A Few Days in Lisbon…

It’s been a while ey? But I have very good reason for being a bit slack recently when it comes to blogging. It’s been a hectic month or so and we’ve only gone & sold our house. I’ve got mild panic that we haven’t actually found anywhere to move into so let’s reminisce about my recent holiday to Lisbon whilst I stick my head in the sand okay?

To Eat
For breakfast picking up a few pasteis de nata, a strong coffee and a fresh orange juice is an absolute must.

For lunch try out the Time Out Market; a huge market of absolutely loads of different food traders. Everything from ceviche to steak sandwiches. We visited twice this trip and had delicious croquettes and steak sandwiches.

One of my favourite spots in Lisbon is Pistola y Corazon Taqueria; a cool Mexican restaurant. Authentic food and cheap but good margaritas. It gets busy in the evenings though so write your name on the big roll of brown paper by the door for a table, then wait out in the street with a margarita in hand.

Cervejaria Do Bairro is on one of the main bar streets in Lisbon so perfect for lining your stomach before hitting the beers. Good seafood and reasonably priced wine.

We popped into Tapa Bucho one evening as it was close to where we were staying and in search of late night food. The tapas is really good (especially the salted cod fish) and is a little bit away from the centre so has a relaxed vibe.

To Drink
We stumbled on lots of nice places to drink; amoung our favs were…
Montana Lisboa CafĂ© – an arty cafe on the river front selling good beer and rainbow bagels, y’know if that’s your thing.
LisBeer – a tucked away, chilled out bar doing many different types of beers, similar to North Bar in Leeds.
Castro – almost opposite Pistola y Corazon Taqueria, a laid back bar with full wall windows that open onto the street so you can people watch.
By The Wine – nice wine bar selling loads of varieties to drink in or take away. Sit at the bar and have a (very!) reasonably priced glass of vinho verde.
Sunset Destination Hostel – we stumbled on this by accident. We’d had a few and were wandering near the station, looked up and saw a pool on top of a building. Feeling a bit merry we decided to try and get to it, and found ourselves in the roof bar of the Sunset Destination Hostel. Beer is cheap, there’s a small pool overlooking the river and it has a chilled out festival feeling.
Pitcher Cocktails – find the cart on the river front, grab a cocktail and enjoy the river

To Do
To be honest we didn’t do a huge amount apart from eat & drink. We had intended to go to MUDE (design museum) but it’s currently closed for a refurb. I’ve also heard good things about LX Factory which is a mix of bars, shops and venues. The one day we did manage to do ‘a thing’ we got the train over to Sintra (it takes around 40/50 mins) to explore the botanical gardens. The castle and gardens are on top of a steep hill so we got a cab up and a tuk tuk back down. The gardens are fun to explore with lots of little nooks, crannies and underground paths but VERY busy so if you’re going I’d recommend trying to get there as early as possible.

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