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REISS TRAVEL: LISBON CITY GUIDE

31.05.15

To close our REISS Travel series this month we looked to Lisbon for a shot of European culture. Browse our guide of where to eat, drink, sleep and do as recommend by Design Hotels™. Click to enter the REISS X Design Hotels™ competition.

WHERE TO STAY

Set in Lisbon's historic heart, the Memmo Alfama offers a fully immersive Lisbon experience; from neighbourhood guides created by locals, to a wine bar dedicated to the nation's produce. The hotel's stunning terrace is ideal for lazy evenings soaking up Lisbon's inimitable vibe.

WHERE TO EAT

CANTINHO DO AVILLEZ

José Avillez is the chef behind this bistro, a small and simple affair with concrete flooring and industrial lighting. The menu is a fusion of international classics, featuring lamb tagine, Asian spiced suckling pig and steak tartar.

SEAME

In a city awash with traditional seafood restaurants, this is a refreshingly modern take. It offers an Asian inspired menu of sushi and sashimi as well as innovative fish dishes. Clean lines and wooden accessories add to the minimalist Japanese atomsphere.

PASTÉIS DE BELÉM

No visit to Lisbon is complete without a trip to Pastéis de Belém, the birthplace of the custard tart. The café is now awash with the tourists and the queue often snakes down the street but the quality and flavour of their famous tarts more than makes up for the wait.

WHERE TO DRINK

PARK

Located on the rooftop of an inner city parking lot, Park is an elevated garden terrace with panoramic views. It hosts an eclectic programme of events, from DJ sets to open air cinema nights. The perfect spot to kick off a night out in the capital.

CASA INDEPENDENTE

Casa Independente is a cultural space located in an old mansion overlooking a sleepy plaza. Wander through the rambling collection of art spaces and studios before stopping by the terrace for drinks with the locals and live music at the weekends.

LUX

Part-owned by John Malkovich, Lux is one of the hottest clubs in the city. Bypass the interiors of the three-storey ex-warehouse and head straight to the rooftop terrace for incredible views overlooking the Tagus.

WHAT TO DO

MUSEU DO FADO

Recently recognised by UNESCO as a place of Immaterial Cultural Heritage, this museum focuses on piecing out the history, evolution and importance of the fado music on the cultural identity of Lisbon and Portugal.

SÃO JORGE CASTLE

The hilltop citadel of São Jorge Castel offers a fascinating insight into Lisbon's history, alongside fabulous views from the reconstructed ramparts of the castle walls.

TRAM 28

Miss out the tourist bus and simply jump on Tram 28 to check out all of Lisbon's most prolific neighbourhoods. The tram heads through Alfama, Lisbon downtown, Chiado and Bairro Alto.