Perhaps best known for its history, surf and sunshine, over the last few years Lisbon has added some world-class design focused shops, bars and restaurants making it a truly cosmopolitan European capital.
Here are a few of my favorite places to explore when I visit home (more to come)...enjoy!
- Food & Drink -
This is absolutely my favorite restaurant in Lisbon. Perfectly fresh fish and ceviche prepared right in front you along with warm bowls and new innovative dishes. It's a magic blend of Peruvian sensibility through a Portuguese lens by Chef Kiko. I recommend the tasting menu at the bar, get a bottle of sparkling green wine (the famous vinho verde) and enjoy the evening.
Rua D. Pedro V, 129
Espaço Espelho D'Água
First and foremost, Espaço Espelho D'Água is an incredible building. Overlooking the river in the Belém neighborhood, by the super-contemporary Belém Cultural Center, the area is a 'must visit' for the sites and the famous pastries "Pastéis de Nata". But Espaço Espelho D'Água holds its own from a design standpoint - from the Portuguese cobblestone entryway to the recently discovered Sol LeWitt mural. Taking inspiration from its location from where great ships left to discover new lands in the 16th century, Chef Ana Soares re-imagines African, South American and Asian tastes in a contemporary setting.
Av. Brasília, 210, Belém
Sol e Pesca
Now, I have to admit I've never been to Sol e Pesca before Midnight - that's just the Lisbon way! The "Pink Street"/"Rua Cor-de-Rosa", a pink-painted street in downtown becomes the center of Lisbon nightlife around the call of midnight. Named by the New York Times as one of their favorite streets in Europe, it's acceptable (and encouraged) to grab a cocktail or sangria somewhere and just live the night bar-hopping on this street as you make new friends. The quirky Sol e Pesca looks like a fishing tackle shop but it's the perfect spot for a late drink and some quick tapas as you enjoy the night.
R. Nova do Carvalho 44,