So last weekend we had a lovely few days in Lisbon and we absolutely loved it! I had never visited Portugual before and I will definitely return! We had Nos Alive festival for the first two days which I will also blog about, but I wanted to write down what we saw, ate and drank and what I wore in Lisbon first.
After an early morning flight, we strolled to the nearest recommended Patisserie to grab a Pasteis de nata (or 4) and a coffee. We chose Pastelaria 1800 on a pretty corner and it was gorgeous. I could eat them for days!
Straw hat with neck tie, Asos, £18
White blouse, H&M, £19.99
Next, we did a bit of vintage shopping. Theres a fair few antique places and vintage clothing stores around. Our walk took us through the town with all high street shops and cute pastel architecture on winding streets, to the Commerce square, where we grabbed some rose wine and Portugese cheese and meat. After that, it was pool time to chill out before the evening festival.
Cream jeans, Miss Selfridge £20
Saltwater sandals, office £59.50
Straw bag, Topshop Similar here, £15
On the Friday, after a lazy morning we showered and decided to go for some tapas and drinks before the festival. We ended up in a Spanish tapas bar ‘Tapas Bar 52’ (I always like to keep trying the food from the country I’m in but this was amazing). They serve you Chorizo and cheese as you sit down, then our choices of patatas bravas, octopus and padron peppers were yummy.
Sequin top, Topshop£25
Converse, office £52.99
Then we wanted a roof top bar for the late afternoon sun and we stumbled across ‘Park Bar‘ This is literally on top of a car park but the views and the decor are brill, with a dj and the sun shining and 14 euro bottles of wine….what more can I say. We also made friends with some more festival goers there so it was a lot of fun.
Dress, With Jean
On Saturday, we walked again. Lisbon is very walkable if you can maange the hills and if not the Ubers there are so cheap at 3 euros for a couple of miles! Theres something around every corner. Elevator de Gloria is an old tram which goes back and forth up a steep hill all day. We came across this funny sight. The locals just jump on and off.
Timeout Market is great for snacks, to buy local food or ceramic produce and to taste wine. We also climbed up to the castle which was a little sweaty and at the top the que was enormous so we just wondered to find lunch.
Lunch again was lovely. Can you tell I love food?
Beaded bag, Topshop£29
Gingham dress, nobody’s child
We sat outside in the sun eating Portuguese tapas of baked cod chickpea salad and tomatoes. England were playing their runner up match and this was being shown on a big screen in Commerse Square, so we watched a little….until they started to lose :(. There were a lot of Belgians around too.
Red dress, Nasty Gal SALE £21
That evening we went to a very traditional pub near our hotel which actually looked closed. You had to knock on the door to get in but the barman was lovely and made Richard an amazing whiskey sour. Another evening another tapas, but this one was spectacular. We had to wait 30 minutes as we didn’t book, but we got served a carafe of wine while we did. It was ‘Taberna Portuguesa‘ and it was worth the wait. You can literally order every thing off the menu. The garlic musrooms were the best I’ve ever tasted and the beef with chickpeas was delish!
Sunday, we wondered to the LX market which is full of hipster cafes and market stalls.
Crochet top, River island, Similar here in black
And Similar here in white
Denim shorts, vintage Levi’s
Gold net bag, Topshop
Then we took a trip to Sintra. It’s a must if you’re in Lisbon as it’s only 30 minutes West on the train, which is only about 5euros. We wondered around pretty coloured buildings and watched the football final in a cool stone walled bar under ground. We met some Australians there so we joined them back in Lisbon that evening for lots of wine 🙂
Our last day was a hot one so we took an uber to the beach in Cascais. Even though the beach was packed it was beautiful. The sea was freezing but lovely. We got some coffees at a beach front bar and strolled around the boutique stores it offers. Some Peri peri chicken and chips for lunch then it was off the catch our plane back to London.
Monki swimsuit, Asos SALE £15
Lovely weekend. Highly reccomended. You can see what you’d like to do there on Viator.
The Vogue Vet