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Lisbon in one day

Jul 28, 2009  One perfect day in LIsbon
4.5 of 5 stars based on 11 votes

Coffee, old buildings, South American mummies, Custard tarts, more coffee, shopping, candles, priceless jewellery, drinks on the rooftop, dinner in the Bairro... just one perfect day in Lisbon...

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Lisbon
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Cafe A Brasileira
    Cafe A Brasileira, Lisbon, Lisbon District

    Start the day with a quick coffee or three (espresso, of course) sitting in the shade outside A Brasileira in the Chiado, watching people rushing off to work, waving off the sunglass sellers, and soaking up the atmosphere of being in Lisbon.

  • 2. Monastery of Jeronimos (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos)
    Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon, Lisbon District

    Next, a very short metro/train trip to Belém, where you can spend an hour or so wandering around the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos - the most beautiful building in Lisbon. With any luck, mass will be on in the Church of Santa Maria, which is attached to the Monastery. There are few churches more beautiful than this one when it is filled with music and the swirl of incense smoke in the light streaming through the windows facing the Tejo. (Even better, when mass is on there are less tourists in the church, and you can get in as long as you know how to genuflect properly.)

  • 3. Casa Pasteis De Belem
    Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon, Lisbon District

    After that, it's time for more coffee, accompanied by two perfect Pastéis de Belém (portuguese tarts) from Casa Pastéis de Belém just down the road. They'll be hot from the oven, dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar.

  • 4. Museu Arqueológico do Carmo

    Next, hop on the tram outside Casa Pastéis, and trundle back to the city, walking back up the hill to the Chiado to burn off those pasteis. At this point, you can either visit the charmingly odd Museu Arqueológico do Carmo (with its roman and renaissance artifacts randomly stuck all over the walls of an earthquake ravaged ruin, and a wonderfully chilly museum space with some highly disturbing South American mummies) ...

  • 5. Casa das Velas do Loreto

    ... or wander the shops in the Chiado, slowly making your way up to the little shops in the Bairro Alto (which are just now reopening after their mid morning break). Try Casa das Velas do Loreto, a candle shop on Rua do Loreto, a short walk up from A Brasileira. Their candles are wonderful (particularly the scented ones) and the shop is tiny and perfect and very very old.

  • 6. Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)
    Museu da Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Lisbon District

    Once you are a little bored with shopping, it's a quick taxi ride to the Gulbenkian Museum in order to see its astounding collection of medieval books, asian pottery, european furniture, a particularly fine Turner canvas and the finest collection of Lalique jewellery anywhere. Lunch is in the cafeteria in the Modern Art museum just next door, after a wander in the grounds.

  • 7. Bairro Alto Hotel

    Time for a nap! Awaking refreshed, go for a drink at the rooftop bar in the Bairro Alto hotel, where you can drink cocktails, while watching the sunset and the river with Lisbon's beautiful people.

  • 8. O Barrigas
    O Barrigas, Lisbon, Lisbon District

    Dinner will be at about 9pm - the Portuguese often eat late.

    How about dinner at the tiny O Barrigas in the Bairro? The food is wonderful, and the owner is quite lovely, always happy to offer wine suggestions, and (with typical Portuguese hospitality) she usually throws in a complimentary aperitif if you try to speak Portuguese to her.

  • 9. Manifesto

    ... or how about at a current favourite, the newly opened Manifesto?

    At Santos, near the river, you can try magnificent modern Portuguese food. The restaurant is perhaps a little too self consciously cool, but the food is some of the best in Lisbon. For the ultimate experience, try the "Stairway to Heaven" where the food just doesn't stop. Make sure to ask the sommelier for her special wine recommendation.

    Stuffed from a late dinner, it's time for a drink at the bottom of Rua da Atalaia or Rua Bica de Duarte Belo - each of which will be full of happy, friendly people standing in the street and drinking. After a few capirinhas, and a lot of crowd watching, you can stumble home and sleep.