20th November 2015
When I travel I always try to get in touch with locals to get to know their favourite hangouts. In Lisbon I met Claudia, who moved from a small coastal city to Lisbon for her marketing studies and stayed there for 10 years. It’s the buzz in Lisbon that made her fall in love with the capital of her country.
I tried and tested each insider tip Claudia gave me and believe me they are hard to beat! Don’t miss them…
// DRINK //
Park: There are a lot of rooftop bars in Lisbon, but none equals Park. The bar is hidden on the roof of a parking lot and has a stunning view. Come here for the best sunset in town. (Calcada do Combro 58, www.facebook.com/00park/)
Clube Ferroviario: Go there for drinks in the weekend. They often organise small concerts. If you’re lucky people dance the night away. (Rua de Santa Apolónia 59, www.clubeferroviarioblog.com)
Bairro Alto: At 12PM the cute – and steep! leave your heels at home! – streets of Bairro Alto are filled with locals who are drinking beers and cocktails in front of different bars. I like the mojiito’s of Maria Caxuxa best. (Rua da Barroca 6)
Park rooftop bar
// EAT //
Tartine: Head to Tartine for brunch. Their pancakes are fantastic. (Rua Serpa Pinto 15, www.tartine.pt)
Bambu: In Lisbon you find Quiosques de Refresco everywhere, but those on Avenida da Liberdade are the ones that are worthwile. Bambu is great for a light lunch or an apero. They sell fresh spring rolls, noodles and the best cocktails ever. (Avenida da Liberdade 15)
Santini: It’s worth queuing for Santini’s icecreams, believe me. (Rua do Carmo, 9)
Sol e Pesca: A tiny restaurant stuffed with fishermen equipment. You eat at cute, low tables. Order different small fish dishes and share. Don’t miss cavala – mackerel in Portuguese. (Rua Nova da Carvalho 44)
Time Out Mercado da Ribeira: A large indoor food market in Lisbon. You’ll find stands of different restaurants over here. Perfect for an apero or dinner. Typical Portuguese cuisine, sushi, burgers, … They have it all! (Avenida 24 de Julho, www.facebook.com/TimeOutMercadodaRibeira)
Quiosque de Refresco Bambu
// TO DO //
Apart from doing some sightseeing in Lisbon, you should head to the beaches just outside the city.
Guincho Beach: It’s great to live in a city close by the sea. Guincho Beach is pristine. It lies in between dunes, has a wonderful rocky coastline and there are handsome kitesurfers to stare at. Take the train from Cais do Sodré to Cascais (30minutes) and use one of the free bikes to reach Guincho Beach.
// SHOP //
A Vida Portuguesa: One of my favourite shops in Lisbon. Everything they sell here is made in Portugal. A Vida Portuguesa is the perfect shop to score souvenirs. (Rua Anchieta 11, www.avidaportuguesa.com)
LX Factory: These old factory buildings are not situated in the shopping area, you’ll find them on your way to Belém. Here you can find small, cute boutiques and a couple of bars and restaurants. Landau Chocolate sells the best chocolate cake in Lisbon. For cocktails you should head to Cafè Na Fabrica. Ler Bookshop is a great place for booklovers and Wish concept store sells cute bags, notebooks, mugs, … (Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, www.lxfactory.com)
// SLEEP //
Looking for a place to stay? B&B A Casa das Janelas com Vista (read about it here) is my personal favourite. Rather feel like sleeping in an apartment? Check: Baixa House (www.baixahouse.com/en/). On a budget? www.theindependente.pt.
B&B A Casa das Janelas com Vista