We had a lovely relaxing time, drank loads of coffee and ate loads of food (taking a particular fondness for the famous pasties de Nata). But as neither of us are big into doing the usual touristy things and like to avoid the long queues we with a little help from google maps set off every day in search of our own little piece of Lisbon.
Here are just a few of the things that we enjoyed and would recommend along the way.
👍 Eat ice cream in Gelato Therapy .
It’s amazing here and you are able to lick your ice cream in peace and watch the world go by and laugh at the strangers squashed on the tram 38 😂 (as its got Therapy in the name too so it gets extra brownie points for that).
👍 Take in the scenery from a roof top!
There are many roof top bars in Lisbon and the one that I would recommend is in the 5 star Bairro Alto Hotel. This is a beautiful roof top bar with amazing views of the streets and river below and you can sit back in the comfy chairs and watch the traffic shine in the sun on the bridge across the way and thank god you are not in it while sipping your Mojitos!
👍 Romantic Restaurant off the beaten path!
“Great tastings” is truly a hidden gem. It’s new in Lisbon and that’s the only reason it was a little quieter that other restaurants but once this secret gets out, you won’t be able to get a table here. The chef is only 21 years old and the food was so good, we even went back a second night. Overall the staff, the food, the décor and the wine (over 100 to choice from) was all amazing. Such a beautiful peaceful yet delightful dinner.
We had one or two (or ten!) of the Lisbon famous cream cakes (Pasteis De Nata) over the holidays. They are sold everywhere but the reason why this coffee shop stands out is because you are able to watch the staff (a bit like Wonka’s factory style) through the glass make the tarts from start to finish. OMG all that custard, it took all of my will power to resist licking the window! Lol AMAZING!
👍 Catch some Butterflies (or Dinosaurs) in a park!
Like any city there are loads of people everywhere you go (locals and tourists) so it’s nice to step away from it all and take a breath among nature again. We did this is in Edvardo VII park and visited the gardens and greenhouses. This is an interesting place as they not only support Mayo there all year round!! (with that flag :))
But they grow plants from all over the world in the green houses and you can spend the day here looking for dinosaurs if you like!
👍 Graffiti, graffiti, graffiti everywhere!
I have never seen a city as covered in graffiti as Lisbon. If it stands still for long enough, it will be sprayed, painted or drawn on. On every wall, on and in the sub way stations, anywhere you can imagine. It is eye catching to say the less but beautiful in its own right. Here are just a few that I liked.
There are loads of lovely tourist places that you will find on any top 10 list but it’s nice to be like a local for a little while and find some more unusual ones.
Lisbon is a beautiful city but with all those hills and steps it’s not for the faint hearted. Thankfully all those hours on CrossFit has paid off for something and my calves have been given a great work!! Lol
Highly recommend for a long weekend, plenty to see and do. Don’t forget to pack your comfy footwear, though!!
Stay holistic 😀
Ps. Have you been to Lisbon, do you recognise any of these places? Let me know your views in the comments below.