Lisbon-born chef Nuno Mendes has probably done more than any of his peers to advance appreciation of Portuguese culinary traditions in the UK and beyond. May sees the opening in his hometown of a much-buzzed-about showcase for his talents, when the beloved Bairro Alto Hotel (bairroaltohotel.com; from €360) emerges from a renovation at the hands of one of Portugal’s other greats, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.
Mendes’ BAHR Restaurant and Terrace offer, respectively, slick interiors and a wide-open vista of red‑tiled roofs and the Tagus beyond. The 87 rooms are light filled and colour saturated, with deco-inspired furniture and local textiles. And you’re right in Lisbon’s absolute sweet spot of style, where the Bairro Alto and Chiado quarters intersect – A Vida Portuguesa three blocks to the east, Taberna da Rua das Flores right round the corner.