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The Lisbonaire Apartments
Rua da Glória 16, 1250-116 Lisbon, Portugal

Tel: +351 912 769 797
Fax: +34 917 903 558

Miguel Fernandes

Subway station - Restauradores (100 m)
Train - Rossio Train Station (250 m)
Bus - 36, 91 (airport Aerobus), 205, 207, 702, 709, 711, 732 (Belém), 759 (Estação do Oriente train station)
Taxi - from the airport 10 to 15 €
Private transfer from the airport - 35€ (1-3 pax), 45€ (4-7 pax)

Center - 0km
Airport - 8km
Belém - 7km
Beaches - 20 km (Caparica), 30km (Cascais)
Sintra - 30km

A short guide to the neighborhood


The Lisbonaire is near numerous cafés and restaurants that cater to all types of taste and wallets.

You can start your day by choosing one of the most traditional cafés to have your breakfast. Nicola, Confeitaria Nacional or Brasileira have been meeting places for poets, politicians, philosophers, artists and other bohemians for more than two centuries. In the weekend, you can have a meatier brunch in Café Royale, the Museu da Trindade coffee-shop or Noobai, with its splendid views of the river.

Any time of day stop for a refreshment and a tidbit in a “tasquinha” or "quiosque", that you can find in every other corner.

On Avenida da Liberdade and Portas de Sto. Antão there are plenty fish and seafood restaurants, where you can cool down for lunch: Ribadouro, Pinóquio, Solmar… In Rua dos Correeiros, you will find mainly traditional food, and you should definitely try the codfish that is cooked in Portugal in a thousand different ways.

Weather permitting, walk to the Fusão Market in Martim Moniz and try food from the portuguese diaspora.

For dinner, go to one of the renovated markets, in Cais do Sodré or Campo de Ourique, or to Calçada do Duque, where the outdoor seating has beautiful views of the Castle, or to Bairro Alto, the most bohemian area of Lisbon. You’ll have a hard time choosing between a traditional or contemporary restaurant, such as Taberna, Sea Me or Garrafeira Alfaia. All of this is within walking distance, so go out, explore and discover!
Our suggestions:

Confeitaria Nacional
Mercado de Campo de Ourique
Mercado da Ribeira
Sea Me
Casa de Pasto

A word of advice to the fashion lovers… put on a pair of comfortable shoes and go out for a shopping spree in downtown Lisbon.

In the Baixa area, you’ll find the oldest and most traditional shops in Lisbon. Rua Augusta is a pedestrian, cobblestone street with a wide variety of stores, hand in hand with people from all over the world. This is our melting pot.

In Avenida da Liberdade you’ll find the most prestigious international brands and designers from A(rmani) to Z(adig & Voltaire).

If you are looking for a more alternative style, Bairro Alto is the best option. Agência 117 is one of the many options in Rua do Norte and surrounding streets.

In the 18th century Chiado, was where people gathered to see the new trends from Paris, namely at "Paris em Lisboa". You can visit Leitão & Irmão, that used to be Jeweler to the King; Vista Alegre, the reference store for porcelains; Luvaria Ulisses, an ancient glove-maker, Casa de Velas do Loreto, candle-maker and Lisbon’s oldest trademark among others. We also recommend Casa Portuguesa, a store that rediscovers products from our youth.

Before going back to The Lisbonaire, visit  Rua D. Pedro V in Principe Real. In between grocery stores, antique stores and renovated buildings there are contemporary shops worth visiting, either because of what they sell, the originality of the décor, or the gardens and terraces hidden at the back. Visit the recently renovated, spectacular, neo-arab palace where Embaixada concept mall is installed or the Entretanto multi-brand space.

Our suggestions:

Entre Tanto
Vida Portuguesa
Lisbon Lovers
Lx Factory
Feira da Ladra
Conserveira de Lisboa
Luvaria Ulisses
Chapelaria Azevedo Rua

Take the Glória funicular, just outside The Lisbonaire Apartments, and arrive at the top of the hill to the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

The garden, recently renovated, offers one of the best views over Lisbon and the River. The kiosk is open until 2 am, with drinks and often a guest dj, when the weather allows it. You can even sit on a park bench (if you can find any empty!) and make your own ‘botellón’! Across the street, Independente is one of the trendier bars to start your night.

You can also have an early start and try the orchata or fragrant milk in the old (re)discovered kiosk from the Praça Luís de Camões, the meeting point of choice, early in the evening.

A new popular venue is PARK, set on the roof of a parking garage, offers spectacular views of the river, bridge and Cristo Rei monument, all the while serving up cocktails and background music from the DJ.

The vibrant Lisbon nightlife is now split between two neighbor rivals, Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré.

Bairro Alto is right next door and on Fridays and Saturdays the stone sidewalk is barely visible, the streets are completely packed. Rain or shine, in Bairro Alto you have the outdoor hanging-out and bar-hopping culture, taking advantage of the numerous cool places in such close vicinity.

