It’s been a month since my return from Portugal with Air Canada Vacations and I still catch my daydreaming about the architecture, the food, the culture, and of course the amazing people I met along the way.
If you’ve been following my Porto adventures, I finally did my quick Lisbon trip guide to help your travel needs out.
My time in Lisbon wasn’t long but I came well prepared and saw more than I thought I would have time for thanks to Air Canada Vacations Lisbon Your Way Package. My flights, hotel , and transfers were all taken care of and I was really able to explore Lisbon on my own pace and capture beautiful images that way.
We based ourselves in The Art Inn Hotel, a super cute boutique hotel that is ideally situated near almost everything you need including transportation, amazing shopping and restaurants. We walked almost everywhere (bring comfy shoes) and discovered so many hidden gems along the way.
Let’s start with the food.
Dear Breakfast: A gorgeous spot in the Sao Bento district of Lisbon close to the Time Out Market. Expect a-lot of healthy dishes here, pink lattes, and Instagram corners galore.
Royale Café: A Scandinavian country-style spot for modern Mediterranean cooking, snacks and Sunday brunch located in the trendy Chiado hood.
Fabrica Coffee Roasters: For the best damn coffee in Lisbon look no further than Fabrica. With 3 locations in the city, I highly recommend buying their beans and bringing a taste of Lisbon home with you.
Time Out Market: Honestly, we spent a-lot of time here. Why? You have some of the best food vendors in the city under one roof. Over 24 restaurants, 8 bars, and a dozen shops housing the creme de la creme of Portugal. Why go anywhere else for you afternoon squid hot dog? And yes it was DAMN good.
Pharmacia: Restaurant Pharmacia is housed in the Pharmacy Museum near the Tagus River viewpoint. The funky décor is inspired by vintage pharmacies of the past with the menu focusing mainly on Portuguese cuisine. The servers wear lab coats and your cocktails might come in a lab vile. The best part is that you can soak up the sun on their gigantic patio and then head out the door to join an outdoor jam session reminiscent of Montreal’s Tam Tams.
Cervejaria Ramiro: I’m honestly drooling as I think of this place. BEST. SEAFOOD. PERIOD. Don’t expect anything fancy, in fact the restaurant is a little run down, the lineups are maddening, but I still waited 2 hours to taste the freshest, most buttery shrimps and lobster of life.Yes,
Alma: So Portugal is home to a slew of Michelin awarded restaurants and one that was always on my list is Alma. Keep in mind this is a major splurge. The menu is priced between €60 and €90 but if a truly gastronomic journey is on your bucket-list, save up for a trip here. The dishes are as creative as their presentation and chef Henrique Sá Pessoa does not leave one detail out, including the tiny little forks.
Bairro do Avillez: This is a must! Bairro do Avillez, is located in Chiado, at Rua Nova da Trindade and is the creationAlive of rockstar chef Jose Avillez. The concept features a variety of gastronomic concepts under one roof. Open every day, from noon to midnight, you’ll find everything from a Taberna for those who like hearty food to the most spectacular Páteo in town, where seafood is the star. We also had a chance to try out Beco, a magical speakeasy cabaret show accompanied by an internationally inspired menu featuring 12 different mind-blowing dishes.
LX Factory: Located between Belem and the centre of Lisbon, this former abandoned industrial complex now houses unique boutiques, galleries, cafes, and restaurants. It is also home to design companies, galleries, and one of the coolest bookshops I have ever seen.
Let’s not forget the plethora of art that can be spotted on all the little corners like this gigantic bee made out of scrap metals.
Baixa Chiado: The downtown of Lisbon is home to some of the most gorgeous architecture around. Start on the shopping street or Rua Garrett then continue through the streets until you hit Praça do Comécio, Lisbon’s main square that was built on the site where the old Royal Palace used to be.
Mouraria: Love Street art? This one will definitely make you hit that photo button. The Escadinhas de São Cristovão located in Mouraria is a stunning mural created by different artists paying tribute to Lisbon’s most famous music, Fado. Yes, I wore those pants to match the wall.
Alfama: The Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon between the São Jorge Castle and the Tejo River. If you’re looking for those pretty colourful buildings and clothes on hangers drying, then this is the area you need to explore. It feels like a tiny village that is made up of narrow streets, churches, and the famed St. George’s Castle.
To conclude, Lisbon is truly a haven for foodies, art lovers, history buffs, and so much more. An international city in every sense full of wonderful people and a deeply rich culture that will make you fall in love with it like I did.
Check out Air Canada Vacations for their wonderful Lisbon packages and flights!