Looking for the perfect city trip? Try lovely Lisbon. My great friend and couturier Natasja Sadi gives us tips and insider information for getting around.
Upon arrival, do as the Portuguese do! Get a massage and beauty and hair treatment. I think Portuguese Haidressers are THE best in the world. Because Portugal used to have colonies all over the world, its population became a multi cultural melting pot. Whether one has straight- or curly hair, the Portuguese hairdressers can manage it! Eduardo Beaute at the Avenida Liberdade Palàcio Lambertini is great. His salon is always filled with the country’s rich and famous.
Another salon worth a visit is Skin Life by Dennis and Patrick. Their formula is based on the Dutch brand Skins. The minute you step through the door, you feel at home. Their warm personalities make you feel you never want to leave the place again! They speak Portugese, English and Dutch. Patrick also does the make-up for the host of the Portuguese Decorator Makeover Show and owner of Querido, Ana Antunes (in the Rua da Horta Seca, 24).
After the beauty treatments indulge yourself with a pot of tea at Poison d’Amour at rua da Escola Politécnica 32, Principe Real. Do ask for a table in the garden, which is gorgeous!
Also in the Principe Real, number 26, is Embaixada which is a shopping mall located in a former University building, stocked with cool young designer wear.
The bar Lost in is situated in the area around rue Dom Pedro V, 56, and serves lunch inside and out with a wonderful view.
Inside the Amoeiras Shopping Mall, the shop Area will not disappoint! Some wonderful decoration, furniture and ceramics can be found here for very reasonable prices.
A great restaurant is D’Oliva, a concept straight from Porto where the atmosphere is relaxed and the men in suits are worth everyone’s while!
Opposite D’Oliva is Olivier for drinks, where the Champagne with red sangria is a must. Both venues are at the Avenida da Liberdade.
Restaurant Largo next to the National Opera Theatre should als not be missed.
For dancing go to nightclub LUX which is co-owned by John Malkovich. He also owns the restaurant next door, Bica do Sapato, which has the best view in town.
If you are in Lisbon on a Sunday, don’s miss the beach. Go to Waikiki at the Praia da Sereia, Costa da Caparica. Have a sangria and crab sandwiches while relaxing on their beach beds for an instant holiday feeling!
During the month of April, the Lisbon Fine Art and Antiques Fair is definitely worth visiting.
Also don’t miss Arruda Antiguidades at the Principe Real and Dorey Antiguidades where one can find the most beautiful collection of tiles and ceramics. For extraordinary pieces for the home, it is my favorite address.
For flowers, decoration and amazing jewelry, go to Republica das Flores, rua do Alecrim, 99.
Museums: Museo Nacional, Gulbenkian and Museo do Azulejo.
Enjoy your trip and fall in love with Lisbon!