Tara Travels to : Lisbon

I have just returned from a fabulous trip to Lisbon. It was kind of a last minute decision to go and we were just happy to be getting away for a few days of sun before winter so we decided to try Air BnB for the first time.

Our Apartment

I downloaded the app and entered our dates and was amazed and the amount of places available at the last minute. I decided on our apartment mainly because of the location but when we arrived I was amazed at how lovely the apartment was.
Our location seemed to be in the centre of everything, most of the restaurants that we wanted to try were literally within 5 minutes walking distance. It is a lovely area so maybe best suited to couples or groups of friends, it is quite noisy at night which didn't bother us at all but if you had a family or small children it could be annoying.

Restaurants 

Sea Me
Rua do Loreto
This was directly across from our apartment and was one of my favourite restaurants we went to. It's mainly fresh fish and sushi, lovely drinks and service.
Definitely book in advance.
Mini Bar 
One of Jose Avillez many restaurants in Lisbon. This was probably my favourite restaurant, you can have a tasting menu but we just went with Al La Carte. We picked about 7/8 dishes, all of which were gorgeous and so different.
I would definitely go back here and getting the tasting menu next time. Even though this had a more upmarket feel it was still great value for what we got.
All of Jose Avillez restaurants are meant to be fab so I would suggest checking a couple of them out.
Definitely book in advance.
Boa Boa
We were told we couldn't book a table here and to expect to wait for a table so that's exactly what we did. When we arrived there was a queue of about 24 ahead of us, we ended up waiting for about an hour for a table but had a few cocktails as we waited.
Really nice if you fancy having Asian food and fabulous cocktails.
Don't go here hungry though !
Principe Do Calhariz
We found this place on the way for a drink one of the evenings. There was a guy cooking in the window so there was a crowd of people watching. We stopped and looked and knew we had to come back. This is a seriously no frills place, really cheap authentic Portuguese food.
I definitely recommend going here for a casual night and if you do you have to get the prawns! 100% the nicest prawns I have ever eaten.
La Tanqueria de Lisboa PyC
We went here on our last night and again it was another popular spot, there was a wait of about 20 minutes for a table which was fine as you could have a cocktail and they gave you nachos while we waited.It was proper Mexican food and just abit too heavy for us. I know people will love it so if you like Mexican food definitely check it out.
No need to book.

Things to do

We were staying right in the centre so a lot of the things we went to see and do were within walking distance or a short bus ride away.
  • Take a trip to Alfama, we actually walked here as it wasn't far from our apartment. It is one of the oldest districts in Lisbon and really nice to just walk around and explore the narrow streets. Make your way to the National Pantheon and behind that you will find an absolutely huge market that is really interesting to wander around.
  • Take the tram 28 , these little yellow trams are so cute and this route will give you a good tour of the city.
  • Go to The LX factory, this was definitely a highlight for both of us. There is lots of interesting shops, cafes and bars. Its a nice place to go for a drink or lunch.
  • You have to try a Portuguese tart, one of the best you will find is in belem in a bakery called Pasteis de Belem. There was another gorgeous cafe right beside our apartment that literally only served these pastries and coffee, it was always filled with locals.
  • Have a drink in one of the outdoor bars along the sea front in Cais do Sodre.
  • If you want a beach day get the train to Caiscais, we didn't get a chance to do this but definitely will next time.
  • Get the boat over to Cacilhas, it takes about 10 minutes and brings you to a small fishing port where you will get unbelieveably fresh fish cooked to perfection.
  • Take the train to Sintra and explore the castle and amazing views, definitely wear comfortable shoes as there is lots of walking involved.
  • You HAVE to go for a drink in 'Park' is a rooftop bar on the top floor of a carpark. It is a little tricky to find and isn't really signposted. You will see sign for a carpark and then literally make your way up through the carpark to the top floor. I had the most gorgeous cocktails here. Make sure to go in the evening to catch the sunset and enjoy the amazing view of Lisbon.
There is so much more to see and do so we will definitely be returning to lisbon sooner rather then later. We have been on a few trips this year and both myself and Daniel enjoyed Lisbon the best. I hope you found this helpful! Tara xx