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Lisbon Travel Tips: 40 Things No One Tells You About Lisbon

By: Author Girl with the Passport

Posted on Last updated: March 15, 2024

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I have been to Lisbon many times and want to share all of my most important Lisbon travel tips with you.

This way you don’t make all of the same mistakes I did. Because, per usual, my first time in Lisbon was a series of giant travel fails that I don’t want you to suffer through.

Especially since Lisbon is filled with stunning, architecture, bright skies, and delicious food that make it a popular travel destination.

However, like any city, Lisbon has some unique features that you might not know about – which is why these travel tips for Lisbon will come in handy for your next trip to Lisbon.

Trust me, I have been to this gorgeous city many times and want you to use this guide to plan the perfect trip.

So, let’s swan dive into this epic expert’s guide for anyone visiting Lisbon for the first time .

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Lisbon Travel Tips for Top Attractions

1. purchase tickets in advance for top lisbon landmarks.

A view of a yellow trolley coming down the street in Lisbon.

Like with most cities, the top landmarks in Lisbon are usually packed with people.

So, if you don’t want to spend hours waiting in line then snag tickets ahead of time for Jerónimos Monastery and Castelo de São Jorge .

This applies to Sintra as well, which is home to magical places like Quinta de Regaleira and Pena Palace .

I personally use Get Your Guide but the ticket provider you use is totally up to you.

2. You Don’t Need to Visit the Interior of Belem Tower

View of Belem Tower in Lisbon with the sun setting behind it.

I am a HUGE fan of getting to know places and exploring every nook and cranny. However, there is really no point in visiting the inside of Belem Tower.

This stunning piece of Manueline architecture is super pretty from the outside and there isn’t all that much to see/do once you step inside.

The rooms aren’t super beautiful or filled with anything exciting to see. Plus, you’ll probably have to wait in line since this is one of the most popular things to do in Lisbon.

So, don’t pay to visit Belem Tower and enjoy the views from one of the many other lovely viewpoints in the city.

3. Think Twice About Getting the Lisbon Card

Many people purchase a Lisbon Card before even planning their Lisbon itinerary. This is a big mistake because the major benefit of the card is not related to attractions but to using public transportation.

See, with the card you can use the city’s buses, metro, trams, and even the train to Sintra. So, the Lisbon Card will really only be super beneficial if you plan on using a lot of public transportation.

Sure, you will get free entry to Jerónimos Monastery, Belem Tower, the National Tile Museum, and the National Coach Museum.

But, places like Batalha Monastery and Alcobaça Monastery probably won’t even be on your Lisbon itinerary since they are over an hour away from the city.

So, do your research before you buy the Lisbon card and make sure it will be a good fit for you and your trip.

Pro Tip: Even though you can purchase the Lisbon Card online, you’ll need to pick up the actual card in Lisbon so that you can use it.

4. Don’t Wait in Line for the Santa Justa Lift

View of the Santa Justa lift in the evening with the sun setting in the background. This is a view looking up at the lift from the ground below.

Designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard and opened in 1902, the Santa Justa Lift is stunning and easily one of the most famous landmarks in Lisbon.

It was initially designed to connect Chiadoa/Bairro Alto with Baixa. However, fast forward to today and this fancy elevator is more of a carnival ride.

So, skip the long lines and use a small street to the right (near a roofless church) and use this to get to the top of the elevator.

It’s free and you’ll enjoy the same views that you would if you rode the lift.

5. Sightsee by Neighborhood

Before visiting Lisbon for the first time, plan out your itinerary and try to visit attractions that are located within the same neighborhood.

This way you don’t have to go all the way to Belem and the Belem Tower to go all the way back to Alfama and to see Castelo de Sao Jorge. This is also a great way to discover unique things to do in Lisbon .

6. Have Low Expectations of the Castello de Sao Jorge

A view of Castello de Sao Jorge in Lisbon. It sits at the top of a hill in Alfama on a sunny day with older buildings beneath it.

Speaking of Castelo de Sao Jorge, I would have very low expectations of the interior.

Don’t think you’re gonna see lavish rooms that are dripping with historic furnishings that show you exactly how the Portuguese royals lived.

Rather, you’re here to soak up some of the best views of Portugal from the ramparts.

See, the castle was rebuilt three times and the interior wasn’t super well-maintained.

So, while it is an important spot where the country was founded in 1143, you won’t find a ton of impressive furniture inside. But, you may see lots of peacocks.

7. Book a Cruise Along the Tagus

A view of the 25th of April Bridge. It is red and spans the Tagus River with the run rising in the background. This view is looking up at the bridge.

Honestly, a cruise along the Tagus is 110% worth it when visiting Lisbon for the first time.

Not only do you get to hop aboard a vintage sailboat, but you get to choose between daylight and sunset departures.

I preferred the latter and thought that the views of Lisbon from the water were incredible.

It’s also pretty affordable for a 2-hour cruise IMHO and most tours conveniently depart from Belem.

8. Visit Lisbon Churches for Free

Many of the churches in Lisbon are absolutely stunning and totally free to visit.

So, if you’re backpacking in Lisbon and looking for some of the best free things to do then be sure to visit the Church of São Domingos, the Church of São Roque (very over-the-top decor), and St. Anthony’s Church (loved the crypt).

You can even visit the Church of Santa Maria de Belém for free. It is adjacent toJerónimos Monastery which is probably already on your Lisbon bucket list.

Pro Tip: The exceptions to this rule are Lisbon Cathedral (the interior is a bit lackluster since it has been rebuilt a bunch) and the Carmo Convent. Both charge small fees if you want to visit.

9. Don’t Book a Fado Tour

 If you have no idea what Fado is a traditional form of Portuguese music. It is a soulful folk music that is performed throughout the city.

Now, since I had no idea what Fado was I didn’t make reservations to attend a performance.

As a result, I was terrified that I wouldn’t find a restaurant where I could watch a performance. Therefore, I booked one of those insanely overpriced  Lisbon tours that I would NOT recommend.

Sure, the performance was lovely. But, it wasn’t good enough to justify the insane amount of money that I spent.

Therefore, just reserve a table at Tasca do Chico Fado and call it a night. Just be sure to make a reservation.

This club is also a ten-minute walk from the Baixa-Chiado metro station in the Barrio Alto. So, it’s super easy to get to.

Lisbon Travel Tips for Getting Around The City

10. you won’t be able to walk everywhere.

Lisbon is a big, super hilly city. So, you definitely won’t be able to walk everywhere when visiting Lisbon for the first time.

Sure, you can walk around within a certain neighborhood, but you definitely won’t be able to walk from one end of Lisbon to another.

However, you can take a tram (super scenic), the metro, taxis (very easy to find), and more.

11. Tram 28 is Pretty But Not the Best Way To Navigate the City

I too had to ride on tram 28 and found the views to be stunning – especially since the ride cost about €3.00. You also get to pass by Alfama and the Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint.

However, it is always packed with people, making it difficult to enjoy the ride. It’s also filled with pickpockets who like to target naive tourists who get trapped in the crowds.

So, if you want to quickly get around the city, Tram 28 is not for you. And if you just want to enjoy the ride, get up super early to avoid the crowds.

12. Use H&M to Get from Baixa to Chiado

Believe it or not, the huge, multi-floor H&M on Rua do Carmo has escalators that take you to separate floors.

So, you can use these if you want to quickly get from Baixa and Chiado. You can also pick up some well-priced clothes along the way.

13. Wear Shoes with a Good Grip

A view of a yellow funicular that you can use to get up hills in Lisbon.

Lisbon, and Portugal in general, has a thing for tiles. Now, while the tile work throughout Lisbon and Alfama is gorgeous, it can be a bit tricky to walk on in the rain and when you’re walking up hill.

See, when these tiles get wet, you feel like you’re ice skating on a giant slip-and-slide.

So, one of my fave Lisbon travel tips is to be careful when walking in the rain. Also, wear shoes with a good grip to prevent you from failing.

And if you don’t feel like walking up some of these crazy hills then you can take a taxi (you can travel across the city for around €10.00) or use funiculars like Glória, Bica, and Lavra (not popular).

14. Taxis are the FASTEST Way to Get to Lisbon from the Airport

Typically I hate taking taxis because they are expensive and feel like a total rip-off. However, in Lisbon, taxis are the quickest way to get to the city.

In fact, there is a taxi stand right outside of arrivals at the airport and you can use it to quickly grab a taxi.

Sure, you can use the metro to get from the airport to the city center. But, it will take more time.

It’s cheaper though to take the metro. So, you just have to decide which is more important to you, saving time or money.

It’s also worth noting that taxis in Lisbon have no set fee. However, you should spend between €15.00 and €20.00 on the ride.

15. Download FreeNow to Quickly Get a Taxi

If you plan on taking taxis to travel around Lisbon then one of the best Lisbon travel tips for you is to download FreeNow .

It’s widely used across the city and is a lot like Uber. However, your driver will be in an official taxi.

16. Lisbon Has More Than One Train Station

When booking train tickets for a day trip, remember that Lisbon has more than one train station.

So, always double-check your departure station and make sure you are heading to the right station so that you don’t miss your train.

Thankfully, many of these stations are located near one another. But, you don’t want the added stress of having to run to another station to catch your train.

In general, Sintra bound trains depart from Rossio Station, Cascais bound trains depart from Cais do Sodre Station, and Porto bound trains depart from Santa Apolónia Station.

17. Taxis are Faster Than Trains

A great way to do fun day trips from Lisbon is to travel by taxi. Yes, trains are a bit cheaper but they take longer.

So, if you are part of a group and don’t want to worry about where to park your rental car, then consider taking a taxi.

18. Airconditioning is Lacking On Trains

Many Lisbon trains do not even have A/C – which is a problem in the summer when the city gets super hot.

Plus, even when they do have A/C, it is usually weak and doesn’t cool down the train.

In fact, when it’s hot out, the train can be warmer than the ambient temperature. Thankfully, Lisbon is a fairly mild city and you don’t typically have to worry about this.

General Lisbon Travel Tips

19. you can’t walk to the beach from lisbon. but, do a day trip.

Even though Lisbon is surrounded by water, there aren’t really any beaches in the city itself.

However, there are a ton of great beaches that you can visit as part of a quick day trip from Lisbon.

These include Cascais, Estoril, Costa da Caparica, and Praia de Carcavelos which is super close to Lisbon.

20. A Day Trip to Porto from Lisbon is NOT Worth It

A view of the exterior of a church in Porto. It is adorned with beautiful tiles that create a blue and white mural on the side of the church. You are looking up at the church.

I’m not saying I don’t like Porto. I LOVE Porto. Maybe even more so than Lisbon.

However, the real reason you do not want to do a day trip from Lisbon to Porto is that the journey takes too long.

Even if you use a high-speed train, it will take you around three hours and fifteen minutes.

So, you’ll hardly have any time to explore the city. Instead, plan to spend around two days in Porto AFTER you visit Lisbon.

21. Visit Lots of Lisbon’s Hidden Gems

Yes, some of the best attractions in Lisbon are well worth visiting. But, they are often super crowded.

This leads to long lines and packed places – a fact that makes these places harder to enjoy.

So, if you want to see some of the most beautiful places in Lisbon without the hordes of tourists then check out the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora and the National Coach Museum.

The National Museum of the Azulejo (popular but a bit far from the city center so many people don’t go), the National Pantheon, and Ajuda Palace are also worth exploring.

22. Don’t Over Plan and Wander Through Picturesque Neighborhoods

A view of a blue door in Alfama on a historic building. Take time to wander through this neighborhood when visiting Lisbon for the first.

So, you should 100% plan some aspects of your Lisbon itinerary if you’re short on time and want to enjoy all of the best things to do in Lisbon.

However, Lisbon is home to a ton of beautiful neighborhoods that are perfect for just wandering around.

These include exquisite places like Belem, Alfama, Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Cais do Sodré, and more.

Now, if you’re planning a return visit to Lisbon, be sure to explore a bit more outside of the city.

Highlights include Campo de Ourique and the Prazeres Cemetery, Estrela and the Jardim da Estrela, Graça, and more.

23. Start at the Top and Work Your Way Down

There’s no escaping it. There are a ton of hills that you are gonna have to walk up while visiting Lisbon for the first time.

However, one of my fave Lisbon travel tips is to start at the top of the city and work your way down.

This way you don’t have to spend an extended amount of time walking downhill and can give your knees a well-deserved break.

24. There Are Other Day Trips from Lisbon Besides Sintra

A view of the stunning, yellow and red exterior of Pena Palace in Sintra on a cloudy day.

Sintra is amazing and you should 100% visit during your time in Lisbon. Seriously, the palaces are unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

However, a day trip to Sintra isn’t your only option since there are a ton of awesome day trip options in the area. Plus, the entire place is heaving with people which kind of detracts from the beauty.

So, other options include hitting the beach at Cascais, going hiking at Arrabida Nature Park, exploring the Medieval town of Obidos, or visiting Alcobaça Monastery.

25. Take Your Ticket to Wait in Line

The citizens of this city have an affinity for tickets. And not just any tickets, like to ride a train while traveling in Lisbon.

No, these tickets hold your place in line for well, pretty much anything. The tickets in Portugal are similar to those that you would find at a deli counter.

You know, the ones that you pull out of the machine. Generally in the States, they don’t really mean anything because no one cares about the number.

However, these tickets matter in Lisbon and are found at tourist attractions, the Tourism Office, and the Pharmacy.

So don’t be like me and assume that these tickets aren’t a big deal, because they are.

I mean, I was waiting in line at the Tourism office and didn’t realize that I needed a ticket before I got in line.

I figured that it wouldn’t matter, but it did. I was promptly escorted to the back of the line because I simply didn’t have a ticket for the number that was called.

So, one of my fave Lisbon travel tips is to make sure that you hold onto your ticket because without it people probably won’t serve you.

26. Only Stay in Bairro Alto/Cais do Sodré if You’re Into Nightlife

Basically, these neighborhoods are great if you want to party like a rockstar until dawn since this is where you’ll find the best nightlife in Lisbon.

However, if you value peace and want a good night’s sleep then try staying in Belem, Estrela, Santos, Lapa, Campo do Orique, and Parque das Nações.

27. Heat and A/C are Not Standard in Hotel Rooms

Because Lisbon has a fairly mild climate, many hotels don’t have A/C and heat in their rooms. Yeah, it is just not needed.

So, double-check what your hotel room includes before you book a place. This way you have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

28. Learn Some Portuguese Before You Visit

Honestly, knowing a few Portuguese phrases will just make your life a lot easier. Yes, many people speak English, but some people don’t.

Most of the taxi drivers I encountered did not speak English and were grateful when I spoke a little Portuguese. It’s also just polite and very much appreciated by locals when you visit.

29. Don’t Stay in an Airbnb that Doesn’t Support Sustainable Tourism

This is an issue that I’m not going to delve into too deeply. However, in recent years Lisbon has blown up as a major tourist destination.

Now, when you have an exponential increase in tourists, people try to capitalize on this by catering to the needs of anyone visiting the area.

As a result, older buildings in Lisbon are being renovated and converted into Airbnbs – not apartment buildings. This is because owners can make more money by renting to tourists instead of locals.

The result? Many locals can no longer afford to live in the area and are being priced out of the city.

S,o unless you want to visit a city full of tourists, make sure that you stay somewhere that is officially registered with the Tourism Office of Portugal.

30. Watch Out for Pickpockets

When I visited Lisbon, I wasn’t super concerned about pickpockets. But they are out there. And if you’re not careful, you could lose some of your most valuable possessions or money.

While I was in Lisbon, I knew someone was too close to me. But, I just kept stopping and crossing the street and walking faster to avoid her.

Well, she must have gotten close enough to open my bag because before I knew it, I had some kind soul informing me that my bag was out there, flapping in the breeze.

Thank God I had nothing valuable in my backpack because if I had then I would have lost it.

So, pay attention to all those signs In Lisbon, telling you to beware of pickpockets.

Lisbon Travel Tips Related to Food

31. make dinner reservations.

Lisbon locals love making reservations for dinner and you should do the same, especially if there is a particular spot that you want to go to.

Generally, you can make a reservation that same day or the night before. The only exception is if you want to visit a popular eatery on a weekend.

32. Enjoy Port Responsibly

Yes, Port is an amazing drink and it is even better in Portugal. But, it is very strong and the alcohol content is probably not what you’re used to.

On average, Port in Portugal has 20% alcohol, not 12% like the stuff in the States.

Also, because Port is on the sweet side, it can be easy to drink a lot too much. So, pace yourself when it comes to drinking Port.

I suggest doing the same with ginjinha. It’s around 18% alcohol but the pours are smaller.

34. Don’t Eat a Francesinha Here If You’re Visiting Porto

What is Francesinha you might be wondering? Well, it is a giant Portuguese sandwich that was created in Porto.

It has layers of toasted bread that are filled with assorted hot meats (ham/steak) and cheese that is melted as you pour hot tomato and beer sauce over the sandwich.

It’s sometimes served with an egg on top or with a side of fries.

It’s delicious but is way better in Porto. So, if you plan to visit that city then don’t order it in Lisbon.

35. Eat Portuguese Pastries

One traditional paste de nata sitting on a white plate.

I feel like the pastries in Lisbon are on par with those that I found during a  day in Paris .

I regularly daydream about the warm, flaky, phyllo dough pastry that I devoured in Sintra since it was slathered in a sweet and creamy almond-flavored custard.

So, pack some elastic waist pants and eat as many pastel de nata as you can. These tasty little sweet egg tarts are amazing and can be enjoyed at places like Pastéis de Belém.

Pro Tip: Sprinkle cinnamon or powdered sugar on top of your pastel de nata. You can also delish versions at Fábrica da Nata, Manteigaria, and Pastelaria Santo António.

36. Grab a Table at Pastéis de Belém

I am honestly not sure why everyone opts to get pastel de nata to-go here. I mean, this iconic restaurant has a historic vibe and is a great place to relax while you enjoy a coffee and a pastel de nata.

Plus, the dining room is quite spacious. So, it’s not like you’ll be on top of anyone.

As a bonus, the line for a table is usually WAY shorter than the line for take-out.

Pro Tip: Avoid the crowds and stop by on a Monday. Many local spots are closed and so the lines are shorter since many people aren’t here.

37. Invest in a Lisbon Food Tour

IMHO a food tour is 100% worth it in Lisbon, like this city walking tour with food tasting and drinks .

It’s a great way to orient yourself to the city, learn about the culture behind the city’s food, and eat delicious cuisine from non-touristy spots that you couldn’t find on your own.

Now, this incredible 3-hour tour starts in Praça da Figueira. It then takes you through the Baixa neighborhood and stops at traditional restaurants where you can taste 9 foods and 4 alcoholic drinks.

These places were so good that I went back on my own afterward.

38. Don’t Plan on Eating Early

Like many places in Europe, the Portuguese like to eat dinner late. Not as late as some cities, but don’t plan on eating before 7:00 pm. In fact, most restaurants don’t fill up before 8:00 pm.

39. Don’t Eat at Overrated Touristy Restaurants

People sitting and eating at Time Out Market in Lisbon. One of my Lisbon travel tips is to eat the food here.

We’ve all eaten at overpriced restaurants with terrible food since we’re been lost, tired, hungry, and completely desperate.

So to help you avoid this predicament, speed walk straight to Rua de Duque.

All along this quaint side street are a ton of restaurants that locals frequent and that won’t eat up your entire food budget (lame pun intended).

Plus, you know the food is amazing since you’ll find nothing but locals here.

This street is tucked far away enough to remain hidden, but close enough to Rossio Train Station (Maybe a 5-minute walk up a small hill and to the left) that you’ll have no problem finding it.

Pro Tip: Places to eat include Lisbon are O Galito (a Mediterranean restaurant that has lovely stew), Landeau Chocolate (best chocolate cake), Taca da Esquina (Portuguese tapas), and Forno d’Oro (Naples-style pizza).

40. Watch out for Hidden Restaurant Fees

You know when you sit down at a restaurant and your waiter automatically brings you something, like bread, which is usually free?

Well, that rule doesn’t apply in Lisbon. Because when you sit down in many Lisbon restaurants, waiters will bring you out a plate of cheese, bread, and olives.

Yeah, this plate is not free and you will be charged for it. So if you’re not down with paying for this appetizer, then leave the plate alone and send it back to the kitchen.

Lisbon Travel Tips and FAQs

What you need to know before going to lisbon.

Before going to Lisbon, you should know that about the best time to visit (March to May/September to October).

You should also wear good shoes, don’t bring a car, avoid pickpockets, and use taxis/Uber.

Is 3 Full Days in Lisbon Enough?

You can see most of the top landmarks in Lisbon in around 2 days since the city has good public transportation with top attractions being semi close to one another.

However, if you want to do some day trips or see more unique historic sights, then 3 days in Lisbon would be great.

How Many Days is Ideal for Lisbon?

The ideal number of days for Lisbon is between two and three days. This way you can explore all of the top attractions and enjoy the nightlife that the city is known for.

