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The Ultimate Lisbon Bucket List: 101 Things To Do in Lisbon

November 8, 2016
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I haven’t met a person yet who hasn’t loved Portugal. From the first day I was there last October, I knew it was a place I wanted to spend a lot more time. The weather is beautiful, the people are exceptionally friendly (and love babies!), the food makes my mouth water, the houses are happy and bright, and there are just so many things to do. We made our way back to Portugal for the summer and spent two months exploring all that Lisbon has to offer. Here is our ultimate Lisbon Bucket List, conveniently organized by neighborhood. Whether you have a few days or a few months, we hope you can experience all of the amazing sights, sounds and flavors of Lisboa.

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Alfama

1Portas do SolOf the many beautiful viewpoints in Lisbon, this one is my favorite to watch the sunset. Overlooks the red tile rooftops of Alfama down to the Tagus River.
2Miradouro de Santa LuziaWith a great view of Alfama and the river, the viewing area itself is beautiful with a large reflection pool and flowering pink bougainvilleas.
3Doca do Jardim do TabacoIn front of Santa Apolonia train station, former warehouses were repurposed into one of the trendiest areas in Lisbon with nightclubs, restaurants and shops.
4The streets of AlfamaOne of the best things to do in this neighborhood is just wander and explore. Maybe you’ll hear some authentic fado, be offered a small shot of Ginja, or happen upon your favorite facade covered with azulejos.
5Se de LisboaCathedral built in the 1100s. Exterior looks like a fortress, interior is mostly Romanesque architecture.
6Tram 28This tram runs from Campo de Ourique to Martim Moniz, but the funnest part is winding through the narrow streets of the Alfama. Take it the whole way up to Campo de Ourique to pass through Barrio Alto and see the Basilica de Estrela.
7Castelo de São JorgeMoorish castle overlooking Lisbon. The oldest ruins date from the 6th century, though most of it has been restored.
8Museu do Azulejo15th Century Convent decorated with azulejos.

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Alcântara

9LX FactoryIndustrial buildings converted into retail space and restaurants with a hipster vibe and lots of street art.
10O Bolo da MartaDelicious cake shop in the Ler Devagar bookshop at the LX Factory.
11Ler DevagarCool bookstore in the LX Factory.
1225 de Abril BridgeNot to be confused with the Golden Gate bridge, this red suspension bridge crossing the Tagus was built by the American Bridge Company which constructed the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. My favorite view is from Palácio das Necessidades.
13Docas de Santo AmaroThese docks right under the 25 de Abril bridge are lined with restaurants and ice cream shops.
14Capela de Santo AmaroCircular church with beautiful azulejos and a stunning view of the river.
15Museu Nacional de Arte AntigaCollection includes painting, sculpture, metalwork, textiles, furniture and drawings from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century.

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Avenida da Liberdade

16Avenida da LiberdadeThe Avenida is one of Lisbon’s main boulevard, lined with high end shops and palaces. The large, shady, and beautifully tiled walkways feature benches, fountains and several kiosks.
17Avenida da Liberdade MarketEvery second weekend of the month plus the fourth Saturday of the month. Upscale market with lots of antiques and jewelry.
18Casa do AlentejoRestaurant with neo-moorish interior, serving food and wine from the Antejo region.
19Palacio FozPalace with sumptuous interiors featuring free musical performances.
20Ascensor do LavraThe first funicular in Lisbon. Transports passengers up from Av da Liberdade to Calcada da Lavra, near Jardim do Torel park nearby.
21Jardim do TorelPeaceful spot in the middle of the city and atop one of the hills of Lisboa.  In August there’s a large pool and sandy area installed called Torel’s beach.
22Marques de Pombal StatueHuge statue at the end of the Avenida. The Marquis of Pombal was the Prime Minister when the Great Earthquake of Lisbon struck in 1755, and master-planned the city’s rehabilitation after the extreme devastation.
23Parque Eduardo VIILarge park north of the Avenida with geometric pattern cut into the hedges.

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Baixa

24Rossio Train StationNeo-Manueline train station in central Lisbon.
25Santa Justa ElevatorElevator with beautiful metalwork that connects Baixa with Carmo square.
26Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição VelhaOne of the oldest churches in the country and unique for having only one nave, only the facade survived the 1755 earthquake. The church was rebuilt using materials from the ruins.
27Miradouro de Santa CatarinaView of the sunset over the port. Nearby restaurants like Noobai cafe and Pharmacia.
28Arco Triunfal da Rua AugustaGateway to Praça do Comércio, built to commemorate Lisbon’s reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake.
29Rua AugustaMain avenue in downtown Lisboa with shops and restaurants
30Praca do ComercioLarge plaza on the banks of the Tagus River. Center features statue of King José I.
31Fabrica LisboaBakery with the most delicious croissants.

