We are heading into October, and while the rest of the European continent and our neighbours across the Atlantic are already welcoming autumn season, Lisbon is still pretty warm and sunny. Since it’s all about alfresco dining and drinking in this dazzling city, it’s best to continually enjoy the outdoors, ideally propped at the city’s highest platforms with astonishing sunset views.
Dotted around the city are plenty of rooftop spots where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail of your choice, whether it’s a hip venue with DJs spinning their tunes or a classier affair with candlelights and cool vibe. Either way, we guarantee you a great time at these spots with Lisbon’s sublime skyline to add to your great memories in the city.
Perhaps the most vibrant rooftop venue in Lisbon, hands down. PARK Bar used to be a secret spot, but due to its popularity, it’s now known to almost every single visitor coming to the city. There’s no doubt about it – the atmosphere in this Bairro Alto venue is enthralling. Finding it proves slightly difficult — head towards the door at the car park entrance and you’ll find an elevator. Once you’re up there, there’s always groovy music on the air paired with gin cocktails and caipirinhas in a roof garden setting. Go prior to sundown before it gets packed and set yourself in this elevated garden on top of a cark park (hence the name) and celebrate a beautiful sunset with a great, buzzing international crowd.
When you’re in Lx Factory, in the artistic Alcântara district, do not miss this Brazilian rooftop bar and restaurant Rio Maravilha. This is one of the best places to go out, especially at weekends, when parties are long and buzzing all night. Aside from incredible cocktails, the restaurant offers sumptuous food to whet your appetite. But the best thing about this place is the view – of the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge and the Cristo Rei across the Tagus river.
At first you won’t notice this at all, as it’s hidden behind the Convento do Carmo. But once you locate it, it’s a real find. Elegantly perched on top of Chiado district, with views of the Elevador de Santa Justa and Rossio square, it’s a laidback venue that offers beyond wines and cocktails, there’s a restaurant, too. At weekend evenings, there tends to be a DJ playing the beats. And during the summer, it’s the setting to the Ciné Society Rooftop Cinema. You’ll have plenty of great late nights, with close walking to our apartments in Rossio.
Topo Martim Moniz
Set at the epicentre of the busy Martim Moniz district, high above the Centro Comercial, is another Topo joint. This is more stripped-back and low-key than its sibling in Chiado. However, you get an excellent view of Graça and Castelo, and I’d say a perfect spot to catch the sunset, with the last rays casting a golden glow on the hills across the valley. There’s a decent restaurant inside that serves meals such as risotto, pork ribs, sandwiches and burgers, but do stay longer, as the rooftop becomes a party venue at late nights.
If you’re looking for a tropical-inspired rooftop bar, then this is the perfect place. Banana leaves and palm trees decorate the entire space, with Bali-esque wicker chairs, white sofas and floral cushions, Ferroviário is Intagram-worthy. Beyond that, this place is gathered much attention recently, after its renovation, launching a cool, vibrant spot near Santa Apolonia station. Even the curation of DJ’s makes you feel like you’re in Balearic paradise.
The versatility of this place is impressive. It’s a Japanese restaurant that opens to a terrace, offering a 270-degree view of Lisbon, as viewed from a rooftop in Chiado. This is where you go if you’d like your nights stylish, sophisticated and a touch luxurious. That means drinks are on the high-end, and the crowd are dressed to impress. Go on Friday and Saturday nights, this place turns into an open-air club for an all-night dancing. Do remember, Silk is a member of the World’s Finest Clubs group.
Fairly new to Lisbon’s cornucopia of rooftop bars is Level Eight, this 300-square metre space above Rua Castilho, just a street away from Avenida da Liberdade, on top of the Phoenician building. Sip cocktails and socialise on this Disaronno-sponsored lounge with beguiling views of the Parque Eduardo VII, the botanical garden Estufa Fria, Castelo de São Jorge and pretty much the Lisbon riverside. Even better than it’s open every day from 5pm, as you bid farewell to the day and greet the night with a DJ playing some lively beats until the late hours.