What is the Best Month to Visit Lisbon, Portugal?

The best month to visit Lisbon, Portugal is March through May and September through October. The weather is still nice but the summer crowds are gone. So, you can often find discounts on hotels.

That wraps up this list of the best travel tips for Lisbon.

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Ralph Ahseln

Monday 16th of November 2020

Been twice. One week, two weeks.. As I told everyone there, I came for.. "A comida, o vinho, o Fado" The food, the wine, the Fado. It's a city full of charm. The modern alongside the ancient. Touristy? Yes, in some places, but a short walk or ride takes you away from the crowds. Pasties de Nata (little custard pies) and coffee, Heavenly. If you only have one day, spend all day in Alfama! Drop into one of the (admittedly touristy) Fado clubs/restaurants and soak up the sounds of the Fado. You don't need to understand the words, the music will pull on your heart anyway. Have a Bom Dia !


Great tips. Thanks so much for sharing.

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Friday 11th of October 2019

Thank you so much for all of this information. I have been to Lisbon before but there is so much more I want to see when I return in a few weeks, so this is really helpful. I see a lot of people posting about how beautiful Sintra is, and I can't disagree - its wonderful. But even when I went, a lot of people did not seem to know about the initiation well at Quinta da Regaleira which is an inverted tower in a beautiful park - just magical!

Saturday 12th of October 2019

So glad you found this helpful and I Loved Sintra as well. I definitely need to go back though since I feel like there is so much to see and I easily could have spent a couple of days there. Thanks for reading and enjoy your travels,

Sonny Jadun

Friday 27th of September 2019

Thank you very much for great information. One of the best blog. I surely will be following your blog during your future travels. Love the advice.

Happy you found what I had to say helpful and thanks so much for reading!

Monday 12th of August 2019

Great read and so appreciate your advice. We plan on being in Lisbon, Sintra and Porto in September. If it weren’t for a wedding, we probably would never visit Portugal. However we are now excited. Good weather? Anything you would add for us to consider? I

Tuesday 13th of August 2019

Have a blast and enjoy the wedding. I haven't been to Porto but loved Sintra. I took a day tour up their just to make my life easier but you could probably spend at least two days there if you like historic castles. The pastries are also to die for. And the weather should be great since you're there after the intense summer heat! Thanks for reading and have a great time!

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Lisbon on a budget: 7 travel hacks to save on your trip

Lisbon on a budget

In recent years, Lisbon has become one of Europe’s trendiest travel destinations. Younger tourists might have discovered this Portuguese city through travel programs and blogs, but Lisbon has quietly been one of the best places to visit for decades, especially if you’re looking for a (relatively) inexpensive trip. Because of the gorgeous public parks, amazing landmarks, and reasonable restaurants and bars, Lisbon is the ideal budget travel destination in Western Europe. 

Most importantly, you won’t only save money on a trip to Lisbon through a low-cost airline or by limiting foreign transaction fees. Some of the best activities are either affordable or entirely free. São Jorge Castle , Belém Tower, and the Jerónimos Monastery are all world-class historical landmarks to visit while visiting Lisbon, and they are all entirely free or inexpensive to enjoy.  Planning ahead will help you save money as well, whether it’s booking lodging ahead of time, finding affordable luggage storage in Lisbon , or investing in a museum pass. 

Here are the best budget hacks and helpful tips for visiting Lisbon on the cheap:

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Affordable hotels in Lisbon

Cheap places to stay in Lisbon

One of the best ways to save money while traveling is to find inexpensive lodging. Lisbon has plenty of budget hotels and amazing hostels for young tourists. Hostels provide a social element, along with incredibly affordable prices. Even if you stay at a hostel, you can book a private room for a decent price. 

They aren’t all in the city center, either. Lisbon has a diverse number of vibrant neighborhoods that appeal to a variety of travelers. Avenida da Liberdade and Chiado are ideal for Lisbon newbies because of their central locations, but Barrio Alto and Baixa are perfect for budget travelers. Check out the Lisbon neighborhood guide to find out which area fits your preferences and plans. 

Sant Jordi Hostels Lisbon

This is one of the most attractive hostels you’ll ever find, which is refreshing given the typical budget hotel you find in Europe. While the stylish design and modern layout make it easy on the eyes, the real draw here is the incredible location near nightlife and restaurants. Prices stay around $30 per night for a shared room. 

No Limit Hostel

Located just a few minutes on foot from the city’s historic district, this is a solid option for cheap but comfortable Lisbon trips. A single room with twin beds starts at around $60 for a night, so this trendy hostel is perfect for traveling pairs. Even better, there’s a fully equipped kitchen for preparing your own meals, which is a must if you’re really trying to save money. 

Hans Brinker Youth Hostel Lisbon

For social travelers, this is one of your best options in Lisbon. With a gorgeous rooftop terrace outfitted with a grill and a fully-stocked bar, you won’t need to venture far from Hans Brinker. Every afternoon, the rooftop turns into a party, so you’ll save money on drinks while meeting fellow travelers. Single rooms and shared dorms range between $30 and $80 per night. 

Flea markets in Lisbon

Cheap things to do in Lisbon

The capital of Portugal is one of the most affordable places in Europe to travel to, and not just because of lodging and logistical costs. Lisbon has countless landmarks, town squares, street art, neighborhoods, and gorgeous public parks that are completely free or inexpensive to experience. 

Explore the beautiful Jardins da Gulbenkian

There is nothing better than strolling through tranquil public gardens in a European capital. Some of the most breathtakingly gorgeous sights can be enjoyed without having to pay a penny. The Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Gardens have a modernist design and an open-air amphitheater to appreciate while you walk through lush landscapes and sunny glades. 

Bargain hunt at Feira da Ladra

If you want to save money on food or souvenirs, a trip to Feira da Ladra is the best flea market in Lisbon. Literally, anything you can imagine, and some things you couldn’t imagine, end up on sale at this quirky but historic market. Every Tuesday and Saturday, the flea market opens its gates to locals and tourists. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s a fun activity that’s completely free. 

Enjoy epic views from Miradouro de Santa Luzia

With rolling hills and an Atlantic ocean backdrop surrounding the city center, there are some amazing vantage points to appreciate breathtaking views. One of the best is Miradouro de Santa Luzia, which offers wonderful views of the Tagus River, the historic quarter, and all the terracotta rooftops of Lisbon’s many churches and buildings. There are even bars and cafés with patios for enjoying a drink from the hill. 

Street art in Lisbon

Free walking tour of Lisbon’s historic quarter 

Looking into free walking tours are a penny-pinching pastime for all budget travelers, and there are a number of superb options in Lisbon. First tip: use your hostel or hotel as a resource for finding the best free walking tours in the city. Second tip: do not skip out on touring Rua dos Correeiros, where there are Roman buildings and walls still standing. Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros is one of the most popular walking tours in Lisbon and certainly should be considered. 

Explore Lisbon’s Roman ruins

In the aftermath of Lisbon’s disastrous earthquake of 1755, much of the city was rebuilt. While it had to be done, much of Lisbon’s historic architecture was lost, including a great deal of infrastructure left by the Romans. Still, there are Roman ruins peppered throughout Lisbon that can be explored. Teatro Romano, Casa dos Bicos, Fundação José Saramago, and the Eurostars Museum are the best places to appreciate artifacts and Roman architecture. 

Street art at Galeria de Arte Urbana

You’ll have to climb up the steep Calçada da Glória in order to appreciate it, but the Galeria de Arte Urbana is one of the must-visit contemporary art exhibits in Lisbon. Portugal has a world-famous tradition of street art, where the medium is revered rather than suppressed. The Galeria is a sanctioned exhibit featuring the best street art in Portugal, often from local artists. The view from the hill is almost as iconic as the art itself. 

Cheap places to eat in Lisbon

Cheap places to eat in Lisbon

With amazing street food and market scenes, Lisbon is the perfect city for cheap eats. While the restaurants and bars serve delicious traditional Portuguese food, you can save money AND experience local flavors by preparing your own food or finding cheap bites by checking a cafe's social media channels for specials and deals.

Pastéis de nata are the perfect budget bite 

Regardless of your budget, you definitely want to try local delicacies, pastéis de nata, while you’re in Lisbon. It’s a sweet custard tart dusted with cinnamon or powdered sugar that pairs perfectly with an espresso or coffee. Locals start their day with a trip to the café for one of these delicious and incredibly cheap delicacies

Cantina das Freiras

This casual spot is located near plenty of notable landmarks in the Chiado neighborhood, but it’s surprisingly affordable, perhaps because it’s a little tough to find. Located on the top floor of an office building, Cantina das Freiras has an amazing rooftop terrace overlooking the river. The menu is approachable and affordable as well, making it the ideal casual dinner with a view. 

Café Beira Gare

If you’re taking the train through Rossio Train Station , this is the perfect spot to stop for a cheap sandwich and a beer. It can get crowded at peak hours, but it's worthwhile for its delicious pork steak sandwich and lively atmosphere. 

Padaria do Povo

This is your classic Lisbon diner, with casual counter service and a large terrace for a relaxing meal and drinks. The menu features traditional Portuguese snacks and small plates that are called petiscos. It’s the perfect place for socializing and drinking in a beautiful setting without breaking the bank. 

Cheap bars in Lisbon

Cheap bars in Lisbon

Drinking in a new city can be intimidating, but Lisbon has one of the most approachable and affordable bar scenes in Europe. The price for a beer at a normal bar is around $3-$4, and most options are way more flavorful than cheap beer in the US. Super Bock is the most popular option in Lisbon, and this delicious lager is brewed by the country’s oldest brewery. 

For wine drinkers, Lisbon is also an affordable travel destination, with a glass costing around $4 at most bars and restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out Port Wine, which is a regional delicacy made in the region around Lisbon. The Port winemaking industry has recently been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

If you’re looking for inexpensive bars, look into places that aren’t near popular landmarks or tourist areas. It’s smart to seek out places where locals actually go. You’ll not only find inexpensive drinks but a more authentic experience. Cinco Lounge, Maria Caxuxa, Pavilhão Chinês, and Pai Tirano are all popular watering holes with Lisbon locals. 

Lisbon travel hacks

Bonus budget tips for Lisbon

Personal finance and travel don't always mix. Luckily, there are plenty of great travel hacks to make Lisbon an affordable travel destination.

Visit Lisbon during the off-season

One of the most obvious budget hacks for visiting Lisbon is still true. Visiting during the off-season is one of the best ways to save money. The tourist season runs from June to September, like just about everywhere else. Not only are lodging and rental cars more expensive, but the most prominent attractions and landmarks also become overrun with tourists. 

Luckily, Lisbon is in Southern Europe, with a warmer climate that makes visiting during “shoulder season” or winter just as, if not more, pleasant to visit. Temperatures dip down into the 50s at night during the fall and spring, but the daytime is as enjoyable as any in Europe. If anything, shoulder season is more comfortable than the sweltering Portuguese summer. This means you’ll avoid the sweaty mess that most attractions turn into when they are swamped with travelers and tour groups. If you see cheap flights and an inexpensive hotel room, don't be afraid to book.

Flight deals will be less expensive, but so will lodging. Hotels and hostels are considerably less expensive during fall and winter, which will really help save money on things like foreign transaction fees and traveler’s insurance as well. 

Invest in a Lisbon Card 

Recently, travel cards have gone by the wayside in favor of researching and online deals, but the Lisboa Card has found a way to remain one of the best budget hacks for visiting the Portuguese capital. It’s an amazing value if you are looking to visit multiple tourist attractions and jet around this bustling city using public transportation. 

There are 26 historical landmarks and attractions that Lisboa Card holders will have free or discounted access to. Some of these are UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Belem Tower or Jeronimos Monastery. Another important function of the Lisboa Card is that you can often skip long lines to access these landmarks. 

The Lisboa Card also grants unlimited access to Lisbon’s public transport system, which will help you reach all of the landmarks you plan on visiting. Buying the Lisbon Card ahead of time will allow you to start using the trains and buses from Lisbon Airport, or even help you get to a day trip destination. 

Prepare your own meals at least once a day 

While trying new foods and exploring a country’s restaurant and café culture are imperative for a full travel experience, it can get expensive. One of the best ways to save money on a trip is to limit the number of meals you eat at restaurants by cooking your own meals. 

Luckily, Lisbon’s markets and delis provide flavorful and authentic ingredients for preparing a picnic or traditional homemade meal. The best part of this strategy has to be the ultra-cheap prices for bottles of wine, which start at around $4.

Saving money while traveling can be difficult. Flight deals, off-season bargains, and lodging that’s miles away from the city center don’t always pan out. Fortunately, a Lisbon trip doesn’t have to break the bank. There are so many great free things to do in Lisbon , and even more that charge nominal entrance fees. And with a little planning, it’s incredibly easy to find affordable lodging, delicious but affordable food and drink, and a budget-friendly itinerary. 

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25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

By Brianna | April 18, 2018

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Lisbon, Portugal seems to be on everyone’s travel radar these days. Europe’s second oldest capital is equal parts grit and grandeur with both a timeless appeal and modern allure. Lisbon has centuries of history and tradition but is also fiercely independent with a creative streak which makes it one of the most captivating cities in Europe. With so much to see, do and eat planning to travel to Lisbon can be a little daunting, but armed with these tips you can make your first trip to Lisbon one to remember.

25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

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1.Arriving to Lisbon

The Lisbon Portela Airport is Portugal’s main international hub and is well serviced by over 30 airlines. For the most direct way to reach your hotel taxis and Uber are plentiful and costs apporoximately 15 Euro. The most affordable ways to get to Lisbon’s city center are the Metro ( a 25 minute trip on the red line connecting through Saldanha station) or by bus with multiple bus routes serving the city. Check Lisbon Airport’s site for the lastest route information. Visitors from the EU, Britain, Canada and the US do not need a visa, check Visit Portugal for the latest entry requirements.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument of the Discoveries)-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

2.Transportation in Lisbon

Lisbon Trams-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

Public transportation in Lisbon is decent but not as good as other European capitals. The VivaViagem card is reusable (and offers discounted fares vs. single fare tickets) and can be used for trams, buses, trains and the metro. Taxis, tuk-tuks and Uber are also widely available.

3. Money in Portugal

As part of the EU Lisbon uses the Euro, but compared to other European capitals your money goes far here making Lisbon a great destination for the budget traveler. ATMs are plentiful and most businesses accept credit cards. Beer or a glass of wine can be had for as little as 2 Euro, a quick sandwich for less than 5 Euro, casual menu del dia for 8 Euro and sit down dinners from 15 Euro.

4.Weather in Lisbon

Cais do Sodre-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

Weather in Lisbon is fairly moderate with warm summers and cooler,wetter winters. Average high temperatures from June-August range from 80-90 degrees F (25-30 degrees C) while daytime temps in December-February average around 55 degrees F ( 13 degrees C) but are typically wetter than other times of the year. Spring and autumns are glorious with sunny days and average temperatures in the 70s F (22-26 degrees C).

5. Accommodations in Lisbon

Lisbon has a wide range of accommodations from budget hostels to boutique inns and luxury hotels. Renting an apartment is an increasingly popular option but with the popularity of Lisbon as a travel destination many apartment owners are opting to rent through short term sites like Airbnb instead of the traditional long term rental. This unfortunately has priced a lot of locals out of the center of Lisbon.

>Hostels in Lisbon  

>Boutique Hotels in Lisbon

>Luxury Hotels in Lisbon

6. Lisbon has hills. Seven of them.

Lisbon hills-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

Like Rome, Lisbon is a city of seven hills and no matter which direction you go it feels like you are always walking up. While I am more than happy to walk these hills (mainly so I can justify eating all the pastel de nata), the people of Lisbon have developed a few easier ways to traverse these steep hills including its famous trams and even an elevator in the middle of the city ( I’ll have more on these shortly).

Itinerary for Four Days in Lisbon

7. Make sure to wear good shoes

Chiado,Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon’s sidewalk mosaic tiles are gorgeous but also quite slick. Be sure to wear shoes with good tread to avoid taking a spill.

8.Lisbon trams

Lisbon Trams-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

Perhaps no other image is more associated with Lisbon than a yellow tram climbing the cobblestoned hills past historic tiled buildings (I may or may not have taken over 100 pictures of trams during my visit). Trams are a part of Lisbon’s public transport and can be a great way to get from point A to point B. Tram #28 is especially popular with tourists as it goes pasts several of Lisbon’s most popular sights however it can be quite crowded with wait times to board at over an hour. Tram #28’s popularity with tourists has also made it quite popular with pickpockets as well.

9. For the best views in Lisbon follow signs for Miraduoros

Miraduoros(scenic overlooks in Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

If you see a sign leading the way to a Miraduoro it would be a good idea to follow where it goes. These scenic overlooks can be found throughout Lisbon. For views overlooking the red tiled roofs of the Alfama district and the Tejo River head to Miraduoro Portas do Sol; or check out the Miraduoro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara near Barrio Alto for great views and people watching.

10. Take in Lisbon’s beautiful sunset views

Sunset views in Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

More than any other city I’ve been to it seems like much of Lisbon was built solely for taking in amazing sunset views. Join the locals and end your day taking in some of the best sunsets in Europe.

Lisbon Neighborhoods

The Alfama district is a beautiful maze of cobblestone alleys, cozy squares, terracotta tiled roofs and surprises around every corner. Lisbon’s oldest and most traditional neighborhood was untouched by the earthquake of 1755 and today you’re still likely to the sounds of fado echoing through the alleys as you pass ladies hanging their laundry out to dry but you’ll also find Lisbon’s creative spirit on display in the form of colorful street art. The Alfama District is home to the 11th century Sao Jorge Castle and the Se Cathedral, which has been serving Lisbon’s catholic population since 1150.

Alfama, Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

12. Barrio Alto

A quiet residential neighborhood by day the Barrio Alto comes alive once the sun goes down. Bistros, bars and clubs keep the Barrio Alto buzzing late into the night.

Barrio Alto,Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

13. Cais do Sodre

Once a seedy area frequented by hard-drinking sailors Cais do Sodre is now home to trendy bars and cafes. Be sure to stop by the Time Out Market and the Mercado da Ribiera to taste the best of Lisbon’s contemporary and traditional flavors.

Pink Stret in Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

To the west of downtown Lisbon lies Belem, once the port area for Lisbon and departure point for Portuguese explorers during the Age of Exploration. A visit to Belem is one of the top things to do in Lisbon . The Tower of Belem (which in my opinion would make an excellent Game of Thrones filming location) has been seeing off explorers since the 16th century. Nearby the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is an intricate Unesco World Heritage site with fantastical architecturl details. Belem is also home to Lisbon’s museum district including the contemporary MAAT ( Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology).

To reach Belem take the train or tram 15E from Cais do Sodre.

Tower of Belem,Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal


Located between Barrio Alto and Alfama the neighborhoods of Chiado and Baixia are Lisbon’s upscale neighborhoods. Chiado is artistic, with grand cafes, chic art galleries and a proud literary history. This is also where you’ll find some of Lisbon’s most beautiful architecture including the stunning Carmo Convent, a medieval convent that was destroyed in the earthquake of 1755 whose facade is beautiful and timeless. Baixia is home to wide leafy boulevards lined with tony boutiques and the Elevator de Santa Justa, a wrought iron lift that connects Chiado and Baixia. A popular tourist attraction, waits to ride the elevator can be over an hour. Snap a picture and go on your way.

Santa Justa Elevator,Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

Food and Drink in Lisbon in lisbon.

With a focus on simple, fresh ingredients food in Lisbon may be the most underrated cuisine in Europe. With miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean Lisbon is a seafood lovers paradise (more on that below); but carnivores should be sure to sample porco preto , Portugal’s beloved black pork. These Iberian pigs eat a diet of acorns from the cork oak trees that thrive in the Alentejo countryside producing pork with a distinctly nutty taste. Also not to be missed is presunto , a silky dry-cured ham that in my opinion is better than Spain’s jamon iberico. Caldo Verde is a simple but comforting classic Portuguese kale soup. I believe a food tour is a great way to get to know a city and its cuisine in a short amount of time, join one of the culinary walking tours with Backstreet Eats.

What to eat in Lisbon

17. those appetizers aren’t free.

It’s common for waiters to bring out a little plate of nibbles (known as couvert ) at the beginning of the meal that usually includes olives, bread and cheese but be aware it’s not a freebie. To avoid being charged politely send the plate of goodies back untouched.

Seafood in Lisbon25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

From simply grilled sardine and freshly fried octopus to hundreds of ways to prepare cod (bacalhau) Lisbon is without a doubt one of the best cities for seafood lovers. Lisbon also elevates canned seafood to an art form. Colorful tins contain oil packed sardines, tuna, mackerel and smoked eel that is worlds above that sad can of tuna sitting in your pantry and make for a great souvenir to get in Lisbon .

