As one of Europe’s oldest cities, Lisboa (Lisbon) is the capital of Portugal and basically the San Francisco of Europe. This city is filled with hills, boat docks, stunning Victorian Style architecture and some of the most delicious food. Lisbon is also the home to 2 UNESCO World’s Heritage Sites. Here are some of our recommendations for when you visit the charming and lively, Lisboa:
WHERE TO STAY:
Now, we stayed in an amazing AirBNB while in Lisbon and we recommend you do the same. We rented out a private room, which ended up being a studio apartment in the Bairro Alto district and we loved it! Bairro Alto is centrally located, filled with some of the best restaurants and is an overall vibrant part of town. Although Lisboa is 38mi squared, this city is fairly walkable! Here and there you might take a taxi, but staying in the Bairro Alto district allowed us to truly explore the city and get our steps in! if you are looking for a relaxing area, maybe Bairro Alto isn’t for you as this district’s restaurants are open late and theres a good amount of other night life. Do you research and see what you are looking for- Lisboa is filled with different districts and you are sure to find the best one for you!
WHERE TO DINE:
We loved eating in Lisbon! We had great tapas with a Portuguese touch, the freshest of fish, delicious desserts and some pretty great pizza (still not better than Italy though!).
We ate here night 1 and this ended up being our favorite restaurant all trip! They introduced us to Iberian Ham Croquete’s (which we after ate at every meal) and the sauce to go with it was out of this world and pig’s cheek, which was actually delicious! The best part about eating tapas is that you get to taste multiple plates at once. After sharing a handful of tapas plates, which were all delicious, we topped off our evening with an oreo lemon dessert which was the perfect balance between sweet, zesty and light!
2.Pop Cereal Cafe
Welcome to your childhood dreams coming true! This place is simple yet everything your childhood self could have ever wanted. This Cafe features over 100 types of cereals and guess what? You can mix, match and add various toppings to your ultimate cereal bowl! Thats right, you can pick multiple cereals, add yummy toppings and enjoy! Located in the Bairro Alto district, this is the perfect place to stop by and start your day or just to stop by for a sweet treat. They also have great coffee here for those who need an extra boost in the morning!
I know what you’re thinking- why would we eat italian food while in Portugal!? Well, we love Italian food and after walking 4.5miles (7.3km) from Bairro Alto to theDiscovery Monument, pizza sounded perfect. This spontaneous decision led to this restaurant being one of our favorites! It sits along side the Tejo River right next to the Discovery Monument. If you pick outside seating, it is a beautiful view and great for people watching! The pizza was thin, cheesy and simply delicious as it took our taste buds pretty close back to Italia. If you’re looking for a break from bacalhau, this spot was perfect. Oh, and their wine list wasnt too shabby either!
WHAT TO DO:
If we were to tell you everything we did while in Lisbon, this blog would get no loving because it would be longer than the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (nerdy reference!). From visiting countless monuments, to UNESCO Heritage Sites to food tours to castles, Lisboa has it all. Here are some of our favorite activities we did while in Lisboa:
1.Explore the 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery)& Torre de Belém (Belém Tower)
2.Eat a Pastel de Belem at the Original Location, Pasteies de Belem (Across the Street from Jeronimos Monastery)
3.Go up the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Discovery Monument) for a 360 View of the Tejo River, 25th of April Bridge, Jeronimos Monastary and more
4.Visit Convento do Carmo (Carmo Convent) & see what survived from the earthquake of 1755
5.Take a ride up/down the Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Lift) as it connects lower streets to the upper streets. PS. the view from the top is a breathtaking 360 degree view!
6. Stroll through Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara & grab a bite, a drink and do some shopping
7.Watch the sunset from Castelo de Sao Jorge
8.Walk from Praça D. Pedro IV until you reach Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square). As you walk, Look for Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau and stop for a snack. Best fried Bacalhau you’ll eat in Lisboa
9.Visit the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum) and be amazed by the famous tiles of Portugal
10.Admire the street art. Lisboa has street art at every corner and some of the art is truly beautiful!
Getting to Lisboa is fairly easy as its international airport (Aeroporto de Lisboa) flies to most major US cities/ other international countries OR flights have nearby layovers, making your travels quick.
Rejoice! Lisboa has Uber! BUT, taxi’s are a lot easier to access. Taxi’s are EVERYWHERE and it is more customary to use those instead of Ubers. Also, requesting an Uber can take 10+ minutes (speaking from experience)- you see a taxi ever 30 second depending where you are!
Not as popular as taxi’s, but these are also easily seen around town. For a few euros you hop on for ride to your destination!
We hope you plan to visit Lisboa one day. This city is filled with great cuisines, UNESCO world Heritage Sites, rich history, beautiful art and so much more! Portugal’s tourism is growing and we understand why! The culture here is warm, friendly and vibrant and we hope that you can see it first hand one day!