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You don’t need us to tell you that Lisbon is a must-visit city in Europe. Winding cobbled streets filled with quaint cafes, hills leading to sweeping views over a collage of pastel-coloured buildings, blue skies and seas, what’s not to love? Taking on a new city can be overwhelming — especially if you’re on a jam-packed weekend break. To make the most of your time in the Portuguese capital, check out our recommendations below.
The team behind this small coffee chain (there are four outposts around the city) work directly with small coffee producers around the world to sell their certified organic, traceable and fair-trade coffee beans. The cafe interiors are even made from recycled materials.
Tucked away in Largo de São Sebastião, My Mother’s Daughters was opened by a mother and her three daughters (as the name suggests) in 2017. Together, this small but mighty cafe serves vegan, organic and seasonal food. Whether you eat exclusively plant-based or not, you’re guaranteed to be impressed by the creative ingredients and hearty offerings at My Mother’s Daughters.
For a glass of wine and sharing plates in a location that has bags of personality (and very few tourists) don’t miss Damas. Located in the Graça neighbourhood, Damas is a bar, restaurant and gig venue. Its ever-changing menu can be found written on a tiled wall inside and features a range of modern Portuguese dishes with plenty of seafood, vegetarian and vegan options. Come for the food, stay for the music.
Meaning “The other side of the moon” in Portuguese, A Outra Face Da Lua is a secondhand and vintage store in Alfama that doesn’t just stock a strong curation of vintage denim, silk shirts, leather jackets and accessories. It’s also a beautifully decorated store filled with retro light fixtures, embellished artwork and cute details that make it a veritable treasure trove to explore.
In Chiado, discover the Feeting Room, a boutique filled with independent Portuguese and international brands. The store is an ex-industrial bakery that the Feeting Room team has lovingly restored while retaining many original details. The curation of men’s and women’s clothing, jewellery and accessories will give you a great introduction to the most exciting Portuguese design, and there’s even a cafe selling locally roasted coffee.
Named Time Out Bar of the Year in 2021, Onda Cocktail Room is an intimate bar serving artfully crafted cocktails that put new spins on classic drinks. From the pandan-infused Nikkei Milk Punch to the flavours of pear, cardamom and eucalyptus in the Into the West cocktail, you’re sure to find a drink with your name on it.