The colorful city of Lisbon is always worth a trip however it is best to be enjoyed in the warmer season when its countless terraces, restaurants and roof top bars invite visitors and locals to enjoy its balmy summer nights. There is no denying that Lisbon is trending as an increasing number of visitors discover the city and its culinary delights. It is a true playground for any real foodie and offers just the right amount of culture and sights to justify a trip for more than its edible pleasures.
Castelo São Jorge
Located in Lisbon’s ancient neigbourhood Alfama the citadel dates back to the ninth century. Located on a hill, it offers breathtaking views of Lisbon and Tagus river.
The wooden Trams and Tram 28 in particular have become unanimous with Lisbon. Take a tram ride to discover Lisbon’s historic center. It starts at the foot of Barrio Alto, passes Baixa and Chiado all the way up to the Alfama neighbourhood.
Torre de Belém
This tower above the Tejo offers fantastic views of the Atlantic and is a symbol of Lisbon’s maritime past.
If your travel itinerary allows for it, venture out of Lisbon and check the pittoresque beach town of Cascais. Located only 30 minutes from Lisbon it offers countless restaurants and shopping options and is located close to Guincho beach which is famous amongst surfers.
Sintra, another beautiful town is only a 20 minute drive from Cascais and boasts a pretty medievel town and pretty little stores offering everything from the ubiquitous Portuguese tiles to tea towels.
When it comes to restaurants you will be spoiled for choice. There is a wide array of restaurants ranging from affordable to high end offering anything between traditional Lisbon cuisine, tapas and Peruvian fusion.
This trending restaurant scores with its beautiful and sophisticated interior designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán .complete with velvet covered dark green chairs, a delightful open cooking station and a skeleton of a dinosaur. The stylish interior comes as no surprise given that its owners have several high end boutiques located only steps away from the restaurant.
Whilst perhaps not the most innovative of cuisines, the menu is a solid mix of intercontinental comfort food and includes meat, pasta and fish and does not disappoint. Its scrumptious deserts are prepared by next door’s pastry shop Laduree. The service, managed by a young crew is friendly and quick. Downstairs there a delibar with counter seating and club music which offers a somewhat more relaxed vibe.
It is however its restroom setting which we found most intriguing. Toilets are arranged in a semicircle attended by a lady wearing a maid’s uniform whilst a DJ has been placed in the middle of it all, operating his turntables. What a wonderfully bizarre set up!
Av. da Liberdade 182-184, 1250-146 Lisboa, Portugal
Located within José Avillez’s dining fortress called Bairro do Avillez which hosts various of his restaurants Cantina Peruana is managed by Diego Muñóz who is originally from Lima. The location itself, a former cabaret is quite spectacular and Cantina Peruana is located on the second floor. Tables are set on a balcony overlooking another restaurant located below. The setting is relaxed yet trendy and provides a great setting for a date night or larger groups.
The menu is an interesting mix of Peruvian cuisine such as leche de tigre ceviche and rice with chicken and cilantro. You can order a la carte or opt for the surprise menu. There is also a Pisco bar which offers four types of Piscos.
Nova da Trindade 18, 1200-303 Lisboa, https://www.cantinaperuana.pt/pt/
Where to stay:
This small boutique hotel offers an intimate setting amidst the neighbouring luxury stores on Avenida da Liberdade. Retro furniture and warm colors provide a unique townhouse charm. Its rooms vary in shape and size. Breakfast is served in its idyllic patio which also offers a swimming pool.
Avenida da Liberdade, 164, 1250-146 Lisboa, Portugal, http://www.valverdehotel.com/sobre-o-hotel.html
Its central location and functional rooms provide for a good base for explorations of the city. Rooms are decently sized and modern and the hotel provides spa facilities and a swimming pool.
Castilho 64, 1250-071 Lisboa, Portugal, https://www.iberostar.com/en/hotels/lisboa/iberostar-lisboa