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


Lisbon in videos

Lisbon in Videos

In this post I will be adding videos of “moments” in Lisbon, so that I can show you a little more of this beautiful city and its special places. These videos have aprox. 1 minute, they are made by me with the camera on my phone, just capturing some moments of a lisboners life… I hope you like.

#thebestoflisbon To have a cocktail at sunset in the bar À Margem

Check please:

– Caipirinha: 6.5€
– Morangoska: 6.5€
– Bruscheta à Margem: 5.5€
– Fantastic view over the river, the bridge and the Christ statue: 0€
Total: 18.5€ (2 pax)


#thebestoflisbon To have dinner at Café Buenos Aires

Check please:
– Bread and butter: 2.5€

– 1 bottle of Red Wine from Alentejo region: 15.5€
– 1 Grilled Goat Cheese Salad: 11.5€
– 1 Steak (you can order it for 2 people and they will devide it in 2 plates): 18.5€
– Apple Crumble with vanilla ice cream (to share): 6€
– View over the S.Jorge Castle: 0€
Total: 54€ (2 pax)
#thebestoflisbon To cross the bridge and in 20 minutes arrive to the fantastic beaches of Costa da Caparica

Check please:
– 1 Vegetables Soup: 2.5€
– 2 Sandwiches in rustic bread: 7.8€
– 2 Natural juices of Pinneapple and Melon: 8€
– 1 Bottle of Water 1.5L: 2.2€
– 1 Ice cream: 2.3€
– Swim in the very “cool” water of the Atlantic ocean: 0€
Total: 22.8€ (2 pax)


#thebestoflisbon Go up to the roof top of Hotel Bairro Alto to have some beers at sunset with a fantastic view over the city and the Tagus river!

Check please:
– Beers: 6€ cada
– Fantastic view over the Lisbon rooftops, te river and the bridge: 0€ (or let’s day that the view price is already incorporated into the beer price! 😉
Total: 12€ (2 pax)


#thebestoflisbon Enjoy a garden picnic… without having any effort to prepare it!… 😉 The restaurant of Hotel da Estrela, in the neighbourhood of Campo de Ourique, has a picnic menu that they serve in the hotel garden, with the complete kit of towel, pillows, etc, in a private environment with a very nice service.

Check please:
– Picnic Menu: 18,5€ por person*
(Includes: Bread and toasts, Butter and Jelly | Cold soup | Cheeses and Sausages | Pastries | Raw vegetables with sauce | Roastbeef Baguette with Antique Mustard | Patato Chips | Chocolate Mousse | Fruit | Water and Coffees)
– 1 Bottle of White Wine: 10€
Total: 47€ (2 pax)

* Kids from 0 to 4 years old don’t pay, and from 5 to 12 pay 50%

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