A guide full of tips of things to do and see in Lisbon.
Have a look at our suggestions and enjoy this wonderful city.
Visit the Baixa area, have a sweet at the Confeitaria Nacional, a coffee at Nicola Café, and buy a tin can of sardines at Conserveira Nacional.
Príncipe Real is one of the hippest areas in Lisbon. There you will find cool boutiques, hip restaurants and bars, a farmers market every saturday morning, the Lisbon Botanical Garden and the Museum of Natural History, many antiques shops and the great viewpoint of São Pedro de Alcântara. It's a great place to visit both day and night. From there you can enter Bairro Alto and Chiado.
Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço)
The most beautiful square in Lisbon and the historical center of the city. Located by the river it is a must see place. From there you can go up the Augusta Street Arch for an amazing view of the old city and the river, and walk around the downtown streets towards Rossio Square, Chiado or the Castle area.
One of Lisbon's most iconic areas, Belém has a series of points of interest, making it one of the places you really cannot miss. In Belém visit the Jeronimos Monastery, the Tower of Belém, the monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos), the shop of the famous "pastéis de Belém", the Carriages Museum, the Museum of the Presidency, the Berardo Contemporary Art Collection, the Navy Museum, the Astronomic Observatory, the Electricity Museum, the Royal Palace of Ajuda and its gardens, the Tropical Garden and the Museum of Ethnology. As you see it's worth to go there for a full day of visits. If you want to have something to eat cross the rail tracks and go to Paço de Água, or to the À Margem cafeteria.
Cais do Sodré
Cais Sodré is the new nightlife area in Lisbon. A former shaddy area it is now home to some of the coolest bars in town, namely Pensão Amor.
Walk around Alfama, the most typical area of the city, stopping every now and then to have a ginjinha, one of our local drinks.
Campo de Ourique
It's an area that people from all over the city visit for its traditional shopping, its variety of restaurants and pastry shops, its art galleries (see below) and the general feel of an oasis within the city. A lot is happening in Campo de Ourique, new outlets are popping up every month, enhancing the area's offer.
Jardim da Estrela
The garden of Estrela is one of the nicest parks in Lisbon. Within its grounds you will find exotic trees, lakes, a park for kids to play, a couple of cafés and several lawns to relax on. It's also a great place to run, as you will see from the many local joggers that use it.
Mercado Campo de Ourique
The newly renovated Campo de Ourique Market offers over 10 food stalls and is one of the coolest spots in town. Nearby you can also find Cervejaria and Tasca da Esquina (owned by the famous Chef Vitor Sobral), traditional restaurants like “Stop do Bairro”, “Verde Gaio”, “Cataplana”, “Trempe”, “Parreirinha do Minho”, “Magano”.
Basílica da Estrela
The Basilica of Estrela is one of the most beautiful churches in Lisbon.
Take a tram ride (number 28 is the best), hire a go-car to drive around the old city, take the ferry from Terreiro do Paço or Cais Sodré to the other side of the Tejo river and fall in love with the view over the city, take one or all of the lifts from down town to up town (Santa Justa, Bica or Glória).
Oceanário de Lisboa
If you like sea life the Oceanarium at Parque das Nações is a must.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos - Igreja de Santa Maria de Belém
Visit the monuments of Jeronimos, Belem Tower, Padrao dos Descobrimentos (there is a nice movie about Lisbon inside), the CCB and Berardo collection contemporary art museum.
Avenida da Liberdade
Walk down Avenida da Liberdade to see the best shops in town. Many of the world’s leading fashion and luxury goods brands are there, like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tod’s, Michael Kors, Ermenegildo Zegna. Also look for the following Portuguese shops that offer great quality clothing: Fashion Clinic, Rosa&Teixeira or Oficina Mustra (this one is located on Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, a street paralel to Avenida da Liberdade).
A Vida Portuguesa
Go to "A Vida Portuguesa" store in Chiado for some fantastic vintage memorabilia.
Assembleia da República
The National Assembly is the Palace where the Portuguese Prime Minister lives. The São Bento street has many antiques shops.
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
The Ancient Art Museum has the finest collection of artworks in the country, and it is a must for all those that want to know more about the art and history of Portugal.
Le Chat is a cool bar located next door to the Museum of Ancient Art. It has a great view over the river. Other terraces in Lisbon include PARK, Zambeze, Noobai and Chapitô circus school.