It’s not hard to fall in love with Lisbon. The city is alive and full of culture and has a vibrant energy that feels refreshing to the soul. Traveling to Lisbon and exploring the city while indulging in the everyday Portuguese life would inspire any city dweller. The food and culture institutions have grown drastically giving life to the old and new.  

Here’s an insider guide of our favourite places in Lisbon but for a more in-depth tour – please email us or leave us a comment – we have a Lisbon tour in July and September. 

Eat: 

A Cevicheria – You can’t travel to Portugal and not go here! It is one of the most popular restaurants in Lisbon. Have the ceviche and order a pisco sour. 

Taberna Dua De Flores – A tiny restaurant that has a cult following! Cash only and no reservations are allowed but worth the wait. 

Solar Dos Presuntos– A traditional Portuguese cuisine with a seafood paella that has great reviews! 

Pharmacia Restaurant – Not only was it really inside the National Association of Pharmacies but the theme and decor were reminiscent of vintage medical practice. The food and drinks were creative and great.  

Cafe Janis – One of my favourite cafes for coffee and breakfast in Lisbon! 

Café Comoba – If you’re looking for a healthy menu than this is your spot! I’ll warn you it’s a place you might want to come for breakfast every morning.  They use organic and seasonal produce and the matcha is delicious. The space is also beautiful.

Do:

Watch the sunset from Miradouro Da Senhora Do Monte.

Stroll the neighbourhoods of Alfama, Principe Real, and Bairro Alto, Santa Catarina. The real travel moments are created in those unexpected moments – trust us when we say that strolling the streets is the perfect way to learn about life in Lisbon. 

Plan a day to Sintra – I’m sure you already know this – but Sintra is a MUST! It’s a short car ride from Lisbon and before you know it you’re in a fairytale magical village with castles and homes. This is one of our most popular stops during the Lisbon tour trip. ☺ 

Museo Nacional Do Azulejo – Beautiful museum about the tile history of Portugal. Make sure to check the schedule – as they have off hours. 

Markets & Shops: 

LX Factory– Don’t miss out on this. This is a factory complex from 1846 and was reestablished in 2008 as a “factory” of creativity and art. There’s a ton of shops, cafes, galleries, and street art. I absolutely loved it and thought it was so cool! I suggest you head out there for lunch and spend the afternoon hanging out.  

A Vida Portuguesa – Looking for an authentic souvenir or just a gift for yourself? Look no further – this classic Portuguese shop sells products made in Portugal. 

Time Out Market– A place to eat and shop! This is definitely worth the stop – pop in for a snack and souvenirs. Try to go early – it gets so packed and getting a seat might be tough.

About Dawn Simone

Dawn SimoneTraveling, meeting people, exploring new places and experiencing different cultures has become part of how I love to live. Join me and experience authentic cultures, traditions and hidden gems not normally known about from an off-the-shelf holiday.

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