If you've never been to Lisbon or thought of spending a weekend strolling through its rustic Portuguese tiled streets, then you need to move it to the top of your to-do list!
I'd never even really thought of going to Lisbon until the lovely Marta, over at What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today, published this guide on the best foodie beautiful spaces in the city. My mum and I decided we needed a weekend away and in debating between Budapest and Lisbon, we chose the home of custard tarts and seafood to die for!
We stayed in an Air BnB flat - something my mum wasn't too keen on to begin with. I've heard some people have awful experiences with Air Bnb and some people who have an amazing time (*touch wood*), I've only ever stayed in outstanding flats with beautiful rooms and really friendly owners, including the stunning riad I stayed in during my time in Marrakech.) The flat was decorated with one-off pieces and the owner, Miguel, had thought of everything we might need during our stay. here's the link if you are looking for somewhere - it's great value and so much more interesting than staying in a standard hotel!
I went a bit snap-happy in Lisbon with my camera. It's like being in Hanoi or Marrakech- you could drop your camera and it accidentally snap a photo on the way down and it would still be a great shot!
So I'll leave you with a few of my favourites and some tips on the places we found and the food we ate. Thanks once again Marta for the great recommendations- you really do know how to find the hidden treasures, tucked away from the beaten path- I'm still dreaming of the Portuguese custard tarts from Manteigaria!
Taberna da Rua das Flores - we are beautiful ceviche with sweet tomato sauce and crispy parsnips along with chicken and cheese filled courgette flowers friend in tempura batter. Here you sit alongside the locals, enjoying a lazy afternoon lunch or an evening aperitif in this down-to earth Portuguese tavern.
|PARK rooftop bar- this is a bar on the roof of a multi-story car park. Amazing views of the city, especially at sunset. The first time we came up here we weren't sure if we were just following a couple back to their car on the 5th floor and would have to wander around for a few minutes pretending to look for ours!|
Taberna Anti Dantas - an old-school taberna with a retro look and the best octopus in town!
Manteigaria - this was a recommendation from Marta and although we only ate custard tarts from here our entire trip, I'm pretty sure there's nowhere else with any any better! It's a great people watching place- locals and tourists alike flutter in and out for a strong coffee with a creamy nutmegy custard tart and watch the talented pastry chefs through the big glass windows.
Pois cafe - tucked away in the old district of Alfama. A really cosy spot where you can chill on their comfy sofa, have a proper mug of tea and their delicious homemade cakes.
Time Out Mercado da Ribeira - a great spot for lunch. This is a big open market with different restaurant stalls around the outside, all offering delicious freshly-cooked food from all over the world. Wander around for a bit, choose what takes your fancy, and then join the crowds on the long high tables in the middle where you have a great view of all the passers by and can spy on what everyone else is eating!