Miguel Júdice was born and bred in Lisbon, the city where he lives and loves. He’s an entrepreneur in the hospitality field, the former president of the Portuguese Hotel Association, and the author of the awesome guide The 500 Hidden Secrets of Lisbon.
I want a snack and a drink like a true local. What do I go for?
A glass of vinho verde in summer or a glass of Moscatel wine in winter time.
Where can you get the best view?
Lisbon is a city with many viewpoints but for me the one that beats them all is the one in Cerca Moura (Miradouro de Santa Luzia).
Tell us about a place that looks like nothing special but is in fact a real gem.
I love going to a place called Casa Independente, located in a shabby, run-down building in Intendente. You go inside and step into a different world, a very cool hipster and alternative bar with live music, an outdoor terrace and a permanent fun groove.
Tell us about your favourite neighbourhood to hang out in.
I love spending time in Príncipe Real because it is a mirror of what Lisbon is today, a blend of old and new. It’s a neighbourhood full of cool shops as well as traditional ones, hip restaurants, small tascas (Portuguese taverns), and a great vibe that is visible on peoples’ faces.
“Príncipe Real is a mirror of what Lisbon is today, a blend of old and new.”
– MIGUEL JÚDICE
Describe your perfect day in Lisbon.
My perfect day in Lisbon is a spring Saturday that starts with breakfast in a bakery in Chiado, then a walk to my favourite antiques shops or to Feira da Ladra.
I want a culture fix that is unique to Portugal – which monument, historical site, gallery or museum should I visit?
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