10 unique Christmas gifts based on personality

Everyone likes to receive gifts and the ones saying they don’t, are lying.  And the only thing you need to do in order to convert and surprise a gift hater is: nail it. So, go through the list below and find 10 different Christmas gifts based on personality, individual taste and uniqueness. There’s at least one for everyone.

#1. The 500 Hidden Secrets of Lisbon book (from 16,95€)

This book is definitely a true hidden yet mandatory gem! It’s pocket sized, extremely easy to read (in english) and both locals and visitors should have it as it includes some of the most off-the-beaten info about Lisbon you won’t even imagined. Every main European capital has a special edition. Perfect for: Your annoying FOMO friend.

The 500 hidden secrets of Lisbon by Miguel Júdice
@ TrenDestination

#2. Beard Starter’s Kit (from 16,95€)

Barba Brada, known as the beard elixir brand, has this kit including 4 samples of each of the aromas from their beard oil collection. This way you don’t risk not choosing the right fragrance. Each mini bottle has 5 ml – completely travel size – all made of natural oils, giving a natural lush look to the beard. Perfect for: Your ultimate hipster dandy friend.

Beard Starter's Kit by Barba Brada
@ Barba Brada

#3. Beard Wipes – 12 Pack (from 11,00€)

This is definitely a quirky and unforgettable gift, made to wipe all those crumbs after a nice piece of cake (#sofreshsocleanclean). They come individually packed which make them perfect for any travel. Perfect for: That friend looking like Robin Williams in Jumanji.

Bear Wipes by Barba Brada
@ Barba Brada

#4. Sunrise Succulent Terrarium Necklace (from 8,34€)

Sunrise is a native from South Africa. Her rosette like leaves contains beautiful pink to purple color tones and green hues, characterized by pointed thick fleshy leaves. There’s no girl who won’t find this necklace so cute that they can’t avoid jumping on your neck and cover you with kisses – if that’s your intention. Yeah, a bit lame I know, but shouldn’t be the holiday season like that anyway? Perfect for: Girlfriend material sweetheart.

Sunrise Succulent Live Terrarium Necklace Girlfriend Gift Miniature Terrarium
@ Etsy

#5. Cork LED light (from 13,90€)

Have you ever thought of re-using that Vodka bottle for an extra purpose other than shots (#BottomsUp)? This USB rechargeable LED light made of cork is the ultimate gift to do it. The light is always white which makes it great for colored bottles. Perfect for: The techie heavy drinker colleague.

LED cork light USB rechargeable @ Bairro Arte
@ Bairro Arte

#6. Beach Please slippers (from 24,90€)

What better way of warming up Christmas season if not introducing summer straight away? These hipster cool slippers are part of TheWhiteBrand summer collection – which is pretty much sold out. They’re wonderfully comfy and stylish to travel with. There’s an on-going promotion offering you the 6th pair upon buying 5 units. Perfect for: Your winter-season-hater & one-day-I’m-gonna-quit-my-job-and-travel-the-world sister.

Beach Please slippers sandals @ The White brand
@ The White Brand
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New collection @ The White Brand

#7. Water A5 memobottle 750 ml (from 24,50€)

It has the shape of a paper sheet, with an incredible minimalist, functional and elegant design to perfectly fit in any handbag, folder or laptop case. There’s a smaller version of 375ml. It already won several prizes for its innovative design. Perfect for: Your eco-chic aunt.

Water A5 Memobottle
@ Memobottle

#8. Round Wood Cutting Board (from 4,00€)

I’m pretty sure you heard about these boards before. They became widely known through Jamie Oliver. Gradirripas, the company behind it, creates different shapes, including exclusive types of boards upon request. The rounded-shape board is the most peculiar one and looks amazing on a table. Perfect for: Your obsessed gourmet cousin.

Gradirripas tábua redonda madeira Jamie Oliver
@ Gradirripas

#9. Jacarandá hand cream 50 ml (from 8,90€) 

Benamôr is a totally made in Portugal brand since 1925, all about natural ingredients and charming vintage tubes. This Jacarandá hand cream is their most Lisbon scent as it’s inspired in the trees that cover the entire city with lilac petals during Spring time, containing aloe vera and shea butter too. Perfect for: That Edward Scissorhands  friend.

