Top 5 things to do in Lisbon

April 25, 2014


I was asked to do a top 5 list of things about Lisbon, which is my hometown, so these are the ones I can recommend from my latest trip there. As you will see, I managed to do some of my favourite things: eat, drink and look at pretty things. 

EAT AND DRINK AT A TASCA- All over the city

  • Eat at a tasca (a kind of cheap local restaurant) home cooked style meals for just a few euros. With a glass of Portuguese wine of course.

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A GINGINHA – Rossio, in front of the National Theatre
  • Have a little glass of ginginha, a sweet liqueur made with cherries. It is sweet and very traditional – this particular shop in downtown Rossio, is fairly old, opened in 1840. Make sure you go there as the new owners of the building want to get rid of it and you might not get another chance if that goes ahead. 


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  • Pay a visit to Luvaria Ulisses at Rua do Carmo (also downtown), a tiny little shop famous for its beautiful and well crafted gloves. This shop opened in 1925 and still conserves its original charm, as you can see in the photos.


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  • A few meters up from Luvaria Ulisses you will find Santini, an ice cream shop where you can buy italian style gelato in a variety of flavours. Unmissable!


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EMBAIXADA – Principe Real
  • Visit Embaixada in Principe Real, a small luxe shopping centre inside an old 19th century palace, with Portuguese brands and handpicked designs. Even if you don’t want to spend money, the whole architecture and original decorations are worth a visit and there’s plenty of original shoes and clothes to look at too. I’ve recently shared some pictures about one of the shops there, Shoes Closet.


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These are my top finds from my latest trip and I’m sure I’ll have more the next time I come over. Which one is your favourite in this batch?

*This post has been made in collaboration with Giff Gaff.
**Drink responsibly!

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  • Reply KizzyDoll April 25, 2014 at 08:01

    This looks marvellous!! I wish I could go now :))) I’d love to see all of these things. Beautiful spaces as well. I love it!! The art was my favourite of course, but I loved the glove shop, that would be fun to go into. It’s a shame the new owners want to do away with the building you can get ginginha as that sounds really charming. I wish it would stay 🙂 Loved this post xx

  • Reply @mrsoaroundworld April 25, 2014 at 10:47

    Great selection! Made me miss Lisbon

  • Reply Jesse Lili April 25, 2014 at 10:49

    Great post! You should really do a Lisbon guide post, I went last year in May and fell in love with the city but I feel like there was a lot of chilling and not a lot of exploring so I plan to go again in August 🙂 Would love to hear from you what not to miss x

  • Reply Vix April 25, 2014 at 14:31

    Such grand architecture and varied things to see. Every time you post about Portugal I feed the need to go back! x

    • Reply Mrs D April 30, 2014 at 10:45

      We should organize a group trip. How much fun would we have? LOADS!

  • Reply PinkCheetahVintage April 25, 2014 at 15:07

    These all sound fantastic!! I want a GINGINHA!!!

    • Reply Mrs D April 30, 2014 at 10:44

      You’d love it!!!

  • Reply Señora Allnut April 28, 2014 at 11:36

    Gosto moito das tascas e das lojas tradicionais que ainda estâo a vender artigos artesanais,
    Thanks for sharing so beautiful ideas, love ol’style shops and tascas, and all that atmosphere around them!

    • Reply Mrs D April 30, 2014 at 10:34

      I like old places too. The passage of time and its marks is just fascinating!

  • Reply Jet aka Punk Glam Queen April 28, 2014 at 12:40

    Hubby and I were just talking about Lisbon and how interesting of a city it looks, its always been on our list so one day… At least I have you to ask where to go & these great posts to look back on so we can explore! (My fave thing to do is never take tours, just get a map & wander — we find the most glorious things that way, things even locals tend to miss!) XXX

    • Reply Mrs D April 30, 2014 at 10:34

      You’ll have to go, at some point. When you do, let me know and I’ll give you some tips!

  • Reply Little Miss Joey May 8, 2014 at 19:55

    Loved this post and really want to go to Lisbon again. Now. Immediately 😀

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