Lisbon... Portugal's capital and home to yummy custard tarts, stunning tiles, and pink painted streets filled with sangria-soaked youths. We recently spent a weekend in Lisbon and have put together our tips for the perfect 24 hours in one of Europe's most exciting and charismatic cities.
10AM: We started our day in Belem with an espresso and Pastel de Nata (small custard tart) at Pasteis De Belem. Pastel de Nata's are a Portuguese national treasure and for good reason. These little bundles of sunshine are crunchy on the outside, yet soft and gooey on the inside. (Tip: sprinkle some cinnamon on top).
11AM: We hopped on the tram going west towards Praca do Comerico to take in some of the riverside sights. There we sat on the riverbank sipping mojitos while watching the antics of a traveling improv group.
1PM: We caught the ferry over to Almada and walked along the graffiti-covered boardwalk to Atira-te Ao Rio. Great food and an even better view of Lisbon city and the famous April 25th Bridge. A prawn linguine and slow cooked pork cheek later, we board the ferry back to Lisbon.
3PM: From there we headed north through the bustling Chiado and Baixo districts. Highlights include art deco architecture, roasted chestnuts, and street performers.
5PM: Lisbon is all about the food. So obviously a pre-dinner bite is needed at Cevicheria in Principe Real. This would have to be my favourite restaurant in the city and we highly recommend the tasting menu and pisco sours. The restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Kiko Martins, who's authentic interpretation of this traditional South American cuisine is not to be missed.
7PM: For sundowners, we headed to PARK Lisboa, a hidden gem in Bairro Alto sat atop a multi-level carpark. After 7 flights of stairs and a ramp, PARK’s mascot, a deer, welcomes you to this suspended garden, the first of its kind in Lisbon. Decent cocktails and superb 360 views of Lisbon awaits you.
9PM: From Park, we went to Cervejaria Ramiro, a compulsory Lisbon experience for heavenly shellfish and a steak sandwich for dessert. You may need to wait in a hefty queue but fret not, it's worth it.
12PM: Back to our hotel Lux Lisbon Park, a beautifully designed modern hotel in the Marques de Pombal area. The hotel highlight was the raised over ground glass pool.
LX Factory: A historical industrial complex houses an array of arty retailers & unique restaurants.
TimeOut Market:Time Out Market Lisboa is a food hall located in the Mercado da Ribeira at Cais do Sodre. The cities top restaurant have pop-up venues within the market.