LISBON Gay Friendly Restaurants

Lisbon is a very economic destination for visitors. Drinks, food and hotels are much cheaper than other European  Capitals. Dinners can start at EUR 10 per person. EUR 30 will get you a very nice meal in a chic restaurant.

Alfresco Dining Lisbon

Al fresco dining is superb during the Summer Season in Lisbon. It’s wise to book ahead if you plan to arrive after 8pm.

Taberna da Rua das Flores

Pay a visit to Taberna da Rua das Flores for the best petiscos (think Spanish Tapas with a twist) in Lisbon.

Our guide to dining out in Lisbon

Foodies in Lisbon are spoilt for choice. Depending on the time of day, there are a wide range of restaurants to choose from. Breakfast in Portugal is light usually including just a pastry and coffee. Lunch is around 1 or 2pm. Dinner is a late affair in Lisbon, normally starting around 9pm. Drinks follow from 11pm or midnight onward. Locals  tend to head to the clubs for dancing between 2 and 3am.

The Mercado Ribeira is one of the city’s best markets featuring some of Lisbon’s finest restaurants and best produce. From chocolate to wine and liquors as well as the best seafood in all of Portugal, it is a foodies paradise with more than 30 shops and restaurants. There is also great terrace seating right by the river.

Cafe A Brasileira (Rua Garrett 120) is a great coffee pit stop, and something of a gay hangout in the early evening. Although its carved and paneled wood interior is magnificent, camera-touting tourists tend to covet the outdoor seating.

Gayloa is a fun steakhouse and bar next to Trumps with late night dining until 3am. Meanwhile, Louru & Sal is one of our favourite places for traditional Portuguese cuisine.

Those seeking the best pastéis de nata, a classic Portuguese custard tart should head to Manteigaria – small bakery and café in Camões Square

  • Pastéis de Nata

    In Portugal, pasteis are found on every street corner. Their home, however, is the bakery in Lisbon’s Belém district, which bears the name of the tart immortalised in the fado song. Pastéis de Belém, a family-owned business, has been making the tarts since 1837 and serves up to 50,000 a day in peak season. These are reputed to be the world’s best. They are distinguished from other pastéis de nata by their slightly salty and extremely crisp puff pastry – partly from being baked at 400C – and the custard, made only with milk, not cream, which is less sweet.

Recent Restaurant Reviews

Our recommended restaurants in LISBON

Our editors have spent the past year researching the best places to eat! Here are our recommendations.

Grapes & Bites

Grapes & Bites

Refurbished from the shell of a former 18th-century coach house, Grapes & Bites is a lively and inviting bar-restaurant features a cellar stocked with almost 1000 different wines
Royale Cafe

Royale Cafe

Chef Dolores Lopes is justifiably proud of the menu she's created for Cafe Royale, an elegant Lisbon bistro.
Faz Figura

Faz Figura

Faz Figura is a fine dining venue is another Lisbon restaurant that woos guests with fabulous views
Restaurante Espaço Espelho d'Agua

Restaurante Espaço Espelho d'Agua

Lunch at Restaurante Espaço Espelho d'Agua, a wonderful eatery is served with an inspiring view over the river.
Feitoria Restaurante & Wine Bar

Feitoria Restaurante & Wine Bar

Reservations are essential at Feitoria Restaurante & Wine Bar, a sublime 1 Michelin star dining venue.
Comida de Santo

Comida de Santo

Comida de Santo is a colourful and lively restaurant has been serving up deliciously authentic Brazilian cuisine in Lisbon, since 1981.
Louro & Sal

Louro & Sal

Louro & Sal offers a fusion of traditional Portuguese and modern cuisine with great wines and friendly service in Lisbon.
Gayola

Gayloa

Gayloa Restaurant Lisbon just next to Trumps, The atmosphere is warm and welcoming/ cozy and is perfect for those who like to dine late

Map of LISBON Gay Friendly Restaurants

Our restaurant recommendations are dotted all around the city and are worth the journey.

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Recommended Hotels in Lisbon

Lisbon is quite a compact city with two distinct gay districts,Principe Real area and in the old Bairro Alto quarter. Barrio Alto tends to lean more towards the mixed, gay-friendly groups. Principe Real hosts the best bear and cruising bars. We have selected hotels within easy walking distance from both areas. Remember, Lisbon is a city of hills, so sometimes a taxi is the best option!

Lisboa Carmo Hotel
4 Star, Great Location

Lisboa Carmo



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Soundproofed, all rooms at the Second Floor B&B have either a balcony or a view of the Coliseum. Each includes a safe, flat-screen TV and fridge.

SANA Lisboa Hotel
4 Star, Great Views!

SANA Lisboa



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SANA Lisboa Hotel rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and have views over the Old City and offering spacious en suite rooms.

HF Fenix Garden
3 Star, Design Hotel

HF Fenix Garden



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The stylish Hotel Fenix Garden is situated in the centre of Lisbon, just steps away, while the high-end shops and boutiques. Free WiFi

The Late Birds
Gay Hotel

The Late Birds



Booking.com

Located in Bairro Alto this Gay Men’s Guesthouse offers an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a sun deck and a lounge bar.

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