The 5 best places for sitting in the sun
1) À Margem
The minimalistic À Margem has no need for a fancy décor to compete with the sight of the wide river right in front. The location is in fact superb, two steps away from the Tagus, on the river boardwalk that links two of the city’s most striking monuments: the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Belém Tower.
Zambeze is a peculiar restaurant that blends the cuisine from Mozambique with that from a region of Central Portugal, Beira. Its outdoor terrace, on the other hand, is all about Lisbon alone. The view on the river and the hill of Chiado is mind-blowing, with the castle and the Sé church as a backdrop.
3) Portas do Sol
This terrace overlooks the whole of Alfama, Lisbon’s most picturesque quarter, a millenary maze of narrow streets and alleys that extends from the Castle down to the river. The view is difficult to rival, even in a city with so many breathtaking viewpoints. Everyone will love the myriad of brick-coloured rooftops.
4) Ribeira das Naus - Quiosque
This kiosk was opened when the waterfront promenade of Ribeira das Naus was renovated. It was here that the Portuguese built the ships that cruised the seas to Asia, Africa and the Americas. The outdoor terrace offers a breathtaking view of the Tagus and the 25th of April bridge.
5) Espelho d'Água
Built in the 40s as part of the Exhibition of the Portuguese World, this pavilion has lived many lives since. Today it has been fully renovated according to the original design and has regained all its glory. The terrace opens to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, one of Lisbon’s top landmarks.
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