Hi my loves! As you would of probably seen from my Lisbon spam, I have just returned back from a few days in lovely Lisbon! Quite a few of you have asked for recommendations so here’s a little list of some Lisbon hot spots!
Naomi (@rossio_style) and I actually went for work, we had some projects to shoot and spent the whole time shooting outfits, so we didn’t spend much time being tourists but we did sneak a cocktail in and a few pasteis de natas.
Pateis de natas? Good golly, they are a Portuguese custard tart, nothing like those cold slimey ones in Tesco’s fridges, these are fresh baked little mouthfuls of heaven. I am so gutted that I didn’t have more! So just wherever you are in Lisbon, please please please have 1 and enjoy! 🙂
Ok let’s get to the Lisbon Hot spots…
Where we stayed…
We stayed at a super cool hotel called WC Beautique hotel. WC stands for water closest (toilet) and was all themed around a toilet! They had giant perfume bottles, the staff were dressed in towels and it was just so fun! It’s a new hotel, only open 8 months (I think). It was very reasonable about £100 for the room a night. I booked it via booking.com.
This was about a 10 minute walk from the main areas. It also great a great terrace at the top of the hotel where you could go and relax etc (or take photos)
Things to do…
Porto do sol
We went here on our last day, it’s an area with a view point and lots of little restaurants! You could spend half a day wandering around here. The views are spectacular, it really feels like holiday around here! This was probably my favourite area of Lisbon! We also took a Tuk Tuk (these are really popular in Lisbon, they are everywhere!) down the hill and it was really fun, our driver was telling us lots of interesting facts etc, it was like a mini tour!
We’d seen this place on Instagram. Of course, where else do you look for pretty places?! It looked insane, the reviews on Trip Advisor told us it was an adult’s Disney land. We got an uber there (cost around £25 and took about 50 mins), the tickets to get in were 13 euros, it’s at the top of a huge hill, so quite a lot of walking! It is beautiful, really gorgeous and so unusual but the weather wasn’t great when we were there, things never look as good with grey skies do they! It was super busy so really hard to shoot but it might be worth having half a day up here if you love colour and castles!
Have a cocktail at Pharmacia
We stumbled across this place! It was a pharmaceutical museum but also had a cocktail garden! The cocktails were all themed around this, the sun was shining by now and they had outside seating, really lovely to spend half an hour just soaking up the sun!
Just down from here, is a called called Santa Catarina, again its a view point and lots of people were having drinks here. We didn’t stop here but it looked fun, they had music etc too!
A very instagramable breakfast at Dear Breakfast
Again, we saw this on instagram and we wanted a fresh light lunch so we headed here. I had an Acai bowl and Naomi had the yoghurt bowl, we had coffee’s and smoothies too, was delicious! The interior was so cool, the exposed brick walls painted white, dusky pink and navy blue velvet chairs and beautiful food – it was an instagrammers heaven!
Timeout Food Market
So many food stalls under 1 roof, and a real good buzzy atmosphere. They also have some bars/restauarnts outside. This is where we had the most amazing pasteis de nata.
I always always say this about any city break, but just wander and get lost! The backstreets are so pretty and so authentic! All of the locals hang their washing out – sounds weird, but it’s so picture perfect!
How to get around
We used Uber’s all the time, but just for ease really, we had a lot of shots to get and not much time, they seemed so cheap! You can ride the famous tram 28, and there is a metro as well! We got an taxi from the taxi rank at the airport and it was 20 euros to our hotel.
Get a snap with a tram
When we saw these photos before we got there, we thought that it was a moving tram and people just jumped on for a quick pic… but after getting very confused at what was going on, this is what happens! There is a really steep hill and this is a famous photo spot in Lisbon. The hill/tram is called Bica, and the tram literally just goes from the bottom of the hill, to the top, in 1 straight line. It stops at the top for a little bit and you can get your snap then!
See the bridge
I have no idea what it’s called but there’s an amazing huge bridge in Lisbon, head down to Praca do Comercio by the water and look to your right and there is an amazing view of the bridge. It’s so so pretty at sunset!
We only had 2 nights/3 days here so limited on time, but here were some more recommendations that we were given but didn’t have time to do:
– Visit pink street
– Visit Belem area – hire a bike and cycle around
– Eat at bairro de avillez (lots of people recommended this)
– Visit Cascais area