Rooftop Culture in Lisbon
With its seven hills, Lisbon is a city with a view! You’ll be spoilt for choice for rooftop wine and dining. From alfresco, areal gardens on top of car parks to white table cloth culture in five star hotels, here are some top spots to grab a glass and watch the sun go down...
A unique, multi-sensory delight
Restaurant Feitoria is a dining spot for a very special occasion. Located on the first floor of the Altis Belém Hotel with an exceptional view over the Tagus river, every detail at the Michelin-starred Feotoria Restaurant has been considered. Metal cubes suspended from the ceiling mirror the river water and the daylight, casting an incredible, atmospheric light. Art lovers will be wowed by the authorized replica of the gold leaf Namban panel (the real one is currently on display at the National Museum of Ancient Art). Enjoy a glass of Dom Pérignon as you gaze around in awe, before being wowed by the exceptional small plates put together by chef João Rodrigues with perfectly judged wine matches in the tasting menu. After dinner, a last glass and head up to the hotel rooftop to enjoy the view from an even more spectacular perspective.
Romance over the Rooftops
Don’t be fooled by the less than glamorous entrance and old fashioned, rickety little lift that takes you up to The Insólito restaurant. The view from the top over the rooftops of Lisbon is well worth it. Watch the evening light change the colours of the buildings as you sip a glass of Krug or vintage Veuve Clicquot before taking your seat in this quirky, bohemian little restaurant. The service is second to none and the food is as good as the view and the ambiance. Try the wagyu beef with a bottle of velvety Numanthia wine or their octopus fritters and Iberian pork with a glass of Newton Vineyard Chardonnay. It’s romantic and rustic; a true hidden gem.
Garden in the Sky
In Lisbon’s Bairro Alto, they put up a parking lot then paved it with paradise – a much prettier, better use for the old rooftop car park! Another location with a somewhat misleading entrance, but wait until you get to the top. You’ll discover a stunning 180º view over Lisbon surrounded by an elevated garden, complete with a forest of green pot plants. The food menu here errs towards a healthier style of cuisine, though the burgers (veggie and meat) are a house special. At Park, you come for the view and stay for the drinks, dancing and entertainment from the outdoor cinema nights, to Brazilian samba beats and a funky house DJ that plays way into the night.
Fine Dining with a View
From parking lots to luxury hotels, if a more formal vibe is what you’re looking for. Expectcrisp, white tablecloths and sophisticated drinks, combined with the highest view in Lisbon at the Panorama bar, right at the top of the Sheraton Hotel. Famed for its elegant cocktails, you’ll also taste a fantastic, modern Portuguese cuisine and a choice of tasting menus that will tempt you to stay for dinner. Make sure you catch the sunset but book in advance! It can get busy and you’ll want a good table. Bar Panorama (at the Sheraton hotel)
Sleep and more!
Relaxen am wilden Wasser
Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho
If you’re someone who craves being by the sea, you will adore the location of Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho. Windswept sand dunes and sea views are the order of the day here, from the bedrooms as well as the pretty bar, where you can retire at the end of the day and sit on the balcony to watch the sun go down. The food, as you would expect, is heavy on the fish and seafood and done effortlessly and artistically, as its well-deserved Michelin star will attest. It’s a rugged location, whipped up by the sea, so not really somewhere you’d go to sunbathe, but it oozes rustic, wild charm and feels like the perfect getaway to blow away the cobwebs while sipping one of thewines from their fabulous list list...
See and be seen at the top of the world
Hotel Tivoli Avenida – Sky Bar
Beautiful view, beautiful drinks, beautiful people. The Sky Bar at the Tivoli will have you wondering whether you should be looking out of the window or towards the crowd. Dubbed ‘the city’s most famous cocktail bar’, Sky Bar oozes exclusivity and the vibe is much younger and more relaxed than the five-star hotel that sits below it. Move from afternoon to evening with an ice bucket of Moët Ice Impérial Rosé as the DJ spins the latest tunes from an artist who may well just turn up any minute.
Old School Clifftop Charm
Farol Design Hotel
Located on the edge of the dramatic Estoril Coast in Cascais, Farol Hotel is a beautiful blend of old world Portugal with some modern touches, despite being only 40 minutes or so from central Lisbon. A ‘design hotel’ that prides itself on impeccable service, you’ll be sure to enjoy the two very different bars and two restaurants, again with a fish and seafood theme. With the heat of the sun, you’ll want to chill with a magnum or two of Moët & Chandon’s Ice Imperial with your friends as you people watch by the bay.