19. Eat all the pastel de nata (and other pastries)

Pastel de nat,Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

When you’re in Lisbon you really need to make it your mission to eat as much pastel de nata as humanly possible. This creamy, egg yolk-based custard tart is ubiquitous throughout Lisbon. The guide books will tell you to go to Pasteis de Belem, which has been serving up flaky tarts since 1837 but can also have up to a two hour wait. Instead get your tart fix at Manteigaria, a cozy art deco pasteleria in the Barrio Alto neighborhood. Aside from pastel de nata you will find bakeries on every corner filled with a diverse variety of Portuguese pastries. Be sure to pair your sweet treat with a cup of coffee or bica  (espresso), which is excellent thanks in part to Portugal’s close relationship with Brazil.

20. What to drink in Lisbon

25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

You’re likely familiar with port, the sweet fortified wine from the north of Portugal, but Lisbon has a wide variety of great wine thanks to its proximity to the Alentejo. Whether you enjoy a glass with lunch or head to one of Lisbon’s many wine bars after the sun goes down wine is Lisbon is plentiful, affordable and above all very good.

The other drink you must try in Lisbon is ginjinha, a sweet liqueur made from sour cherries. Served straight or in a chocolate cup (my favorite), ginjinha can be found in the many kiosks that dot Lisbon.

The soulful melodies of fado are Lisbon’s version of the blues. Songs full of meloncholy and heartache sung with the masterful strums of a 12-string guitar are the soundtrack to Lisbon. Head to a tasca for authenic fado, Povo Lisboa  in Cais do Sodre and Tasca do Chico in Barrio Alto are local favorites.

22.Safety in Lisbon

Barrio Alto, Lisbon-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal has a fairly low crime rate but it’s advised to take the usual precautions as you would in any big city. Pick-pocketing and petty theft can be common in trams, particularly the touristy tram #28.

Day trips from Lisbon

Cascais,Portugal-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

Cascais is the closest beach town to downtown Lisbon . A 30 minute train ride from the Cais do Sodre train station this charming town offers sun drenched beaches, dramatic cliffside views of the Atlantic Ocean, whitewashed homes and perpetual sunshine. I was contemplating a move here 10 minutes after arriving.

>Hotels in Cascais

Pena Palace in SIntra,Portugal-25 Tips for Your First Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

If you take only one day trip from Lisbon make it Sintra . The main draw in Sintra is the colorful fairytale castle of Pena Palace , but this Unesco World Heritage Site also boasts the medieval Moorish Castle and the whimsical home and gardens of Quinta de Regaliera .Trains to Sintra leave from Lisbon’s Rossio train station every half hour and the journey takes around 40 minutes.

>Hotels in Sintra

Evora is the heart of the Alentejo, Portugal’s largest wine and agricultural region. Explore Roman ruins and the Chapel of Bones (a church decorated with hundreds of bones from human skeletons) or taste your way through the nearby vineyards. Evora is about a 90 minute train or bus ride from Lisbon.

Hotels in Evora

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Tamara says

April 19, 2018 at 8:09 am

Great tips, thank you! Perfect timing as I am headed there next week.

April 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

#17 took us by surprise on our first trip! We learned quickly though! Great tips!

Esther says

April 20, 2018 at 12:41 pm

I agree with all of these! Visited Lisbon twice and couldn’t get enough. I also recommend Lux, an old textile factory now home to many independent shops and great restaurants and clubs. For a day on the beach I recommend Sesimbra over Cascais, it’s a lot less crowded and touristy. #WeekendWanderlust

April 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Amazing tips! I will definitely need them for when I go in the near future. Pinned.

Brianna says

April 27, 2018 at 9:41 pm

Goblinette says

April 20, 2018 at 5:37 pm

Great tips. Haven’t been in LIsbon yet, but it looks lovely.

April 27, 2018 at 9:42 pm

I loved Lisbon and can’t wait to go back!

April 20, 2018 at 5:42 pm

MMMM. Pastel de Nata is my favourite! Great resource!

April 27, 2018 at 9:43 pm

Pastel de nata is the best!

Obligatory Traveler says

April 20, 2018 at 9:37 pm

Great Post. Thanks for including so much great information, especially information about transportation. Since we usually don’t rent cars, it’s good to know the reliability of the public transportation. It’s also nice to know about the wait time for Tram #28 to meter expectations. The food and drinks look delicious. #WeekendWanderlust

April 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

I hope you find this post helpful if you make it to Lisbon.

Sandi Kowalyshyn says

May 27, 2019 at 9:20 am

Hi Brianna! Can you tell me if it is safe to wear my diamond Jewelry in Lisbon?

Thanks! Sandi

Simone says

April 21, 2018 at 4:47 am

As I’ll be in Portugal during my van trip in September, I’ll definitely use all this infos once in Lisbon. Great pictures!

Can’t wait to see your adventures!

Rhonda Albom says

April 21, 2018 at 8:23 am

I skipped Lisbon when I travelled through Portugal years ago and have regretted it. You seem to have put all the basic travel information about Lisbon together in one spot. This is one resource that I will use when I return to see Lisbon.

Amanda Grace says

April 21, 2018 at 10:57 am

Yessss. This is exactly what I needed!!! Thank you for sharing.

April 27, 2018 at 9:48 pm

You will love Portugal!

Nicole says

April 21, 2018 at 11:24 am

This is a great post. I think that you cover many practical issues that travellers need to know in order arrive and move around the city easily. We spent days in Sintra a few years back and loved it there. We will definitely need to go back to Lisbon to explore more.

April 27, 2018 at 9:49 pm

Isn’t Sintra just magical?

Annie Soul says

April 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Great tips! I’m really looking forward to checking out some of the districts and food 🙂 thanks for the info!

April 27, 2018 at 9:50 pm

Any district or food pique your fancy?

Marcus and Mel says

April 21, 2018 at 1:19 pm

A great detailed and useful list. We were there last Spring and loved the place. You definitely need good shoes with all those hills and the pretty pavements are quite slippery, especially when wet. The Time Out Market offers a range of food suitable for all tastes. We really enjoyed our trip to Sintra, make sure you go early.

April 27, 2018 at 9:52 pm

Glad you enjoyed this post, I want to go back!

Lorial Roballo says

April 21, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Ugh I love Lisbon. I visited here in 2016 and it one of my op places to travel to in Europe. That view from the Miraduoro is absolute perfection and even though you get a GREAT instagram photo. It just isn’t the same from real life. Pastéis de Belém was hands down the best pastry that I’ve had during my time in Europe. And I wish I could find it here in St. Louis. Maybe I can I just haven’t checked. Great article and wonderful photos! 🙂

April 27, 2018 at 9:54 pm

Thank you! Perhaps it’s time for a return trip?

April 21, 2018 at 8:53 pm

Thank you very much for this post, I’m actually just starting to plan my trip to Portugal and this post is the first to be saved into my Portugal folder. I’m looking to go in July, flying into Porto and heading North before heading south and of course I will be spending quite some time in Lisbon. Friends of mine have told me i will fall in love with it, and from just reading through this post I can see why. It’s good to know that appetisers are not free, and good advice on the footwear for the slippery streets – I’ll be honest after reading through this I’m most looking forward to trying my first pastel de nata with a Bica 😀 – I can’t wait to get out there 😀 😀

April 27, 2018 at 9:55 pm

I can’t wait to see how your trip goes!

April 22, 2018 at 4:02 am

This is a really great list! Hoping I’ll get to go to Lisbon soon so definitely saving this 🙂 #WeekendWanderlust

April 27, 2018 at 9:57 pm

Thanks a bunch!

Fiona Maclean says

April 22, 2018 at 9:47 am

Although I’ve travelled around Portugal a lot, I haven’t been to Lisbon since I was 30. In fact, it was for my 30th birthday! I went with my boyfriend in search of fado and ended up drinking far too many tequila slammers…I definitely needed some of your tips to keep me focussed. I’m planning to go back this year so I’ll be bookmarking this and using some of your great tips on where to go (Belem for instance) and what to eat (black pork!)

April 27, 2018 at 9:59 pm

Stick to port and ginja this time;)

April 22, 2018 at 12:13 pm

I remember arriving in Lisbon and thinking we can walk all over— oh wait, we could but it is hilly so you are right— you need to wear comfy shoes. We bought the tram card and that kinda saved our lives. Lisbon is pretty but its a lot of exercise— well I guess we just eat and walk it off. We also enjoyed the day trips outside Lisbon.

April 27, 2018 at 10:01 pm

Like I said, I didn’t mind all the walking so I could eat more 🙂

Dorene says

April 22, 2018 at 5:34 pm

Could the sky have been more blue than during your visit to Lisbon? 🙂 I so look forward to getting there, and this is the perfect post for me – lots of great tips and navigation before arrival. I like your detail of the neighborhoods – good to know where to go. Alfama will definitely be on my list. Good to know about the friendly appetizer plates, I would have definitely fallen for that. Bookmarked for future visit.

April 27, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Alfama is absolutely beautiful, great choice!

Efthimis Kragaris says

April 23, 2018 at 7:52 am

Great guide. Hopefully I will visit Lisbon this year. Can’t wait to enjoy some great Portuguese wine while listening to fados and watch the sunset view from the various miradouros. The tiles and the trams are also so instagrammable!

Michelle says

April 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm

I haven’t been to Lisbon yet, so these tips will come in handy when we get there. I didn’t realize the city was so hilly!

Kathleen says

April 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Such great tips. I’ve just recently become interested in visiting Portugal, although I never would have turned it down before. Lisbon is so beautiful and picturesque. I really love the tiled walls and sidewalks. The little tarts look like some we had in China. I wonder if they are similar. The ones in China are a sweet egg tart, not tasting like egg at all.

April 27, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Portugal’s food culture spread around the world so I’m guessing the tarts would be very similar.

Siddhartha Joshi says

April 23, 2018 at 11:36 pm

Lisbon is such a dream destination for me, and sadly I haven’t been there at all despite going to Europe so often. Thanks to your lovely guide I am even more inspired 🙂

Thanks for including handy tips also like pick-pocketing in trams and so on…very useful for planning and being mindful 🙂

Indrani says

April 24, 2018 at 12:23 am

I agree with you on – the yellow trams are a symbol of Lisbon. The Elevator de Santa Justa surprised me. Seeing the queue I took just a pic 😛 🙂 Enjoyed reading the post, it was like revisiting.

Medha Verma says

April 24, 2018 at 6:43 am

What a beautifully detailed post! Thanks for the advice on wearing good shoes for those street walks and I am happy to know that it’s a budget destination. Also, it seems like the VivaViagem card is a good investment for those who want to travel in a budget way, using public transportation. Alfama district’s street art looks great!

Julie McCool says

April 25, 2018 at 8:49 am

Excellent round-up of tips. I love the mix of practical info and travel inspiration (those sunsets look amazing). I stayed in Sintra but only passed through Lisbon, so it’s time for another trip to Portugal.

Miranda| Migration Expert UK says

May 7, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Great blog post with lots of useful information about Lisbon! Thanks so much for sharing.

May 10, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Great tips Brianna, thanks very much! I am planning to visit Lisbon for the first time soon, these will come handy.

June 13, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Hopefully you get to Lisbon sooner rather than later!

Sarah Montgomery says

May 13, 2018 at 6:23 am

We’re heading over to Lisbon for the summer and your article was really insightful. It’s great to know that public transport would be easily available as we’re not looking to rent a car. I’m especially looking forward to watching over the stunning views and munching on pastel de nata. Loved the read.

June 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm

I’m glad you found it helpful!

Tina Wright says

May 14, 2018 at 6:05 am

Thanks for such an informative blog. Perfect for our 48 hours in Lisbon next month. So glad I found you, makes my planning easier.

June 13, 2018 at 8:40 pm

You will have a fantastic time in Lisbon!

Matthew Ali says

May 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Wonderful post – you covered almost every aspect for a trip to Lisbon. I’ve been there 2 years ago and it is one of the best places to visit in Portugal.

June 13, 2018 at 8:42 pm

I absolutely loved Lisbon and can’t wait to go back!

KB Burt says

November 1, 2018 at 8:24 pm

Ooh, it brings it all back! I haven’t been since 2010 but I loved it. I was quite ill and had to spend a good portion of my ten days on the hotel rooftop in Baixa and it could not have been a better place to recuperate (I’m a city girl and not good at beaches). The people were so nice and helpful, genuinely and I couldn’t agree more about the food! It’s a great place for dietary restrictions as well as you can get such simply cooked, delicious food. One piece of advice I got there was to be careful where there are signs warning against pickpockets – apparently lots of people check their wallet as soon as they see it and it’s a big help to pickpockets hanging around! 🙂

February 20, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Lisbon used to be a nice place to visit but it changed completely over the past 5 years. Now it’s just an artificial and stressful city packed with tourists everywhere. It became the perfect place to have coffee at Starbucks, have fast-food at international food chains or expensive dinners at the latest Butanese restaurant, cross thousands of useless souvenir shops full of made in China products, queue for anything slightly interesting while pickpockets do their job, squeeze and bump into other tourists in overcrowded side walks and not being able to meet and talk to a single Portuguese resident with a non-tourist job. It also became a very expensive city with dinner costing 40 euros/person and hotels averaging 100 euros/night. If you want to experience the Portuguese culture and gastronomy for 1/3 of those prices then run away from Lisbon as fast as you can. I hate to say this but overtourism killed Lisbon and its authenticity. I’d recommend other places in Portugal that are still not that popular such as Braga/Guimaraes/Geres/Coimbra/Aveiro in the North, Sintra/Guincho/Cascais/Evora/Sesimbra/Arrabida/Comporta close to Lisbon or Costa Vicentina/Algarve (Lagos, Tavira, Vilamoura) in the South.

Michela says

April 21, 2019 at 4:23 am

I have been to Lisbon a couple of times, and just realised that it’s a long time ago! This post is inspiring and very detailed, that make me want to go back to Portugal and Lisbon, hopefully soon again. Thanks for sharing!

September 6, 2020 at 2:49 am

This is a great list of tips, we totally agree with the amazing food in Lisbon, however we would recommend that you try to find the smaller cafes and restaurants, where you will here the locals, this will often mean that the food is made for local tastes and not for tourists. But yes, where ever you go to in Lisbon, try a pastel de Nata, like the Bacalhao, every baker, has a slight twist on the recipe, which means you never get the same one twice, which means that you have to try every one you see.

Sarah Patel says

January 15, 2024 at 6:57 am

Hey Brianna!

I really enjoyed reading your post, it is very complete!

I am planning a trip to Lisbon, and I really wanted to make a stop at Évora, since I am passionate about history, and I do enjoy drinking a glass of wine from time to time.

A friend of mine, who’s been there a few times, suggested I booked a guided tour , but I am still looking for more options, collecting as much of information as I can so I can make an informed decision.

Based on your experience, what would you recommend?

Thanks again for this great post!

Sarah Patel

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21+ Hidden Gems in Lisbon: Secret Spots + Offbeat Treasures

With its tantalizing maze of small streets, quirky museums, and unique neighborhoods, seeking out all of the incredible secret spots in Lisbon is a delight!

While a couple of decades ago you could easily argue that the city of Lisbon itself–not to mention Portugal as a whole–was a hidden gem, today, travelers need to work (slightly) harder to get off the beaten path in Lisbon.

Luckily, it’s still not too difficult: while highlights like the Jerónimos Monastery and Miradouro das Portas do Sol are constantly filled with visitors (though significantly less so if you visit Lisbon in winter ), there is still a treasure trove of fantastic and uncrowded places to visit in Lisbon.

We were lucky enough to spend over a year calling Lisbon home and found countless offbeat and unusual things to do in Lisbon along the way.

We’ve curated this guide to hidden gems in Lisbon to cover some of the absolute best, along with our personal favorites, ranging from world-class museums to quirky points of interest.

If you’re heading to Portugal soon and are hoping to experience Lisbon off the beaten path, here are the (semi) secret Lisbon spots you need to know about!

Table of Contents

A Note on Using the Lisbon Card to Access Hidden Gems

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If you’re hoping to enjoy several of Lisbon’s top hidden gems during your trip, be sure to price out the Lisbon Card !

As of 2023, the Lisbon Card isn’t necessarily the best option for travelers planning to spend a typical few days in Lisbon hitting up the city’s highlights–but when it comes to offbeat museums and less-visited viewpoints, it can be a great deal.

All of the entrance fees included with the Lisbon Card are listed with the pass details , and it includes entrance to many off the beaten path Lisbon attractions covered in this guide, including the National Carriage Museum, National Tile Museum, Arco da Rua Augusta, and more.

Public transportation within Lisbon and the nearby area is also included in the pass.

The Lisbon Card may not be right for every traveler, but for visitors hoping to get off the beaten path, it can be a bargain!

Check inclusions and shop for the Lisbon Card today!

kate storm in a blue dress in the monastery of sao vicente, one of the best places in lisbon off the beaten path

Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

If you’re hoping to enjoy the beauty of a Portuguese monastery without either leaving the city or fighting the inevitable crowds at the Jerónimos Monastery, head right to the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora!

Dating to the 17th century, this beautiful monastery has everything a visitor could hope for: gorgeous azulejos , very few crowds, and even stunning views from the rooftop.

The architecture is a mish-mash of styles that have melded together over the centuries, but could primarily be described as Mannerism, with most of the current architecture dating to the 18th century.

This is one of our personal favorite hidden gems in Lisbon, and, thanks to its location near Graça, it’s an easy addition to most Lisbon itineraries, too. 

Don’t miss the monastery’s church, either!

Unlike the monastery itself, the church is free to visit.

monastery of sao vicente de fora, one of the best hidden gems in lisbon secret spots

Jardim da Estrela

I am quite biased, as we lived a 5-minute walk from this beautiful park for a year, but the Jardim da Estrela is easily one of the most delightful hidden gems in Lisbon.

Dating to the 19th century, this carefully laid out and maintained park feels like a mash-up of an English garden and a Portuguese park, complete with a wrought iron bandstand, two different kiosks selling coffee and snacks, duck ponds, statues, and exotic trees and plants.

The whole beautiful package is overlooked by the Basilica da Estrela, and it is a wonderful place to grab a coffee, settle into a table in the shade, and relax.

Despite the fact that the Jardim da Estrela is located right along the Tram 28 line, it’s not overwhelmed with tourists (schoolchildren are a different story, but they add to the ambiance).

pond with a statue in the center in jardim da estrela garden, one of the most beautiful offbeat places in lisbon

The Crypt of Saint Anthony

Just a handful of steps down the hill from the Lisbon Cathedral, you’ll find the beautiful and free-to-visit Igreja Santo Antonio, built in honor of the patron saint of Lisbon.

While the interior of the church itself is lovely, the true secret spot in Lisbon that you can access here is the crypt.

Said to be the place where Saint Anthony was born in the 12th century, this small crypt is an interesting (and quite hidden) corner of the city.

To access it, make a hard left as soon as you enter the church.

Head down the tiled hallway, well past the toilets and the collection of relics, until you reach a dead end.

There, turn right, proceed down the staircase, and you’ll find yourself in Saint Anthony’s crypt!

interior of a small room in st anthonys church, one of the best hidden gems in lisbon portugal

Igreja de São Domingos

Tucked away behind an unassuming white facade, just steps away from Rossio Square, lies the memorable Church of São Domingos.

It’s one of the most unique churches in Lisbon, and one of my personal favorites!

Originally dedicated in the 13th century, the Church of São Domingos was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1531… and then again in the infamous earthquake of 1755.

Fast forward a couple of hundred years, and a 1959 fire caused even more damage.

The church has been restored, but in such a way that its scars are clearly and obviously preserved.

The effect is one of the most striking church interiors in Lisbon and one that’s definitely worth ducking inside to see!

interior of church of sao domingos, one of the most unique churches lisbon in 3 days

Ajuda Palace

Despite being absolutely beautiful and the one-time home of the Portuguese royal family, the lovely Ajuda Palace is still a somewhat secret Lisbon attraction.

Originally commissioned in the wake of the earthquake of 1755, the palace took centuries to complete due to various political and economic upheavals.

Standing tall on a hill overlooking Belém, the Ajuda Palace was the final official residence of the Portuguese royal family before the revolution in 1910.

Today, though, it is a gorgeous, furnished palace, and an interesting and beautiful alternative to the crowded palaces of Sintra.

exterior facade of ajuda palace lisbon, with purple flowers in the foreground

Arco da Rua Augusto

Just about everyone who visits Lisbon will marvel at (and probably photograph) the beautiful Arco da Rua Augusta that stands proudly at the edge of the Praça do Comércio–but only a very small handful will admire the view from the top!

This intricate triumphal arch, built to honor the city’s rebirth after the devastating earthquake of 1755, boasts a fantastic view of the Praça do Comércio.

Heading to the top, which is accomplished by a combination of an elevator ride and a quick climb, is quick and simple.

Despite walking by the arch more times than I can count, I’ve never seen a line here!

