Where to SHOP, eat, drink and see in LISBON, PORTUGAL …
TRAVEL: Start as you mean to go on and book Platinum Express Services at Dublin Airport, which bypasses terminal buildings, offers a private check-in suite and a curb to wing chauffer; a BMW 7 Series will whisk you to your flight on the runway.
STAY: In historical Belém, five miles from the centre, from where many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their discovery voyages. A short walk from the Belém Tower is the Hotel Palácio do Governador, with pools and sun terraces plus a fresh blue and white décor scheme.
EAT: Keep it local and start the day with a custard tart from Pasteis de Belém, which kicked off the obsession back in 1837. Still run by descendants of the original owners it produces 23,000 Pasteis de Nata every day. Sprinkled with cinnamon we love to bring a stash home.
VISIT: The MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology), which opened in 2016 and is hailed as the new cultural centre of the city or Museu Berardo.
LUNCH: At À Margem, which has a terrace overlooking the river.
SHOP: At ultra-hip LX Factory or for a stylish gift of butter-soft leather gloves go to Luvaria Ulisses.
DINE: So many good restaurants – Cervejaria Ramiro is the best, but try Aqui há Piexe. Do order a fish or fruit cataplana – my fave.
PARTY: On The Pink Street, where its bars and open-air art gallery give good Instagram.
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