Alex's Guidebook

Alex

Alex's Guidebook

Lisbon’s must-see sights
Lisbon is bursting with unique and colourful charm. I’ve rounded up my top things you should do in Lisbon to get a true flavour of the city’s culture and history.
Belém Tower: Built on the northern bank of the Tagus as part of the estuary defence system, the Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I. The 100-foot tall tower survived the disastrous earthquake of 1755, and has been restored many times. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have a light and relaxed snack at the edge of Tagus river in Belem at “A Margem” - a great place to cast off and enjoy a glass of vinho verde, simple salad or cheese plate and charcuterie
72
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Belém
72
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Belém Tower: Built on the northern bank of the Tagus as part of the estuary defence system, the Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I. The 100-foot tall tower survived the disastrous earthquake of 1755, and has been restored many times. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have a light and relaxed snack at the edge of Tagus river in Belem at “A Margem” - a great place to cast off and enjoy a glass of vinho verde, simple salad or cheese plate and charcuterie
Alfama: Is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between São Jorge Castle and the Tejo river. Its medieval alleys and outstanding views make it the ideal district to get lost in, as around every corner or steep climb is a delightful tiny plaza, unique shop, funky café or wonderful viewpoint.
275
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Alfama
275
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Alfama: Is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between São Jorge Castle and the Tejo river. Its medieval alleys and outstanding views make it the ideal district to get lost in, as around every corner or steep climb is a delightful tiny plaza, unique shop, funky café or wonderful viewpoint.
Bairro Alto: Is the only district in Lisbon that transforms drastically between day and night. It has been dubbed the bohemian district, and is full of luxury shops located on Rua do Norte, as well as endless bars and restaurants. Come night time the cobblestone warren is characterised by its many eclectic night spots. Stop by local favourite Portas Largas for a cocktail, or go dance at chapel-turned-music venue A Capela. Walk down to Largo de Camões, get a sense of the city center and at historic café “A Brasileira” order a bica (expresso coffee), a pão de Deus (brioche with coconut topping) or a croissant.
581
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Bairro Alto
581
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Bairro Alto: Is the only district in Lisbon that transforms drastically between day and night. It has been dubbed the bohemian district, and is full of luxury shops located on Rua do Norte, as well as endless bars and restaurants. Come night time the cobblestone warren is characterised by its many eclectic night spots. Stop by local favourite Portas Largas for a cocktail, or go dance at chapel-turned-music venue A Capela. Walk down to Largo de Camões, get a sense of the city center and at historic café “A Brasileira” order a bica (expresso coffee), a pão de Deus (brioche with coconut topping) or a croissant.
Carmo Convent Ruins: The ruins of this gothic church are evocative reminders of the devastation left by the 1755 earthquake. The city was all but destroyed, and the ancient Carmo convent and church lay in ruins, its library of 5,000 books destroyed. Today the ruined arches stand in the middle of the rebuilt city as a reminder of the worst day in Lisbon’s history.
67
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Carmo Convent
67
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Carmo Convent Ruins: The ruins of this gothic church are evocative reminders of the devastation left by the 1755 earthquake. The city was all but destroyed, and the ancient Carmo convent and church lay in ruins, its library of 5,000 books destroyed. Today the ruined arches stand in the middle of the rebuilt city as a reminder of the worst day in Lisbon’s history.
Elevador de Santa Justa: Also called the Carmo Lift, it’s a truly unique tourist attraction. Situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa, in the historic centre of Lisbon, the Industrial-Age marvel connects the lower streets of the Baixa district to the Largo do Carmo up a 45m elevation. Traditionally part of the city’s public transport system, now the Elevador de Santa Justa features a viewing platform for tourists from across the world to admire the views over the city.
230
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Santa Justa Lift
230
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Elevador de Santa Justa: Also called the Carmo Lift, it’s a truly unique tourist attraction. Situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa, in the historic centre of Lisbon, the Industrial-Age marvel connects the lower streets of the Baixa district to the Largo do Carmo up a 45m elevation. Traditionally part of the city’s public transport system, now the Elevador de Santa Justa features a viewing platform for tourists from across the world to admire the views over the city.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos: A highlight of any Lisbon sightseeing tour, the 16th-century Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of Portugal’s great landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as the Hieronymite convent, the monastery was commissioned by King Manuel I in 1501. Built to honor explorer Vasco da Gama’s epic 1498 voyage to India, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is as much a shining symbol of the Age of Discovery as it is a house of worship. The factory and shop of Pastéis de Belém is only a short walk away. You can not ( and do not want to!) miss it. The National Coach museum is also close by. The museum has one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world and is one of the most visited museums of the city.
