Best New Sushi Restaurants in Lisbon

I love sushi and lucky for me and many of you sushi lovers out there, Lisbon is the perfect place to find this delicious cuisine. Find out the brand new sushi restaurants in Lisbon.

  1. Aron Sushi

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Fresh, delicious sushi in this new cosy restaurant. Can’t think of a better place for a more intimate dinner. The sushi men, Aron Vargas, came from Brazil 16 years ago and immediately started working with one of the most renowned sushi chef’s in Portugal, Takashi Yoshitake. Today he has two sushi restaurants, this new one is right above a fishmonger so you can rest assured, the sushi will be very fresh. There are 9 lunch menus, sushi and sashimi combos (€35 for 30 pieces or €18 for 15 pieces) and you can also try the a la carte menu with names like o-toro, chutoro and akami.

Address: Mercado 31 de Janeiro, R. Engenheiro Vieira da Silva, Lisboa

Average dinner price for two*: €50

Book your table here. 

2. Kitanori Sushi Lounge

I’m always suspicious when the sushi price is low but in this case, the low sushi prices are inversely proportional to the fish quality. It’s fresh and it’s delicious. At this new restaurant, you can take a seat at the counter or you sit in one of the tables. 8 pieces of tempura go for €9,90, a meal for two can go up to €30 if you’re very hungry.

Address: Rua Barao de Sabrosa 315A, Lisbon 1900-091, Portugal

Average dinner price for two: €30

Book your table here.

3. Chiyome Sushi, Lisboa

The Chiyome Sushi is located in Belém, more specifically, inside the Associação Naval de Lisboa and has the best view of the Tagus river, as you can sit in the margins of the river while enjoying your dish. Prices for a sushi combo start at €17 for a plate with 15 pieces and go up to €57 for the chefs special with 50 different pieces. Every day there are different specials.

Average dinner price for two: €30

Address: Av. Brasília, Doca de Belém, Pavilhão ANL, Belém

Book your table here.

4. Nómada

sushi cone nomada

Crunchy cones stuffed with marinated tuna and Port infused caramelised onion, covered in sesame seeds and wasabi peas are one of the client’s favourites, but there’s more.  Prawn tempura with tartare mayo, white fish ceviche with tigers milk, chips and sweet potato pure… Should I say some more?

Average dinner price for two: €60

Address: Av. Visconde Valmor, 40A, Lisboa

Book your table here.

5. Miss Jappa

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Chirashi sushi

It’s right in the centre of Lisbon, in Bairro Alto more precisely. At the helm of the restaurant is the only Portuguese certified by the All Japan Sushi chef Anna Lins. At this restaurant, you can try a mix of the old and new sushi cuisine. The chirashi at the moment is highly recommended.

Average dinner price for two: €40

Address: Praça Príncipe Real 5 A, Lisbon 1250-184

Book your table here.

6. Japonês-ritz at the Ritz

This restaurant is what happens when you get the freshest of fish combined with the skills of some of the countries’ best sushi chefs. The new restaurant at the Ritz has only 18 seats available so book in advance. The menu is mouthwatering, with options ranging from the most traditional dishes to fusion or Nikkei.

You can try the tasting menu for €69 a person, lobster with spinach and yuzu and truffle vinagrete is included in the menu or if you prefer to go for the weekday lunch where you can have the executive lunch for €39 per person, the price includes a saké negi or saké maki temaki, 18 pieces of sushi and sashimi, a dessert and a drink.

Average dinner price for two: €100

Address: Ritz Four Seasons Hotel Lisboa, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 88

To make a reservation: 213811400


*average prices for two include: 2 appetisers + 2 mains + 2 beverages + 1 dessert

Hope you enjoy all or at least, some of my suggestions. Are there any other restaurants I should know about? I’m all ears. Let me know in the comment section!

