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Weekend in Lisbon – 10 cool things to do in Lisbon

10 cool things to do in Lisbon on a weekend

I spent a weekend in Lisbon late June. The perfect time to enjoy all the cool things to do in Lisbon.

We did sightseeing, went to restaurants, cool rooftop bars and flea market shopping.

Below some cool addresses and tips for Lisbon. I already went to Lisbon mast year for a project with Olympus so I have a lot of tips to share with you!

Restaurants – Where to eat in Lisbon

Alma restaurant

On the first night we ate at Alma which is a fine restaurant in the center of Lisbon. The food was not Portuguese but the experience was great nevertheless. The restaurant is cozy but dark and therefore perfect for a date night.

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Cantinho Do Avillez

Another restaurant we ate at Cantinho Do Avillez. This was my highlight restaurant even though the service was quite slow. But quality takes time right?! It is a very cozy restaurant, with simple but very tasty food.

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Have lunch at Can the Can

Can the Can is a super cool restaurant you would not expect in such a touristy location that is Praça do Comércio. The concept is : ‘Canned Food goes Gourmet’, don’t be afraid by the concept though as the food was great and they use only Portuguese products. Also the restaurant’s design is to see. Following the restaurant’s concept, the restaurant is decorated with cans. Such an original and never seen before idea.

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Dinner at Mini Bar

Mini Bar, is such a beautiful location, the restaurant is inside the São Luiz Municipal Theater and the food is great, you can choose a surprise menu (you don’t know what you get so it’s very playful) that comes with 6 courses.

Weekend in Lisbon – Cool markets in Lisbon 

4 – Thieves market in Lisbon one of the coolest things to do in Lisbon on Saturday

We started our weekend in Lisbon with a stroll over the Thieves market aka Feira da Ladra in Portuguese. It is a flea market in Alfama district in Lisbon. I really liked walking through the many hand-made artisan goods, CD’s, books, clothes,antiques, furniture, etc. It is also a great place if you are looking for tiles.

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5 – Visit the super trendy LX Factory

While posting that I was in Lisbon on Instagram, I got many tips to go to the LX Factory in Lisbon. It is a very cool place to hang out. We went there on Sunday, took a cooking class at Kiss the cook and then visited the area. The LX Factory is set up inside and outside industrial buildings and there is plenty of things to do. From watching the graffiti on the walls, going vintage and interior shopping, sit at a café or eat in one of the many restaurants. Talking about shopping, I think the interior shops at the LX Factory are one of the best I have seen in a long time and items are for sell at very good price. If like me you are living abroad, most shops ship items so no panic it won’t fit in your luggage.

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Going out in Lisbon

Watch the sunset on a cool rooftop bar in Lisbon

Encantato rooftop bar

Lisbon is the most beautiful from above I have heard so we also went to 2 different rooftop bars in Lisbon. One pretty classic, situated in the city center on top of the hotel Chiando. The Encantato rooftop bar that has got a beautiful view over the city, you can even see the top of the Santa Justa lift.

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Park rooftop bar

If you are more into party and trendy places, one of the coolest bar in Lisbon right now is Park.
It is situated on top of a parking lot and is home to a young and hipster crowd.
Drinks are very good, and made out of high quality alcool brands.

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Spend the night at the famous Pink Street

I was obsessed with the pink street before I headed up to Lisbon. The reason is very simple, I saw this street once on Pinterest and wanted to see it for real. It is a street in which the floor is painted is pink and home to clubs and bars that get very popular in the night time. I went there by day to see the floor and went back at night to have a drink, We didn’t stay long, we only took a beer to take away and walked to the hotel with it but I am pretty sure it is really fun.

Go on a bike tour through Lisbon, ride until Belem

On sunday morning we took an e-bike from Praça do Comércio and ride for around 1 hour on the riverside to go to Belem. I though a bike tour was a great idea to discover the Tagus River bank, it’s many restaurants, clubs and bars and see the Big Bridge up close.
The bike ride is very easy and has bike line so it is easy if you want to go with your children.
Book it HERE.

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Eat a pastel de Nata at the famous Pasteis de Belem

I have eaten a lot of Pasteis de Nata while in Lisbon but Pasteis de Belem definitely sell the best one. It is so creamy it is a dream. And if you ride you bike until Belem, it is just a nice reward 😉
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Drink Ginja at A Ginjinha

Ginja is a Portuguese liquor made out of ginja berries, (sour cherry). The best place to drink it is at A Ginjinha a very small bar on Praça Dom Pedro IV square. You can drink Ginja with cherries in it(much stronger) or not.

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