Barrio Alto

32Tasca do chicoOne of the go-to places for fado if you can’t catch it in the streets of Alfama. This place books up early, and serves drinks and small plates.
33Park BarRooftop of a car park into a bar with an amazing view. Head to this neighborhood to find the party in the streets.
34PaletariaFresh fruit popsicles.

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Belém

35Pastéis de BelémThis bakery claims to have the original recipe for pastéis de nata. Worth the trip to Belém just for a sleeve of these. Make sure to eat them warm!
36Jerónimos MonasteryLarge Manueline monastery attached to the Church of Santa Maria. Monks in this monastery provided spiritual guidance to navigators and sailors in Portugal’s golden age of discovery.
37Santa Maria de Belém ChurchChurch attached to the Jerónimos Monastery. Tombs of explorer Vasco da Gama and poet Luís de Camões.
38Belém TowerBuilt in the early 1500s as part of the defense system on the Tagus river.
39Belém PalaceOfficial residence of the Portuguese president.
40Monument to the DiscoveriesThis towering monument featuring famous navigators on the banks of the Tagus celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th century. It’s currently undergoing a facelift, so much of it is covered by scaffolding (2016). For a few euros, you can climb to the top to see Belém from above.
41Museu dos CochesHoused in the old Horse Riding Arena of the Belém Palace, this museum has one of the best collections of historical coaches in the world.
42Museu BerardoAt the CCB, this free modern art museum features works by Miro, Warhol, and Picasso.

Cais do Sodré

43Time Out Market LisbonOne of the best food halls in Europe, this food hall located in the Mercado da Ribeira hosts outposts from Portugal’s best chefs.
44Ascensor da BicaThis funicular pops into view as you’re walking along Sao Paulo, with a view straight down to the river.
45Taberna IdealGo here, and you’ll rave about the goat cheese, rosemary and honey crostini.

Campo de Ourique

46Mercado de Campo de OuriqueLocal market with fruit and veg stalls, with restaurants and seating.
47Largo da ParadaThis square is as local as it gets, during the day you’ll find men gathered playing cards and children on the playground. The kiosk here serves up delicious burgers.
48A Panificação MecânicaOur local bakery where we tried almost everything in the display case. Love their version of cronuts, Pao de Deus and everything in between.
49Cemiterio dos PrazeresLargest cemetery in Lisbon with many large mausoleums.

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Chiado

50Largo do CarmoShady square in front of Carmo Convent. Great place to grab brunch or a bica.
51Carmo ConventRuins from the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. Museum has some interesting pieces as well.
52Lisbon Street Art ToursThis is one of the best tours I’ve taken in Europe and showcases some of the amazing artists in Lisbon today. After you’re done, hunt around town for more pieces from well-known artists like Vhils.
53Sculpture of Fernando PessoaRight outside Café A Brasileira, this sculpture celebrates one of Portugal’s most famous poets.
54Livraria BertrandWorld’s Oldest Bookshop in Operation. It’s now operated by a large chain but is still an interesting stop in the heart of Chiado. If you want to read some of Fernando Pessoa’s work, pick up a book here!
55Igreja de São DomingosChurch built in 1241. Damaged by numerous disasters, including 1531 earthquake, 1755 earthquake, and 1959 fire. Though it’s been restored, signs of fire damage are still prominent.
56Ascensor da GloriaFunicular that connects Restauradores Square with the Bairro Alto.  Government project with dedicated space to street artists that line the funicular path.
57Sea MeJapanese fusion seafood restaurant and market.
58Taberna da Rua Das FloresTiny taberna with a rotating menu of small plates focusing on seafood. Our favorite restaurant in Lisbon.
59O TrevoThe best bifanas in Lisbon, for € 2.
60Landeau ChocolateFamous for chocolate cake, layered with mousse.
61ManteigariaMy favorite place in downtown Lisbon, and it may be better than Pasteis de Belem. Check out our post here for the best pasteis de nata in Lisbon.
62Café A BrasileiraOpulent Art Deco cafe opened in 1905. First cafe to sell a “bica”, or a small cup of strong coffee similar to espresso.
63ArtisaniPortuguese ice cream chain.
64SantiniPortuguese gelato chain with the best fruit sorbets.