 

Top 4 Cheap Brunches in Lisbon – All Below €14

https://www.timeout.com/lisbon/restaurants/the-best-places-for-brunch-in-lisbon

Every now and then it’s great to have a more exuberant brunch but other times it’s nice to just sit in a cosy cafe and have a more authentic homey experience. With the following suggestions not only you can have a different perspective on the Portuguese lifestyle but you will also be able to save since you’re combining breakfast and lunch for less than €14. And with no further delay here are our top 4 cheapest brunches in Lisbon.

1.  Minha Cozinha in Campo de Ourique

This brunch is served as a buffet and it’s delicious. You can fill your plate as many times as you want with scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, different types of bread, croissants, pancakes, yoghurt, cereal, quiches, juices and, the best part, a selection of homemade cakes, just like the ones in the picture.

Price: €14, children from 3 to 6 years old €7

Brunch Times: Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays fr0m 11am to 1.15pm and from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Address: Rua da Infantaria 16, 63A, Lisboa.

Facebook page. Telephone: 213880941

2. Eric Kayser

Eric Kayser’s cafe speciality is traditional, additive free, french bread. And for only €9 you can try some of their loaves when you try the brunch at either their new cafe in Amoreiras or in Parque das Nações. Le Brunch, it’s what they call it, includes a warm drink, which can be a coffee, a latte, a cappuccino, tea or hot coffee. And then freshly squeezed juice plus croissants, pain aux chocolate and a cinnamon bun or apple strudel. There’s, of course, different kinds of bread and butter, fruit marmalades or honey, fruit salad, Kayser eggs or scrambled eggs with salmon or prosciutto.

Price: €9

Brunch Times: From 10 am to 16 pm,

Address: Amoreiras Plaza – Rua Professor Carlos Alberto da Mota Pinto, 1070-374 Lisbon

Alameda dos Oceanos 1341,1990-083, 1990-083 Lisboa

Facebook Page. Telephone: 21 192 7894

3. Kaffeehaus

You can sit here and read a magazine or read the latest news over a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Or take a friend and choose one of the brunches on offer. Prices vary but they’re all below the €12 mark.

This Austrian cafe was where I first had tried a brunch and it’s one of the first in Lisbon that ever even had that option. It’s very popular and its different variations start at €8,60 for the Wiener Frühstück. It includes Austrian bread, a croissant, a mini chocolate and cream came, jam, Nutella, honey and butter and then there’s the Wir sind Kaiser, which you can have for €11,90. This one includes a Viennese sausage with a Salzburg stew sauce, scrambled eggs, bread and butter. There’s also vegetarian options.

Address: Rua Anchieta, 3, Lisbon

Telephone: 210956828

Brunch Times: Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 11am.

Prices: €8,60 to €11,90

4. The Decadente

It’s a hostel, that used to be the residence of the swiss ambassador in Portugal, but it’s also a famous restaurant and now it’s a great brunch destination if you’re ever wondering in Bairro Alto. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm to 4pm you can have a brunch that includes a roasted turkey sandwich with mushrooms, cherry tomato and eggs. Homemade oat waffles with caramelised apple, spices, salted caramel and vanilla foam. Greek yoghurt with crunchy muesli and dark chocolate zest, bread, juices, coffee.  There’s also a menu for kids and gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Address: Rua São Pedro de Alcântara 81, 1250-238 Lisboa

Telephone: 21 346 13 81 | Email: reservas@thedecadente.pt

Brunch Times: Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm

Prices: €13, €6 euros for children

 

Best Family Easter Brunches In Lisbon

Easter is a time of celebration, a time of renewal and also a time for eggs and delicious meals with your family. If you happen to be visiting Lisbon around Easter here is the list of the best Easter brunches on offer at the moment. I’ve carefully selected the ones free activities and meals for children up to a certain age.

