA

This elaborate, gilded jewelry store seems to have come straight out of a royal palace, decorated in the style of Louis XV. A selection of silver and golden jewels actually looks like part of the décor.

CASA DAS VELAS DO LORETO

This wood-covered shop is decorated with the candles of various shapes, sizes, and colors that it sells since 1789.

A VIDA PORTUGUESA

Organizing Portugal’s traditional products (some of which had been long-forgotten) under one roof since 2004, this shop presents a series of wooden cabinets filled with attractive retro packagings that create an atmospheric world of nostalgia.

LUVARIA ULISSES

Quite possibly the world’s smallest shop, Luvaria Ulisses is an Art Deco gem. The specialty is hand-made leather gloves which it displays on the attractive façade.

A ARTE DA TERRA

It’s easy to mistake this for an ethnographic museum, but it’s a 12th-century stable that now carefully presents the arts and crafts from around Portugal. The country’s cultural heritage is displayed on the former stone mangers under graceful brick-and-stone arches, with individually-lit pieces standing on an uneven stone surface.

CONFEITARIA NACIONAL

Pick up an appetizing box of biscuits or pastries at this confectionery shop to admire its mirrored ceiling, marble counter, and wooden staircase, all dating from 1829.

CHAPELARIA AZEVEDO RUA

Opened in 1886, this shop still features the original wooden cabinets where berets and all other kinds of hats are displayed. It looks like a stage for a Victorian or Belle Epoque production, complete with a display of canes.

FARMÁCIA ANDRADE

This is just one of more than a handful of beautiful 19th-century pharmacies in Lisbon. This one opened in 1837 (when it manufactored the first sterilized products in the country) and is one of the best-preserved shops of that time in the city. It was renovated in 2005, maintaining the ornate stucco ceiling, dark wood cabinets, and an attractive bronze lamp. The back used to be a laboratory and is now part of the shop, with a large mirror reflecting the surrounding elegance.
Similar interiors are found just a few steps away, at Farmácia Barreto (Rua do Loreto, 24-30) and Farmácia Durão (Rua Garrett, 90-92).

CONSERVEIRA DE LISBOA

Even if you’re not a fan of fish, it’s hard to resist buying a can of tuna, sardines, or squid in a variety of sauces at this charming shop. Its old-fashioned interior is quite colorful thanks to the different vintage-designed packaged goods that cover the walls on wooden shelves. The museum feel is enhanced when you look at the decades-old cash register and at the 80-year-old signs.

A CARIOCA

When it opened in 1936, this was one of Lisbon’s most popular shops thanks to its Brazilian coffee sold by the kilo. It remains a charming attraction today, thanks to its Art Deco façade and mirrored decades-old interior which still features the old grinding machine.

Source: Lisbonlux

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25 REASONS TO LOVE LISBON

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25 REASONS TO LOVE LISBON

1 | IT’S UNPRETENTIOUS

Lisbon is cool because it’s not interested in fitting in. It’s a breath of fresh air in a globalized world, a place that doesn’t compromise its simple authentic pleasures while managing to embrace what’s new in the global village.

2| TOLERANCE AND FREEDOM

A mural by Rossio Square states that Lisbon is “the city of tolerance.” That’s a reminder of when the city was one of very few places on Earth where the three major religions coexisted peacefully (Christians, Jews and Muslims — until the Inquisition). Portugal was also the first European nation to abolish slavery in its colonies, and is now a country where freedom of speech is valued, and freedom of religion is so natural that, unlike in many other countries, it’s even irrelevant in political campaigns (candidate’s religious beliefs are generally unknown and not even discussed).
In 2010 it also became one of the first very few countries to allow same-sex marriage.

3| IT’S ONE BIG ART GALLERY

Lisbon is filled with imaginatively-adorned streets, from artistic (and not-so-artistic) graffiti, to dazzling tile panels on walls, to art nouveau store signs, to its characteristic cobblestone design pavements. Everywhere you turn is someone’s work of art.

4| THE WORLD’S BEST PASTRIES

The Paris and Vienna cafés have all the fame, but Lisbon has all the flavor. It claims the best chocolate cake in the world and its custard tarts are world-famous and imitated (The Guardian declared it one of the 50 best foods in the world).

