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Living in Lisbon or not, there are some places that everyone should visit, at least once!
Visit a Garden
There are a few green spots in the centre of Lisbon, one of these is the Gulbenkian Garden. The best way to describe it is: Imagine a peaceful and luscious green garden with a lake, ducks, birds, hidden tracks and fresh grass where you can lay down and look up at the sky with that feeling of assurance there is nothing else around, yet, you are in Lisbon city centre.
Fish for Lunch
I love fish which is great, living in Portugal I know I can always find affordable and splendid fish restaurants.
“Sea me” is a trendy fish and seafood restaurant opened a year ago in the most trendy and fashionable district in town – Bairro Alto.
I love the concept – its a restaurant, a seafood restaurant, a fish market and a sushi bar. I’ts something like Modern fish cuisine fusion (yes, that sounds odd, I am a plain grilled with a splash of lemon fish person myself) either way, in my opinion it is the best lunch to have while enjoying a day in Lisbon.
The interior recreates the traditional fish markets in a very contemporary style (Iove it) not the cheapest place (appetizers, main course, dessert, wine and coffee cost about 35€/45€ per person) but it totally worth every cent.
Have a digestive
One can’t come to Lisbon without having a Ginginha (among many other drinks, of course).
Ginginha is a typical Portuguese liqueur and the place “A Ginginha” is a mandatory stopover, either for tourists or for Portuguese (in Winter I pop by at least once a week, it really warms up the soul). It is located at Restauradores close to the big theatre Maria II. Ginginha is made of a cherry called Ginja and it is bitter, sweet and very sticky!
The Old ruins of Carmo Convent were made into a museum of artifacts collected all over Portugal but from all over the world.
The ruins partially survived the earthquake – even with some pieces missing its an amazing construction.
Right off Carmo ruins, you can have one of the best views over lisbon, on top of the Santa Justa Elevator. Some people pay to ride it and get to the top floor, some others know their way around and still get the view free of charge!
Restauradores train station is a beautiful renovated building both outside, with an impressive façade, and inside with the decorative tiles.
One thing you have to have in mind is that we LOVE food. Friends of mine, after spending some days with me at my parents place, told me “Portuguese live to eat” well, it might be true. If we are not eating, we are talking about food, even when having meals we keep talking about food, its culture, you gotta love it!
Anyone visiting Portugal with Portuguese friends guiding them will take back home with them at least 2 extra kilos, and I am not talking about luggage.
Nevertheless having complete lunches we love our afternoon snacks – lanche (well, I love it) can be a little more than just a snack. In the spirit of enjoying a spring day in Lisbon I have the afternoon snack at Pasteis de Belém. This is a cliché and it comes in every tourist guide about Portugal but I can’t avoid it and neither will you!
After too many calories of pure custard pie indulgence an option might be popping by the Centro Cultural de Belém or just walking by the river.
It is a pleasant walk from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos to the Torre de Belém .
Enjoy Lisbon 🙂
Smile, be thankful and Live!
Paula Cristina Neto