What to do for a weekend in Lisbon
Lovers of sun, colorful architecture, picturesque facades and dolce vita, it is in Lisbon, the bustling capital of the Iberian Peninsula, that we meet you.
What to do in Lisbon
Lovers of the sun, of variegated architecture, picturesque façades and Portuguese dolce vita, it is in Lisbon, the bustling capital of the Iberian Peninsula, that we invite you to meet : chic and luxury hotels, gastronomy of the new guard of young chefs, alternative places, hyped cafes, the city's historical heritage ... Lisbon is irresistible. Discover our best addresses here.
Our hotels selection
To combine change of scenery, discovery and luxury. Here is our selection for a wonderful stay in Portugal incredible city : Lisbon.
Principe real and alfama, vibrant neighbourhoods
In Príncipe Real (the very famous district for its trendy bars and shops) and the Alfama, with its steep streets, Lisbon's oldest district, get lost in the alleys to reach the Quiosque da Porta do Sol belvedere . Here, discover the best point of view with a spectacular panoramic view of the city skyline but not only. We also see the Tagus river nicknamed the sea of straw, the national pantheon, the church and monastery Sao Vicente de Fora. And to the left of the kiosk, the patron saint of Lisbon, the Sao Vincente statue, holding in his hands a boat and two crows, symbols of the Portuguese capital. After this obligatory passage, we linger at the impressive Embaixadan gallery concept store which has taken up residence in the most emblematic of the buildings of the Principe Real district, former palace of the mid-19th century. In this gallery, both trendy and historic with oriental-inspired decoration, rub shoulders with national brands and artists. Embaixada Praça do Príncipe Real 26 Lisboa.
Our two best addresses for lunch in Lisbon
For the lunch break, take some time at O Talho near the gallery. An original address which can be reached through an ultra modern butcher's shop. This restaurant, meat specialist, offers impeccable service and quality. Without forgetting that you can have lunch away from the heat in the heart of a green garden. Ruea Carlos Testa 1B / Avenidas Novas.
Chez Prado, an emblematic place of Lisbon bistronomy whose large room with plant decor is bathed in natural light, is always full. The Portuguese chef Antonio Galapito offers a daring cuisine without forgetting to be simple. The prices are rather low (from 4.50 to 18 €) and its natural wine list is one of the most important in the city. Tv. Pedras Negras 2, Lisbon | pradorestaurante.com
Get off the beaten track in Graca and Mouraria districts
On the highest hill in Lisbon, Graça, one of the oldest districts of the city mixing buildings and a grand palace, smell the real Lisbon atmosphere! Located near the emblematic São Jorge Castle, Graça offers the discovery of two belvederes: the Belvedere of Graça and the Belvedere of the Senhora do Monte. But the major asset of this district is still the Cerca Garden, the green lung of Lisbon which extends over 2 hectares. In the heart of the city, a large central lawn is bordered by 180 trees and shrubs, a picnic area and an apple orchard make this park an emblematic place and offers a remarkable view of the old town. We then continue on our way towards the Mouraria district which is undoubtedly one of the best spots in Lisbon for street art lovers whose greatest successes are found near the Parque de Estación de Chão do Loureiro. Here, where the Moors settled after their conquest of Portugal, one breathes multiculturalism. A total of 56 nationalities live in this district.
Alma, a certain image of Lisbon Gastronomy
Undisputed favorite for this address of Chiado which is one of the most prominent in the city. With his two stars in the Michelin Guide, chef Henrique Sá Pessoa takes Alma to the sky! The place alone is already a journey through the senses: a subdued room with coppery reflections, wood and large authentic slabs. Between sea and land, the chef revisits Portuguese cuisine by combining it with his many influences from his travels around the world and his passion for Asia. With mastery we taste with greediness a tender octopus and its sweet potato puree with coriander gel, carrots and bulgur with emulsion of apricots and capers or even a sheep's cheese and olive oil with cumin. Rua Anchieta 15, Lisbon | almalisboa.pt/pt
Time out market
Ideally located, this food hall opened in 2014 is the emblematic place of Lisbon street food. In this large covered market, you can find a whole bunch of local specialties in small kiosks that you can taste, seated around one of the long wooden tables in the central aisle. From the Mercado de la Ribeira, we stroll in the southern part of the city up to the Bica and Chiado districts.
Lx Factory, alternating current
With its somewhat rocky air, the former industrial area of Lisbon is undergoing a metamorphosis to become an alternative place where boutiques, galleries, concert halls and conceptual restaurants mix. And for sound lovers, the programming is renowned and the festivals punctuate the year.
Strolling in Belem
A few kilometers from the historic center of Lisbon, fifteen minutes by tram, Bélem is a haven of peace. On the banks of the Tagus, this laid-back neighborhood is known for its fish and seafood restaurants and charming houses adorned with colorful ceramics. Be sure to go to the tower of Belém, emblematic of Portugal's rich maritime heritage, discover the monument to the Discoveries in the shape of a veil and above all, don't forget the historic Pastéis pastry shop, which offers delicious pies on the blank.
Posted by Chrystel Bresson
VISION Destinations | March 20
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