It’s been way too long since we last traveled! Since we moved to Berlin, we haven’t even found the time to think about a destination we would like to go… now finally, the last two days, we spent in Lisbon – and discovered a lot of beautiful places there. My first thought when leaving the metro station after we arrived was, “Why don’t we live here?”. The city is beautiful and I fell in love at first sight.
To me, Lisbon is architectural heaven. From Chiado down to Baixa and up again to Bairro Alto, I have totally fallen in love. The city’s seven hills are challenging to explore by foot, but will reward you with the most beautiful spots to discover around each and every corner. A spot I particularly liked was the view point Miraduoro de Santa Catarina in Bairro Alto, the perfect place to enjoy your evening with a cool beer and view over the sea.
Even though shopping wasn’t really on our agenda, we discovered two little gems in Lisbon: One of them was t-shirt boutique Typographia on Rua Augusta, a cute little shop with printed shirts. Because Portugal has its own flourishing garment industry, the t-shirts are produced domestically and are printed directly in the shop. If you like Urban Outfitters printed tees, you’re gonna love Typographia!
It’s no secret that I love thrift stores and vintage shops. Two fabulous spots we discovered are A Outra Face Da Lua and Viúva Alegre in Baixa. While in Viúva Alegre, you will mainly find higher priced vintage gems, A Outra Face Da Lua focuses on a good mix of second hand clothing, great upcycling ideas and its own cafe.
On our second day, we took a Tuk Tuk (a motorized riksha, so to say) to explore the old town. Even though prices are not exactly budget friendly at 45 to 70€ per hour, this was one of my favourite activities. Our driver Manuel impressed us with his driving skills in the steep and narrow streets of Alfama and showed us the most beautiful, most popular and his favourite spots in the old town, while telling us bits and pieces about Lisbon’s history, its most famous Fado singers and outstanding writers. Tours are customizable and may even lead to places outside of Lisbon – ours took us up to the Castelo de Sao Jorge, Lisbon’s oldest church Igreja Santo Antonio, the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte with the best view over the city, the famous flea market Feira da Ladra and back to the Arco da Rua Augusta where we started. We got a great overview over the old town and really enjoyed our little adventure!