Here goes number two of the Lisbon To-Do-List and I can tell you that I am super excited to share it with you! Writing everything down reminded me of how great Lisbon can be and it made me wanna go back there instantly. But one step at a time. I’m enjoying my time in Mexico now and for now all the happy memories of Lisbon have to be enough. Underlined with some pictures. Alright, let’s get started with my walk down Memory Lane and some great recommendations!
Shopping: Entre Tanto Indoor Market
You stumble over the best places when you’re just wandering around the streets of a city. This is what happened on a rainy day on which I initially didn’t even want to leave the house. So thanks to my sister here that she forced me to. We were soaking wet from head to toe afterwards but we also discovered the best shopping/market/hall thingy – whatever – that exists: Entre Tanto. It looked more like different apparatments that were connected through stairs and landings rather than a “mall” (God, using that word to describe this beautiful place feels so wrong!). They didn’t only offer very special and original clothes, books, decoration itmes and even furniture but also the way the whole place was decorated looked amazing. In the pictures below you find a sign saying “Fall in love with as many things as possible” and that definitely happend here. The street where this market is located has also great shops to offer, I listed some for you down below.
- Entre Tanto Indoor Market, Rua da Escola Politécnica 42, Opening Hours: everyday 12PM – 8PM
- Bairro Arte, various places in Lisbon, check out where your nearest one is!
- This & That, Rua Ferragial 3, Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM – 7PM, Sunday 10AM – 5PM
- Real Slow Retail Concept Store, Praça do Príncipe Real 20, Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10.30AM – 8PM, Sunday 1PM – 8PM
- LisbonLovers, Praça do Príncipe Real 28, Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11AM – 7PM
Coffee: Chocolate Café
Who could’ve resisted to enter that coffee place when there’s a sign in the window telling you “There’s no staff working here but a family”? Lovely. It was a coffee place specialised in different kinds of high quality chocholate and special coffee beans. The coffee tasted great and you always get a little piece of selfmade chocolate with it. We also shared a Brownie and it tasted so intensely of chocolate! The place is tiny and cute, so the perfect stop for a short break in between sneaking around the beautiful stores around it.
- Homepage for more information
- Address: Rua Cecílio de Sousa 85
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM – 8PM
Day Trip: Belém
Before going to Carcavelos to go to the surf spot, we made a quick stop in Belém. To get there you need to take the train and it takes about 20-30 minutes from the center of Lisbon. But Belém is so worth seeing. It has so many beautiful sights including a museum, a tower/monument-whatever-thingy and a small Asian pavilion, all gathered in one place and you can just take a little walk around this village. Or you try the best Pastéis de Nata (a Portoguese specialty consisting of dough and creme) in the whole wide world in “Pastéis de Belém”. Yes, I know, all the guides and bloggers tell you they are the best but I really have to agree here. I tried different ones afterwards and regretted it instantly. Pastéis de Belém, you spoiled me for future Portoguese pastry.
In Belém there is also a little park in which you find orange trees. Me, being incredible brave, I tried to pick some oranges from high up in the tree but unfortunately it was all for nothing ’cause they were not ripe yet. Still, I proved myself that I’m not as unsporty as I thought and if I really want to, I CAN climb a tree!
- Homepage Pastéis de Belém
- Address: Rua de Belém 84-92
- Opening Hours: everyday 8AM – 11PM
Whether you wanna go there for lunch or for dinner, Vestigius is definitely the place to go if you want to enjoy your food in a stylish and cosy atmosphere while watching the waves on the haven directly in front of you. I was actually super surprised by everything there: the decoration, the quality of the food and the prices as normally I’d expect a restaurant located on a touristic spot not to be that good. But as it turned out I was mistaken and had a really good dish, feeling instantly super welcome due to the decoration. There was even a room upstairs that was full of plants and they have an outdoor terrace both on the ground floor and on the first floor. Even the bathrooms look super cool! Vestigius definitely became one of my favourite ocean restaurants that I’ve ever been to.
- Address: Cais do Sodré 8
- Opening Hours: Sunday & Tuesday 12PM – 8PM, Wednesday & Thursday 12PM – 12AM, Friday & Saturday 12PM- 2AM