Lisbon’s fashionable Avenida da Liberdade and the areas in and around Marquês de Pombal and Estefânia together provide the visitor with an interesting mix of restaurants, from jolly, down-to-earth eateries to refined Michelin gourmet hot spots. At the top end of the Avenue – quite literally – is the Michelin star Eleven, where gourmet cuisine heightens the dining experience. The new Bistrô4 also benefits from Michelin influence, but is far simpler in presentation and easier on the pocket. One of the most unusual places is Restaurant 33, a former hunting lodge just off the avenue that still features original wooden ceiling beams and a splendid sunken terrace set in a verdant garden. Also tucked away in a side street is Floresta do Salitre, a spirited tasca popular with locals, especially at lunchtimes. The interior design of the aptly named Avenue restaurant is associated with Porsche, and offers a requisite fine-dining experience. Similarly, its near-neighbour AdLibis acknowledged for its haute cuisine and upscale ambiance. Another restaurant actually situated on Avenida da Liberdade is Brasserie Flo, a refined dining spot where the menu errs towards French cuisine. One of the city’s most celebrated fish and seafood restaurants, Ribadouro, is a short walk away. Across the road and into the Estefânia district is Open, whose commendable green credentials mean much of the produce is sourced from fair trade outlets. Meanwhile, back across the avenue, is SushiCafé Avenida, arguably the most fashionable sushi bar in the capital.
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