Jacarandá hand cream_soap @ Benamôr 1925 A Vida Portuguesa
@ Benamôr

#10. Blandy’s Madeira 10 Year Bual (25,50€)

Forget about Port wine for a minute, ok? According to Forbes 12 Best Wines of 2016 list, this 10 Year Bual is one of the best-kept secrets of the wine world, Madeira, perfect for desserts. It’s rich and sweet with nutty and spicy notes. Perfect for: Your posh wine connoisseur uncle.

Blandys 10 years bual Madeira wine 500 ml
@ Prestige Wines Portugal

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Coffee, cakes and wifi | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

As human beings we need simple things in life. Meaning: a high-quality cup of coffee or tea with the finest herbs, a homemade sweet piece of pastry and an awesome wifi connection. And let’s face it: how many times have you wandered around Lisbon looking for these three little things? I know, too many. That’s exactly why I decided to share the top 5 places for you to sip, work, snap, facetime, chat, eat, or simply do nothing – all at once. They are especially good options if you’re in the mood of having a one-on-one with your gadgets. Shout out to all the digital nomads, millennials vs. generation Z and hard chillers out there. Be ready to leave Portugal for a day and get inspiration from France, Austria, Denmark or the United States, without leaving your chair.

Nicolau Cafe | Healthy, tasty & laid back kingdom

I bet you’re wondering wtf is Nicolau or what it means. No? You should. It’s the posh dog responsible for this place. You’ll see him… framed.

Nicolau Lisboa cafe downtown @ TrenDestination
Sir Nicolau @ TrenDestination

Well, this cafe is a breath of fresh air amidst the downtown. It opened in August this year and it’s part of Home Lisbon Hostel – don’t let this detail fool you since you can’t even noticed it. What’s cool about this place is that they serve a great brunch (for 13,00€)… everyday! Yeah, no more Saturdays or Sundays only annoying options. They have some of the best pancakes in town. Let me spell it, B-E-S-T. Hence, there are tons of other healthy and very tasty options on the menu. I bet you’ll return right after your first visit (#guilty).

Nicolau Lisboa best pancake @ TrenDestination
Nicolau pancake (with mascarpone and raspberries) @ TrenDestination

Hot tip: There is a vinyl record player in the room and you can choose from their music options and play the vinyl you want. Nice move!

Nicolau Lisboa cafe downtown @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

Don’t miss: Their lattes and cappuccinos – the type leaving you with a proper foamy moustache. My favorite is the Matcha – properly made and the best I’ve tried so far in… Portugal!

Nicolau Lisboa green tea matcha @ TrenDestination
Matcha @ TrenDestination

More info:
Average price: 7,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 218 860 312
Address: Rua de São Nicolau, 17, Baixa, Lisboa
Opened Monday (9:00am to 5:00pm) / Tuesday to Friday (9:00am to 6:30pm) / Saturday (9:00am to 6:00pm) / Closed on Sunday


Copenhagen Coffee Lab | The Nordic cozy minimalism

This place is all about high-quality coffee so if you’re a coffee nerd, you’ll feel at home. I’m totally into the minimalist whitey decor vibe of this cafe, which began as a simple coffee truck. It’s incredibly simple yet inviting and cozy.  There are two rooms and the smallest in the back is just perfect in case you need a little bit of more privacy. Take a closer look to their daily fresh Danish pastry – you’ll find some yummy surprises such as the insanely good cinnamon buns and the fluffy carrot cake.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon
@ Facebook Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon

Hot tip: Half of the space is non-laptop allowed so in case you’re bringing yours, ask first for the right seat (there aren’t many electric plugs available). There are coffee bags ready to buy, so try the one you want first and bring them home. 

Don’t miss: The Danish filter coffee (or the chai latte if you’re a non-coffee drinker). If you really dig North European flavors, go for the knäckebröd (crispbread with herbed cream and cured cheese).

