Just came back from Portugal and I wanted to make sure I share my experience with you guys, cause it’s been amazing! Lovely places, delicious food, kind and friendly people, amazing weather, beautiful wine, for all these I’m thankful to this country!
Although we landed with a massive delay, we we’re lucky enough to have Avis waiting for us till 2:30 am. Yes, you’ve heard it right! And not only that we’ve got the car that late in the night, but we’ve also got an upgrade. Highly recommend Avis/Budget for car hire in Lisbon, for their excellent customer experience.
We’ve spent more than a week in Portugal, having as a first stop Lisbon. It’s the second time in this beautiful city and I’m pretty sure there will be a third at least, as you can’t not fall in love with its vibe and charm.
Where to stay
MyhomeinLisbon was definitely our home in Lisbon. It’s located walking distance from the buzzing center, but on a quiet street, away from the crowds. It has great views and a beautiful terrace for breakfast! They serve you a delicious breakfast, which varies from one day to another, to keep you curious. And the best part is that they’re very relaxed with the breakfast hours, so that allows you to spend a lazy morning in bed if you wish to. And the most important: it’s a beautiful, cozy place and the staff is the nicest I’ve ever met! Thank you Ana and Marta for being such great hosts, hope to see you again one day!
Where to eat
The market hosts a total of 35 food stalls – all branded in the same smart black and white signage and selling regional specialities, including plates of ham & cheese, the famous steak sandwich and custard tarts from award-winning cafe Aloma.
Find a place at one of the high wooden benches and it would be very easy to enjoy a couple of hours eating your way around Portugal’s culinary highlights.
Delicious ceviche – Peruvian seafood typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices – in a lovely neighbourhood! The place is minimalist in design, with an eye catching octopus crafted in sponge suspended in the middle. It can’t go unnoticed when passing by. Be ready to wait, as the place doesn’t take reservation, but I promise you, it definitely worth it!
Cool restaurant in Bairro Alto, with an original concept, mixing fish market, shellfish restaurant and sushi bar. If you fancy any of these, please make sure you book a table as the place is usually full. What I loved the most is that they have a huge fish & shellfish window, from where you can choose what you want to have and they weight it for you and let you know how much you should expect to pay for it.
Cantinho do Avillez
Located in Chiado, Cantinho do Avillez is a nice & cozy restaurant, serving traditional Portuguese dishes with a modern twist. You can also find on the menu international dishes, like the tuna tartar with the Asian flavours (which I had and I loved it). You can definitely try here the fish soup, the sautéed poultry liver with onion and Port marmalade, Farinheira “sausage” with bread and coriander crust, Algarve octopus and Aljezur sweet potato or the traditional steak sandwich. All of them are delicious!
Not that popular among tourists, but definitely deserving to be explored, it’s the Principe Real neighbourhood – lots of boutique shops selling Portuguese designer’s creation, a lovely park to enjoy a coffee and lots of nice places to have lunch or a quick snack. It’s also close to Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, which offers you a great view of Lisbon!