5| THE MUSEUMS ARE UNDISCOVERED TREASURES

There is no Louvre or Tate or Prado, so Lisbon’s little-known museums are therefore wonderful surprises: From the world-class Gulbenkian collection, to the magnificent one-of-a-kind tile museum, to the fantasy vehicles of the carriages museum, to the East-meets-West works of art in the Ancient Art Museum and Orient museum, to the contemporary creativity of the Berardo Collection.

6| THE TAGUS

This is no ordinary river. It’s a river that’s usually mistaken for the sea, a body of water that reflects a blinding light back onto the multicolored buildings of the city. It’s also a historical landmark, as it was from its banks that the ships that traced the map of the world departed from, and arrived at, starting the process now known as globalization.

7| IT’S BOHEMIAN YET TRENDY

Somehow Lisbon holds on to its unconventional styles while also being up-to-date on the latest global trends. Many neighborhoods like Bairro Alto have a sleepy atmosphere in the daytime, but at night it’s an energetic mix of diverse tribes, from struggling artists to clueless teens socializing and partying together until dawn. This diversity has led to a remarkable artistic explosion in the city, from new galleries to the the world-class project that is the Design and Fashion museum.

8| ARCHITECTURAL DIVERSITY

Forget the uniformity (monotony) of the grand European boulevards in Lisbon. Here, no two buildings are alike. Colorful streets are lined with tile panels, wrought-iron designs, and two original architectural styles, the Pombaline and the Manueline.

9| IT’S ONE OF THE WORLD’S SAFEST CAPITALS

The European Safety Observatory says that Lisbon is Europe’s safest capital. While you should hold on to your wallet in the city’s trams to avoid pickpocketing, serious random violent crime (murder and rape) is extremely rare, not to say almost nonexistent in the city’s everyday life.

10| IT’S TIMELESS

Turn-of-the-century trams, Belle Epoque cafés, old-fashioned shops selling retro products, 18th-century tiles everywhere, medieval-villages-within-the-city: the past and the present coexist in Lisbon. Lisbon is wonderfully vintage.

11| IT’S HAUNTED BY GHOSTS OF POETS

Like other great historical cities, Lisbon has inspired artists and writers, and its soulful atmosphere feels haunted by writers such as Fernando Pessoa, Eça de Queiroz or Nobel Prize-winning José Saramago. Their presence is especially felt and relived every day in the streets of Chiado, as if their footsteps still echo in cafés like A Brasileira at bookshops like Bertrand, the oldest in the world.

12| IT HASN’T SOLD ITS SOUL

The decaying neighborhoods of the historical center may be in desperate need of a face-lift, but there’s something refreshing about ancient neighborhoods that haven’t been turned into touristy amusement parks. If Alfama or Bairro Alto were in other European capitals they’d have been completely sanitized and sold their soul to tourism, yet they remain raw and authentic in Lisbon.

13| THE DIVERSE AMBIENCES

It’s a medieval timewarp in Alfama, futuristic in Parque das Nações, romantic in Chiado, imperial in Belém, bohemian in Bairro Alto, cosmopolitan in Avenida da Liberdade…

14| THE BEST CLIMATE IN THE WORLD

It’s known as Europe’s sunniest capital, but the city’s enviable climate is not just 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. It’s also mild temperatures, never below zero in winter, and nights cooled off by the Atlantic in the hotter summer months. Lisboetas only realize how lucky they are when they travel around rainy and freezing Europe and North America, or scorching-hot Africa or unpredictably tropical and humid South America.

15| THE BEACHES

Name one other European capital by the beach. There is no other. The only other major city blessed with sand and sea is Barcelona, but Lisbon’s coastline is bigger, more diverse and beautiful. With golden dunes, hills, or mountains as backdrops, you may surf, windsurf, sail, or even play golf by the sea at world-class courses. Lisbon is unique for having both river and sea, and offers Europe’s largest unbroken expanse of sand at the 30km-long Costa da Caparica.