Cappuccino Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

More info:
Average price: 5,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 916 604 054
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 10, Príncipe Real, Lisboa 1200-405 L
Opened everyday (8:00am to 7:00pm) / Saturday and Sunday (from 9:30am)


TEASE | The one & only NY cupcake heaven

I’m a huge fan of this place since it was located in Bairro Alto 6 years ago but it’s so much better in Príncipe Real now. It definitely attracts a more hipster crowd and the atmosphere is very chilling. It’s mostly known for its cupcakes but nowadays has a wider menu including all types of light lunch dishes plus some great signature cocktails. Who said you can only eat cupcakes with tea or coffee? However, their cupcakes will knock you down. You’re nobody if you don’t order at least one.

Tease cupcakes Príncipe Real @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

Hot tip: Don’t let the cupcake scenery fool you as they have a good variety of salads, toasts, waffles, soups, etc. more than worth to try. Why not order a bunch of different cupcakes for your next birthday party? Throw your big cake idea through the window (#ByeSlicesAndNapkins).

Tease cupcakes Príncipe Real @ TrenDestination
@ Facebook Tease

Don’t miss: The red velvet cake! This is the one thing you can’t definitely miss. There isn’t any other so good looking cake like this one. As an option, you have the red velvet cupcake as well.

Tease cupcakes Príncipe Real @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

More info:
Average price: 5,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 215 962 773
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 15, Praça das Flores, Príncipe Real, Lisboa
Opened everyday (9:00am to 9:00pm) / Friday and Saturday (9:00am to 11:00pm)


Kaffeehaus | From Austria  with attitude

Vienna is just in the heart of Chiado. At Kaffeehaus, you’ll find a relaxing yet modern place, covered with film posters. They offer authentic Austrian specialties such as all type of schnitzel, grilled sausages, homemade tarts and cakes (including the both famous Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel). From all 5 café suggestions, this might be where you’ll spend most money but you’re in Austria for a day – what were you expecting? But on the bright side you can bring your dog as it’s pet-friendly. Once inside, you just lose track of time and by the end you’ll be asking for die rechnung, bitte!

Kaffehaus Lisbon downtown Chiado
@ Kaffehaus Lisbon Facebook

Hot tip: You can eat anything from the menu anytime so be a rebel and have a steak for your mid-afternoon snack.

Don’t miss: Choosing a seat outside and getting some free tan, while you envy people passing by and carrying luxury brand bags (#callitgettinginspiration).

More info:
Average price: 15,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 210 956 828
Address: Rua Anchieta, 3, Chiado, Lisboa
Opened on Monday (12:00pm to 4:00pm) / Tuesday to Friday (12:00pm to 12:00am) / Saturday (11:00am to 12:00am) / Sunday (11:00am to 8:00pm)


L’Éclair | A glimpse of Paris in Lisbon

If you’re in the mood to feel French for a day and forget about that Ryanair 9,99€ promo you lost, head to L’Éclair in Saldanha. It has a clean, classy and modern look with that charming parisien vibe and that one thing extremely valuable inside a place: enough distance between tables – thumbs up! The choice of your éclair depends obviously of your favorite flavors BUT the salted butter caramel with popcorn and the rose lychee raspberry éclairs are definitely one of a kind. You’ll also find some cute colorful macarons so before they bite you, take the lead.

L'Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L’Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L'Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L’Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination

Hot tip: Try not to go near their closing time as the éclair choice might not be that varied.

L'Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L’Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination

Don’t miss: Their salty éclairs with all type of good stuff inside like smoked salmon, smoked duck breast or parmesan Reggiano cheese AOP. Only served from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

More info:
Average price: 15,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 211 363 877
Address: Avenida Duque de Ávila, 44, Saldanha, Lisboa
From Tuesday to Friday (8:30am to 8:00pm) / Saturday and Sunday (9:30am to 7:00pm) / Closed on Monday


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Nicolau Lisboa | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

Nicolau Cafe | Healthy, tasty & laid back kingdom

I bet you’re wondering wtf is Nicolau or what it means. No? You should. It’s the posh dog responsible for this place. You’ll see him… framed.

