The Oblique team has a little bit of a passion for a great European city break. First Barcelona and now Lisbon. The Portuguese capital has so much more to offer than piri piri chicken and port. Here is a run down on the most #SoOblique things to eat, drink and do in Lisbon.
1. Satisfy that sweet tooth
Famed for their pastry skills, the Portuguese have perfected the tart or pastel de nata as they call it. A short trip out of town to Belém to the famous pastéis de Belém is in order to get your hand on the city’s finest! It doesn’t stop there for sweet treats. We recommend the epic chocolate cake at Landeau (Rua das Flores 70) or Dulce de leche doughnuts at Tartine (Rua Serpa Pinto 15A) if you’d like to depart from the traditional options.
2. Bar Hop
The district of Barrio Alto is your nightout destination. Head to one of the restaurants for pre-drinks dinner or just bar hop and sample some tapas – we’d recommend the traditional Portuguese cod dish Bacalhau. If you’re in the mood for a great cocktail head to ex-brothel turned bar, Pensão Amor (Rua Alecrim 19), or Park (Calçada do Combro, 58) for great views of the city. Continue the night bar hopping in Barrio Alto or on Pink Street and find your regular spot!
3. Take in the city from Alfama
If you have a bit of cash to splash, I would recommend a night or two at the Memmo Alfama hotel (Travessa Merceeiras 27) in the quieter Alfama district. Don’t be put off as it is just a ten minute walk from the centre of town. Warning! You will have trouble finding the place but promise us you won’t give up? Everything is beautiful in this hotel, from the staff to the decor and the drinks. If you don’t fancy sleeping over you MUST check out the views from the first floor bar. Just breathtaking. We recommend arriving just before sunset and watching the magic happen.
4. Walk everywhere
Whilst the metro is cheap and super easy to navigate, we would really insist that you walk up and down the hilly, cobbled streets of Lisbon to get a real feel for the city. If you must take public transport, take a ride on the vintage Tram 38 for an old school hop on and off tour of the city minus the annoying tour guide.
5. Eat until you pop
The food in Lisbon is, well, great. From tiny family-run cafes you just happen to stumble across, to the Time Out food market, Mercado da Ribeira (Avenida 24 de Julho), to some of the most original restaurants we have been to. The market is a must – you will want to eat everything so definitely go with some friends, pick a stall each and share everything! The Honorato burger is perfect before a night out in Barrio Alto and don’t miss out on the tempura green beans with alioli – another Portuguese specialty. Feed your inner wine geek with the sheer range of options on offer too. Good news, a large glass rarely costs more than €3 and it’s really good stuff!
Our favourite meal was at a place called Picanha (Rua das Janelas Verdes, 96). The house wine is great and we would go for the classic all you can eat picanha for mains – thinly sliced steak cooked the way you want it, salad, mini roast potatoes with melted cheese, rice and black beans. Order any of these items as many times as you want. Trust us, you’ll leave stuffed and more than satisfied.
This is just a snapshot into Lisbon but if you’re looking for any more tips or recommendations drop us a line at [email protected]