  1. Family Brunch at the Hotel Real Palácio in Lisbon

Every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday, from 12.30 pm to 4 pm the five-star hotel Hotel Real Palácio, serves a delicious brunch made up of scones, brioche, cake miniatures, regional bread, cereal, fruit, homemade compote, scrambled eggs, pancakes, appetizers as well as pasta, delicious desserts, juices and all kinds of drinks. And if you thought this was the best part, here’s more, there’s a babysitting service at the hotel for children between 4 and 12 years old. There’s a drawing corner, a reading area, cooking classes and, every week, different activities for the little ones, it’s all free. Easter weekend, on the 16th April, instead of brunch, the hotel is serving a special easter lunch buffet.

Every Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm

Price: €30 per person. Children from 0-4: free. From 5 to 11: €15

Address: Hotel Real Palácio, Rua Tomás Ribeiro, 115, Lisboa

To make a reservation – Telephone: (+351) 213 199 50 Email: eventos@realpalacio.com

2. Brunch Pestana Palace in Lisbon

dessert pestana

Everything about this hotel’s brunch experience is regal. First, the brunch is set in what used to be the ballroom of a 19th-century palace. Everywhere you look there are details evoking palatial Versailles. The worked ceilings, the frescos, the Louis XV furniture, it’s all there. And then there’s the food, cold and warm dishes, sushi, meat, cheese, eggs cooked in different ways, salads, pancakes, desserts of all kinds and ice cream.

Brunch at the Pestana Palace hotel is served every Sunday, from 12.30 pm to 4 pm and it’s €35 per person (children go for free or pay less). The price includes access to the outdoors and indoors swimming pools and, the gardens, which are actually considered a national monument.

Every Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm

Price: €35 per person. €17.50 for children from 8 to 14. Children up to 7 go for free.

Address: R. Jau 54, 1300 Lisboa

To make a reservation – Email: reception.cph@pestana.com – Telephone: 21 361 5600

3. Epic Sana Lisboa

epic sana brunch

Epic, it says it in the name and that’s what you can expect of the Epic Sana Easter Brunch. There’s a sushi bar, cold and hot dishes, loads of desserts and even live music. And if you have kids, there’s the EPIC KIDS Lounge, a special space offering free food workshops, face painting stations, a Nintendo Wii with different games and, as if these weren’t enough, there’s also a chocolate fountain with fruit and marshmallows, and special meals for the little ones at the buffet.

Every Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. 

Price: €35 per adult, 50% discount for children aged 7 to 12, free for children up to 6.

Address: Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco 15, 1070-100 Lisboa

To make a reservation: +351 211 597 300| flordelis@epic.sanahotels.com

4. Pão de Canela

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This option is the most affordable but doesn’t mean it’s less exciting. Brunch is Pão de Canela’s cafe speciality and it doesn’t disappoint.  There are vegan and gluten-free options and the food is really yummy, serving hot and cold dishes, different kinds of cakes, all from 10 am to 5 pm on weekends and bank holidays. There’s also a kids corner called Canelinha where, under babysitter supervision, children can make collages, paint, listen to storytelling and even knitting.

Price: €18 Free for children up to 3 years old. From 4 to 7 kids pay €7 only.

Address: Praça das Flores, 27, Príncipe Real, Lisboa

Bookings – Facebook page: facebook.com/canelapt  Telephone: +351213972220

5. Intercontinental Lisboa

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The brunch menu includes treats like goat cheese with grilled strawberry and raspberry, mint, coriander, cucumber, melon, cantaloupe and dragon fruit or even swordfish tataki, wakame, sweet potato and sesame and these are just a sample of the what you get with the starter menu. The price is a bit high compared to the other suggestions but it does include drinks like wine and even coffee. For the little ones, this easter there’s a kid’s corner with activities like egg hunting, holiday collage making, egg painting and there’s even a surprise visit, shhhh, from the Easter Bunny.

Every Sunday from 12 pm to 3.30 pm

Price: €55 per person, 50% off for children from 6 to 12 years old.

Address: Akla, Restaurant, Rua Castilho 149, 1070-051.

