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One Day in Lisbon

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Only one day in Lisbon? Follow my guide to the best of the city's highlights.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Pasteis de Belem

Restaurants

Jeronimos Monastery

Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Torre de Belem

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Tram 28

Tramways

Chiado

Neighbourhoods

Elevador da Gloria

Lookouts, Mass Transportation Systems, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara

Gardens

Pavilhao Chines

Bars & Clubs

Bairro Alto

Neighbourhoods

Sr. Fado de Alfama

Restaurants

Alfama

Neighbourhoods

Chris O's City Tips

  • Keep in mind that Lisbon is a very hilly city. Wear comfortable shoes when hitting the streets.
  • Public transport is great in Lisbon. Indeed its trams and funiculars are among the city’s most popular attractions. Get the Lisboa Card for inclusive rides across the system.
  • A tip of 10% of your bill is customary when eating out at restaurants.
  • Pasteis de Belem
    Restaurants (Cafe, Portuguese)
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    Chris O Says:

    For an indulgent and custardy taste of Lisbon (although technically you’ll be in the bordering town of Belem), start your day with a breakfast of Pasteis de Belem at this classic institution. There are arguably better 'natas' to be had around town, but this place is their traditional home.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Go early to avoid the crowds (tour buses stop here).
    • The bakery is across the street from the monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) where these famous tarts were originally made.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #133 of 4,359 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crunchy Pasteis 17/01/2019
    • Many excellent pastry options 17/01/2019
    • Pasteis de Belem
    Address:
    Rua de Belem No 84 a 92
    Lisbon 1300-085
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 363 7423
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Jeronimos Monastery
    Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    Chris O Says:

    Lavish does not begin to describe this UNESCO World Heritage Site. An over-the-top example of 'Late Gothic Manueline style' architecture, this 15th century monastery is a must-see attraction for any and all visiting Lisbon.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The monastery is closed to the public on Mondays as well as New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 515 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the finest churches I have visited! 17/01/2019
    • Amazing architecture 16/01/2019
    • Jeronimos Monastery
    Address:
    Praca do Imperio
    Wrocław
    Lisbon 1400-206
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 362 0034
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Torre de Belem
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    Commissioned by King Joao II to defend the mouth of the Tagus river and to serve as the ceremonial gateway to Lisbon, this ornate tower — which seems to hover just above the water — is an important symbol of Portugal’s rich maritime history, and an impressive reminder of its once expansive empire.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets can be booked online in advance.
    • The tower is closed to the public on Mondays, as well as New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 515 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 17/01/2019
    • The Portuguese ships left from here! 17/01/2019
    • Torre de Belem
    Address:
    Avenida Brasilia - Belem
    Lisbon 1400-038
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 362 0034
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Tram 28
    Tramways
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    Chris O Says:

    Who knew public transportation could be so evocative, or that a boxy little tram could navigate such tight and windy city streets? A ride on Lisbon’s iconic Tram 28 proves that the fun is indeed in the getting there.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The 28’s route is the longest of any tram in Lisbon, following a loop that passes popular hotspots such as Alfama and the Castelo de Sao Jorge.
    • Buy your tram tickets from kiosks located around town or at metro stations.
    • To make the best use of the tram, take it uphill.
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 515 things to do in Lisbon
    • The opposite of smooth sailing - but well worth it 16/01/2019
    • Used tram#28 to go up to the Castle de St Jorge on top of the hill 16/01/2019
    • Tram 28
  • Chiado
    Neighbourhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    This lively area of downtown Lisbon is a popular shopping and dining destination, featuring plenty of historic sights to admire. Among them, check out the Carmo Convent.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Have a coffee at Café A Brasileira, one of Lisbon’s oldest and most famous cafes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 515 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • magic 16/01/2019
    • Lively place! 16/01/2019
    • Chiado
    Phone:
    +351 21 346 9951
    Other:
  • Elevador da Gloria
    Lookouts, Mass Transportation Systems, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    In operation since 1885, this funicular of 'glory' takes the legwork out of hoofing up to the Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara for its spectacular views.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The base station of this funicular is located near Lisbon's main tourist information office in the Palácio Foz.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #99 of 515 things to do in Lisbon
    • Too short .. 31/12/2018
    • Heaven-Sent 25/12/2018
    • Elevador da Gloria
    Address:
    Calcada da Gloria
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 363 2044
    Other:
  • Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara
    Gardens
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    Chris O Says:

    Atop one of Lisbons’ seven hills, this picturesque garden setting offers a sweeping panoramic view of the city and particularly impressive views of the Castelo de Sao Jorge.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a ride on the Elevador da Gloria to avoid making the uphill trek on foot.
    • Quench your thirst with a glass of port from the nearby Solar do Vinho do Porto (Port Wine Institute), where more than 300 ports are on offer.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 515 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fenced :( 30/12/2018
    • Great view 27/12/2018
    • Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara
    Address:
    Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
    Bairro Alto
    Lisbon 1250-237
    Portugal
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Pavilhao Chines
    Bars & Clubs
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    Chris O Says:

    Definitely one of the quirkiest places you’ll ever have a cocktail, the Chinese Pavilion is a five-room bar housed in an old grocer and decorated with antique cabinets filled with toys and collectables from World Wars I and II.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The drinks menu is exhaustive, and the cocktails are superbly mixed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 232 Nightlife in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience 08/01/2019
    • quirky bar in Lisbon 25/12/2018
    • Pavilhao Chines
    Address:
    Rua Dom Pedro V 89 91
    Bairro Alto
    Lisbon 1250-093
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 342 4729
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Mon - Sat
    6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Bairro Alto
    Neighbourhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    This youthful neighborhood on high is home to some of Lisbon’s best nightlife and independent shops, and is an excellent area for a people-watching stroll, a quick snack or a full blown night out on the town.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The later it gets, the rowdier it gets. You be the judge of whether that’s a good or bad thing.
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 515 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place to have a drink 13/01/2019
    • Great neighbourhood 11/01/2019
    • Bairro Alto
    Phone:
    +351 965 476 181
    Other:
  • Sr. Fado de Alfama
    Restaurants (Portuguese)
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    Chris O Says:

    Fado is the ancient melancholic balladry of Portugal, and the Alfama neighborhood is an excellent place to experience it performed live. Within this neighborhood, Sr. Fado de Alfama is considered one of the most authentic and inviting venues.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Dinner and a show? The menu of rustic and traditional dishes is actually quite good here.
    • Make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
    • The later you go, the more warmed up the musicians are.
    From the community
    Ranked #135 of 4,359 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mixed evening 03/01/2019
    • nice experience 16/12/2018
    • Sr. Fado de Alfama
    Address:
    Rua dos Remedios 176
    Alfama
    Lisbon 1100-452
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 914 431 971
    Price range:
    US$47 - US$67
    Hours:
    Wed - Thu
    7:30 PM - 12:00 AM
    Sat - Sun
    7:30 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Alfama
    Neighbourhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    Explore this age-old quarter of Lisbon for live music, hearty meals, and a laid back nightlife.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Do not leave Lisbon without catching a live performance of Fado. Alfama has the best Fado venues.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 515 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • wander the curving streets 17/01/2019
    • Our Lisbon stay in Alfama 17/01/2019
    • Alfama
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