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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 Area in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Alfama

Wander downhill (to save your legs) through Alfama's steep, narrow, cobblestoned streets and catch a glimpse of the more traditional side of Lisbon before it too is gentrified. Linger in a backstreet cafe along the …
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 domed market hall has been the word on everyone's lips since Time Out transformed half of it into a gourmet food court in 2014. Now it's Lisbon i…
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 Museum in Marquês de Pombal & Around

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian – Coleção do Fundador

Famous for its outstanding quality and breadth, the world-class Founder's Collection at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian showcases an epic collection of Western and Eastern art – from Egyptian treasures to Old Master and I…
Top Choice Modern Portuguese in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

Alma

Michelin-starred Henrique Sá Pessoa's flagship Alma is one of Portugal's destination restaurants and, in our humble opinion, Lisbon's best gourmet dining experience. The casual space exudes understated style amid th…
Top Choice Modern Portuguese in Belém

Feitoria

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 men…
Top Choice Portuguese in Baixa & Rossio

Pinóquio

Bustling Pinóquio is easy to miss as it's tucked into a praça corner partially obstructed by a souvenir kiosk. Dressed in white tablecloths against pea-green walls, it's distinctly old school, with indomitable waite…
Top Choice Gelato in Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

Gelataria Nannarella

Seatless Nannarella is squeezed into little more than a doorway and serves up Lisbon's best gelato. Roman transplant Constanza Ventura churns out some 34 perfect, spatula-slabbed flavours of traditional gelato/sorbe…