What’s new in Lisbon in 2022?

Updated 8/13/22. What’s new in Lisbon in 2022? In spite of the pandemic, some businesses are starting, reinventing themselves, moving forward, and winning awards in 2022. As the Rock in Rio Lisboa commercial says, “The world is going to be ours again.”

Photographer Steve McCurry ICONS Exhibition is coming to Lisbon in September

Steve McCurry ICONS Exhibition is coming to Lisbon in September.  This is the first exhibition of Steve McCurry in Portugal, and will include more than 100 works, including his iconic “Afghan Girl.”  

The exhibition begins September 24, and will be held at the Cordoaria Nacional. Avenida India, 1300. 

Take Tram 15E or the train to Cascais from Cais do Sodré station and get off in Belém.  Also buses14,27,28, 29, 43, 51. Tickets start at 10€.  Get on the waiting list here.  https://feverup.com/m/116463?thm=263&utm_source=google&utm_medium=sc&utm_campaign=116463_lis&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2r3lyOSx-QIVWflRCh2KDgx8EAAYASAAEgKjlvD_BwE

Quake Lisbon Earthquake Experience opened April 20, 2022

Intricate reproduction of the Carmo Church Facade at Quake lisbon
Reproduction of the Carmo Church facade at Quake Lisbon

Rua Cais da AlfaHandega Velha 39.  Located near the Coaches Museum.  (Belém)  Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm.  Admission 21-31€.

Quake – Like stepping into a time machine, the Lisbon Earthquake Center uses 4D technology and interactive experiences to teach guests about the earthquake of November 1, 1755 that devastated most of Lisbon as well as other parts of Portugal.  

According to scientists, it was the strongest earthquake to ever hit Europe.

As the city rebuilt, Lisbon became a pioneer in anti-seismic architecture.  Quake aims to teach architecture, history, and science in a fun way for visitors of all ages.  Visitors can participate in Portuguese, English, French, or Spanish.

The project has ten rooms and covers three floors.
Official website:  The Lisbon Earthquake Experience | Quake (lisbonquake.com)

Cicero Bistrot – A French bistro and gallery with Brazilian roots in Lisbon

If you are looking for something to do once you ride Tram 28E to the end of the line, you could hop off and have a meal and enjoy a great private art collection at the new Cicero Bistrot (opened July 22, 2022) in Campo D’Ourique.  

The restaurant is inspired by and exhibits the works of two major artists – Cicero Dias, one of the most famous modernist artists from Brasil.  Cicero left Brasil to escape the dictatorship and moved to France and eventually Portugal.  

The other artist, Marianne Perretti, a French glass artist moved from Paris to Brasilia, where she designed the stained glass in the cathedral.  Her glasswork is also featured at Cicero Bistrot, and there are a few other modern artists on exhibit as well.

Marrying France and Brazil, this comfortable and beautifully decorated bistro uses local ingredients, as well as several ingredients from the northeast of Brazil – such as dende oil and heart of palm, and prepares them using French methods.

Chef Hugo Cortez has visited the source of each of the ingredients that he serves, and samples everything that arrives at your table.

Located at Rua Saraiva do Carvalho 171.  Closed Mondays.  Lunch is served Tuesday – Saturday from 12 until 3:30.  Dinner is from 7 pm until 11 pm.  Sundays the restaurant is open from noon until 7 pm.

Served by Tram 25E, 28E, Bus 709, Bus 744

See menu here:

Cícero Bistrot | Gastronomia com arte (cicerobistrot.pt)

For my review of the restaurant, read Inside Cícero Bistrot – a unique restaurant gallery in Lisbon – lisbontravelideas.com

Lisbon has a new Michelin Star Restaurant in 2022

Chef Pedro Penas Bastos’ restaurant Cura at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 88, Lisbon has earned its first Michelin Star, becoming the newest Michelin Star restaurant in Lisbon.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we announce that CURA Restaurant has been awarded one Michelin star,” says Guilherme Costa, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.

Opening a restaurant in the middle of the pandemic in the city’s most iconic hotel was a huge challenge and expectations were very high.

Pedro Pena Bastos, the chef chosen to lead the new project at the Hotel lived up to it, and together with his team they bring the first star to CURA, while the restaurant celebrates its first year of existence.”

