A very belated Bom Dia from Lisbon! I finally caught up with life and technology (after losing all my belongings…) so now I can finally share all the amazing snaps and memories I have from Portugal.
Lisbon. Is. Beautiful. I flew to Lisbon to meet up with Toby and Ollie after finishing my last class for the term. Amy also happened to be in town, so it was lovely to have an unexpected catch up with her too! It had been ten years since I first visited here but this time around, I really fell in love with the city. The colourful moorish tiles, the friendly people, the warm weather, the seaside, and last but not least, the egg custard tarts. I’m partly ashamed and partly impressed that I ate at least five custard tarts from Manteigaria every day I was there!
It was our first taste of summer after a long European winter. We spent the days chilling by Carcavelos beach and exploring around Belem and Sintra. In the balmy evenings, we tucked into amazing seafood before moving onto drinks in Bairro Alto – the colourful and cobblestoned downtown area that really comes alive at night.
I was lucky to get tips and recommendations from my Portuguese classmates before visiting Lisbon, so I thought it’d be nice to jot down all of the places …
SEE & DO
- Belém – a cultural destination nearby featuring the famous monastery and museums, but what I really like is LX Factory (an old fabric factory repurposed into a creative space of boutiques, cafes and restaurants).
- Bairro Alto – very touristy for nightlife but we still managed to find some cool bars on the outskirts of this edgy historic downtown area.
- Chiado – one word for you: shopping. Oh, and nice restaurants too.
- Castello de São Jorge – spent a morning climbing up this old Moorish castle that overlooks the heart of Lisbon
EAT & DRINK
- Manteigaria for the best pastéis de nata – Portuguese egg custard tarts (but the ones from Patéis de Belém are also up there)
- Fábrica for some of the best coffee that you can find in Europe (that’s coming from Amy’s Melbournian coffee palate)
- Decadente for a modern take on dinner with great ambience
- Mercado da Ribeira for a casual meal – the first Time Out food market that brings together epicurean experiences from around the world
- Park Bar – a rooftop bar with excellent cocktails overlooking a stunning view of the city
- Carcavelos Beach (40 minutes) and Cascais Beach (1 hour) are just a few train stops away. The Atlantic is a bit chilly than we were used to, but it was the perfect place to relax in the June summer heat.
- Sintra (more on Sintra in my next post!)