Things to Do in Portugal

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The sound system is extra powerful and the crowd is scruffy-cute—intentionally so. Frequented by intellectuals and people from the arts, theater,... Read More

A delicious array of rainbow-colored, fashion-forward dresses, skirts, and tops hangs from meat hooks in this converted butcher shop. Read More

The Portuguese society set shops here for sensual but practical ready-to-wear suits and couture gowns designed by a two-man team that's on its way to... Read More

Located next to the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Cultural Center (Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém, or CCB, to natives)... Read More

The late Armenian oil tycoon's exhaustive collection, housed in a former estate, is considered by many to be the finest private art collection in the... Read More

Fado, a melancholic style of acoustic Portuguese music dating back to the 1820's, is still an intricate part of the culture. It's mostly found at late... Read More

This Art Nouveau jewelbox in the center of Chiado is the place for chocolates, fine coffee, and other gourmet treats.... Read More

For a taste of the past, step into this shop that has been producing handmade beeswax candles in more or less the same fashion since 1789. There are... Read More

One of America's most significant retail exports is the mega mall, so it's fitting that Lisbon's version is named after the New-World explorer. You can... Read More

Clube de Fado is one of the top hot spots to hear Portugal's folk music and owner and guitarist Mario Pacheco has assembled a strong roster of... Read More

Pasteis de Belém, the city’s famous custard tart, is sold in a lot of places, but the freshest come from this small confectionery near the... Read More

The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 left behind very little but rubble, but this resilient Carmelite convent, founded in 1389, somehow managed to escape... Read More

Fine foods and wines (assemble a case to ship home some of the local vintages). Read More

Don’t let the seemingly shady surroundings deter you from an evening visit. The 1908 arms factory is home to a cultural center consisting of... Read More

In 1992, "bad-girl designer" Fatima Lopes opened her self-named shop and started her own brand of clothing in Bairro Alto. Lopes drew the fashion world... Read More

This 11 years-old Santos pioneer is local Paula Crespo’s temple to contemporary jewelry design. Read More

Snag one of the 18 wooden stools at this diminutive Bairro Alto boîte, where you can savor a singular Chardonnay from the emerging Alentejo region... Read More

Ginjinha, the pungent morello-cherry liquor—a national icon—is best enjoyed at this venerable, peanut-size bar, near the National Theatre. Read More

The shop's collection of well-priced vintage jewelry includes some excellent pieces from the forties and fifties.... Read More

The elaborate neo-Gothic façade of this former library barely hints at the opulence inside: carved wood, gilded pillars, ornamented ceilings, and... Read More

Though you're unlikely to schlep home a Knoll chair, don't miss a trip to Manuel Reis's design-furniture boutique, a stone's throw from Bica do Sapato. Read More

The butter-soft lambskin and leather gloves rival anything you'll find in Paris, but at bargain prices. Read More

Promoter Manuel Reis's club at the docks is the place to go to dance to pumping house music all night long with a lively crowd of creative types and bar... Read More

Lisbon's undisputed top attraction is this UNESCO World Heritage jewel, a massive monastery that stretches across several Belém blocks. The monastery is... Read More

This historic site offers a glimpse of early-16th-century Lisbon. Built in the ornate Manueline style to celebrate King Manuel I’s Avis-Beja... Read More

While not Portuguese-centric, the world-class Gulbenkian houses one of Europe's most extensive collections of Western and Eastern art and impresses... Read More

The private modern-art collection of millionaire José Berardo is a trippy Pop art journey encompassing nearly every contemporary art movement since... Read More

This latest addition to Belém’s sprawling Cultural Center opened in June 2007 and houses a 1,000-plus inventory of modern and contemporary... Read More

U.K.-based architect Amanda Levete has revitalized Lisbon's once-neglected waterfront with this arching low-rise museum. Its exterior has shimmering... Read More

In a former bank in Baixa, you’ll find an exhaustive collection of contemporary furniture (Ponti; Studio 65) and vintage couture (Dior; Westwood).... Read More

Portugal's fairy-tale coach museum used to be located in former royal stables. But it outgrew its location recently, and in 2015 the museum reopened in... Read More

Exquisite Portuguese azulejos (decorative tiles) are everywhere in Lisbon. You can find better concentrations of the tile in places like Mosteiro de São... Read More

Amid the tourist shops and upmarket shopping boutiques of the touristy Baixa district is one of Lisbon's most extraordinary marvels hidden in plain... Read More

Score rare fragrances from Saboaria Confiança, Miller et Bertaux, and Absolument Absinthe, as well as ceramics by Flemish artist Piet Stockmans. Read More

Lisbon's train station is a Santiago Calatrava design, and one of the most innovative in Europe. Read More

Here you can browse shelves lined with compulsory design reading or pick up vintage hand-carved cedar toy cars from TobeUs Read More

Droves of locals make weekend-afternoon pilgrimages to the Parque das Nações, which was commissioned for Expo on what used to be a dingy... Read More

To hear traditional Fado, hit the alleys of Alfama late at night; the melodies float out from restaurants and clubs. Parreirinha dates from the 1950's,... Read More

Located in the Parque das Nações district along the Tagues River, the Pavilhao Atlantico serves as Lisbon's largest indoor arena and is... Read More

Tours include tastings and a visit to the wine cellar. The Pimental family plans to open a 14-room inn on the property later this year. Read More

Tours include tastings and a visit to the wine cellar. The Pimental family plans to open a 14-room inn on the property later this year. Read More

Vineyard tours and tastings are by appointment only at this boutique producer in the Rio Torta Valley. Read More

Vineyard tours and tastings are by appointment only at this boutique producer in the Rio Torta Valley. Read More

The Romanesque cathedral in the mazelike Alfama district houses 12th- and 13th-century treasures from a Moorish excavation. Be sure to stop at the... Read More

A nine-day, village-wide medieval street fair held every July sounds corny and is corny, in a good way, with falconry and weaving demonstrations, wine... Read More

This small beer hall in Bairro Alto hosts Fado Vadio [Street Fado] nights twice a week. Read More

A postcard-perfect example of Manueline might, the four-story, UNESCO World Heritage–listed fortified tower hugging the river Tejo was designed in the... Read More

The storied Tram 28 lurches and screeches from Basílica da Estrela across the city into the backstreets of Baixa and up into the narrow cobblestone maze... Read More

Opened more than 20 years ago by Portuguese musician Luis Dams, the Xafarix nightclub in Santos continues to offer performances by local musicians. The... Read More

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