I almost want to say, go before its’s too late. Lisbon is extremely charming with all its colorful houses; the tiled facades and red roofs are something you won’t see other places. I was extremely impressed of how easy it is to navigate around in, and you can pretty much walk to everything. It really is a fun vibrant city, but also getting a lot of attention these days, so before it gets too overrun by tourists, go!
We spent just 3 days in the city, and obviously explored like crazy. I feel like I saw what I came for, so you can easily combine it with a trip to one of the beach towns along the Algarve (which I will cover on a later note).
I put together a list of our favorites from the week that we highly recommend if any of you are planning a Lisbon trip in the near future! Here’s what you should do definitely add to your list, I am sure you’ll also be pleasantly surprised with how budget-friendly the food is.
We only stayed at Mi Casa En Lisbon – a super cute B&B with nine bedrooms, which I would highly recommend and come back to anytime.
Damas – the most authentic restaurant I’ve been to for a long time. Very calm atmosphere, great foods and incredible service. MUST VISIT!
Bica do Sapato – it’s a bit more pricey than other places around town, but very chic and trendy, and right on the harbor.
Dear Breakfast – If I had a breakfast restaurant it would be modeled after this one. Sooo good!
Manteigaria – they serve the best Pasteis de Nata (the most famous Portuguese dessert). You need at least one for each hand. Eat on the square, it tastes better that way.
A Cevicheria – a Peruvian restaurant where he combines traditional Peruvian specialities, such as ceviche and pisco sour, with local Portuguese flavors as well as Asian and tropical.
Copenhagen Coffee Lab & Bakery – get your coffee with a perfect Danish
Hello, Kristof – one of the best coffee shops in Lisbon. Maybe, I like it even more because of its Scandinavian-inspired interiors, great coffees and cool magazines.
Wish Slow Coffee House – is a great place to work or just have a coffee, but do try the mini Dutch pancakes too though.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo – museum full of tiles, you need a bit of history!
Santa Justa Lift – honestly, I didn’t bother paying and standing in line, but the structure is amazing, so at least get a glimpse of it and get the best view of Lisbon elsewhere.
Torre de Belem – Built on the northern bank of the Tagus between 1514 and 1520 as part of the defence system. Get there first thing in the morning, because the line for tickets gets long fast and they only let a certain number of people inside at a time. It is however just as great to see just from the outside though.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – most spectacular monastery dating back to the 15th century
Miradouro de Santa Luzia – great place to a great view of the city and the harbor, and free! Come early for less people and the perfect view.
MAAT – museum worth just passing, just because of its very cool exterior and roof
LxFactory – is an art center, full of retailers and cool restaurants. Make sure to check out the bookstore and of course sunset drinks at the rooftop bar, Rio Maravilha.
Again, I highly recommend you add Lisbon to your bucket list sooner than later, while it still has all its authentic charm. I say spend 3 days in Lisbon and 3 days in the Algarve beach hopping, you won’t regret it. We went in May, which seems like the perfect time for exploring, while the summer sun haven’t fully kicked in yet.