72hrs in Lisbon

Rooftop fetish, well said of Lisbon's overhead views of the city.

Lisbon is the western-most European city and is the hub of multifaceted areas that appeals to different arts, senses, cultures and tastes. This is one of the coolest capitals, where every time you go back you can be sure to find something new. Every year the team at T&L venture off to discover different parts of Portugal, but Lisbon always squeezes itself into our itineraries. Our first impression of Portugal was in this very city, as is the last in 2016. We  preferably based ourselves in the Bairro Alto district for its progressive bohemia, beautiful architecture and stunning night life.

The Santos Design District is embedded in the waterside quarter inspiring artists, designers, architects and other creative heads to live, work and play there. The Instituto de Artes Visuais, Design e Marketing lies at its centre with vast amounts of new residential and commercial complexes expanding like growth spurts. Beautiful galleries, studios, design outlets, restaurants and bars have emerged over the years as a result of investors. 

Set on movie-set looking ground of an old manufacturing district, the LX Factory is a great place to get away from the more touristic parts and hang out amid the design firms, production studios, restaurants and shops — all having a design-centred focus. The 1300 Taberna Restaurant is set in an amazing space with industrial skylights and amid comforting folks. Another great gem is the Ler Devagar bookstore, often cited as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world! 

When in the bustling neighborhood of Bairro Alto, you must catch the views from Sao Jorge from Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara. We enjoyed the Jardim do Príncipe Real after a sunday scroll for a coffee in the morning, also known for being such a cool place to have after-work cocktails. If you are a foodie, El Gordo Tapas is not to be overlooked, it's an amphitheater of eating on the steps. Our favourite meal in the area must have been at The Decadente, a restaurant/bar known for serving the finest portuguese cuisine. It is secretly inside The Independente Hostel & Suites, a definite stop for travellers and guests. For integrating with the locals more, it is best to rent an apartment with StayinBest. This Pritzker Award winning project will make you feel at home.  

We fell in love with the rooftops scenario like that of Topo Chiado above Rua do Carmo, amazing food at A Cevicheria by Chef Kiko Martins in Príncipe Real neighbourhood and O Prego da Peixaria's insanely delicious shrimp burgers and sipping on fine wine with a bite of 5J (5 Jotas) rated ham from Extremadura, Spain at Palácio Chiado. The city knows how to entertain, as everywhere we have been to has offered not only great food but a good service and ambience as well.

Custard tarts are a must for those going to Lisbon, even if you don't have a sweet tooth, give them a try. The pastry is flakey and the custard is perfectly combined and eaten with a coffee, it is just sublime! On our favourite sunny day we headed to Belem, the place that boasts the oldest pastry shop, famous for such delights, Pastéis de Belém. This part of the city also hosts the incredible monastery, which is just a stone's throw away from the port and a lovely stroll to the Belem Tower. Our latest find for the best custard tarts was in street Rua do Loreto nº2, at Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata. It is open everyday from 8a.m. to midnight, and they serve it nice and warm for you. You must try conventional Portuguese sweets at the cafe Ovos Moles em Lisboa. We went to the new cafe (second one) just opened on the 23rd of October in 2016, at Basilica da Estrela n4. Expect to find ovos moles de Aveiro "our Jesus there" (which we first tried when we visited Aveiro in the north of Portugal), fidalgo, sponge cake, queijinho sky, pudding robins abbot, Muggles eggs and more. You can also visit the first cafe on the street Calçada da Estrela nº142. 

If you have time, spend a morning at the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, one of Europe's artistic treasure-troves. See also the Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva (Museum of Decorative Art) and the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art). The newest cultural proposal in Lisbon is the MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology). A museum that combines these three fields in a space for debate, discovery, critical thinking and international dialogue. An innovative project that brings together a new building, designed by the architect Amanda Levete, and the Tejo Power Station, an example of Portuguese industrial architecture from the first half of the 20th century, and one of the most visited museums in the country.

