Over 60,000 people are attending Lisbon’s Web Summit this year, among them, are newcomers, frequent visitors and locals like me. As a Travel Writer, I felt it was my duty to share some of my local tips with all the attendees 🙂
Photo Credit: Fábrica Lisboa
If I had to choose one place in Lisbon for breakfast it would definitely be Fábrica. In this cosy café, you will find delicious croissants filled with your heart’s delight: Nutella, jam or egg cream. Not really a sweet tooth? No worries, there are many savoury options for you including salads, quiches and sandwiches, all at an affordable price 🙂
It’s also a great place for an early caffeine boost. I lost count the amount of times I have rambled on about their scrumptious cappuccino.
In a rush? Just tell the staff and they will gladly arrange you a takeaway bag and a cup!
Open from 8AM to 8PM | Weekdays
Open from 9AM to 7PM | Weekends
Closed on Mondays
Address: Rua da Madalena, 121, 1100-319 Lisboa
For a Quiet Meeting
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Looking for a quiet place to chat and admire the view? Then I would recommend Café da Garagem.
Set inside the Taborda theatre, which funny enough is my last name, this café is full of framed bric-à-brac items and has tables made out of old doors, which can be a bit inconvenient if you place your drink in the wrong place, but wouldn’t that be a good conversation starter?
Order a small espresso aka “bica” or simply “café” and stay as long as you want…
Open from 6PM to 12AM | Mondays
Open from 3PM to 12AM | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Open from 6PM to 2AM | Fridays and Saturdays
Address: Teatro Taborda, Costa do Castelo 75, 1100-178 Lisboa
Get a Souvenir
Photo Credit: A Vida Portuguesa
There are endless shops in the city center offering souvenirs, most of them are not even owned by Portuguese people. If you want a true local memento look for “A Vida Portuguesa”, which literally means the Portuguese life.
The main shop is set inside an old perfume warehouse and it has kept most of its antique decor, which in itself is worth admiring.
There are four locations in total, one of them inside the Time Out Market which is open until 11PM, in case you need a last minute gift!
Hand soaps, sardines in a can, notebooks, all wrapped in a vintage-looking package which will make everyone jealous back home.
Open from 10AM to 8PM | Monday to Saturday
Open from 11AM to 8PM | Sundays and Public Holidays
Address: Rua Anchieta 11, 1200-023 Lisboa
Try a Local Pastry
Photo Credit: Manteigaria
Pastéis de Belém are probably one of the best pastries Lisbon has to offer. But, Pastéis de Nata, which you can find pretty much in every café, can be equally as good!
For an outsider, they’re both custard tarts but for me, they can taste completely different. That being said, the most delicious Pastéis de Nata I’ve had are from Manteigaria.
If you’re heading over to Bairro Alto before midnight make sure to stop here for a quick bite, I promise you, you won’t regret it!
Schedule: Open every day from 8AM to 12AM
Address: Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108 Lisboa
For a Quick Lunch
Photo Credit: Lisbon Lux
The Mill is a recent addition to the capital but it has already won me over with its sleek design!
A mix between a wine bar and a coffee shop, this is a great place to go for an affordable lunch.
Soup, toasts and salads are featured on the menu along with a variety of strictly Portuguese wines, which you can order by the glass or the bottle.
If you can’t stay away from your laptop too long, you’ll be glad to know that The Mill not only has reliable Wi-Fi, it also has plenty of sockets in case you run out of battery 🙂
Open from 8AM to 6PM | Monday to Friday
Open from 9AM to 5PM | Weekends
Address: Rua do Poço dos Negros 1, 1200-335 Lisboa
Taste the Local Craft Beer
Photo Credit: Duque Brewpub
Most Lisbon bars offer only one beer choice – Sagres or Super Bock – and you’ll be stuck with that for the rest of the night.
If you’re looking for something different I would suggest to try a local craft beer. Oitava Colina, Aroeira and Musa are a few of my favorites but there’s a whole range of them at the Duque.
Open from 4PM to 12AM | Sunday to Wednesday
Thursdays until 1AM, Fridays and Saturdays until 2AM
Address: Calçada do Duque 51, 1200-156 Lisboa
Enjoy the Best View
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Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara / Decadente Bar
If there is one thing you may not appreciate about Lisbon are its hills, but how else would you enjoy a great view?
There are several viewpoints spread around the city and while I would personally recommend the one in Graça, I would have to say the best one for this occasion is the Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara.
It’s central, it’s big and is not too hilly 🙂 And if it starts getting cold you can walk across the road and enjoy a drink at the Decadente Bar. Find door number 81, step inside the tiny Art Deco elevator and within a few seconds, you will reach a rooftop bar with an even higher view of the city!
Open from 12PM to 6PM – 7.30PM – 11PM | Sunday to Wednesday
Open from 12PM to 6PM – 7.30PM – 12AM | Thursday to Saturday
Address: Rua São Pedro de Alcântara, 1200-470 Lisboa (Decadente is door number 81)
For a Relaxed Dinner
Photo Credit: Clube do Bacalhau
Everyone raves about the Portuguese codfish, which in fact comes from Norway. It might not be fished here now, but we definitely know how to cook it!
Clube do Bacalhau offers a modern twist to this traditional meal. Here you will find a codfish version of a burger, a wrap or a carpaccio.
The portions are small but you’re meant to share it, so try as many dishes as you want 🙂
Although it’s called the Codfish Club they also serve mouth-watering meat dishes.
Open from 12PM to 12AM | Tuesdays to Saturdays
Closes Sundays and Mondays
Address: Travessa Cotovelo 12, 1200-182 Lisboa
For Wine Tasting
Photo Credit: By the Wine
You won’t have time to try all the Portuguese wines before you head off, however, you can have a quick tasting at By the Wine.
If you’re overwhelmed by the choices, don’t be afraid to ask the staff for a personal recommendation!
The bar has a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a late night drink. They also serve delicious snacks, I would recommend the cheese & ham board 🙂
Open from 6PM to 12AM | Mondays
Open from 12PM to 12AM | Tuesday to Sunday
Address: Rua das Flores 41-43, 1200-193 Lisboa
For Cocktails & Music
Photo Credit: Lounge
A few steps away from the Time Out Market you will find the Lounge, a cosy cocktail bar with occasional live gigs.
It’s open every day until 4AM so you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the music.
If you want to get away from the busy streets of Cais Sodré, this place is definitely an option!
Schedule: Open every day from 10PM to 4AM.
Address: Rua da Moeda 1, 1200-275 Lisboa