At the end of January, the winter blues suddenly found and end. Lisbon here we come. We have exactly 48 hours and we want to see, visit, photograph and eat as much as possible!
On Friday eve we left cold and rainy Zurich in direction Lisbon. The city welcomed us with spring temperatures at 20 degrees, and the warm welcome continued at the H10 Duqué de Loule where we decided to stay. We just dropped our luggage and went out for dinner to the roopftop restaurant/bar The Insólito in the bohemian Bairro Alto. This place definitely has some magic to it with the incredible view over the city and the delicious food and drinks they offer.
On Saturday, we started the day with the great breakfast buffet at our hotel and a coffee on the sunny and stunning rooftop terrace. You can easily discover the city by walking. So we headed off to our sightseeing trip and walked down through the old city of Lisbon called Baixa. In this area you find a lot of interesting things to see like the Arco da Rua Augusta, the Elevador de Santa Justa, the Praça do Comércio and countless churches, museums and restaurants. For those who like shopping, in the Rua Augusta you will find Zara, H&M and Co.
From the Praça do Comércio we walked along the riverside in direction Cais do Sodre to have lunch at the biggest food market in the city, the Mercado da Ribeira. The market was built in the late 19th century and offers a great choice of local food stalls and portuguese specialties. This part of the city was once a seedy neighborhood of drunken sailors and brothels but has now slowly transformed itself into one of the hippest areas for nightlife in Lisbon. Close to the market, at Largo das Belas Artes we took the iconic tram 28 to get to the Castelo de São Jorge. A ride in the historical yellow tram is a truly unique experience – and a must if you visit Lisbon.
For dinner on Saturday night, we chose to go to Taberna Moderna. Located near Alfama, this restaurant offers a fusion of traditional food with a modern twist. It was DELICIOUS! Also, their gin variety is pretty stunning and the knowledgeable barkeeper is more than happy to advise you. After dinner, we decided to spend the rest of the evening with barhopping in the Bairro Alto. Fist stop: Park, a hip garden terrace on the rooftop of a parking lot. Definitely a great insider tipp and incredible location for sunsets. There is no signage, so just take the elevator to the top and follow the music. You will also find plenty of other bars in the area, just pick the ones with the best music and enjoy the night!
On Sunday we we wanted to head out of the city so we decided to rent a car and make a ROADTRIP! Goals for today: Belém & the beach. In Belém everything is in walking distance so we headed form the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos to the Torre de Belém and ended the trip in front of the queue for the famous Pastéis de Nata. I have to admit, I’m no fan of the little cream cakes so we just headed over to the bakery next door and got ourselves a delicious coconut tiger bread (pão de tigre).
Back to the car and finally off to the beach! We spent our afternoon at Carcavelos, enjoying the sea, the sun and the waves…End of story and back to Zurich.