The oldest district, Alfama, is a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares. The yellow tram slowly going downhill was blamelessly deserving of many pictures. Better yet, combine the experience with a little fado music and you will experience the Portuguese culture for what it is. Around the neighbourhood you must visit the 12th century Sé cathedral and take in the city view from the Miradouro Santa Luzia Belvedere. Be sure to climb up to the Castelo de São Jorge and enjoy the wine bar at Memmo Alfama Hotel Lisboa. Chapitô à mesa's sophisticated dishes that works its magic with an amazing backdrop of Lisbon city.

This is a picturesque post of our 72 hours itinerary in Lisbon.

The LX Factory is Lisbon's most avant-garde market: shops, stalls and restaurants located in an old factory.

The LX Factory is Lisbon's most avant-garde market: shops, stalls and restaurants located in an old factory.

We love the walk to Chapitô à mesa after visiting the Sao Jorge castle 2 minutes away.

We love the walk to Chapitô à mesa after visiting the Sao Jorge castle 2 minutes away.

The Alfama neighbourhood has steep streets and beautiful viewing spots!! 

The Alfama neighbourhood has steep streets and beautiful viewing spots!! 

Lisbon has a network of quaint, old-fashioned trams that lurch and screech around the narrow streets of the capital. In operation since 1873, it presently comprises five urban lines.

Lisbon has a network of quaint, old-fashioned trams that lurch and screech around the narrow streets of the capital. In operation since 1873, it presently comprises five urban lines.

Ovos Moles em Lisboa is a cafe with some of the best conventional sweets: Ovos Moles de Aveiro "our Jesus there," fidalgo, sponge cake, queijinho sky, pudding Robins Abbot, Muggles eggs and more. On October 23rd, 2016 they opened their new second cafe in Basilica da Estrela nº 4. The first one and more traditional looking is on Calcada da Estrela 140 - 142.

Ovos Moles em Lisboa is a cafe with some of the best conventional sweets: Ovos Moles de Aveiro "our Jesus there," fidalgo, sponge cake, queijinho sky, pudding Robins Abbot, Muggles eggs and more. On October 23rd, 2016 they opened their new second cafe in Basilica da Estrela nº 4. The first one and more traditional looking is on Calcada da Estrela 140 - 142.

Eating at Palácio Chiado with a touch of extravagance. Here you can find seven renowned restaurants that have created, with a touch of extravagance, different and original gastronomic concepts. Street address is R. Alecrim nº70.

Eating at Palácio Chiado with a touch of extravagance. Here you can find seven renowned restaurants that have created, with a touch of extravagance, different and original gastronomic concepts. Street address is R. Alecrim nº70.

José Avillez’s new restaurant, Bairro do Avillez, is located in Chiado, at Rua Nova da Trindade. Spacious and surprising, with different eating areas inspired by the best Portuguese flavours. We tried the Taberna area, which is famous for its spicy fried pork skin popcorn, a horse mackerel tartar cone, or some other eye-popping dishes. After all, this is a very atypical Lisbon quarter.

José Avillez’s new restaurant, Bairro do Avillez, is located in Chiado, at Rua Nova da Trindade. Spacious and surprising, with different eating areas inspired by the best Portuguese flavours. We tried the Taberna area, which is famous for its spicy fried pork skin popcorn, a horse mackerel tartar cone, or some other eye-popping dishes. After all, this is a very atypical Lisbon quarter.

Part of the Independente Collective, this is The Insólito. Quite the quirky atmosphere from food to context set in a rooftop with a ridiculous view of the old town and the river Tagus. Dance the night away with a live DJ playing new hits in the intimate attic with a terrace.

Part of the Independente Collective, this is The Insólito. Quite the quirky atmosphere from food to context set in a rooftop with a ridiculous view of the old town and the river Tagus. Dance the night away with a live DJ playing new hits in the intimate attic with a terrace.

A monument dedicated to Eduardo Coelho, founder of a popular newspaper.

A monument dedicated to Eduardo Coelho, founder of a popular newspaper.

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries monument) celebrates the Portuguese explorers.

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries monument) celebrates the Portuguese explorers.

Shop traditional hand-crafted goods at the market in the Commerce Square.

Shop traditional hand-crafted goods at the market in the Commerce Square.