Reservations – Email: akla.restaurante@ihg.com Telephone: +351 213 818 700

 

 

Best Affordable 4 Star Hotels In Lisbon

If Portugal is on your checklist but you still haven’t planned your summer holidays, this is the time to start researching and making your bookings. The hotels in Lisbon are still at 40% capacity but after the Easter holidays, things will change very quickly. Here is a list of my favourite 5 best budget hotels in Lisbon where you can stay for a week in July, under the €350 mark per person. Check it out.

  1. Lisbon Marriot Hotel

swimming pool marriot

If the swimming pool in the hotel isn’t convincing enough, then the €542 price for a week, for 2, in a room with a city view, plasma screen, free breakfast and a spa & gym should close the deal. You can book it here.

One week in Lisbon – Price in dollars: $578 – Price in pounds: £463

2. Vila Gale Opera

At this hotel, you can get a double room with a private bathroom, flat screen, free wi-fi, access to the swimming pool and sauna and river views for less than €600. It’s located by a restaurant filled area and it’s close to one of Lisbon’s nightlife hotspots. It’s going for €534, for a week in July, for two people. If you pay €10 more a day, you can also guarantee a deluxe breakfast daily.

The hotel has a sunroof pool also and, if you’re travelling with kids, the front desk will be happy to assist you on suggesting nice activities for children. Book it here.

One week in Vila Galé Opera – Price in dollars: $570 – Price in pounds: $457

3. NH Lisboa Campo Grande

bedroom NH

This hotel is right in front of a central metro station and there’s also a bus stop that takes you to the historical part of town. It’s good value for money considering you get all the 4-star hotel perks for as little as €428 for a week in July. All rooms have big windows and there’s even a pillow menu! A delicious breakfast is available for an extra €14.90 a day.  You can book it here.

One week in NH Lisboa Campo Grande – Price in dollars: $456 – Price in pounds: £366

4. EVOLUTION Lisboa Hotel

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Imagine stepping into your own rain shower after a hard day of sightseeing around Lisbon? Or going downstairs for a drink before a night out and, instead, ending up partying at the sound of a DJ set and drinking the best cocktails? Tired of a night of partying? There’s a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna, open 24 hours a day.

swimming evolution

This hotel is for perfect for tech lovers, at the reception you can find Macbooks and plugs for tablets, the bedroom temperature, lights and curtains are controlled by a smartphone app on the TV. There’s even self-check-in and check-out if you don’t like to wait. Right now, you can book a whole week of holidays for €497 in July.

Note: The rooms in the hotel have an open plan bathroom, which means there’s not much privacy if you’re not that intimate with the person you’re travelling with. On the plus side, food is available 24/7. You can add the breakfast for €11. 

Book it here.

One week in Evolution Lisbon – Price in dollars: $530 – Price in pounds: £425

5. HF Fenix Music

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I’m actually cheating on this list and adding a 3-star hotel, but that’s because this one is too good and original to be left out. Part of what makes the HF Fenix Music hotel so great is the amazing rooftop swimming pool from where you can admire the city.

bedroom hf fenix

It helps that the rooms all have a musical theme and there’s a Bluetooth sound system installed. If you’re worried about noise, don’t. All rooms are soundproofed.
You can stay here for €671. The price is for two people and the breakfast is included.

Book it here.

One week in the HF Fenix Music – Price in dollars: $716 – Prince in pounds: £574

16 Items You Should Pack For Your Trip To Portugal

Planning to visit Portugal in the summer? These are the essential items you should consider packing.

  1. Have your own personal guide with Lonely Planet Travel to Portugal

As fun as it can be to just go with the flow with no real plans on what to do or see, most of the times it’s helpful to have a guide who’s in the know. And Lonely Planet Travel to Portugal does that and more. Not only does it offer a comprehensive guide of Portugal’s top spots, it also gives you tips about what to visit in each area, insider tips on where to eat or sleep and itineraries and maps so you can tailor your trip to your liking. Costs $17.01 and you can buy it here.

2. The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Lisbon is filled with top suggestions on how to make your trip unforgettable.

