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LISBON LIFESTYLE CITY GUIDE - PINKTROTTERS

In our Lisbon city guide you can find all our tips perfect for a female getaway. Pinktrotters, pack your suitcase direction Lisbon!


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« Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. Considered a "global city" according to the 2010 ranking of the Globalization and Global Cities Study Network »

What we can visit?

The Jerónimos Monastery or Hieronymites Monastery : is an ancient monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome near the Tagus river in the parish of Belém.

Belém Tower: the Tower of St Vincent is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém. It is a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries.



The Praça do Comércio: Situated near the Tagus river, the square is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço, because it was the location of the Paços da Ribeira until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

Rossio Square is the popular name of the Pedro IV Square. It is located in the Pombaline Downtown of Lisbon and has been one of its main squares since the Middle Ages.


Best Hotels and B&B

Casa Balthazar:
Situated in the city center, it offers a stunning view over the city. Balthazar, the founder of the famous Confeitaria Nacional (the oldest pastry in Lisbon), acquired this property in August 1882. Among the most peculiar services, you can find the new rooms with private terrace and suites and the breakfast supplied by Confeitaria Nacional


Casa do Barão:
Hosted in a 18th century building, in a cultural and elegant district with old-styles cafès, art galleries, theaters. You can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere thaks to a comfortable living room, private Garden and library.




The Independente Hostel & Suites:
This is not a simple hotel, is a whole brand representing the typical Portuguese lifestyle, culture and values. The brand includes different types of accomodation, restaurants and also Portuguese products. You can choose among Bohemian suites, cool hostels with bund beds or wonderful immersed in the countryside.




BessaHotel Liberdade:
4 stars hotel provided with all the services that you can desire: flat-screen TV, breakfast in the room or in the breakfast buffet area, restaurant à la carte, pillow menu, therapeutic massage, babysitting and much more.



Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
Located deep in the heart of Lisbon at Av. da República, Jupiter Lisboa Hotel is the ideal choice for city breaks, short breaks or business trips, as well as for those seeking to discover and explore the true magic of the Portuguese Capital.





Best Restaurants

Belcanto
Distinguished with two Michelin stars, Belcanto restaurant opened in 1958, in Chiado. Its privileged location in Lisbon's historical centre, its discrete service and its cuisine quickly won over the capital's elites. José Avillez's Belcanto opened in the beginning of 2012, totally renewed. In that same year, it was awarded a Michelin star, and, in 2014, it received a second one, making it the first restaurant in Lisbon to have this honour.


Silk Club
When you want your food, and the people, to be as beautiful as the view, head here. Silk is a super-exclusive restaurant, bar and club on top of a listed building in the fashionable shopping district of Chiado. Dress appropriately and make a reservation, or you could risk not making it past the bouncer; but once in, you'll see what all the fuss is about - from the fresh and deliciously prepared Japanese cuisine to the minimalist design in moody, opulent hues to the 270-degree views over the city.

Clube de Jornalistas
Fantastic food, perfectly presented and served in a great surrounding.
The dishes mix Portuguese traditional and Brazilian food, recreated in a sophisticated way. The ambiance, with classic Portuguese tiling decorating the walls of a XIX century flat, adds in to make dinner there an unforgettable experience. Service is friendly and efficient. The value-for-money ratio is excellent.



Casa da Comida
Located in the city's leafy Rato neighborhood, the refurbished restaurant is wooing clients with its new look, a fresh and contemporary makeover that melds retro chic décor with a palette of ivory white, azure blue and chestnut brown. The refined homestyle image is youthful and slightly non-conformist, the furnishings deliberately mismatched and variously crafted out of wood, plastic, leather and glass.


Mini Bar Teatro
While Mini Bar's retro décor channels the 1930s and 40s, its avant-garde cooking is as up-to-date as it comes. The gently priced menu (dishes average 5 euros or less) is arranged in five "acts," and features a broad mix of local and imported flavors. Or you can opt for the "Epic" tasting instead, an exceptional deal at 48.50 euros for a dozen generous small plates.


Bifanas Do Calda
Traditional street food. You have to eat a "Bifana" if you come to Lisbon. You must ! It's part of the experience of visiting the city.
It is true that I could bet that every single person that visited Lisbon has eaten, tasted or spotted this Portuguese beloved "dish". Many "cafés" serve this kind of sandwich consisting of a thin slice of pork beef slowly cooked in a sauce of white wine, garlic, laurel, butter and red pepper powder (paprika) and many of these places actually have a store window for you to watch them cooking it.


Best Cocktail Bars

Sky Bar at Tivoli Lisboa - Rooftop Bar
Sprawl out over cushions or take prime position around the illuminated bar, then pick a cocktail and enjoy the afternoon sun from this summertime hotspot. Set on the ninth floor of the 1930s five-star Hotel Tivoli on the glamorous Avenida da Liberdade, this terrace bar is only open from April to September, making it a don't-miss during the warmer months. If the breathtaking views over downtown and towards the river weren't enough of a draw (they will be), Djs, live music and regular themed parties provide extra enticement to aim for the Sky.

Lost in Esplanada Bar
Here's something bright and different after all the usual cool, minimalist rooftop bars: a hilltop terrace above the hip Príncipe Real district, decked out with bright pink umbrellas and colourful furniture, creating an invigorating rainbow blast against the cool blue sky. Large overhanging trees bring welcome shade in the courtyard, styling out the space into a tranquil retreat that's alluring any time of day. Stop by for Indian-inspired dining and decor with an exceptional view over downtown.


Limão at H10 Duque de Loulé
This is one bar that those in the know are trying to keep secret. The exquisitely designed H10 Duque de Loulé, a boutique hotel in a restored 18th-century building, only opened last year, but its stylish little terrace on the 10th floor has proved an instant hit with those looking for something chic and civilised in central Lisbon. The covered terrace opens up into an elegant, exclusive-feeling space, with bold blue and white decor echoing the vista's restorative hues above and beyond. A great place to delve deep into conversation as you look out over the rooftops towards the river.


Pensao Amor
It's aptly themed around an upscale, 19th-century burlesque club, complete with crimson velvet furnishings and walls lined with gilt-framed mirrors and dozens of antique prints and lithographs depicting ladies in risque poses. The decadent mood is further set by careful attention to period detail right down to the faux trompe l'oeil ceiling and pub-style piano. The bar serves a great selection of beers, wine, spirits and cocktails and guests are further entertained by regular live music performances in an adjoining salon, burlesque shows and clean and tasteful pole dancing exhibitions. The upper floors are occupied by a number of independent retailers, many specialising in alternative fashion and handcrafted jewellery.


Pharmacia
Located in the building of the Pharmacy Museum by the Santa Catarina lookout terrace, this restaurant's décor is inspired by the pharmacies of the past.
The menu consists of traditional Portuguese "petiscos" (tapas), and the ambiance is relaxed. There is also a bar serving cocktails of Portuguese wines.
It does not close after lunch, meaning you may also show up for a mid-afternoon snack outside on the terrace. For dinner you also have the choice of a special menu of several dishes chosen daily by the chef.


See you in Lisbon soon then!

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