WHERE TO GO IN LISBON

where to go in lisbon After living in this city for five months and countless city trips to Portugal’s capital ever since, I had to compile all my favorite hangouts in one handy city guide.  So, if you’re wondering how a semi-local twenty-something spends her time in Lisbon, this is it!

At the end of this post you can find a google map with all my tips, that you can open on your smart phone while you’re traveling.  On that map, you’ll find even more tips that I’ve collected from my most trustworthy sources, and intend to try out myself in the future.    Have fun!

where to get some culture

lisbon culture

Recommended neighbourhood: Alfama, Belém, Oriente

  1. Centro cultural de Belém for the collection of modern art and the beautiful building. (see blogpost here) praça do império
  2. Igreja do Carmo for the church’s ruins that leave you speechless. (see blogpost here) largo do carmo
  3. Cristo Rei for the view you get from underneath this statue of Jesus. (see blogpost here) avenida cristo rei, 2800-058 almada (technically not in Lisbon but only a boat trip away)
  4. Expo 98 for the well known architecture of Alvaro Siza and Santiago Calatrava.  (see blogpost here) parque das nações
  5. Belém for the torre de Belém, the monastery and the famous pasteis de Belém.  (see blogpost here)
  6. Castelo de Sao Jorge for the view over the city, the peacocks that live here and the musicians playing underneath the treas in these old ruins.  (see blogpost hererua de santa cruz do castelo
  7. Elevador de santa Justa, although I recommand to just walk on the bridge towards the elevator when you come from Largo do Carmo to enjoy the view and not pay for the ride down.  It’s a tourist trap!
  8. Eléctrico 28, or a walk around the old part of the city to see the beautiful facades, the colorful tiles and the amazing street art.
  9. Mude for the fashion and design collections that are displayed in this museum.  rua augusta 24
  10. MAAT, for art, architecture and technology.  Make sure to explore the building itself and enjoy the reflections of the sounds of the river Tejo, bouncing of of the curved walls, when you do so!  avenida brasilia
where to eat and drink

lisbon eat and drink

Recommended neighbourhood: Bairro Alto, but I prefer Bica, which is less crowded with tourists.

  1. Café Tati for a cup of coffee with free wifi, a small meal or a glass of wine and a jazz concert.  (see blogpost here) rua da ribeira nova 36
  2. Copenhagen Coffee Lab for the delicious coffee and pretty interior.  (see blogpost here) rua nova da piedade 10
  3. Primeiro Andar for the livingroom like interior and the beautiful people.  (see blogpost here) rua das portas de santo antão 110
  4. Cinema la em baixo for a vegetarian diner and a movie on tuesday nights and for 2 euro pizza (!!!) on sunday nights.  (see blogpost here) regueirão dos anjos 69
  5. Tease for tasty sandwiches and healthy detox juices.  (see blogpost here) rua nova da piedade 15
  6. LOSTin Lisbon for the amazing terrace with the great view over the city.  (see blogpost here and here) rua do pedro v 56
  7. Casa independente for the wonderful terrace and the beautiful crowd.  largo do intendente 45
  8. Pois, café for the stunning interior and the austrian menu.   (see blogpost here) rua são joão da praça 93-95
  9. Flower Power for an original meal in a flower filled interior.  (see blogpost here) calçada do combro 2
  10. The Food Temple for delicious vegan meals that even convince meat lovers and the lovely terrace on the stairs.  beco do jasmim 18
  11. Pensao Amor for the amazing interior (including a fur wall), the fact that this used to be a brothel, the sex shop and the hair dresser you can find here.  Make sure to come here at night for some dancing too!   rua do alecrim 19
  12. Cruzes Credo for yummie tostas. cruzes da sé 29
  13. Bacalhoero for live music, dj sets, vegi meals and film nights. rua dos bacalhoeiros 125, second floor
  14. Associaçao loucos & Sonhadores for conversations about life accompanied by free pop corn.  This place is hard to find and only known by the locals, so consider this a golden tip! rua da rosa 262
  15. Quintal for feeling like you’re no longer in the city (that’s what a rooftop full of green, strawbales, chickens and rabbits does to you).  Some of my friends are working here so needless to say the people behind the bar are lots of fun!  rua das portas de santo antão
  16. Quero te no Cais for most fun bar owner of Lisbon (with the best mustache of the whole city, I have to add) and the free wifi – working on my thesis in this tiny bar was never boring. rua dos remolares 41
  17. Sol e Pesca for the interior that is completely devoted to sardines.  rua nova do carvalho 44
  18. O Pai Tirano for late night conversations with a glass of beer.  The interior is based on a movie that was filmed in this neighbourhood in the fourties. travessa da laranjeira 35
  19. Café do Monte for warming up after seeing the sunset at the miradouro da senhora do monte. rua de são gens 1
  20. Hamburgueria do Bairro for tasty and affordable burgers (around 5 euro’s) at several locations in the city, and no less than four vegetarian options!  travessa do abarracamento de peniche 22
  21. Elevador Amarelo for afterwork drinks with the locals in an original vintage interior. rua da bica de duarte Belo 37
  22. Tartine for brunch: it’s a bit expensive in comparison to regular portuguese prices, but the delicious pastries totally make up for that. rua serpa pinto 15a
  23. Foxtrot for cocktails in a cosy bar that takes you right back to the twenties and even parks your car for you.  Ring the bell to enter! travessa santa teresa 28
  24. Café da Caragem for a breathtaking view over the city accompanied by a piece of pie and some freshly made lemonade.   rua da costa do castelo, 75
where to chill