262
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Jerónimos Monastery
262
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos: A highlight of any Lisbon sightseeing tour, the 16th-century Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of Portugal’s great landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as the Hieronymite convent, the monastery was commissioned by King Manuel I in 1501. Built to honor explorer Vasco da Gama’s epic 1498 voyage to India, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is as much a shining symbol of the Age of Discovery as it is a house of worship. The factory and shop of Pastéis de Belém is only a short walk away. You can not ( and do not want to!) miss it. The National Coach museum is also close by. The museum has one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world and is one of the most visited museums of the city.
Restaurants
Portugal is known for its fresh seafood and decadent wines, and no trip to Lisbon is complete without sampling the local cuisine. Check out some of my favourite spots to eat. Bom apetite!
What used to be a warehouse powering the trams that still travel around the city is now one of the city’s most original restaurants. Nothing builds an appetite like a post-industrial setting, and Kais is more than capable of providing delicious food to satisfy any craving. The seafood selection is particularly amazing
Kais Restaurante Bar
What used to be a warehouse powering the trams that still travel around the city is now one of the city’s most original restaurants. Nothing builds an appetite like a post-industrial setting, and Kais is more than capable of providing delicious food to satisfy any craving. The seafood selection is particularly amazing
Cervejaria Ramiro: As a cervejaria, beer is high on Ramiro’s list of priorities. But Cervejaria Ramiro is also responsible for some of the best seafood in Lisbon. In a seaside city, tasty fish is easy to find, but Ramiro’s takes it ten steps further. Combine a cosy atmosphere, mouth-watering smells, and incredible flavours, and you’ve got Ramiro’s. Tip: Finish your seafood meal like a local. Ask for a “prego” (steak sandwich).
294
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Ramiro
nº1 - H Av. Alm. Reis
294
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Cervejaria Ramiro: As a cervejaria, beer is high on Ramiro’s list of priorities. But Cervejaria Ramiro is also responsible for some of the best seafood in Lisbon. In a seaside city, tasty fish is easy to find, but Ramiro’s takes it ten steps further. Combine a cosy atmosphere, mouth-watering smells, and incredible flavours, and you’ve got Ramiro’s. Tip: Finish your seafood meal like a local. Ask for a “prego” (steak sandwich).
Food scene
Experience art from every angle as you eat in one of the most luxurious interiors in Lisbon. What was the Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing is now a collection of seven stunning restaurants across two floors, creating the ultimate dining experience. Options range from gourmet burgers to finer dining on the top levels of the building.
45
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Chiado Palace
70 R. do Alecrim
45
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Experience art from every angle as you eat in one of the most luxurious interiors in Lisbon. What was the Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing is now a collection of seven stunning restaurants across two floors, creating the ultimate dining experience. Options range from gourmet burgers to finer dining on the top levels of the building.
Pastéis de Belém stand out from the nationally available pastéis de nata. Why? Well, the recipe is famously secret so actually, no one can really explain why. It’s said to have come from the nearby Jerónimos Monastery, and has been produced by this pastry shop since it opened in 1837. All I can say is they are popular for a reason. Expect queues, even in the early morning. But have faith — they are worth the wait. Mmmmmm
358
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Pastéis de Belém
84-92 R. de Belém
358
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Pastéis de Belém stand out from the nationally available pastéis de nata. Why? Well, the recipe is famously secret so actually, no one can really explain why. It’s said to have come from the nearby Jerónimos Monastery, and has been produced by this pastry shop since it opened in 1837. All I can say is they are popular for a reason. Expect queues, even in the early morning. But have faith — they are worth the wait. Mmmmmm
A place that previously housed the city's best vendors now houses its best restaurants and artists. While the wares on offer may differ, the principle is the same: bringing the best of the city under one roof. Always busy but definitely worths a visit !
Ринок Рібейра
49 Av. 24 de Julho
A place that previously housed the city's best vendors now houses its best restaurants and artists. While the wares on offer may differ, the principle is the same: bringing the best of the city under one roof. Always busy but definitely worths a visit !
LxFactory is a collection of converted warehouses under the 25 de Abril bridge. Once unknown to the average tourist, it’s now recognised as one of the coolest corners of Lisbon. By day, peruse the bookshops, vintage homeware stores and artists’ studios. By night, go for a drink or choose from more than a dozen eateries. Do not miss bookstore Ler Devagar, housed in an old printworks in the heart of Lx Factory. You will probably be there for hours!!
