Written by Yasmin

The blog series about wonderful Lisbon continues! Read the other blog posts of how we activated Zen-mode on a rooftop bar and where in the city we found some good vibes. Next up was discovering the best places to eat in Portugal's magical capital. Here are three of our favourite restaurants!


SeaMe, Chiado -
Trendy fish and seafood restaurant in Barrio Alto

By accident (or perhaps because of the good energies we had collected), we stumbled across SeaMe when we strolled around in the city. Although the sign on the door said "Closed", we gently knocked on the door and were let in by a smiling waitress. With the energies on our side, we were offered the last free table for the evening. It turned out to be a good decision.We arrive at 10 PM, typical Portuguese dinner hour. The trendy and popular restaurant which specializes in fish and seafood is a great place to begin a night out. Typically, a visit begins with a tour of the restaurant’s fresh fish market from where you choose your dinner ingredients. We handed the decision to our waiter, and were later treated with a plate of lobster, crayfish and scallops with side orders, lemon and sauces.

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Address: Rua do Loreto, 21, 1200-149 Lisboa
Telephone: 21 346 15 64 - Fax: 21 346 15 66
Email: geral@peixariamoderna.com
Website: peixariamoderna.com


Time Out Mercado Lisbon - Perfect stop for a wine lunch

The best market hall I’ve ever visited! Our initial thought when stepping into Time Out Mercado Da Riberia was ‘how are we going to be able to decide what to eat?’. The market hall is filled with small restaurant, so we had to take a long and thorough inspection around the hall. Our mouths watered at the sight of the delicious (and incredibly affordable) dishes. After many ifs and buts, we ordered food from Alexandre Silva. I went for seared tuna with sweet potatoes and Linnéa ate a fresh salmon dish with coriander – along with a large glass of refreshing wine of course.The market hall gets a big plus for plenty of seating opportunities, good logistics with devices that inform you when your food is ready and last but not least; the incredibly high quality of the food.

Time Out Mercado Da Riberia Lisbon
Website: http://www.timeoutmarket.com/en/
Address: Mercado da Ribeira, Avenida 24 de Julho, 1200-479 Portugal
Telephone: +351 213 951 274
Email: infolisboa@timeoutmarket.com


As Zebras Do Combro - A priceworthy “Hole in the wall”-restaurant with delicious food

We had ‘Eat at a Hole in the wall-restaurant’ on our Lisbon bucket list, and we couldn’t have found a better one. As Zebras Do Combro was MINDBLOWING! When we got our 21 euro-bill, we looked confused at each other and went; "There has to be something wrong with the bill, it can't be this cheap”. We shared a pot of amazing octopus and rice with coriander, a small bottle of Vinho Verde, smoked olives and bread.The staff was unbelievably nice and service minded and the food was both delicious and priceworthy, this gem was just to die for when you want a steady meal that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

As Zebras Do Combro
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Zebras-do-Combro-restaurante
Adress: 53, Calçada do Combro 51, 1200-433 Lisboa, Portugal
Telephone: +351 21 346 2110
Stay tuned for more of our Lisbon advantures!

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Written by Yasmin

A long-awaited weekend in Lisbon has come to an end! Portugal's capital has been on my (Yasmin's) bucket list for a long time, and my expectations were sky high. Spoiler: They were exceeded by far! Here is the first part of our blog series about the hottest weekend destination in Europe right now.

The official Lisbon energy trip

The purpose of our Lisbon trip was basically to gather as much positive energy as possible. I got to experience the city with one of my best friends, Linnéa, who was fortunate enough to be there on her third visit. A real highlight of our stay was our Friday afternoon wine-stop at design hotel Memmo Alfama’s rooftop bar, located in the historical Alfama district. The hotel is situated only a stone's throw away from the Cathedral and the São Jorge Castle, and is entered through a quiet cross-street. We quickly slipped in to the peaceful oasis, escaping the 30-degree (Celsius) heat.
Memmo Alfama is part of Memmo Hotels chain which has three hotels in Portugal, two in the capital and one in Sagres, Algarve. Learn more about the Memmo Hotels and destinations here.

Rooftop bar with a view over Lisbon

We were certainly not mistaking when we anticipated that the magical view, combined with the chic hotel design and a glass of good wine, would give us the energy boost we had been longing for.Gazing out over the heights of Lisbon with the cooling breeze in your neck, and a terrace partly in the shade, with a glass of wine in your hand was the perfect activity to begin our trip with.
The trendy hotel gets a big plus for its friendly staff. Me(Yasmin, to the left) with my friend Linnéa (to the right) with Diogo, who works at Memmo Alfama and made our visit both memorable and fun!
According to the website, the hotel was considered by wallpaper® magazine as one of the 48 new world's best urban hotels in 2014, and we clearly see why!