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  1. LX factory for the original shops, the beautiful cafés, the market that take place on sundays and the amazing location on an old industrial site.  Oh and keep an eye out on their agenda, the parties there are pretty legendary.  (see blogpost here and here) rua rodrigues faria, 103 
  2. Jardim da Estrela for lounging around in the parc.  (see blogpost here)
  3. The ruins of Almada on the other side of the Tejo, with the most beautiful view on Lisbon.  (see blogpost here and here)
  4. Tapada das Necessidades for the abandoned greenhouse you find in this parc.   (see blogpost here)
  5. Jardim botânico for some refreshing shade.  (see blogpost here) rua da escola politécnica 54
  6. Miradouro de Santa Catarina, also known as Adamastor, for the great atmosphere that is best enjoyed with a beer.  (Tip: order uma litrosa e copos (one liter of beer with plastic cups) at the kiosk for only 2 euros!)
  7. Miradouro da Senhora do Monte for the best view over the city.  Come here during sunset and bring a bottle of wine and a picnick!
  8. Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian for the beautiful parc, the art library and the museum. avenida de berna 45A
where to dance

lisbon dance

Recommended neigbourhood: Cais do Sodre, Bairro Alto, Bica

  1. Chapito for the live african music on sunday nights, the amazing building that is an old women’s prison and the view over the city.  (see blogpost here) costa do castelo 1
  2. Out Jazz for summer sundays spent picnicking in a lisbon parc accompanied by live jazz music, followed by a dance party with great dj’s.
  3. LEFT for dancing on tables until early in the morning.  largo vitorino damásio 3f
  4. Incognito for indie music and gin tonics.  rua poiais de são bento 37
  5. Musicbox for really good music (Gold Panda, Breach, Jazzanova,…) that’s probably a little less famous than what you get at Lux, but also more affordable.  Keep an eye on their agenda!  rua nova do carvalho 24
  6. Bicarte for dancing next to exhibitions of local artists.   travessa do portuguesa 38a
  7. Galeria Zé dos Bois for art exhibitions and dance parties.  Especially the LGBT parties by Rabbit Hole here are insane, don’t miss it!   rua da barroca 59
  8. Purex for the lesbians among us, but everybody is welcome here.  Rua das Salgadeiras 28
  9. Lounge for upcoming talents and more well known names, I still regret I didn’t manage to get in when xxyyxx was playing here and that I didn’t know this place when Tom Barman was one of the dj’s… Belgium represent! rua da moeda 1
  10. Lux for the best dj’s and the most well known dance floor of Portugal. avenida infante dom henrique
  11. Bar da velha senhora for the best music in Cais do Sodre.  rua nova do carvalho 40
where to see the sea

lisbon sea

  1. Costa da Caparica for surfing (or looking at the surfer boys…)   (see blogpost here)
  2. Carcavelos to stay close to the city.  (see blogpost here)
  3. Praia Guincho for the wild waves that are perfect for surfing and the rocks surrounding this beach  (see blogpost here)
where to shop