CURA offers three tasting menus: the vegetarian Raízes (€85); the lighter menu Meia Cura (€105); and the full tasting menu Origens (€145). They also have several a la carte options.

Signature dishes include:

squid with hazelnut, bergamot, toasted seaweed, butter, and Ossetra caviar

Amberjack with lettuce, peppers, tea, pollen, sunflower, cured pork, melon, and shiso, 

Carob and black garlic, egg, honey, raspberry, and lavender

Merino lamb, quince, wild spearmint

Red mullet, broccoli, parsley, saffron

Figs with beetroot, lime, and reindeer moss

With a total of 28 seats, Cura is open Tuesday – Saturday from 7:30 pm – 11 pm.   

For booking: cura.lis@fourseasons.com or call 351 213 811 401

Website: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts | Luxury Hotels | Four Seasons | Cura

If you would like to learn more about the other Michelin Star Restaurants in Lisbon, see my article,

Introducing Lisbon’s Michelin Star Restaurants, 2021 edition

Rock in Rio Lisboa Festival to return in 2022

Rock in Rio Lisboa plans to return on June 18, 19 and 25, 26, 2022. 

The festival will be held at Parque de Bela Vista, over two consecutive weekends. 

On June 18 headliners include the Foo Fighters, The National, and Liam Gallagher. 

On June 19, Black Eyed Peas, Ellie Goulding, Ivete Sangalo, and David Carreira will take the stage. 

June 25 will see Duran Duran, A Ha, Xutos e Pontapés, and Bush.  

The festival will close on the 26th of June with Post Malone, Anitta, Jason Derulo and HMB.


Lisbon’s Newest Museum

The Berardo Art Deco Museum, BMAD, actually opened in April  2021. 

Lisbon’s newest museum shows off José Berardo’s collection of  Art Nouveau and Art Deco works. 

With more than 300 pieces of furniture, lamps, sculpture, paintings, and ceramics that date back to the early 1900s, it is one of the top Art Nouveau / Art Deco collections in the world. 

The museum houses pieces by Émile Gallé, Louis Tiffany, René Lalique, and Pablo Picasso.

After enjoying a guided tour of the museum, visitors are treated to a free wine tasting where they can sample wines produced on Berardo’s Bacalhoa estate. 

Admission to the museum is also free, with guided tours at 10 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5 pm.

Rua 1 de Maio

For more information, read my Berardo Art Deco Museum – Lisbon’s newest museum in 2022

The National Treasure Museum is now open!

Portuguese royal crown, red velvet and gold

The western wing of the Ajuda National Palace (built in 1795)  was renovated last year and is now open!

Among other pieces, the museum will display Portugal’s crown jewels, as well as gold and diamonds that were taken from Brazil.  

The museum will have 11 sections spread over three floors.  Taken from AJUDA PALACE and Royal Treasure Museum, Lisbon – 2022 Guide (lisbonportugaltourism.com)

The main rooms of the palace have also been renovated, including the King Joao IV  Room, the Throne Room, and the Blue Room.

For more information, check out my Ajuda National Palace: A quick guide

Just opened! Lisbon’s Newest Hotel

Mama Shelter Lisboa, opened in January, 2022.  The hotel near Avenida da Liberdade offers 130 rooms.  The hotel will also feature a brick oven pizza restaurant that serves the public, as well as another restaurant and bar on the rooftop with views of the Tejo River.  

A double room with a queen size bed and 50″ flat-screen TV is currently €99 per night.

Rua do Vale de Pereiro 19, Lisbon

(Metro red line to são Sebastião Station.  Metro Yellow line to Rato Station. Buses 744 or 843 to Marquês de Pomball stop.

T: 351 210 549 899

Website: Design Bedrooms, Restaurant, Rooftop – Welcome to Mama! (mamashelter.com)

And coming later this year

Coming in 2022:  The Pavilions Lisbon Hotel will offer 34 suites in a historic building from 1870.  The hotel will feature gardens, a dedicated spa building, a pool, and a bathhouse.  Rua do Salitre 62 

E: Info@pavillionhotels.com

Website: https://www.pavilionshotels.com/lisbon/

I am not affiliated with any business mentioned in this article.