Lisbon, the perfect short-stay getaway

Ever popular, ever accessible, with its rich history, abundant culture and beautiful pastel buildings, Lisbon makes for a perfect short-stay getaway. With so much to see and do from visiting museums to listening to traditional Fado music, you can easily busy yourself from morning to night. Alternatively, simply amble about, meander its streets and absorb the smells and sounds of this energetic and beautiful city. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a group of friends or looking for a romantic break, Lisbon delivers, in abundance.

King Jose I Statue at Praca do Comercio in front of Triumphal Arch near waterfront.King Jose I Statue at Praca do Comercio in front of Triumphal Arch near waterfront.

Where to stay: Bairro Alto Hotel, Praça Luís de Camões, 2 1200-243 Lisboa Portugal

Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon

One of our favourite places to stay is the 5-star Bairro Alto Hotel. Located in the heart of Lisbon in the historic neighbourhood of Bairro Alto, it is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It reopened in 2019 after a full renovation and now has 87 rooms and suites offering its guests tranquillity and comfort in a perfect location.

Bairro Alto Hotel room

Each room and shared space, from the lobby to the lounge, has been lovingly created with the soul of Lisbon as its inspiration evident through the colour palette, interior design, soft furnishings and materials. It has the lovely balance of modern and bohemian and retains the charm of the heritage building.

Dining at BAHR – Bairro Alto Hotel Restaurant:

Located on the 5th floor with a fabulous view over the river Tagus, open to guests and non-guests, visitors can expect a modern and informal atmosphere where the kitchen plays the starring role. The exclusive menu created by Chef Nuno Mendes and Executive Chef Bruno Rocha is full of surprising culinary combinations where you will be treated to the best of Portuguese cuisine. You will want to return here because of its rich interiors, sumptuous dining and wonderful service.

In addition to the exclusive BAHR restaurant, the hotel is home to a panoramic terrace with some of the best views of Lisbon and the Tagus river, a cocktail bar, Wellness & Fitness Centre and 4 meeting rooms. And a treat awaits with the Patisserie on the ground floor, with an array of traditional and other less conventional delicacies, just another delight of this charming hotel. The Terrace’s complements BAHR, open all day to guests and non-guests, it offers an all-day dining menu. With a stunning view over the river and the city’s rooftops, it’s the perfect spot to relax during the day, enjoy the sunset or just sit back and have a drink. The Rooftop  is open from 12:00 pm and exclusive to hotel guests. An all-day dinning menu with light meals and snacks is available.

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For Food Lovers:

A Nossa Casa, R. da Atalaia 31, 1200-190 Lisboa.

A Nossa Casa, is another Bairro Alto gem run by a couple who are creating dishes with enormous flair. The plates look sumptuous and deliver on taste. This is an experience that is exceptional for its creative use of ingredients that works brilliantly and beautifully whether you choose meat or the vegetarian options from the menu. They carry a selection of low intervention wines perfectly suited to their unique menu. This understated eatery gives a truly memorable dining experience. Not surprising they are booked every night so be sure to reserve well in advance of your stay.

Sala de Corte, Praça Dom Luís I, nº 7, 1200-376 Lisboa

At Sala de Corte, meat takes centre stage. This is a well-known and loved eatery, located minutes from the River Tagus. Dine in elegant surroundings and a wonderful atmosphere, with knowledgeable and friendly staff adding to the enjoyment at this busy and buzzing restaurant.  You’ll be treated to one of the best stakes on offer anywhere. Once again, booking is advised to avoid being disappointed.

Sala da corte restaurant

Experience Lx Factory – dining, retail and street art.

Housed in a factory complex dating back to 1846, Lx Factory is where retail, dining and street art collide. Here you’ll find over 50 shops, restaurants, coffee shops and bars. A weekend hotspot for brunch, you can buy everything from crafts to fashion and accessories, both new and second-hand. The buildings have not been renovated since the 1800s and retain the dilapidated exteriors and the industrial architecture ambiance, with some incorporating contemporary design. Overall, these are some of Lisbon’s most interesting spaces to shop or dine at. It also put the neighbourhood of Alcântara on the map, and it’s now a trendy destination for locals and tourists, who get together on the terraces. Don’t miss the highly instagramable Ler Devagar bookstore!

bookstore

Visit TimeOut Market Lisboa

A concept created from scratch in 2014 by the team at Time Out Portugal, this is a food and culture experience that is fully curated under one roof. With 26 restaurants, 8 bars, a dozen shops and a high-end music venue offering the very best of food and live performances amongst others, it is also home to some of the city’s best known and longest-running  market vendors of meat, fish, fruit and flowers. Centred around large communal tables, fine dining becomes casual as you experience the best in variety that the city has to offer. This social, friendly Market has turned the Cais do Sodré neighbourhood into a huge attraction for visitors, day and night.

TimeOut Market

 

Lisbon offers visitors so much to see and do. Our favourite things to do at a glance:⁠⁠

Our Lisbon review is written by Dee Bowman. Dee is a co-founder of Lux-BE Consulting, specialising in luxury brand engagement, marketing and communications for premium brands. She is Irish Tatler’s luxury contributor.

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