LISBON CITY GUIDE
It feels like forever ago that we touched down in Lisbon, but I’m finally getting around to making a little city guide! I can’t recommend this city enough and I’m dying to go back to Portugal to see the other beautiful sights. We went on a short 3 day city break but managed to squeeze a lot of activities (and food) in. Even though we were always on the go, we still felt incredibly relaxed and that’s what city breaks are all about!
As soon as we got closer to the city centre I couldn’t take my eyes away from looking out the window! There is just so much to see in Lisbon from the tiny cobblestone streets to the brightly coloured buildings. I was also quite mesmerised by the tram system in Lisbon although Aslan made us walk up every.single.hill. Bring some comfortable shoes because the uphill walking is no joke. My thighs were BURNING the entire time!
HERE'S WHAT I WORE:
The Sleeper Pink Linen Robe
Rufier 'Happy' Gold Chain Charm Bracelet
Byredo 'Unnamed' Eau De Parfum
Monica Vinader Diamond Hoop Ring
Le Cruset Stoneware Espresso Mug
Of course a trip to Lisbon wouldn’t be complete without eating as many ‘Pastel de Nata’ (custard tarts) as possible! We hit the jackpot by going to the best place (in our opinion) first and nothing else seemed to compare! Manteigaria just happened to be close to our air bnb and lets just say it was one of our most frequented places. If I close my eyes I can almost taste the gooey custard and crunchy pastry. Top it off with a bit of sugar and cinnamon and it’s like a little bite of heaven! The most famous place to get one of these delicious desserts is called Pasteis de Belém, which is much more authentic feeling. I would say it’s definitely worth visiting, but Manteigaria is still my favourite! If you’re after a variety of pastries then I highly recommend Pastelaria Alcoa which was a great place to stop and get a coffee and a pastry (or 3).
Chocolate lovers pay attention! We were repeatedly told that we couldn’t leave Lisbon without trying the world’s best chocolate cake at Landeau (located inside LX Factory)! I did wonder how good it could be but after one choclately bite I was also convinced that it was some of the best tasting chocolate cake I have ever had! I wish I had photographic evidence but we ate it so quickly we didn’t even think of taking a photo. That’s when you know something is gooooood.
LUNCH & DINNER
If you’re looking for a quick lunch break definitely check out Nicolau Lisboa. It was great to be able to sit outside and they had a variety of healthy and slightly unhealthy stuff. I tried their soup of the day and it was delicious!
O Prego da Peixaria
O Prego da Peixaria was a great place to eat if you’re after a traditional Portugese sandwich with a modern spin on it. We went here for dinner one evening and it was really tasty!
Pistola y Corazon
I can safely say that I had the best Mexican food of my life at Pistola y Corazon in Lisbon, which I know doesn’t seem to make much sense but it’s true. Every single thing we ordered was interesting and delicious. If we discovered it on the first night I can guarantee we would have been back for every dinner that followed. It was a cool atmosphere with all different types of people and age groups which made it feel really comfortable. I’d go back to Lisbon JUST to eat here! Big love to Charlotte for the recommendation!
Santa Justa Lift
We happened to walk past the Santa Justa Lift which is a gigantic elevator in Lisbon and a major tourist attraction. There was a huge queue to enter so we didn’t get a chance to go up it, but honestly it was pretty cool just to look at it from street view.
Before heading to the Monastery we went to the Belém Tower. I didn’t realise this at the time but it’s actually a UNESCO heritage site so it’s definitely worth checking out if you have the time.
We really enjoyed walking around the monastery and although it was pretty busy it still felt calm inside the walls. The stone carvings were very impressive and I’d highly recommend it!
WHAT I WORE:
Rag & Bone Vintage Striped Tee
Mango Belted Trousers
Céline Trio Bag
Céline 'Erin' Sunglasses
Stan Smith Sneakers
WHAT ASLAN WORE:
Reigning Champ Cotton Sweatshirt
Nudie Jeans 'Lean Dean' Slim Fit Jeans
Ray Ban Round-Frame Sunglasses
New Balance M1400CSP Sneakers
Peak Design Everyday Backpack
Technically not in Lisbon, but I just had to mention our day trip to Sintra. It’s about an hour outside of the city and completely worth the trek!
