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Sunny Lisboa has been on everyone’s lips recently. This is in large part due to the city having won numerous World Travel Awards as a top city destination to travel to. With fantastic sunshine, gorgeous views, hospitable & warm people and a beautiful city to boot, it’s easy to see why Lisbon is such a popular spot to visit.
When in Lisbon you have to try a Pasteis de Nata (egg custard tarts)! Don’t leave the city without visiting a rooftop bar to enjoy stunning views!
How to Get to Lisbon, Portugal
When travelling to Lisbon, you are able to fly directly into Lisbon’s Portela Airport. Lisbon has many good international and European flight connections, making getting to Lisbon fairly easy to do. The Lisbon airport is also linked directly to the metro / subway system on the red metro line that connects into the city in around 30 minutes.
Lisbon is quite a compact city and if staying centrally you can quite easily get around on foot. Lisbon also has a very good metro and bus system which is a pretty inexpensive way to get around. Due to central Lisbon being so compact, cab services such as Uber, Bolt and Kapten are all also very affordable and may work out cheaper when travelling in groups. When planning day trips out of Lisbon, you can easily catch both trains and buses to the various top day trip destinations such as Sintra, Cascais or Obidos to name a few.
Where to Eat in Lisbon for Dinner
The B Temple // A bit of a hidden gem situated in trendy Chiado, The B Temple offers some of the best burgers in town. Be sure to try out the sweet potato fries and aioli sauce too, delicious!
Tantura // In the party district of Bairro Alto is one of my favourite restaurants, Tantura. Enjoy the buzz and atmosphere whilst enjoying an array of Israeli delights at really great prices. Be sure to book, this restaurant is small and usually booked up!
Topo Chiado // Fancy dinner and drinks with a view? Then head over to Topo Chiado which has stunning sweeping views out over the city. During the summer months you will also find an outdoor cinema here, called CineSociety.
Ramiros // Somewhat of an institution in Lisbon, Ramiros has been featured numerous times in various publications and travel blogs alike. Known for their traditional and fresh seafood selection, this is a must visit. Be prepared to queue though. When arriving at Ramiros, you get a number and have to wait for yours to be called in order to be seated. They are in demand, so, be prepared to wait a bit.
Veganapati // A fairly new addition, Veganapati which is situated in downtown Baixa is a Vegan / Vegetarian restaurant focusing on Indian cuisine. Their food is delicious and definitely worth a try!
Things to See in Lisbon at Night
TimeOut Market // Head over to the TimeOut Market (Mercado da Ribeira), a popular food market that features some of the best examples of Portuguese cuisine. The market has a great vibe and is often quite busy.
Enjoy a drink and some views at a Rooftop bar // Lisbon is known as the city of 7 hills, which means you get sweeping views from ever changing and different vantage points. At sunset or at night, why not head on out to one of the many rooftop bars in the city to enjoy a drink with a view. Some of my favourite includes Sky Bar at the Tivoli Hotel, H10 Duque de Loulé Hotel rooftop bar, Park Bar, Lost In Lisbon or Topo Chiado to name but a few.
Head to Bairro Alto – Party District // Are you in the mood for a party or want to indulge in a pub crawl? Then why not head over to the party district of Bairro Alto. A bit grungy, yet safe. This is the place to be, especially after 22:00 pm at night. The neighbourhood is a maze of streets, all lined with bars, restaurants and clubs that are open till the early morning hours!
Walk through downtown Lisbon and along the waterfront // If you’re after a bit of night-time sightseeing, then why not head on down to downtown Lisbon at night. Walk down the tree-lined avenues of Avenida Liberdade and into Rossio square. From here stroll down the touristy Rua Augusta pedestrian shopping street and onto the Praca do Commercio square at the riverfront. Then continue along the riverfront, stopping off for a drink along the way.
Enjoy a Fado Show & Dinner // Indulge and take in the melancholic sounds of Portuguese Fado music and a dinner. Traditionally sung by female Fadistas (Fado singers) and accompanied by guitar players, the music tells stories of Portuguese culture and life and is both haunting and beautiful. I would personally recommend Restaurante Fama d’Alfama in the old Alfama neighbourhood. The food and Fado is excellent and prices are very good compared to other Fado houses that charge an arm and a leg.
Guide by Marco Santos | Travel Boo
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