Cheap EatsAfter Dark
Bacalhoeiro, Rua do Sapateiros 224, Baixa
Considering its extremely central location, thisrestaurant where fish is the speciality is surprisinglyfrequented by mainly locals. Those who do eat here,come to try the numerous variations of cod, squidand other types of seafood.
Open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm & 6pm-9pm.
Cabacas, Rua des Gaveas 8-10, Bairro Alto
Therearen't many restaurants that let you cook your filletsteak yourself. But ask for the 'slice on the stone'here and you can do just that. Served on a pipinghot stone, you can let it sizzle until it's cooked toyour liking.
Open Tues-Fri 12pm-3pm &7pm-11.30pm, Sat & Sun 7pm-11.30pm.
Malmequer Bemmequer, Rua de San Miguel23-25, Alfama
Specialising in charcoaled food, hereyou can choose from all types of fish, including thePortuguese staple 'bachalau'. There's lots of meattoo, and the lamb cutlets doused in rosemary areparticularly scrumptious.
Open Tues 7pm-10.30pm,Wed-Sun 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-10.30pm.
O sacred cake
Pasteis de Belem, Rua de Belem 84-92,Belem
No trip to Lisbon is complete withoutvisiting the famous 'Pasteis de Belem', home tothe sacred cake of the same name. There areonly three people living and breathing today whoknow the secret recipe. After consumption youwill see why as they really are truly delightful,and cheap too.
Open daily from 8am-10pm.
Casa da India, Rua do Loreto 49-51, Bairro Alto
You would think the chefs here could whirl up a curryin a matter of minutes, but this isn't the case. Insteadyou'll find plenty of 'peixe' (fish) and 'carne' (meat).But rather than opting for either of the above try theirbarbecued chicken which they are famed for.
Open daily from 12pm-3pm & 7pm-midnight.
Pavilhao Chines, Rua dom Pedro 89, Bairro Alto
If the door of this bar is closed when you arrivedon't fret - simply hit the doorbell, nod to theconcierge and step inside one of Europe's mostunique bars. Decorated with literally thousands ofcollectable items, go and you'll find yourselfstudying model aeroplanes, sipping on cocktailsand tapping your feet to the sounds of the 80s.
Open Mon-Sat 6pm-2am, Sun 9pm-2am.
Mezcal, 20 Rua Travesa Aqua de Flor, BairroAlto
This tiny bar in the ever-lively Bairro Altoserves arguably the best (and cheapest) caipirinhasand mojitos in town. Opened in 1950 by Manuel,he'd be lucky to squeeze ten rogues into hisbeloved bar. But he never complains as the linegoing into his bar for shots and cocktails seldomshortens.
Open daily from 10am-4am.
Gay / Lesbian Lisbon
Lisbon has a relaxed attitude when it comes tohomosexuality and the gay scene is very open.Most gay bars and clubs are around the city'sPrincipe Real (note you must ring a bell to getinto most bars).
(Rua CecílioDe Sousa, 82-84) is one of the city's bigger andbetter known gay bars, while nearby
(Rua De São Marçal 106) is a friendly, smallbar.
(Rua Da Palmeira 38) is one ofLisbon's most popular gay clubs.
Club de Fado, Rua San Joao D Praca 94, Alfama
A night of Portugal's most famous music 'fado' isobligatory for those who want to spend one nightsoaking up some Portuguese culture instead ofbeers and cocktails. This club in Alfama is touristybut a good place to witness some traditional tunesnonetheless.
Open daily from 8pm-2am.
Lux, Avenida Infante D, Henrique SantaApolonia
Regarded by many as one of WesternEurope's best haunts, this club part-owned by JohnMalkovich attracts Lisbon's coolest kids who flock tohear the world's top DJs. Not as difficult to makeyour way past the bouncers as you would expect,the hefty admission charge includes a number ofdrinks.
Open Mon-Sat from 6pm-7am.