Quinta da Regaleira
My favourite part of the trip by far was when we visited Quinta da Regaleira. There is definitely some magic in the air because this place doesn’t feel quite like anywhere else I’ve ever been. It almost feels like a set in a fairy tale and it was just such a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. If you want a place to clear your mind, feel free and get a sense of that childlike wonder back in your life then you need to go to this place.
Besides having absolutely stunning plants and flowers it had waterfalls and a really cool pond that you could walk across. Beware! Three people fell into the pond within ten minutes of each other! It’s a peculiar, inspiring and in a spectacular adventure! One of my favourite places I’ve ever been. Definitely worth the 45-ish minute trip to Sintra!
Mango Decorative Bows Trench
M.I.H Frayed Hem High Rise Jeans
Crap Eyewear 'Joy Bridage' Sunglasses
Gaia's Ark Bag
Vince Textured Leather Slides
Praia da Ursa
After our magical visit to Quinta da Regeleira we took a drive to Praia da Ursa which is essentially a ‘secret’ cove. It’s a bit of a tricky place to access but if you’re up to the challenge the view will certainly pay you back. Apparently clothing is optional on this beach and it’s a favourite among nudists because it’s so secluded. Even I caught a bit of the nudist bug and flashed Aslan because there was literally NO ONE around! Aslan was shocked to say the least because I’m normally such a prude but you only live once right!?
Since we had a bit more time left in Sintra we decided to go to Pena Palace which is a pretty hyped tourist attraction. I’m not sure if we were just tired or what, but this place just didn’t do it for me! It was also a really cold and foggy afternoon so we didn’t get much of a view. Lots of people seem to love it though so don’t take our word for it! It’s a famous castle with multi-coloured paint and a very strange interior design.
After walking around all day in Sintra you’re going to be STARVING! We’d highly recommend grabbing a bite to eat at Café Saudade. We had a cute table right by the window which was great for people watching! Actually it was more like dog watching because there was a gorgeous Golden Retriever sleeping on the balcony across the street! Anyway, I had a delicious panini and I cannot describe to you how delicious the apple pie was. The waitress said they were somewhat famous for their apple pie and when I took that first bite I was on board. Try it!
To be honest we didn’t do too much shopping in Lisbon! We were more focused on seeing the sights and eating delicious food, but there were some gems that stood out to us. Lisbon has all of the high street sort of shops so if you wanted to pop into H&M etc. that’s readily available.
SHOP MY LOOK:
Acne Studios Leather Jacket
Acne Studios Long-Line Cardigan
Common Projects Sneakers
Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag
(Similar) Topshop Ripped Jamie Jeans
I had researched some shops in Lisbon before our trip and this was the one place I knew I needed to go. Luvaria Ulisses is a tiny little hole-in-the-wall shop that specialises in making gloves. It was founded in 1925 and they’ve been making gloves ever since! It was actually really neat because the woman in the store took one look at my hands and knew what size I’d be. She brought out a box with the gloves I chose and expertly fit them to my hand. It was like a second skin and now I know where the phrase “it fits like a glove” came from. I bought two pair that day! It was such a special experience.
A Vida Portuguesa
This store was recommended to us countless times and I totally see why! They sell a variety of soaps, blankets, sardines of course and much more! This is a great place to go if you want to get some Portugese souvenirs that aren’t magnets/keychains. They also have a huge selection of food which I would have went crazy for if I had more space in my luggage.
LX Factory is quite a unique place filled with restaurants, cafés, galleries and shops.
Under the Cover
Sadly I didn’t get a chance to go to this bookstore while in Lisbon, but I’ve been following them on Instagram for ages! If you’re a bookworm and happen to be in Lisbon check out this store on my behalf!
All in all we had a fantastic time in Portugal. It’s definitely up there as one of my all-time favourite city breaks and like I said I really want to go back and do some exploring. Please do watch the 3 videos we made from the trip and let us know what you thought!
If you have any recommendations on where to go leave a comment down below!Have you ever been to Lisbon? What places do you recommend?