Lisbon is unlike any other European capital. It’s vivid streets, cute corners, the beautiful azulejos on the walls and the unique food spots make this one of my favorite cities to visit.
Although Lisbon is getting more popular by the year, it still keeps its character and uniqueness.
I stayed five days in Lisbon and had the most incredible time exploring the streets of Alfama and Baixa, going to markets and my favorite part – the food. A friend of mine that lives there gave me the best local tips where to go and what to eat and I have to admit that it gave my trip another dimension.
What to do
Wander through the streets of Alfama and follow the streets that attract your eye. There are many food and coffee spots to discover, each with their own vibe.
Lisbon is a city of viewpoints and Alfama is a great area to enjoy the stunning views. You’ll find a kiosk in every corner selling beer, wine and snacks which basically are the main ingredients to watch the sun go down and relax after a long day of sightseeing.
Alfama is a great area to take the yellow tram and explore the streets without climbing too much.
This area is also known for the famous Fado music. Explore this neighborhood by day and by night and you’ll feel the diversity it has to offer.
If you like flea markets, pass by the Feira da Ladra where you will find nice and original souvenirs without overpaying. The fair has a lot to offer, you’ll find unusual and interesting items there that will make a nice decoration at home.
The fair is on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 am until 18 pm.
This area is full of history, majestic monumements and beautiful river scenery. A perfect place to spend a morning or an afternoon.
Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), Padrao dos Descobrimentos and Mosteiro de Jeronimos are the three monumental highlights of Belem area. A definitely must visit to learn more about the Portuguese history and an opportunity to take beautiful pictures.
3. Pastel de Belém
A place that shouldn’t be missed while passing Belém is the famous Pastel de Belém where you can eat the best pasteis de Belém also known in the rest of Portugal as pastel de nata.
Served fresh from the oven by a very friendly staff. Don’t get fooled by the line outside. The place is very spacious and you’ll only have to wait five minutes tops to get a table. The Portuguese like to eat a pastel de Belém with cinammon on top. Wherever they serve pastel de nata in Portugal, they will have cinnamon if you ask for it.
4. Principe Real
One of my favorite areas in Lisbon! Known for it’s creativity, charm, antiques and trendy restaurants – Principe Real is a definite must visit when coming to Lisbon.
5. Shop at the Embaixada Mall
At Principe Real area you find the Embaixada Mall. It’s a luxurious shopping gallery where you can find many shops with different theme’s.
It’s an activity on its own to walk through this building and enjoy the design and charm of this place. From magnificent ceilings to beautiful paper walls and dramatic stairs entrance – it felt like a museum, the ones you want to stay a little longer.
Even if you’re not particularly keen on shopping, pay a visit to the Embaixada to enjoy the building and it’s Moorish architecture.
Praça do Príncipe Real 26, 1250-184 Lisboa
6. Sunset at Miradouro São Pedro de Alcantara
This spot offers you a stunning view over the capital. From here you will be able to see the Castle of São Jorge, Se Cathedral as well as the Tangus river. This picture-perfect viewing platform is a must see.
7. LX Factory
This young industrial place a little outside of the city centre is an authentic place to visit and spend an afternoon. It’s a vivid creative spot where you always have something to experience. You can call it a cultural hotspot where the new generation shows their creativity all around. From art galleries, food spots, pop-up stores, design shops, wall art, rooftop bar and a beautiful bookstore. They have something interesting to explore for everyone. Lx Factory is situated near the bridge of 25 de Abril.
R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501 Lisboa