Lisbon will keep shopaholics and bargain-hunters happy with everything from exclusive brand-label stores to hundreds of gift shops to investigate. The main hub is the Baixa district, where you'll find department stores, delis and gold and silver jewellers galore, whilst in the Bairro Alto, funky boutiques rule the roost. If you feel like splashing out, the Chiado area hosts prestigious designer stores and classy interior shops. And when it comes to traditional souvenirs, best buys include Portugal's pretty azulejo tiles, intricate lacework, colourful ceramics and of course, rich Oporto wines.
Lisbon offers a multitude of culinary delights, with everything from Indian and Japanese eateries to fast-food chains. It'd be a shame to miss out on true Portuguese food while you're here though and for the best, head for the Chiado, Alfama and Bairro Alto districts. Fish and seafood are specialities and favourites include bacalhau - salted cod - char-grilled sardines and octopus rice. If you're feeling peckish, Lisbon's old-fashioned tascas bars serve up tasty snacks like spicy cured sausage and hearty cabbage soup. Drinks-wise, help yourself to some fine Portuguese wines and shots of 'bica' - the much loved, super-strong espresso.
The centre of nighttime fun and dining is the Bairro Alto district. This web of cobbled streets overflows with drinking-dens, jazz bars and music clubs pumping out everything from African to Latino beats. You'll also find authentic fado clubs - playing Portugal's evocative native music - as well as gourmet restaurants to settle in if you're set on quieter times. And to raise the rafters, stick around - Bairro Alto is home to some hi-tech nightclubs where you can dance till you drop, till dawn.