I won’t necessarily say the view is the absolute best in Lisbon–but it is pretty fantastic, and worth the few Euro (visiting is also included with the Lisbon Card ) for travelers seeking out the best hidden gems in Lisbon.

view of praca do comercio from the top of the arch of rua augusta, one of the best lisbon off the beaten path viewpoints

National Museum of the Azulejo (National Tile Museum)

Housed in the Madre de Deus Convent that dates to 1509, the National Museum of the Azulejo is solidly off the beaten path in Lisbon in a very literal sense–most visitors will likely take a cab ride specifically to get here.

It’s absolutely worth going out of the way for though. In fact, this may be my favorite museum in all of Lisbon!

Dedicated solely to Portuguese azulejos , the delightful painted tiles that are near-synonymous with the style of the country, the museum houses an impressive array of azulejos with some dating back as far as the 15th century.

gilded room inside lisbon museum of the azulejo, one of the best secret lisbon travel destinations

Among the unmissable features of the museum is a 75-foot-long panel of azulejos showing the Lisbon skyline as it was in 1700 (in other words, 55 years before the infamous earthquake of 1755 literally reshaped the city).

The opulent Madre de Deus Convent Church can also be found here, and is a must-see!

Generally speaking, while Lisbon has some beautiful azulejos , the famous tiles aren’t as common in the capital as they are in, say, Porto.

If you are an azulejo fan planning to visit Lisbon, the museum is the perfect place to admire them!

staircase lined with azulejos in lisbon museum

Street Art of Lisbon

Lisbon is packed with beautiful street art, but the names Vhils and Bordalo II both reign large over the city’s art scene.

If you’re looking for hidden gems in Lisbon, going on a self-led scavenger hunt for some of their work is a fantastic way to explore.

Vhils is primarily known for moving portraits done in unique mediums, and Bordalo II for larger-than-life colorful statues, and both artists are incredible.

If you’d rather not explore alone, a Lisbon street art tour is a popular way to discover less-visited street art in the city, and learn the history of the pieces along the way!

Book your Lisbon street art tour today!

street art portrait by vhils in alfama lisbon

Basilica da Estrela

The Basilica da Estrela holds a special place in my heart among all of these Lisbon hidden gems: for a year, we called the neighborhood home and I admired this building almost daily!

Built in the 18th century by Queen Mary I, the Basilica da Estrela (or Royal Basilica and Convent of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus) features an intricate dome, a famous nativity scene carved in cork, enormous amounts of marble, and beautiful views from its rooftop.

And, despite being located right in front of one of the stops for Tram 28, it’s typically very uncrowded!

Visiting the interior of the church is free and a must-do when exploring Lisbon off the beaten path, but to experience one of Lisbon’s secret spots, keep an eye out for the climb to the rooftop.

For a nominal fee, you can admire views of Lisbon (not the very best ones, I’ll admit, but still lovely) and, even more importantly, stroll around the interior of the dome near the ceiling.

The view from the edge of the dome offers unparalleled views of the church itself, and is well worth the climb to the top!

I was lucky enough to have this view completely to myself one sunny winter afternoon, and it remains a cherished memory of exploring Lisbon.

basilica da estrela as seen from estrela garden on a sunny day

National Pantheon

With an interior heavily inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and beautiful views of the Tagus River, the National Pantheon is an excellent stop for travelers looking for unusual things to do in Lisbon.

Impressive to admire and typically uncrowded, the National Pantheon started its life as a 17th-century church before being converted to a National Pantheon in 1916 (the dome was completed 50 years later, in 1966).

Many of Portugal’s most notable figures are interred, literally or figuratively, here.

Personally, we slightly prefer the view from the nearby Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, so if you only visit one, we’d opt for the monastery.

If you have time for both, though, the National Pantheon is definitely worth a visit (and entrance is also included with the Lisbon Card ).

view of the lisbon national pantheon from above with tagus river behind it

Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha

Located a very short (and somewhat rarely for Lisbon, flat) walk from Praça do Comércio, the front facade of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha is immediately striking.

Built in the Gothic Manueline style that is so iconic to Lisbon (the same style as the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower), the facade is well worth going out a bit out of your way for.

Hidden in plain sight, this is one of those secret Lisbon attractions that is easy to see if you’re looking for it, but equally easy to miss if you’re not.

The church is very rarely open–really only on Sundays–and while the interior is worth stepping into if it happens to be unlocked, it’s not as much of a must-see as the facade.

The Manueline facade survived the earthquake of 1755, but the rest of the church did not and was rebuilt afterwards.

On a darker but very historically relevant note, I learned in Queen of the Sea: A History of Lisbon that this church is where enslaved people were forcibly baptized upon arrival in Portugal.

front facade of Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha in lisbon portugal manueline door

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Comprised of the private collection amassed by Calouste Gulbenkian, this fascinating art and history museum is a beautiful and uncrowded place to visit in Lisbon.

Stretching through 5000 years of history and including everything from Greek statues to Monet paintings, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is one of those museums where you find yourself wondering why it isn’t more crowded… while still appreciating the room to stretch out.

If you’re looking for a beautiful museum in Lisbon that is somewhat hidden in plain sight, head to the Gulbenkian for an afternoon.

Be sure to save time to wander through the expansive gardens, too!

And, if you’re ready to add a little variety to your time spent enjoying Portuguese food, we can confirm that Ground Burger , located along the edge of the garden, truly does make one of the best burgers in Lisbon.

building in the gardens of the calouste gulbenkian museum lisbon secret places

Igreja de Santiago

The small and plain exterior of the Igreja de Santiago is easy to walk by without noticing when exploring Alfama–but this seemingly plain church has a big history!

There has been a church on this spot for almost 1000 years, and today, the current church operates as the starting point for the Portuguese Way of St. James, one of the pilgrimage routes leading to Santiago de Compostela in Spain .

In other words, if you’ve ever dreamed of walking the Camino de Santiago, the Portuguese version (or one of them, anyway) starts right here in Alfama!

The church is typically closed, opening only twice a week for mass, making it more of a quick point of interest than a true hidden gem.

Since the Igreja de Santiago lies more or less across the street from the ever-popular Miradouro de Santa Luzia, though, it’s definitely worth adding to your list of things to see in Lisbon!

front facade of the igreja de santiago starting point of portuguese way, one of the lisbon secret spots hidden in plain sight

Prazeres Cemetery

Though it is technically situated at one of the endpoints of the famous Tram 28 line, the uncrowded Prazeres Cemetery still qualifies as an off the beaten path destination in Lisbon!

Few tram riders make it all the way to this stop in Campo de Ourique , and still fewer of those make it past the high walls of Prazeres Cemetery to discover how beautiful it is inside.

Exclusively decorated with mausoleums, this 19th-century cemetery is shaded, peaceful, and home to many notable figures in Portuguese history (including some Portuguese presidents).

If you continue all the way to the back of the cemetery, you’ll also be treated to beautiful views of the Tagus River and the famous 25 de Abril Bridge!

tree lined path in prazeres cemetery, one of the best hidden gems in lisbon portugal

Top of the Monument to the Discoveries

Though the Monument to the Discoveries (or  Padrão dos Descobrimentos ) is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Belém , the top of this famous monument is one of Lisbon’s secret viewpoints.

Blow past the crowds at the base to head to the top (it’s a short climb, and an elevator gets you most of the way up) of this monument for stunning views of the Belém Tower, 25 de Abril Bridge, Tagus River, Jerónimos Monastery, Cristo Rei statue, and more.

The interior of the monument has a small, somewhat interesting museum about the revitalization of Belém in the 20th century–but the real draw is definitely the view.

view of the belem tower and tagus river from the monument to the discoveries, one of the best places to visit belem lisbon

Queluz National Palace

The beautiful Queluz National Palace , with its dazzling Rococo architecture and expansive gardens, is technically one of the official palaces of Sintra… but a much less crowded one than, say, Pena Palace.

Located in Queluz between central Lisbon and Sintra, the Queluz National Palace is an excellent alternative to the more popular palaces of Sintra for those looking to stay closer to the city and/or dodge heavy crowds.

Queluz’s story is as interesting as its opulent rooms are beautiful: one of the final Rococo palaces to be built in Europe, this 18th-century palace served as the retreat of a queen in declining mental health, and was once the official residence of the Portuguese royal family.

view of queluz national palace facade from the garden

It’s also where the royal family fled from in 1807 when they moved the court to Brazil in order to avoid Napoleon.

Apart from history, though, the palace is gorgeous in its own right.

It doesn’t offer many azulejos , opting instead for the Rococo style that feels somewhat French at times.

Thanks to being one of the more unusual things to do in Lisbon, it’s also marvelously uncrowded: we practically had it to ourselves on the afternoon that we visited!

empty ballroom of queluz national palace, one of the best lisbon off the beaten path spots

The British Cemetery of Lisbon

Britain and Portugal have a very long history of being allies–so perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising to find a British cemetery in Lisbon!

As the cemetery is tucked behind a concrete wall in Estrela, though, it’s very easy to miss.

Established in the 18th century to give British Anglicans a place to be buried in Catholic Portugal, the cemetery is peaceful and lovely.

Most famously, it is the final resting place of Henry Fielding.

The cemetery is also home to the beautiful St. George’s Church, whose pink facade is immediately eye-catching!

Overall, the British Cemetery of Lisbon reminds me forcefully of the English Cemetery in Rome , which historically served a similar purpose.

gravestones under shade trees in the british cemetery of lisbon estrela

The Roman Theatre of Lisbon

Lisbon’s Roman Theatre is about as far from the Colosseum in Rome as you can imagine.

The theater is still in the process of being excavated, and rather than soaring into the sky, you’ll actually enter a covered building to see it.

If you’re interested in Lisbon’s long history, though, it’s worth a quick stop when in Alfama (the Roman Theatre is barely a stone’s throw from the Lisbon Cathedral, though it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it).

Built in the 1st century and abandoned in the 4th, the theatre was rediscovered twice, first in the 18th century and then again in the 19th century, when the discovery stuck.

Notably, it was the discovery of the Roman Theatre that told researchers that Lisbon (or Olisipo, in Roman times) was a more important city to the Roman Empire than it was once thought to be.

ruins of a roman theatre in lisbon portugal as seen from above, one of the secret lisbon spots to visit

Olaias Metro Stop

For a truly off the beaten path Lisbon attraction, head out to the Olaias metro stop on Lisbon’s red line!

Metro stops aren’t necessarily known for their art installations–but there are exceptions, and the Olaias metro stop is one of them.

Designed by Portuguese architect Tomás Taveira, Olaias has been ranked among the most beautiful metro stations in the world.

Fair warning, it is quite out of the way from most of the best things to do in Lisbon!

… But that being said, if you’re a fan of modern art, metro systems, or beautiful lighting, Olaias is an interesting place to visit.

interior of olaias metro stop with escalators and colorful ceiling, one of the best hidden gems in lisbon portugal

National Coach Museum

Lisbon’s  National Coach Museum  is one of those wonderful museums that takes a topic many of us have very little knowledge about and makes it fascinating.

Home to one of the world’s best collections of horse-drawn carriages, the National Coach Museum is a delight to explore.

The carriages date between the 17th and 19th centuries, and include everything from jaw-dropping, opulent carriages used by royalty for ceremonial purposes to a 19th-century mail coach and even a jail coach!

The carriages are arranged more or less by time period, and as you travel through the museum, you’ll find that the coaches get sleeker, simpler, and more and more familiar as the timeline inches toward the revolution of “horseless carriages”.

I love this museum and highly recommend it, but it isn’t the cheapest museum in Lisbon with tickets starting at 8 Euro.

If you plan to visit, you may want to price out whether  a Lisbon Card  (as of the time of writing, the National Coach Museum is an included attraction) is right for your trip.

opulent gold covered royal carriage at the national coach museum, one of the top things to do belem portugal

The Guard Dog of Castello

This is more of a quirky point of interest than anything else, but it brings me too much joy not to mention!

Stroll along Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, past the entrance to Castelo de São Jorge on your left, and you’ll soon come to this stuffed “guard” dog on display at one of the homes.

We’ve walked by this dog at least a dozen times, and he’s never failed to put a smile on my face!

On a more traditional tourism note, if you continue slightly further, you’ll reach the lovely Church of St. George’s Castle on the Largo de Santa Cruz do Castelo, which is worth a peek inside.

You can even climb to the top if the views from the castle itself aren’t enough for you!

guard dog of castello stuffed animal one of the cute hidden gems in lisbon portugal

Fronteira Palace

Lisbon’s gorgeous Fronteira Palace (Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira) is one of the best places to visit in Lisbon off the beaten path.

Dating to 1640 and home to one of the best collections of azulejos in the city, especially among those that you can view in their original locations, this opulent palace is a delight to visit.

The intricate gardens, with their own gorgeous azulejos , are also a large part of the appeal.

So, why is this beautiful palace so uncrowded?

To visit the interior, you’ll need to plan ahead and sign up for a guided tour , though you can visit the gardens independently.

And, to get there in the first place, you’ll likely need to take a taxi from a more central location in Lisbon.

For travelers who make the effort, though, the Fronteira Palace is a memorable hidden gem that you’ll definitely walk away thinking was worth the trip.

gardens of fronteira palace with azulejos in the background, one of the best lisbon secret spots to visit

Elevador do Lavra + Jardim do Torel

Of Lisbon’s 3 funiculars, the Elevador do Lavra is both the oldest and the least visited, making it an ideal offbeat attraction to visit in Lisbon!

Typically far less crowded than the popular Glória and Bica funiculars, but lovely to visit, the Elevador do Lavra (also called the Ascensor do Lavra) opened in 1884.

If you ride to the top, you’ll find yourself very close to the Jardim do Torel, another one of the many hidden gems in Lisbon.

This peaceful garden has a beautiful view of the city–but since it is a bit out of the way and doesn’t overlook any iconic monuments, it’s a somewhat unusual place to visit in Lisbon and tends to remain uncrowded.

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

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The Best Lisbon Hidden Gems and Secret Spots

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This is a curated list of the major Lisbon hidden gems and secret places. No touristy bullshit or pretentiousness here. Whether you are living in Lisbon , have a few extra days to explore or you’re an hipster looking for the off the beaten track, this article is for you.

Just like a kid, I’ve seen Lisbon slowly grow, modernize and bloom into the trendy hotspot that is right now. Nowadays, millions come in search for sun, food and its history-enriched sights and attractions .

The drawback of having more and more people every year is that it becomes a bit like an amusement park in some aspects. Hard to keep essence and tradition when facing the gentrification capitalist monster!

That said, there’s still authenticity underneath the outer layer of tourism.

Here’s some of my personal favorite Lisbon hidden gems to grow your city’s bucket list and fall in love with this city a bit more. 😉

My Favorite Hidden Gems and Secrets in Lisbon 💕

1 livraria do simão.

Let’s start small , shall we?

Livraria do Simão sits quietly near Escadinhas de São Cristóvão , in the southern side of São Jorge Castle hill. With only about the size of a cupboard – only 4 square meters to be more precise – it’s probably the smallest and tightest bookstore in the world. In fact it’s so tiny whenever there’s a client, Simão, the owner, has to get out of the shop! 😂

Despite the tiny size, there are roughly 4k books here, mostly used ones about the history and culture of Lisbon , Portugal as well as portuguese language. Even if you’re not a reading kind of person, this a very curious place to explore.

2 Feira da Ladra

A “hidden gem full of hidden gems” is the best way to define this place. If you’re a vintage fan and/or are looking for a bargain, definitely head to Feira da Ladra . Translated as Thieves’ Market, it’s the largest flea market in Lisboa . Many flock here for your opportunity to go home with a rare antique or a completely new outfit.

Along the way, do a bit of sightseeing in Igreja de Santa Engrácia , Panteão Nacional and Santa Apolónia . This is one of the most overlooked parts of Lisbon .

lisbon hidden gems secrets thieves market

3 The streets & alleys around the castle

Walking is the best way to explore a city and this is specially true in the case of Lisbon . The streets of Alfama , Sé and Mouraria that surround the castle are some of the most authentic, perfect to get beautifully lost. True hidden gems full of little secrets!

Among the many cobble stone alleys, expect quaint restaurants, encaged birds singing and children playing soccer while their mothers put the laundry out to dry. You’ll also find gorgeous views over Lisbon that act as sneak peaks the majestic viewpoint that is São Jorge Castle .

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4 Listen to fado… for FREE

Sadly, apart from a beautiful culture icon of the country, Fado is also the reason for major rip-offs in Lisbon . Companies sell Fado shows which basically consist of seriously overpriced combo of dinner with low-quality food + a live fado singer.

Fortunately there are a few spots where you can listen to fado for free . No ridiculous “combo packages” or mandatory drink consumption involved. If Lisboners would never pay 60 Euros to hear fado while having a sub-standard dinner, why would you?

Where to listen to fado in Lisbon for free

  • O Povo : this stylish restaurant has frequent fado shows with young singers and musicians. There is no fee for the show and you can have a full dinner of petiscos for 20 euros tops, wine included.
  • Tasca do Chico : popular charming tasca with live fado shows on Mondays and Wednesdays. No admission or fees involved, just character and personality here. I don’t recommend it for a full dinner, but great for having a drink and a bit of cheese and chouriço to nibble.
  • Museu do Fado : during the weekends the Fado Museum hosts a short fado show. The price is included in the ticket fee.

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5 Jardim do Torel

Even in a city with few green spaces, all attentions seem to be drawn into Parque Eduardo VII . A bit further down and spawning across one of the hills of Lisbon , Jardim do Torel is a lovely spot often overlooked both by travelers and locals. To give you an idea, I first went there only 5 years after I’ve moved to Lisbon !

This place is the definition of hidden beauty in a quiet and secluded area of the city. Located next to Lavra Funicular – the less visited lift in Lisbon – it’s a great place to grab a bench and enjoy the shade in a hot summer day.

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Got a place to stay in Lisbon already? (1/2) ⭐

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6 LX Factory

What once was an ugly industrial area of Lisbon is now a creative hotspot for artists, entrepreneurs and anyone seeking a different vibe. To be honest I wouldn’t call it a beautiful sight, but it’s getting there. In a way LX Factory symbolizes the recent evolution of the city to a youthful, innovative and multicultural european capital.

On this site in Alcântara you’ll find a bit of everything: chilled bars, typical restaurants, alluring bookshops as well as eclectic art galleries. Followed closely by Príncipe Real , it’s definitely the most hipster place in Lisbon .

Head to the newly opened Rio Maravilha , grab a drink or something to eat and dazzle with the fantastic views over the Tejo river and the 25 de Abril Bridge . Not cheap, but it’s the price to pay for a movie-like setting.

7 The Best Pastel de Nata In Lisbon

Traditionally portuguese pastéis de nata (custard tarts) are almost an worldwide trend now. However, no matter where you try them, nothing compares to the ones in Lisbon . Trust me, I’ve got my senses aware to hunt for natas everywhere I go.

Forget about the original Pastéis de Belém . Nowadays any good pastry shop in Lisbon has homemade pastéis de nata after all. But there is one place that has an edge over the others. It’s so good I’ve even featured as one of the must-have experiences to have in Lisbon .

Manteigaria is conveniently located in Largo de Camões , right in the edge of Chiado , Bica and Bairro Alto neighborhoods.

There is no sitting available, but with fresh-out-of-the-oven tarts and 2 of the best viewpoints of the city nearby who cares? The service is super friendly, the natas are deliciously fresh and have a slight orange-y twist. My tastebuds say so anyway.

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8 Biking In Belém Riverside

Easily one of the things I miss the most about Lisbon. I used to rent a bike in Cais do Sodré , Alcântara or Belém and pedal side-by-side with the Tejo river. This is where I actually learned to bike.

The bike lane goes all the way to Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Algés , which means around 7 km of biking along the river. Beautiful views while you serpentine around rollerbladers, joggers or families going for a walk.

On the way you’ll pass through some of the Lisbon’s most iconic sights like Torre de Belém, Padrão dos Descobrimentos and MAAT . Not to mention a new perspective right under the 25 de Abril Bridge!

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Where to rent a bike in Lisbon (to ride next to the river)

These are the best places to rent a bike close to Belém and Alcântara riverside.

  • 🚲 GIRA (the public bike sharing system of Lisbon)
  • 🚲 Belém Bike (Avenida de Brasília, right next to MAAT)
  • 🚲 BikeIberia (Largo do Corpo Santo 5)
  • 🚲 FunTrack (Doca de Alcântara, right behind Museu do Oriente)
  • 🚲 RCicla (Avenida 24 de Julho 86A)

9 The Best Miradouro In Lisbon

Lisbon is the city of miradouros (viewpoints). I often say to everyone visiting to follow any sign with the word miradouro on it. Somehow it always leads to a spectacular spot and a romantic experience .

Yet the absolute best viewpoint of Lisbon is one of the most overlooked: Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte . It’s a bit harder to get to – it actually is a great leg & butt workout – but it’s totally worth it. Taking in the gorgeous panoramic view is one of the best memories you’ll ever have from Lisbon . You can see everything – the castle, the Baixa district, the river as well as almost all of the other miradouros .

If you want to take the best of the moment, bring a beer or a bottle of wine with you and head here just before sunset.