16| THE FADO AND ALL THAT JAZZ

There are only a few cities in the world with their own sound (Buenos Aires has tango, Rio has samba, New Orleans has jazz), and Lisbon is one of those places with a unique soundtrack — Fado. More than music, it’s a state of mind, a sound that you don’t dance to, that you don’t just let play in the background, but that you stop to feel. It’s often called “the Portuguese blues” and surprisingly the Portuguese capital is also a major jazz city. That’s a very little-known fact except for jazz aficionados, and there is even a local jazz label (Clean Feed Records) that has gone international. There are also several outdoor jazz concerts with international musicians in the summer.

17| THE NEIGHBORHOOD SPIRIT

The neighborly spirit lives on in Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods. These are still places where everyone greets each other in the morning, where traditional shops and family-run taverns still survive, while also coexisting with bold fashion boutiques under laundry hanging from balconies where old ladies stand next to their cats chatting with next-door neighbors. These neighborhoods compete every year for best march (song and costume) in a parade taking place every June in the annual “Festas de Lisboa,” a city-wide street festival.

18| IT’S OFTEN NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

It’s one of the world’s most unpredictable cities with unexpected sights: Deceiving façades hide wonderful surprises inside (such as São Roque Church), and countless unexplored corners frame postcard-perfect views. It’s a city that spikes curiosity and demands contemplation.

19| IT’S A ROMANTIC FAIRYTALE

The stories of the great explorers of the Age of Discovery, the exotic influences of the world’s first global empire, battles, disasters and triumphs in what is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), and the fantasy palaces of magical Sintra

20| THE COFFEE IS BETTER AND THE TEA IS ONE-OF-A-KIND

Portugal knows a thing or two about coffee. After all, it was responsible for the first plantations in Brazil, now the world’s largest producer. Until the early 20th century, the coffee served in Lisbon came almost exclusively from its former colony, and today the Portuguese demand only the best quality beans. A tiny cup of strong, black coffee in Lisbon is called a “bica,” and if you’re a caffeine addict, you won’t find better coffee anywhere else. If you prefer tea, try the only tea produced in Europe, the Gorreana green tea from Portugal’s Azores.

21| THE SEAFOOD

Some say Portugal has the best fish in the world. With its large coastline and long history at sea, that could in fact be true. Especially because here fish really tastes like fish, and seafood is really seafood — no sauces masking the fresh flavor of the sea here.

22| YEAR-ROUND FESTIVALS

The cultural vitality that has emerged in Lisbon in the last few years means that there is a rich calendar of events throughout the year. From major summer music festivals attracting the biggest international acts, to international film festivals devoted to all genres (independent features, documentaries, thrillers, animation…), there is always something going on.

23| IT’S ONE BIG GYM

Lisbon may be built on several steep hills, but it’s wonderful to walk around in. Many medieval alleys are too narrow for cars, so you’re forced to use your feet all the time, which is good news for those with no time to exercise. Your workout and calorie-burning can be done by simply going to work, shopping, or heading to a café, and you can also choose to go cycling along the river. The hills may often be strenuous, but your heart will thank you later.

24| IT’S AFFORDABLE

As Western Europe’s least expensive capital, Lisbon is often described as the continent’s “best value for money” destination. But that’s not just for tourists. Even locals can plan a night out in the city without spending much. You can find fulfilling meals for less than 10 euros, there are free museums (most of them are also free on Sundays until 2PM), and there’s a wide range of activities with no admission charge. Best of all is that nightlife is mostly lived on the streets, with cheap beer and caipirinhas in hand.

25| IT’S SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL

Lisbon’s luminosity and seductive alleys that force you to wander around discovering hidden secrets make it one of the world's most beautiful cities. You’ll confirm that by standing on stunning hilltop terraces known as “miradouros” (viewpoints) which reveal one of the world’s most scenic cityscapes.

Source: Lisbon Lux

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Festas de Lisboa

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Festas de Lisboa

As Festas de Lisboa deste ano começam na noite de sábado, com uma viagem pelos últimos "Quinhentos" anos da história de Portugal e do mundo na Torre de Belém, num espetáculo de teatro, música e projeções multimédia.

