Hello Everyone! This is Catarina and Tiago (@sneakpeektravel ; blog)from Lisbon! We were born and raised in this beautiful city, and we continue to fall in love with it every day. We have normal 9-5 jobs and share a passion for travelling around the world whenever we can. So far, we’ve been to amazing places like New Zealand, Japan, SE Asia, USA, Iceland and Namibia to name a few. This pandemic pushed us to open our own travel blog to hopefully help people with the same passion! Now, let’s talk about Lisbon!
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
Portuguese people love pastries and bread. Actually, if you’re a bread lover, you’ll be in paradise! In a typical coffee shop, you’ll mostly see people drinking a galão (a shot of espresso topped up with milk) with a buttered toast or a pastel de nata.
However, some years ago, cool places with different options and healthy choices started opening around the city. Fauna& Flora is a delicious and very Instagramable place we love to go on weekends – be prepared to wait for a table though! Another option is Dear breakfast which has the most amazing pancakes or go to La Boulangerie if you love French croissants.
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
That’s a tough one, but we would suggest you go to the Lx Factory. That’s a place you simply cannot miss during a trip to Lisbon, and it has a lot of restaurant options.
Another tip would be to take the ferry from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas, on the other side of the river. A 15 minutes’ walk will then take you to the restaurants Ponto Final and Atira-te ao Rio, where you can eat the freshest fish. Pick one and enjoy your lunch with a charming view of Lisbon.
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like Lisbon
Put on some comfortable shoes and walk around the city! One fun thing to do is to create an itinerary based on the famous viewpoints (we call them Miradouros) scattered through the city. Start with Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara and then go to the arch of Rua Augusta. Make your way to the castle (yes, there’s a castle in the city), passing through Miradouro das Portas do Sol, Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro da Graça. You’ll cover a considerable part of the city, and we promise you the most incredible views.
Where are the best places for dinner?
So many places to choose from! Go to Principe Real, where you’ll find great restaurants with a super cool vibe: Coyo& Taco, Tapisco, Cevicheria, Chutnify, Zero Zero, Atalho Real, Faz Frio, Paparrucha… to name a few!
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
The Portuguese people love to go out. The night usually starts with some sunset beers, dinner from 9 pm, and then more drinks. Clubs are empty before 1am so don’t even bother getting in. Our nightlife happens on the streets. People love to gather outside bars and restaurants, packing corners and alleys, talking loudly, and meeting friends. Go to Cais do Sodre, Bairro Alto, or Principe Real, and you’ll see what we mean.
If you’re up to it, definitely head to Lux and be prepared for a long night of partying as the club doesn’t close until the sun comes up – literally! Watching the sunrise at its huge terrace on a summer night is a must.
In a busy city like Lisbon, is there anywhere to chill?
You’ll be surprised by how chilled Lisbon actually is, even on weekdays! But if you want to have a relaxed time, head to the beautiful area of Belem! You’ll find many places to eat or have some drinks by the river, you can see art exhibits in the popular CCB, and pay to visit some of our stunning monuments: Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Torre de Belemand Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Oh, and don’t miss the original Pasteis de Belem!
What is there to do for something fun and different?
We will share some options with you:
1. Hop into a boat and sail along the Tagus River! There are a never-ending number of companies offering fun tours that allow you to see Lisbon from a different perspective!
3. Spend the day in magical Sintra. You’ll feel like entering a real-life fairy tale!
4. Explore the STUNNING beaches of Arrabida
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
Santos, Cais do Sodre, Chiado, and Principe Real if you want to be close to the cool stuff.
Alfama or Graça if you’re looking for genuine Lisbon neighbourhoods (although the area is packed with Airbnb nowadays).
Anjos is also becoming a trendy part of town!
Besides these, Lisbon is not that big and anywhere near a subway or train station is a good option.
What season would you recommend visiting?
Late spring or fall! But if you can pick a month, choose June! Not only it is the beginning of summer in Lisbon, but also because of the annual city festivity. It is celebrated on the night of 12 June, but this is a month-long celebration. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it!
Is Lisbon best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?
Is it too much of a cliche to say all of them?
Lisbon is all about enjoying the simple pleasures of life: sunny days, good food, charming buildings everywhere, and remarkable views behind every corner.