(A large part of me wants to start this post talking about these two. Because they were super cute bonding, it was a lovely bromance and well, I love these pictures of them).
With unforgiving rainy weather during our visit, the mitigating factor was the people we met each day. Warm, friendly and unassuming- there were many a crumpled note with recommendations from those we chatted with. In the same breath someone would tell you of their childhood reading spot being taken away with the influx of tourists, he/she would share their new hidden gem away from the noise. It was hilariously conflicting but the gesture was sincere, endearing and completely won us over every time without fail.
While we didn't get to see everything, like most first-time visitors we were very happy to traverse the recommended (Time Out Market, Elevador Baixa, Sao Jorge Castle, Taberna de Rua Des Flores, Day trips to Sintra and Cascais) but also loved walking aimlessly through the hilly neighborhoods finding any excuse to peek in to discover something new.
A few below if you'd like to see!
Admittedly, these can be a bit hit-or-miss at times. We did a walking tour and a group tour, both different but allowed us to get a feel for the city from a different perspective, share in ginjinha glasses (!) and also noted circumstance where Adam met Pedro (above). The group tour we did was with We Hate Tourism Tours - which was by all accounts, very relaxed and informal as by its namesake and suited us perfectly for the day that was in it. There are also incredible food tours available, a surfing experience via Airbnb that caught my eye and well the point is, there really is something out there for everyone. Gone are the days of stuffy tours, bridges are being built with new ways to introduce culture and style through these different mediums! (Go for it)
(2) LX Factory
An urban mecca and mini-city in its own right. What seems like a few backstreets turns into nook and cranny filled with architecture, music, design, galleries and studios. I struggle to write down places I loved within it because no direction might actually be the best way to take in the magic that is. Don't miss the Ler Devagar bookstore (“Read Slowly”) though, it was named one of the 10 most beautiful bookstores in the world and we were completely smitten by the 'professor' upstairs who took us through his whimsical electrical inventions. The LX area is also the place we met beautiful illustrator , Madalena Bastos whose studio I promptly wanted to move into. This is the detour that keeps on giving.
(3) Oceanário de Lisboa
I am not embarrassed to say how much we loved this place. Admittedly the weather may have played a part in our visiting but the trek to it was 100% worth it. The largest indoor aquarium in Europe and it did not disappoint one bit, a great place to take little ones or admittedly two adults in their 30's ;)
And a few places and things we'd love to try the next visit : Park Bar (think entrance through a car park, rooftop bar, DJ, drinks and incredible views), Topo (another beautiful rooftop) , Baixa House (for the gorgeous interiors) and a whole bevy of other places to eat that are much too long to list.
Wishing you very sweet and happy travels if life finds you visiting- cannot wait to see what fun awaits you there! xo
P.S. If you haven't already fallen for Nathalie Marquez Courtney, new resident to the city, please go peruse her beautiful insta full of all things Lisbon. Fact: she has the best taste in everything.