Practical information about Memmo Alfama

Address: Travessa Das Merceeiras, 27 -Alfama, Lisboa
Website: http://www.memmohotels.com/alfama/hotel-overview.html
Phone number: +351 210 495 660
Email: alfama@memmohotels.com

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Some while ago, we started to hear rumors about the 'Epic Coffee Man' and decided to look him up. His real name is Andreas and he is the owner of Himalayas coffee bar, located in Hötorgshallen, a market hall full of restaurants and stalls with fresh meat, fish, cheese and other delicacies. Himalaya Coffee Bar opened 2012, after the big renovation of Hötorgshallen, and is a blessing to all coffee enthusiasts!

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Brilliant customer service


It does not take long to understand why Andreas’ good reputation is spreading. Despite long queues, the owner does his best to share knowledge about coffee beans and methods with all of his customers. His passionate and friendly customer service, making you walk away from the counter with a smile, is something you rarely run across in Stockholm.

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"High quality coffee comes with a price," Andreas explains. "Sometime people ask why some coffee beans are so expensive, when they should ask themselves why others are so cheap. The answer is simple: They are not as good. "

Skip the Takeaway


Most Himalaya Coffee Bar-customers order their coffee “to go”. However, if you are not in a hurry, we would advise you to skip the takeaway, and sip on your freshly made coffee at the counter desk instead, while soaking in the vibrant and international atmosphere in Hötorgshallen.
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Recommends coffee bars in Berlin


We ask Andreas where we can find the best coffee abroad. Here are his top 3 tips:
1. Berlin has a lot of really good coffee bars. You will find the best coffee at The Barn, it is unbelievably good!
2. The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen.
3. I'm also a sucker for the laidback service in Italy, I continuously return to Rome and Florence. There, you can find high-end coffee almost everywhere.

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Private coffee tastings


Himalaya Coffee Bar offers private tastings for coffee entushiats who want to get a better understanding of the world of coffee. Contact Andreas to schedule a private tasting.

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Himalaya Coffee Bar
Opening hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10.00-18.00
Friday: 10.00-19.00
Saturday: 10.00-16.00
Sunday: Closed
Address:
Hötorgshallen,  11157 Stockholm. Metro station: Hötorget

Website: http://www.hotorgshallen.se/handlare/cafe-restaurang/himalaya-espressobar
Contact details: Phone: 0046-821 88 70. Email: himalaya.te.och.kaffe@gmail.com





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In recent years, we have developed a family tradition of taking our little brother on a fishing weekend somewhere in the Stockholm Archipelago. It started a couple of years ago, as a birthday present to our little brother who is a true fishing enthusiast, and we quickly agreed to keep the tradition alive. A mini getaway is the perfect way to soft-start the autumn – and in just 30 minutes from Stockholm by car, you arrive to a completely different world, full of tranquillity.

Location: The Sea Cottage, Värmdö


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The Stockholm Archipelago consists of over 30,000 islands and Värmdö (or Värmdön) is a municipality in Stockholm’s inner archipelago which is entirely made of islands. Some of the well known and popular islands that belong to Värmdö is Sandhamn, Grinda and Möja, but this time our choice fell on a charming red cottage in Myttinge.

Judging by the pictures (and the Elle magazine cover), it appeared to be the perfect weekend escape; offering both fishing, sauna and barbecue opportunities. So with a car fully equipped with food, fishing rods and board games, we hit the roads, eager to get away from a hectic Stockholm.

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An interesting arrival


Although we had received detailed directions and been told that the cottage was quite secluded, we probably weren’t prepared for how secluded or difficult it would be to find the cottage in pitch darkness, with no road signs or street lights. After driving the wrong way one or two times, we finally found the "big red barn" where we had to park our car and walk the last bit (through a forest!). While we navigated our way through the forest, using our mobile flashlights as our only source of light, it was impossible not to let the mind wander to various horror films.

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After a five minute walk, we arrived at the cottage and immediately began making the usual Friday taco. After dinner, we played cards, drank tea and talked for a couple of hours until it was time to hit the bed.

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'The early morning has gold in its mouth'


The next morning, we woke up with the sun. We opened up the doors that overlooked the ocean to soak in the view and breathe in the fresh island air. With the ocean as our backdrop, we made a big weekend breakfast with lit candles and some relaxing acoustic background music. Unquestionably the best way to start the day!

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The rest of Saturday was spent outside in the fresh air where we went fishing, barbecued and enjoyed the sun. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch a big pike (this time), but apparently Zlatan who also was fishing somewhere in the archipelago had better luck.

Our evening plans? Sauna bathing and watching horror films.

IMG_0850Yasmin, the BBQ master.

And on Sunday, after another long breakfast and a bit of fishing, we packed our bags and said goodbye to the archipelago for this time. It really is amazing what a little bit of vitamin sea and fresh air can do for the soul. Until next time!

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Book a cottage in the Stockholm Archipelago
There are many websites where you can rent houses/cottages for a week or a few days. We booked our cottage here (but fritiden.se is another website with more options) and paid 2400 SEK for two nights. A week costs 8000 sek.

The cottage was equipped with:
- D
ouble bed
- Extra bed
- 2 hotplates
- Refrigerator
- Microwave
- Shower
- Sauna
- Rowboat
- TV

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What is your favorite island in the Stockholm archipelago or do you have any recommendations on where we should go next time? Leave a comment!




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