A few weeks ago, I was waking up in a quaint air bnb situated on a cobblestone street in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Months ago, when me and Stefan were planning where to travel, Lisbon kept popping up as a go-to destination. It felt like whenever I opened up my Instagram or Facebook, someone new was in Lisbon and their photos drew me in every time.
After doing some research, we quickly booked a stay in at a Lisbon air bnb, followed by a week in Barcelona (coming soon to the blog!). Just in case you’re planning a trip to Lisbon soon, I wanted to highlight and document our trip to the amazing city. Check out my favourite places to eat, things to do, and views that will blow you away.
Most of our trip consisted of eating, drinking and walking around exploring until we got hungry again, HA. The food in Lisbon was amazing. Almost every meal we had was incredibly fresh and flavourful, and we made a point to go back to our favourite spots multiple times.
Before our trip, I scoured Instagram for cafes and restaurants I knew we had to visit while we were there. Pois popped up and I’m so happy it did, because it was our number one spot for grabbing a bite! Sitting pretty in the Alfama area, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Filled with books, couches, and shared tables, it offers a relaxed vibe and super friendly staff.
We went three times (yes, we loved it THAT much) and two of the times we snagged the best spot in the place. There’s one high top table right at the front window that’s opened to the outside. It’s almost like you’re on a patio, but inside at the same time. Grab it if you can!
We tried a few of the sandwiches (the smoked salmon one is to die for) and the assorted spreads (below). The sangria there is amazing too! Everything was completely mouth-watering, hence why we went back again and again.
Another amazing Instagram find, Pharmacia was one of the coolest restaurants I’ve been to. A pharmacy-themed space with vintage medicine cabinets, colourful dishes and cool mismatched chairs. You have to check it out if you travel to Lisbon. Your cheque even comes in an oversized pill bottle.
I loved the charming, colourful décor, and the cocktail list was filled with clever pharmaceutical concoctions like “The Morphine” – pineapple and sparkling wine and “LSD” – whiskey and ginja. We got the beef sliders and grilled octopus, and both were delicious.
We sat inside to take in the cool vibes, but there’s a huge outdoor terrace with seating that overlooks the Tagus River. It’s the perfect place to dine!
We stumbled upon this cute spot when we were walking back to our air bnb one day, and it became our go-to brunch place. It’s perfectly retro with pink neon signs, vintage decor, and teal subway tile lining the bar.
It’s a feel-good spot, and we tried everything from the smoked salmon bagel to the eggs benny, the eggs royal, beet hummus, lattes, and smoothies. The peanut butter smoothie was my absolute favourite. I could drink that baby every day.
I also have to give a shout out to Calcuta, an Indian restaurant we found ourselves at twice. I pretty much can’t go a week without some sort of curry, and this place was INCREDIBLE. The naan was warm and tasty, and the prawn and chicken masalas, and chicken korma were top notch. If you’re craving Indian food in Lisbon, Calcuta is your jam. We also loved Ao Pe Da Se for their sangria, ceviche (below) and sandwiches!
Alfama look out
Our second day in Lisbon, we walked to Alfama and spent the day exploring the gorgeous area. After walking up lots (and lots) of cobblestone steps, we finally made it to the Alfama look out and it didn’t disappoint. We sipped on coffee and enjoyed the views of orange-roofed houses, palm trees and the ocean.
Another afternoon, we brought our books and spent a few hours at Lost In, looking out over the city on a colourful balcony. We sipped on a pitcher of sangria and read the afternoon away. The view is magnificent and the staff are friendly, so it’s the perfect place to relax for a few hours.
Cascais is such a charming little area! Situated on the Western edge of Lisbon, there’s beaches, restaurants and endless shops to explore. The landscape is breathtaking and you can walk or bike along the coastline. The vintage buildings are all shades of pale pastels and it feels like you’re walking around in a fairytale.
We trained into Sintra to visit Pena Palace and it was overwhelmingly beautiful. Sitting way, way up high, the colourful palace is picture perfect. It was pretty cold up there, but luckily I brought a sweater since it was overcast that day. I think even if it was sunny it would still be quite chilly, so make sure to bring extra layers when you go!
São Jorge Castle
We almost didn’t go to São Jorge Castle, but I’m SO happy we did. Not only can you walk the stone steps and look over the gorgeous stone walls, there’s also an entire area that overlooks the city of Lisbon and the Tagus River. It’s worth it to go for the view itself. Also, this is the ONLY non-selfie photo we have together because we’re both too nervous to give anyone our phones. True story.
Are you planning a trip to Lisbon? What tops your lists of things to do, see & eat? Let me know in the comment section! And make sure to pin the image below so other wanderlusters can find this post too!