Lisbon has been steadily growing in popularity over the years. Businesses are moving there, oat milk drinking trendies are using it as a Berlin substitute, and friends are saturating your timeline with photos of them eating Pastel de nata by the water. Usually, when a city has a boom like this, it tends to die down. But Lisbon is one of those special places where we don’t see that happening. The food scene is phenomenal, the architecture is breathtaking, and who doesn’t like custard tarts? Nobody. That’s who.
Where to Stay
If you want to really experience Lisbon life, then you have to check out Casa Das Janelas Com Vista. Located in the middle of Bairro Alto, one of the most emblematic neighbourhoods in Lisbon, it will make you feel like a true Lisbonite. In fact, the history of Bairro Alto dates back to the 15th century and since then it has been the social ‘melting pot’ of Lisbon. Also Historical is: York House Lisboa, which has been welcoming guests for over one hundred years. It is pretty special, originally named after two enterprising women from Yorkshire, there’s a courtyard complete with hammocks and service is friendly and personalised.
Where to Visit
We know getting a tuk-tuk in any city is usually horrendous, but the Tuk Tuk Lisbon tour is definitely the exception. Just hear us out here. Firstly, it helps that these tuk-tuk’s are actually pretty trendy. The very funny Richard Ayoade even featured them on Channel 4’s travel man. Secondly, this company allows you to personalise your tour so you can see absolutely everything you aimed to fit into your time there. Perfect for a weekend getaway.
Where to Eat
There are two things you cannot leave Lisbon without having; seafood and Pastel. So, naturally, we have pulled together two places where you can make this happen. Ponto Final is located on a shoreline cliff, overlooking the Ocean. There really isn’t a better view in the city. It’s famous for its moreish shellfish, fish and soup dishes, and the quality and price of what you get is astounding. For dessert, you’re going to want to head on over to Pasteis de Belem. It’s considered the best place in the city to go for the local delicacy and has been open since 1837, so they really know what they’re doing.
Where to Drink
Ever heard of Ginja? The Portuguese liquor is made by infusing ginja berries in alcohol. A ginja berry is a sour cherry essentially, meaning this drink is not only delicious but so delicious it can be a little bit deadly. To sample Ginja, walk down R. Portas de Santo Antão to a bar called Ginjinha Sem Rival. ‘Sem Rival’ literally translates to ‘without a rival’ and that’s because there is no better place to indulge in this speciality.
Where to Play
Chapitô Circus is sort of an all in one. Not only does the performance arts school have a bar, a restaurant and an events space for live music attached to it, it also has a jaw-dropping view. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to catch a circus act.
Where to Dance
For anyone who loves Shoreditch’s Village Underground in London, there is a new spinoff of the venue, and it’s a coworking space in Lisbon. But, Village Underground Lisbon is a lot more than just a Coworking space. This community of creatives have opened their doors as a nightclub too. You can catch some of the cities most up and coming DJs while being surrounded by the people who make it such a wonderfully vibrant place to live and visit. Catch your tickets on resident advisor.