Lisbon City Guide
Cover Photo by Nana Hagel
Lisbon holds a very special place in my heart. There is so much to love about this city... their pastel colored little buildings, their people, delicious food and desserts. Below, you will find our tailored guide to the best of Lisbon: where to eat, what to do, the best rooftop bars and where to shop.
WHERE TO STAY
Photos courtesy of Santa Clara 1728 , other credits: Nana Hagel
AN ENCHANTING 18TH CENTURY BUILDING, IN ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC LISBON SQUARES, LOCATED IN THE OLD CULTURAL QUARTER OF THE CITY. SANTA CLARA 1728 IS SURROUNDED BY MONUMENTS, BEAUTIFUL PALACES AND A PARK WITH STUNNING VIEWS OF THE RIVER.
Other options: My favourite neighbourhoods were Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado and Principe Real. Other hotels that I thought looked amazing were: The Lift Boutique Hotel, Yorkhouse Lisboa, and the classics yet beautiful: Pestana Palace Lisboa, Valverde Hotel, Santiago de Alfama and Memmo Alfama.
WHERE TO EAT
The days in the lovely and hilly city were full of amazing food. I have here collected my favorite spots, some of them discovered by wandering around the city and others with a proper research as I always do before traveling somewhere. Chances are you will discover a lot more by walking around the narrow & colorful streets so please, share your favorite spots in the comment section below!
Naked – Healthy, delicious food
Bairro do Avillez – Modern Portuguese food by chef José Avillez, cool vibes (see picture with pigs mural!)
Pizzaria Lisboa – Another one by José Avillez, if you are in the mood for great pizza
MiniBar Teatro – Exquisite portuguese tapas with a teather ambiance. This is also a restaurant by José Avillez. You should order a bunch of tapas to try everything, and the cocktails! (You should make a reservation)
Jardim do Principe Real – This is actually on of my favorite restaurants. Have lunch there (order the truffle fries with parmesan) and relax watching people pass by. The park is beautiful and the food is delicious. (Only cash)
Taberna da Rua das Flores – A traditional little restaurant offering tasty Portuguese tapas.
Copenhagen Coffee Lab – Good coffee and delicious cakes in Bairro Alto
Fabrika Coffee Roasters – Great coffee and you should order the banana bread.
WHERE TO SHOP
Getting lost in Principe Real and Bairro Alto will get you to the best concept stores. On the map below you will find Embaixada Concept store. After this, just walk down the street and you will find a bunch of vintage and concept stores. Claus Porto is a little soap store if you are looking for a unique souvenir, and Vida Portuguesa for vintage objects.
LOOK AT THAT VIEW
Wandering through the colorful, narrow, charming streets of Lisbon is a must. But a look from the top is mandatory. One of my favorite plans is to have a Porto Rosé with good music and a great view. Some of my favorite rooftops were:
Topo Chiado, Park. Bairro Alto Hotel, Portas do Sol
WHAT TO DO
– Plan a Day Trip to Sintra
– Visit the Botanical Gardens: Jardim Botânico da Ajuda and Estufa Fría
–Go to LX Factory and Village Underground.
– Visit the MAAT Museum
Below you will find the map with everything pinned!