Tuesday, August 9

‘An edifying experience’: readers’ favorite places in Lisbon | Lisbon Holidays

Winning tip: an elevator to fabulous views

After a morning of sightseeing in the historic center, my favorite place in Lisbon is an uplifting experience: the Santa Justa Elevator it links the center of Lisbon with the Chiado district up the hill. I just love the beautiful wrought iron of this 100 year old neo-Gothic tower, created by Raul Mesnier de Pondard, a student of Gustave Eiffel. At the top you can enjoy fabulous 360-degree views over the Baixa, before relaxing on the terrace with a cold drink and visiting the impressive 14th century ruins. Carmo Convent, which was destroyed in the great All Saints Day earthquake of 1755.

Virtuous design and performance

Foz Palace
Photograph: Kevin Foy / Alamy

Of all the things we have done in Portugal, our visit to Foz Palace it is one of the most memorable. Always looking for cheap entertainment, we found a flyer for a free piano concert by the then 17-year-old prodigy. Bernardo santos. Our amazement at the pianist’s skill was matched by our amazement at the venue: a sumptuous gleaming gilded baroque palace from the 18th century, with painted ceilings, marble pillars, multiple mirrors, and wrought iron balustrades. Located in the main square, its relatively understated pink exterior gives no hint of excess inside. Apparently the tourist office has already moved and there are guided tours, but I think our way of visiting was more interesting.
Barbara forbes

Feast for the senses

National Confectionery
Photograph: Hemis / Alamy

the National Confectionery, in Praça da Figueira, was founded in 1829. In the Baixa district of Lisbon, it provides a feast for both the eyes and the stomach, with its gold trim, marble counter and mirrored ceiling. Confectionery items include cream cake (custard tarts) and the store’s signature Christmas cake, King cake. Tucked away in the wide mahogany staircase is our favorite lunch stop, popular with the locals. We dine in style under chandeliers and a stucco ceiling. Local dishes like cod with vegetable cream, accompanied by vinho verde, can be savored for less than the cost of a fast food burger.


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This bar deserves a medal

Chinese pavilion
Photograph: Hemis / Alamy

For a truly unique bar, I recommend the Chinese pavilion at Principe Real (Rua Dom Pedro V, 89/91). Originally a grocery store bought to house and display a collection of curios, it feels like you’re having a drink in a museum. Knock on the door to be personally greeted by the waiter and admire the five rooms filled with thousands of military artifacts, medals and miniature dolls spanning the past two centuries. The extensive cocktail list is in an erotic art book and there is also a pool table, but the collection takes center stage and is where your eyes will be drawn.
Ursula Watson

Local beers

Duque Brewery, Lisbon, Portugal

Sample some of the best locally brewed craft beers in Lisbon at the Duque beer pub. Located in Calçada do Duque, just a few minutes’ walk from the Carmo Convent in the Chiado district, Duque offers a regularly updated selection of delicious bottled and draft beers from its on-site microbrewery, as well as offerings from across the burgeoning scene of the Craft beer from Portugal, including the signature creations of multi-award winner Cervejeira Dois Corvos. Make your way through a stretch of tasting portions at the simple bar, or watch life go by at the Chiado from a table overlooking the cobblestone steps outside.

Incredible view

The size.
The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.

The UNESCO Bethlehem tower, Monastery of los jeronimos and Monument to the Discoveries They’re great to visit, but if you think you’re “done” with Belém once you’ve seen them, you might be surprised, like us, to discover several more skip-the-line delicacies. the Church of Santa Maria de Belém it’s awesome (and free). Get panoramic views of the 25 de Abril Bridge and the riverside from the top of the newly opened MEASURE, (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology). Entry to the massive roof is free and is especially spectacular at sunset with the play of lights over the water and the white tiles.

Caipirinha, Brazilian style

Bar in lisbonsherry santer lisbon
Photography: Sherry Santer

Rendezvous – More Than Wine on Rua de São Vicente is the best. Having stopped exploring the Castelo de São Jorge during an unexpected October heat wave, we stumbled upon this cozy little oasis. It has great service, delicious food, and eclectic decor and we were pleased with ourselves for making this little discovery. Our tapas lunch was extremely tasty, my food was homemade. lemonade It was refreshing, but the highlight was the generous caipirinha my son ordered, for € 6. The alcohol content was almost visible and, seeing my worried look, the waitress smiled heartily and just said “Brazilian style”! Our winding walk afterwards through the beautiful narrow streets of Alfama was greatly enhanced by my son’s exuberant mood.
Jerez Santer

Kong is the king of vegan restaurants

When visiting Portugal as a vegan, I missed trying many traditional local dishes. That was until I found out Kong, an intimate restaurant on Rua do Cruxifixo in central Lisbon that offers meatless versions of Portuguese classics. Their reasonably priced menu includes vegan versions of the Little Frenchie, a meat sandwich bathed in tomato sauce and cheese, the octopus dish octopus a lagareiro, and chorizo ​​croquettes, among others. Vegetarians and vegans shouldn’t miss the place, and it might even turn the head of a carnivore.
Red € 9.50 – € 12.50, open Monday to Saturday from 12.30 to 10.30 p.m.subway
Laura paterson

Panorama of the park

Panoramico do Monsanto Lisbon Restaurant
Photography: Edgar Figueiredo / Alamy

If you are looking for a panoramic view of Lisbon, there is nothing better than the Monsanto overview. Monsanto is a large wooded park to the northwest of the city, and if you walk to the highest point you will get a 360º view over Lisbon and the Tagus River. The Panorâmico itself is a huge round concrete structure that feels a bit like a multi-story car park, and has a colorful history: once a successful restaurant, it went through financial difficulties and was abandoned in 2001 and closed to the public for years. The intrigue around this viewpoint, once a pearl of Lisbon, now gathering dust and graffiti, only grew, giving it a cult status. The building still contains original works of art, including murals painted by Luís Dourdil and beautiful ceramic and tile panels.

Dark history

Aljube Museum
Photography: Joana Hintze

Near the cathedral, the Aljube Museum, which opened in 2015, sheds a fascinating, if disturbing, light on the lives of political prisoners held there during António de Oliveira’s long dictatorship Salazar from 1926-74. You can learn about the role of the secret police and see the torture rooms and isolation cells that the incarcerated endure here. Visitors can experience a clandestine gathering, where revolutionary pamphlets were beaten on a typewriter sheathed with a wooden shield to muffle their sound. End on a positive note by viewing the exhibition celebrating liberation on April 25, 1974.
€ 3, open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
M Ashley


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