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Recommended neighbourhood: Chiado, Baixa, Bairro Alto

  1. Feira da Ladra for the vintage treasures you can find on this market.  (see blogpost here) Campo de Santa Clara
  2. Fabrica Features for design and fun gifts  (see blogpost here) rua garret 83
  3. Zazou for original portuguese products and a cup of coffee.  (see blogpost here) calçada do correio velho 7
  4. A vida portuguesa, for authentic portuguese products in a beautiful shop.  (see blogpost about their store in Porto here) rua anchieta 11 & largo do intendente pina manique 23
  5. Under the cover for a selection of magazines that makes my heart beat faster. rua marquês sá da bandeira 88b
  6. Ler Devagar an amazing book shop slash library slash café. lx factory, rua rodrigues faria 103
  7. Loja das conservas, for all the sardines you could possibly want, packaged in tin cans that have been carrying the same design for ages. rua do arsenal 162
  8. June, for exclusive editions and unique pieces of furniture.  lx factory, rua rodrigues faria 103
  9. Rutz, for Portugal’s specialty product, cork in the form of shoes and tableware.  lx factory, rua rodrigues faria 103
  10. Entre tanto, an indoor market where you can find different fashion, interior design and food.  rua da escola politécnica 42
  11. Stock the nature – powered by Oliver B., for beautiful interior design. entre tanto, rua da escola politécnica 42
  12. Quer, for original gifts, art, and children’s toys.  rua da escola politécnica 82A
  13. Møbler, for a stunning selection of vintage furniture, with a focus on mid century and scandinavian design.  rua nova da piedade 41
  14. Casa tita for quirkie gifts. avenida casal ribeiro 47
  15. Feira das Almas for handmade and vintage goodies. regueirão dos anjos 70
  16. A Outra Face da Lua for their great selection of vintage (although it’s not exactly cheap) and a cup of coffee or a light meal afterwards. rua da assuncão 22
  17. Hangar Chiado, a design store with beautiful furniture and objects from both Portugal and international designers.  travessa do carmo 8
  18. Roof, for stunning design furniture.  rua nova do almada 1
where to sleep

lisbon sleep

  1. Oasis backpackers hostel for making new friends in no time.   (see blogpost here) rua santa catarina 24

53 Comments

  1. Marijke October 23, 2013

    Jaaaaaaaa! Zalig! Deze wordt serieus geconsulteerd, moest ik nog eens naar Lissabon gaan :).

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  2. isaline October 23, 2013

    Oh, kei leuk!! Moet ik zeker onthouden als ik eens ga!

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  3. How to have a lovely day October 23, 2013

    Zalig overzicht! Ik ga hopelijk volgende zomer naar Portugal, we hebben alleszins met enkele vriendinnen al gesproken over een roadtrip. Moest het er van komen, dan zal ik dit lijstje zéker nog eens opzoeken!

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  4. Hanne M October 23, 2013

    ik vind dat juist zalig dat dat handgeschreven is
    en zo krijg ik echt al goesting om terug op reis te gaan
    (of om op erasmus te gaan!)

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  5. Zsasa October 24, 2013

    Wow this is really extensive :O
    But def bookmarking this because Lisbon is still on my list

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  6. Loes October 25, 2013

    Ah wat een fijne plekjes.
    Ik hoop in de lente er naar toe te gaan om van de eerste zonnestralen te genieten omdat de winter hier in Bergen al een maand geleden is begonnen en nog heel erg lang duurt voordat het in Nederland weer warm wordt..
    Als ik ga, dan zeker nog even door naar jou tips kijken. Het ziet er fantastisch uit!