A never ending story of street-mazes where you can find wine bars, pubs, dance clubs, gay bars, shot-bars, fado houses and, for the late night hours when you start getting hungry, you will also find open bakeries and late night dining restaurants.

Drink a glass of wine in the Rua da Barroca, have a beer at Maria Caxuxa or a gin and tonic in Suave, try the morangoskas at Mahjong, the Ginginha in Rua do Norte and finish the night in  Fragil’s dance floor.

You also should not miss the Cais do Sodre clubs at the end of Rua do Alecrim, just down the hill. 'Bom, Mau e o Vilão' or 'Pensão Amor' to start off. Rock music or reggae - depending on the day! – in ‘Jamaica’, live music in ‘Music Box’ or house music of ‘Europa’ are some of the rhythms that you can feel at Rua Nova do Carvalho, where the hardcore Lisbon nightlife takes place, on weekends.
Our suggestions:

Mercado da Ribeira
Pavilhão Chinês
Pub Lisboeta
Maria Caxuxa
Music Box

There is a lot to see in Lisbon and most of the sights are within walking distance of The Lisbonaire, in Baixa, Chiado and the Castle hill.
The area has numerous museums, churches, monuments and belvederes worth visiting.

We suggest visiting the archaeological museum in the ruins of Convento do Carmo, that was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, the archeological site in Rua dos Correeiros, with the remains of roman occupation, the fashion and design museum MUDE, contemporary art Museu do Chiado, the water museum under the Principe Real garden which is an entrance to a vast network of underground pathways or the Botanical Garden, adjacent to the Natural History Museum, where you can relax and take a long walk under the tree shade.

This area has also a rich religious patrimony, such as Lisbon's Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings in the city, or S. Domingos church, from the XIII century where you can still see the signs of the big 1959 fire.

From the Castle, you have an unparalleled view over Lisbon, city known for its many perspectives. Graça, S. Pedro de Alcântara and Sta. Catarina belvederes are also fantastic vantage points to see the city.

To overcome the steep hills of Lisbon we suggest taking one of the secular elevators such as Glória, just a few meters from The Lisbonaire, or Sta. Justa, Lavra or Bica, that offer comfort in an old fashioned style.

But surely the best way to get to know Lisbon is to get lost in Baixa and Chiado, or in the ancient Moorish neighborhood of Alfama and the Castle, and discover the people and the heritage, the traditions, sights, sounds and aromas of the city.
Our suggestions:

Miradouro S. Pedro de Alcântara
Miradouro de Santa Catarina
Castelo de São Jorge
Sé Catedral de Lisboa
Convento do Carmo
Igreja de São Domingos
Terreiro do Paço
MUDE - Museu da Moda e Design
Museu Gulbenkian
Museu de Arte Antiga
Museu do Azulejo
Museu Colecção Berardo
Elevador da Glória
Elevador da Bica
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Torre de Belém
Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Lisbon is a diverse, multicultural city and that is reflected in its cultural offer.

Classic and contemporary sounds, from distinct origins, Portuguese, African, Oriental and Brazilian, fado, opera, theatre and cinema.

You can see a play in the National D. Maria II Theater or in S. Luiz, or go to the opera in S. Carlos during the season.

S. Jorge is one of the city's oldest and grandest cinema, now used mainly for festivals and previews. Not far is the Cinemateca, that showcases Portuguese cinema and international classics. A few steps from The Lisbonaire, in Palácio Foz, the Junior Cinemateca will delight the younger audiences.

The musical offer is huge, ranging from small underground venues such as Bacalhoeiros and Crew Hassan, the jazz mecca Hot Clube, to big venues that feature the biggest names in Portuguese and international music. To know what is featuring and buy tickets go to ABEP ticket agency in Restauradores. You can listen to Fado in Bairro Alto or, better yet, in Alfama where you may still hear it being sung improvised, on the streets.

We also suggest searching for a cape-verdean restaurant with live music and dances, to get lost in African rhythms that are also part of Lisbon's heritage.

Whatever is your preference you can probably find it in Lisbon.
Our suggestions:

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
Teatro S. Luiz
Teatro São Carlos
Hot Clube
Music Box
Coliseu dos Recreios
Meo Arena
Tasca da Bela

Being in the center of the historic city has its perks. Not only you are close to the most important sights and monuments, but you'll also have the convenience of being close to a multitude of services and useful resources.

The Lisbonaire is a few steps away from the subway, buses, train, ticket agency, car rental, tourist information office, supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, etc.

In a 300 meter radius you'll find everything you need to make your stay easy and more comfortable.
Our suggestions:

Metro / aerobus para aeroporto
Eléctrico nº 15 para Belém
Eléctrico nº 28 no centro histórico
Cacilheiro para passeio no rio
Posto de Turismo
Bilhetes de espectáculo