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10 A Ginjinha

Speaking of alcohol. Ginjinha is the most famous portuguese liquor and is obtained by infusing ginjas (sour cherry) in alcohol, typically aguardente .

You can choose to drink yours com ela (with the berry) or sem ela (without) in the very traditional A Ginjinha (Largo São Domingos, 8), right across Teatro Nacional D. Maria II . Some places even serve it in an edible chocolate cup, like they do in the region of Óbidos .

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11 Museu do Azulejo

Tiles – azulejos in Portuguese – have been the key point of design in Portugal for centuries, being featured in private houses, street art and even churches. It’s only natural there’s a full museum dedicated to it.

Apart from a vast collection of tiles – specially the blue mosaic ones – Museu do Azulejo has a restaurant and a terrace perfect to spend some time in.

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12 Ler Devagar Bookstore

Recently named one of the 10 most beautiful bookstores in the planet, entering Ler Devagar is like entering a world apart. The timeless and endearing environment will quickly draw you in to sit down, have a bica (slang for coffee) and take your time. After all even the name of this bookstore says so – literally translated as “Read Slowly”.

The giant sculpture of a cyclist hanging from the ceiling fills in the space that once was a book printing site, inside the premises of LX Factory art center (see #6). You can still have a look at the antique machinery on the top floor.

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13 Café da Garagem

If you’re looking for a hipster place for a coffee break – or wine break, I don’t judge – look no further. Service in Café da Garagem is great, food is delicious and affordable, all in a retro atmosphere. But the reason why this place is considered an hidden gem is because of the really panorama view over Lisbon .

Surprisingly this spot not very well-known – I only read about it last year! – and there is also a theater on the top floor with small art exhibitions.

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14 Hospital das Bonecas

The strangest place on this list for sure. Located in Praça da Figueira , in the heart of the downtown, visiting Hospital das Bonecas (Doll Hospital) is a sweet but somewhat creepy experience.

It’s exactly what the name says: here both modern and vintage dolls (as well as stuffed toys and miniatures) are repaired in a family-owned business that runs since 1830 (!). Despite being the era of video games and gadgets, there are still children who take their best friends to this hospital. How sweet is that?

15 Traditional Restaurants 🍴

It’s the 21st century and apps like TripAdvisor have tackled the problem of finding good quality restaurants when you’re abroad.

However they’ve created another problem in the process. Trying to go to one of these top listings is almost impossible. They’re always completely packed. The last time I was in Lisbon for 4 times restaurants told me they were not accepting any more clients for the night.

Anyway. To finish off this article, I’ve put together a shortlist of my favorite traditional restaurants in Lisbon .

Yes, they do still exist. No fancy decorations or sophisticated dishes. Here all it matters is exactly what it should matter in a restaurant: the food. Please note I’m not responsible for any weight that you might gain.

The best secret traditional restaurants in Lisbon

  • 🍴 A Gina (Parque Mayer): great honest food from the North of Portugal, respecting traditional ingredients and ways of cooking. You can eat a LOT for 20EUR/person, but I’m particularly fan of their meat.
  • 🍴 Carvoaria Jacto (Rua Maria Andrade, 6A): a steakhouse, done the portuguese way. Choose your meat (lamb, beef or pork), the cut and size and they’ll cook it for you. Salad is complimentary. Everything is great quality, but the Posta À Mirandesa has the potential to be memorable.
  • 🍴 O Eurico (Largo de São Cristóvão, 3): fresh, uncomplicated and traditional portuguese food. Bacalhau is specially good. An old couple running this place and the tables close to each other create a cozy atmosphere. It has become very trendy recently, so get there early.
  • 🍴 Toma Lá Dá Cá (Travessa do Sequeiro, 38): very typical and unpretentious place. Don’t expect creative or imaginative dishes, this is authentic food as it’s served in any Portuguese home. I find it a particularly good choice for meat lovers. Won’t be disappointed.
  • 🍴 Zé da Mouraria (Rua João do Outeiro, 24): Tiny restaurant with few or no tourists, serving delicious homemade food coming in big portions. Don’t miss out on the octopus salad or calamari. Great value-for-money!

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Where to stay in Lisbon

Many buildings in the old neighbourhoods in Lisbon are being refurbished to serve as accommodation for tourists. As a result, this has increased the rent for locals as crazy, but that’s another story.

There are some areas I would personally avoid staying – Martim Moniz , Intendente and Mouraria – for safety issues. And because there’s little to see as a visitor.

On the other hand, any area in the “central axis” of Lisbon is absolutely a great choice in terms of shops, restaurants and transports. I’m talking about São Sebastião , Marquês , Avenida , Restauradores and Baixa .

Use this list of hotels and guesthouses I’ve put together to get you started. ALL of these are located in the best central areas of Lisbon , with WiFi, and with a rating of 8 or higher.

Or have a look below at my top 2 recommendations.

My value-for-money hotel recommendations in Lisbon 💰

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Located in busy Rossio – the heart of Lisbon – it’s just one of those amazing value places that will make you feel at home. Perfect to make friends. Check prices

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Backpacking Lisbon Travel Guide (2024)

There is a reason I keep returning to Lisbon; I am returning at the end of summer for a third time, after all. Maybe it’s the pastel tiled houses and yellow vintage trams. Maybe it’s the food and wine with a million dollar view.

Perhaps it’s simply that Lisbon reminds me of my home away from home, San Francisco. Both are cities with nearby beaches and ocean views, famous for historic trolleys and hilly streets that double as a calf work-out. Both cities even have their own iconic red bridges designed by the same architect. But that’s where the similarities end.

Lisbon is a city that is changing with the rest of the world – new cuisine, modern and artesanal shops, bohemian markets, and artistic projects are popping up everywhere – but still respects Portuguese tradition.

Next to new businesses you’ll find traditional Tabernas with food that tastes like it’s from your grandmother’s kitchen on cobblestone streets that still look like Lisboa pre-earthquake. A city with a nearby surf culture (that isn’t California whatsoever) and a fado culture that is just as loved as it was in the 1800s.

Lisbon is a perfect blend of old and new. But Lisbon is no longer an up-and-coming destination. The hordes of tourists are beginning to arrive by the bus loads, and it’s only going to get more expensive to go backpacking in Lisbon.

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The rising expense coupled with so much room for activities (yes, that’s a Stepbrother’s reference) means you may be wondering how to tackle your visit to Portugal’s capital.

I’ve put together this Lisbon travel guide with everything you need to know before backpacking Lisbon, complete with valuable travel tips, backpacking costs, a 3 day Lisbon itinerary, and more! Keep on reading to learn more about why Lisbon has captivated my heart (and my stomach).

How Much does Backpacking Lisbon Cost?

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Lisbon is one of the best cities in Europe , but it’s still Portugal’s most expensive one. Still, it’s considered plenty affordable in comparison to the rest of Western Europe. There are also some amazing places to visit in Lisbon so it’s well worth your time, money and effort.

Plus, Lisbon has solid accommodation and food options for backpackers to keep costs low.

The average daily budget for Lisbon is around $40-$60 . This will get you a dorm bed, grocery money, some store-bought wine, a few eating out experiences, and visits to museums and other tourist attractions.

Lisbon can be even cheaper with the right spending habits. Should you get free accommodation – like Couchsurfing – and cook and drink at home, you backpack Lisbon for $20-30 easily.

A typical hostel dorm bed in Lisbon will cost you $16-25. I have stayed at four separate hostels now, and all of them were excellent value: modern and clean, free breakfast, fun group activities, etc. The Lisbon Airbnb is varied ranging from $50 – $1000 per night!

yellow trams in Lisbon Portugal

Groceries in Lisbon can be cheap depending on where you shop. My biggest advice is to eat and drink products made in Portugal. Eating local is good for the environment and your budget, as most imported foods and alcohol are more expensive.

Eating out can be affordable too, so long as you avoid the tourist traps in the center of town. That said, touristy markets like Timeout Market have decent and affordable seafood options.

Drinking in Lisbon will be much like the rest of Portugal – pretty dang affordable if you are drinking local wine, beer, and liquor like Anis and Ginjinha. You can order a beer in a park for as little as 1 euro.

As soon as you start ordering Belgian beer and French wine, however, expect the prices to drive up.

Below is a breakdown of the costs of travel in Lisbon for the average backpacker.

Lisbon Daily Budget Breakdown

Hostel Dormitory: $16-$25

Basic room for two: €55+

AirBnB/temp apartment: $50+

Average cost of public transport: €1.50+

City-Airport transfer: €4+

Casual Lunch: €5-10

Beer at a bar: €2 domestic

Coffee: €1.50+

Bottle of wine from the market: €3-8

Sit Down Dinner for two: €30+

Torre de Belem: €6

Museu Sao Roque: €2.50

Lisbon Budget Backpacking Tips

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There are always ways to save cash while backpacking Lisbon! As I mentioned earlier, it isn’t hard to backpack Lisbon on a budget. With my tips below, you’ll be well on your way to visiting Lisbon affordably .

  • Choose accommodation away from the center: Hostels and hotels aren’t too expensive in the center but you can get some awesome valued places just outside of other famous neighborhoods like the Alfama and Bairro Chiado/Alto. By staying away from the center, you’ll avoid the overpriced food and get free breakfast/bed for $15.
  • Travel Shoulder Season: Summer is the most expensive time to backpack Lisbon, and spring has perfect city weather.
  • Pick a hostel with free breakfast: This isn’t hard to do, as most of the ones I’ve stayed at have decent breakfast with coffee/tea.
  • Cook at home as often as possible : This is a money saver no matter where you are backpacking. I always suggest eating lunch out (as it’s cheaper) and then making dinner at home to save some cash.
  • Send the bread away: It usually costs money!
  • Eat lunch out at a Taberna: These are traditional Portuguese restaurants with home-cooked style meals. Your best bet is to pick restaurants frequented by locals and ask for the menu of the day.
  • Order local beer or wine: A small Super Bock or Sagres is as little as €1
  • Walk around: Sure the hills can be brutal, but this is my favorite thing to do whilst backpacking Lisbon! The buildings and atmosphere are gorgeous! Make sure to walk around Alfama and around Bairro Alto.
  • Go to the beach: Cascais is the most famous one. While you need to pay for a train ticket, the beach itself is a fun, free day.
  • Do the Free Stuff: Speaking of free, watch the sunset at one of the dozens of miradouros , hang out by the coast, and go to free museums, like the Bernado Museum which shows work by Warhol and Picasso. There are plenty of free things to do in Lisbon while backpacking on a budget.
  • Pack a travel water bottle and save money every day!
  • Head to one of Portugal’s National Parks ; there are two within a one-hour driving distance!

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With a Lisbon City Pass , you can experience the best of Lisbon at the CHEAPEST prices. Discounts, attractions, tickets, and even public transport are all standards in any good city pass – be sure invest now and save them $$$ when you arrive!

Lisbon is home to some of the best hostels in Portugal , nay, all of Europe! They have all been clean and comfortable with social atmospheres to meet other travellers. Most offer free breakfast too. Quick tip, if you stay in the city centre you can get to most of  Lisbon’s attractions  and night spots on foot.

The best part about hostels in Lisbon? They don’t burn a hole in your wallet in comparison to other Western Cities… I’m looking at you Paris.

Some hostels are quite big, and others have a more intimate experience. 3 of the 4 hostels I stayed at offered fun group dinners, which is a great way to meet people over bottomless sangria. Make sure to check out our best hostels in Lisbon guide too!

If you plan to be backpacking Lisbon for more than a few weeks, try getting a free room for work.

You can, of course, reach out to potential hosts via Couchsurfing though this is becoming harder in recent years. 

The Best Places to Stay in Lisbon

Are you wondering  which is the best part of Lisbon to stay in?  Well, let me give you a few suggestions. Find out more information using our comprehensive insider’s guide on Where to stay in Lisbon .

Baixa, Lisbon

At the heart of Lisbon is the Baixa neighbourhood. A lively and vibrant district, Baixa is comprised of weaving lanes, meandering alleys and countless plazas.

Principe Real Lisbon

Principe Real

Principe Real is a small neighbourhood set north of the city centre. It’s one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the city thanks to its vivacious nightlife scene, hip eateries, trendy shops and mouthwatering restaurants.

Bairro Alto, Lisbon

Bairro Alto

Nestled between popular Baixa and trendy Principe Real is Bairro Alto. One of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Lisbon, Bairro Alto is the centre for nightlife in the capital. Here you’ll find streets packed with everything from small bars and cosy cafes to upmarket restaurants and rooftop terraces.

Cais do Sodre, Lisbon

Cais do Sodre

If you’re someone who likes to stay where the cool kids are, look no further than Cais do Sodre. This cool yet understated neighbourhood was once one of the more rundown areas of the city.

Parque das Nacoes, Lisbon

Parque das Nacoes

Set on the eastern edge of Lisbon is the Parque das Nacoes neighbourhood. Once an industrial area, Parque das Nacoes underwent a massive revamp ahead of Expo 98 and is today one of the most modern neighbourhoods in the city.

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1. Walk around Alfama

This is Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, a narrow maze of cobblestone streets, tiled buildings, and grandmothers hanging laundry out the window. The best way to see Alfama is to walk around and admire the beautiful buildings and architecture.

beautiful view from miradouro in Lisbon

2. Listen to Fado

Fado is a traditional genre of Portuguese music, where the performer sings somber and emotional stories of “longing” with a guitarist.  Fado  shows are often in small, intimate rooms, so you can hear every note. There are tons of Fado options in the city: some are amazing, and others are tourist traps, so do your homework and ask locals where to go.

3. Visit Sintra

This city by the sea is just an hour outside Portugal and well worth a trip! You can visit multiple castles and still make it to the beach for an afternoon nap. That said, I recommend staying the night if you have time — there’s plenty you can include in your Sintra itinerary .

Early mornings and evenings are Sintra’s most magical times (when the tourists retreat back to the city on their buses).

Pena Palace in Sintra Portugal

4. Eat Pasteis de Natas

A small, flaky custard egg tart, this Portuguese desert has to be on everyone’s top things to do and eat in Lisbon list.

The best places to eat a Pasteis de Nata are Pasteis de Belem in Belem and Manteigaria, conveniently located in the city. Yes, I’m speaking from personal experience.

5. Eat Bacalhau and Seafood at a Taberna

A Taberna is a traditional styled Portuguese restaurant. Most traditional foods surround some type of seafood or pork. Bacalhau is Portugal’s most famous dish (made with salted cod fish). I’ll cover more in the food section below.

6. Surf some Waves

Portugal is a mecca for surfers, and the Atlantic Coast gets some of the biggest waves in Europe. You can actually catch some great surf at multiple beaches within 40 minutes from Lisbon.  Carcavelos is only 10 minutes away and has consistently great surf.

7. Go out in Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto has Lisbon’s best and most consistent nightlife, so you’re guaranteed to end up in this neighborhood after dark.

8. Grab Lunch at Timeout Market

At the bottom of Bairro Alto, you’ll find a sheltered market that brings some of Lisbon’s best restaurants, coffee shops, and dessert shops under one roof for an affordable price! I highly recommend visiting Timeout Market when visiting Lisbon!

Awesome eats at Timeout Market in Lisbon Portugal

9. Spend a day in Belem

This neighborhood is probably most famous for the Belem Tower, which is worth walking by and checking out. Make sure to get some Pasteis de Nata at Pasteis de Belem, though get there early or at an off-time to avoid massive lines.

You also have access to some great museums around here, like the MAAT and Berardo Museum, which features work by Warhol, Picasso, Dali, and many more.

10. Watch the sunset at a  Miradouro

There are hundreds of miradouros in Lisbon, which are viewpoints of the city. Some have restaurants or food stalls selling cheap eats and drinks. Others are more private. Don’t want to pay to enter Castle St. Jorge? That’s fine. You can still admire this castle from one of the  miradouros.

Looking for a little inspiration? Well here’s a sample itinerary for spending 3-4 days in Lisbon!

Day 1 in Lisbon: Center and Alfama

I recommend you start your day in Lisbon’s most popular area, downtown and in the district of Baixa. In my opinion, the chain stores and tourist trap restaurants are obnoxious, but this is the location of some of Lisbon’s top tourist attractions, like the Praça do Comércio – which is an impressive square – Elevador Santa Justa, and Igreja do Carmo Church.

Next, we head to the oldest neighborhood, Alfama . Here you can walk around and admire the beautiful tiles and architecture. This is also a good time to head to the National Tile Museum to learn about what the tiles are all about.

You can walk up to the Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte to catch an excellent view of the city at sunset. Since you are in Alfama this is the perfect time to catch a Fado at night . Anyone backpacking Lisbon needs to listen to the musical style of Fado, a combination between hauntingly beautiful voice and melodic guitar.

tiled buildings in Lisbon

Day 2 in Lisbon: Belem + Bairro Alto

Today, take a train to Belem, where you can spend the majority of your morning and early afternoon. Grab a Pasteis de Belem and check out the  Torre de Belém  (Belém Tower) nearby though I wouldn’t bother going inside.

The  Mosteiro dos Jerónimos  (Jerónimos Monastery) is quite pretty though. There are some lawns in front that make for a great spot to eat your Pasteis de Nata.

Next up, visit a couple museums like the MAAT and Bernardo Museum, which has a free entry.

Then grab lunch at LX Factory, an awesome project put on by artists and business owners. Here you can peek around the artisinal, vintage, and trendy shops and indulge in some non-Portuguese food, like healthy smoothies blended by bicycle power, vegetarian food, Mexican food, etc.

Head to Principe Real Neighborhood (at the top of Bairro Alto) next. You can walk around this charming neighborhood and check out more artisenal shops. (There are plenty delicious gelatto and artisenal chocolate options too.)

Make sure to check out one of Portugal’s many Miradouro’s (view points) on your walk down to Bairro Alto. I recommend Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara, which is between the downtown area and Bairro Alto for sunset.

There are plenty of places to grab dinner in Bairro Alto. Time Out Market is great for sampling many of Lisbon’s best restaurants.

There are some awesome breweries and bars within 10 minutes from the Miradouro I mentioned (São Pedro de Alcantara), where you can start your evening before a big night out in Bairro Alto and beyond!

Belem in Lisbon

Day 3 in Lisbon: Beach Day + Sintra?

Big night out in Lisbon last night? Go nurse off your hangover at one of the nearby beaches. The two best beaches in Lisbon (reachable by public transport) are Praia Sao Pedro and Praia de Carcavelos. They can be reached on the Lisbon-Cascais railway. There are a number of other amazing beaches near Lisbon, Portugal , but they are only accessible by car.

I suggest getting to the beach early and grabbing a  free  bicycle at the station. Otherwise, you can rent one from one of the shops in town. Get some icecream, have a picnic on the beach, catch some waves, and enjoy the Portuguese sun.

Another option for day 3 in Lisbon is to head to the magical city of Sintra .

Sintra was the equivalent of the Hampton’s to Portuguese royalty. There are beautiful castles and mansions overlooking the city with ocean views to top it all off! From 10-4, Sintra is crowded and hot. Still worth going, in my opinion, but I enjoyed myself much more in the early morning and late afternoon, so get there early if you can.

Another option – if you have a fourth day in Lisbon – is to head to Sintra on the evening of day 3 as the crowds thin and the tempurature cools. Stay the night in Sintra and spend the morning of day 4 there too. This way you miss the crowds in the evening, and get an early start the next day. You can get to Sintra from Lisbon or Caicais by regional train.

Praia de Rocha is also a great day trip from Lisbon . (This area reminded me of Big Sur and Highway 1 in California.) It’s easy to combine Rocha with a beach day to Caiscais or a day spent in Sintra.

Praia de Rocha near Lisbon Portugal

Off the Beaten Path in Lisbon (More Awesome things to do in Lisbon)

Below are some more ideas and options for your Lisbon itinerary that take you a bit off the tourist map.

Avenidas Novas and Parque Eduardo VII: One of Lisbon’s best city parks, complete with plenty of exotic plants, epic views, and areas to walk around.

Shop at Feira da Ladra:  This is Lisbon’s largest flea market – which translates to Thieve’s Market –  and a fun market to spend an afternoon.

Grab food and shop at LX Factory:  Once an industrial area, the LX Factory received a face-lift and is now a creative hotspot for artists and entrepreneurs. You’ll find awesome restaurants, a yoga studio, trendy shops, street art, etc.

Plus, the neighborhood around the LX Factory is much more residential and local than the center of Lisbon, which caters to tourists. The LX area has some of Lisbon’s best B&Bs and other alternative accommodation options. Feel free to stop into any of the local restaurants and bars around here.

Explore Arrabida Natural Park : Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous, Arrabida is full of great adventure sport opportunities. Try caving, rock climbing, and abseiling while visiting and then chill on one of the local beaches. Nearby Sesimbra also has some wonderful diving and local school host regular PADI lessons.

Awesome street art around LX Factory in Lisbon Portugal

Explore the Hidden Beaches of Portugal

Having over a thousand miles of coastline, there are plenty of awesome secret beaches just a stone’s throw away from Lisbon, though most will require your own wheels to find.

