An escape to the sunshine (the Lisbon guide)

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Another travel guide and this time from the lovely Lisbon. I am big city trip lover and really enjoy making and reading guides like this. I read great things about Lisbon and it was high on my wishlist so in May, during my move, my boyfriend and I decided to have a little break in this beautiful city. I hope you enjoy this Lisbon guide.

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Where to stay

Whenever we are going to stay in the same place for a longer period (more than 3 days), I often book an Airbnb to enjoy a bit more living space and to cut the costs. For our four-day-stay we booked an adorable Airbnb right in the city center and coincidentally also in the area with most of the things and places we wanted to see.

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Where to eat/ have a drink

  • Hello, Kristof, an adorable coffee shop and also one of the few coffee places where they had gluten free options, so that was a big plus.
  • Park is a hidden rooftop bar on the top of a parking garage with a stunning view over the city. Although they call it a hidden rooftop bar, it is quite well known so there is a nice crowd for afternoon drinks.
  • Zarzuela, a gluten free bakery. We went there daily to enjoy some pastel de nata, a typical Portuguese pastry.
  • Time out market, I am a big food market lover, so it’s not surprise that we ate here twice. I just love all the options that food markets offer. We enjoyed pad thai, cod fish, macaroons and ice-cream, which were all lovely.

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What to see/do

  • LX factory, an old factory site that is transformed into a hip area full of shops, cafe’s and cute restaurants. It’s a bit further from the center, but for sure worth the Uber ride.
  • Beach in Cascais, we went to Lisbon in May so we also wanted to take the opportunity to soak up some sunshine on the beach. The beach in Cascais was recommend to us and it did not disappoint. It’s about an hour train ride along the beach and ocean to Cascais.
  • Tram 28, the most well known tram route. This tramline crosses the city and is therefore the perfect way to do some sightseeing when you’re tired of walking up all the hills.
  • Elevador da Gloria is the famous tram that you see in all the Lisbon pictures. You can take it up or down the hill, but I would recommend you take it up, because the hills can be quite steep.
  • Visit the different neighborhoods. Lisbon has many interesting neighborhoods we especially liked Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado and Graca

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Where to shop

  • La vida Portuegesa, we did not do a lot of shopping in Lisbon but I did quickly pop into La Vida Portuegesa for a souvenir. Here you can find typical Portuguese home ware. We picked up two beautiful champagne glasses for my new apartment.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my Lisbon guide. Also make sure to check out my Copenhagen and Paris guide.

What is your favorite city trip destination?

Love, Meryl

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