A Short History
Eating and Drinking in Lisbon
Pastel de Nata
Portuguese aguardente has several varieties. Aguardente vínica is distilled from wine, either of good quality or undrinkable wines. It is mostly used to fortify wines such as port or aged to make aguardente velha (old burning water), a kind of brandy. Aguardente bagaceira is made from pomace as a way to prevent waste after the close of wine season. It is usually bootlegged, as most drinkers only appreciate it in its traditional formulation of 50% to 80% ABV. A common way to drink it is as café com cheirinho ("coffee with a little scent"), a liqueur coffee made with espresso.
Things to do in Lisbon
Daytrip to Sintra
Daytrip to Évora
Daytrip to Coimbra
Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)
Non-stop flights to Europe, the Middle East, north Africa, North America, and China. Metro, bus, shuttle, taxi, and Uber connect to the city.
Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas, 1700-111 Lisboa, Portugal
Trains connect Lisbon other cities in Portugal and the rest of Europe. Clean and reliable.
Viva Viagem Card
Load up this card with Euros and save big on Metro, Bus, Trolley, Ferry and Funicular rides. Essential.
24 Hour Card
An excellent value if you’re only using public transport for one day.
Lisbon’s iconic trolleys are part of the public transportation system. Get a Viva Viagem Card and zap in/zap out when you ride.
Several excellent group and private walking tours.
Walking and food and wine tours.
Lisbon Chill-Out Free Tour
Walking tour is free but always tip your guide at the end.
Praça Luís de Camões, 1200-243 Lisbon, Portugal
Food-centric tour of Lisbon.
Santa Justa Lift
Fun way to get from the Baixa neighborhood to Barrio Alto. Often has long lines.
Rua do Ouro, Lisbon 150-060, Portugal
Greenhouse and garden of exotic plants on the grounds of a former stone quarry.
Parque Eduardo VII, 1070-051 Lisboa, Portugal
First church built in Lisbon after the Moors were pushed out.
Largo da Se, Lisbon 1100-585, Portugal
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Museum of Ancient Art)
Not ancient art, but instead a huge collection from the “Age of Discovery.”
Rua das Janelas Verdes, Lisbon 1249-017, Portugal
Museu Do Aljubel (Museum of the Resistance)
Museum dedicated to the rise and fall of Fascism (and its leader Antonio Salazar) in Portugal.
R. Augusto Rosa 42, 1100-059 Lisbon, Portugal
Maria da Mouraria - Casa de Fados
Former home of Maria Severa Onofriana, a famous fado singer. Now a restaurant with fado performances. Cash only.
R. Capelão 2B, 1100-341 Lisboa, Portugal
Memorial to the Victims of the 1506 Massacre of Jews
Small memorial to the Jews killed in Lisbon in 1506. The square is also the site of a slave market.
Largo de Sao Domingos, Lisbon 1150-320, Portugal
Museu do Fado (Fado Museum)
All about the history of Fado. Occasional performances.
Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
National Coach Museum
Museum of over-the-top royal coaches.
Av. da Índia 136, 1300-004 Lisboa, Portugal
Ornate Gothic monastery with an impressive facade. Inside is tomb of Vasco de Gama. There is also a maritime museum inside (separate entrance fee).
Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal
Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)
Massive monument to Henry the Navigator and other Portuguese explorers.
Avenida Brasilia | Belem, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
Bordallo Pinheiro Garden
Garden populated with crazy porcelain sculputres by artist Bordallo Pinheiro.
Campo Grande 245, 1700-162 Lisboa, Portugal
Commuter ferry to reach Cacilhas. Bus or Uber from there to Cristo Rei statue.
Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, Lisbon 1399-059, Portugal
Cristo Rei Statue (Christ the King)
330 statue inspired by the one in Rio. Spectacular views!
Praceta do Cristo Rei 27, Almada 2800-058, Portugal
Food and Drink
Two Michelin starred dining experience from chef Jose Avillez.
R. Serpa Pinto 10A, 1200-026 Lisbon, Portugal
Ao 26 Vegan Food Project
Not just great vegan food, great food period.
Rua Vitor Cordon 26, Lisbon 1200-484, Portugal
New restaurant by the folks behind Ao 26.
Rua Dom Luis I 19, Lisbon 1200-149, Portugal
Vegetarian take on Portuguese dishes. Vegan Pasteis de Nata!
Rua da Palmeira 15, Lisbon 1200-311, Portugal
A Primavera do Jeronimo
Lisbon home cooking. Always busy.
Travessa da Espera 34, Lisbon 1200-176, Portugal
The place to get Pastel de Nata.
Rua do Loreto 2 | Largo de Camões, Lisbon 1200-242, Portugal
Cafe A Brasileira
Coffee bar famous for the writers and intellectuals who hung out here in the 30’s. Now tourists and students do.
Rua Garrett 120, Lisbon 1200-205, Portugal
Petiscos (tapas) and full meals are delicious.
Largo do Carmo 11, Lisbon 1200-092, Portugal
Not only the best wine bar in the city, but good cheese pairings with fado music playing in the background.
Rua da Barroca 13, Lisbon 1200-047, Portugal
Cape Verde restaurant with simple dishes and grogue (Cape Verdean firewater).