Estrela

65Jardim da EstrelaLarge, beautiful gardens across from the Estrela Basilica. Walking paths, a cafe, library, playground, and wrought-iron bandstand from the 1880s.
66Basilica da EstrelaThis funicular pops into view as you’re walking along Sao Paulo, with a view straight down to the river.
67Mercado da Estrela Craft fair with locally made goods on the first weekend of every month in Jardim da Estrela.

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Graça

68Feira da LadraVendors show their wares, with everything from antiques to clothes to azulejos. This flea market is open for bargain hunting every Tuesday and Saturday morning.
69National PantheonOriginally a church, this landmark took several centuries to complete. Now the National Pantheon, it serves as the resting place of prominent Portuguese figures.
70Miradouro da Graça and Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do MonteMiradouro da Graça is a relaxed viewpoint with a church in front and cafe on the square. About a 10-minute walk up the hill is Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte, the highest point in the city and arguably the best miradouro in Lisbon.
71Monastery of São Vicente de ForaMonastery for the Augustinian Order.  Houses the royal pantheon of the Braganza monarchs of Portugal.

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Lapa

72Tapada das NecessidadesLarge gardens with a few empty water fountains and empty glass domed greenhouse that feels a bit forgotten. You’ll usually have this place all to yourself.
73Palácio de São BentoHouses the Assembly of the Republic.

Mouraria

74Parque de Estacionamento do Chão do LoureiroBefore you say I’m crazy to recommend a parking garage, you’ll know why once you step inside. Each level is painted by a street artist, showcasing some of the best talent in Lisbon.
75Zé da MourariaTraditional Portuguese tasca where the menu changes daily (and not written in English). Delicious seafood!

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Parque das Nações

76Vasco da Gama BridgeThe longest bridge in Europe, coming in at 17.185 km long.
77Parque das Nações5km along the Tagus featuring modern architecutre, a marina and a world class aquarium
78Estacao do Oriente Beautiful modern train station.

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Príncipe Real

79EmbaixadaNeo-Moorish palace from the 1800s, on the edge of Jardim do Principe Real. Large concept store with unique Portuguese made goods and a cafe in the atrium.
80Entre TantoIndoor market with concept stores.
8121 PR Concept StoreIndoor market with concept stores.
82Frangasqueira NacionalDelicious peri peri chicken lunch for less than €4.
83Bettina & Niccolò Corallo Chocolate & CaféSingle origin chocolate from a family plantation on the São Tomé and Príncipe islands.
84Pastelaria São RoqueBakery with ornate Art Nouveau architecuture and good Pao de Deus.
85Gelataria NannarellaItalian gelato shop with very generous portions. Some of the best gelato we’ve had outside of Italy!
86Refreshment KiosksMost of the plazas and squares around Lisbon have food kiosks where you can grab a bica, a bite to eat, and enjoy the atmosphere. Try the one out in Praça Luíz de Camões or Jardim do Principe Real.
87Churrasqueira da PazA no frills, local tasca with amazingly fresh fish.
88Rua de Sao BentoStreet lined with the best antiques dealers in the city.
89Miradouro de Sao Pedro de AlcantaraGreat views of downtown and the Castle across the way.
90Convento dos CardaesNuns convent with white and blue glazed tiles by Dutch artist Jan van Oort.
91Convento de São Pedro de AlcântaraConvent and chapel with exquisite tile work. It may look like a bit of a plain Jane from the outside, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
92O Prego da PeixeraFrom the same group that created Sea Me, this place has a few delicious twists on the traditional steak sandwich, the prego.
93Igreja de São RoqueOne of the first Jesuit churches, this building survived the 1755 earthquake. The interior is richly decorated, with one of its chapels reported to be one of the most expensive in the world.

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Other Neighborhoods

94Cristo ReiChrist the King statue inspired by the famous one in Brazil.
95Palace of AjudaRoyal residence from the late 1800s featuring neoclassical architecture.
96Jardim Botanica da AjudaAdjoining the royal palace, beautiful gardens with exotic tree species from Portugal’s former colonies.
97Gulbenkian MuseumAncient works from Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Persian, as well as European masterpieces from artists like Rubens and Rembrandt, Monet and Manet.
98Campo Pequeno Bull RingEven if you’re opposed to bull fights, this Arab-inspired brick arena also hosts concerts, and has been renovated to feature a museum, shopping center and restaurants.
99Águas Livres AqueductHistoric aquedact and a remarkable example of Portuguese engineering.
100Cervejaria RamiroSimple but amazingly fresh seafood. Get there before 7pm to avoid a long line.
101Mercearia Criativa LisboaAmazing Pao do Lo. They also have a great prego using bolo do caco bread from Madeira.

