I work at Hotel Açores Lisboa, in Lisbon. When I was challenged to come up with 10 of my favorite things to do in Lisbon, my first thought was: impossible.
Even if I had been asked to choose only 100 of my favorite things, it would have been complicated.
Lisbon is a vibrant city and one of the most interesting to visit in Europe right now. A one-of-a-kind cocktail of geography, architecture, people and places.
You can start from Hotel
Two other routes you must take, and every Lisbon inhabitant should as well is to cut loose of all embarrassment and experience the two-tier buses, where you can hop on and off all day long – an economic and convenient way of getting to the most interesting spots of the city which you can come back to with more time later on.
The third route is to go to Belém and sail on the ferry to Trafaria, for about two euros. If you go in the summer, you will experience an unparalleled pink sunset. Besides, the light of Lisbon does not compare to any in the world.
I also recommend the visit to some of best museums and exhibition halls in Lisbon: Centro Cultural de Belém, Museu da Eletricidade (Electricity Museum), Chiado Museum and the Roman Museum are some of my favorites.
You must not miss these 3 awesome restaurants to stimulate your taste buds.
1. Cem Maneiras and Cem Maneiras Bistro fo Chef Ljubomir Stanisic. An extraordinary cuisine is presented in an informal setting, where creativity is demonstrated through the pairing of uncommon ingredients of great quality. Probably one of the trendiest spots in Lisbon, so you’d better make a reservation.
2. Alma Restaurant of Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, also informal and accessible, where you can eat the best dished of Portuguese cuisine.
3. And I have to mention the new restaurant Belcanto of Chef Avillez, who is one of the only Portuguese Chefs awarded Michelin stars. That’s it! Oh, but you better call ahead and make a reservation as well.
To top off your evening, here are three spots to go to.
1. Fábrica Braço de Prata, an eclectic space, where you will be surprised by the many multicultural activities you will encounter.
2. Clube Ferroviário. One of the trendy spots in Lisbon right now.
3. And of course, Lux – one of the best clubs in all of Europe with the best DJs from all over the world.
In sum, I think I gave you a little more than 10 things to do in Lisbon. It was tough to narrow things down to such a number in a city where there is so much to do and see.
If you stay at Hotel Açores Lisboa, come talk to me or one of my colleagues. We are here to give you suggestions and help you navigate Lisbon. Have a great trip!
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