Clarion Suites Lisbon
Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 44-50
Phone: (351) 21 0046600
Fax: (351) 21 3863000
Bars & Cafes
If you're looking forward for an evening of fun and relaxation, head to the Ritz Bar, tucked in the lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Ritz. Red and black colored furnishings punctuate the decor giving it a modern yet elegant touch. Munch on the Cuban Sandwich with Roast Pork Loin or the sea food lovers can gorge on the Grilled Fresh Tuna. Be it Cappuccino or American Coffee the freshly brewed concoction peps your lazy afternoon.
Located in the Principe Real neighborhood of Lisbon, Poison d'Amour is a French bakery serving freshly prepared food. Pick your favorites from the pastries, croissant and macarons to go with your cup of coffee and sit inside its modern cafe. During summers, tables are set on its courtyard garden where you can enjoy your cup of tea with freshly prepared pastries. Call for opening hours and more information.
Fluid - Eatery and Bar is tucked away on Rua da Escola Politécnica and overlooks the Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa. Its industrial chic decor is a welcoming space for those who want to dine or have a drink. A resident DJ plays nightly at this sleek restaurant and bar.
Opened in 2004, Luca gathered rave reviews and has managed to live up to those standards. With its white interior, wooden trimmings and portraits of the Portuguese hanging from the walls, Luca manages to blend in culturally. The cuisine is true Italian, the variety and quality of their pasta and risotto preparation exceptional. A special mention must be given to the seafood preparations here, as also the fresh breads. There's also a Tapas bar, in case you're in the mood. A meal here may just transport you to Italy and back. If you do meet the owner, Luca let him know what you thought of the place.
Cocoa lovers will regret missing out on this place for the rest of their lives. Claudio Corallo Cioccolato e Caffè unarguably sells some of the best coffee and chocolate in the world. Fairly unpretentious and cheap for the kind of quality it provides, the store is nestled in a small area that is easy to miss. When you do find the store, celebrate with a cup of their heavenly chocolate gelato or hot chocolate. Sample the various kinds of chocolates and take several back for the relatives back home, although you are more likely to devour them yourself.
Nestled in the classy SANA Lisboa Hotel, the Lobby Bar is an upscale bar-cum-tea room. The subtle decor and the faint live piano music played in the backdrop gives the place a tranquil look. You can drop-in at the afternoon and enjoy different varieties of tea along with some short eats or simply head here for a drink in the evening. Wine, cocktails and other beverages are on offer here; special Portuguese cheese, sandwiches, salads and other delightful snacks make for an interesting menu. Open late till 1a, it is an ideal retreat after a tiring day. For details, call ahead.
Strictly vegetarian? Then head to Jardim dos Sentidos, for the finest of vegetarian delicacies served in a pleasant and quiet ambiance. Before you browse through the menu though, relax your weary soles with acupuncture, reflexology and the shiatsu massage on offer. After this much needed refreshing change, sit back and sample the lavish buffet of mushrooms stuffed with spinach and cheese, kofta of plants and the utterly delicious ninhos salteados. Lose yourself in the breezy garden backyard and indulge in the passion fruit mousse. A definite stop to relax and unwind, Jardim dos Sentidos is indeed heaven for vegetarians!
The aqueduct that houses Chafariz do Vinho once provided Lisbon with fresh water from the hills. The wine bar, too, serves a similar purpose; it brings wines from all parts of the world to the city, with a special emphasis on lesser-known varieties. The selection is hand-picked by renowned wine critic João Paulo Martins, and includes many seasonal wines. A wonderful tasting menu is also available.
Enoteca is the perfect place for those who appreciate fine wine. The snacks served in this establishment are just as famous as the nectar from the gods and is situated on the site of the old Lisbon well, from where the city's water supply used to come; an ideal place to keep wine. The quality of the bottles is irreproachable and it has a very good collection of wines, not only from all regions in Portugal, but also several corners of the globe.
This kiosk was initially known as Quiosque da Praça Príncipe Real but because of Mr Olivera and his gracious service, it has been named Quiosque do Oliveira. The location of this kiosk is ideal, whether to spend a lazy afternoon or just grab a bite before work. The menu, although restricted to beverages and quick snacks, is known for its quality. They also screen football matches for those who enjoy watching in a large group. The overall atmosphere and a friendly host are definitely worth a visit!
If you are in the bustling Principle Real district, you surely cannot miss this charming cafe. Pão de Canela is an ideal place to socialize over a cup of coffee. The use of cinnamon sticks to sweeten the coffee gives the brewing beverage a unique and delicious flavor. Crunchy quiches and the tempting cakes brighten your mood on any dull day. Undeniably popular among the locals, this place is ideal to relax and indulge in people-watching.
Seafood and fish are the major stars at Marisqueira Quebra Mar. Located in the center of the Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon's major avenue, this beerhouse and restaurant is simply perfect to have a fine lunch or dinner, or to enjoy a snack, with some of the fresh shrimps, lobster or crabs that are always available. A varied assortment of complete dishes is also available, with special interest in the Arroz de Marisco (Seafood Rice), or the Bacalhau Assado (Grilled Codfish).