Lisbon thrives after dark and there are plenty of late-night restaurants catering for hungry insomniacs. In a city renowned for its nightlife, an evening out means eating out, and there’s an appetising choice of midnight menus to tempt the seriously wide-awake. The steak in pepper sauce served at Café de São Bento is a house speciality, and here you can dine till 2am. Another after-hours culinary institution is Galeto, a funky 60’s diner in the city’s Saldanha district that rustles up tasty comfort food almost around the clock. Meanwhile over in Príncipe Real, the delicious steaks at La Paparrucha are served with memorable views of the capital that are especially evocative at night. Some of Lisbon’s best seafood is prepared at Ribadouro – a favourite city-centre haunt for theatregoers seeking post-show sustenance. Taberna Moderna, located near Santa Apolónia, wins with its low light gin bar ambiance. Late night revellers with a nose for a good wine should head for By the Wine, where the regional gastronomy is matched with a fine selection of reds and whites. Larger groups however should seek out Kais, an unusual restaurant converted from a waterfront warehouse situated near Cais do Sodré. The nearby Portugalia also overlooks the river and enjoys a loyal clientele, while another local draw is the cavernous Cervejaria Trindade in Chiado – always busy after midnight. And tucked away in Alfama is Santo António de Alfama. Half the fun is finding this lovely late-night venue among the winding streets and narrow alleys.
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