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Travel Guide / Lisbon

We closed for a few days in January to take a break in Lisbon. A lot of you have been telling us about your visits so we thought to share our favourite spots. If you’ve never been Lisbon it’s layout feels like you can still discover the city for yourself. Get ready for some walking (and the odd tram).

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Where To Stay

Casa das Janelas Com Vista in the Barrio Alto is a friendly hotel with a glorious breakfast included, a nice self-service bar and a kitchen if you fancy catering for yourself.

Where To Drink

We tried a few blog-recommended bars but the friendly locals we met suggested Red Frog Speakeasy which makes some pretty special cocktails. Bar Janela d’Atalaia is a friendly bar with a brilliant mix of young scenesters and old boys drinking in their regular watering hole. Also, great gin and tonics (which are deemed and cocktail and priced as such) served at Il Insolito and they had a mind-blowing happy hour on beers. The roof top was closed but that would be have been beaut for a sundowner.

It’s fun to hang out in the LX – nice stores, bars and graffiti everywhere.

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Where To Eat

It’s worth a visit to the Time Out Market near the waterfront, we ate an incredible steak sandwich (Honorato) and, gasp, our favourite Portuguese Tarts of the trip were there, at Manteigaria. Get the tram to Belem and try the famous ones all the same, who could be above trying a plethora on holiday, right? And with sweets on your mind, we love a food specialist including the chocolate cake at Landeau that really is all the food they serve – you’ll learn why.

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We ate at four places, the easy small plates at Tapas-Bar 52 were perfect during an evening of drinking and they were still serving at 10pm (good recommendations, all the fried things), tacos at Mexican restaurant Pistolas y Corazon, Pharmacia was recommended but was pretty bonkers. The food is good but really the view if you can eat outside makes it memorable. Best customer recommendation (thanks Hannah!) coming up! You should definitely eat at Petiscaria Ideal all the food was incredible (the prawns were next level) and definitely keep drinking the Porto Tonico.

Where To Shop

You’ll find some gems browsing but our three favourites are A Vida Portuguesa, Claus Porto (and the chocolate shop across the road) and finally the menswear store Slou.

Sintra

All the palaces, more pastries it’s hard to believe it was a home. Take the train from the city centre which is around 40 mins and stroll or take the bus circuit to each one. We were lucky, January is quiet so probably go early if it’s summer or just grab a cocktail on the coast and enjoy the sun.

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