 

If you’re just visiting the capital, this is my favourite. The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Lisbon, is light, pocket-sized and packed with the best suggestions. It costs only $9.80 on Amazon.

3. Portable Wi-Fi for smartphones, tablets and laptops from Tep Wireless

wireless tep

In Portugal, free Wi-fi connections are usually available in most hotels and even some bars and restaurants in the most popular touristic areas. But, if you can’t live without an internet connection on your phone Tep’s wireless dongle is your best travel companion. All you have to do is rent the device and enjoy the super fast internet on your phone. The battery lasts for 8 hours, it’s light so you can carry it in your bag and you can connect up to 5 devices to Tep. The best part of it all? There are no data limits so you can surf away without worrying about getting an astronomical bill at the end of your trip. Rent it for 10 days and pay only $99.50.

4. A hanging toiletry bag from Mr. Pro

Portugal in the summer means lots of sunscreens, after sun lotions and even mosquito repellent, depending on where you go.  This super organiser is perfect for keeping all your toiletries together and has multiple pockets so things are easy to find, it’s also water resistant and odor-free so no need to watch out for that mouldy smell. The hook is strong so you can fit in the toilet with no worries. Buy it for $12.95 here.

5. No pain in your shoulders with the Ultra lightweight backpack

In Portugal, you will do a lot of walking and this versatile ultralight backpack is just what you need. You can take it to the beach, it’s water resistant, you can take it when hiking or even when you’re just shopping. At the airport, you can fold it and put it back inside your luggage and voilá, no surcharges. It’s priced at $15.99 on Amazon.

6. Liquid containers leak proof and portable

 

When I travel far and for more than 1 week I like to buy shampoo and conditioner in the country I’m visiting but there are some things that I end up inevitably having to take like hair mask or contact lenses liquid. This little bottle container bag costs only $6.99.

7. Eye modelled sleep mask with stars 

Houses and hotels in Portugal usually have blinds, so most of the time you will be able to keep your room dark if you want. But packing this mask might prove useful in the plane or when taking an afternoon nap by the swimming pool. The best thing about this mask is that it doesn’t touch your eyes and it fits around your nose. Buy it here for $9.99.

8. 4 in 1 USA to European Plug Adapter

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This is a safe bet if you’re travelling with lots of electronic devices. This adapter has two USB connections so you can charge your smartphone or tablet and a normal plug adapter. Just remember, this is not a voltage converter so your devices need to be compatible with the 250v capacity. The price tag is $8.99 and you can buy it here.

9. Happy feet with compressed socks for the long haul flights

These socks are incredible for when you just know you’re going to be stuck on a plane for more than 5 hours. They promote the circulation, minimise swelling while reducing fatigue. Perfect for long bouts of sitting and walking, which you will do a lot of in Portugal. They’re selling for $14.60 on Amazon.

10. A soft travel pillow that supports your neck

No more neck pain with this pillow. I don’t know about you but the number of times I just end up throwing the plane pillow to the side and give up on having any neck support is ridiculous, so I was amazed when I found this alternative. It soft and it holds your neck in an ergonomic position. It’s also small and light compared to other travel pillows. You can buy it for $29.99 on Amazon.

11. Puncture and water resistant beach and picnic blanket

How cute is this? You can carry a large blanket in your pocket without even noticing it. There are three different sizes available and it even has small weights in the corners for those windy days. It goes for $11.99 for the small size and $19.99 for the larger version. Buy it here.

12. A mini usb humidifier for those hot Portuguese summer nights

Apparently, Mariah Carrey can’t live without humidifiers nor should you, especially not during the Portuguese summer. You can attach almost any water bottle or even Pepsi and Coke bottle. It’s small, it has a timer and it works with batteries if you don’t want it connected to your computer. It’s on sale at the moment which means you can buy it for $23.99.

