Miguel Mimoso Correia’s Lisbon
Read about Miguel Mimoso Correia’s Lisbon
Your name: Miguel Mimoso Correia
Your role: User Experience Librarian at Teresa e Alexandre Soares dos Santos Library
What is your favourite cultural institution to visit in Lisbon?
I would say the MNAA (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga – National Museum of Ancient Art). I tend to go there once in a while. Don’t miss the St. Vincent’s panel — one of the great treasures of the museum, and the The Temptation of St. Anthony by Hieronymus Bosch.
What’s your favourite restaurant in Lisbon?
That would be Adega do Kais. Not the cheapest option around, but a great fancy “bodega” environment with a rodízio of typical Portuguese cuisine, 20 minutes walk from Cais do Sodré. If you are already in the city centre, check the Casa do Alentejo, you will be surprised by what awaits you inside.
Best place for a drink?
For me, I’m happy going out to any bar in Bairro Alto or Cais do Sodré’s Pink Street. A cool and unexpected place to find is the Pensão Amor, a former brothel now converted to a bar — crowded on weekends.
Favourite coffee spot?
Any place where I can get a proper coffee. I try to avoid Starbucks and the like. For a nice view by the Tagus River I usually go to the Docas in Alcântara, near our “Golden Gate” bridge.
What is the coolest neighbourhood in Lisbon?
Lisbon has changed a lot in the last couple of years, and it’s so eclectic that it’s hard to say. To fully understand the soul of Lisbon history, you must visit Mouraria and Alfama.
What is your favourite neighbourhood in Lisbon?
Definitely Bairro Alto, where you can feel the city vibe, with a lot of options to eat, drink and absorb Lisbon’s cosmopolitan atmosphere.
What is your ‘foodies’ tip for Lisbon?
You probably know already from the tourist guides not to miss our special custard tart — the Pastel de Nata. Portuguese cuisine is so diverse that it’s hard to say. Go for any plate of codfish (bacalhau à bras is delicious) or any other grilled fish dish. Just avoid the most touristic areas and you’ll eat very well at a good price.
What activity/place should all visitors to Lisbon do/visit?
15 minutes distance from the city centre by train, you should go to the Belém district, where you can visit the tower and the magnificent monastery.
If you only had 2 hours in Lisbon, what would you do?
I guess I would wander around the historical downtown, visiting Praça do Comércio, going up to Rossio, Chiado and ending the visit at the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout point.