Travel Tips: Lisbon
Miradouro de Graça – Beautiful place to hang out high above the Lisbon rooftops, for afternoon or early evening drinks.
Pasteis de Nata ( Portuguese Tarts)– The best in Lisbon is the Belem bakery. The queue is around the block on the weekend morning buts its right of passage in Lisbon. Be warned these little tarts can become addictive, especially when they are still warm.
Time Out Markets – This is an awesome covered area/markets with lots of pop up restaurants and stalls, with all the best Lisbon typical food – it was set up in 2014, curated by TimeOut Journalists. Its a lively fun way to discover Portuguese food.
Fado – Bairro Alto is the lovely going out area, theres lots of Fado here (traditional music). Great place to go out dancing and we discovered a small bar with pop music and tequila shots of 2 euro ( I didn’t indulge in these!)
Heard great things about the Journalist. We headed there, without a reservation (rookie mistake). So we missed out on trying this place but down the road and owned by the same business is ARMAZEM DA CACHACA
lX Factory – One of the trendiest areas in Lisbon with cafes, restaurants, artists, funky shops and innovative design/decor.
We went there the morning we were leaving. A lot of places were closed, even though google says its open from 6am. I would suggest going after 12pm.
One of the best cafes for brunch is Wish Slow Cafe– which had been recommended was open. I don’t drink coffee but my husband raved about it. I had their Quiche Fiambre (Ham and cheese quiche) and it was divine.
Embaixada: Housed in an 18th-century mansion in the upmarket Principe Real area. Each room houses unique Portuguese and Foreign brands. Make sure you stop the the GIN bar to refresh
EXPERIENCES OUTSIDE OF LISBON :
Take a train to Estrela. Spend the day at Estrela beach. Hire a beach lounge.Then walk around the promande to Cascais- it wants very far and is a lovely walk.
Cascais – this is a gorgeous little beach town. We had amazing lunch at House of Wonders– Sit on their rooftop area.A litre of homemade Sangria will set you back 15 euro. Garden Mezze. All Vegerertain all YUMMY
SINTRA – is a MUST. This magical region, 30mins from Lisbon.Lord Byron used to spend a lot of his time here and many there writers and creatives did too. Madonna now lives in the area…maybe you’ll bump into her! We hired a private guide through app , like a local, and he was able to jump the long queues and too the hassle out of driving ourselves.