13. Tide Travel Sink Packets

The laundry service in hotels is usually expensive and it’s still very uncommon to find self-service laundries in Portugal. But don’t worry, with this packets you won’t have to worry about dirtying your favourite items of clothing when you’re travelling. Just wash them in the sink and problem solved. It costs $3.95 on Amazon. 

14. A small travel charger for your smartphone and tablet

travel charger

Nothing’s more annoying than running out of battery midway through a day exploring. That last sunset picture, that wrong turn that left you not knowing which way you needed to go. A mobile phone is an essential travel companion and this small travel charger will give you the breather you need before you get to the hotel. It’s on sale now and going for $17.99.

 

15. Lightweight, slip-on, memory foam sneakers from Skechers

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They’re slip-on, they’re grippy and flexible, perfect for someone planning to do a lot of walking, which as I mentioned extensively will happen a lot when you visit Portugal. Size 7 on the women shoes is $37.67 at the moment. And the men’s version is at $40 for size 10.

15. Pack of portable reusable bottle protector sleeves

wine protector

If there’s one thing you won’t want to leave Portugal without is wine. You might want to take it for yourself or to offer friends, regardless, after you try the Portuguese wine you will for sure crave for more. And this is the perfect way to carry it back home without risking any breakage. You can buy it on Amazon for $15.97.

And that is the end of the list, do you have any other suggestions of what you might want ot pack in your bag when travelling to Portugal?

Top 5 Best Hotels in Lisbon 2017

In 2015 Portugal won 14 Awards at the World Travel Awards, in 2016 Portugal won an amazing 24 Awards. No wonder the capital of this small country in Southwest Europe has been so much in the spotlight in the last few years. Even more surprising is how unspoilt it is still and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 best hotels in Lisbon for your 2017 holidays. This selection includes mostly cosy boutique hotels so you can feel at home when visiting Portugal.

  1. Hotel Avenida Palace

This boutique style hotel is in the perfect location if you’re planning to explore the old town by foot since it’s located right in the heart of the city.

Being in a 19th-century building meant the hotel kept much of the romantic classicism in its style. If you’re renting a car, there’s free valet parking at the hotel. There’s also a gym on the 5th floor and even a library with books in many languages. The staff is known to be beyond attentive to your every need and the breakfast is fantastic.

Tip: Try the afternoon tea served on Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons.

Location: Restauradores

Room rates start at: $176 | £141

Find more here.

2. Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites

Travelling with children isn’t always easy but it could be if you book one of the 37  five-star apartments at Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites.

Why? Not only do they have a free Kids Club, open from 9.30am to 11.30pm, running activities every day of the week but they also have babysitting services if you prefer your children to be looked after in your apartment. And, if this isn’t enough, there’s even a pyjama club so parents can enjoy a date night in Lisbon. As for the five-star apartments, they were made to accommodate families so there are high chairs, bunker beds and even well-stocked kitchens for those who want to cook.

Tips:

  • Kids Club is free of charge in the low season from 1st of November to 30th of April. From the 1st of May, small fees are applied.
  • The kids club covers babies as young as 6 months and goes up to early teens.
  • The hotel is next to the Time Out Market, the hub of new and renowned chefs stalls and a dream for foodies.

Location: Alfama

Room rates start at: $200 |£160

Find out more here.

3. Bairro Alto Hotel

If you want to stay in the heart of Lisbon, next to the enchanting nights of bohemian Bairro Alto and trendy Chiado, also close to all the fashionable restaurants, this is your hotel. The rooms are classical, the staff works hard to make you feel at home and the hotel restaurant is just amazing.

Bairro Alto Hotel also has an awarded terrace on the top floor, voted 4th best hotel terrace view in the world, from where you can have some light bites while enjoying the view.

Location: Bairro Alto

Room rates start at: $234 | £188

Find out more here.

5. Santiago de Alfama

Of all the hotel selections we’ve introduced this is the newest of them all. Open only two years ago, the Santiago de Alfama is the king of attention to detail.