Nicolau Lisboa cafe downtown @ TrenDestination
Sir Nicolau @ TrenDestination

Well, this cafe is a breath of fresh air amidst the downtown. It opened in August this year and it’s part of Home Lisbon Hostel – don’t let this detail fool you since you can’t even noticed it. What’s cool about this place is that they serve a great brunch (for 13,00€)… everyday! Yeah, no more Saturdays or Sundays only annoying options. They have some of the best pancakes in town. Let me spell it, B-E-S-T. Hence, there are tons of other healthy and very tasty options on the menu. I bet you’ll return right after your first visit (#guilty).

Nicolau Lisboa best pancake @ TrenDestination
Nicolau pancake (with mascarpone and raspberries) @ TrenDestination

Hot tip: There is a vinyl record player in the room and you can choose from their music options and play the vinyl you want. Nice move!

Nicolau Lisboa cafe downtown @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

Don’t miss: Their lattes and cappuccinos – the type leaving you with a proper foamy moustache. My favorite is the Matcha – properly made and the best I’ve tried so far in… Portugal!

Nicolau Lisboa green tea matcha @ TrenDestination
Matcha @ TrenDestination

More info:
Nicolau Lisboa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Average price: 7,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 218 860 312
Address: Rua de São Nicolau, 17, Baixa, Lisboa
Opened Monday (9:00am to 5:00pm) / Tuesday to Friday (9:00am to 6:30pm) / Saturday (9:00am to 6:00pm) / Closed on Sunday


Read full post here: Coffee, cakes and wifi | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

Copenhagen Coffee Lab | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

Copenhagen Coffee Lab | The Nordic cozy minimalism

This place is all about high-quality coffee so if you’re a coffee nerd, you’ll feel at home. I’m totally into the minimalist whitey decor vibe of this cafe, which began as a simple coffee truck. It’s incredibly simple yet inviting and cozy.  There are two rooms and the smallest in the back is just perfect in case you need a little bit of more privacy. Take a closer look to their daily fresh Danish pastry – you’ll find some yummy surprises such as the insanely good cinnamon buns and the fluffy carrot cake.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon
@ Facebook Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon

Hot tip: Half of the space is non-laptop allowed so in case you’re bringing yours, ask first for the right seat (there aren’t many electric plugs available). There are coffee bags ready to buy, so try the one you want first and bring them home. 

Don’t miss: The Danish filter coffee (or the chai latte if you’re a non-coffee drinker). If you really dig North European flavors, go for the knäckebröd (crispbread with herbed cream and cured cheese).

Cappuccino Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

More info:
Copenhagen Coffee Lab. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Average price: 5,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 916 604 054
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 10, Príncipe Real, Lisboa 1200-405 L
Opened everyday (8:00am to 7:00pm) / Saturday and Sunday (from 9:30am)


Read full post here: Coffee, cakes and wifi | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

TEASE | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

TEASE | The one & only NY cupcake heaven

I’m a huge fan of this place since it was located in Bairro Alto 6 years ago but it’s so much better in Príncipe Real now. It definitely attracts a more hipster crowd and the atmosphere is very chilling. It’s mostly known for its cupcakes but nowadays has a wider menu including all types of light lunch dishes plus some great signature cocktails. Who said you can only eat cupcakes with tea or coffee? However, their cupcakes will knock you down. You’re nobody if you don’t order at least one.

Tease cupcakes Príncipe Real @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

Hot tip: Don’t let the cupcake scenery fool you as they have a good variety of salads, toasts, waffles, soups, etc. more than worth to try. Why not order a bunch of different cupcakes for your next birthday party? Throw your big cake idea through the window (#ByeSlicesAndNapkins).

Tease cupcakes Príncipe Real @ TrenDestination
@ Facebook Tease

Don’t miss: The red velvet cake! This is the one thing you can’t definitely miss. There isn’t any other so good looking cake like this one. As an option, you have the red velvet cupcake as well.

