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  • Things to do

We’re going to come right and say it; Lisbon is one of the greatest cities on the planet. Don’t believe us? It won’t take long for the city to change your mind. It all starts with the aesthetics, and Lisbon offers up more beauty than you can shake the proverbial stick at. Throw in a conveyor belt of world-class restaurants, the best hotels in Portugal and an uncanny ability to look effortlessly stylish at every turn, and you’ve got yourself a life-changer. As a result, the best things to do in Lisbon can read like a collection of the best things to do in life. You know, the bucket list stuff, bouncing from magnificent museum to the stunning street area via food, booze and more. Lisbon’s coolest neighbourhoods have plenty to offer, and this is the best of the best. 

  • Attractions

As one of the greatest cities in the world, frankly it's a wonder that we managed to narrow down all the best things to do to a list of just 52. Think of our selection as a taster – something to satisfy your initial cravings and leave you wanting more. Take Belém Tower, for instance, this waterfront landmark makes for a great introduction to Lisbon's numerous nearby UNESCO World Heritage sites. Or climb up to Miradouro da Graça to take in one of the city's many magnificent views. And don't forget to visit the Time Out Market, of course, for a literal taster of the delicious culinary offerings.  Recommended: Need a place to stay but can’t decide? Find your perfect getaway spot with our guide to Lisbon’s best neighbourhoods. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

  • Restaurants

Did you pack that appetite? Good, because we’ve got a whole lifetime of restaurants to get through here. Lisbon is a foodie paradise, one of the world’s great gastronomic centres and a city with culinary love flowing freely from every nook and cranny. Every neighbourhood here has its favourites, and we’ve done the hard yards and compiled a collection of the best restaurants in Lisbon right now. 123 of things, no less, meaning we should probably wrap this up and let you get on with it. There are no bad choices, this is Lisbon, so maybe just start at the top and enjoy them as they come. After all, eating is one of the best things to do here (along with drinking, sightseeing, relaxing and, you know, existing).   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Portuguese
  • Chiado/Cais do SodrĂ©

To general unhappiness, this small twenty-first century tavern stopped taking reservations on its second day of operation, a few yeark back. And since that day the queues line up at the door for both lunch and dinner. During the day, you can try traditional recipes like the meia-desfeita (cod salad with chickpeas); at night, go for a series of dishes and tapas that chef André Magalhães and his entourage invent every day with what the season, and the producers (many of them near Lisbon), bring him. Perfect for: introducing a friend to great Portuguese food.Must try: the iscas com elas – just go for it.

  • Nightlife

Legendary institutions that went through several names and formats, looking for a place in the sun (or, more aptly, under the moonlight). When darkness falls in the city, a proper night out necessarily includes a trip to one of these spots. We don’t want you to roam around after hours, uneasy about where to go - so here is a list of Lisbon discos, both grand party halls and more subdued venues, sure to please every taste. Can we ask you for a dance? Recommended: ultimate guide to Lisbon's nightlife  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Chiado

The small eatery at the Rua das Flores in endangered ever since its building was approved for building a hotel. But there is no closure date for now, so enjoy their croquettes (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), their cod cakes (Tuesdays and Thursdays), their “alheira” sausage with fries and egg, their “iscas”, their homemade soups, their almond pie... well, the menu isn't very long but it's always hard to pick just one thing. If all else fails, just go “eeny, meenie...” Time Out tips: – Only lunches are served, and by 11am they are usually fully booked. – The cod cakes won a blind taste test by Time Out Critics. – There is no sign at the door. Memorize the street number: 76

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Estrela/Lapa/Santos

Alexandre Silva has made brilliant history in Lisbon and has shown that irreverence and risk are two important factors in the life of a chef. In his Loco there is a suspended olive tree attached to the ceiling, a kitchen open to the living room, and a host of other details, such as homemade fermented liquors and juices, which depict the disruptive project he wanted to create by opening a fine dining in his own name, with two tasting menus (80 and 90 €). Got the star in 2017, repeated the feat this year and will not stop here. Perfect for: having an original creative high cuisine experience from start to finish.Must try: all the dishes that the chef will think of sending to the table.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nightlife
  • SĂŁo Vicente 

Lisbon's best club, with two dancefloors (one loungey, one sweaty) and a roof terrace overlooking the river. As the hip furniture indicates, it's a see-and-be-seen place, but the crowd is friendly and the measures Lisbon-large. House and guest DJs offer everything from electro and hip hop to bursts of '80s music. Thursdays are popular with locals keen on leftfield names; on Saturdays the place is mobbed by out-of-towners. Lux's programme - which includes live bands and the odd Sunday afternoon event, as well as big international DJs - and its catch-all social role remain unrivalled. Exude photogenic importance at the door if you arrive after 2am.

  • Hotels

Lisbon has become something of a tourist hotspot in recent years, and with this comes the rise of the big, hotel chains. When it comes to choosing a place to stay though, we know the Time Out traveller wants to stay somewhere that’s a bit different, under-the-radar and, most importantly, fun. When drawing up this list, we took into account design, location, service, amenities, architecture and value for money, while also considering their general vibe and aesthetic. From small low-key and tasteful boutiques to hotel spas bursting with luxury, the options are all here for you. Now all you need to do is book... Note: please check the latest travel guidance before booking your trip. RECOMMENDED: Best cheap hotels in Lisbon This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Time Out Market Lisbon
  • Restaurants
  • Cais do SodrĂ©

Have you ever heard of curated burgers? Curated nigiri? Curated pizzas, sandwiches or even curated cod? Probably not. After all, Time Out Market is the first market in the world where everything has been chosen, tasted and tested (with four or five stars, and not one star less) by an independent panel of city experts: Time Out’s own journalists and critics. More than 40 spaces with the leading representatives in all the food categories that help make Lisbon what it is - and tastes - all together under one roof. Find out everything you need to taste - and what Time Out had to say about it. A concept created from scratch in 2014 by the team at Time Out Portugal, with only the best ideas and business projects in Lisbon - according to the editorial team - which can stay in the market from one week to three years. If it’s good, it goes in the magazine, if it’s great, it goes into the market. On the one hand, 24 restaurants some of them from very well-known Portuguese chefs, 8 bars, a dozen shops and a high-end music venue called Rive Rouge, all with the very best in Lisbon (the best steak, the best hamburger, the best sushi and the best live performances, amongst others); on the other hand, home to some of the city's best known (and longest-running) market vendors of meat, fish, fruit and flowers.  Check out more information at our Time Out Market Lisboa website. And do not miss the opportunity of experiencing it if you ever come to Lisbon!