Lisbon is one of those picturesque cities that seems to have it all; pristine beaches, amazing food, and beautiful people. There’s something special about spending your days sauntering through Lisbon’s cobblestone streets, eating Pasteis de Nata, and enjoying the sunshine.
Where to Stay in Lisbon
My sister and I stayed in this great apartment for four nights. We loved that it was spacious, had great lighting, and was very clean. It was in perfect proximity to the Campo de Ourique Market which had a sensational selection of food and drinks.
This apartment is located centrally and walking distance to many of Lisbon’s attractions, restaurants, and bars.
This centrally located hostel is an affordable and fun alternative to hotels or Airbnbs. I’ve had a few friends stay here and they all loved the location and fun atmosphere.
Looking for a charming & central boutique hotel? Look no further than the beautiful Lisboa Carmo Hotel. This hotel is the perfect home base for a romantic city retreat.
Things You Must See in Lisbon
If you love great food, trendy shops, and bar hopping Barrio Alto is your place. We went out here every night we were in Lisbon and loved testing out the amazing restaurants and dancing the night away.
São Jorge Castle is worth the hype. The castle offers amazing panoramic views of Lisbon and is beautiful on both sunny and rainy days. Spend an hour exploring the castle walls and gardens. If you’re lucky you will run into the resident peacocks.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum boasts an impressive collection of Portuguese tiles, furniture that once adorned palaces, jewels, silver, and other impressive pieces. Adjacent to the main museum there is an incredible collection of modern art. All of the main collections are free to the public on Sundays and are well worth seeing.
Where to Eat & Drink in Lisbon
Ok, we can’t deny that we have a weak spot for coffee and smoothies. The mill has amazing coffee, great smoothies, and a brunch spread that will please even the most fickle customer. Our only regret is that we did not find this spot sooner.
Love breakfast? Us too. Heim is another excellent breakfast spot. Be sure to try their amazing waffles. Heim is located in close proximity to a few art galleries that are a great place to escape on a rainy day.
If trendy cafes are your thing look no further than Hello, Kristof. Stop here to grab a cup of coffee, work on your Instagram game, and take a break from exploring. We promise all your friends will be jealous of the minimalist decor and overall cool vibe.
Who doesn’t love a great market? We are a sucker for great food, booze, and an amazing atmosphere. Stop at Market Campo De Ourique for an amazing dinner with friends. We tried the sushi, charcuterie, and steak, and wine bar vendors and loved them all. Make sure you bring cash because many vendors do not accept foreign credit cards.
Taberna Sal Grosso is a no frills and casual place, but I promise it will be one of your favorite meals in Lisbon. The food is excellent traditional Portuguese food and is incredibly cheap. My sister and I each ordered an entree, sangria, and dessert here and our meal came out to 5 Euro each. Make sure you book reservations in advance.
Honestly, everyone has probably already told you to go here. They’re right. Pastéis de Belém is incredibly popular and completely worth the hype. To minimize your wait use google to identify “slower” times to visit. Make sure you enjoy some tea & port wine with your natas. You will thank us later.
Urban Beach. So many memories I will try not to remember to save my dignity, which I may or may not have left on the dance floor… This club is great because it has a couple different venues inside with varying music selections to suit your night out!
LOVE THIS STREET. If you are in Lisbon you absolutely must go to Pensao Amor on Pink Street. (& please inbox us your thoughts after!) We enjoyed this bar sooo much that we had to go back twice. Pink Street has an eclectic range of spots to drink, dine, and dance!
I was very insistent on having a Guinness while on the other side of the pond. As it turned out there was a soccer match on and Hennessy’s was popping! Great Guinness, good vibes, and shockingly a handful of Irish as well.
How to Get Around Lisbon
Many of the attractions in Lisbon are easily accessible by walking or using the tram network. Lisbon also has Uber.
Day Trips from Lisbon
Sintra and Cascais
If you are looking for a quick city escape take a day trip to Sintra and Cascais. Sintra boasts pastel colored buildings, colorful palaces, and scenic landscapes whereas Cascais is the perfect seaside town. If you are tight on time we recommend taking the Lisbon Riders' Sintra and Cascais tour. We loved getting the chance to explore both towns and get the opportunity to experience smaller towns outside of Lisbon.
If you are tight on time but are dying to visit Porto it is doable as a day trip. Make sure you book your train ticket in advance. Be prepared to wake up early and map out your day in Porto. If you’re a Harry Potter fan be sure to look up the J.K. Rowling spots in advance so you can see how this beautiful city inspired your favorite series. If you are serious about seeing Porto do not go out the night before. We learned the hard way and missed our train...twice.