Travelling has finally gotten the green light by the government here in the UK, or at least for a select list of countries, that includes Portugal. Being Portuguese myself, it makes me so happy to be able to visit my country once again in a somewhat freely manner and to be able to share its beauty with more people after a long dull year of lockdowns. If you are planning to visit Lisbon this summer I have written down a little itinerary for a day well spent in the capital with a bit of shopping and great food!
Sightseeing by Castelo S Jorge
If you are not staying in Lisbon you’ll most likely travel by train and arrive at the Rossio train station. Right outside the station, there’s the main square across from the theatre, here you have a range of coffee shops for a lovely breakfast. You can enjoy the morning sun at Nicola’s esplanade for a pick me up coffee and breakfast on the terrace. From here I would head over to Castelo S. Jorge for sightseeing, to get there from Rossio you can take a 15-minute walk or the bus if it’s a little too hot to go on foot.
If you are looking to do more sightseeing I recommend getting the 28 tram at Martim Moniz stop to avoid the tourist queues. This tram’s route goes through many key tourist spots in Lisbon, with the day ticket you can hop on and off as you wish. Be aware that this is a very popular tram for tourists and it might be too full at times to let new passengers in.
If you have decided to go on the tram, exit at R. Escolas Gerais by Miradouro Portas do Sol for some amazing tapas. Here you have got a terrace viewpoint and many different options for lunch, many rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor.
After lunch, sit down and take in the view with a coffee or ice cream at the Miradouro.
Alternatively, keep going past R. Escolas Gerais and exit in Terreiro do Paço instead for a lunch by the water. Here and throughout Praça do Comercio street you can find many five-star restaurants with traditional Portuguese dishes to try.
Shopping in Chiado
Around the Praça do Comercio streets and further down in the tram route is Chiado. A great place for some afternoon shopping. With a mix of mainstream and independent fashion, home and book stores.
If you had lunch in Terreiro do Paço or around there I recommend walking from the restaurant and exploring these shopping streets. Here you’ll also find the Elevator de Sta Justa, a unique Lisbon attraction with a great view.
Afternoon coffee in Belem
If you rather skip the shopping, hop on the 15E tram to Belem for a little more sightseeing and the heavenly Pasteis de Belem. Expect a queue as they are very popular and unique to the coffee shop with the same name. I recommend some to take with you and eat in the park by Jeronimos Monastery or Belem tower in the sun.
Rooftop dinner and drinks
On the way back, stop at LX Factory for a rooftop dinner at Rio Maravilha. The 15E tram will stop a few streets away but it is a very short walk to the LX Factory. I advise you to book in advance to avoid disappointment as they tend to book up pretty quick due to the incredible sunset view spot.
It is the perfect spot for some cocktails and dinner overseeing the river with lots of different options on the menu.
At LX Factory you’ll also find a few independent shops and other bars and restaurants.
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