I’ve always wanted to travel to Portugal, and this year (whilst on our 6 month stint in Europe) we decided to travel by road from the south of Spain to Lisbon. Today I wanted to share with you my eating, drinking and shopping guide to the beautiful city of Lisbon.
A quick summary of Lisbon
- The city is so unbelievably hilly, so make sure you have good shoes. I had to completely give up on my heels in the evening as the streets are not only steep but at times very slippery. Prepare to have the best leg workout of your life #calvesofsteel.
- The Portuguese people are divine and everyone speaks beautiful English.
- Lisbon has the most beautiful buildings- lemon yellow, hot pink, baby blue and so.many.tiles. My Instagram husband patiently waited for hours as I photographed every building, window and door.
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Here are some of the highlights from our time in this beautiful city:
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Rua do Almada 275, 4000-407 Porto
An incredible turn of the century building which has been converted into a co-op space housing a strew of different retailers. Think homewares, art, jewellery, clothing, swimwear, fashion accessories, shoes and gourmet food.
There’s also a gin bar on the second floor, and in the rear is a steak restaurant. Walk though the restaurant to the back courtyard and there is a lovely, shaded spot where you can sit on beanbags under palm trees and have a glass of wine.
R. Dom Pedro V 89, 1250-093 Lisboa, Portugal
This place is a trip– it’s like an antique store that has been converted into a bar. The drinks menu features all of the classics (martini, old fashioned, Manhattan) and the staff have been mixing drinks for a very long time. It’s a fun and interesting place to start your night. Make sure you walk through the whole space- there’s a cigar lounge at the rear too.
Calcada do Combro 58, Lisbon 1200-115
This rooftop bar is located on top of a multi-storey carpark and has a beautiful view over the city, making it the perfect spot for sunsets (and mojitos!). Throughout summer there’s djs playing nightly, plus it occasionally converts into an outdoor cinema.
R. Dom Pedro V 129, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
This small, modern seafood restaurant is busy all times of the day or night, and for good reason. They don’t take reservations, however you can stand on the street and enjoy a Pisco Sour cocktail whilst you wait for a table.
The degustation is €37 pp for 6 courses and is the perfect way to sample the best the kitchen has to offer. A must!
Av. 24 de Julho 49, Portugal
This market is more of a food hall, and is a food lover’s dream. Over 40 of the best restaurants in the city have stalls here, and you can find anything from sushi to to pizza to beautifully plated panfried fish.
The quality of the food is exceptional, plus there’s a tequila bar, cafe, craft beer stall, and a whole lot more.
Feira da Ladra
Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-472 Lisboa, Portugal
This flea market is the perfect combination of good and cooky. You never know what the stall holders will have install for you, and it’s a mixed bag in every sense of the word. There’s antiques, knick knacks, books, toys, clothing, jewellery…. and everything in between.