Al fresco eating is always a pleasure and a privilege… but when you can wine and dine overlooking Lisbon and its castle, you’re taking things to a whole new level. That’s why you should check out Topo.
If you didn’t know where to find Topo, I guarantee you wouldn’t find it! That’s part of the reason why you’ll find more locals than tourists there. To get there, you need to find an unassuming mall in the Martim Moniz square in downtown Lisbon. You then have to take the elevator up to the 6th floor. And when you step out, that’s when you have your “aha!” moment.
Topo has an outdoor area with a bar, high tables, and a DJ booth. The indoor restaurant features dining tables and a bar, but the full length glass windows give you a perfect view of Lisbon’s castle and the neighborhood surrounding it, so you’re not missing out on the view if you opt to sit inside. You can also see the Graça Church and Convent on the hill to your left. The view is just as scenic during the day as it is as night, so I recommend you arrive before nightfall and stay until it gets dark.
Topo has some great cocktails and the food is pretty good too. The food they serve is on the lighter side, as you can see from the pictures. That wasn’t a bad thing, as we got a little excited early on by the tempting garlic butter and bread they provided for the couvert. I ordered the vegetarian burger, which came in a bright green bun! I’d never seen a burger look this radioactive before, but don’t worry, the color is much scarier than the flavor.
Topo is a fun place (in a central location) for those wishing to go somewhere a little bit different to the usual tourist spots. It’s open till 2 am during Thursday-Saturday, so it’s a good option if you’re looking to grab a pre-dinner drink or a post-dinner cocktail. If you’re looking for a bird’s eye view of Lisbon’s red rooftops, this is one bar you want to consider exploring.