There are lots of opportunities to explore the coast via sea kayaks or by coasteering. Coasteering is a relatively new activity that involved exploring a portion of rugged coastline without the use of boats or vehicles, which is actually really thrilling.

The seaside town of  Cascais  is a popular spot and just 30 minutes by train, which I mentioned before in my Lisbon 3 day itinerary. There are some narrow beaches all along the Cascais line, though the nearest wide sand beach is called  Costa da Caparica . With a few extra days in Lisbon, you can rent a car and explore many of the nearby beaches.

Maybe drive that car all the way down Portugal’s coast for the ultimate adventure.

Explore the Coast by Bike too!

I mentioned this earlier, but make sure to grab a bike when visiting the beach towns. The bike trail to Cascais is beautiful and you can get a free rental at the station.

Best Walks in Lisbon

  • Miradouro da Senhora   do Monte –  Possibly the best views of the city. Great sunset views.
  • Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara – I mentioned this viewpoint before. Located in Bairro Alto, this one has great views, stalls selling food and drinks, and shady trees to eat under.
  • Walk around Alfama –  While there is no particular route, you will get lost and that is the point. Enjoy it!
  • Walk around Pena Palace in Sintra – Most people only go inside the castle. Well, your entrance ticket also gives you access to the trails and park around it! Make sure to wear solid walking shoes though.
  • Praia de Rocha –  Praia means beach, though I wouldn’t call this a beach. It’s actually an area of towering seaside cliffs to hike around and admire the ocean views.

trails around Praia de Rocha outside Lisbon Portugal

Best Time of Year to Visit Lisbon

There really isn’t a bad time to visit Lisbon, which is home to coastal, temperate weather year-round!

Summers are the most crowded and expensive, but there is also a lot going on in the city like popular Portugal music festivals and summer events. There will be uncomfortably hot days, which means it’s the perfect day to escape to one of the many beaches.

Spring and Autumn are the best times for backpacking Lisbon because you have great weather and fewer crowds. Expect temperatures in the 60s and 70s (that’s 20s C). Winter can be nice, but it is most likely to be rainy and cold.

I was able to catch the end of spring on my first trip to Lisbon, and it was absolutely beautiful! From late April to early May, the Jacaranda trees begin to blossom purple flowers around many of the square and avenues.

Get in and out of Lisbon

Lisbon’s international airport ( Lisbon  Portela  Airport ) is the main gateway to Portugal, though it’s decently small and easy to navigate. You can catch a metro for 1.40 euros to the city center. Budget airlines land and take-off from terminal 2, which is easy to walk to from terminal 1.

The metro doesn’t run until 6 am, so you will probably have to take a taxi or Uber to the airport for an early flight. Depending on where you are staying (and if there are prime rates), an Uber to/from the airport will cost around 7-12 euros.

How to get around Lisbon

Lisbon has a pretty good public transportation system. There is the underground metro, which most of the central parts of Lisbon. You can take the over-ground train from Lisbon to Caiscais, and stop at Belem enroute.

  • One-time Viva Viagem card purchase: €0.50
  • 1 CARRIS/metro fare: €1.40
  • 24-hour CARRIS/metro fare: €6

The historic, yellow trams also serve as public transportation, but I haven’t actually ridden one to be honest. I don’t see the point of waiting in line to board the touristy tram 28, though definitely admire it from afar!

You will also see plenty of tourist vehicles, like tuk-tuks and tricycles throughout the city. I have avoided these and many locals aren’t fond of them. That said, the cobblestone hills can eventually be wearing for even the most seasoned walkers. When my mom visited Lisbon, she took advantage of the tuk-tuks and didn’t regret a thing.

You will need to purchase a refillable Viva Viagem card before you use public transport; cost is written above. Unlike most cities, cabs in Lisbon are actually quite affordable and worth using at night. Lisbon also has Uber, which is convenient for early morning airport rides.

Trams in Lisbon

Long Distance Travel from Lisbon

You can take a train or bus to get in and out of Lisbon. The train station is in the city center by Rossio’s metro stop. I have taken the regional train to Sintra, and it’s straightforward. Just show up, buy your ticket, and hop on the train.

Consider backpacking Porto next – Lisbon’s second largest city. It is only 3 1/2 hours away by train and is famous for port wine and unpretentious fun. Head south a few hours to the Algarve coast, which is Portugal’s premier summer beach spot.

For longer train rides, I always recommend buying a train ticket in advance, especially if you are traveling to Spain. I wrote an entire guide on European Train Travel that covers everything you need to know about train tickets, how to choose the best Eurail pass , costs, etc.

Portugal isn’t a big country, so it’s easy to get in and out of Portugal with relatively little vacation time. You can also catch a bus or flight to Spain – often cheaper than a train ticket – which is the perfect country to combine with a Portugal backpacking trip.

I also recommend checking out the ride sharing app, Bla Bla Car. I scored a ride for $20 to Seville, Spain, which was a better deal than public transportation.

Safety in Lisbon

Just a few decades ago, Lisbon was known for its dangerous neighborhoods after dark. Now, however, Lisbon is quite safe except for occasional scam artist and petty crime, which mainly occurs around the touristy areas and Rossio Square.

The famed “drug dealers” on Praça do Comércio and Rossio Square are actually scam artists, often selling “fake” drugs and going as far as selling oregano as weed. Yes, they’re selling young, naive backpackers herbs. They are harmless, though obnoxious.

Get Insured before Backpacking Lisbon

Traveling without insurance would be risky so do consider getting good backpacker insurance sorted before you head off on an adventure.

I have been using World Nomads for some time now and made a few claims over the years. They’re easy to use, professional and relatively affordable. They may also let you buy or extend a policy once you’ve started your trip and are already abroad which is super handy.

If there’s one insurance company I trust, it’s World Nomads.

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing .

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

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Lisbon Accommodation Travel Hacks

Let’s face it, sometimes we all need to stay in a hostel. Hostels are great for meeting fellow travelers and having a comfortable space, and the hostels in Lisbon are of good value. That said, there are also ways to save on accommodation while backpacking Lisbon.

Couchsurf! : If you manage to land a Couchsurfing spot in Lisbon, you will have successfully eliminated your biggest cost, though Couchsurfing has become harder than ever, especially when people can make money on Airbnb.

Eating and Drinking in Lisbon

Lisbon has a fantastic and unpretentious food and drink scene that even backpackers can afford! Hell, you can even go on a foodie tour in Lisbon and not break the bank! Below are a few things you have to try in Lisbon:

Caldo Verde –  A green soup, often made with leafy greens and potatoes, and a chicken or fish based broth/meat. There are also vegetarian options!

Bacalhau – Portugal’s most famous entree made with salted cod that is dried out for days.

Bacalau Cod Fish in Lisbon Portugal

Sardines – Canned sardines, as you will quickly come to learn, are quite a novelty in Portugal, and consumed often.

Seafood, in general – With over a 1,000 km of coastline it should come as no surprise that Portugal consumes a lot of seafood… Cod is probably the most common fish, but any ocean fish can end up on your plate. Shellfish – like  lapas  in the Azores – are also common.

Linguiça – A fatty, pork sausage usually spiced with paprika and garlic (that needs to be cooked before serving). It is usually roasted over charcoal, though it also can be pan fried or used in stews. Linguiça is a common breakfast dish, which I know from personal experience visiting my Portuguese grandmother. Don’t confuse it with Chorizo, which is similar but more Mexican/Spanish.

Cheese – The Portuguese love their cheese. They love their dairy in general. Lucky for you, you can buy every type of regional Portuguese cheese in Lisbon. Usually strong, aged cow cheese.

Pasteis de Nata – I have mentioned this Portuguese dessert a few times because it is so famous. This is a small, custard filled egg tart that originates in Lisbon. I’m not even a custard person – I’m more of a chocolate aficionado – but I look forward to these little tarts every time I go backpacking in Lisbon.

As for restaurants in Lisbon, you can’t go wrong with Taberna de la Rua in Bairro Alto for traditional food and wine.

Bela Vinhos e Petiscos  is also a great little restaurant that specializes in traditional Portuguese snacks while fusing them with former Portuguese colonies in Africa and Asia. They also have great, inexpensive sangria and live Brazilian and African music and  fado!

Best Pasteis de Nata in Portugal

Cheap Eats in Lisbon

Okay, first of all, to eat cheaply in Lisbon you should avoid the Rossio and the Baixa districts, which cater to tourists.

Next, eat where the locals do. Look for Portuguese menus and Portuguese people!  Better yet, ask a local!

For example, we were in the middle of a busy, touristy street in Alfama, lined with souvenir shops. We actually asked one of the souvenir shop owners where to eat. She directed us towards a small spot a street over, where both of us ate a salad, amazing Bacalao, and drank wine for under 15 euros. The waiter/owner didn’t speak a lick of English and it was perfect.

This brings me to my next point. For cheap eats in Lisbon, eat local dishes from the fixed-price lunch menu. Ask for the  prato de dia . Ordering the same dishes  a la carte  will cost you twice as much in the evening, hence why I suggest making your own dinner and eating out for lunch.

You can also frequent the neighborhood bars for olives, cheese, and pastries paired with local wine and beer for cheap eats in Lisbon. When all else fails, go to a bakery and get freshly baked bread, then head to the store and pick up some delicious Portuguese cheese for cheap!

Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Lisbon

As you can see, traditional Portuguese food isn’t very vegan, let alone vegetarian-friendly. Honestly, if you do not consume meat or dairy products, it’ll be difficult to partake in traditional Portuguese food, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! (You may be consuming a lot of potatoes and vegetable soup though.)

That said, there are tons of vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in Lisbon, which are nice to frequent even if you do eat meat. For vegetarians, one of the best places to eat is a restaurant called Terra.

There are tons of options around Bairro Alto in general, and some great vegetarian options in the LX Factory. Fair warning though, if you are continuing your travels into rural Portugal, vegan restaurants will be rare.

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Nightlife in Lisbon

The nightlife in Lisbon is low key and unpretentious. Bars tend to stay open until midnight-2am on weekdays, and a little later on weekends. The few nightclubs only have a real presence on weekends. Principe Real and  Bairro Alto have most of the bars.

Pink Street in Bairro Alto was once the red-light district, but most of the brothels were turned into bars, keeping the original décor. This is usually where people move once the rest of Bairro Alto closes down.

I feel like the bar scene in Bairro Alto has quite a backpacker, young traveler vibe, with smaller bars and grungy live music spots, so if that’s your scene you’ll feel right at home.

There are some cool bars in this area though for other atmospheres. Other areas of Lisbon with good nightlife include Alcantara, Santos, Bico, and areas around the São Jorge castle.

Apart from the bar scene, there are also nightclubs in Lisbon, the most famous one is Lux. Park is pretty fun too. That being said, the club scene in Lisbon is pretty tame on the surface.

Otherwise, my idea of a great night out in Lisbon is dinner, wine, and a show. You have to go to a  fado performance when backpacking Lisbon! Combine this with a visit to one of Lisbon’s awesome Tabernas or wine bars.

Pink Street in Bairro Alto for best nightlife in Lisbon

Wine Bars in Lisbon

Speaking of wine, Portugal has some of the best underrated wine regions in Europe, and good wine is affordable in Lisbon. In my opinion, Portuguese beer is pretty mediocre, so you are best sticking to wine if you want to sample the local stuff.

You have endless options to try Portuguese wine, but The Old Pharmacy has a distinct atmosphere as it was a former pharmacy turned wine cellar with 200 selections of wine from Portugal! They also offer classic tapas and snacks.

In the neighborhood of Chiado, you’ll find By The Wine which offers the traditional atmosphere of a wine cellar and some great choices for a fun night out.

If you are not making it to Porto on your Portugal trip, make sure to sample some Porto wine! One of the best wine cellars that focuses on ports is Solar do Vinho do Porto. They have over 150 different kinds of wines for every price range.

Breweries in Portugal

Even though Sagres and Super Boch are only decently tasty if you’re on a budget, there are a couple of good breweries in Lisbon serving other beer if you’re craving a nice pint.

Duque Brew Pub and Delirium have the best selection of beers in the city, hands down! I have had a fantastic sample of Belgian, German, and other European brews here, but they aren’t cheap.

Another recommendation is the local craft brew at Dois Corvos , which has fantastic IPAs and other West Coast style American craft brew. It was founded by a guy from Seattle, so makes sense. This coupled with the local rock climbing gym nearby made me feel quite at home after a few months on the road away from the US.

Wonder how to spend 3 days in Lisbon? Head over to our insider’s Weekend in Lisbon guide!

Books to Read while Traveling in Lisbon

  • Night Train to Lisbon – A teacher meets a mysterious woman and begins to question his life. Inspired by Portuguese writer Amadeu do Prado, he heads to Lisbon to change his life.
  • The Alchemist – Yes, this world famous modern classic was actually originally written in Portuguese, so when better to read the Alchemist than when you are backpacking Lisbon?
  • The Book of Disquiet – A melancholic autobiography rife with ruminations and absurdities.
  • A Small Death in Lisbon – A Fictional work based on a German’s account of the effects of World War II on Portugal.
  • The Fat Man and Infinity – an Autobiographical account of the author’s attempt to become the next great writer. Fiery and lyrical; this is a great book set in Portugal.
  • The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – Dr. Ricardo Reis returns to Lisbon in the midst of fascism and impending civil war. Highly recommend.
  • Lonely Planet Portugal – Sometimes it’s worth travelling with a guidebook. Check this one for up to date information on Portugal.

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Volunteering in Lisbon

Long term travel is awesome. Giving back is awesome too. For backpackers looking to travel long-term on a budget in  Lisbon  whilst making a real impact on local communities, look no further than Worldpackers. World Packers is an excellent platform  connecting travelers with meaningful volunteer positions throughout the world .

In exchange for a few hours of work each day, your room and board are covered.

Backpackers can spend long periods of time volunteering in an awesome place without spending any money. Meaningful life and travel experiences are rooted in stepping out of your comfort zone and into the world of a purposeful project.

Worldpackers opens the doors for work opportunities in hostels, homestays, NGOs, and eco-projects around the world. We’ve tried and approved them ourselves – check out our Worldpackers in-depth review here.

If you’re ready to create a life-changing travel experience and give back to the community, join the Worldpacker community now. As a Broke Backpacker reader, you’ll get a special discount of $10. Just use the discount code BROKEBACKPACKER and your membership is discounted from $49 a year to only $39.

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Make Money Online Whilst Backpacking Lisbon

Traveling in Lisbon or Portugal long-term? Keen to make some cash when you are not exploring the city? 

Teaching English online is a great way to earn a consistent income—from anywhere in the world with a good internet connection. Depending on your qualifications (or your motivation to obtain qualifications like a TEFL certificate) you can teach English remotely from your laptop, save some cash for your next adventure, and make a positive impact on the world by improving another person’s language skills! It’s a win-win! Check out this detailed article for everything you need to know to start teaching English online .

In addition to giving you the qualifications to teach English online, TEFL courses open up a huge range of opportunities and you can find teaching work all over the world. To find out more about TEFL courses and how you can teach English around the world, read my in-depth report on teaching English abroad .

Broke Backpacker readers get a 50% discount on TEFL courses with MyTEFL (simply enter the code PACK50), to find out more, please read my in-depth report on teaching English abroad.

Whether you are keen to teach English online or looking to take your teaching game a step further by finding a job teaching English in a foreign country, getting your TEFL certificate is absolutely a step in the right direction.

It’s worth noting that living in Lisbon as a digital nomad is now easier than ever with Portugal’s Digital Nomad Visa.

Being a Responsible Backpacker in Lisbon

Reduce your plastic footprint: Perhaps the best thing you can do for our planet is to make sure you do NOT add to the plastic problem all over the world. Don’t buy one-use water bottles, the plastic ends up in landfill or in the ocean. Instead, pack a tough travel water bottle .

Go and watch A Plastic Ocean on Netflix – it’ll change how you view the plastic problem in the world; you need to understand what we are up against. If you think it doesn’t matter, get off my fucking site.

Don’t pick up single use plastic bags, you’re a backpacker – take your daypack if you need to go to the shop or run errands.

Bear in mind, that many animal products in countries you travel through will not be ethically farmed and won’t be of the highest quality. I’m a carnivore but when I’m on the road, I only eat chicken. Mass-farming of cows etc leads to the rainforest being cut down – which is obviously a huge problem.

Need more guidance? – Check out our post on how to be a responsible backpacker.

Backpacking in Lisbon will bring you ample opportunities to participate in debauchery, and it is very important to have fun, let loose, and get a bit wild at times (so much tasty wine). Most backpacking trips I have been on across the world have included at least a few mornings where I wake up knowing I went too far.

There are some things that will put you in the category of a straight up jackass if you do them. Being super loud and obnoxious in a tiny hostel at 3 AM is a classic rookie backpacker mistake. Everyone in the hostel will hate you when you wake them up. Show your fellow travelers (and locals) respect whilst backpacking in Lisbon and anywhere else for that matter!

I hope you enjoyed my Lisbon travel guide, which covers everything you need to know about Portugal’s capital: top things to do, which neighborhoods to check out, where to stay, and more!

Lisbon truly is an incredible city that blends tradition and modernity seamlessly. Enjoy your trip!

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24 free things to do in Lisbon

Sandra Henriques

Jan 22, 2023 • 11 min read

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Lisbon, Portugal's capital, has plenty for travelers to do for free © Marko Geber / Getty Images

It's easy to enjoy Lisbon without breaking the bank, and the Portuguese capital's biggest draws are outdoors – from astounding views at hilltop miradouros (lookouts) to tranquil squares and magical strolls in Alfama.

Many hostels also offer free walking tours that guide you through street art displays and historical sites. Here are the best things you can do in  Lisbon  for free.

A woman stands with her back to the camera and peers through Miradouro de Santa Luzia in Lisbon, Portugal

1. Gaze upon the rooftops of Lisbon from Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Lisbon has some spectacular viewpoints , but Miradouro de Santa Luzia scores high in romantic points. Admire the blue-and-white glazed tile panel on the church wall that depicts Praça do Comércio before the Great Earthquake in 1755. Head to the terrace for sweeping views of terracotta rooftops, the white dome of the National Pantheon  and the semi-industrial skyline of the Tagus River’s south bank. 

Local tip: Enjoy a cocktail along with the incredible view. Farther up the street, Portas do Sol offers stunning city views and refreshing drinks that you can order at the onsite cafe with outdoor seating. 

2. Show me the money in Museu do Dinheiro

The nine rooms of Lisbon’s Money Museum  tell the story of currency and commercial transactions over the years. Educational and fun, the museum offers the chance to hold and touch an authentic gold bar, which is a favorite with kids. In addition to money on display, museum-goers get to see another treasure: the remains of the 700-year-old medieval wall that once protected the city.

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3. Meet your match at Igreja de Santo António

Although Lisbon officially has two patron saints, Vicente and António, the latter is by far the most popular and the most celebrated. The small Baroque-Rococo style church of Santo António was built close to the house where he was born in 1195. Because Santo António is also known as the matchmaker saint, devout newlyweds visit the church on their wedding day to pray, ask for protection and donate flowers.

Facade of old house in the Alfama district of Lisbon, Portugal

4. Get lost in the historical streets of Alfama and Madragoa

Stow away your Lisbon map and get lost in the winding streets of the city’s oldest neighborhood, Alfama . In this medieval maze of alleyways, stairs, fountains and interior courtyards, you’ll come across the postcard-perfect image of tile facades and hanging laundry. Keep your eyes peeled for the oldest house in Lisbon, on Rua dos Cegos, which survived the earthquake. Hop on tram 28E to get across town and explore the other must-see historical neighborhood of Lisbon, Madragoa. It’s not as famous as Alfama, but it’s one of the best Lisbon neighborhoods, with a balanced mix of businesses catering to locals and visitors.

5. Admire Manueline architecture in Igreja da Conceição Velha

Built in the same Manueline style as Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém, the ornate portal is Igreja da Conceição Velha ’s most striking attraction. The dramatic sequence of events on November 1, 1755 – an earthquake followed by a fire and a tsunami – left little of Lisbon standing, particularly in the historical neighborhood of Alfama. Seeing such a piece of Manueline architecture in the center of Lisbon is a treat.

View over Lisbon from Cemitério dos Prazeres

6. Pay your respects to the view from Cemitério dos Prazeres

The grand gate, tall cypresses and wide lanes of Cemitério dos Prazeres contradict whatever eerie image you might have of a cemetery. A magnificent example of late 19th-century funeral architecture in the Campo de Ourique neighborhood, Prazeres is the final resting place of several distinguished Portuguese figures, from artists and writers to politicians. Head down to the Artists’ Plot, on the left-hand side, for a full view of Ponte 25 de Abril . Book a free guided tour through Lisbon’s City Council or do it yourself with the help of one of the free maps at the entrance.

