Lisbon’s 10 restaurants you can’t miss

restauranteOnce the visit to the apartment is done (Compliments for the quality of the apartment received and thanked) and the last administrative details wrapped up (With the quality of our work noticed), many of our clients ask us for some tips on restaurants not to be missed in Lisbon.

It’s always hard to find THE restaurant that pleases everyone, couples, groups of friends or families; they all have different desires and needs. Our team is Portuguese and knowing Lisbon perfectly shares their good advices with our clients. Vegetarians, typical restaurants, fado houses or renowned restaurants … it takes all kinds to satisfy our most demanding clients.

Also, we would like to reveal some of our special tips that, after tasting, pleased not only our team members but also tourists from around the world who come to visit us!

Attention, this is not a list of Portuguese restaurants in Lisbon, but a list of restaurants that are worth trying for visitors staying in our apartments in Lisbon.

Number 10: Comida de Santo

This colorful and lively restaurant has been offering  some authentic Brazilian cuisine for almost 30 years. While the décor is modern, the dishes have kept to its true authenticity, such as Vatapá: a dish of dried shrimp with a sauce made of peanuts, palm oil and coconut milk. Our favorite!

Of course, we must not miss the main course of Brazilian cuisine: the Feijoada. A kind of stew that is served with black beans, rice and orange slices.

More information here.

Number 9: Tascardoso

A cosy and cheap restaurant, which will quickly turn into your canteen, if you have selected one of our apartments in Bairro Alto.

Unpretentious, but aiming to always satisfy the client, the team will be at your disposal to offer some of Lisbon’s specialties, essentially based on grilled fish and fresh vegetables.

More information here.

Number 8: Paparrucha

Located halfway between Principe Real and Bairro Alto, this restaurant offers the taste of Argentine meat, while enjoying one of the most gorgeous views of Lisbon. Ideal for a romantic evening, you will not be disappointed with the food quality.

Beware though, the bill is a little bit higher than the usual in Lisbon (but the Argentinian meat justifies the price).

More information here.

Number 7: Terra

It’s not always easy to offer a wide, good … and vegetarian choice. This is the mixed proposed by this restaurant with an original design (a Buddha hall, a Japanese room etc…). Our favorite is the small courtyard that takes us into a very special atmosphere. The restaurant has also received several recommendations and awards for the quality of its service and food.

An original atmosphere is always nice to have regularly!

More information here.

Number 6: Casanostra

A classic of the European cuisine.  A bit of Rome, Sicily and Naples together in Lisbon. Since the 80’s, Maria Paola’s restaurant has created a unique atmosphere around the Mediterranean cuisine. Rediscover here the classics of the Italian cooking: linguini, lasagna, pizza… and of course the good Italian wine (almost as good as the French or Portuguese wine J!)

The “must” of the house? Find it out by ordering the Tiramisu!

More information here.

Number 5: Grapes & Wine

Small, warming, authentic … there’s no lack of adjectives to describe this little secret place. A small Tavern where the night rolls around the wine. A list of a hundred bottles (mostly Portuguese) is available and you can enjoy your drink with some dishes.

Please note, the place gets full quickly during the evening, you should book a table. Especially when there is live music!

More information here.

Number 4: Flor de Laranja

Be daring! Let yourself be tempted by oriental flavors! This is the perfect place. In a décor worthy of the Arabian Nights, discover these oriental flavors.  North African specialties are basic options and you can choose among tagine, couscous, pastille, mint tea. A small piece of Maghreb in the heart of Bairro Alto.

If you’re lucky and reserve on the right day, you will be able to enjoy a belly dance performance.

More information here.

Number 3 : Bistro 100 maneiras

A must for any self-respecting « Lisboeta ». An address known and recognised in Lisbon which welcomes the little “jet-set” of the Portuguese capital. With a sophisticated décor, an elegant presentation, and dishes that revisit traditional Portuguese cuisine with a twist. Prices are above average of other restaurants in the city, but what is offered  will quickly make you forget the final bill.

More information here.

Number 2 : Restaurant Carmo

An elegant Portuguese cuisine, in a sophisticated ambiance, at one of the prettiest squares in Lisbon. The restaurant is divided in several small parts, which makes the atmosphere very pleasant and intimate.

Note also the fine selection of Portuguese wine.

More information here.

Number 1 : Antigo Primeiro de Maio

Here it is something to satisfy your appetite, your desire for authenticity, without ruining your finances.  Located in the heart of Bairro Alto, this restaurant offers the main Portuguese dishes in a great environment. Let yourself be guided by the advice of the waiters who will know what to recommend and help you have a great time!

More information here.

Special prize:  La Parisienne.

Our little chauvinistic pleasure! And if you let yourself be tempted by a small piece of France in the heart of Chiado in Lisbon? This is the concept of the Parisian bistro! At the stove, Xavier will make you rediscover the simple pleasures of the French cuisine: andouillette, cassoulet, blanquette… all complemented with a good wine. A real treat!