Tease cupcakes Príncipe Real @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

More info:
Tease Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Average price: 5,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 215 962 773
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 15, Praça das Flores, Príncipe Real, Lisboa
Opened everyday (9:00am to 9:00pm) / Friday and Saturday (9:00am to 11:00pm)


Read full post here: Coffee, cakes and wifi | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

Kaffeehaus | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

Kaffeehaus | From Austria  with attitude

Vienna is just in the heart of Chiado. At Kaffeehaus, you’ll find a relaxing yet modern place, covered with film posters. They offer authentic Austrian specialties such as all type of schnitzel, grilled sausages, homemade tarts and cakes (including the both famous Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel). From all 5 café suggestions, this might be where you’ll spend most money but you’re in Austria for a day – what were you expecting? But on the bright side you can bring your dog as it’s pet-friendly. Once inside, you just lose track of time and by the end you’ll be asking for die rechnung, bitte!

Kaffehaus Lisbon downtown Chiado
@ Kaffehaus Lisbon Facebook

Hot tip: You can eat anything from the menu anytime so be a rebel and have a steak for your mid-afternoon snack.

Don’t miss: Choosing a seat outside and getting some free tan, while you envy people passing by and carrying luxury brand bags (#callitgettinginspiration).

More info:
Kaffeehaus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Average price: 15,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 210 956 828
Address: Rua Anchieta, 3, Chiado, Lisboa
Opened on Monday (12:00pm to 4:00pm) / Tuesday to Friday (12:00pm to 12:00am) / Saturday (11:00am to 12:00am) / Sunday (11:00am to 8:00pm)

Read full post here: Coffee, cakes and wifi | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

L’Éclair Saldanha | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

L’Éclair | A glimpse of Paris in Lisbon

If you’re in the mood to feel French for a day and forget about that Ryanair 9,99€ promo you lost, head to L’Éclair in Saldanha. It has a clean, classy and modern look with that charming parisien vibe and that one thing extremely valuable inside a place: enough distance between tables – thumbs up! The choice of your éclair depends obviously of your favorite flavors BUT the salted butter caramel with popcorn and the rose lychee raspberry éclairs are definitely one of a kind. You’ll also find some cute colorful macarons so before they bite you, take the lead.

L'Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L’Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L'Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L’Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination

Hot tip: Try not to go near their closing time as the éclair choice might not be that varied.

L'Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L’Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination

Don’t miss: Their salty éclairs with all type of good stuff inside like smoked salmon, smoked duck breast or parmesan Reggiano cheese AOP. Only served from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

More info:
L'Éclair Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Average price: 15,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 211 363 877
Address: Avenida Duque de Ávila, 44, Saldanha, Lisboa
From Tuesday to Friday (8:30am to 8:00pm) / Saturday and Sunday (9:30am to 7:00pm) / Closed on Monday

Read full post here: Coffee, cakes and wifi | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

A private visit to Burel Factory

 

Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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Burel Factory at Manteigas @ TrenDestination
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10 firecracker questions to… Chef Kiko

“I believe that what we eat shows what we are, reflects our family, cultural, historical and religious heritage.”

Chef Kiko Martins was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1979 and has a strong portuguese family heritage. In 2004, studied in Paris at the famous Cordon Bleu and worked in some of the most known restaurants such as Ledoyen, AM Le Bistro, The Fat Duck or Eleven. Then in 2008, he leaves the kitchen for a while and went to Mozambique for an year of volunteering.

Chef Kiko - A Cevicheria O Asiático O Talho
Chef Kiko – A Cevicheria O Asiático O Talho

Later in 2010/11 traveled around the world, with his wife Maria, sitting at the table with families from 26 different countries. Afterwards, he published his first book Comer o Mundo (Eat the World).

Chef Kiko @ Comer o Mundo
Chef Kiko @ Eat the World project

By the beginning of 2013, opens his first restaurant in Lisbon called O Talho – a project born of the will to innovate and find new ways to taste meat. Later that year, he joined the Chefs’ Academy TV show.