The service, the rooms, the breakfast and the staff, all work together to make your stay incredible. The area where the hotel is located also helps on making your stay special. Alfama, the oldest and the most picturesque district in Lisbon, home of narrow streets and history filled cobblestones. A maze of squares, courtyards and streets filled with history, with small cafes and typical restaurants where you can relax and have some pestiscos and vinho tinto.

Location: Alfama

Price:$174 | £140 

Find out more here. 

5. MYRIAD by SANA Hotels

Imagine walking up with nothing but the peaceful flowing waters of the Tagus river in front of you? And what if waiting for you there’s a lovely breakfast with fresh fruits, bread and cakes just out of the oven? And a Spa with a list of massages and treatments to enjoy between all the walks in the city.

Unlike the other hotels, we suggested this is the only one that is not in the historic part of Lisbon and the only one that is not a boutique hotel. But fear not since this is also a very sought after place for those who like the most modern, futuristic side of cities, the hotel has an innovative design with two lateral sail-shaped bodies and it’s really close to Lisbon’s Oceanarium, Europe’s largest indoor acquarium.

Location: Parque das Nações

Price starts at: $206 |  £165

Find out more here.

Top 5 Fun Hostels To Stay In Lisbon in 2017

Lisbon is known to have some of the best hostels in the world and if you’re travelling light and looking for fun, here is my suggestion of the best places to stay and still have the privacy of your own room.

  1. The Independent Hostel & Suites 

The nightlife in Lisbon is distributed around 3 main areas: Bairro Alto, Santos and Alfama. Lets start with Bairro Alto, this is the party hub of the town. This area consists of an amalgam of labyrinthic parallel streets, each with their unique bars, restaurants and even boutiques. Side note: Walking in cobbled streets is not easy, even less so if you had a little too much to drink, so take care and take some good walking shoes.

At the Independent Hostel & Suites you can either stay in a dorm, there are mixed, male and female rooms, or have your own room.

This hostel used to be the Swiss Embassador’s Art Deco residence, so be ready to be impressed by the magnitude of the place. Your bill will include free wi-fi, towels and bed sheets. Breakfast is delicious and free. Also, there’s an amazing, award-winning restaurant where you can try some classic cuisine and a beer garden to relax and have a drink after a night out.

Price for a basic room in 2017: $14 |£12

Tube Stop: Baixa-Chiado

Location: Bairro Alto And Príncipe Real

Book The Independent Hostel & Suites here.

2. Lisbon Destination Hostel

Lets start with the perks on this one. There’s a free billiard table, free table tennis, free luggage storage, free breakfasts with pancakes included, wi-fi, cinema room. And, to top it off, this hostel is in a brilliant location, inside the Rossio Train Station, a historic place designed between 1886 and 1887.

This hostel offers activities every night, has an amazing sky room where you can people watch, play a game or just relax with a book. If you want to explore the city, this is the best location you could choose, from here you can walk to national monuments, walk to party town Bairro Alto, or take the tube, bus, electric tram, all within 1 minute from the hostel. Since your hostel is located inside the train station, it’ll be even easier to go on day trips to hotspots like Sintra from here.

Location: Rossio

Prices start at: $15 | £12

Tube stop: Rossio

Book the Destination Hostel here.

3. Travellers House

This is the place to come if you want to make friends from all over the world. The staff is really nice, there are lots of events and tours on offer, location in Praça do Comércio leaves you at the steps of Bairro Alto and Alfama if you don’t mind walking a bit more. The rooms are really big and the bathrooms spotless. They offer free wi-fi and there are two computers in the common room. The breakfast is amazing, the pancakes with hot chocolate are particularly nice.

There’s no elevator so please ask for a room on a lower floor if you plan on having heavy luggage.

Prices start at: $23 | £18

Tube: Baixa-Chiado

Location: Rua Augusta

Book the Travellers house here.