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  7. Laurein H (@LAUREIN) October 25, 2013

    Deze ga ik bij mijn favorietjes zetten! Wel ik vind juist dat je wel leuk schrijft met de tablet, inderdaad duizend keer handiger dan old school scannen.. Ik ga mijzelf ook een app zoeken en tabletpen voor ipad aanschaffen, niet dat ik een mooi handschrift heb ;)

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  8. Marloes Pieper October 25, 2013

    Ah suuuuuuuuuuuuupervet dit! Ik heb hier twee hele goede vrienden gemaakt, een stel, ze komen uit Lissabon dus die ga ik vast een keertje bezoek en je guide ZEKER gebruiken :)

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  9. Cleo October 26, 2013

    Dikke bedankt voor deze fijne oplijsting Hannelore! Ik heb hem opgeslagen voor wanneer ik nog eens naar Lissabon trek, wat met deze tips alleen maar een aantrekkelijker idee wordt :-)

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  10. Shifra Jumelet October 27, 2013

    Oeooe, leuke tips! Ik heb al zoveel steden in Europa gezien, maar Lissabon ontbreekt nog steeds. Ik moet echt maar eens een keertje gaan zo te zien:)

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  11. Mirthe October 27, 2013

    Wat een fijne tips! Een reisje naar Lissabon staat nog niet op de agenda maar ik onthoud je post!

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  12. Maya October 27, 2013

    Deze ging direct op pinterest! Zo kan ik hem rap terug vinden als ik naar Lissabon ga, moet echt die stad dringend eens bezoeken lijkt mij. En ik vind mijn handschrift nog altijd lelijk op een tablet haha, kan het maar niet wennen :p

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  13. Tobias October 27, 2013

    You definitely have to add Praia da Ursa! Most beautiful beach in Lx!

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    • Hannelore March 18, 2014

      Thanks for the tip Tobias, I’ll check it myself next time I’m visiting!

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  14. Charlotte October 28, 2013

    love this! merci!

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  15. Sara Martins November 1, 2013

    great guide Hannelore <3

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  16. Barbara November 2, 2013

    Bookmarked! thanks for sharing

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  17. Mario January 25, 2014

    Congrats! Pretty complete

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  18. Ana Reis January 26, 2014

    Love 5 – Miradouro de Santa Catarina, also known as Adamastor, for the great atmosphere that is best enjoyed with a *bear* . ??? shouldn’t it be a beer? LOL ;)

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    • Hannelore January 26, 2014

      No, that’s what I meant! ;)
      Haha I’ve changed it, thanks for telling me!

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  19. Manuel Rodrigues January 26, 2014

    Thank you!!!

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  20. Mario Ride January 27, 2014

    Fantastic! Always always welcome! Cheers and be back soon!

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  21. sandrarraias January 27, 2014

    Republicou isso em kikolândiae comentado:
    Add your thoughts here… (optional)

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  22. jozhe January 28, 2014

    It´s a shame that Mãe d´Água, Jardim das Amoreiras, never figures anywhere as culture or chilling place.

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    • Miguel January 28, 2014

      Or is it a blessing?

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  23. Julia January 29, 2014

    Nice picks! but it’s missing the HotClub! the oldest jazz club in Europe! It’s located in Praça da Alegria, near the famous Avenida da Liberdade.

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  24. Mark January 29, 2014

    You must have been at Oasis Hostel around the same time I was, as I recognize the Aussie playing the guitar and Evan the staff member who went to college in my hometown halfway around the world.

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  25. Pedro Vieira January 30, 2014

    AMAZING list! Lisbon is full of hidden gems which you’ll hardly find if you don’t have local connections. If you’re visiting Lisbon and Portugal, I recommend using services like http://www.WiserGo.com which connects you with Portuguese experts, who can help you decide what do to, book everything and provide customer support while you’re in Portugal. Since they are local agents, they know the ins-and-outs of everything and you get to experience the country as a local! Service is free and the testimonials in their homepage are pretty positive.

