You can’t help but love Lisbon. Book flights to Lisbon with Ryanair, and discover Portugal’s wonderful capital, a city that is becoming more popular as a city break destination, year after year – and it’s easy to see why. Limestone buildings gleam in the almost perpetual sunshine, and even though the city sometimes makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time (in a good way), it’s also a really modern, hip place - the Bairro Alto is the place to go in the evening for dining, drinking and great music. If you’ve not been already, it’s about time you book flights to Lisbon with Ryanair!
Inner city: 475,400 Greater Lisbon: 1.9 million
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Most of the best sights, restaurants and nightlife are situated along the river. There are plenty of things to do and see in Lisbon. Below are a few suggestions on how to spend your time here:
Castelo De São Jorge

Castelo de São Jorge is one of the oldest structures in Lisbon. Once a fortress (taken by the Moors in 1147), and now a must see landmark with fantastic views over the city.

​Address: Castelo de São Jorge, 1100º 129 Lisbon​Phone: +351 218 800 620​Website:
Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos

In Belém, just west of the city along the river, is Lisbon’s and possibly Portugal’s most important historical monument. Here is an opulent church and cloistered garden built in the elegant Manuelian style at the beginning of the 16th century when Portugal was a great sea-going power. There are several other sights close by.

​Address: Praça do Império, 1400-206 Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 620 034​Website:
Museu Do Azulejo

Devoted to the tiles which are so typical in Portugal, housed in a monastery whose varying building styles and decoration gives a good summary of the country’s history. One of the high points is an enormous tiled fresco which shows Lisbon as it was just before the big earthquake in 1755.

​Address: Rua da Madre de Deus 4, 1900-312 Lisbon​Phone: +351 218 100 340​Website:
Fundação Gulbenkian

The largest single cultural institution in Portugal was founded in 1955 when Calouste Gulbenkian, the Armenian oil millionaire, donated his estate to the country that had welcomed him during World War II. The museum, constructed in 1969, which houses his extensive collections, is part of a larger complex that includes concert halls, a park, restaurants and a museum of modern art.

​Address: Av. de Berna, 45A 1067-001 Lisbon​Phone: +351 217 823 000 ​Website:, www​Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 to 17.45. Closed on Mondays, and on public holidays.
Parque Das Nações

The area where Expo 98 was held has been successfully transformed into a centre for exhibitions, leisure and culture. The extensive amount of building since the Expo almost overshadows pearls such as Siza Vieira’s Portugal pavilion and Santiago Calatrava’s adjacent Oriente Station.

​Address: Avenida Dom João II, Lisbon​Phone: +351 218 919 898​Website:
Oceanario de Lisboa

This is one of the biggest aquariums in Europe and it shows more than 100 different species. Some of the animals that are exposed here are barracudas, tuna, sharks, rays and one of the most popular attractions is a large sunfish. This is an adventure for all ages.

​Address: Esplanada D. Carlos I, Doca dos Olivais, 1990-005 Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 891 7002 / +351 21 891 7003 ​Website:​Opening hours: Summer: 10.00-20.00, Winter: 10.00-19.00

When you are tired of the city vibe and long for the sea, surfing could be a good way to relax and do something else for a while a while. One of the surfing companies located in the city is Epic Surf School, which holds courses for both beginners and advanced.

​Address: Praça João do Rio, Nº 7, 4º Direito, 1000-180 Lisbon​Phone: +351 962 769 236​Website:
Igreja de Sao Roque

The Jesuits built this church in 1574 and its interior is breathtaking. One of the world’s most expensive chapels, covered in gemstones, marble, mosaics, gold, silver and bronze, is to be found here. It was built by 130 artists in Rome, and then transported to Lisbon after the blessing of the pope.

​Address: Largo Trindade Coelho, Bairro Alto, 1200 Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 235 065​Website:
Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara

To get a panoramic view over the city take the Gloria Elevator from Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara up to the garden, Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Here you can take a stroll between sculptures and busts of heroes and gods from Greco-Roman mythology.

​Address: Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Lisbon

For a day out of the city, take the train to the former fishing village of Cascais. Here you can stroll on the beautiful decorated streets, experience the lively fish auction held every afternoon next to the main beach, visit "Museu do Mar" to see the rich history of Cascais or take a refreshing walk along the coastal road to Boca do Inferno ("Mouth of Hell") where high waves crash into gigantic caves.

​Address: Cascais
Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa

Lisbon's zoo is located right in the city centre and here you can see over 360 different species. There is always something happening in the park and this is a fun activity for both children and adults.

​Address: Praça Marechal Humberto Delgado, Sete-Rios, 1549-004 Lisbon​Phone: +351 217 232 900​Website:
Pavilhao do Conhecimento

This science centre is one of the remains of 1998 World Expo. It was first built to focus on the mysteries of the oceans but today it provides permanent exhibitions in chemistry, physics and other science subjects, mainly for the younger crowd.

​Address: Alameda dos Oceanos, 1990-223 Lisbon​Phone: +351 218 917 100​Website:
Palacio Fronteira

This Renaissance palace, still habited by the 12th Marquis of Fronteira, is shown to the public through guided tours. It was built as a hunting pavilion in 1670, for the first Marquis of Fronteira, one of the most powerful families in Portugal, at that time.