240
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
LxFactory
103 R. Rodrigues de Faria
240
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
LxFactory is a collection of converted warehouses under the 25 de Abril bridge. Once unknown to the average tourist, it’s now recognised as one of the coolest corners of Lisbon. By day, peruse the bookshops, vintage homeware stores and artists’ studios. By night, go for a drink or choose from more than a dozen eateries. Do not miss bookstore Ler Devagar, housed in an old printworks in the heart of Lx Factory. You will probably be there for hours!!
Hidden gems
Want to see the real Lisbon? Here are some of my favourite hidden gems to add to your list of must-see spots while you’re here. walk Lisbon like a local.
Livraria Bertrand opened in 1732. this Lisbon staple holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s oldest bookstore still in operation. Over the course of nearly three centuries, it has changed hands several times and had 11 different names (that we know of). Today it serves Lisbon’s bibliophiles and acts as a space for intellectual and cultural conversations.
23
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Bertrand
73 R. Garrett
23
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Livraria Bertrand opened in 1732. this Lisbon staple holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s oldest bookstore still in operation. Over the course of nearly three centuries, it has changed hands several times and had 11 different names (that we know of). Today it serves Lisbon’s bibliophiles and acts as a space for intellectual and cultural conversations.
MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology This inspiring institution is located in the historic district of Belém. The MAAT invites us to reflect upon our relationship with art, architecture, and technology, and houses exhibitions and events that inspire creative thinking. Day, its featured monographic exhibition by Carsten Höller (curated by Vicente Todolí), is unmissable. It showcases works focused on themes of light and darkness.
150
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
MAAT
150
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology This inspiring institution is located in the historic district of Belém. The MAAT invites us to reflect upon our relationship with art, architecture, and technology, and houses exhibitions and events that inspire creative thinking. Day, its featured monographic exhibition by Carsten Höller (curated by Vicente Todolí), is unmissable. It showcases works focused on themes of light and darkness.
Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte has one of the most breathtaking views of Lisbon. If you don’t mind working your glutes and hamstrings, climbing to the top is worth it for the views of the city – especially when it’s lit up at night
330
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
330
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte has one of the most breathtaking views of Lisbon. If you don’t mind working your glutes and hamstrings, climbing to the top is worth it for the views of the city – especially when it’s lit up at night
Historical Shops
Whether you are visiting Lisbon for the first time, and these addresses are a must, whether you are looking for some unique gifts to bring home, make sure you don't take off without visiting these exclusive historical shops in town.
Artisanal leather gloves for men & women in a stylish neoclassical showcase open since 1925. Quite possibly the world’s smallest shop, Luvaria Ulisses is an Art Deco gem
18
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Luvaria Ulisses
87-A R. do Carmo
18
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Artisanal leather gloves for men & women in a stylish neoclassical showcase open since 1925. Quite possibly the world’s smallest shop, Luvaria Ulisses is an Art Deco gem
In the main square of Lisbon's downtown, Rossio, is located the 120 year-old hat shop, Chapelaria Azevedo Rua. When it comes to handcraft and precision, Chapelaria Azevedo Rua has a crown. Since the golden years for the hat business, when no-one could walk around without a hat, this historical shop keeps its charisma and essence. Inside the wooden shelf displays the wide hat's collection. In Winter there are felt hats, fedoras, cashmere and tweed caps. In Summer, Panamas and straw hats.
Chapelaria Azevedo Rua
73 Praça Dom Pedro IV
In the main square of Lisbon's downtown, Rossio, is located the 120 year-old hat shop, Chapelaria Azevedo Rua. When it comes to handcraft and precision, Chapelaria Azevedo Rua has a crown. Since the golden years for the hat business, when no-one could walk around without a hat, this historical shop keeps its charisma and essence. Inside the wooden shelf displays the wide hat's collection. In Winter there are felt hats, fedoras, cashmere and tweed caps. In Summer, Panamas and straw hats.
Fill your bag with tins of sardines, octopus, tuna and squid at this store founded in 1930. There is plenty of choice!!
34
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Conserveira de Lisboa
34 Rua dos Bacalhoeiros
34
penduduk tempatan mengesyorkan
Fill your bag with tins of sardines, octopus, tuna and squid at this store founded in 1930. There is plenty of choice!!
Sightseeing
On the sixth floor of a car park, sip a cocktail and be transported to seventh heaven with the fantastic views of Santa Catarina belltowers. The sunset is magical!
Park
58 Calçada do Combro
On the sixth floor of a car park, sip a cocktail and be transported to seventh heaven with the fantastic views of Santa Catarina belltowers. The sunset is magical!