7. Take a free tour of ancient Lisbon

Rebuilding Lisbon after the earthquake was so urgent that you can hardly see what the city was like before. In the early 1990s, during the renovation of a bank’s headquarters at Rua dos Correeiros, builders hit an archaeological jackpot of 2500 years of Lisbon history. A pre-booked free guided tour of  Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros will take you through each historical layer, from the Roman period to the late 1700s.

Planning tip:  This is a popular attraction with both tourists and locals alike – school groups often snap up the tour places. Be sure to book your visit in advance to avoid disappointment.

8. Get serendaded as the sun sets next to Cais das Colunas

Once the main gateway to Lisbon for visitors arriving by ship, Cais das Colunas is now a magnet for sunset watchers, serenaded with the occasional amateur live music show. Sit on the marble steps to soak up the sun or watch it set over Ponte 25 de Abril.    

A manicured lawn and large trees surround the brutalist concrete structure of the Calouste Gulbenkian foundation; on the ground level is a cafe with table seating under large umbrellas on a patio.

9. Escape the summer heat in Jardins da Gulbenkian

A haven of much-needed shade in hot summers and sun-drenched glades in the winters, the Modernist gardens of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian are a local favorite. Share space with wobbling resident ducks on their way to the pond, or take your reading to the open-air amphitheater. Get to know the concept behind the project on the three itineraries – available to download on the website – designed by one of the gardens’ landscape architects, Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles.

10. Cool off at the Caminho da Água

Caminho da Água is an art installation by Rigo in Alameda dos Oceanos, one of the main lanes of Parque das Nações area. Cartoon characters and ocean motifs decorate the calçada Portuguesa (Portuguese pavement) path, where six colorful, tile-covered water volcanoes “erupt” at regular intervals for kids to splash around in.

Elegant train station architecture of Gare do Oriente, Lisbon

11. Stroll past incredible architecture in Parque das Nações

The former grounds of Expo 1998, Parque das Nações on the city's east side is now an urban park where you can admire contemporary architecture. From Santiago Calatrava’s Gare do Oriente to Álvaro Siza Vieira’s Pavilhão de Portugal, the park is a top attraction for architecture enthusiasts. There are plenty of riverside gardens and walkways to admire the Tagus and Europe’s second-longest bridge, Ponte Vasco da Gama .

12. Devour the view from Panorâmico de Monsanto

Once a high-end restaurant for the social elite of Lisbon, Panorâmico de Monsanto lived several unsuccessful lives between the 1960s and the late 1990s until it was permanently shut down and left to decay. The semi-clandestine viewpoint became official in 2017, with reinforced security and opening hours. No one knows what will come of the building in the future, but for now, it's the best spot to get a free 360-degree view of Lisbon.

Planning tip:  A visit here may present incredible photo opportunities but be careful where you point your camera – there's a military installation next door, and taking photos of it is forbidden. Security will be on your case if you try it, so best to avoid it.

13. People watch in Praça do Martim Moniz

At the heart of Mouraria, Praça do Martim Moniz is a locals' favorite for people-watching and winding down on late afternoons. It often goes unnoticed, but across the street from this square, you can see the remains of Lisbon's medieval wall. What can't be missed, though, is the Castelo de São Jorge on top, overlooking the city from the highest of the seven hills.

Ascensor da Glória on the street of Lisbon, Portugal

14. Admire the outdoor artwork of the Galeria de Arte Urbana

Brave the steep climb uphill on Calçada da Glória to visit Lisbon’s urban art gallery. The designated spot of Galeria de Arte Urbana has seven panels for pre-approved projects by up-and-coming or established street artists. After admiring the latest pieces, get ready to snap one of Lisbon’s most iconic mustard-yellow lifts: Ascensor da Glória. The lift becomes a canvas for graffiti art itself quite often.

15. Take a hike in Parque Florestal de Monsanto

Known as Lisbon’s lung, Parque Florestal de Monsanto is the city’s largest urban park, almost three times bigger than New York City's Central Park. Organized into several areas, Monsanto has designated picnic and barbecue areas, smaller parks for children, and plenty of hiking and cycling trails. Once you’re done exploring the park, you can walk or cycle back to the city center on the 1.5-mile Corredor Verde pathway.

16. Marvel at the intricate beauty of Igreja de São Roque

This 16th-century church near Bairro Alto is one of the few buildings in Lisbon to have survived the 1755 earthquake's massive destruction. Behind the stern-looking facade, there's an intricately decorated interior of frescoes and gilded carved wood, with nine chapels, each designed and adorned according to the taste and style of those who commissioned the work.

Planning tip:  The adjacent museum costs a small fee to visit, but you can get in for free before 2pm on Sundays.

17. Hunt for hidden treasures at Feira da Ladra

A trip to Feira da Ladra , the longest-running flea market in Lisbon, is a mix of bargain hunting and people-watching. Anything and everything is sold here every Tuesday and Saturday, and you never know what treasures you might find on an old sheet stretched out on the pavement. 

18. Stumble across ancient Roman ruins

After the earthquake of 1755, most of Lisbon was rebuilt in record time without paying much attention to what lay below. But now, accidentally unearthing traces of ancient Rome during new building construction is common in contemporary Lisbon. When that happens, construction comes to a halt, and the city's team of archaeologists takes over to properly catalog the artifacts. When building resumes, it's often around the newly found remains.

That's the case with Casa dos Bicos , which houses Fundação José Saramago and the Eurostars Museum. In both buildings’ lobbies, ancient Roman remains and traces from other historical periods can be visited for free. In Alfama, up the street from Sé de Lisboa, take a peek at the ongoing open-air excavation of the first-century Roman theater just outside the Museu do Teatro Romano .

19. Learn about traditional Portuguese art forms

Amália Rodrigues was Portugal’s most famous Fado singer and an ambassador of this urban music genre all over the world. Vhils, Portugal's most famous urban artist abroad, immortalized Rodrigues on a piece in the heart of Alfama called Calçad a. With the help of professional paving stone layers, Vhils built a black and white portrait of Rodrigues in typical Portuguese pavement known as calçada Portuguesa . Stop by Rua dos Cegos 42 to see three sides of Lisbon’s urban culture coming together in one piece.

20. Escape the urban buzz in Jardim da Estrela

The gated, English-inspired Jardim da Estrela is considered one of Lisbon’s most romantic gardens, primarily because of its beautiful style but also for its quiet scenery of leafy trees, ponds, kiosks turned cafes and the wrought-iron bandstand used for occasional live music performances in the summer.

Typical yellow tram in front of Sé de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal

21. Say a prayer you'll return in Sé de Lisboa

Like most 12th-century medieval churches in the country, Sé de Lisboa , Lisbon's cathedral, was built on top of an old mosque after the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, took the city from the North African Muslims. Over the centuries, reconstructions and renovations have added Gothic and Baroque details to the original Romanesque structure and interior. For a fee, visitors can enter the cloisters to witness ongoing archaeological excavations.

22. Learn more about Lisbon's bloody history at Igreja de São Domingos

Once the home of the Portuguese Inquisition and the venue of choice for royal weddings, Igreja de São Domingos has survived two major earthquakes and one raging fire. Unlike other Catholic churches in Lisbon, most of São Domingos' walls are bare, and signs of destruction are still visible from the 1959 fire, which destroyed most of its interior and works of religious art.

Lush manicured gardens at Parque Eduardo VII in Lisbon, Portugal

23. Discover a secret viewpoint in Parque Eduardo VII

The mid-century-style manicured Parque Eduardo VII is the largest park in the center of Lisbon and the chosen location for many of the city's outdoor events, including the Lisbon Book Fair (Feira do Livro de Lisboa) in the spring. On the north side of the park, next to João Cutileiro’s monument in honor of the 25th of April Carnation Revolution, is one of Lisbon’s lesser-known viewpoints from where you can see part of the Baixa neighborhood, the Tagus River and the south bank.

24. Free concerts at Museu do Fado

If you’re curious about fado, the iconic Portuguese musical genre, but want to skip the bustle of a traditional restaurant with live performances, check Museu do Fado’ s website for upcoming free concerts. A bit of the luck of the draw, these performances range from established, classic fadistas (Fado singers) to newcomers and fusion-style reinterpretations of Portugal’s urban song. Tickets must be booked in advance.

This article was first published March 2020 and updated January 2023

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10 Hidden Gems Of Lisbon: Discovering The Authentic Charm Of Portugal

People flock to Lisbon to witness Portugal's lively culture and amazing architecture, but one can escape the crowds by discovering its secret spots.

There are various ways to enjoy a fun-filled Lisbon experience. Outdoorsy tourists enjoy Lisbon's offerings for nature lovers , such as exploring its dramatic ocean-side cliffs, beaches, and majestic mountains, while others hop to the best restaurants in Lisbon to sample Portuguese cuisine. However, nothing beats the joy of witnessing the city's hidden gems that allow travelers to appreciate this place even more. Like every travel destination, the Portuguese capital has its alluring share of secret spots that dazzle tourists - enough to enjoy spending a day in Lisbon or an entire week-long vacation. From museums to quirky boutiques, these off-the-beaten-path spots in Lisbon are unmissable.

10 Ler Devagar Bookstore

The Ler Devagar Livraria draws bibliophiles into its charming environment with a book and coffee in hand. With thousands of books and numerous sitting places, this bookstore is a book lover’s dream come true. When taking a break from reading, readers refill their coffee mugs at the coffee shop.

Besides cozying up with books, art lovers come here to check out the art exhibitions in the gallery. Additionally, the mechanical installations of the former industrial textile factory and the flying bicycles on the ceiling add to its quirky and artistic features.

9 Museu Do Fado

The Fado Museum is an interactive place for music lovers to explore the Fado music genre, from its development to its cultural and social impact in Portugal. One of the many things to do in Portugal that are off the beaten path , this multilingual audio guide experience allows visitors to delve into Fado’s history by listening to recordings and learning about the singers and composers behind the songs.

After the tour, music lovers see an informative video at the auditorium or head to the themed shop to browse or buy Fado books and music. If visiting on Saturday, one can watch a short Fado show hosted by the museum.

Related: How To Make The Most Of A Day In Lisbon

8 Convento De São Pedro De Alcântara

Dating back to the 17th century, the Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara is near the popular Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara in Principe Real. On the outside, this convent has a dull white facade, but when explorers enter its premises, they are amazed by traditional Portuguese tiles portraying religious scenes.

Art lovers also marvel at the religious paintings on the chapel walls as architecture enthusiasts study its Baroque design and marble floors. Admission to this peaceful chapel is free, making it one of the various free things to do in Lisbon for visitors on a shoestring budget. But those who want English, French, or Portuguese guided tours pay a small fee.

7 Livraria Do Simão

Lisbon hosts Livraria do Simão, one of the tiniest bookstores in the world that's among the unique sights in Lisbon . This bookstore is so tight that only one person fits inside it at a time. The store was once a tobacco shop, but the current owner, Simão, took over and turned it into a bookshop.

Despite its size, the bookshop has approximately 4,000 books in languages such as Portuguese, English, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian. Book lovers interested in Portuguese literature can find books written by Eça de Queirós, Fernando Pessoa, and Camões, among others.

Related: 10 Unique Sights To Check Out When In Lisbon

6 Miradouro Da Graça

Lisbon has over 30 miradouros or viewpoints boasting panoramic views of the laid-back city. But despite their spectacular views, the large numbers of tourists can be quite a turn-off. The Miradouro da Graça is less touristy, with a unique blend of dramatic views and local Graça flavor.

From this viewpoint, travelers admire the beauty of Alfama and Bairro Alto from the comfort of the available sitting places as they enjoy refreshments from the kiosk café. The best time to visit is at dusk when the sun’s golden rays fall on the city.

5 Cemitério Do Alto De São João

Thrill seekers head to the Cemitério do Alto de São João for a spooky walk between tombs with Art Deco and Nouveau architectural styles. The eerie feeling goes a notch higher when they pass by graveyards with fascinating but wrenched doors, where coffins draped with netlike sheets are visible.

But the northeastern side of the cemetery has elaborate tombs that look like tiny mansions with blue tiles. History buffs looking for Portuguese history have several war memorial sites to explore on the northern side.

Related: Discover The Incredible Hidden Gems In Algarve, Portugal

4 Basilica Da Estrela

Basilica da Estrela is a neoclassical church with the tomb of Queen Maria I in Estrela, Lisbon. The church’s facade has saint statues, while the tower rewards tourists with stunning views of Lisbon, the 25 de Abril Bridge, and Jardim de Estrela.

The spacious interior of the church captivates visitors with black, pink, and grey marble, especially when the light fills the dome. Opposite the church is the magical Jardim de Estrela park, where locals and tourists alike stroll around or unwind.

3 Jardim Do Torel

Also known as the hidden garden, Jardim do Torel offers expansive views of central Lisbon and Avenida da Liberdade. This park has a pond adorned with a 1700s mermaid sculpture, where local people come in summer to cool off and enjoy live music in the evenings. Additionally, the benches and shade provide relief from the sun.

If visiting with kids, the park has two playgrounds. Lovebirds also find it a romantic quiet place to stroll around with their loved ones or sit on the benches as they revel in the impressive views.

Related: 10 Most Affordable Hotels In Lisbon, Portugal

2 Palace Of The Marquesses Of Fronteira

Constructed in 1640 for D. Jaoa Mascarenhas, the Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira is one of Portugal’s finest mansions. Although it takes effort to reach the palace, the Italian-inspired garden decorated with blue tiles and a terrace with Greek gods are worth the hassle.

Visitors explore the palace to see the Room of Battles portraying scenes of the Portuguese war of independence. However, explorers should arrive early for interior guided tours, which are only available from 11 am to 12 pm.

1 Museu Nacional De Azulejo

For centuries, tiles or "azulejos" in Portuguese have been an integral part of designing houses, churches, and even street art in Portugal. It is, therefore, no surprise why the National Tiles Museum is present to showcase one of the most distinctive cultures in Portuguese architectural designs.

The museum boasts tile exhibits in chronological order from the 16th-century Moorish-inspired styles to the impressionistic designs of the 20th century. But the most outstanding exhibit in this secret Lisbon gem is the 75-foot-long tile displaying Portugal's capital before the 1755 earthquake wrecked it.


Lisbon Travel Tips


10 Lisbon Tips

We want your stay to be as enjoyable as possible, so we wrote a list of ten tips to help you make the most of Lisbon:

1. Buy ahead

Lisbon Underground

When you are travelling, every minute you spend queueing is a minute of sightseeing you miss ! Why look at the back of the head of the person in front of you when you could be enjoying a breathtaking view over the Tagus ? 

As soon as you arrive at the airport, we suggest you buy your VIVA Card right away at the station, and that you top it up with a 24-hour ticket. You will save money and precious time by doing this. 

Something else you might want to buy in advance is the Lisboa Card , which will help you save money on transport and attractions. You can buy it here and pick it up at the airport when you arrive.

2. Avoid the 28E tram

12E Tram.jpg

Yes, we might be the first tourism blog to tell you not to take the famous 28 Lisbon tram . Let us tell you why: not only is the 28 always packed, there are endless queues to get on it! You might find yourself standing for as long as 2 hours just to go on a tram ride and you know our motto - the more you wait, the least you see ! 

That's why we suggest an alternative itinerary to the 28 tram . If you wish to go on a tram ride right up to the Castle of São Jorge, we recommend that you go to Praça da Figueira and take the 12E instead. This route will take you to the castle and the cathedral  on a much emptier tram and with far fewer chances of encountering pickpockets.

3. Ship away


If you need to send something by post after 9 p.m , there are plenty of options. The CTT post office in Cabo Ruivo at Avenida Marechal Gomes da Costa  is open until 11 p.m during the week . But the El Corte Inglés post office counter is open until 10 p.m and the CTT post at the Lisbon airport is open every day , including Sundays.

4. Santa Justa from the top down

terraços do carmo

Time... again! The Santa Justa lift might be one of Lisbon's top attractions   but sometimes it is just not worth the wait . But of course, you would still like to enjoy if not the climb, then the view from the Largo do Carmo viewpoint . Why don't you walk there, then?

This way, you'll get the chance to also see a little bit more of Chiado . On the way, there are some very interesting pop up shops that are well worth a visit.

5. Extended sunset

View from the Triumphal Arch Viewpoint

Rua Augusta Triumphal Arch's viewpoint is one of the best places to watch the sunset in the city . This iconic monument is open until 9 pm - two hours longer than usual - in July and August .


6. art and culture for free.

Ancient Art Museum

Many Lisbon museus are free on Sunday ! In fact, most them are, even the most visited ones like Mosteiro dos Jerónimos , Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and Museu Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian . For this reason, we recommend you go on their websites before you haste to buy a ticket for a different day. 

Some of these museums are free every Sunday, some are only free on the first Sunday of the month and some are free on Saturday, so you'd better check before you go .

7. Theatre at a discount

Dona Maria Theatre

Every day is a good day to go to the theatre. But Thursdays are especially sweet because the tickets come at a 25% discount at Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II in Rossio. You'd better hurry to get those tickets, though, because a lot of locals choose to go on this day as well. 

8. The view for free  

graça viewpoint

You might be tempted to watch the sunset while sipping on a delicious cocktail in one of Lisbon's many rooftop bars. This is always a good idea unless you are on a budget. In this case, we suggest you go to a viewpoint such as those in Graça with a fresh beer bought at a convenience store nearby and join the many tourists who, just like you, are enjoying one of the most beautiful sunsets Europe has to offer .

9. Best time to visit


Visit the Portuguese capital in June because this is when the  Santos Populares   festivities take place. 

In the most traditional neighbourhoods, the decorations are scattered on the streets and the smell of grilled sardines is in the air. To this the popular songs , dances and a lot of beer are added. Let yourself feel the true Lisbon spirit and enjoy the popular saints like a local.

10. Biking your way through Lisbon

Gira Bikes

Although Lisbon has a good transport network and most places are accessible by either train or the underground, it could still be a good idea to just rent one of the Gira bikes that are scattered along strategic places in the city (just like in many European capitals) and go for a ride.  This way, you'll get to take in much more of the landscape at your own pace. And if you think Lisbon is too hilly, don't worry! Some of these bikes are equipped with an electric motor that will help you up the steepest hill!

Do you still have questions? Check our FAQs or  contact us !

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The Complete Packing List for Lisbon (Portugal)

Lisbon packing list – what you need to bring, how to pack for lisbon.

You’ve booked your plane ticket and the time of departure is fast approaching? After the joys of such a decision, comes the question of knowing what to put in your suitcase to go to Lisbon. No need to panic, we have prepared a very complete list of the essential things to bring to make sure you don’t miss anything once you are there.

In order to leave no room for unforeseen events, it’s of course preferable to go through this list a few days before leaving rather than the day before departure, as you might miss some items.

Take the time to read and download it in order to identify the things that you absolutely must pack and that you might miss and that could make you lose time and money if you forget them.

You will also need to think about packing according to the type of accommodation you will be staying in, the different modes of transportation you will use during your trip, the climate and the season, as well as the activities you plan to do.

In order to help you prepare your suitcase, this checklist of the essential things to bring in Lisbon gathers several categories: clothes, accessories, various objects… It will allow you to have a concrete vision of a typical suitcase for Lisbon.

An advice, think of keeping some space in your luggage if you wish to bring back souvenirs or to make some clothing shopping on the spot.

Thanks to this travel list, preparing your bag for Lisbon will be a real child’s play and you will just have to enjoy your adventure!

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  • Important hings to do before you go
  • Essential documents
  • Transport essentials
  • Backpack & luggage
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Hygiene & Toiletries
  • Photo, Video & High Tech
  • Useful accessories
  • Medication and first aid kit
  • Activities and Useful Links (+ Printable checklist PDF)

1/ Important things to do before you go

 Prepare your travel itinerary  Apply for a visa (if necessary)  Make your vaccinations (if necessary)  Check-up at the doctor / dentist  Take out a travel insurance  Photocopy or scan important documents (passport)  Write down e-mail and useful phone numbers in your address book  Warn your bank about your trip abroad (if necessary)  Book accomodation for your first night ( Do it now before everything is fully booked! Check the best hotels on Booking )  Download offline applications and maps for  Download movies offline   Prepare your favorite music playlist  Turn off or turn down the heat of your house  Empty garbage cans  Water the plants   Give a copy of your house/car keys to a family member or friend  Close doors and windows

2/ Essential documents

Even before you buy your plane ticket, remember to check the validity of your passport : it must be valid for at least six months after your return date (for some countries) and have a blank page. Another tip: send your important documents to a secondary email in case you lose them.

