Lisbon, the city of gorgeous architecture, bright colours and sun filled streets. I was lucky enough to go away with my sisters to this amazing city for the first time, and it really didn’t disappoint! Having heard so much about how it is the new Berlin, I really wanted to visit it myself.
Airbnb is an absolute gold mine here, you can get some incredible apartments! Although I didn’t manage to grab any snaps, we stayed in a pretty little apartment at the top of a building with glorious views of Lisbon.
We stayed on this road – Rue Damascene Monteiro, at the top of an enormous hill, but with promising views of the castle, and the rest of Lisbon. And it had some great graffiti and art murals – check it out below.
Our First Day
One tip I will have for you – bring your trainers, you will end up walking miles here! Or, you could get a tram, and/or a taxi if you are feeling really lazy.
Walking seems to be the best way of seeing this city, so you don’t miss anything. Waking up to Sun, we headed out to Bowl Lisboa, which has the most amazing Acai bowls in the city. Pretty damned delicious! I chose one with raspberries, chai seeds, coconut shavings, yoghurt and granola on it – with a side of peanut butter, of course (in love with the stuff).
Check them out here: http://facebook.com/Bowl.lisboa/
We headed off to the Sao Jorge Castle , exploring the winding tiny roads in Lisbon. On our way I had to pop into this amazing interior design tile shop – Cortico & Netos, which has incredible vintage tiles. You can pick up some real gems, including cut offs from tiles for 1 euro, tile placemats and more – all for the interior design lovers out there.
I have to admit – Sao Jorge Castle is worth going to for the views, and walking to it there is incredible graphity, live music acts and galleries along the way. But if you are going for a historical experience… there is a lack of any placards on the wall so you have to either Wikipedia everything, or in the case of my sisters and I – call it a day and head off to the Saturday flea market.
I am a self proclaimed market fan, I absolutely love browsing different stalls, seeing local produce, antiques and art. Fiera a Ladra is an incredible flea market, and I really recommend a visit to this which is only on a Saturday in Lisbon. It’s full of incredible ceramics, leather handbags, jewellery and vintage tiles – heaven for any thrifty shopper. I picked up some beautiful cups and bowls, that were all handmade and completely unique! A very happy girl.
(Queue a photo of me looking very happy outside a ceramic shop)
Eating will definitely help dictate your stay in Lisbon, there are so many great eateries out there that are affordable, tasty with fresh produce!
Santa Clara dos Cogumelos is a great area to eat, there are so many yummy Tapas, Portuguese and Italian independent restaurants and cafes to eat in that suit all budgets.
If you are looking for a rooftop bar, you really should check out Park bar, located here: Calcada do Combro 58, Lisbon 1200-115, Portugal.
Not only is it one of the coolest bars to hit up in Lisbon, it has incredible views of the city, the clientele are fun and seemingly ‘edgy’ and the cocktails are pretty amazing. You can grab a bite to eat here too. The DJ here is great, and it turns into a bit of a club after the hours of 11… a great place to start your night.
Pink street is where it is at for dancing, literally a street full of people, laughter and lots of parties. It’s so great to meet lots of people. I have never experienced anything quite like it, there are house parties everywhere with music – and it’s a great way to spend your evening .
I hope you enjoyed reading Part 1 of my trip to Lisbon. Part 2 is being worked on!