The Portugal Travel Series: LISBON GUIDE

The Portugal Travel Series: LISBON GUIDE

Discover our favorite spots to eat, enjoy a drink, sightsee and stay during your trip to the capital city! 


Lisbon is one of my favorite cities to visit! I've been traveling to Lisbon since I was 10 years old to visit family. During the summers my siblings and I would visit my grandfather and explore the colorful streets. Lisbon has changed A LOT since then and with it has come so many amazing small shops, delicious restaurants and cool places to see. Lisbon is also one of the most gorgeous cities in Europe (it used to be known as more beautiful than Paris in the early 20th Century)! Tiled buildings line the narrow streets with so many fun places to discover around every corner. 


Green Street – Cute Street with lots of shops and cafes 

R. da Silva, 1200-267 Lisboa, Portugal

Since so many of you were curious where I went last month, I wanted to share a list of a few of my favorite spots. At the bottom of the page is a link to my Google Maps which has more than 60 spots for you to look through! I love Lisbon so much and I know you will enjoy it too!


Burel Factory - Portuguese Wool Factory and Showroom

R. Serpa Pinto 15B, 1200-443 Lisboa, Portugal

Let me know where you end up exploring and tag us on IG at @melanieabrantesdesigns! Next week we will share where we stopped on our road trip from Lisbon to Porto!



Kaffeehaus - Austrian specialties like schnitzel, weiner & apfelstrudel are served in this low-key Viennese cafe.

R. Anchieta 3, 1200-023 Lisboa, Portugal


Portugal has SO much delicious food. I am a huge fan of traditional Portuguese restaurants, especially traditional Portuguese steak, which has sauce, rice and potatoes with an egg on top. So delish! Although in the last couple years, so much new and diverse restaurants have been popping up. Adding in a couple of local smaller spots I adored and that had delicious drinks and food!


Bla Bla Glou Glou – Natural Wine Shop & Eatery

Largo das Olarias 22, 1100-376 Lisboa, Portugal


Lost In Restaurant – Mediterranean-Asian fusion dishes, plus a tree-shaded brick terrace & city views. 

R. Dom Pedro V Nº56-D, 1250-094 Lisboa, Portugal


Toca Raposa Cocktail Bar – Cocktail Bar and Lounge

R. da Condessa 45, 1200-302 Lisboa, Portugal


Nannerella - Gelato Shop 

R. Nova da Piedade 64A, 1200-299 Lisboa, Portugal


Viagem Da Horas - The cutest wine, tapas, vinyl and plants shop

R. José Ricardo 1, 1900-285 Lisboa, Portugal


Time Out Lisbon - Large marketplace with several famous restaurants

Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa, Portugal



Arco da Rua AugustaOrnate triumphal arch, completed in 1875, with sculpted figures & views over the city center

R. Augusta 2, 1100-053 Lisboa, Portugal


There are so many places to visit in Lisbon! A ton of the tourist spots are near an area called Belem, which is actually where my grandmother lives! You can take a train from the city center about 20 minutes West and visit many of them in a day including LX Factory, Torres de Belem, MAAT and so much more. Also including some great design shops in this list for you to see as well! 


LX Factory – This historical industrial complex houses an array of arty retailers & unique restaurants.

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501 Lisboa, Portugal


MAAT Musem The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology right on the banks of the Tagus river

Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal


A Vida Portuguesa – Traditional Portuguese Craft & Gift Shop 

R. Anchieta 11, 1200-023 Lisboa, Portugal



Porventura – Sustainably-sourced Portuguese furniture shop 

Rua Prior do Crato 1D, 1350-259 Lisboa, Portugal


SOMEWHERE A PROCESS - Independent Fashion & Design Shop

R. Damasceno Monteiro 104C, 1170-113 Lisboa, Portugal


Torre De Belelm - Belém Tower, officially the Tower of Saint Vincent is a 16th-century fortification located in Lisbon that served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal


Castelo de Sao Jorge - Saint George's Castle is a historic castle located in the freguesia of Santa Maria Maior.

R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa, Portugal



Praia da Azarujinha – Beautiful and rocky beach in Estoril near Cascais 

Travessa da Praia da Azarujinha 2765 Estoril


One of my favorite places to do a mini day trip near Lisbon is Cascais. It is a short 30-45 min train ride to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Atlantic. I normally get off at Sao Joao de Estoril stop and walk the promenade starting at the Praia da Azarujinha. You get some fantastic people watching and amazing views of the sea. I walk all the way to Cascais where I normally grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. I can never leave the area without stopping at Santini, my favorite gelato place hands down. It was also my Tia Teresa's favorite spot who used to go there as a kid in the 60's and who took me for my first time too. 


Santini Cascais- Gelato Shop 

R. do Carmo 88, 1100-581 Lisboa, Portugal


House of Wonders – Vegetarian Restaurant and Rooftop Patio 

R. da Misericórdia 53, 2750-642 Cascais, Portugal



Lisbon, Portugal 


Since I have family in Lisbon, I haven't had the privilege to actually stay at any of these places since I normally stay with family. But all of these spots looked delightful and design swoon-worthy! They are all on my list of places I wish I could stay at instead of on my little brothers couch. I tried to find spots not so close to the beaten path so you wouldn't be in the middle of all the tourists! 


Santiago de Alfama - Boutique Hotel

R. de Santiago 12, 1100-494 Lisboa, Portugal


Patio Sao Vicente – Guest Houses

Telheiro de S. Vicente 10A, 1100-594 Lisboa, Portugal


The Lisboans Apartments – Boutique Guest House

Tv. do Almada 9, 1100-018 Lisboa, Portugal


1908 Lisboa Hotel - Boutique Hotel 

 Largo do Intendente Pina Manique Nº 6, 1100-285 Lisboa, Portugal



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