More info here

John Malkovitch is in love for Lisbon

John-Malkovich-0111When someone makes a love declaration to the city of Lisbon we like to publish it. When that someone is John Malkovitch we HAVE to publish it. Interviewed in Lisbon, the American actor gave his opinion about our city, its light, its museums and the good life that prevails.

After living in Lisbon on and off for 15 years (did we had the opportunity of having him in one of our apartments in lisbon?), the actor born in 1953 explains his surprise at the reception and kindness of Portuguese people and especially the people of Lisbon.  A fact that we can confirm!

Beyond this first approach, it is also and especially the landscapes, the diverse architecture and the culture that led him to consider more than once moving in our beautiful city.

Culturally, John Malkovich also mentioned Fado music he particularly enjoys. Without detracting from the sweet melody, we would like to remind our friend John, that Portuguese music goes far beyond Fado.

If like us, and like John Malkovich, you love our city of Lisbon, do not hesitate to follow his advice and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the city and wander the neighborhoods across town (the district Chiado, or Bairro Alto district, for example) … that’s how great discoveries are made!

Find the interview here.

Lisbon, a real city of football

Lisbon will not lose its good habits. After being the center of football, past may, with the Champions League final, the Portuguese capital will receive again teams from all over the continent.

The least we can say is that is going to be big. As all the big European cities and capitals (with the exception of Paris), Lisbon has several teams in the European competitions. Benfica and Sporting in the Champions League and Estoril in the UEFA cup (Estoril is not a team from Lisbon but we cannot ignore it).

The program is loaded and great posters will be displayed in the magnificent stadiums of Lisbon.

Benfica (Estádio da Luz)

estadio_do benficaBenfica has a relatively homogeneous group. Composed by the teams of Zenith Saint Petersburg (Russia), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) and AS Monaco (France, Monaco), the “reds” group is not an easy one. Several important players left the team this summer, but no one lost confidence in the mythical coach, Jorge Jesus, to return to the tide of victories.

Sporting (Estádio de Alvalade)

alvaladeComing back to the competition, after being several years away, the green team couldn’t get a harder group, the team was in the pot 3  (you should see  the specialized sites for better accuracy… but if you need an apartment in Lisbon you can be sure we can help you!) The group G it’s a hard one, it counts with the presence of great teams like the English Chelsea FC (2012 winner of the competition), and also the German Schalke04 and the Romanian Maribor. We can anticipate great games to this renewed Sporting team as it returns to the competition eager to win.  It is also an opportunity to meet the famous Portuguese coach, José Mourinho.

Estoril (Estádio António Coimbra da Mota)

The blue and yellow players from Estoril will have a hard task at Group E of the UEFA’s Cup. They will also be able to visit Europe all around, as they will have to travel to Russia (Dynamo Moscow), Greece (Panathinaikos) and the Netherlands (PSV Eindhoven). Estoril FC will play against true heavyweights of football, and they will also be the only Portuguese team in the competition.

It is with great pleasure that the city of Lisbon will receive these sports events and the fans of all teams. Each year, the squares in the center of Lisbon get fulfilled with fans of all teams, always maintaining a cordial relationship among rivals. We will have the pleasure to receive the football fans in our apartments at the center of Lisbon and in the neighborhoods of Benfica and Alvalade.

As we always say … let the best win, especially if it is a team from Lisbon!

No, portuguese music is not only Fado

If there is a label that Portugal can live without, is the association between Portuguese music and Fado. It’s time to end that cliché, and unveil the talents of the Portuguese music scene.  

Attention, it’s not our intention to criticize Fado (classified as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity). We recommend to the fans of this type of music to enjoy the amazing evenings at Alfama, where you can not only listen to Fado but also taste several Portuguese dishes and a glass (or more) of Portuguese wine. Soon, we will write to give you some tips about new talents of Fado (Ana Moura, Mariza and Mísia).

The French magazine, Les Inrockuptibles recently published an excellent article about some Portuguese groups, we will also propose to you some groups that deserve some minutes of your time at Youtube, Deezer or Grooveshark. Here it is our top 3 (subjected to your comments and criticisms) of the Portuguese artists to listen.

(This is a non-exhaustive list of suggestions, we will read with pleasure all of your comments with suggestions of others Portuguese artists.)

  1. Aurea

AureaIt’s hard to say she’s a rising star of the Portuguese music scene because she is already for several years on the radio and on our playlists. Her presence at the summer festivals (mostly Optimus Alive with the group The Black Mamba) was striking and left us eager to see her again. 

Born in 1987, the soul and R’n’B singer was discovered by the general public in 2010 with the album titled «Aurea». In a few weeks, rose to the top of the Portuguese charts, and her status changed.  In 2011 she won a Globo de Ouro for best individual performer (the equivalent of the Grammys).

