LISBON TRAVEL GUIDE
WHERE TO STAY
Our Airbnb could not have been closer to EVERYTHING in Lisbon, I will link the listing here for you and would definitely recommend giving it a look if you need a place to stay in the middle of old town. Everywhere that we went in Lisbon down to sites and restaurants were within walking distance of the flat. Otherwise, try to stay within the downtown area as there are a ton of hostels, hotels, and airbnbs if you are looking for affordable options.
* you can also use my airbnb link here to get $25 off when you book your first trip!
WHAT TO SEE
Lisbon is a such a gorgeous city that is bursting with history, beautiful architecture, and amazing food around every corner. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the city and decided to spend our days wandering the streets and trying to take in as many of the sights as we could. Here are a few spots to not miss in point form:
- Wander through the old town & look out for beautifully painted tiles EVERYWHERE, adorable old painted street cars, cobble stone streets, and endless shopping options
- Arco da Rua Augusta & the surrounding plaza for views, seaside wandering, and shopping
- Time Out Market
- Take in the views at one of the many 'Miradouro' lookout points
- Visit the Castelo de S. jorge
- LX Factory
- Costa Da Caparica Beach (we ate at the Marcelino Beach Club for burgers on the beach and it was delish)
- Belem area: Pasteis de Belem, Belem Tower, Padrao dos Descobrimentos
The LX Factory was one of the top recommendations that we received for what to do in Lisbon and it definitely lived up to it's name. A giant old factory complex has been turned into a playground for artists local stores, businesses, and restaurants to flourish. Come here to wander through walls of murals, eat at one of the quirky restaurants, or shop at one of the many shops for souvenirs, art, and local goods. We even tried to sneak into the burlesque themed escape room on the second floor of one of the old factory buildings, but were late to the punch and missed a spot. Book ahead if you wanted to join in on the fun!
WHERE TO EAT
Time Out Market was recommended to us by so many people, and for good reason. It's located right outside of the main train station in Lisbon, and the market itself hosts a giant number of all of Lisbon's best eats. The market has 24 restaurants, 8 bars, cooking classes, shopping, and more. We weren't feeling too adventurous as we went to the market after our long travel day from Vancouver. We ended up grabbing a classic juicy burger (which was fab nonetheless), but the options are truly endless throughout the market as to what you can find.
The beloved Pasteis - or 'Pastel De Nata' - is the dessert treasure from Portugal. My personal favourite Pasteis option came from Manteigaria, found within Time Out Market. Their pasteis offerings here were fabulous and had us come back for more on 3 separate occasions.
Most tourists traveling to Lisbon will say that the best pastel de nata will come from the infamous & original Pasteis from Pasteis De Belem. It is definitely a hotspot and the lineups are large, but they move quickly and there is something quite special about sitting in the place that started the pasteis trend. It's like a small piece of history is being served with dessert! It wasn't my favourite of the recommended pasteis bunch (it was a lot more hard and crunchy that it's flakier buttery counterparts) but it's definitely worth the trip to Belem for the overall atmosphere.
If you wanted to eat as many versions of Pasteis that you can while visiting Lisbon, then check out Fabrica da Nata for my second-favourite version of the Pastel de Nata. It's located right outside of the Restauradores Metro stop & is worth the visit if you can't get enough of the Pasteis fever.
I am both delighted and ashamed to say that we came to Dear Breakfast THREE times while in Lisbon. The food was exceptional and the atmosphere was an instagrammers haven. We tried almost everything on the menu across the 3 mornings: Eggs benny, avocado toast, salty pancakes, acai bowl, the list goes on & EVERYTHING was delicious! Three other highly recommended breakfast spots were within blocks of Dear Breakfast, so if you wanted to switch it up, head to Hello Kristof, The Mill, or Flaura e Fauna.
RAMIRO SEAFOOD - This restaurant came in #1 for most recommended seafood spots in Lisbon and it did not disappoint. I was expecting it to have a full seafood offering, however realized when we arrived that the restaurant is fully shellfish based! The garlic shrimp & the garlic clams were to die for and everything on the menu was made fresh right before your eyes. Get there early - the wait times are insane but it is definitely worth it!
Another noteworthy seafood spot (& my favourite pick out of all the recommended seafood restaurants) was a restaurant called Memento. It was a few blocks away from our airbnb & is unfortunately not pictured in this post, but had the most delicious Swordfish steak and a Seafood trio that still has me drooling. We didn't make a reservation and went early enough so that it wasn't an issue, but definitely sneak in to eat here if you can!
RECOMMENDED SPOTS THAT WE (SADLY) MISSED:
The Pharmacy, Park Rooftop Bar, Ponto Finale (from the Somebody Feed Phil documentary, Nicolau, Cantina 32, Boa Boa, Alma, Noobai Cafe, Hello Kristof, Belcanto, Avillez, Ameijoas a Bulhao Pato
I have also posted a talk-through Lisbon Travel Guide on my Youtube channel which you can watch above, or click here to watch on the Youtube site.