Insider’s travel guide: Lisbon

Roz Buehrlen

Posted on July 21 2017


Insider’s travel guide: Lisbon 

 Set against the brilliant backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this sun-drenched city lives in a nostalgic fairy-tale where tradition meets innovation. Despite enjoying a reputation for being, shall we say, “rustic”, Lisbon has been reborn as the capital of cool. Spread across steep hills, Lisbon is a city brimming with culture. If sightseeing isn’t your thing, the beach is just 30 minutes away. Beautiful sandy stretches such as Guincho, Adraga and Grande adorn the coast, making the Portuguese capital one of Europe’s best city/beach destinations. If, like us, you’re dreaming of a summer holiday, check out our insider’s guide to Lisbon.






Picanha resturant 

A Picanha 

In this all-you-can-eat Brazillian joint, “How do you like your steak?” is probably the only question you’ll be asked. Oh, and just so you know, the Portuguese for rare is “mal passado”. Gorgeous slabs of rump steak are flame-grilled before being authentically served with salad and beans. The selection of local wines isn’t bad, either. 

Largo Restaurant



This restaurant is part of the new wave of contemporary Portuguese eateries to sprout up across Lisbon. Like something out of a Quentin Tarantino movie, the walls are made up of fish tanks that are filled with luminous jellyfish. The restaurant’s signature dish is cod marinated in port and soy sauce, which rivals Nobu’s world famous version.

Bon Jardim restaurant 

Bom Jardim


Located in the cenre of town, this is the place for Portugal’s national favourite: crispy piri-piri-covered chicken and chips. If you like your Nando’s, this will be heaven on earth.



 Centro de Arte ModernaCentro de Arte Moderna  

Founded in 1983 by a charitable foundation, the Centro de Arte Moderna (or CAM) showcases a limitless collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. CAM hosts a range of exhibits featuring Portuguese and international artists. In addition, the gallery also houses a permanent collection of around 9,000 pieces. This includes early works by legendary surrealist painter António Dacosta and a number of works by Amadeo de Souza Cardoso. The collection also features more recent pieces by iconic Portuguese artist Paula Rego, whose art is informed by Feminism and folklore.


Tram 28

Tram 28

Taking a tram is an easy, low-energy way to take in the sights of the city - especially when it’s hot. In sharp contrast to the somewhat tacky tourist buses we see rolling around London, this quaint little wooden tram discreetly slides through Lisbon’s prettiest and most historic streets. Beginning its journey at the foot of Bairro Alto, the carriage moves through the shopping districts of Baixa and Chiado before touring the iconic churches and castles of the city.




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