This is my second time visiting Lisbon in Portugal. The first time was for a short vacation of 2 days. This time I spent 4 days there, but for work!
Given we work remotely. Each team take a week or two each year to gather somewhere. We use this time to talk about work, share knowledge and plan for the next months ahead.
In these type of posts, I’ll try to share all information for future travelers, especially remote workers. Where to stay, coffee shops and/or co-working spaces to work from, experiences to try, food recommendations, etc.
This one is an exception. You’ll not find recommendations about coffee shops and/or co-working spaces. The days we spent there were more for brainstorming and planning, than doing our day-to-day work.
Okay, let’s start:
Where to stay
I recommend staying at the center whenever it’s possible.
If it’s not, I usually pick a place near a public transportation station that’s not too far from the center. I usually aim for 15 minutes as I can walk or get a metro/bus.
You can find above my general recommendations for where to stay. In Lisbon, the best area is the one near the Baixa-Chiado metro station. It’s 30-35 minutes from the airport by Metro.
Lisbon is walkable, with lot of hills. And you’ll rarely need a public transports pass during your stay. One metro ticket costs 1.5 EUR + 0.5 EUR for the rechargeable card.
Get a boat trip to relax
What’s better than a boat trip? A boat trip at sunset!
Take some time to recharge and sail in Lisbon, especially at sunset. We used this website to book our experience. Make sure to bring sunglasses (I forgot them 😞) and a wind breaker jacket. There is lot of wind.
Get an open air lights show
This was a cool lights show displayed in the walls of the iconic ruins of Carmo Church. The show isn’t always there, so be sure to check the Lisbon under stars website for the correct timing.
Note: All the proposed restaurants and/or bakeries have options for vegetarians
Pastel de Nata at Manteigaria
Pastel de Nata is Lisbon’s national treasure. You’ll find it everywhere you go and it’s the first thing you should try. As long as you’re in Lisbon, you should have a Pastel de Nata in every breakfast.
Those photos are taken in Manteigaria. And they have the best Pastel de Nata in Lisbon.
Croissants at Fabrica Coffee Shop
Fabrica Coffee Shop have some awesome options for breakfast or lunch. And their signature is their croissants.
They have different mixes. Sweet and salty options. And with good prices.
Tacos at Pistola y Corazon Taqueria
We ate some delicious tacos here. If you really like Mexican food, I recommend Pistola y Corazon Taqueria.
Their menu is kind of unique. You choose between different options: 3 tacos + drink. 4 tacos + drink. etc. And then you choose what tacos you want.
Also, their drinks are amazing. I got the watermelon one.
Other restaurants suggestions:
- Cantinho do Avillez. Their Risotto with mushrooms is neat!
- Sacramento do Chiado. Their strawberries dessert is awesome. Take a look
- Taberna Moderna. The black rice is good.
For gifts, do not buy from busy tourist avenues. Even if there are countless shops there, they usually sell the same cheap gifts made in China. For some extra bucks, you can get better ones, made locally and with good quality.
For Lisbon, what you’re searching for is The Lisbon Shop. Good quality. Made in Lisbon/Portugal. And so many choices to choose from.
That’s it for this one. I hope you’ll enjoy Lisbon like I did!
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