Archive for the 'favorite places' Category

Unique bar ‘Pensão Amor’ (‘Love’ Guesthouse) Lisbon: former red light district Cais do Sodré, sailors, pink street & pole dance

Rua Nova do Carvalho in Lisbon, located behind the Time Out famous market & foodhall near the river Tagus, was for decades known as a street in the city’s red light district with bars named after European capitals (like Copenhagen,  Oslo or Roterdão (Rotterdam) and Jamaica bar to attract the sailors who stepped off their boats here. Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon: wonderful drawings on the […]

Breathtaking views old town Lisbon & 25 April Bridge: Tagus riverfront Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ Cacilhas, great Portuguese food & easy to reach by ferry

Planning a short trip to Lisbon? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Cacilhas, (and Almada, part of Lisbon area), the south bank of the river Tagus (Tejo). The views on downtown Lisbon and the 25 April Bridge are amazing! Take the ferry from Lisbons’ Cais do Sodré (every 10 minutes, weekend every 20 min.) to Cacilhas at the other […]

Restaurant/gallery ‘House of Wonders’ in Cascais near Lisbon: lovely roof terrace, healthy vegetarian food & Dutch owner Anna Catharina

The ‘House of Wonders’ is really worth a visit if you are in Portugal’s famous vacation spot Cascais. Looking for a healthy lunchtime snack or dinner this unique place is easy to find in the center of the former fishing village close to the beach. Easy to reach from Lisbon (ca. 30 min. by train) Roof terrace ‘House of Wonders’ […]

Rooftop Restaurant Bar ‘TOPO’ Lisbon facing popular square Martim Moniz: stunning city center views, surprising dishes & late night open air bar

There ‘s a gem in Lisbon with spectacular city views from the top of a shopping center: rooftop restaurant/ bar ‘Topo’ (Top) facing the popular square Martim Moniz. View from restaurant/bar ‘Topo’ : square Martim Moniz Lisbon &  Castle of São Jorge Located on the top floor of the shopping center at square Martim Moniz, this space was once […]

Cool spot to relax by Lisbon’s river Tagus: Cariocas do Rio, wonderful terrace, sunbeds, good food, slow service, great view 25 April bridge & Cristo Rei statue

UPDATE May 2016: Nowadays this place is totally different with a new owner: the ‘Monte Mar’ restaurant occupies this space If you’re in Lisbon for a few days and looking for a cool spot to relax or enjoy a lunch near the Tagus river, I can recommend ‘Cariocas do Rio’. One of the best places in the […]

Ginja liqueur in Mouraria Lisbon : tiny tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’ (first fado singer) & spontaneous fado performance

Planning a trip to Lisbon? A must-try is to taste a delicious liqueur: Ginja!  Very popular, also affectionally known as Ginjinha. You can taste it in many places in Lisbon. I love this little cafe in the historic area of Mouraria: ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ (friends of Maria Severa, considered as the first fado singer). Tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ Mouraria […]

Estrela Garden Lisbon: oasis of peace and tranquility, exotic , tram 28 stop & great place for children

One of my favorites (of course the famous botanical garden Jardim Botanico  is also worth a visit!) is Jardim da Estrela (Estrela Garden), one of the biggest gardens in Lisbon with a pleasant café and a huge variety of unique trees and plants. Estrela Garden Lisbon It’s a great place to walk around and kids have fun […]

Fado restaurant ‘Maria da Mouraria’ Lisbon: pure Portuguese fado music and traditional food in Maria da Severa’s former house, first fadista & femme fatale

A city break to Lisbon is not complete without a night with fado, the melancholy Portuguese music. Avoid most of the Fado houses in area Bairro Alto; what you’ll hear has nothing to do with pure fado. You pay too much, and also the food is too overpriced! Good fado has its home in historical areas Alfama or […]

Restaurant ‘A Travessa do Fado’ Lisbon: traditional Portuguese delicacies, lovely menu of small plate dishes (petiscos) & attached to the Fado Museum

Portugal is famous for its culinary richness! Highly recommended in Lisbon, also for groups: restaurant ‘A Travessa do Fado’, attached to the Museum. Restaurant ‘ A Travessa (traverse) do Fado’ Lisbon: sunny terrace in June Fado Museum attached to the restaurant Your first visit to Lisbon? Don’t think you can always enjoy traditional fado music here during your (delicious) lunch or […]

Bar “da Velha Senhora” (Old Lady’s bar) Lisbon: burlesque performances, glittering revue, fado, petiscos & the day ‘barefoot diva’ Cesária Évora died

Update 2017: this bar is closed 🙁 If you like burlesque performances, glittering revue shows and cabaret a must-go place is bar “da Velha Senhora” (Old lady’s bar) in Lisbon! Video: ‘Hallooooooooooooooooooo!”  2 beautiful ladies invite you to enjoy the show Bar ”da Velha Senhora” Cais do Sodré, Lisbon While eating traditional Portuguese snacks (“petiscos“) you can enjoy various artistic performances. This […]