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Posted on Thursday July 11, 2019

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

Ana Paula Sabido’s Lisbon

Read about Ana Paula Sabido’s Lisbon

Your name: Ana Paula Sabido

Your role: Head of the Reproductions Unit in the National Library of Portugal

What is your favourite cultural institution to visit in Lisbon?

My favourite is another vote for the Museu de Arte Antiga.

What’s your favourite restaurant in Lisbon? 

I love Artis Bar (Bairro Alto) for tapas and sharing dishes, Casanova (Santa Apolónia) for their pizza and gorgeous views of the river, Sinal Vermelho (Bairro Alto) for the best in 

Portuguese gastronomy and finally Mercado da Ribeira (Cais do Sodre), which is a food hall with a great choice of food and wine. 

Best place for a drink?

For late-night drinks (after midnight) try Espaço 40e1 (Bairro Alto). Check out the fantastic wine at Palácio Chiado (Chiado) and for post-conference views of the city with a drink in hand visit 

Esplanada do Miradouro da Graça, Esplanada de São Pedro de Alcântara, Rio Maravilha (Lx Factory, Alcântara) and Clube dos Ferroviários (Santa Apolónia).

Favourite coffee spot?

This one is simple: Try A Padaria Portuguesa.

What is the coolest neighbourhood in Lisbon?

Alfama, for the typical Lisbon architecture and Fado music.

What is your favourite neighbourhood in Lisbon?

Bairro Alto, one of Lisbon's most emblematic neighborhoods and with a fantastic restaurant and bar scene.

What is your ‘foodies’ tip for Lisbon? 

I can’t name one! If you are in Lisbon for a few days, try as many of these as you can:


Bacalhau à Bras

Pastel de Bacalhau



Pastel de Belém

Pastel de Nata

Chouriço Assado

What activity/place should all visitors to Lisbon do/visit?

Belém (Tower of Belém, Jerónimos Monastery, Cultural Centre of Belém)

Castelo de São Jorge

Arco da Rua Augusta

Elevador da Glória

Elevador de Santa Justa

Sé de Lisboa

MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (including the Museum of Electricity)

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

The National Library! 

Museu do Fado

The Association of Fado Casto (for dinner, drinks and of course, fado)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Largo do Carmo: An important local site for the Carnation Revolution.

If you only had 2 hours in Lisbon, what would you do?

Personally, I’d head to the Estádio José Alvalade (home of Sporting Lisbon) — but I’m kidding — visit Belém and enjoy all it has to offer.