Start the day on the most famous tram route of Lisbon, the number 28 as it passes through the pretty ramblering streets and up to the castle of st George. Perched high over Lisbon, the castle has amazing views stretching out over the terracotta roof tops and to the sea and beyond. Once an old fort, the castle ruins are a great place to explore either by day or at dusk with a cappuccino in one hand and a pastel de nata in the other
Pastel de natas otherwise know as Portuguese tarts are one of favourite sweet snacks of all time! They do not get much better when enjoyed with a frothy cappuccino while sat in the Portuguese sunshine. We made it our mission to devour a pastel de nata at least once a day, they can be found all over Lisbon but if you are after the original recipe then head to Pastels de Belem in the Belem neighbourhood just outside the city centre where the bakery has been making them for over a hundred years!
From the castle you can easily stroll into my favourite neighbourhood of Lisbon, Alfama. It is one of the oldest districts of Lisbon and through the narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses you will encover traditional Portuguese tapas bars, amazing local markets and unique shops selling handmade Portuguese crafts. I would definitely recommend spending an afternoon exploring through the colourful streets and maybe picking up a late lunch of delicious Portuguese tapas whilst sat out on the cobbled streets.
Another great lunch time option is Lisbon’s very own time out market. Situated by the water in a large warehouse it is a food market like no other. Food stalls from all over the world line the walls filling the warehouse with the most delicious smelling smells, your stomach will start to rumble just by walking inside! We spent a good 20 minutes just strolling round with our mouths hanging open trying to decide what to have. As it was late afternoon we decided on a locally sourced cheese and cured meat platter with a glass of sweet sangria. The market itself has such a great atmosphere with people sat together on long tables tucking into so much food whilst sipping on a glass of wine or two.
From the time out market you can easily jump into a cab and head to the edge of town to the LX factory housing individual stores, independent restaurants and quirky cocktail bars. It’s a great place to come for early evening drinks whilst browsing the unique stores selling artisan goods from local Lisbon creatives. Lisbon as a city has got an amazing artist community, from the beautiful tiled buildings to the local wares sold in the cobbled streets of Alfama.
There are so many great Portuguese restaurants to choose from in the cobbled streets of Lisbon but I would recommend spending one night across the water in Almada where seafood restaurants line the shore overlooking the iconic suspension bridge. Spend the evening enjoying a chilled glass of rose whilst tucking into some delicious fresh seafood.
For some after dinner drinks head back to the centre of town to a bustling neighbourhoods of Chiado and Barrio Alto where you will find many small bars along the colourful streets selling sangria alongside delicious Portuguese tapas. One of our favourite late night spots is the super quirky cocktail bar Pavilhao Chines, a former antiques shop turned bar serving an extensive cocktail list whilst surrounded by an Alladins cave of treasure.