   Passport   ID card    Plane or train ticket (have a paper copy just in case)   Reservation documents (e-ticket, train ticket, hotel reservation)   Visa (if necessary)   International driver’s license, if you wish to rent a car   Health insurance card   Travel insurance   Credit card   Cash   Useful numbers in case of emergency   Itinerary and address of your accommodation (hotel / AirBnB / camping)   Vaccination certificate   Diving license, sailing license, etc.   Some business cards with your contact information, email, blog, website

3/ Transport essentials

The little things to have with you at all times during the flight or the trip by train or bus:

 Phone and charger  Book / Magazine / Kindle / Travel Guide  MP3 player   Chewing gum   Pen + notepad  Travel pillow ( my favorite )  Sleep mask ( my favorite )   Earplugs   Snacks / sandwich   Small water bottle  Nasal ointment for dry nose  Sunglasses   Glasses case   Watch   Hand sanitizer   Disposable face mask   Tissues   Motion sickness medication

4/ Backpack & luggage

 Waterproof dry bag ( my favorite )  Handbag   Travel laundry bag ( my favorite )  Carry-on suitcase ( my favorite )  Travel bag ( my favorite )   Luggage tag ( my favorite )   Travel Packing Organizers ( my favorite )   Rain cover for backpack ( my favorite )   Zippered carry-on bag   Shoe bag ( my favorite )   Fanny pack   Lightweight foldable backpack ( my favorite )

5/ Clothing and shoes

  Socks  Underwear (panties, thongs, bras, briefs, boxers…)  Tank tops  Skirt ♀  Dress ♀  Pajamas  T-shirts  Long sleeve shirt ( for her , for him )  Short sleeve shirt ( for her , for him )  Polo shirt ( for her , for him )   Sweatshirt / pullover ( for her , for him )   Jeans   Lightweight pants ( for her , for him )   Money belt ( my favorite )   Shorts   Jogging suit   Jacket / coat   K-way ( for her , for him )   Windbreaker ( for her , for him )  Hat / cap / beanie   Scarf / bandana   Swimsuit   Buff scarf ( my favorite )

For shoes, you will have to choose according to the activities you plan to do:

 Comfortable walking shoes   Shoes for going out (restaurants, bars, clubs…)  Flip-flops (for the beach, showers…) ( for her , for him )  Hiking shoes ( for her , for him )  Sandals ( for her , for him )   Water shoes for walking in water (beaches, waterfalls, rivers…) ( for her , for him )  Light trekking shoes ( for her , for him )  Crocs

6/ Hygiene & Toiletries

 Microfiber towel ( my favorite )   Toilet bag   Portable Travel Bottles ( my favorite )  Toothbrush & toothpaste  Dental floss  Soap   Shampoo   Facial cleanser   Nail clippers   Cotton buds (biodegradable)   Tweezers   Make-up   Deodorant   Comb / Hairbrush   Razor & shaving foam ♂   Biodegradable wipes ( my favorite )   Toilet paper roll   Perfume   Makeup ♀   Contact Lenses   Contact lens product   Pocket mirror

7/ Photo, Video & High Tech

For photographers and videographers:

 Camera  Lens  Memory card  Polarizing filters   ND filter   Extra battery   Charger + cable + plug adapter   Cleaning kit   External hard drive   USB key   Stabilizer   Drone ( my favorite )    Waterproof phone case   Flash   Solar charger ( my favorite )    Gopro ( my favorite )   Waterproof case   Selfie Pole  External battery / Powerbank ( my favorite ) 

Don’t forget:

 Portable speaker  Ipad / Tablet  Laptop PC  External battery  Headphones or noise cancelling headphones ( my favorite )

Useful apps to download before you go to Lisbon:

 AirBnB  Booking  Couchsurfing  Flush – Public Toilet Finder (Useful for finding toilets!)  Google Maps  Google Translator  Google Trips  Lonely Planet Guide  LoungeBuddy  Meetup  Tripadvisor  Uber  Whatsapp  XE Currency

8/ Useful accessories

The accessories you will take in your bag for Lisbon will depend on your travel style:

  TSA lock ( my favorite )  Headlamp ( my favorite )  Sleeping bag ( my favorite )  Sheets ( my favorite )  Swiss Army knife (not in the hand luggage!) ( my favorite )  Travel clothesline ( my favorite )  Powdered or liquid detergent  Clothes pegs  Spork ( my favorite )  Ziploc bags  Lighter  Folding umbrella ( my favorite )  Toilet paper  Mosquito repellent ( my favorite )   Mosquito net ( my favorite )   Sunscreen cream  Aloe vera gel   Waterproof pouch for smartphone    For hikers : GPS, map, compass, water bottle   Walking stick ( my favorite )   Anti-sweat talcum powder ( my favorite )   Beach towel ( my favorite )   Sawyer water filter ( must-have !)  Pills to purify non-drinking water   Mask, snorkel, fins   Diving accessories (gloves, dive computer, lamp, knife…)

9/ Medication and first aid kit

I suggest that you consult your doctor and dentist before leaving. Beware of unauthorized medication and remember to keep your vaccinations up to date!

If you have a treatment don’t forget to take your personal medication and your prescription if necessary (or medical certificate).

You can buy a first aid kit already prepared ( my favorite ).

  Cotton buds   Tweezers   Round-tipped scissors   Pairs of single-use latex gloves  Bandages   Paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain   Sterile compresses   Disinfectant spray for wounds   Physiological saline solution in pods (wound cleaning)   Condoms and other contraceptives

For longer trips and higher risk locations, we can also add:

  Sterile adhesive skin sutures (steristrips)   Rehydration solutions (in case of dehydration)   Water purification tablets   Water decontamination tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur)   Medication for altitude   Medication for sore throat    Anti-malarial medication   Survival blanket   Tick tweezers   Ointment against itching (antihistamine)   Probiotics for the stomach   Corticosteroid pills and cream   Analgesics (painkillers)   Survival blanket   Cold medicine (decongestant)   Biafine (in case of burns or sunburns)   Broad-spectrum antibiotics without a prescription   Anti-diarrhea tablets (immodium, smecta)

10/ Activities and Useful Links + Printable checklist

You can download the complete travel list in PDF format and print it by clicking here.

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Ultimate Travel Hacks: a guide

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By David Szmidt November 10, 2020

By David Szmidt | November 10, 2020

Last update: May 6, 2021

How to save money on travel: flights, train tickets, bus travel, as well as how to pack for a flight, the best ways to search for a flight, and more

The internet seems to be filled with people showcasing their latest travel adventure, bargain flight, life-changing trip, or other miraculous discovery. How do these people do it? How do they know they’ve got the best deal, happy knowing there’s no way they’ve missed out on something better? We’re here to show you. Make your trips cheaper, less stressful, more satisfying and more fun with our travel hack guide.

The travel hack everyone should know: Hidden Cities

A direct flight from Luxembourg to Lisbon costs €77 but if you book a flight from Luxembourg to Faro that happens to stop in Lisbon then that trip, even with the extra flight, only costs €48

Hidden Cities ticketing is a great place to start. So what is it, and how does it work?

Essentially, airlines are pretty powerful. They can charge high prices, particularly for non-stop flights, and especially on popular routes or where that particular airline has a hub. This means, as a customer, you’re pretty much stuck paying whatever they ask, right?

Not exactly. Let’s use an example. Let’s say you want to fly from Luxembourg to Lisbon. The direct flight , due to its popularity, costs €77. That’s probably not what it actually costs, but it’s what the airline is choosing to charge. How do you know that?

Well, if you book a flight from Luxembourg to Faro that happens to stop in Lisbon then that trip, even with the extra flight, only costs €48. So to save money, all you have to do is book that route, and finish your journey in Lisbon without continuing to Faro. That’s what Hidden Cities is. Pretty neat, right?

There are a couple of things to bear in mind of course. The first is that you won’t be able to check in any hold luggage: that’ll be tagged with the final destination on the ticket, and end up there, but naturally you can still bring cabin bags. Also, if you need a visa for anywhere on your route, you’ll need to get one even if you don’t intend to travel there. Other than that, you’re free to go!

Airlines don’t really like customers doing this of course. How dare you get a flight for cheaper than what we say you have to pay! But at, we’re offering you this travel hack because we believe you have the right to freedom of choice, and that can only be a good thing.

How to save (even more!) money on flight tickets

If you search with, you can specify which hour of the day you’d like to travel at, meaning you can snap up the best deals

There are lots more things you can do to save money on flights. Some days are more popular than others — Fridays, for example, as people go away for the weekend — so booking your trip for a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday can produce cheaper results. Likewise, booking your flight for an unpopular time like early in the morning or after 8pm can also lower the cost. If you search with, you can actually specify which hour of the day you’d like to travel at, meaning you can snap up the best deals.

If you’re just looking for a trip but you don’t mind where you go, you can search Your City to Anywhere , which brings up a list of the cheapest destinations available from your location. You could be somewhere you’d never imagined, in a couple of days, for mere pennies!

If you love to travel spontaneously (or if, like this author, you have to be absolutely sure you have everything exactly where it should be at all times!), the app is the tool for you. When you book, it sends your tickets and boarding passes straight to your mobile device, meaning they’re there and available at all times (even when you’re offline), giving you one less thing to worry about. can also send you price alerts to destinations of your choice and, by signing up to our newsletter, a regular selection of the best deals available, from all the travel providers in our world-leading database, you’ll never be short of travel ideas ever again, and you’ll always be sure they’re the best deals out there. 

How to find the best multi-city flights: NOMAD

NOMAD takes the stress and hassle out of planning a multi-city trip by pretty much doing all the searching for you

NOMAD is another feature only available on It takes the stress and hassle out of planning a multi-city trip by pretty much doing all the searching for you.

So how to find the best route for multiple stops? Well if you’ve ever planned a multi-stop trip before, you’ll know it can be tricky. Making sure all of your connections work, finding the cheapest prices, wondering if you’ve missed something better or more convenient, all the while double- and triple-checking that everything actually fits together.

NOMAD takes care of all of that. Just choose the cities you want to visit and how long you’d like to stay in each place, and NOMAD builds your itinerary for you.

You’ve still got all the flexibility you’d expect from — it’s up to you if you want to fly, go by train or bus, or combine all three for example — but NOMAD explores every single possibility and re-orders your route to find the cheapest deal.

What’s more, because you’re booking your whole trip through, you get every leg of every trip for one single price, on one single ticket, from one single click. How easy is that?!

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Suzanne has already shared so many amazing blog posts about Lisbon and today she’s got a perfect weekend itinerary for Lisbon. If you’re a first-time visitor to Lisbon and you’re in the city for just 2 or 3 days then this is the itinerary for you! Updated 14 March, 2022 by Mike Seguin of …

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There are so many amazing blogger’s guides to Lisbon so I thought it was time to pull my favourites together into an ‘ultimate travel blogger’s guide to Lisbon’. As you all know, I think travel blogs are the best sources of information for travel guides because they’re honest and relatable and have so many little …

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I’m one of those people who can’t leave the house in good conscience with wrinkles all over my outfit. But it’s hard to avoid when you travel. I’ve tried every method — rolling things up Marie Kondo-style, laying each item flat and piling it, using packing cubes — but wrinkles are just a reality of the jet-set lifestyle. Sure, I could bring a travel steamer or mini iron, but there's not always room for one in my carry-on. Or, I could curate a wardrobe packed with wrinkle-resistant tops, bottoms, and one-pieces . That way I can skip the part where I have the ironing board set up and my travel companions are impatiently scrolling through their phones because they’re inevitably ready before me.

Some clothes are specially constructed to be wrinkle-resistant, and you’ll find that in the product messaging. But other times, you just have to look at the materials on the label. Some fabrics, like linen and cotton, though great for the warmer weather, are notorious for wrinkling at the drop of a hat. Others have the natural ability to resist and repel wrinkles. These fabrics include (but are not limited to) Supima cotton, lyocell (brand-name Tencel), an eco-friendly acetate called triacetate, charmeuse, and certain types of polyester. Luckily, a lot of your favorite brands are already on board with the convenience of wrinkle-free clothes. Among them are Athleta, Everlane, Madewell and Summersault. And of course, you can dig around Amazon and find your fair share of wrinkle-resistant clothes that travel well, too. 

Below, I've rounded up 12 of my favorites, from tanks and polos to rompers and cover-ups. Bonus points for the pieces that include other travel-friendly features, like UPF protection and moisture-wicking fabrics. Bottom line: packing these pieces will make your trip go a lot smoother. Your travel buddies can thank me later.

Timeson Three-quarter-sleeve Blouse

A crisp white blouse is a travel M.V.P., but it’s usually made of quick-to-wrinkle cotton. Not this sheer Timeson blouse from Amazon, though. It’s got wrinkle-resistant polyester (with a touch of stretchy spandex) and has a more relaxed silhouette than a traditional Oxford shirt with its tunic-style design. My white blouses are in constant rotation when I travel because they’re so versatile, and this one is unique in that its precise length allows it to look great tucked in or left loose. Plus, it pairs nicely even with yoga pants. Take it from this shopper : “I packed this blouse in a suitcase for a trip and it didn't wrinkle." 

PrettyGarden Midi Summer Dress

Twirl your way through the vineyards in this pretty poplin PrettyGarden dress made with wrinkle-resistant polyester. Its pleated skirt, ruffled hem, and keyhole front make it fun and flirty for any warm-weather destination. And, you can dress it up or down depending on your accessories, so wear it straight out of your suitcase for whatever's next on your itinerary. According to one Amazon customer , it “washes well, never wrinkles" and is "very classy and feminine." 

Babaton New Power Blazer

This long, versatile blazer by Aritzia-favorite brand Babaton is my go-to for travel and the perfect layer to help any outfit transition from day to night. I’ve worn it to elevate a white-tee-and-jeans look and over a bodycon dress for a bit more modesty. Its open front, collarless design and ruched, three-quarter sleeves keep it looking chic instead of stuffy, and the fabric is made of eco-friendly triacetate with a touch of polyester — which is the reason why I can literally ball it up in my suitcase and it will never wrinkle. 

Summersalt The Silky Luxe Beach to Brunch Wrap Skirt

With Summersalt's Beach to Brunch Wrap Skirt, You can pack up your beach bag with all of the essentials and not have to worry about your swimsuit cover-up getting smushed by your towel, books, snacks, and sunscreen. It's made with silky charmeuse fabric and is specifically designed to resist wrinkles. As the name implies, this skirt can be worn as part of your post-beach outfit thanks to its stunning print, stylish details, and maxi skirt length that provides the right amount of coverage for a restaurant or walk around the city. 

Amazon Essentials Lightweight Open-front Cardigan

I’m so glad cardigans are on-trend again because they truly come in handy when I visit places that are hot during the day and chilly at night (Mexico City and Lisbon, I’m talking to you). Roll up this lightweight, best-selling Amazon Essentials cardigan and pop it in your tote without worry because it’s got modal and polyester mixed in, so it won’t look crumpled when you pull it out at night. A reviewer confirmed that it's “wrinkle-resistant and packs well,” and you have your choice of 20 colors and prints to help it maximize your travel wardrobe. 

REI Co-op Sahara Bermuda Shorts 

Outdoor activities in warmer temps call for shorts that are comfy and rugged, and this pair by REI Co-op is the brand’s answer for Bermuda shorts fans. Not only are these water-repellent, stretchy, and outfitted with UPF sun protection, but they’re also wrinkle-resistant thanks to their resilient nylon construction. I’m not even a regular hiker, but there seems to be a spontaneous hike on almost every extended trip that I take, so this pair is going in my cart for summer. 

Madewell Pull-on Wide-leg Pants in Softdrape

Another great fabric option for the wrinkle-free travel life is lyocell — also known by its brand-name Tencel — a sustainable type of rayon that’s known for being super soft, durable, and breathable. That’s what Madewell’s Softdrape fabric is made up of, making its elastic-waist Wide-leg Pants the perfect pair for all-day wear. They can be dressed up or down and paired with anything from a T-shirt or tank to a button-down blouse or bodysuit. According to one reviewer, "They're so comfortable, flattering and stylish. The material is super lightweight and flowy. They'd be flattering on any body type." 

Lands’ End Moisture-wicking UPF Sun Curved Hem Tunic Tank Top

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A soft polyester blend fabric is responsible for making sure that this performance tank top won’t wrinkle, and its UPF 50 sun protection helps shield you from UV rays on long walks and hikes. The ribbed top also wicks away sweat and resists odors, comes in eight cute colors, and pairs perfectly with leggings and shorts. I wore a top just like this to go off-roading in a military tank in the Czech Republic, and wish that I had it for my jeep tour of Sintra, Portugal. It also would have come in handy during my Kenyan safari. Moral of the story? Your travels will often present you with hot-weather, open-sun activities, so you’ll never regret packing a top that does as much as this one does. Use the code " FAVORITES " to get select colors on sale for as little as $23. 

Athleta Essential Tee Dress

You’ll always find an occasion to wear this T-shirt dress from Athleta, a brand that masters the intersection between stylish and high-performing activewear and travel clothes. The dress has a playful, flowy shape constructed of breathable, wrinkle-resistant Supima cotton and comes in four colors, including classic gray and black (plus bold hues like orchid pink and rosewood red). The dress makes getting ready a breeze, too — just put it on and pair it with sandals or sneakers, and you’re good to go. One customer wrote, ”I took to Hawaii for spring break… [it was a] comfortable, cute, easy-to-pack, pretty dress." 

Basudam Golf Polo Shirt

If a round of tennis, pickleball, or golf is on the agenda, this wrinkle-free polyester polo shirt should be in your suitcase. Its modified V-neck collar gives it a visual twist to make it more fashionable than your average polo. It’s also moisture-wicking and stretchy enough to handle a day filled with sports, but polished enough to keep you looking put together for post-game drinks or grub. “Female golfer here," an Amazon shopper began their review. "This shirt will be my go-to and I plan on buying every color. It's lightweight, super cute, and comfortable."

Everlane The Supima High-neck Riviera Dress

The importance of a comfy midi or maxi dress that doesn’t cling can’t be overstated. I’ve had at least one in my luggage since I became a travel writer, and this High-neck Riviera Dress from Everlane that's made with wrinkle-resistant Supima cotton fits the bill beautifully. It’s the perfect style to pair with Birkenstocks or with your favorite pair of white, all-day walking sneakers. “I am not usually a huge dress girl, but I will definitely be wearing this for spring and upcoming summer months, too," an Everlane shopper raved, adding that they "have already paired it with a jean jacket and black slides." 

Athleta Brooklyn Utility Romper

Another wardrobe essential that I’d never travel without is a romper or jumpsuit, as one-pieces just make an easy no-brainer for getting dressed and looking put together fast. They also cinch my waist and skim my figure in a way that leaves me feeling confident and securely covered to handle whatever's on my itinerary for the day. Athleta’s Brooklyn Utility Romper takes it the extra mile by being wrinkle-free, too. Plus, it has UPF-protective fabric and resists snags and rips. According to one reviewer, it's “lightweight and simple" and you can "dress it up with a jacket or just go sleeveless." 

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The best life hacks for living in Chicago, according to locals

Get the 101 on freebies at Wrigley Field, CTA dos and don'ts, and Malört, of course.

Jeffy Mai

Whether you've lived in Chicago your whole life or are new to the city, there are plenty of hidden gems  and secrets to discover. A  recent thread on Reddit  asked locals, "What's a Chicago 'life hack' everybody living here should know?" prompting a variety of responses. From tips for riding the "L" to the grid system to freebies from the Chicago Public Library , these are some of our favorite hacks.

RECOMMENDED: Unique habits people pick up after living in Chicago

  • “Water taxi from Chinatown to Michigan Avenue for a cheap and beautiful boat ride.” It’s one of the best things to do in Chicago , in our opinion.
  • “If the car train is empty, do not get on. Pick a different car.” 😬
  • “Pedway, Lower Wacker Drive.”
  • “Grid system. When you teach someone to fish, you feed them for a lifetime. When tourists ask directions, I point to a street sign and explain the grid system.” At the very least, learn which direction the lake is!
  • “Chill outside Wrigley during concerts to listen to them.” Who remembers Fall Out Boy last summer?
  • “Better than a Chicago-style dog: a Polish, charred, with Chicago style toppings.” Why not both?
  • “Chicago Public Library has 3D printers, sewing machines, and craft spaces you can use for free (varies by branch).”
  • “A lot of the city park field houses have nice gyms and pools with very low monthly fees.”
  • “Layers.” 🥶
  • “You can bring food and unopened water bottles into Wrigley! Sometimes I buy a $9 ticket last minute off SeatGeek/Vivid/whatever and have lunch there during a workday.” BRB—taking an extended lunch break.
  • “Cheap chicken Monday at the Jewels.” It’s hard to beat eight pieces for $6.
  • “Utilize the CHI311 App. I have used it several times to get potholes filled, graffiti removed, or trees planted. All in all, they are surprisingly responsive.”
  • “The Chicago Parks department has countless activities and classes you can sign up for and they change each season.”
  • “Home Depot hot dogs.” IYKYK.
  • “Don't move the lawn chair to park your car. Just don't.” We take no sides when it comes to dibs.
  • “If the platform for the train is crowded, ride the train in the opposite direction for one stop, and then hop back on going in the direction of your original destination. Most of the time, you'll be able to get on no problem.”
  • “You don't actually have to take that shot of Malört.” Debatable.
  • Jeffy Mai Editor, Time Out Chicago

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