lisbon guide.

EAT.

Pasteis de Belem

Rua de Belém 84-92, 1300-085

8am-11pm Daily

Probably my #1 Lisbon food tip is to eat as many natas (Portugese tarts) as you possibly can.  You'll find these EVERYWHERE but the best ones that we had were from Pasteis de Belem.

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La Boulangerie

Rua do Olival, 42 (Santos)

8am-8pm Daily

A delicious french bakery serving all kinds of filled croissants as well other brunch staples like scrambled eggs. 

Palacio Chiado

http://palaciochiado.pt/en/

Rua do Alecrim 70, 1200-018

12pm-Late Daily

This is a must-go! Palacio Chiado is an eating destination made up of five different restaurants (and bars) under the one roof (basically meat, salad, local cuisine and dessert) – The beauty of it is that everyone at the table can opt to eat from any one of the restaurants. I’ll let the photo’s speak for themselves in terms of décor – Absolutely incredible. It looks very high end but price wise it's very reasonable. 

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 Image by Palacio Chiado - http://palaciochiado.pt/en/

Image by Palacio Chiado - http://palaciochiado.pt/en/

Cervejaria

Avenue Almirante Reis nº1 - H, 1150-007

12-Late Tuesday to Sunday

A large (three story), informal seafood restaurant that seems to be a Lisbon institution. Expect a long wait with a huge crowd of others (you have to stay on site while you wait too) but it was worth it for us.  After stuffing your face with seafood, order a steak sandwich at the end – Sounds bizarre but we were advised that it is somewhat of a tradition in Portugal and it really made the night.

Mini Bar (or any restaurant by Jose Alvares)

https://www.joseavillez.pt/en/mini-bar

Rua Antonio Maria Cardoso 58, 1200-026

7pm-Late Daily 

Timeout Market

https://www.timeoutmarket.com/lisboa/en/concept/

Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479  

10am-Late Daily

Peixola

R. do Alecrim 35, 1200-014

6pm-Late Daily

There are no tables at this seafood restaurant and you all sit around a very cool bar (would not recommend it for big groups).  Delicious meal and just down from Palacio Chiado if you're after a pre or post drink. 

 Image by @peixola_restaurante

Image by @peixola_restaurante

DRINK.

Park Bar

Calcada do Combro 58 1200-109

1pm-Late Monday to Saturday

This gem is hidden at the top of a literal carpark.  Stunning views and a very cool space. 

 Image by https://portugalconfidential.com/park-restaurant-bar-lisboa-elevated-suspenso-garden-terrace-lisbon/

Image by https://portugalconfidential.com/park-restaurant-bar-lisboa-elevated-suspenso-garden-terrace-lisbon/

STAY.

I don't know enough to recommend specific areas to stay but we stayed here and it was a very easy walk into the centre (although up a steep hill on the way back) and a cheap/easy uber everywhere else (see uber recommendation below).  It was also slightly quieter than being directly in town with great views off all the balconies (lounge and both bedrooms have balcony access).

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DO.

LX Factory

Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 - 501

An uber driver told us about this area while we were there and it is worth a visit.  What was an old industrial complex is now home to heaps of cool boutiques, restaurants and another great rooftop bar. 

Culinary Backstreets Essentials Tour

https://culinarybackstreets.com/culinary-walks/lisbon/

This tour was recommended to us by my most foodie friend and we have since passed on the recommendation to anyone that asks.  This tour involves 4 hours of trying and seeing very local Lisbon delicacies from shops and restaurants that you are unlikely to stumble upon on your own.

Shopping on Rua Dom Pedro V

Start at Sao Pedro de Alcantara (a park with an incredible view overlooking the city) and then walk/shop up Rua Dom Pedro V (a  beautiful little street with some really cool boutiques/cafes) - We walked right up until we reached Embaixada (Praça do Príncipe Real, 26).  Embaixada is a very trendy concept store situated in an old converted building dating back to the 1800s. 

a couple of notes:

  • The wine from the supermarket is so cheap and pretty damn good so make the most of it.  You are seriously splashing out if you spend 4€ or more on a bottle.
  • If you want some more recommendations on different areas to stay/see/do and eat I would highly recommend that you check out Lisbon Lux.
  • Ubers are ridiculously cheap in Lisbon so when we weren't walking we ended up catching them EVERYWHERE.  The service was always great - The drivers all seemed to be very conscious of ensuring that they received a good rating.