It’s easy to fall in love with Lisbon and all its pretty streets. The city is built on 7 hills, but it did seem easier to walk than the vertical town of Positano. Lisbon’s architecture is colorful and full of character, the tiles on the facades are inspiring, and the food is worth the trip alone. Favorite part about it? It’s one of the more affordable places to visit in Europe.
Uber’s are highly recommended to make commuting easier on your feet. Their uber prices are the cheapest I’ve seen anywhere. It costs us €7 to get from the airport into the old town, and most rides within the city were around €2-€4.
Your Airbnb stays will be cheaper in comparison to places like London or Boston (have you seen Boston prices? OMG how do they live!) Make sure you go with an Airbnb because hotels seem to be much more expensive. Save $40 on your first stay with this code. Food prices are also cheaper.
Where to stay in Lisbon
Our Airbnb’s were in great locations but they were so noisy I wouldn’t stay there again. However, I will link them if you don’t mind the noise and want a great location.
Here’s the link to the Alfama Airbnb, the superhost had local wine and tarts waiting for us on our late arrival, he recommended great places to eat and the apartment was spotless. If you’re looking to stay in the more historical area with amazing views of the whole city then Alfama is for you. But just note, it’s also the hillier part of town.
Cais do Sodré
This next Central Airbnb is a few blocks from the Time Out Market and Bairro Alto area. I really loved our location here because I was within walking distance to so many places on our list, and the area was pretty flat in comparison to Alfama.
If you want to stay closer to the best-reviewed restaurants, cafes, and bars then consider either Cais do Sodré, Baixa, Chiado, or Bairro Alto.
Where to eat in Lisbon
For Coffee & Breakfast
The Mill– FAVE. We went twice. I had the best B(E)LT sandwich I’ve ever had in ma’ life here! Food was full of flavor.
Dear Breakfast– Another delicious option for breakfast with excellent coffee.
Nicolau– A bit cheaper than other breakfast places and a little closer to some touristy spots, but the food was good and the restaurant was instagrammable.
Fábrica Coffee Roasters– Awesome coffee and a good place for a cheap meal. This was our first stop when we arrived in Lisbon and we got some sandwiches and lattes.
Hello, Kristof– On the hunt for another cheaper breakfast, we came here for more lattes and some croissants. Really good stuff.
Pastelaria Alfama Doce– A little local bakery in the Alfama area. Recommended to us by our Airbnb host.
Cruzes Credo– FAVE again! Another place we visited twice. I had the most delicious shrimp rice. If you go definitely get the pitcher of sangria, it’s good and they really jazz it up. Prices are great too.
Pistola y Corazon– This place was so fun to visit. We never ever get tacos in Europe but I saw the raving reviews and we wanted a break from seafood so we gave this place a try. The wait was long (lots of locals), but the tacos were pretty good and they have tons of creative margaritas to choose from. The inside decor was funny, very “vato loco/cholo” feel.
Time Out Market– Definitely need to visit Time Out Market while in Lisbon, they have an overwhelming amount of good food stops to choose from. It’s a good spot if it’s a rainy day, which seems to happen a lot in Lisbon.
Manteigaria– This was our favorite stop for pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tart). We visited almost every day.
Pastéis de Belém– This shop is famous in Lisbon and visited by many every single day. It’s located about 15 minutes outside of Lisbon, so I recommend an uber. The tarts were good, but honestly, Manteigaria’s were so much better.
A Ginjinha– It’s a cherry-like liquor served to you in shots and is a typical drink in Lisbon. I wasn’t a fan, but for some reason Jorge liked them.
Landeau– An incredibly rich and delicious chocolate cake. That’s their main dish! They have multiple locations, but we visited during our time at the LX Factory.
Veggie Wave Juice– You can find this unique juice shop at the LX Factory. It’s a good stop if you’ve been eating way too much and need to give your body a break. Every juice is made fresh and they don’t use electricity so you need to peddle a bike to get the blender going!
Things to do in Lisbon
• Walk the streets of Alfama, Bairro Alto, and the neighborhoods in between for all the best photo spots.
• Make a stop at all the viewpoints in the Alfama area.
• Visit the LX Factory for some shopping and food.
Ler Devagar bookstore is located at LX Factory, you may have seen it all over Instagram.
• If you can get a spot on the oh so popular Tram 28 go for it. It’s the only line that allows you to see a lot of the city with just one ticket. It’s like a cheap tour of Lisbon on a traditional tram, but you’ll most likely have to wait hours to actually get on it.
• If you can’t fit on the Tram 28 (which we never did plus we didn’t want to wait) and you can afford a tuk-tuk tour, I’ve heard great things about them.
• Explore Belem and try their famous tarts, even if it’s just once because Manteigaria is better. But you need to compare for yourself! Report back.
• Take a day trip to Sintra (castles), Cascais (beaches), or Obidos (medieval town). Due to weather, we were only able to visit Sintra, and I’ll be sharing more on that soon.
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