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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

restaurants

Adega do Machado

Open since the 1930’s, the lively Adega do Machado is a popular venue to enjoy a traditional Portuguese dining experience with live Fado music. The food and the entertainment are typically authentic and will transport you back to a time when local folk dancers whirling, singing and clapping traditional songs in colourful costumes was part of everyday life.

 View Map ... Rua do Norte 91, Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Portugal
Alcântara Café

An eye-catching art-deco establishment housed in a spacious former printing warehouse, Alcantara Café has become one of Lisbon’s favourite eateries, with a hip local crowd returning again and again to experience its delicious cuisine and late night vibe. Expect a modern twist on Portuguese dishes and soak up the tangible panache.

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 View Map ... Rua Maria Luísa Holstein 15, Alcântara, Lisbon, Portugal
Bica Do Sapato

This outstanding dockside restaurant, part owned by John Malkovich, has a sophisticated modern European dining room downstairs and a more casual sushi bar on a mezzanine level above it. Its ultra trendy retro-minimalist décor lures the hip fashionistas who often head to the adjacent nightclub Lux after dinner to dance the night away.

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 View Map ... Av. Infante Don Henrique, Armazém (Warehouse) 8, Cais da Pedra à Bica do Sapato, Lisbon, Portugal
Café Brasileira

Café Brasileira is located in the heart of Lisbon’s shopping district and has been a local institution since it opened in 1905. Order a coffee or a light lunch, take a seat on the pedestrianised Rua Garrett and enjoy the atmospheric people watching, day or night.

 View Map ... R. Garret 120, 1200 Sacremento, Lisbon, Portugal

what we think

Fall into the rhythm of Lisbon, a coastal gem which oozes character. Its laidback nightlife, much of it outdoors in summer, is one of its most engaging attractions. Even when the narrow streets are full of people enjoying the countless cafes and bars that appear to never close, the atmosphere remains chilled. Consistent with the city’s quirky vibe, it is not uncommon to see DJ’s spinning decks in fashion shops or clothes sold in bars. When the shops close for lunch, it is a perfect time to enjoy the views across the Tagus river from one of the many hilltops or ride through the city’s diverse neighbourhoods on a quaint old fashioned tram. Lisbon is humble and unassuming, and at the same time is charming and beautiful.