A design city: the best of arty hotels and restaurants in Lisbon


From its legendary porcelain tiles to the iconic yellow trams that ply the streets of Lapa, Lisbon is of course recognized throughout Europe as a city of design.

The colors of the old buildings – turquoise, baby blue, pink, tangerine and all the rest make the place stand out and make it look unique. The white and blue tiles of these buildings add verve. And the sidewalks, each decorated in a unique swirling style of black and white in patterns as diverse as curves and grilles are a feast for the eyes.

Lisbon’s design icons stand out – the wrought-iron St Justa elevator that takes punters up the hill to Chiado, the long Avenida Liberdade boulevard that stretches northwest of the city center, the train station Venetian / Ottoman-inspired Rossio, the Ponte 25 de Abril – resembling San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the neo-brutalism of the National Car Museum, even the 1980s postmodern explosion of the Amoreiras Mall are all remarkable.

Shops selling local furniture, interiors and clothing also abound. One of the most interesting is the fashion store +351, named after the telephone code of Portugal. You could even say that the famous cream pie is a design icon – attractive, functional, distinctive, very popular.

At MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology), charismatic director Beatrice Leanza explains to me how she removed some recent accumulations to reveal all the majesty and simplicity of British architect Amanda Levete’s 2016 design for the new museum building on the Belem seafront. Coinciding with this is MAAT’s new exhibition, X Is Not A Small Country, a sort of mini Venice Biennale.

The new space is crossed by a model of the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana in which Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello inserted swings.

Also on display is ‘cheap architecture’ – a set of stairs and chairs you can relax on from India’s Bard studio, posters by Wolfgang Tillmans on the EU electoral vote, and movies about the Middle. Orient in a special cinema.

Technology is of course at the heart of good design and at MAAT another new exhibit teaches visitors their own contribution to the climate crisis. A cool mixer lets you tweak your choices and inputs to show how much carbon you are contributing with the results displayed on a big screen.

At Jardim Luis Borges, a supermarket of the future has opened. A handsome hipster from the tech branch of retailer Continente explains to me how this futuristic new cashless store works.

Scales on the shelves weigh what’s been taken, and cameras and sensors track buyers who pay with a bespoke app.

Where to eat: the coolest designer restaurants in Lisbon

Food is everything here. Lisbon’s restaurant renaissance continues at a steady pace with stunning eateries in flamboyant designs like the remarkable 100 Maneiras, which looks like an All Saints store with its dark Gothic vibes, animal skulls and mirrors.

Michelin-starred Bosnian mixed with Portuguese food hits high marks: like the homemade breads with Bosnian sides, and the wraps you make yourself that come with a tube of sauce marked “poison” that you hand out. yourself. The food comes on planks, in vases, in metal urns, on extravagant tree-shaped trays.

However, every restaurant needs conventional plates and Vista Alegre does the best in town. Tapisco ordered their own bespoke bowls and plates with red edges to match their own chic decor. A crab salad looks great in a.

With stunning views and complex cuisine, Fifty seconds is another head-turning in town. Drogaria is an immensely friendly and friendly little eatery in a quiet area with very beautiful interiors that resemble something one would find in London’s Dalston and cuisine that mixes a bit of Asian with local favorites.

Cura has a lot of bling and also creative cuisine that could earn it a Michelin star in the next results room. Eleven Restaurant features lavish decor in its dining room and panoramic views from its perch in Eduardo VII Park.

Retro hipster designs are going Tantura – and pan-Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine is a winner. While in Salt, the masculine and sober decoration adds to the atmosphere of being a place where you can indulge yourself.

Design hotels in Lisbon: the coolest places to stay

that of Lisbon brand new Moxy sets the standard for budget boutique fun with a fun lobby and wobbly windows.

The recently Restored Ritz, a Four Seasons hotel, presents the best Portuguese design of the late 1950s in its public spaces. Sumptuous furnishings, paintings, sculptures and huge tapestries give an idea of ​​how luxurious it might have seemed when it opened in 1959.

FLH hotels are design oriented. Urbano features artwork by local artist David Rosado and Tempo features works by António Vasconcelos Lapa in its airy setting.

With mid-century lighting and furniture, and even retro toiletries, added to pinks and greens, it’s like stepping into a Made.com catalog at The vintage.

Lights) sits in the middle of Bairro Alto and has quirky interiors with symmetrical stripes throughout its bedroom and a killer rooftop lounge, Lumi – with the incredible Pica Pau and courgette tempura.

Hotel Blanc has a terrace and a swimming pool and soothing whites and grays in its rooms. Memmo Principe Real is a centrally located design hotel with an ambitious aesthetic and a cool vibe too.

Incredible views from terrace rooms and rooftop bar (Check out the free welcome drinks in the evening) Mark this Chiado spot with lots of whites and grays and images related to writer Fernando Pessoa.

Portobay Liberdade has lavish fall interiors, excellent restaurants and bars, and a luxurious spa to boot.

Hotels in Sana prides itself on various design-driven aesthetics, such as those featured at Sana Epic, Myriad, Rex and Evolution.

the A palace of the Anunciada is packed with crisp design features and don’t forget the heritage touches and the pool. Sister property H10 Duque de Loule is highlighted by an impressive azure-tiled terrace evoking the Portuguese Golden Age.

Mum’s shelter Also comes from Paris to Lisbon in November to deliver its hired design assignment. His original Parisian interiors were of course by Phillippe Starck.

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