O Talho Chef Kiko
Burger O Talho @ chefkiko.com

“The true magic of food should be the opportunity that gives us of sitting at the table sharing time with those we love.”

Before the end of 2014, he launches another restaurant named A Cevicheria – the name says it all. In 2015, travelled around Portugal through the TV program Cook Off – Duel of Flavors and discovers the country’s gastronomic charm and still found the time to launch his latest book Jantaradas. This October, Chef Kiko was on the spotlight again upon the opening of his most recent dinner place O Asiáticoget ready to travel from Nepal to Japan without leaving the table. Currently, he continues to be a travel leader at Nomad, and also devotes his time in sharing his passion for food to others.

A Cevicheria @ Chef Kiko
A Cevicheria @ chefkiko.com

“I believe that a meal isn’t measured by what we pay for it, but by the memory we keep from it.”

Chef Kiko accepted the challenge to name his first thought when thinking about …

#1. Favorite spot for inspiration 
CK: Serra de Sintra

#2. Restaurant with guts and character
CK: A Cevicheria

#3. If you only had 30 minutes in Lisbon  
CK: Seated at the Bar das Imagens, watching the city’s views

#4. Porn dream food  
CK: Seafood at Ramiro restaurant

#5. Best way to spend 2,00€ in Lisbon  
CK: Pastel de Nata in Belém or Manteigaria

#6. Who would you invite to seat next to you on a flight  
CK: My wife

#7. Memorable hotel  
CK: Any hotel in Bali

#8. Portugal on a plate
CK: Alheira (game portuguese sausage)

#9. Perfect spot to travel within Portugal
CK: Sagres

#10. Most used expression in Portuguese
CK: Divirtam-se!


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10 traditional and modern experiences Lisbon is about

Among all the geekyness and entrepreneurship hustle happening in Lisbon these next days, may the Websummiters have a minute to breath and discover what the city is truly about. And since the event will go around what’s next and what’s dead let’s keep it short and sweet: here is the mandatory list of 10 traditional and modern experiences everyone should have in Lisbon, either if you’re a 1 day visitor or a local for 30 years. No Pastel de Nata and 28 tram rides allowed here this time. Let true Lisbon welcome you.

Miradouro Viewpoint Santa Luzia Alfama Lisbon @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#1. Traditional: Alvalade Market | Modern: Riverside run

Only for the healthy early-birds. Right now, the sunrise is around 7:00 and some say that’s even better than a sunset. Forget about all the overrated markets you’ve been told about. Alvalade Market is genuinely Portuguese with real farmer freshness, capable of waking up all your senses at once. You must hit it right at 7:00 to get the most of it. Outdoor wise, getting out of bed for a run along Tagus River might be one of those enlightening life experiences you’ll never forget. Put your snickers on and enjoy the Lisbon’s calmness.

Mercado de Alvalade Norte
Alvalade Market @ dn.pt

#2. Traditional: Marqueses de Fronteira Palace | Modern: MAAT

Interested in the noble Portuguese history? Fronteira Palace is all about impressive gardens, dreamy fountains and one of the world’s richest tile work, since 1640. From Monday to Saturday, there are always two guided visits at 11:00 and 12:00. MAAT stands for Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology and is the new baby in town since it just opened this October and is considered outstanding due to its avant-garde and disruptive concept.

palacio-marques-da-fronteira-lisboa
@ Green Trekker
MAAT EDP Lisbon @ Lisbon Lux
@ Lisbon Lux

#3. Traditional: Quiosque de Refresco | Modern: TOPO

Up for a drink and some chilling time? Head to a Quiosque de Refresco spread across the downtown. They’re the charming recovered ensign of a Portuguese vintage past, selling signature refreshments like Capilé or Blackcurrant, all made of Portuguese syrups with natural ingredients, and others like Perfumed milk, Mazagran or Horchata. On the other hand, there’s TOPO. Not one but two: in Chiado and Martim Moniz areas. Few words: breathtaking views and signature cocktails – need more? Read here.

