Travel Tips

Unbabel is proud to call Lisbon, Portugal its home and global headquarters. Blessed by wonderful locals, beautiful weather and delicious cuisine, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Lisboa. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

Hotels

Evolution Hotel

Overlooking the buzzing Duque de Saldanha Square, this hip, contemporary hotel with a minimalist decor lies within a 5 minute walk from the Unbabel tower and it’s our preferred venue to host internal meetings and your average get togethers.

Turim Restauradores Hotel

​​Getting closer to the heart of Lisbon will be mission impossible if you choose to stay in Restauradores. Simplistic but with all the accessibilities you are seeking, this hotel lies in one of the most trendy spots in the city, where you can easily walk to Castelo de S. Jorge, or simply enjoy a nice beer downtown.

Turim Marquês Hotel

The Turim Hotel stands near the famous Marquês de Pombal roundabout, dedicated to the man who rebuilt Lisbon after the big earthquake of 1755, and it’s the perfect choice to have an upgraded experience right in the center of the city.

Turim Avenida Liberdade

Av. da Liberdade has been described as Lisbon’s Champs Élysées, lined with fashionable shops and classy hotels. Right past the Marquês de Pombal roundabout, as you make your way down the avenue, is Turim Avenida da Liberdade, an ideal hotel for your Lisbon expeditions.

Restaurants

Ramiro

Seafood, Portuguese

We didn’t exactly put a poll out there, but ask Lisboners where to eat and 3 out of 4 will say Ramiro. It’s just manners. You’ll find some of the best seafood in town: Ameijoas à bulhão pato (clams sauteed in olive oil, garlic, lemon and cilantro), sapateira (crab), carabineiros (these huge red prawns), and for dessert, pregos (the classic steak on bread). It’s crowded, unpretentious, messy, and most important of all, the food is delicious. What’s not to love?

Taberna da Rua das Flores

Portuguese, Vegetarian-friendly

If you’re looking for something more intimate, drop by this taberna, a cozy tavern downtown with super friendly staff and amazing traditional food.

Osteria

Italian

In the historic neighborhood of Madragoa, you can find this quaint little Italian place, Osteria, with a simple menu, standout products and that kind of comforting, nostalgia-evoking food your Nonna would have make, were you Italian. They like to point out, and it’s hard to argue against it: All meals taste better when shared.

O Talho

Portuguese, Meat

O talho literally translates to The Butcher, which should give you a very good idea of what you’re in for. If you’re a fan of beef tartare, or think this could be as good a time as any to give it a try, this is the place to do it in.

Casa Nepalesa

Asian, Nepalese, Indian

If you’ve just strolled through Gulbenkian’s gardens and are feeling a bit peckish, pop by Casa Nepalesa, a place with a big menu, seasonally chosen products and locally ground spices. They highlight their stewed goat with spicey sauce and lamb with traditional curry sauce, but everything we’ve ever had there was delicious.

Bonsai

Japanese

Traveling further east, Bonsai has survived three decades of skepticism, several sushimen and the boom of all you can eat sushi, and we’ll be damned if it’s still not the best japanese restaurant in town. There’s no going wrong, really. And if there happens to be Ramen for lunch that Saturday, you’re in for a treat.

PSI

Vegetarian

Close to Campo Mártires da Pátria, in the middle of a lush garden, is Psi, with your not so typical vegetarian dishes such as ricotta roti with honey and nuts, red thai curry and Korean tofu bowl.

Ao 26 Vegan Food Project

Vegan

Placed downtown, it’s a restaurant with an open kitchen and casual atmosphere. The food is really good, but every single person we talk to highlights the vegan cakes, adding “there won’t be a crumb left in your plate.“

Pistola y Corazon

Mexican, Streetfood

For those in the audience constantly craving delicious tacos and margaritas with a punch (what else?), there’s no better choice than Pistola y Corazon. In fact, we go there so often it’s entirely possible you run into some of us.

Café Tati

Coffee

If you want to escape the madness of Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, there’s no place better than Café Tati. In fact it’s so nice we shot an interview with one of our long-time customers there. Relax with a glass of wine, some snacks, and, if it’s Sunday afternoon, live jazz music. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Bars

Rio Maravilha

A drink or two

In the rooftop of an old factory building in Alcântara lies Rio Maravilha, a gastropub (is that a thing?) with Brazilian influences and one of the most beautiful views in Lisbon. Come for the views, stay for the cocktails.

Foxtrot

A drink or two

There are very few places to indulge in a cocktail better than Foxtrot, an old-style bar with art deco vibes, a small indoors garden and an impressive liquor selection.

Pastries

Pasteis de Belém

The famous Pastel de Nata

Pasteis de Belém wears the crown when it comes to our signature custard tarts. Not to mention it’s a 20 minute walk from the venue. The queues are always massive, but worth it. Eat with cinnamon or powdered sugar, and get some extra ones for a late night snack. You’re welcome.
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