Published on October 6th, 2016 | by Ozlem Avcioglu

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Lisbon Guide : Why you should visit The City of Light

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Lisbon, where old and new come together to create a truly magical city. One of the cities with the richest history on the Atlantic coast Lisbon is on seven hills with endless historical buildings, monuments and cultural legacy which can be seen throughout the city’s streets. Set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairy-tale of timeworn manners and traditions.  The city is vivid and authentic, Lisboners are so genuinely warm, the food is so delicious. But there is also plenty happening in the present. New shops, bars, restaurants, boutiques and hotels are opening. I have prepared a guide about what I liked most in the city of light.

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Best Hotels:

Located in Lisbon’s creative hub, between bohemian Bairro Alto and cosmopolitan Chiado, the Bairro Alto Hotel celebrates art and design throughout. The luxurious rooms, spread across five floors and affording views of Luis de Carnões Square, Rua das Flores or Rua do Alecrim are done in traditional Portuguese hues. Florés restaurant, on the ground floor, serves dishes blending Portuguese and Mediterranean influences, while a hip, young crowd patronizes the split-level Café Bar for light meals, cocktails and live music

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The Olissippo Lapa Palace is a resort within a city, an urban oasis tucked away on a hilltop in one of Lisbon’s most exclusive neighborhoods. The hotel was built as the private residence of the count of Valenças and is just moments from the city’s most famous sites and shopping streets. The luxurious furnishings come from the north of Portugal, recreating the styles of King D. João V and Queen D. Maria I, with Art Deco, colonial, Algarvian and neocassic flourishes. Of the three distinct sections, the Palace Wing offers the most traditionally Portuguese interiors, while the Garden Wing and Villas have a more contemporary feel. The Tower Room is a lavishly luxurious suite, with two private balconies and arguably the best view in Lisbon

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H10 Duque de Loulé is an exclusive and charming hotel, located in one of central Lisbon’s historical buildings. Carefully renovated and decorated by the prestigious interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, it maintains its beautiful façade,a typical example of 18th-century architecture, and its interior design blends traditional Portuguese features with highly modern and functional facilities

 

Best Restaurants, Clubs and Patisseries :

Founded in 1956 Cervejaria Ramiro serves the best seafood in Lisbon. The space is relaxed and associated with the nautical environment, although it is not sophisticated it is pleasant. Noisy by nature it is dividing by three floors. You may start by tasting our Dark Smoked Ham “Pata Negra 5J Sanchez Romero Carvajal”. Afterwards lose yourself with the quality of our seafood. Don’t miss the unique Shrimp à la Aguillo and tasty Clams, pass over the Goose Barnacles and continue with the Grilled Giant Tiger Shrimp or savor the supreme Crayfish, for another choice why not have a Rock Crab or a Spider-Crab.

Palácio Chiado in the historic 18th century building, the historic rooms now host seven alternatives for fine dining and other forms of entertainment. As an outstanding cosmopolitan venue in the city, it is a timeless blend of history and modern life. The bar service is provided in partnership with Ás de Copos and based on a touch of extravagance in everything that is created.

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You will love especially the tiles of the Pastelaria-Padaria Sao Roque.  The bakery also serves up delicious sweets and savories as well. Located on the northern edge of the Bairro Alto, the pastelaria is filled with an ornate dome ceiling, bronze-colored marble columns, curved counters, and art deco azulejos with intricate designs, bright colors, and nature scenes. Locals come here to enjoy treats such as pasteis de nata (custard tarts), meringues, coconut-dusted pao de deus.

In 1837 they began making the original Pastéis de Belém, following an ancient recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. That secret recipe is recreated every day in their bakery, by hand, using only traditional methods. Even today, the Pastéis de Belém offer the unique flavour of time-honoured Portuguese sweet making.

Fado music is another expression of what it is to be Portuguese that has also been awarded World Heritage status .Clube de Fado in Alfama hosts the cream of the fado crop in vaulted, dimly lit surrounds. Big-name fadistas performing here include Cuca Rosetta and Maria Ana Bobone, alongside celebrated guitarists such as owner Mario Pacheco.

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Best Stores to Shop

A Vida Portuguesa was born out of the will to create an inventory of the brands that survived the passage of time, to highlight the quality of Portuguese manufacture and to showcase Portugal in a surprising light. The first A Vida Portuguesa shop opened in June 2007 in the heart of the Chiado neighbourhood. Occupying the centennial and extraordinary space of the old warehouse and perfume factory David & David, its full of beautiful cabinets and jars of powder left behind. Here you will find all unique everyday products, rescued from the memory of the country; jewellery, embroidery, ceramics, aluminium, toiletries, stationery, books, toys, plus a wide range of cleaning products, food and drink.

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Conserveira de Lisboa is located in Lisbon’s Alfama district and it remains true to its principles: selling only preserved-fish sardines, with hundreds of colorful tins of the Portuguese favorite fish. The shop opened in 1930 under the name ‘Mercearia do Minho’and changed it’s name to Conserveira de Lisboa in 1942. Since than they only sell Tricana and Prata do Mar brads

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About the Author

Ozlem Avcioglu

Each city has its own light, identity and color ️Traveler photographer writer owner of Haaz design. Based in Istanbul and NY, live around the world.



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