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Eat, drink, sleep


Budget: The famous Portuguese custard tarts can be found in numerous stalls and cafes in Lisbon, but aficionados recommend those served at Cafe Pastéis de Belém.

Founded in 1837, this tearoom keeps its recipe a secret, but however they’re making them, each is a mouthful of goodness and only about 50p.

Midrange: Ideal for a leisurely and inexpensive lunch, Pois, cafe has an often-changing menu of sandwiches, soups, pasta and rice dishes. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. Mains from £6.

Luxury: Housed in an old 17th-century convent, A Travessa delivers a very traditional Portuguese meal, which could include anything from filet of wild boar in port-wine to John Dory in saffron sauce, served up, naturally, with some great Portuguese vinos. Mains from £14.


Budget: Only three people can fit inside A Ginginha, so make your drink of the cherry liquer a swift one. A fruity shot of this traditional Portuguese drink costs about £1. (Largo de São Domingos 8, tel. + 351 21 886 2449)

Midrange: he place to go for top-notch cocktails is Cinco’s Lounge, a low-lit, funky bar with a creative drinks list. Make sure you order the Right Said Fred, with cardamom, fresh pineapple, lime and lashings of rum. Cocktails cost just £5 a pop.

Luxury: You can’t leave Lisbon without a night in a Fado House, where folk music is played on a Portuguese guitar accompanied by a solo singer.

Senhor Vinho is one of the most authentic in town and is owned by one of the country’s top performers, Maria da Fé. Come for a meal or just a drink. Wine costs about £7 a glass.


Budget: The ever-popular Oasis Hostel is on the doorstep of all the Bairro Alto action. It’s housed in a completely restored 100-year-old Portuguese mansion and has an easygoing, community vibe. Dorm rooms start from £10pn. 

Midrange: Situated, as its name suggests, right near the river in Alfama, Sweet Lisbon River Guesthouse is a homely place to stay – they’ve even got board games available to while away the hours. Double rooms start at £20pn.

Luxury: The super-stylish Hotel Lisboa has chic wooden floors and colourful, trendy furnishings. The cocktails in the lobby bar, Mara, pack a punch, too. Definitely one to splash out on. Rooms start at £77pn.

Photos: Portugal Tourism, Getty, Thinkstock


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