​Address: Largo de São Domingos de Benfica 1, 1500-554 Lisbon​Phone: +351 217782023​Website:​Opening hours: Closed Sundays and holidays.
Tram 28

The trams have transferred people through the city of Lisbon since 1873 and even if it today competes with the metro it is still a perfect way to see the city and to get an overview. Tram number 28 is an old-fashioned vehicle that goes around town and you can hop on and off during your trip.

​Website:​More info: Starting point is square Praça Martim Moniz
Cristo Rei Statue

With inspiration from the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro, this 28 metres high Jesus Christ statue was built in 1959, as a memory for gratefully being saved from too much damage, during World War II. Take the elevator to the top and enjoy a stunning view over the city.

​Address: Suedufer des Tejo, Lisbon​More info: To get here, take the commuter ferry from Cais do Sodre Station across the river to Cacilhas. From there, buses go to a stop right by the monument.
In Lisbon, you can find both modern, sophisticated restaurants and simple, traditional ones. In general, you will find the strongest Portuguese ambience in the simple, traditional places. Small, unpretentious restaurants are all over the place and do not require booking. At most of the restaurants below, it is safest to book a table. Many restaurants are closed on Sundays or Mondays.

Eleven is one of the most sophisticated places that Lisbon can offer, with a sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos in the entrance to the post-modernistic box at the top of the Eduardo VII Park. The cuisine is supervised by Joachim Koerper, who has been awarded prizes by Guide Rouge and who has all of Iberia as his territory.

​Address: Av. Marquês da Fronteira Jardim Amália, Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 862 211​Website:
Bica Do Sapato

This trendy restaurant lives well on the fact that John Malkovich is one of the owners, but it is worth a visit even when he is not there. It is a retro-decor harbour warehouse with dining room, bar, sushi department and a small pavement café. Excellent Portuguese and international cuisine is served here.

​Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Armazem B. Doca do Jardim do Tabaco, Alfama, 1900 Lisbon​Phone: +351 218 810 320​Website:
Terreiro Do Paço

Brasserie with pavement tables at street level, and a restaurant one floor higher up. Vitor Sobral uses the best Portuguese ingredients to produce a straight, simple menu downstairs, and a more imaginative, elaborate one upstairs.

​Address: Praça do Comércio, 1100-148 Lisbon​Phone: +351 210 995 679​More info: Lisboa Welcome Center
Martinho Da Arcada

One of Lisbon’s oldest restaurants, with Fernando Pessoa as the most illustrious regular guest. Enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine in a noisy dining room or on a pavement table in the arcade. This is a beautiful tiled café with price-worthy food.

​Address: Praça do Comércio 3, Lisbon​Phone: +351 218 879 259​Website:
Casa Do Alentejo

Unique environment in a slightly dilapidated, neo-Moorish private palace two flights up from the street. The cuisine is simple traditional fare from the Alentejo region.

​Address: Rua Portas de Santo Antão 58, Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 405 140
Cervejaria Trindade

This is one of the most historic and popular restaurants in Lisbon. Cervejaria Trindade is an ale-house restaurant with a well decorated and beautiful room. The restaurant offers Portuguese cuisine and has a nice mixture of people, locals, business people and, of course, tourists. Arrive early so you do not have to wait in line.

​Address: Rua Nova da Trindade 20 C, 2715-311 Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 423 506​Website:
Cantinho Lusitano

The Cantinho Lusitano is the perfect restaurant for the undecided. Choose from a menu with “petiscos”, Portugal’s type of Spanish tapas, and combine it with a glass of delicious wine. Reservation is recommended since the dining room is very small.

​Address: Rua dos Prazeres, 52, 1200-355 Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 806 51 85​Website:
Alfaia Garrafeira

This restaurant is famous for its wide range of different wines but also serves delicious food. The dining room is small and the atmosphere is romantic. This is one of few restaurants in Lisbon providing Wi-Fi.

​Address: Rua Diario de Noticias 125, 1200-143 Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 343 3079​Website:

Soon after its opening in 1958, this restaurant became popular among the locals. At the beginning of 2012 it re-opened with a total new trendy look and interior and in November, the restaurant could celebrate its first Michelin star, earned through its imaginative and delicious cuisine.

​Address: Largo de São Carlos, 10, 1200-410 Lisbon​Phone: + 351 21 342 06 07​Website:​Opening hours: Closed Sundays and Mondays​More info: Reservation is recommended

Tucked at a back street in Bairro Alto, you find this restaurant that serves Portuguese dishes. Inside the walls of stone and the dining room with beautiful vaults, the setting is warm and cosy.

​Address: Rua das Salgadeiras, 18, Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 342 11 57​Website:​Opening hours: Closed Mondays
Cervejaria Ramiro

This is a small and often crowded restaurant, serving mainly fish and seafood. Even if the interior can look quite simple at a first glance, the atmosphere here is cozy and warm, and delicious dishes leave the kitchen.

