After visiting Portugal for the first time, I fell a little in love with Lisbon, and I think I got the basics down in a nutshell for future visitors to follow! Here’s the rundown on all things casual lunch, brunch, evening drinks, chocolate, and more.
Let’s start with brunch, where I recommend treating yourself to Sunday brunch “D’ritz” at the Varanda restaurant at the Ritz Four Seasons. On to great casual lunch spots. Cevicheria is a newcomer to the restaurant scene here, and delicious Peruvian food in a sleek environment cannot go wrong. I didn’t make it to LX Factory this round, but I’ve heard amazing things so I’m noting it for the next round!
Anyone and everyone who loves chocolate cake needs to pay a visit to Landeau Chiado. Trust me.
And for dinner, Aqui ha peixe is an amazing fish spot, as is A Travessa, which is a typical restaurant in the heart of Lisbon with a wonderful terrace and local food.
Obviously, you won’t leave here without enjoying a delicious caipirinha… Evening drinks are usually a necessity, so for this, the rooftop at Hotel Bairro Alto is the perfect spot. Drinks with a killer view!
And though food is always a main highlight, let’s get to the historical and touristy spots. The Chiado area is one of the most interesting places to visit, it’s up via rua do Carmo and rua Garrett, and there’s a lift in Baixa that takes you directly there. Going down to the river via Rua das Flores or Rua do Alecrim is also a nice nice, with “Pombalino” architecture dating back to the 1755 earthquake that destroyed Lisbon.
Walking alongside rua Loreto/rua Calcada do Combro and taking a left on Rue Santa Catarina towards “Miradouro Santa Cataria” is another amazing view over the river. And so is rua O Secolo, which is the heart of the historical center.
Outside of the historical center, there are a few other things not to miss. Torre de Belem, Jeronimos monastery, and Museo Berardo (for amazing contemporary art!) are all walking distance, so that’s an easy to do list. Another great art collection (the main one) is Foundation Gulbenkian, which is a bit outside the city, but worth it.
Outdoor excursions are a serious highlight. Sintra is 30 minutes away by car and really worth the visit. Visit the Palacio de Pena and its wonderful park and stop for lunch at Monte Mar, a nice restaurant by the beach with a large terrace over looking the ocean. Stop by Cabo da roca (10 mins from sintra by car), it’s the westernmost part of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. The view is seriously breathtaking, and it feels like the end of the world.
Caiscais is another great seaside spot, and it’s 20 minutes from Sintra by car, so you can definitely pack that in.
Okay, that’s the maxed out version of an awesome 48 hour Lisbon trip. Not to mention January was supposed to be the coldest month of the year and somehow, it was 15 degrees (C) and sunny!
Images via Four Seasons, Cevicheria, Lisboa Convida, Landeau, A Travessa, Kiwi Collection, Visit Portugal, Prompt Guides.