- Valeria Nikonova
The peaceful and attractive neighborhood of Principe Real situated north of the more famous Bairro Alto, is a quiet, yet lively area filled with tiny antique shops, Moorish kiosks, and miniature gardens. This neighborhood has one of the best viewing platforms in the city, the Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara, and is known for its sophisticated shopping areas and vintage art galleries, where you can inhale the artistic spirit of Lisbon.
Watch the sunset from the Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara
Technically located at the meeting point of sophisticated and residential Principe Real and Lisbon’s trendiest area Bairro Alto, the Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara offers plenty of stunning views, but the best colors of the city are at sunset. From here you will be able to see the Castle of São Jorge, Se Catedral, and the Tagus river, as well as all the ancient 18th-century buildings of Avenida da Liberdade. The Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara is a picture perfect viewing platform, which can be enjoyed directly after riding the Gloria tram.
See a performance in Teatro Da Trindade
Situated in one of the oldest parts of Lisbon, Teatro da Trindade was built in the mid-19th century and attracts passing tourists with its striking pink façade. Teatro da Trindade carries memories of a time when the bourgeoisie went to Chiado for daily entertainment. Due to its novelty, refinement, and rich décor, Teatro da Trindade quickly became the chicest theater in Portugal’s capital. Designed by the architect Miguel Evaristo de Lima Pinto in 1867, Teatro da Trindade then became associated with some of the most outstanding cultural events in Lisbon, such as the presentation of Lisbon Edison’s phonograph or first public concert by the young pianist Viana da Mota.
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 2pm-8pm, Sun 2pm-6pm
Rua Nova Trindade 7a, Lisbon, +351 213 423 200
Listen to jazz in Hot Clube De Portugal
Guests’ attention will be captured by numerous good things in Hot Clube Portugal. Excellent drinks on a cozy open terrace with fantastic views of Lisbon’s skyline, or the newly-opened garden where relaxed future performances have been planned. What truly captivates is the unbroken dedication to the melodies of jazz. Hot Clube Portugal was given the title of one of the best jazz clubs in the world by the American magazine DownBeat, and it definitely tops the list of best European jazz clubs. Besides, it is one of the oldest jazz clubs, which opened in 1948. Gifted musicians come to perform in Hot Clube Portugal from all corners of the world, and thus create a unique multicultural atmosphere. Some of the famous names include Dexter Gordon, Mark Turner, Aaron Goldberg, and John Abercrombie. Hot Clube Portugal has established a solid reputation among jazz lovers, both internationally and domestically, and often has a busy schedule. Tickets are regularly available in the door and often very cheap.
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10pm-2am
Praça da Alegria, 39, Lisbon, +351 21 346 03 05
Chill in the shade of Jardim Do Principe Real
Jardim do Principe Real is a little romantic square tucked away in one of Principe Real’s streets, in the center of the city. The principal attraction of this garden is its gigantic cedar tree, which offers a lovely shade for tired explorers and elderly locals who enjoy spending lots of time outside and observing passersby. There is a small café with outdoor seating, and two kiosks serving refreshments, one of which is an old restored pink Lisbon kiosk from the early 18th century, where Lisbon’s classic refreshments, such as horchata with almonds, mazagran made from coffee, spleenwort, and Port wine, are being served.
Shop at Embaixada Mall
Embaixada is a luxurious shopping gallery housed in an 18th-century neo-Moorish building revived with extensive Art Nouveau details. There are over a dozen shops with different themes and purposes, but all have one thing in common. They serve as ambassadors of preservation of tradition, creativity, and innovation in design and fashion. The shops are dedicated mostly to Portuguese designers, and Embaixada also hosts unique temporary art exhibitions in a specifically dedicated space on the first floor. It won the prestigious TimeOut ‘Idea of the Year Award’ in 2013 for its innovative retail concept. Even if you are not particularly keen on shopping, pay a visit to Embaixada to marvel at its Moorish architectural complex.
Opening hours: shops, daily 12pm-8pm; restaurants, Sun-Wed 12pm-12am, Thu-Sat 12pm-2am
Praça do Príncipe Real 26, Lisbon, +351 965 309 154
Taste the best Portuguese wine at Solar do Vinho do Porto
The ones who dream of tasting Porto wine do not necessarily have to travel all the way to the north of the country. It is enough to visit this fine wine cellar and enjoy the excellent service. Solar do Vinho do Porto has more than 150 different kinds of wines, which fall into categories ranging from inexpensive to high-end samples. Portuguese wines are treasures. Rich in flavor, they have the ability to awaken the senses.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-12am, Sat 2pm-12am
Watch out for: authentic Port wine dégustation
Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, 45, Lisbon, + 351 213 475 707
Walk along Avenida da Liberdade
Avenida da Liberdade was built in the 19th century in the style of the Champs-Elysees in Paris, and it is considered the principal avenue in Lisbon. It extends for a mile from Restauradores to Marquês de Pombal Square. Today this central avenue still lives a busy, elegant life, with many little fountains scattered around, café tables shaded by magnificent ancient trees, and a unique pavement decorated with abstract patterns. The avenue is home to some of the most luxurious hotels, banks, and designer shops, such as Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Tods, Burberry, and others.
Explore the collection of the Medeiros e Almeida Museum
This 18th-century house is a 25-room collection of art from the 17th to the 20th centuries, ranging from jewels to pottery and paintings. In 1943 the building was bought by António Medeiros e Almeida, who transformed it into his home, where he moved after remodeling works. In the beginning of the 1970s, when Medeiros e Almeida decided to leave his private residency to his country, he destroyed the garden in order to build a new wing to house part of his decorative arts collection. António de Medeiros e Almeida was born in 1895. He was the eldest son of João Silvestre de Almeida, a successful doctor, and Maria Amélia Medeiros e Almeida. António’s spirit of enterprise brought him into the world of business. His major social status allowed him to insure a comfortable income, that made possible the self-dedication to his art collection.
Rua Rosa Araujo 41, Lisbon, +351 213 547 892
Visit the Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens
The Natural History Museum hosts exhibits on the history of chemistry and mathematics and presents collections of dinosaur fossils and geological excavations, including rocks and mineral bits from various lands. The museum has some interesting interactive displays, such as the solar system room with scientific displays of Pangea, cells, and history of the earth. This surrounding Botanical Garden is the oldest garden in Portugal, with an eerie but exciting atmosphere. It is a good place for botany lovers and all those, who look for a calm and chilled space during the sweltering summer heat. The garden never gets too crowded, and you can enjoy walking the paths and looking at the enormous variety of trees and plants.
Natural History Museum: Sep-Jun, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 11am-6pm. Jul-Aug, Tue, Wed and Fri 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-8pm; Sat 11am-6pm
Botanical Garden: Apr-Oct, daily 9am-8pm. Nov-Mar, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Rua da Escola Politecnica 56-58, Lisbon, +351 213921808
Sip a cocktail at Sky Bar
Located on the open terrace on the ninth floor of the Tivoli Hotel Lisbon, Sky Bar provides a fantastic view of Lisbon’s skyline, which is best enjoyed during sunset while sipping on one of the delicious refreshing cocktails. The bar has a chilled atmosphere, thanks to its lounge painted in white colors and littered with comfortable sofas. It offers a great range of drinks, including some non-alcoholic cocktails, and a selection of dishes of European cuisine, including soups, salads, wraps and noodles, so that you may want to stay for a light evening dinner.
Price: fine dining
Opening hours: daily 5pm-1am
Av. da Liberdade 185, Lisbon, +351 21 319 8832
By Valeria Nikonova