Lisbon in Two Days

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Sama Sama | Tv. Corpo Santo 7, 1200-131 Lisboa

First Things First – Food

  1. Breakfast at Tartine, a French bakery/restaurant with the most buttery of croissants and rich tasting tartines.
  2. For lunch, we found this beautiful little vegan buckwheat crêpe place called Sama Sama. I’d book flights for these crêpes. And I hate flying, so that says a lot. On top of that, they give you a 10% discount on your beverage order if you bring your own cup. #mykindofplace
  3. Mad Pizza. Cute, wholewheat, good size, crunchy crust and fresh toppings. Uhhhh so good!
Mad Pizza | R. Carlos Alberto da Mota Pinto 9, 1250-096 Lisboa
On a budget, I’d say skip the castle, there are plenty other spots to get a similar view for less, like the Miradouro de Santa Luzia.

Explore

  1. Start with the museum up on Castelo de São Jorge for some cultural education and a nice view of the city. The walk up is stunning, surrounded by artisan shops and ice-cream places and the view is beautiful.
  2. Walk up, aimlessly. Lisbon is the perfect city to explore without a plan. Small enough to not get lost and unique enough to see something new around every corner.
  3. LX Factory is a market and factory compound, filled with artisan shops, bookstores, food stands and cafes and bars. I tried my first “Pastel de nata” and understood the hype. I went there for the bookstore and a drink with Alden at the rooftop bar in the middle of the compound. 2 whisky sours, a dreamy bartender and a sunset later, I was sold.
LX Factory | R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501, Lisboa

Evening Shenanigans

  1. Listen to Fado. Tasca Do Chico serve one of the most popular dinners accompanied by Fado, a Portuguese music genre that can be traced back to the 1820s. The food there is aaaight at the most, so I recommend to opt for a glass of Tasca Do Chico’s house red after dinner at Mad Pizza and join the experience that way. Definitely one of my favourite memories from the trip.
  2. Pick the right time for local celebrations. Lucky me arrived in Lisbon mid-June, the Saint Antonio Festival was about to start, which meant open-air grills, cheap beer, Portuguese music and dancing wherever you could look after the sun set.
By complete accident, Holly, Monique and I came by one of the locals Saint Antonio celebrations on our way home. We decided to get “one beer” and before we knew it, it was 3 in the morning and …well..a few beers later.

I loved everything about my 2 days in Lisbon, the weather was perfect and I had so much energy, just wanting to see more and learn more about this warm and welcoming city.

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