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  • Reply Julianna November 10, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Another fabulous post and so comprehensive! Thanks for posting, will definitely use this as a guide next time I go.

    • Reply nomanbefore November 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Hey again Julianna! Thank you! There’s so much to do in Lisbon, it’s hard to believe that 101 things doesn’t even cover the bulk of it. It was hard to narrow down our favorites!

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  • Reply Sami May 28, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Great post! I’m Portuguese, although I live in Australia and I don’t think I’ve visited half of these places. I’m going to Portugal on holidays at the end of August so I’ll have a chance to visit some of these for sure!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus May 28, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Sami! I’m sure you already know a lot of great places, but I hope you discover something new with this bucket list! Sometimes it’s funny when I see tourists going to more places than I have in cities where I live. But it’s so much easier to see more when you’re on holiday. I hope you have a wonderful trip back to Portugal in August!

  • Reply Claire Davis June 10, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Hi! Lots of great information here, thanks! We (myself, husband and two toddlers!) are driving to Portugal in August and spending 2 months there traveling from north to south. Any tips on good, toddler friendly places to stay/attractions to see? The girls will be 1yo and 2.5yo.
    Thank you! Claire

    • Reply Kelly Barcus June 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Claire! A two month trip through Portugal sounds amazing! We found the whole country child friendly in that everyone we met was so nice to our son and went out of their way to help us. There are usually separate lines for people with children in the train stations, airports, and even the grocery stores. Our son loved the beaches the most, and there are a lot of beautiful ones! The hard part with some of the cities like Lisbon and Porto is that they’re hilly and full of bumpy narrow sidewalks, so pushing a pram can be pretty exhausting. We tried to use a carrier for most of the time, but if you’re not able to switch off I know that can be hard. Some of the smaller towns, like Cascais, are a great option if you’re looking for something that’s more low-key and pretty easy to get around. I just found you guys on Instagram and hope to follow along. I can never get enough of Portugal in my life. 🙂 Happy travels!

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  • Reply Sonia Ramalho July 19, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Great post, you capture the highliths of each neighborhood in perfection. Next time you come to Lisbon talk to me to discover the wonders of Mouraria 😉

    • Reply nomanbefore July 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thank you, Sonia! I stayed in Mouraria on my first visit to Portugal and thought it was a great neighborhood. I would love to explore more, and will definitely get your tips when we head back!

  • Reply HeidiMarie October 9, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I too love Portugal! My daughter lived in Carcavelos for 3 years. I visited twice, 2 weeks each time. Not nearly enough time. I’m going back some day.

    • Reply nomanbefore October 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Heidi! The coastline around Carcavelos is so beautiful, what a great place to live! I feel like I could never have enough time in Portugal, too! Hope you get to plan another visit soon! 🙂

  • Reply Maria Mendoza Camba October 18, 2017 at 8:24 am

    OMG this is by far the most helpful article about Lisbon I have ever come across. My husband, 9 month old baby and I are making our first trip out of the country to Lisbon in a few days and I’ve been pouring hours looking for articles about Lisbon and haven’t come across anything helpful until now! Thank you thank you thank you!! This is just wonderful and we’ll surely take your advice on where to go and what to do ! 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Barcus October 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Hey Maria, how exciting. I hope you love Lisbon! Lisbon was my first trip with my baby after moving to England, and then we moved there for the summer when our son was about 10 months. I thought it was a great place to visit with a baby! We have a few other posts on Lisbon, including one about visiting with kids that has a few helpful tips. Hope you have a great time!

  • Reply Caity Pfohl January 20, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, this list is so helpful! My boyfriend and I are heading to Portugal in May. It’s just a quick ten days but we’re so excited! I’ve added so many of these things to our list. 🙂 Thanks so much!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus January 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Awesome, so glad you found this helpful! Have a great trip!

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  • Reply Emily May 20, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    What an amazing list! I copied so many of your recommendations into my planning document. Thank you for putting this together. I’m curious about the Lisbon street art tour you took — would you mind sharing who you booked the tour with?

    • Reply nomanbefore May 20, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      Hey Emily — so glad you found it helpful! I booked my tour with Lisbon Street Art Tours. You can check out their website here: http://www.lisbonstreetarttours.com/

      Hope you have a great time in Lisbon!

  • Reply Maia June 11, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Hey! I’m a blogger headed to Portugal and this was the best comprehensive list of things to do I could find! So excited to check everything out! Thank you!

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