Hotspots: Lisbon off-season

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“Lisa,” as it is known by locals, has gained in popularity in recent years and is now filled with tourists in summer. However, Lisbon is just as enjoyable in autumn. Make the most of this Portuguese city at these four spots that touch the sky.

A hotel: Memmo Alfama

 

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Nestled at the end of a small cobblestone alley in the Alfama neighbourhood, this hotel features a rooftop terrace with an unblocked view of the Tagus River and São Jorge Castle. Here, you can sample an array of local tapas: pork croquettes with mustard, sautéed prawns with lime and ginger, as well as peixinhos da horta, which are small fried fish. The minimalist décor, reminiscent of traditional Portuguese houses, is spruced up with more contemporary touches.

Travessa Das Merceeiras 27, 110-348 Lisboa

A restaurant: Local

 

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For those in the know, Local is probably the best way to discover the local cuisine. There’s only one table and a single tasting menu with five dishes. In the kitchen, chef Andre Lança Cordeiro cooks up traditional fare with a foreign touch, revolving around seasonal products and the catch of the day. Reservations are a must.

Rua De O Século 2046F, 1200-435 Lisboa

A pastry shop: Manteigaria

 

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You can’t visit Lisbon without trying the famous pastéis de nata. At the narrow Manteigaria shop, the small cream pastries are made to order, right behind the window. After waiting patiently in the queue (good things are worth the wait), ask for a hot pastel, generously dusted with cinnamon.

Rua Do Loreto 2, Largo de Camões, 1200-242 Lisboa

A bar: Damas

 

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On-trend, this bar unites both locals and tourists who want to discover the city’s nightlife. On the one hand, you’ll find a Middle Eastern café that serves small dishes and cocktails. On the other, a well-hidden speakeasy that moves to the beat of electronic music. The perfect way to spend a long night out.

Rua Da Voz Do Operário 60, 1100-621 Lisboa

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