Western Europe’s poorest capital is also its most underrated destination. The streets are lined with jaw-dropping architecture and inspiring graffiti; the city’s residents are young, beautiful and bohemian. DailyXY headed there for a taste of the vida boa.
Drink: Finding the party in Lisbon is absurdly easy. On weekend nights the narrow streets of the Bairro Alto are crammed with revelers sipping from plastic cups. For a proper cocktail – and bathroom access – duck into Low, a cozy lounge that doubles as a showroom for eco-friendly, “remade in Portugal” furniture. Rua da Barroca 75.
Gaze: Skip the cable car and hike up the steep Calçada da Gloria; when you summit, at El Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, you’ll be rewarded with a delectable latte – and one of the city’s finest views. 351-213-227-000.
Roam: For the hungover or ADD-afflicted, Mude – the Museum of Design and Fashion – is just the right amount of museum. Inside, rough-hewn walls and exposed pipes are offset by minimalist displays of the 20th century’s most beautiful things. Rua Augusta 24, 351-218-886-117.
Gorge: Although the Bairro is teeming with trendy eateries, go authentic at Bonjardim; the service is brusque, the prices are right and the barbecued chicken is near perfect. Travessa de Santo Antão 12, 351-213-427-424.
Rest: Sitting on the Eduardo VII Park, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon balances old-school glamour – opulent marble bathrooms, impeccable service – with new-school luxury: The rooftop gym includes a spectacular outdoor running track, and the 16,000-square-foot spa takes chilling out to a whole new level. Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, 351-213-811-400.
Image courtesy of Four Seasons.