Incognito, Rua Polais de Sao Bento 37, SaoBento
Part bar, part club, Incognito doesn't have asign on the front door but inside the atmospherespeaks for itself. Totally unpretentious, you can tryall sorts of moves on the dancefloor downstairs, orlook at others from the bar on top.
Open Wed-Sat from 11pm-4am.
Don't MissMark Your Calendar
Sao Vicente de Fora, Calcada de Sao Vicente,Alfama
This huge church and monastery high in theAlfama hills dates back to the 17th century. Uponentering one can visit the cloisters, the sacristy andthe Royal Pantheon. The classical music in thechurch itself makes a visit all the more dramatic.
Open daily from 10am-4pm; admission free (church)/4 (others).
A city fortress
Castelo de Sao Jorge, Alfama
Lisbon's iconiccastle dates back to the 6th century and is wortha couple of hours of any visit to this city. Asidefrom the breathtaking views and walk around thecastle's walls, you can see 360° views throughthe camera obscura and learn the history of thecastle via a short film in 'Olisiponia'.
Open daily from 9am-5.30pm; admission 5.
Oceanario de Lisboa, Ave Dom Joao II, Parquesdas Nacoes
Once home to Europe's largest tank,Lisbon's oceanarium promotes a concept wherespecies from all oceans share the same waters.Four of the five oceans are represented in centresaround the tank that over 1,500 animals like to callhome.
Open daily from 10am-6pm; admission 12.
Centro De Arte Moderna, Rua Dr. Nicolau deBettencourt, Sao Sebastiao
Portugal's flagshipmodern art museum which opened in 1983 housesover 10,000 pieces of art. Some of its mostfascinating pieces are by famed local artists such asVieira da Silva and Paula Rego.
Open Tues-Sun from 10am-6pm; admission 4.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Praca do Imperio,Belem
Built in the 'Manueline' style', Belem'smonastery took over 40 years to complete. Theattention to detail is amazing and the site is listed asa World Heritage Site.
Open daily from 10am-6pm; admission 6/8.
February - Festival das Musicas e dos Portos
For this ten-day festival in February, Lisbon invitesanother city port to exchange music and culture.The Portuguese capital always uses it as an excuseto showcase its famed 'fado' music.
March - Lisbon Half Marathon
This race is themost important athletic event in the city and attractsthousands of athletes, with the finishing line atMosteiro do Jeronimos in Belem.
May/June - Lisbon Village Festival
This festival isa digital cultural event divided in three areas -Village International D-Cinema Festival, Village Artand Village Lounge. Innovative film, music andmore is showcased throughout the festival.
May/June - Rock in Rio in Lisbon
In 2004 thePortuguese capital decided to stage its own versionof the iconic festival and it hasn't looked back since.Lenny Kravitz and Metallica have appeared here.
June - Festos dos Santos Populares
Arguablythe biggest festival on the Lisboan calendar, streetsaround the city are decorated in celebration of thepatron saints of Lisbon. Street festivals and moretake place everywhere.
July - Superbock Superrock Festival
This musicfestival which is now held in Parque das Nacoes,was the first international rock music festival to takeplace in the city. Beck, Mika and Duran Duran haveall performed here.
July to September - BaixAnima Street Festival
This is one of the year's most colourful events andtakes place every weekend from July to September.It is also one of the most central, taking place in thecity's Baixa district. Enjoy street drama, circus actsand more for free.
August - Festival dos Oceanos
The annual'Oceans Festival' is held in areas such as BelemTower and Parque de Nacoes and stages music,drama and dance performances.
August - World Bodyboard Championship
Heldin Praia Grande in Sintra, just outside Lisbon, this isnow one of the main events on the internationalbodyboarding circuit.
December - Noite Magica
While there are partiesheld throughout the city, the best place to ring in theNew Year in Lisbon is at Belem Tower in the suburbof the same name.
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