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Top Choice Monastery in Belém

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Belém’s undisputed heart-stealer is this Unesco-listed monastery. The mosteiro is the stuff of pure fantasy; a fusion of Diogo de Boitaca’s creative vision and the spice and pepper dosh of Manuel I, who commissioned…
Top Choice Castle in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Castelo de São Jorge

Towering dramatically above Lisbon, the mid-11th-century hilltop fortifications of Castelo de São Jorge sneak into almost every snapshot. Roam its snaking ramparts and pine-shaded courtyards for superlative views ov…
Top Choice Museum in Lapa & Alcântara

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Set in a lemon-fronted, 17th-century palace, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is Lapa’s biggest draw. It presents a star-studded collection of European and Asian paintings and decorative arts.
Top Choice Modern Portuguese in Belém


A defining dining experience awaits at chef João Rodrigues' slick, contemporary Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the riverfront. Rich textures and clean, bright flavours dominate throughout three tasting menu…
Top Choice Museum in Marquês de Pombal & Around

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

Famous for its outstanding quality and breadth, the world-class Museu Calouste Gulbenkian showcases an epic collection of Western and Eastern art – from Egyptian treasures to Old Master and Impressionist paintings.
Top Choice Contemporary in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré


Henrique Sá Pessoa, one of Portugal's most talented chefs, moved his flagship Alma from Santos to more fitting digs in Chiado in 2015. The casual space exudes understated style amid its original stone flooring and g…
Top Choice Portuguese in Alfama, Castelo & Graça


A decade in and a legend in the making, 'Aunt' Natércia and her downright delicious Portuguese home cooking is a tough ticket: there are but a mere six tables and they fill up fast. She'll talk your ear off (and doe…
Top Choice Market in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

Mercado da Ribeira

Doing trade in fresh fruit and veg, fish and flowers since 1892, this oriental-dome-topped market hall is the word on everyone's lips since Time Out transformed half of it into a gourmet food court in 2014. Now it's…
Top Choice Food in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

Loja das Conservas

What appears to be a gallery is on closer inspection a fascinating temple to tinned fish (or conservas as the Portuguese say), the result of an industry on its deathbed revived by a savvy marketing about-face and ne…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

Gelataria Nannarella

This is where you'll get Lisbon's best gelato. Seatless Nannarella is squeezed into little more than a doorway, where Roman transplant Constanza Ventura churns out some 25 perfect, spatula-slabbed flavours of tradit…