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Stylish Lisbon

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

Photo: José Bernad

With a provocative mix of forward-thinking design and centuries-old architecture, the Portuguese capital is moving into the spotlight. Here, all the addresses you need to know right now.

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Destinations: Lisbon

Inspired by: T+L's Guide to Lisbon — by Maria Shollenbarger, Published Jul. 2009

Hotels (6)

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    Hotel Florida

    Conveniently set just below Parque Eduardo VII, the hotel has a classic-cinema theme and retro-fabulous rooms with Eames chairs, funky graphic prin

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    Heritage Av. Liberdade

    Traditionalists can book at this restored 18th-century town house with paned French doors and a subterranean pool and fitness center. It’s a 15-min

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    Altis Belém Hotel & Spa

    This Manuel Salgado–designed property combines 50 stylish, color-blocked rooms and suites with a prime riverfront setting and proximity to the Belé

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    Vincci Baixa

    The hotel has a bull’s-eye central location in the historic hub and compact but sweet rooms papered in metallic Fortuny designs.

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    Fontana Park Hotel

    Portuguese architect Francisco Aires Mateus renovated a 1907 iron factory to create this affordable hotel. Keeping its exterior intact, he gutted t

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    Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

    The glamour of the 1950’s is beautifully enshrined in this yellow-and-gray palace chock-full of Midcentury pieces. Bonus: the hotel has some of the

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Restaurants (10)

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    XL

    Order a traditional Portuguese dinner of grilled fish with fresh vegetables.

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    Varanda Restaurant

    The restaurant, situated atop the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz—set above Parque Eduardo VII, offers some of the best views of the city.

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    Verde Perto

    The savory crêpes are generously sized, the hummus is house-made, and the jewelry in the clever wall-mounted cases is for sale.

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    Sommer

    Head to this new spot for pan-Mediterranean fare, like linguine with local Serpa cheese and roasted walnuts.

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    Yasmin

    The restaurant features modern interiors (Saarinen chairs; graphic wallpaper) and whisper-thin carpaccios.

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    Ibo

    This restaurant on the water with views across the Tagus River, makes a nod to Mozambique—a former Portuguese colony—with piri-piri prawns and smok

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    Bocca

    Chef Alexandre Silva polishes up rustic Portuguese classics; a fresh risotto layered with crayfish ceviche is a standout.

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    Maritaca

    Hobnob with impeccably turned-out locals over thin-crust pizzas. The space manages to feel intimate despite its warehouse-like dimensions.

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    Estado Líquido Fusion Sushi

    Join the art students and furniture designers who gather here for exquisitely fresh sashimi at tables set on an under-lit glass floor.

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    Bica do Sapato

    Lisbon’s hippest restaurant—located at the docks and partly owned by actor John Malkovich—serves contemporary twists on Portuguese classics, such a

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Activities (16)

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    Xafarix

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

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    Tasca do Chico

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

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    Clube de Fado

    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 trad

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    Pavilhão Atlântico

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

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    Ginja Sem Rival

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

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    Fátima Lopes

    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 w

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    Confitería de Belém

    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 Jerónimo

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    Fábrica Braço de Prata

    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 exposi

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    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

    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 dynast

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    Museu Coleccão Berardo

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

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    Belém Cultural Center

    Located next to the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Cultural Center (Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém, or CCB, to natives) comprises five main area

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    Caza das Vellas Loreto

    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 ar

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    Galeria Reverso

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

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    O Epicurista

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

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    Paris: Sete

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

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