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Lisbon has become a favorite destination among Europeans as they can find all they need in this charming city. From its winding streets that always seem to go up, to its quaint cafes and restaurants serving bacalhau, there is no shortage of things to love. Lisbon is a picturesque city and one of the few affordable European capitals. In addition to having a perfect weather, it is packed with amazing viewpoints, colorful houses, fantastic markets and secret spots that keep travellers coming back, some permanently.
Walking around Lisbon is a pleasure in itself. You get the feeling that a secret is waiting for you at the end of each corner. This decadent city has a beauty of its own, one in which time has clearly left an indelible mark. Over the last few years, the Portuguese capital has become increasingly cosmopolitan, making it an appealing place to live in and a hub for different activities. This means that it has been hosting many international events, including the Web Summit, and the launch of Pokerstars in Portugal, both of which took place in 2016. The artistic scene goes is now almost as varied as that of Porto. So if you are visiting the city to get to know it or to go to an event, make time to walk around the Bairro Alto and stop at its many miradouros (belvederes) – our favorite of them being Santa Catalina – bars, shops and cafes. After that, do not forget to take the tram to Alfama, another definite must, especially during its Sunday market.
The Faira da Ladra (which means “the thief’s market”) is a fantastic flea market where you can find pretty much anything, including that exceptional souvenir to take back home. Afterward, walk all the way down to the river and enjoy a relaxing stroll until you arrive to the Mercado da Ribeira, a vibrant spot to grab a bite with a plethora of options. Continue on to the Jardim da Estrela and if you’re lucky and you’re visiting the city in the summer, you might even catch an open door concert there. The best way to end your day would be to discover the quaint plazas of the Baixa neighborhood and then head to Bairro Alto for a nightcap.
Cafes, restaurants, and bars
Here’s a list of places not to miss while in Lisbon. If you want to enjoy amazing views from an exceptional place then you should include Chapito on your list. This theater school located in Alfama has a great terrace from which you can look at the city while having a drink.
Another café around the area that is worth visiting is Pois, Café, which is a great option for brunch. If we had to say where we think the best Pasteis de Nata of Lisbon are found it wouldn’t be at the famous Belem area, but actually in the Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata in Bairro Alto. And if you’re looking for great Atlantic cod, the Portuguese specialty, then hit the Ti Natércia restaurant in Alfama. The woman that runs it will certainly make your night, not only with her spectacular and affordable dishes, but with her great sense of humor (which you end up understanding even if you don’t speak Portuguese) as well.
If at the end of the day you feel like dancing, drink a couple of Ginjinha shots and head to eccentric John Malkovich’s nightclub Lux. Just know that you might have to wait in the queue but it’s definitely worth it.
Lisbon offers enough options for all palates and this nostalgic city is an exceptional place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying its beautiful light. And who knows? You might even end up staying for good.