Lisbon is one of those places to discover by foot, although the trams were appreciated at times!
We spent a lot of our time exploring the neighbourhoods in the centre of Lisbon: Alfama, Bairro Alto, Baixa, Chiado – all of them offer their own beautiful experiences, different to one another.
The former LXFactory transformed into small, boutique style shops and cafés and restaurants.
Then to Belém to try the Pastéis de Belém and for a nice walk along the water.
We took Tram 28 around the old center, up and down the hills. It’s best that you take it earlier in the morning as it can get super busy with a big queue, although it’s still definitely worth it even if you are to sleep in get there later on in the day.
Where we ate and drank:
Pois is great for breakfasts, brunches and lunches, a relaxing café with very nice staff.
R. de São João da Praça 93-95, 1100-521 Lisboa
Time Out Market
The Time Out Market is perfect for lunch, we loved this market. It is also good for discovering Portugese food such as the Pasteis de Bacalhau (Salted Cod Fritters).
Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa
For a beautiful diner, head to Momento. The Bacalhau àbraz was delicious!
R. da Rosa 151, 1200-383 Lisboa
A rooftop bar, with great music, a lovely view and I recommend the sangria. It is quite tricky to find, you have to take an elevator from the parking lot.
Where we stayed:
The Lisb’on Hostel
⦁ Great location, in central Lisbon, in the famous neighbourhood of Baixa-Chiado
⦁ Lots of restaurants and bars nearby
⦁ Great view, nice rooms, with a nice garden and terraces
R. Ataíde 7A, 1200-034 Lis
We really enjoyed Lisbon! It was just a short trip, less than a week, although it didn’t take long to get there from Bordeaux, so to us, it felt like an easy get-away. Lisbon was noticeably less expensive than other western Europe capitals and the locals were really warm and friendly. The coastal views and scenery are incredible and the local buildings and houses very interesting with their own mosaics, plants and other decorations.
It’s a great spot for a quick summer escape if you’re in western Europe!
We also did a day trip to Sintra, 30 minutes from Lisbon by train, to discover majestic castles and palaces with beautiful gardens. We picked the Monserrate Palace, which isn’t part of the more famous ones but it was beautiful and very relaxing.