4. Home Lisbon Hostel

This hostel has been highly praised for the fantastic decoration, the spotless and clean areas and, most important of all, how home the staff makes you feel. There’s even the mamma’s dinner prepared for you every night if you want. But if you want a single room, this is not the place for you since they only have dormitory rooms (mixed and female only).

The location is very central, Rossio, São Jorge Castle and Bairro Alto, are all walking distance. The Home Lisbon Hostel also offers a free English/Irish breakfast, there’s free evening entertainment, movies and games as well as iPads for guests in the living room.

Prices start at: $15 | £12

Location: Santa Maria Maior

Metro Station: Baixa-Chiado

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5. Lisbon Calling

This artsy hostel is in a very central location and the private rooms are airy and well decorated, with a 30s vibe. The breakfast is delicious and varied.

Prices start at: $18 | £14

Location: Misericórdia

Metro Station: Cais do Sodré

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5 Best Business Hotels in Lisbon

1. Corinthia Hotel Lisbon 

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

This is the perfect hotel if you are looking for a relaxing stay while doing business in Lisbon. The best thing about the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is that, for an extra fee, you’ll be able to be part of the exclusive Executive Club which will open the door to you for some special amenities.

What it offers: Breakfast buffet, including live show cooking, at the sky lounge on the 24th floor away from the other guests. Free drinks and small bites served up until 10 pm, every day. A selection of international newspapers. Private boardroom at the sky lounge and a guest concierge available to you at all times. As an Executive Club member, you can also request a chauffeur. Finally, did I mention the Spa? 3,500 square meters and 13 treatment rooms for those tough days after a whole day of meetings. This hotel is located in Lisbon’s business area.

Average price: £95 | $118 per night

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2. Pestana Palace Lisboa Hotel & National Monument

One of the rooms at the hotel

Part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, this hotel was home to Madonna, Prince, David Beckham and even former US president Bill Clinton when they visited Portugal. The Pestana Palace is luxurious and opulent, everything you would expect from a 19th-century palace converted into a hotel. It has 193 rooms, four of them royal suites, and there are several business rooms, with different sizes ready for your needs.

What it offers: Guests have access to a butler, a driver with a limousine and a private chef. From the hotel, you’ll have a stunning view of Lisbon, the Tagus River in Lisbon and the 25th of April Bridge, twin of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The location is also amazing, Rossio Square, close to some of the most important monuments in Lisbon and the night out hub.

Average price: $194 | £156 per night

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3. Bessa Hotel Liberdade

Modern and central

It’s a boutique style hotel, for those who are travelling to Lisbon for business but still want to enjoy a bit of luxury while being close to the touristic spots.

What it offers: The indoor pool and spa are great for some well deserved time in-between meetings. As for the rooms, the beds are big, the sheets really soft, the rooms spacious and the breakfast buffet mouthwatering.

Average price: $144 | £138 per night

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4. EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel

A 20-minute drive from the airport and you’ll be right in the city centre, a mere 700 metres from the Marquês de Pombal statue, which marks the start of Avenida da Liberdade, one of the most iconic Portuguese avenues. This avenue extends for 1100 m, it’s 90 metre-wide and it’s full of restaurants, theatres and all the best designer stores.

What it offers: The hotel has two swimming pools, one in the roof for the summer, a spa, the rooms are big, the wi-fi excellent and there’s a chance you’ll be welcomed with complimentary cakes and champagne upon arrival. Babysitting, laundry and ironing services available.

Average prices: $144 | £124 per night

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5. Pousada de Lisboa – Small Luxury Hotels Of The World

This hotel used to be a historic building used for governmental purposes. One of its rooms used to be the Portuguese dictator Salazar’s office. It has been restored to reflect the grandeur of other times and it now gives visitors the chance to stay in one of the most iconic spots in Lisbon: Terreiro do Paço.

What it offers: The Pousada de Lisboa is part of Small Luxury Hotels Of The World. The rooms are elegant, the hotel staff is attentive and the breakfast served in the courtyard, includes champagne for those who want to start the day with some sparkles.

Average price:$270 |£218 

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