Lisbon, Portugal, offers an array of visual inspiration for art and design enthusiasts, ranging from centuries-old sculptures and paintings to modern street art that revitalizes the community with splashes of color. Travelers to this seaside city will most likely find themselves meandering along intricately pattered sidewalks and admiring the azulejos (distinctively detailed ceramic-painted tiles) adorning the city’s architecture.
Food lovers adore award-winning chef Jose Avillez’s stunning and stylish Belcanto, the molecular gastronomy restaurant that has two Michelin stars. Located in the town’s revitalized Chiado district, Belcanto’s dining room has been recently refurbished, and its menu reflects the chef’s artistic cuisine. Creative standouts include: Dip in the Sea (sea bass, mussels and razor clams) and the Mandarin dessert (a frozen citrus dessert with light, flavorful foam) to finish off the meal. Fans of Avillez also make it a point to visit his four other lively and notable eateries just steps away. Each has its own personality, decor and offerings: Cafe Lisboa is situated on Sao Carlos Square, Mini Bar spotlights innovative cocktails and snacks, Cantinho do Avillez blends traditional and modern cuisine and the casual Pizzaria Lisboa offers a friendly, yet eclectic, ambiance.