Lisbon Nightlife, Restaurants and Cafes


Lisbon Restaurants and Cafes

Thanks to its mild evenings that follow very hot days for much of the year, Lisbon comes alive at night with a dining and nightlife scene that stretches far into the small hours of the morning. The first thing you’ll notice about eating out in Lisbon are the friendly prices – a three course dinner with wine and appetizers generally costs only around €20. The Bairro Alto district is a great place to find a large concentration of such venues for cheap dining, as well as plenty of bars and clubs. Casa Nostra (60 Travessa do Poço da Cidade, Lisbon 1200; +351 213425931; , for example, offers reasonably priced Italian fare from a small but high quality menu.

If you don’t mind paying a little more to experience traditional Portuguese cuisine, you should try the city’s oldest restaurant, Tavares (37 Rua da Misericórdia, Lisbon 1200; +351 213421112; Established in 1784, this top-quality restaurant offers the finest in local cuisine in opulent surroundings. If money is truly no object, there is surely no grander place in Lisbon to enjoy a meal than Casa do Leão (Castelo de Saint Jorge, Lisbon 1100; + 351 21 8875962). Located within the grounds of the historic St George Castle, this pricey eaterie offers unrivalled views of the city as well as high end cuisine.

Once you have eaten, there are a whole host of bars and clubs for you to choose from. For example, the Bedroom bar (86 Rua do Norte, Lisbon 1200; +351 213 431 631) delivers exactly what it promises – a real bed for you to lie in as you enjoy one of their many draught beers, Portuguese wines or tasty cocktails. For something more convential but no less interesting head to the Pavilhão Chinês (89 Rua D. Pedro V, Lisbon 1200; +351 21 342 4729) – a themed bar divided into four rooms that each feature unique art and other objects from around the world. The Principe Real is where you can find the city’s gay nightlife scene, with a number of different bars to choose from.

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