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An expat Dane's eternal moments

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Lisboa is my second home, after living and working in 8 countries I settled here more than 20 years ago. I call it Luzboa because artists for centuries come to study the blue hour just after sunset, where the daily Atlantic winds sweep any pollution away before the sun reflects its last light in the sea over the city. The city is so full of contrasts that it is more like a SouthAmerican city than European. And the people are the best! They are curiously welcoming all foreigners; currently even more so, because they all wish they were far away due to the severe economic crisis, here considerably worse due to a corrupt system of bipolar politicians and bankers. Geographically, Lisboa is privileged to be in a location where if you drive 50km in any direction, everything changes: nature, climate (up to 10 degrees in both directions), architecture and even gastronomy. Portugal has so many unique sides that it is difficult to start: one of the world's largest dinosaur foot print parks in Serra d'Aire, the oldest registered street art 30.000 years ago in Foz Coa, they were the first global nation during the discoveries, the largest collection of 17-19th century coaches, an royal palace untouched for more than a century, but also in modernity with the intact Belem seaside by the 20th century architecture from the World Exposition in 1940, the most beautiful oceanario, stunning Oriente train station by arch. Calatrava and the new bridge across Tejo. And the nightlife, which you can read about in my guide, is fantastic!

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10 Places

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10 Places

Duplex

Restaurants

Restaurante Gambrinus

Restaurants

O Talho

Restaurants

Atalho Real

Restaurants

Teatro Bed & Breakfast

Hotels

Adega da Tia Matilde

Restaurants

Cantina Hindu

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Clube de Jornalistas

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La Siesta

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Apicius

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Gasparca's City Tips

  • Many traditional restaurants start your meal with a series of snacks. Send them out if you do not wish them, as you will be billed for them otherwise.
  • When in restaurants remember that Portuguese like their food well done. If you don't, make sure to specify you meat and fish as "mal passado": rare.
  • Give 5-10% restaurant/cafe tips, if you are happy about your service. Remember the minimum wage is less than 500€.
  • Careful with the drug dealers in town. The liberal drug policy has removed the related crimes, but some hustlers try to benefit from curious tourists.
  • Duplex
    Restaurants (European, Portuguese, International)
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    Gasparca Says:

    This is a fun night out for an adult couple or group.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Book first.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #777 of 4,503 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place 24/05/2019
    • Great grilled octopus. Nice place. 05/03/2019
    • Duplex
    Address:
    Rua Nova do Carvalho 58 60
    Cais Do Sodre
    Lisbon 1200-292
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 915 162 808
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$34
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Restaurante Gambrinus
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese)
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    Gasparca Says:

    This is a true local lunch place. Don't miss a bar visit.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It appears formal, but the waiters have great humour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #465 of 4,503 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food and service 15/06/2019
    • Expensive, but top quality 15/06/2019
    • Restaurante Gambrinus
    Address:
    Rua das Portas de Santo Antao 23
    Lisbon 1150-264
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 342 1466
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
    Other:
  • O Talho
    Restaurants (European, Portuguese, Steakhouse, Grill, Contemporary)
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    Gasparca Says:

    Wonderful value for money in a busy local environment.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Avoid the 1300-1400 and 1930-2100 hours.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #452 of 4,503 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic 23/06/2019
    • Very good, but... 27/05/2019
    • O Talho
    Address:
    Rua Carlos Testa 1B
    Avenidas Novas - Lisboa
    Lisbon 1050-046
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 315 4105
    Price range:
    US$23 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Atalho Real
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, European, Grill)
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    Gasparca Says:

    The outdoor area is a wonderful city oasis for a short break.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Be patient: the kitchen is inside...
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #272 of 4,503 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great 24/06/2019
    • Excellent steakhouse 16/06/2019
    • Atalho Real
    Address:
    Calcada do Patriarcal 40
    Lisbon 1250-182
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 346 0311
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Teatro Bed & Breakfast
    Hotels
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    Gasparca Says:

    Right in the middle, but still around the corner...

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Small place.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 359 Bed and Breakfasts in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • COMFORTABLE, GREAT SERVICE AND LOCATION 23/06/2019
    • pretty small 23/06/2019
    • Teatro Bed & Breakfast
    Address:
    Rua da Trindade 36
    Lisbon 1249-245
    Portugal
  • Adega da Tia Matilde
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Portuguese)
    Gasparca Says:

    Wonderfully local and true traditional lunch restaurant.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Service is excellently fast.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #970 of 4,503 restaurants in Lisbon
    • Terrific 07/06/2019
    • Great experience 16/02/2019
    • Adega da Tia Matilde
    Address:
    Rua da Beneficencia 77
    1600 - Lisboa
    Lisbon 1050-034
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 797 2172
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Other:
  • Cantina Hindu
    Restaurants (Indian)
    Gasparca Says:

    This is an authentic teletransportation unit to India.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Don't expect anything but India.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,207 of 4,503 restaurants in Lisbon
    • A nice indian cantina, that's all 24/02/2019
    • Average for people used to home made indian food 17/09/2018
    • Cantina Hindu
    Address:
    Alameda Mahatma Gandhi
    Lisbon 1600-500
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 757 6524
    Other:
  • Clube de Jornalistas
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, International, Contemporary)
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    Gasparca Says:

    All year quietly romantic ambience with discrete service.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Challenging parking area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 4,503 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Host very pleasant 21/06/2019
    • A real uplifting experience 20/06/2019
    • Clube de Jornalistas
    Address:
    Rua das Trinas 129
    Lisbon 1200-857
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 397 7138
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$40
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • La Siesta
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    Gasparca Says:

    If it wasn't for the fact that it is only local guests, you could call it a tourist trap, but in the good sense.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Challenging acoustics.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,970 of 4,503 restaurants in Lisbon
    • Customizing a dish! Talk to the right person. 24/04/2019
    • Live music with typical Mexicans 13/03/2019
    • La Siesta
    Address:
    Passeio Maritimo de Alges, Edificio La Siesta
    Lisbon 1400-039
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 301 1522
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$28
    Other:
  • Apicius
    Restaurants (International, European, Fusion, Portuguese)
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    Gasparca Says:

    Fusion in the local neighborhood in a small place.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Challenging parking.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Best foie gras in Lisbon 26/05/2016
    • They know how to do things out of the ordinary ! 25/04/2016
    • Apicius
    Address:
    Rua da Cruz dos Poiais 89
    Lisboa
    Lisbon 1200-136
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 390 0652
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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