Lisbon – some cool things to do


  1. Go drinking in Bairrio Alto
    Definitely the most rocking area of town, Bairrio Alto is made up of lots of small pedestrianised streets lined with bars and restaurants. Every bar has a different theme and plays different music, so it’s loud and exciting. The restaurants are excellent – we ate at Decadente which was superb and have previously tried other places, all just as good in different ways. It feels fairly touristy until you listen to other people and realise that actually, this is where Lisbonites come to have have fun and party as well.

    Streets in Alfama

    Streets in Alfama

  2. Mooch around Alfama
    This is a really pretty area of town, set in the hill under the castle. Quaint and cute buildings are stacked on top of each other, painted bright colours and then pulled together with cobbled pavements and sunshine. Lots of lovely shops, street stalls and nice restaurants abound, all looked over by the huge castle.Take in a glass of wine in the bar at the Memmo Alfama and watch the river flow past.

    Drinks & View at the Memmo Alfama

    Drinks & View at the Memmo Alfama

  3. Visit the Castle
    I can’t say more than that. It’s a good castle, it has great views, it has ramparts and ruined parts, it must have been brilliant before time destroyed it. Go there.
  4. Eat lunch and people watch in the Mercado da Ribiera
    Lisbon’s answer to Madrid’s Mercado, this is just as chic but with better seating, better beer and more interesting food. Portugal has amazing food, and more importantly, innovative chefs who are not afraid to mess with tradition and create some fusion.

    Mercado da Ribiera

    Mercado da Ribiera

  5. Head down to Belem
    Wander along the riverside and take in a glass of wine at one of the riverfront cafes, have a Pastel De Nata at the original bakery (very nice, not very different to anywhere else) and climb the tower.
  6. Head up the hill in a funicular
    My favourite is the Gloria – from Rossio station up to Barrio Alto. It’s a pretty little ride in an antique car, the path is lined with graffiti and unexpected views down streets and over the city.20150830_194408
  7. Watch jazz at a garden cafe
    I really recommend the one in Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara as the views are great, the cafe does excellent mojitos and Vinho Verde. IMG_20150830_194932