City Guide: Lisbon, Portugal

Doesn’t it seem like everyone is headed to Lisbon?

Yup, well. That’s because it’s true. As Portugal is seemingly getting it’s arse out of a recession, tourists are flocking to the country to savour vinho verde and pasteis (not necessarily condoning you sample those two together, but like… not opposed to it either).

Here’s what I would recommend:

STAY

We stayed in a beautiful Air BnB and the ONLY thing I would suggest is make sure your accommodations have A/C. There’s nothing worse than coming in to a damp/hot room after a full day of shvitzing around town.

EAT

Time Out Market, Av. 24 de Julho 49

Michelin star chefs all in one market, definitely worth it for lunch.

Cervejaria Ramiro, Av. Alm. Reis nº1 - H

MUST VISIT, Anthony Bourdain covered this place on his show and it blew up. Note that if you’re there in August/September, it might be closed.

Pastéis de Belém, R. de Belém 84-92

We didn’t go there, but we heard great things and SO many people recommended this to us.

Taberna da Rua das Flores, Rua das Flores 103

My advice is to put your name down early on in the evening and walk around. The menu changes daily (sometimes even hourly), but it was one of the best meals ever. 

Taberna da Rua

das Flores

Meson Andaluz, Tv. do Alecrim 4

Wine and tapas sitting on city steps: only charming in Lisbon.

DO

Elevador De Santa Justa

Castelo de São Jorge

Really cool, massive castle pretty much in the middle of the city. Also loved the flea market that happens around the castle. 

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

This is arguably the best lookout of the whole city. You can also stop at one of the convenience stores close by and buy a bottle of wine. You should take it and watch the sunset at this awesome view!

Cascais

45 minute train ride. Worth it for the beach! 

FINAL THOUGHTS

When we planned our trip, we were very excited to discover the city. Truthfully, I’m not sure I’d head back to Portugal any time soon… it seems as though it’s the younger less-refined version of Barcelona.

The seafood is SO fresh and the wine is cheap, but not having access to a beach (Cascais is about an hour away by train) was a downer for me.

*Pro tip: double check opening hours before you head out. If you’re there in August/September, a lot of things may be closed.