New Year's Eve in Lisbon

New Year’s Eve in Lisbon 2018-2019

Are you coming to visit Lisbon for New Year’s Eve 2018-2019? Well, here are some recommendations.

These are rather odd dates, because if one side there is a lot of animation, there are also areas where there are more shops closed and many “lisboetas” leave Lisbon to celebrate outside with family and friends.
With the help of these suggestions … you will have a fun time for sure!

On New Year’s Eve in Lisbon, the town hall organizes a show each year in the Plaza de Terreiro do Paço, in the dowtown area next to the Tagus river. It is free entry.
On the 31st there are concerts starting at 10pm, and fireworks at midnight.
In case you are more days in Lisbon, on the 29th and 30th there is a concert in the same place at 9:30 p.m.

Terreiro do Paço - Main City New Year's Eve Event

Concerts and Fireworks at Terreiro do Paço

Terreiro do Paço full program:

This year’s program is still not available, but for you to have an idea, this was the full agenda of last year:

Day 29: 21h30 – Concert by Ana Moura (Fado)
Day 30: 21h30 – Concert by Lura and Bonga (African Music)
Day 31:
– 22h – Concert by Marta Ren & The Groovelvets
– 23h – Concert by Capitão Fausto
– 00h – Piromusical show with original music Beatbombers
– 00h15 – Concert that gathers several Portuguese Pop-Rock artists: Ana Bacalhau, Ana Deus, Lena d’Água, Luís Portugal, Miguel Angelo, Rui Pregal da Cunha, Samuel Úria, Viviane and Xana

As for where to dine, it’s a good subject as it’s always a somewhat complicated night. I would say that if you want to follow the Terreiro do Paço plan that I mention above, then look for a restaurant nearby and book it as soon as possible. There are many options in the downtown area.

Through this link of The Fork, you can put the date and time and it will give you several available options (I suggest you choose the option to see in the map, to look for those that are in the center):

In case you do not want the “hang outside in the street” plan and want something more organized, there are several “private” parties in different places in Lisbon that you can buy tickets to. Some with dinner included, others just for the party.

Already confirmed for 2018-2019:

Le Reveillon in Convent of Beato:
Party a little further from the center, in a former convent.
Prices €35-€45 per person, including 3 drinks. They also have a dinner+party option starting at 125€/person.

Le Reveillon @ Convento do Beato



Royal Palace Party:
In the Royal Palace of Ajuda. This is already the fourth edition of the event. Among the guest artists is the DJ Joana Perez who “promises to bring the best of hip-hop and R’n’B to the Tapada de Ajuda”. Tickets cost between €25 and €45, with 4 drinks. There is also a dinner+party option that costs 100€/person.




Other parties from last year, still pending confirmation, but that will probably repeat this year:

Casino of Lisbon:
They have dinner with menu for € 150/person, all included, and live music, including a concert by the fadist Ana Moura after midnight:

Casino Estoril (in Estoril, aprox 30min from Lisbon):
They also have dinner with show with menu for € 130/person:


Baile da Virada:
Party in a building right next to Terreiro do Paço in the old town.
Prices €30-€40 per person, includes 6 drinks.




Welcome 2018 – Estufa Fria
In the Estufa Fria (greenhouse) there is also a party with the DJs Frederik, M.Dusa, Garfield and Huguinho The King. The party starts at 11pm and the value of the tickets starts at €40.

Revenge of the 90’s:
The Revenge of the 90’s party will also happen on the 31st and it is the sound of the Spice Girls, the Backstreet Boys or Anjos. The place is in the Lisbon Coliseum. The values ​​start at €30. More information here.

Hard Rock Café
The Hard Rock Cafe Lisboa is another place to celebrate the New Year.
This year there are two dinner options on December 31, and a big party to commemorate the arrival of 2018. You can choose and reserve one of the 3 available shifts:
From 6pm to 8pm: €71, including dinner;
From 9:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: €151, with dinner included;
From 11pm to 04h: €21, with two drinks included.
To book:

I hope these recommendations help you to have a spectacular start in 2019 in Lisbon 🙂

Listen to Fado in Lisbon

Listen to fado in Lisbon

Listen to Fado in LisbonEven though I am lisboner in love with my city… I must confess I’m not a huge fan of fado.
So for this post I asked for help to some friends who do love it and know some good places to listen to fado, avoiding those designed to “trap” tourists.
So here are some recommendations of good places to have dinner or drink while listening to the authentic fado.
All these places are in the Alfama area, next to the Sé Cathedral, which is the most famous neighborhood for fado.

Mesa de Frades
Rua dos Remédios 139 A
+351 917029436

A Parreirinha de Alfama
Beco Espírito St 1
+351 218868209

Clube de Fado
Rua São João da Praça,94
+351 218852704


5 desserts you must try in Lisbon

The Portuguese are very “sweet” people. The pastry is an art, cultivated and loved by many.

In Lisbon you can find a coffee on every corner with a great variety of cakes and sweets. And in almost any restaurant you will have delicious desserts, almost always homemade, and very very tasty!

