With Love From Lisbon
Places to Visit In Lisbon:
1. Park Bar
I was staying in Bairro Alto, and this place was less than a 5 minute walk from my apartment. The views from the 7th floor of this parking garage can't be beat anywhere in the city, except for from the view from the Castle of Saint George, which I go into more detail later. The drinks here were excellent and there was a pretty good DJ playing. We got there just before sunset which is the best time to get there before it gets super packed. Here are a few of my photos from Bar Park.
Calçada do Combro, 58
2. Time Out Market is known to locals as the Mercado da Ribeira.
This place is NOT a tourist trap. The food stalls here offer a tasting of all the best chefs and restaurants in Lisbon all under one roof. What more could a foodie ask for?? I was also impressed with how everything is so well designed and organized.
"The first Time Out Market – the Time Out Market Lisbon – opened in 2014. It now receives two million visitors a year and has since become the number one tourist attraction in town (by no means a small feat in a city with 800 years of history)."
Here is a brief history of the castle from lisboa-live.com. I enjoyed sitting among the olive trees and taking in the view of the city.
"The hilltop citadel of Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George Castle) is a fascinating place to contemplate Lisbon’s long history. The site was occupied by the Romans, Visigoths and Moors before being transformed into the Royal Palace in the 14th century.
Visitors can climb the towers, walk along the reconstructed ramparts of the castle walls and enjoy extraordinary views over the city and Tagus river. Geese and ducks roam around the castle gardens, which are surrounded by native oak, pine and olive trees.
Perched above the enticing tangle of streets in Alfama, São Jorge Castle has 11 towers and a dry moat. Visitors can explore the museum in the former Royal Palace of the Alcáçova, marvel at archaeological ruins from the 7th century and see Lisbon ‘through the looking glass’ of the periscope in Torre de Ulisses.
Also not to be missed is Casa Ogival with its five pointed arches and Olisipónia, a multimedia show about the history of Lisbon. The tiny neighbourhood of Santa Cruz is also tucked inside the castle walls. Take a detailed guided tour to learn more about the castle’s heritage, enjoy the diverse program of arts and cultural events or simply gaze down at the streets of Lisbon from this unique vantage point."
This place is great for people-watching and has a history as being a place where poets, writers, and artists have hung out for over 100 years.
"One of the oldest and most beautiful cafes in Lisbon, dating back to 1905, it remains one of the most popular venues in town. Behind the gorgeous Art Deco front façade, you'll find a long narrow room with a black and white marble tiled floor, complementing brass fixtures, mirrors and red wood walls. Being close to the University, it was a favourite haunt of intellectuals and academics, including Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, whose statue now stands outside. Ironically, it is claimed, he preferred to take his strong “Bica” Brazilian coffee and his absinthe at the Café Martinho da Arcada (below) and not actually at Cafe A Brasileira - not that that fact puts off the tourists and students who flock here, competing for seats outside on the cobbled square. If you opt for a cup of Bica, instead of the basic selection of alcohol, do as the locals do and enjoy it whilst standing at the bar. A second branch, which opened across town in Braga in 1907, has also recently been renovated."