There are plenty of guides, including some on this website, telling what you should do in Lisbon. I wanted to take you on a different journey this time: a highly visual guide, which I hope inspires you to get lost in the backstreets of the city’s most emblematic neighbourhoods like Chiado and Principe Real, I’d also like to introduce you to some lesser-known gems like Intendente and the trendy LX Factory space in Alcantara.
INDEPENDENT SHOPPING IN LISBON
Go to Principe Real for a great choice of indy stores and concept stores featuring Portugal’s independent designers. For souvenirs stay away from tourist traps in Alfama and head to A Vida Portuguesa instead, a nostalgic trip to a Portugal of old, celebrating authentic Portuguese soaps, ceramics, toys and other quirky items.
A Vida Portuguesa
Chiado: R. Anchieta 11, 1200-023 Tel: +351 213 465 073
Chiado 2: Rua Ivens 2 1200-227 Chiado Tel: +351 210 079 536
Intendente: Largo do Intendente Pina Manique 23 1100-285 Tel: +351 211 974 512
Principe Real: Praça do Príncipe Real, 26 1250 Lisboa
Loja Dada (by appointment)
Principe Real: Rua Nova de São Mamede,58A 1250-173 Tel: +351 – 21 139 7504
Feira da Ladra (Vintage Flea Market)
WHERE TO STAY IN LISBON
BEST RESTAURANTS IN LISBON
For Michelin-starred food: Belcanto is celebrity chef’s José Avillez crown jewel. Boasting two Michelin stars, Chef Avillez will make you challenge your perception of rustic Portuguese food by elevating it to a whole new level.
Where: Largo de São Carlos, 10 1200-410 Lisboa
Tel: +351 213 420 607
Best Seafood: If seafood is your thing, then Ramiro is a dream come true. A Lisbon institution, it has recently been made famous by Anthony Bourdain. In my opinion it richly deserves the crown for the best seafood in Lisbon.
Where: Av. Almirante Reis nº1 – H, 1150-007
Tel: +351 21 885 1024
Best Frango Assado: Get a finger-licking tasting of Lisbon’s iconic frango assado (roast chicken) in A Valenciana – the atmosphere is raw here, don’t come for intimate and romantic, instead you’ll be overwhelmed by the delicious charcoal aromas.
Where: Rua Marquês da Fronteira, 157-163 A (Campolide)
Tel +351 21 388 4926