Lisbon is one of favourite places to visit during the Spring. The Portuguese capital has a vibrant energy contained by old world crumbling walls. Sunlight spills out of the winding, tiny streets; making it the perfect place to spend a warm evening wandering down to your nearest wine bar.
My stay in Lisbon was an afternoon cocktail of calm meandering, cobbled hill climbing and sunset gazing. Keep reading to find out my guide to the best things to do in Lisbon.
WHAT TO DO
Mosterio Dos Jeronimos – the Monastery and National Archaeology Museum combo is a great way to spend a few hours, but if you only have time for one I’d definitely recommend the monastery. The main courtyard is beautiful and perfect for taking a calm moment away from the sun.
Custard tarts from Pasteis De Belem (a short walk from the Monastery) are hands down the best in Lisbon. Be warned, however, that the queue is ridiculous. I’d also suggest getting at least 2 tarts each as you won’t want to re-queue for another.
Rua de Rosa bakery – there’s something about waking up early, throwing on clothes and running down to the local bakery for coffee and pastries. This bakery is one of the oldest in Lisbon and looks like a croissant chapel. You won’t find this place online but it’s on the corner, go find it!
LX Factory – the coolest neighbourhood in Lisbon hosts coffee houses, restaurants, barbors, vintage stores, interiors shops. It’s pretty much the Box Park of Lisbon.
MAAT museum – sat on the bank of the Tagus river, the MAAT Museum is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon (of which I experience several during my stay!).
A tip for travel: Ubers are very cheap compared to London (£3 for a 15 min ride!!) so we ended up using the service a lot compared to public transport. I do wish we’d ridden on the trams a few more times but jumping into a car ended up being a lot easier at times.
WHAT TO ‘GRAM
Winding streets – as with a lot of European cities and towns. The best places are the quiet corners of winding back streets.
The Monastery (listed above) was not only relaxing but quiet enough to get some amazing pics. I got one of my favourite portrait shots ever from my trip.
WHERE TO EAT
Chapito a Mesa – recommended by Suitcase Magazine, I booked an early reservation with the hopes of getting a window table so I could see the iconic sunset view over dinner and wine. It ended up being a bit cloudy the evening of my reservation but it was still a great view and the food was delicious.
Croissant Gigante – Bairro Alto. Giant croissants bigger than your head. There’s not much more I can say on this.
Hello Kristoff – a really cute spot and the best cafe cookie I’ve ever tried. Come for the array of flatlay worthy magazines, stay for the treats.
Literally anywhere with Acai bowls – so pretty much every street corner. If I could I would have an açai bowl with every meal!
WHERE TO STAY
Le Consulat – check out my review of my Le Consulat here
Bairro Alto Suites – a cute boutique hotel that I actually found on Airbnb. It’s around £60 a night for a stylish room in a fantastic location. The only downside was there were very few amenities available outside what was provided in the room.
Have you been to Lisbon? Where are your favourite spots? Let me know in the comments…