In 2012, she delivered a new album (the one of the confirmation) «Soul Notes», from where was extracted the single «Scratch my back».

There it is a little video for the fans.

We like it and recommend it!

  1. Boss AC

Boss ACA change of style, with a dose of testosterone and more with Boss AC.

Considered one of the pioneers of Portuguese rap, Boss AC was born in Lisbon in 1975. He began to write and published he’s first rhymes in the album «Rapública» (1994), one of the firsts compilations of Portuguese rap.

Then comes the first solo album («Manda Chuva» in 1998), but it was with the album «Ritmo, Amor e Palavras» (Released in 2005) that he became known (and recognized) by the public. This album was also a platinum record.

He’s last album is «AC Para os amigos» in 2012, from which was extracted the single (and the hit of 2012 summer) «Sexta-feira».

Again, we like it and recommend it.

  1. Márcia

MÁRCIA PROMOTIONAL PORTRAITMay be less known than the previous (and that is debatable), Márcia was born in 1982 and began singing at 12 years old. It was with her second album «Dá» in 2010 that she became one of the most impressive Portuguese voices of that year (and next ones). She’s not only a great singer she is also the author of her own texts.  A sweet and profound album with charming ballads.

In 2013, was released a new album title «Cacoon», which confirms the great opinion we have of Márcia. Hear one of the songs on this album to get acquainted with this beautiful voice.

Once again, we like it and we recommend it. And you?

  1. The Legendary Tigerman

The Legendary TigermanWith English name, born in Mozambique and end up living in Coimbra. That is a small example of the complexity of this character. Artistically speaking complexity is also present, he is a true one man band. He plays harmonica, guitar and drums, alone with the help of technological aid of different microphones and pedals. He’s register is a little bit dark and melancholic or so do we think. 

Named Paulo Furtado, known great success in 2009, with the album «Femina» a female duets album. In 2014 it’s with the album «True» that he comes back to our playlists.

A small extract to open your appetite. 

We finish our Top 3, that as you noticed, end up being a Top 4, knowing that we forgot to mention some great names  (Richie Campbell , Noiserv, Rita Redshoes)… with this little appetizer we hope to make you want to visit Portugal and explore the Portuguese musical scene.  

Have you discovered and /or are fans of these artists?

If so, please share this article and let your friends know about Portuguese music.

Top 5 of the words you should use to be cool in Lisbon

BairroAlto-noite-baresThis is a piece of advice that we give to all the tourists and travelers around the world. Before you visit another country, you should learn a little bit of its language.

There are some cultures that don’t feel very comfortable with other languages so, our tip to impress or suprise your local friends is to use some specific words!

We will now tell you the best 5 words to be cool in Lisbon (especially after 10pm in Bairro Alto).

1st Fixe

During your first days in Lisbon or in Portugal everything will be amazing and you will be easily thrilled with everything you will see, the only problem will be describing it in one word. The word for that will be “Fixe”.

This expression will easily become your alpha and omega in every conversation. “Fixe” this,”fixe” that. The accent is very easy because it is pronounced like fish.

If we are going to translate “fixe” it means the same as cool. A “fixe” person is a person that is nice and cool.

You can be seat in a restaurant and the waiter ask you “Então ‘tá tudo fixe?”: he will not bring you a dish full of fish but he is just asking you if everything is ok or not.

2nd Bué

The word “Bué” has it origin on an African dialect (Qimbundo) and has arrived in Portugal on the 70s when some Portuguese’s returned from the Decolonization.

To simplify, “bué” = very

You can use this expressions to empathize a sentence, like your food is “bué boa”, your apartment in lisbon is “bué bonito” or that your stay is being “bué fixe” (this time you will be able to use both expressions together).

3rd Tipo

There is no correct word to translate “tipo” because it is an expression that can be used in different situations.

It can mean the same of “like” in English or the same of “genre” in French.

This word can be put in the beginning, middle or end of the sentence and it will always be ok!

For exemple: “Lisboa é bué fixe!”

4th Brutal

Please not that this expression can be misinterpreted; it does not describe something or someone violent but something or someone exceptional.

For example, in a scale of 1 to 10, “fixe” is 1 and “brutal” is 10.

In a festive atmosphere we can say that “after mid-night, Bairro Alto is Brutal” “as ruas estreitas de Alfama são Brutais” or “a ginginha e o vinho verde são brutais”.

5th ‘Tá a bazar

This will be the expression that will make you a really Lisboeta, one of those that are capable of discuss hours about benfica or sporting.

“’Tá a bazar” is an expression that can indicate your will to leave a place.

When you are enjoying a caipirinha in the neighborhood of Bica and you want to go to another place you can say “’Tá a bazar”


Here it is your first portuguese lesson! Hope to see you in Lisbon and share with you a drink!