Quiosque de Refresco Jardim do Príncipe Real
Quiosque de Refresco at Príncipe Real Garden @ Quiosque de Refresco
TOPO Martim Moniz @ TrenDestination
TOPO Martim Moniz @ TrenDestination

#4. Traditional: Lisbon’s flea market | Modern: LX Factory

Lisbon’s flea market, literally translated as Thieves market happens every Tuesday and Saturday, from dawn to dusk. Expect to find all type of antique and crafts. Practice your bargaining skills though. LX Factory is Lisbon’s creative hub in which art, fashion, food, design and advertising got together in perfect harmony. There’s a great outdoor market every Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.

Feira da Ladra Lisboa Flea Thieves Market Lisbon
Lisbon’s flea market @ cm-lisboa.pt
Lx Factory Lisbon @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#5. Traditional: Lisbon ferry boat | Modern: uberPOOL

There’s a very cheap (1,20€), fast (10 minutes) and cool way (mingle with the locals and enjoy the views) to cruise Tagus River by catching the ferry boat at Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas. Once there, have a seafood platter at Farol restaurant or enjoy the sunset from Ponto Final restaurant.  From November 4th to 13th, Uber is launching its carpool service called uberPOOL. It’s still a pilot test so get the chance to try it and enjoy 25% less than uberX.

Cais do Sodré rio tejo tagus cacilhas barco @ TrenDestination
Ferry boat to Cacilhas @ TrenDestination

#6. Traditional: A Vida Portuguesa | Modern: O Purista Barbière

These go for the ones who want some of Lisbon’s pampering. Shopping is included, right? Head to the gigantic A Vida Portuguesa shop at Intendente (not Chiado!) and you’ll get a sense of what authentic Portuguese memories are. O Purista Barbière is definitely a men’s place (women are more than welcomed though) since it puts together the joy of beer, a barber shop, snooker table and music – all in the same place (#WhatElse).

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@ A Vida Portuguesa
O Purista Barbière Lisboa Convida
O Purista Barbière @ Lisboa Convida

#7. Traditional: Carmo Ruins | Modern: Amoreiras 360º View

Carmo Convent is the dramatic roofless symbol of 1755 earthquake which almost stopped Lisbon of hosting the Web Summit (#ThankYouMarquisofPombal). Go get impressed with the eerie mummies inside. Amoreiras 360º Panoramic View – the name says it all – covers Lisbon’s greatness for you. The jaw-dropping views will make you understand why is the city so perfect in its own uniqueness.

Ruínas e Convento do Carmo Lisbon @ TrenDestination
Carmo Ruins Lisbon
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Amoreiras 360º view @ Observador

#8. Traditional: Sol e Pesca | Modern: Queijaria

Canned fish is a true vintage delicacy in Lisbon, very much appreciated by the locals. At Sol e Pesca you’ll find different rods and hooks but also varied tin cans with all types of fish, served with bread. Queijaria is two years’ old now but got artisanal cheeses from all over the world – recommended a Portuguese cheese tasting with local wines.

Queijaria Cheese Shop Bar Chiado Lisbon
@ Queijaria Chiado

#9. Traditional: A Merendeira + Modern: Palácio Chiado 

This is a place where at some point, either as a local or a visitor, you’ll hear about and probably end up after a heavy night out. It’s not fancy, it’s Portuguese fast yet comfort food served until 06:00 – straight out of the oven chorizo bread with a kale and chorizo soup. On a modern note, despite its recent opening this April, Palácio Chiado dates from the XVIII century. There you’ll get a posh hint of Portuguese gastronomy and entertainment blend (more here).

Palácio Chiado Lisbon @ TrenDestination
Palácio Chiado @ TrenDestination

#10. Traditional: Fado house | Modern: Casa Independente

Forget about having a delicious meal while listening to Fado. It’s a myth! The food is usually very expensive, bland and you shouldn’t be eating when the musicians are playing anyway. Fado music must be felt, silently. My suggestion is to go after dinner and have drinks. Lisbon has always been a cultural melting pot resulting in unique music blends. Casa Independente stands for that and much more. They host artistic and music projects with a high respect for the past with a cosmopolitan embrace.

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