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  26. Catarina January 30, 2014

    Being born and raised in Lisbon I think your choices are amazing!

    I would only add Champalimaud foundation near the riverside as a great place to walk, chill, enjoy the view, photograph or simply admire the sunset. It is perfect!

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  27. Vasco January 31, 2014

    You know the city better than me.. And l live here. I just love your guide!

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  28. catarinalealdefaria February 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Welcome to the dark side of the force and commented:
    Boas dicas sobre Lisboa! :)

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  29. Ana Saragoça February 1, 2014

    Congratulations! Your guide is the best to my city I’ve ever seen. You clearly know Lisboa very well, in some cases better than myself, and I live here :-) Thank you for sharing these valuable tips about my beautiful city. I wish you all the best.

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  30. Lisbonforever February 3, 2014

    Jeases, a LOT of great tips here! Please feel free to post on Lisbonforever as well! We are a start up who offers companies and privat persons to share their Lisbon through us with the World.

    Have a great day!

    //Lisbonforever

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  31. Andreia BK February 9, 2014

    <3 U did an amazing job! Thank you for sharing our city beauty with the world with such effort! ;)

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  32. Nancy Wilde February 10, 2014

    Bravo to this guide! I am Portuguese and honestly couldn’t have done it better ahah. Lisbon is such a cool place, right? x

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    • Hannelore March 18, 2014

      Oh thanks! I really enjoy hearing that and yes, Lisbon is a-ma-zing!

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  33. guz February 17, 2014

    Lisbon is just amazing

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  34. Bruno Amaral February 20, 2014

    This is a great list, thank you. :)

    I took the liberty of putting each place on a foursquare list quoting your blog of course. You can find it here: http://4sq.com/1fBITsV

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    • Hannelore February 20, 2014

      Thank you so much! I’m sure many people will find it very helpful!

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    • pixibuex November 6, 2014

      Thanks to both the author of this post and the creator of the Foursquare list!

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  35. dressyourlifeblog March 7, 2014

    Ik ga deze gids zo hard benutten voor mijn citytrip eind deze maand, MERCI! :)
    Naomi, x

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  36. PaoloDiogo March 23, 2014

    Great guide, I’ve spent almost one year and half in Lisbon (Erasmus and than internship and than girlfriend…), and I do agree with all your choices, something is still missing but this means that Lisbon has so many hidden gems to visit… Are you dutch?
    Anyway pictures and also the blog lay-out are great… Parabens

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    • Hannelore March 24, 2014

      Thank you! Of course there are still things missing, Lisbon has so many things to offer and there’s always new places to discover! I’m from Belgium by the way :)

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  37. ibelieveinpinkdreams April 9, 2014

    Now you have to meet oporto!!!

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  38. kurrevasa April 27, 2014

    Hello, thanks. What is the easiest way to go to the Christo Ray. We are sataying hotel Vila Gale Operaa.

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    • Hannelore April 27, 2014

      You can take the boat at cais do sodre to the other side of the Tejo, but I’m sure you can ask the staff of your hotel and they’d be happy to show you how to get there!

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  39. Maria Ines Pires June 27, 2014

    I’m from Lisbon and I can say this a very very very complete overview of the city, agreed with everything mentioned on this post. You made me miss even more my beautiful Lisbon!

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    • Hannelore June 27, 2014

      Thank you, that means a lot! I miss it too, can’t wait to go back to revisit all my favorite places and discover new ones :)

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  40. Tea - theFourOhSeven July 4, 2014

    awesome! deze ga ik opslaan voor tripje die in het najaar op de planning staat. Awesome

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  41. Agnes November 16, 2016

    Hi, ik heb jouw blog gevonden via een comment op Chapter Friday, super leuk! Ik ben samen met een vriendin aan het kijken om met oud & nieuw naar Lissabon te gaan. Kun je ons dat aanraden en heb je nog leuke tips? Groetjes Agnes

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