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T+L's Guide to Lisbon

On the hilltop Rua Santa Cruz do Castelo, near Lisbon’s São Jorge castle.

Photo: José Bernad

The Local Take

Mariza, the iconoclastic diva of Portugal’s traditional Fado scene, moved from Mozambique to Lisbon at the age of three. Here, the singer shares her picks for going out after dark in the city. “I’ve performed at so many wonderful Lisbon venues—from the giant Pavilhão Atlântico arena to the intimate dinner club Clube de Fado, in Alfama—that it’s hard to choose a favorite. But one of the best places to listen to Fado is A Tasca do Chico, a small beer hall in Bairro Alto that hosts Fado Vadio [Street Fado] nights twice a week. My ideal night out with friends starts with watching the sunset from Baixa-Chiada’s Hotel do Chiado, followed by a traditional Portuguese dinner of grilled fish with fresh vegetables at the nearby XL (dinner for two $80), and then drinks and live music at either A Tasca do Chico or Xafarix, where some of the best local bands play.”

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