Lisbon, Portugal was the first city on our two week Europe trip in April. We hopped on a red eye Tap Portugal flight at JFK and arrived the following morning. Tap Portugal has a great layover promotion that we were able to take advantage of — we booked a flight to Bilboa, with a three night layover in Lisbon for the price of one flight! What I loved most about Lisbon was seeing how each building was adorned with tiles. I loved that style and the architecture.
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Brown’s Downtown Hotel was our home in Lisbon. It’s located centrally in the Baixa district and made it easy to get everywhere. We were footsteps away from the Santa Justa elevator, shopping, and train station. We had some great views from the windows and we took advantage of the free espresso vending machine!
Cervejeria Ramiro, Av. Almirante Reis nº1 – H, 1150-007 Lisboa, 1150-007 Lisboa, Portugal
Having seen Anthony Bourdain praise this restaurant on No Reservations, we had to check it out ourselves. In fact, we went here every day we were in Lisbon (except for Monday, they were closed)! The crab, scarlett prawns, and garlic shrimp were just some of our favorites. If you love seafood, I highly recommend this place. We’re considering doing a layover just for this restaurant!
We went to this local favorite on our first night in Lisbon and it was packed! We had our first go at bacalhau (cod) and the seafood stew was delicious. It was great place to grab local food and it being so close to our hotel was bonus.
Manteigaria, Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108 Lisboa, Portugal
Menteigaria is open early and closes late! Out of all the places we tried pasteis de nata (egg tart), this was Ray and I’s favorite. You can watch the team create the crust and bake the tarts as you wait in line. Manteigaria also has a counter at the Time Out Market, which is also worth grabbing while you’re there. Top the egg tarts with powdered sugar or cinnamon (or both!) to make it authentic. They taste delicious even if you don’t top it off!
Other spots to grab egg tarts are Confeitaria Nacional (oldest location) and Antiga Confeitaria de Belem (said to be legit as the recipe is from the monks). Check this article – Eater’s Ultimate Guide to Egg Tarts
Time Out Market (Mercado de Ribeira), Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa, Portugal
This food hall puts all other food halls to shame! The atmosphere is buzzing with good vibes and the food is crazy good. Whether you’re here for a meal, just to grab drinks, or looking for dessert, there’s something for everyone here. We were here on a Sunday and it was packed! It took us a bit to find a table and seats but once we did, it was worth the wait. There are 24 restauants, 8 bars, and a dozen of shops all encased in the market that makes it worth spending some time in.
A great breakfast/brunch spot with the cutest decor. Everything is made fresh and they even have avocado toast!
Canto de Vila, Portugal 2, Rua Limoeiro, 1100-538 Lisboa, Portugal
Went here on out last night in Lisbon and after 3 full days of sightseeing and eating, this was the perfect place for a last dinner. It was cozy and the food was comforting. It felt low key but every table was packed.
LX Factory, R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 – 501 Lisboa, Portugal
Once used for industrial, LX Factory is now occupied by corporations and professionals in the fashion, communication, fine arts, music, and architecture industries. Events, food, and shopping draw people to the LX Factory.
Another area that shows the transformation of Lisbon is Village Underground. It’s a coworking and creative arts community which is architectually built from shipping containers and double decker buses.