Lisbon is the perfect city break, no matter the occasion. With numerous flights from Dublin everyday, and Lisbon city centre only a short €15 Uber from the airport, you have no excuses not to add it to the bucket list.
Where to Stay
It was impossible to fault our stay at Almaria – Officina Real Apartments. It was extremely central, and ideal for groups, with apartments for groups of 4 and 6. The staff were amazing, leaving croissants for us in the morning and cleaning the apartment every day. To make matters even better, the 6 person apartment worked out at €30 per person, per night.
What to Do
Lisbon is filled with hundreds of multi-coloured TukTuks zooming around with tourists. I usually prefer to explore cities on foot, but Lisbon is like the San Francisco of Europe. The hills, combined with the heat make it very difficult to get far. TukTuks are the perfect solution to make the most of your stay in Lisbon. A 6 person TukTuk cost us only €10 per person, per hour, so in my opinion, it is definitely worth it.
Where to Eat
Dear Breakfast is one for the most ‘Instagrammable‘ cafés I have been to. The white washed walls, and the marble countertops, make the place picture perfect. The menu is filled with Eggs, Smoothie Bowls, Pancakes and much more. The food was all really nice, and at a reasonable price point, however, portion sizes are quite small.
Time Out Market
The Time Out food market is huge indoor market, packed full of nearly every cuisine you could think of. It is ideal for a big group, everyone can get what they want and sit together in the communal seating areas.
Taberna da Rua Flores
Hidden away off ‘Praça Luís de Camões’, this quaint, Portuguese restaurant would be missed by people not looking for it. The menu changes daily and is written on a big blackboard which is carried around the restaurant and translated to English for the non-natives. The food was spectacular, and easy on the pocket at only €8-€10 per main course.
I don’t think you will find a better spot to watch the sunset over Lisbon than Park Bar. This rooftop bar is hidden on the roof of a very ordinary looking carpark building. You will think you are going the wrong way as you walk up the graffiti filled stair well. The bar has extraordinary views of the city, a great atmosphere, and most importantly, well priced drinks.
Another bar we loved was Lost In. Based in the heart of Principe Real, Lost In is like a secret escape from the busy city. Their Indian themed garden space looks over the city, and is the perfect spot for a relaxing evening. If the picture below isn’t enough to convince you to visit Lost In, I don’t know what will.
Pink Street is what used to be Lisbon’s ‘Red Light District’, but is now Lisbon’s coolest bar hoping spot. One of our favourite bars/clubs along Pink Street has to be Pensão Amor. What was once a brothel, has now transformed into a bar like no other. It is comprised of many rooms, bright colours, cushy seats and crazy art. Definitely add it to your list.
I hope you have found this post helpful, and enjoy your time in the beautiful city that is Lisbon.
The Girl on the Go xx
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