Well here you have 5 desserts or sweets that you have to try on your visit to Lisbon:


1) Chocolate Mousse


Authentic! None of that instant prepared mousse that you almost always get at restaurants arround the world! 😉
Really, you have to taste it, it is amazing (a personal favorite). You can ask for this dessert at almost every restaurant in Lisbon.

2) Baba de Camelo (Camel slime)

baba de camelo
Yes … the name of this dessert is “camel slime” in portuguese…;)
Actually it is a mousse cooked condensed milk. That is usually served with almond pieces on top. … Delicious… You can also have this in most restaurants as a dessert.

3) Pastel de Belém (Custard tart)

pasteis de belem custard tart
A Lisbon classic! It is a small cream cake, with a base of crisp phyllo dough. If freshly made and hot … the better it is. It is usually served with a little powdered sugar and cinnamon on top.
The original ones, and that I recommend you to try, are served at a a bakery located in Belém, in the address indicated below. But if you don’t have the opportunity to go there, no worries, because almost all bakeries in the city also sell them.
Casa dos Pasteis de Belém | Rua de Belém, 84 |

4) O Melhor do Mundo Bolo Chocolate (The best chocolate cake in the world)

melhor bolo chocolade do mundo2
It’s a delicious chocolate cake with meringue parts in the middle that make it crispy. The owners of the pastry shop that makes them have given it the name of “the best chocolate cake in the world”. Not sure if it really is the best in the world, as I still have a lot of chocolate cakes to try 😉 But I can guarantee you it is really really good!
2 places where you can try it:
MBCM | Rua Tenente Ferreira Durão, No. 62A – Campo de Ourique | Web
MBCM Kiosk | Avenida da Liberdade, No. 92 | Web

5) Travesseiros Sintra

travesseiros piriquita
This is a mandatory cake to try if you have the opportunity to escape to Sintra, which is approx 45min from Lisbon. It is a special of this small town, with phyllo and a filling of fresh egg and almonds. You can try them in a pastry shop called “Piriquita”. If you go there in the weekend it is normal you will find a big queue. Just take a numbered ticket and wait for your turn … is part of the ritual 😉
Pastelaria Piriquita | Rua Padarias No. 1, Sintra | Web

Best Restaurants in Lisbon

Here you can find a small selection of some of my favourite restaurants in Lisbon.
Enjoy! 😉

Great grilled fish restaurant. It has been renovated recently, so it no longer has that “tavern” environment but it is still one of the best places to eat fish in Lisbon at affordable prices. Also going there is quite an interesting experience. The waiter is a very nice man, funny and with a big moustache. The place is decorated with soccer scarves in plastic sleeve… Mandatory: try the grilled “dorada” (gilt-head bream) or the grilled salmon fillet, and at the end… the chocolate mousse.
The place is not very big, so it’s best to book a table in advance.
The only not so good aspect about this restaurant is that it is in a quiet area, not many bars or other places to go after in the near area. But a taxi ride from there to Bairro Alto takes 10 minutes and costs less than 10 €. Worth it 😉
T: +351 213 968 633
Address: Rua do Sacramento a Alcantara, 74

Another typical Portuguese restaurant, very small, also in “tavern” style… but very good and cheap.
This one is placed in the very lively area of Principe Real, near Bairro Alto. Delicious cheese they usually serve as couvert, good selection of grilled fish, and also some delicious meat options. Very friendly service.
T: +351 213 427 578
Address: Rua do Século, 242

2yn5betSinal Vermelho
Typical Portuguese restaurant. Regional food, with good fish and good meat. Lively atmosphere, right in the heart of Bairro Alto. It has a small terrace, nice to have dinner outside on hot nights. I recommend the “Polvo à Lagareiro” (octopus baked with potatoes and a lot of olive oil) or “Porco à Alentejana” (fried pork meat in cubes, with chips, clams, pickles… all mixed and served together).
It is perhaps the most touristic of the several restaurants that I recommend on this page, but has a good balance between quality-value-location.
The price is approximately 40 € -50 € for 2 people.
T: +351 213 431 281
Address: Rua das Gaveas, 89


29261y1Café Buenos Aires
Great place for a romantic dinner or for small group of people. If you are many (8+) you probably won’t be able to get a table!
As the name suggests it has an Argentinean influence, and as so… they serve delicious meat dishes. But there are also many other options not from Argentina.
It is located in a small beautiful street stairs that come down from the Igreja de São Roque to Restauradores.
T: +351 213 420 739
Address: Calçada Escadinhas do Duque, 31b
(You can see a small video of my visit to this restaurant here!)

lapaparruchaLa Paparrucha
Argentinean grill restaurant. It is true that you are in Lisbon, and you should mostly go for the Portuguese places, but if you are in need for some good meat with the best view over Lisbon … this is the place 🙂
It is expensive (for Portugal) but very good. Good place for romantic dinner 🙂
T: +351 213 425 333
Address: Rua D. Pedro V, 18