Os jardins da Torre de Belém, enquadrados na paisagem natural do rio Tejo, vão ser o palco da noite de abertura das Festas de Lisboa, juntando "universos artísticos diversos" para celebrar os 500 anos da construção da Torre de Belém e o 40.º aniversário das independências dos países africanos de língua portuguesa.

A preparar intervenções artísticas para espaços públicos desde 1979, a companhia de teatro francesa Ilotopie vai recriar, "num espetáculo dentro de água, uma história ficcionada da aventura portuguesa, desde que se lançou à descoberta do mundo, no século XV, até aos dias de hoje", passando por momentos históricos como a Restauração da Independência, o Terramoto de 1755, a Revolução Industrial, o Estado Novo e a Revolução de Abril de 1974.

O espetáculo "Quinhentos" apresentará, também, "seis obras de arte, que saem das paredes de museus e são recriadas em projeções monumentais espelhadas a céu aberto", na Torre de Belém, pelo Atelier OCUBO.

O ambiente sonoro desta noite de espetáculo será "inspirado nos quatro cantos do mundo", com composições interpretadas pela Banda da Armada, os Beatbombers (Stereossauro & DJ Ride) e as vozes do Coro Infanto-juvenil da Universidade de Lisboa.

O programa desta edição das Festas de Lisboa conta com várias iniciativas por toda a cidade, entre 30 de maio e 04 de julho.

Uma das novidades desta edição é o projeto Andar em Festa, que tradicionalmente era feito nos transportes públicos e que este ano vai passar para quatro escadarias da cidade: as do Panteão Nacional, do Miradouro da Rocha Conde de Óbidos, da Fonte Luminosa e do Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara, com projetos artísticos diferentes, ligados à música e à arquitetura.

Como tradicionalmente, as marchas populares descem na noite de 12 de junho a Avenida da Liberdade, num desfile que reflete o trabalho dos bairros da cidade.

Ainda no programa das Festas, os tradicionais Casamentos de Santo António, a celebrar no dia 12 de Junho, prometem levar milhares de pessoas à zona da Sé de Lisboa.

O Teatro nas Compras continua a fazer parte da programação das Festas, tendo como tema central o comércio tradicional, que vai dinamizar as lojas centenárias da baixa lisboeta, entre 18 e 27 de Junho.

As Festas de Lisboa deste ano encerram com o espetáculo "Voz e Guitarra", na Torre de Belém, às 22:00, nos dias 03 e 04 de Julho, com a atuação de 26 artistas nacionais a interpretarem um reportório de música portuguesa dos últimos 30 anos.

David Fonseca, Dead Combo, Filipe Cunha Monteiro, Gisela João, Jorge Palma, Kalu, Luísa Sobral, Luís Represas, Mafalda Veiga, Márcia, Mário Delgado, Norberto Lobo, Olavo Bilac, Tim e António Jorge Gonçalves são os artistas que atuarão no dia 03 de Julho, junto à Torre de Belém.

No dia 04 de Julho atuam Ana Bacalhau, Ana Deus, António Zambujo, Carlos Nobre, João Pedro Pais, Luís José Martins, Luís Varatojo, Miguel Araújo, Moz Carrapa, Rita Redshoes, Samuel Úria, Sara Tavares, Sérgio Godinho, Tim, Vitorino e António Jorge Gonçalves.

Questionada sobre as expectativas em termos de público para esta edição, a presidente da Empresa de Gestão de Equipamentos e Animação Cultural (EGEAC), Joana Gomes Cardoso, afirmou que "a tendência é para aumentar. O público tem tido tendência para participar cada vez mais".

Em 2014, visitaram as Festas de Lisboa cerca de 380 mil pessoas, com as transmissões televisivas contabilizam-se dois milhões de visitantes, disse, por sua vez, o diretor de programação da EGEAC, Pedro Moreira.

As Festas de Lisboa influenciam também a ocupação hoteleira da cidade, que em 2014, "no mês de Junho, aumentou 12%".

Segundo Pedro Moreira, as Festas de Lisboa de 2015 contam com um orçamento de "cerca de um milhão de euros".

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