We just left Lisbon a couple of days ago and loved it! I wanted to write a post right away about our favorite experiences while they are fresh so that you can start planning your trip to Lisbon! Here are highlights that you can bookmark or add to your Pinterest travel board (that’s what I do).
It’s worth noting that everyone speaks English in Lisbon almost like a second language and many signs are in English, too. We still learned a few Portuguese words, of course, like “bom dia” (good day/morning) and “obrigado”(thank you).
The city reminds me of San Francisco with the hills and bay and they even have a similar bridge to our Golden Gate!
1. The Architecture
I have always loved Portuguese ceramics so to see the beautiful tiles adorning buildings everywhere is amazing!
I had read that the city is highly “Instagrammable”…and it IS so photogenic.
Most of the sidewalks and squares have beautifully patterned cobblestones.
2. The Prices
We found the prices for food and drinks to be very reasonable for a big city…a pleasant surprise!
3. The Food
Our first day in Lisbon, we stumbled upon Fabrica de Nata where they freshly make delicious custard tarts (pasteis de nata) in the top right photo. You have to try one or several! And the blue and white décor is charming.
The Timeout Market Lisboa is a food court featuring lots of the city’s restaurants. • For a really special treat ($$$), go to the Belcanto for a “two Michelined starred” experience. (Make a reservation).
4. Drinks with a View
Head up to the Skybar for a cocktail and view of the city.
5. The Sao Jorge Castle
Speaking of views…this is worth the hike up the cobblestone streets to see the Castelo de São Jorge. You can have a glass of wine up there and enjoy the view and surroundings of this 11th century fortress.
6. The Weather
The weather is fairly temperate, in the 60’s to 80’s all year round.
7. The Shopping
Embaixada houses several Portugues boutiques in a beautiful old Palace (just the palace is worth seeing and the shops are fun, too) • Luvaria Ulisses is a tiny store with beautifully made leather gloves.
Republica das Flores has ceramics, scarves, jewelry and other fun things. • My favorite stores (there are two of them close to each other) with awesome Portuguese goods are A Vida Portuguesa. You will love the textiles, skin care and ceramics. They sell my pumpkin bowls there that I got in Paris 20 years ago.
In fact, we are in Paris now! Hope you are following me on Instagram to see the sights with me 🙂
Well, if you haven’t been already, this should help you to start planning your trip to Lisbon (or perhaps your trip back). I know I definitely want to come back and hopefully go to Porto and Sintra next time (some of you commented on Instagram that we should go). If I left any of your Lisbon favorites off, please let me know in the comments for next time!
Thanks for visiting!