Rua do Poco dos Negros 94, Lisbon 1200-341, Portugal
Is this a bar or a museum of kitch? Either way, it’s good fun. Ring the bell to get in.
R. Dom Pedro V 89, 1250-093 Lisboa, Portugal
Jardim dos Sentidos
Vegetarian place with a lunch buffet and a great deal on Tuesday for dinner. Three courses with wine for 36 Euro.
Rua Mae D'Agua 3, Lisbon 1250-154, Portugal
Pasteis de Belem
The other top spot for Pastel de Nata.
Rua de Belem No 84 a 92, Lisbon 1300-085, Portugal
Nice restaurant with aguardente bagaçeira (firewater) cocktails.
Largo dos Trigueiros 15A-15B | Mouraria, Lisbon 1100-611, Portugal
All-inclusive inexpensive restaurant using local produce.
Rua das Olarias 5, Lisbon 1100-377, Portugal
Ze da Mouraria
Lively restaurant. Lunch only.
Rua Joao do Outeiro 24, Lisbon 1100-292, Portugal
Café Martinho da Arcada
Been doing it since 1782.
Praca do Comercio 3, Lisbon 1100-148, Portugal
Restaurant in the Internacional Design Hotel. Unique takes on classic dishes.
Rua Betesga 3, Lisbon 1100-090, Portugal
Funky spot for sangria and music.
Escadinhas Sao Cristovao 8, Lisbon 1100-512, Portugal
Menu features dishes from Portugal’s former colonies (Brazil, Cape Verde, etc.) Veg. options.
Arco das Portas do Mar 9, Lisbon 1100-035, Portugal
A Tendinha do Rossio
Little dive with cheap eats.
Praça Dom Pedro IV 6, 1100-200 Lisbon, Portugal
Restaurante A Floresta da Estefania
Family-run, no-frills with great food.
Rua Cidade da Horta 39, Lisbon 1000-101, Portugal
Winebar do Castelo (Chafariz do Vinho)
Cozy winebar near the castle.
Rua da Mae d'Agua | Praça da Alegria, Lisbon 1100-078, Portugal
Tiny place to get a Ginjinha. Great atmosphere.
Largo São Domingos 8, 1100-201 Lisbon, Portugal
Ginjinha Sem Rival
Great place for a Ginjinha. Been in business since 1890.
R. das Portas de Santo Antão 7, 1150-264 Lisbon, Portugal
Cantinho de Sao Jose
Hole in the wall with hearty Portuguese cuisine.
Rua de Sao Jose 94, Lisbon 1150-324, Portugal
By The Wine
Sleek wine bar with excellent choices.
Rua das Flores 41-43, Lisbon 1200-193, Portugal
18th century underground brewpub.
Rua Prior do Crato 6, Alcântara, Lisbon 1350-261, Portugal
Craft brewery with several options on tap and food.
R. Cap. Leitão 94, 1950-052 Lisboa, Portugal
Rua do Acucar, 83, Lisbon 1800-022, Portugal
Rua do Açúcar 76, 1950-009 Lisboa, Portugal
Mercado da Ribeira
Huge food hall with a few produce stands.
Av. 24 de Julho, 1200, Lisbon 1200-481, Portugal
Cork and Co.
Everything you can imagine made of cork and then some.
Rua Salgadeiras 10, Lisbon 1200-396, Portugal
A Vida Portuguesa
Store offering Portuguese homegoods.
Rua Anchieta 11, Lisbon 1200-023, Portugal
World’s oldest bookstore still in operation.
R. Garrett 73-75, 1200-203 Lisbon, Portugal
Casa das Velas Loreto
Candle shop has been in the same family for seven generations since it opened in 1789.
Rua do Loreto 53, 1200-241 Lisboa, Portugal
Mercado do Jardim, Crafts and Design Market
Great market for one of a kind souvenirs. Open first weekend of the month.
12 Praça da Estrela, Lisboa, Lisboa, 1200-694, Portugal
High end cork shop with shoes, bags, and more made of cork.
Patio do Tejolo 16, Lisbon 1250-096, Portugal
Trendy outdoor market on Sunday.
Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon 1300-501, Portugal
Cortiço & Netos
Place for authentic azulejos (tiles).
Calcada de S Andre 66, Lisbon 1100-022, Portugal
Wines of Portugal Tasting Room
DIY wine tasting with lots of vino on tap.
Terreiro do Paço, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
Tiny, tiny bookstore only fits one person at a time.
Escadinhas de São Cristóvão, 18, 1100-511 Lisbon, Portugal
Feira da Ladra
Lots of junk at this flea market with the occasional find. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Campo de Santa Clara | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-471, Portugal
Fabrica Sant' Anna
High quality tile reproductions.
Rua do Alecrim 95 97, Lisbon 1200-015, Portugal
Authentic antique colored tiles.
Rua do Alecrim 68, 1200-213 Lisbon, Portugal
Salão Musical de Lisboa
Taking up Fado? Get your guitar here.
Largo do Carmo, Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo 2, 1200-309 Lisboa, Portugal
Mercado Biológico do Príncipe Real
Saturday farmers market. Organic produce.
Praça do Príncipe Real, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
Mercado de Campo de Ourique
Smaller but still very good food hall.
Rua Coelho da Rocha | Campo de Ourique, Lisbon 1350-075, Portugal