Sunday, 23 October 2016

Top 5 – Shopping in Lisbon

This week we bring you the top 5 districts to do some shopping in Lisbon.

Besides its history, culture and night life, Lisbon has also plenty to offer shopping wise. We have put
together the 5 most important districts where you can find some of the best shops in Lisbon.

The majority of districts and shops are pretty close to the hotel, which makes it even easier to visit.

1 – Baixa
Most of the Baixa’s charm lies with the resistant shopkeepers who still stand behind wooden counters and do the sums on bits of paper, these cases are few and today the famous Rua Agusta is lined with the modern chains.

2 – Bairro Alto
A perfect combination between traditional and trendy shops, Bairro Alto competes with the big shopping centers by also offering night-time shopping in a much cooler setting, and with the possibility of sipping a drink while you shop.

3 – Avenida da Liberdade
Lisbon’s grand avenue hosts several international designers in a perfect setting for a walk.

4 – Chiado 
This is traditionally the quarter with Lisbon’s most elegant shops, but Chiado as grown and has now the most diverse and rewarding shops in the city, in a mix of quiet streets and energetic squares.

5 – Rua de São Bento and Rua da Escola Politécnica
Although they are not on the same district, they are close enough for a walk between them, both of them have the highest concentration of antiques and second –hand shops in the city.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

John Pizzarelli on CCB

This Friday, the Centro Cultural de Belém hosts a concert by John Pizzarelli, who is presenting his latest album “Dear Mr. Sinatra”.

John Pizzarelli, is a world-renowned guitarist and singer, hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.”

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

Now, John Pizzarelli is taking his album “Dear Mr. Sinatra” on the road. “The Music of Sinatra Tour” is the name chosen by the artist in homage to “The Voice”. On this album, Pizzarelli plunges into Sinatra’s repertoire of songs that, nowadays, are considered to be true jazz classics, such as “You Make Me Feel So Young”, “Witchcraft”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” or “Nice’n’Easy”.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Doclisboa 2016

Doclisboa is back for its 14th edition, "In October the whole world fits in Lisbon".

This year Doclisboa - International Film Festival will feature a full retrospective of the work of Peter Watkins (“War Game”) and also the retrospective “For an Impossible cinema: Documentary and Avant-Garde in Cuba”, offering an insight into the cinema produced in Cuba between 1959 and 1972.

Doclisboa was elected by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to pre-nominate candidates to the OSCARS®, becoming the first Portuguese festival qualified by the Academy and like in every edition the festival wants to question the present of motion pictures, bringing along its history and assuming cinema as a mode of freedom.

By refusing the categorization of film practice, it searches for the new problematics that cinematic image implies, in its multiple ways of engagement with the contemporary.

Doclisboa's program counts with 259 films, from 41 different countries but the major focus will be the Portuguese and International Competitions, bringing back sessions such as “Cinema of Urgency”, with a selection of related films, and Arché, Laboratory of Creative Development.

Find out more about Doclisboa 2016.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Piano Recital

The Hotel Avenida Palace invites you to a piano recital by João Romeiras, at the Palace Lounge at 7 p.m., subject to confirmation.


J.S. Bach
Invention in F major

W. A. Mozart
Sonata 545 1st and 2nd Movements

L. V. Beethoven
Sonata, Op.10 No.1 – 1st Movement
Bagatela, Op.33, No.2

E. Grieg

Selected pieces

F. Chopin

Waltzes: Op.69, No.1
              Op.70, No.2
              Op.34, No.2

C. Debussy

“Suite Bergamasque” - Prélude
“Children`s Corner”

At the Palace Lounge, 7 p.m., subject to confirmation 

Free entrance 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Taxi Drivers’ protest

Next Monday, October 10th, in Lisbon, there will be a strike/protest organized by the taxi drivers against the APP UBER.

The protest consists in blocking the streets with all the taxis, not allowing the traffic to flow, as usual.
This is the probable route of the protest.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

12 reasons to love Lisbon

Ann Abel, a journalist from the magazine Forbes visited Lisbon and fell in love with our beautiful city.

Although the piece is titled “12 reasons to love Lisbon” the author highlights the fact that “of course there are more than 12 reasons to love Lisbon” mentioning across the vast article, the low cost, the excellence of our cuisine, the palaces and historic architecture, culture, the vibrating atmosphere and, obviously, the friendly attitude and the unique way of welcoming the tourists.

Recognizing Lisbon as one of the most inexpensive capitals in Europe, Ann Abel invites one to spend a week in Lisbon without agenda, getting lost in the historic districts, tasting shellfish and fresh fish and enjoying the sunset by the sea in one of the many seafood restaurants or taking advantage of Lisbon’s night atmosphere.

Among many things, the list highlights Chef José Avilez and his restaurants Belcanto, Minibar and his most recent creation Bairro do Avilez, but the author also states that Lisbon is not only about chefs with Michelin stars and trendy places. Restaurant Ramiro, visited by Anthony Bourdain when he was in town, is also mentioned, the paper towels, the long queues of clients eager to drink the house beer and taste the famous shrimp with garlic were very impressive.

The store “A Vida Portuguesa” also makes the list.  To the author this is the place to buy souvenirs, a store that calls out for memories and represents the soul of a country.  Also, in the traditional concept, Ann Abel tasted the unique Ginginha.

Parque das Nações, a new part of town, built for the Expo 98 and Time Out Mercado da Ribeira a renovated market where according to the author it is impossible to resist to the diverse gastronomic offers by chefs such as Henrique Sá Pessoa, also makes the list.

But Ann Abel did not confine herself to Lisbon, Cascais with its beaches just at 30 min from Lisbon impressed her and, of course, Sintra, the romantic village World Heritage by Unesco could not be left out of this journey.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Free entrance at Lisbon Museums

On November 06th, the entrance will be free at the following Museums:

Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves House-Museum
Folk Art Museum
Chiado Museum
Music Museum
National Museum of Archaeology
National Art Museum
National Tile Museum
National Coach Museum
Ethnology Museum
National Theater Museum
National Custome Museum
National Ajuda Museum
Monastery of Jerónimos
National Pantheon
Belém Tower

For further information, please contact our Concierge