​Address: Avenida Almirante Reis 1, Intendente, 1100,1150-007 Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 885 10 24 ​Website:​Opening hours: Closed Mondays
100 Maneiras

At 100 Maneiras you can order a 10 course tasting menu and have it combined with delicious wines. The service is efficient and friendly and the setting romantic.

​Address: Rua do Teixeira, 35, 1200-459 Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 099 04 75​Website:

For a fine dining experience in Lisbon, Assinatura is a must visit. Located in the heart of the city, this urban restaurant serves top quality Portuguese dishes for both lunch and dinner.

​Address: Rua Vale do Pereiro, 19 A, Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 386 76 96​Website:
Restaurante Zuari

At Restaurante Zuari, Indian cuisine is served with a warm heart. The owner, Orlando and his wife are from Goa so all dishes are truly genuine.

​Address: Rua Sao Joao da Mata, 41, 411200 - 846, Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 397 7149​Website:
Enoteca de Belém

This sophisticated restaurant is hidden away at a backstreet in the area of Belém. The menu offers flavourful dishes and a wide range of good wines. This place is also a good option for lunch.

​Address: Trav. Do Marta Pinto, 12, Lisbon​Phone: +350 363 15 11​Website:
After a day of sightseeing, sit down at a pavement café on Rossio Square. From here you will see the Baiza, the flat city centre that dates from the 18th century, between yourself and the river bank.

This is a fashionable café with good pavement tables where you can look at the people around Rossio Square. There has been a café here since the 18th century, but the current art deco decor dates from 1929. There’s also a restaurant in the cellar.

​Address: Largo do Rossio, Praça Dom Pedro IV, 24-25, 1200-091 Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 460 579​Website:
A Brasileira

A Brasileira is a famous and classic café in Lisbon with magnificent, dark panelled interior dating from 1905. They have a newspaper and tobacco kiosk, and pavement tables which are looked at just as much as they are a vantage point.

​Address: Rua Garrett 120, 1200 Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 469 541
Antiga Confeitaria De Belém

This is the home to Lisbon’s most famous cake, a custard bun called Pastel de Belém here, pastel de nata in other places, and the perfect accompaniment to a bica - the Portuguese espresso. The recipe is said to have come from the monks in the adjacent Jerónimo monastery, and its secret is preserved by three bakers who bake them every morning behind locked and barred doors. About 10,000 a day get eaten!

​Address: Rua de Belém 84, Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 637 423​Website:
Pastelaria Suica

This popular café is a favourite among many due to its history and the wide variety of pastries, cakes and fruit juices. The café was founded in 1922 and is located on one of the city´s busiest squares, Rossio. They have also an outside terrace where you can sit and enjoy the sun and your coffee.

​Address: Prç. D. Pedro IV Rossio, 96 a 104, Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 21 40 90​Website:
Cafe No Chiado

This café is located between Teatro de S. Carlos (Opera House) and Teatro de S. Luis (city Theatre). Here you can have lunch, tea or dinner. The atmosphere is described as cozy and you can enjoy your food or drink in the outdoor restaurant, if the weather permits.

​Address: Largo do Picadeiro 10, 1200-330 Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 460 501​Website:​Opening hours: Open every day 10.00-02.00
The Bairro Alto is the restaurant and bar quarter par excellence: many people’s evening starts here with a meal and then a walk from one of the small bars to another. This often goes on until about two, after which people go to the clubs. Lisbon is a city that takes its night life seriously. Shortly after midnight, it is best to move down towards the river and the larger clubs along the Avenida 24 de Julho, to the Docas area and Alcântara, where the coolest dance floors are never filled before two in the morning.
Enoteca/chafariz Do Vinho

This is still the best place to sample Portuguese wine, either at the small pavement café or in the cool interior - a monumental former water supply depot. A brief food menu complements the long wine list.

​Address: Rua da Mãe de Água à Praça da Alegria, 1250-000 Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 422 079​Website:
Pavilhão Chinés

No other bar in Lisbon has yet managed to outdo Luís Pinto Coelho’s decor, installed in the 1970's: thousands of collectible objects, from model battleships to dolls and beer mugs, in glazed cabinets which cover most of the walls in the bar’s many rooms.

​Address: Rua Dom Pedro V 89/91, Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 424 729​Website:

One of the city’s most eccentric discotheques, which manages to attract hordes of young Portuguese and tourists, who preferably dance to Techno and Acid House. It has once been voted as one of the best clubs in Europe.

​Address: Escadinhas da Praia, 5, 1200-869 Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 393 29 31​Website:​Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 24.00 - 08.00

People who hang out in smaller bars like to regard themselves as alternatives, and turn up their noses at the larger clubs with commercial music and a sea of dancers. However, everybody meets at Lux, the city’s ultimate night club.

​Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, 1950-736 Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 882 08 90​Website:
Belém Bar Café

Belém Bar Café is a sophisticated bar/club/restaurant offering a great venue if you feel like wearing your best clothes and go out for a fun night. The music played here is commercial house, R&B and Hip Hop.

​Address: Av. Brasilia, Pavilhão Poente, 1300-598 Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 624 232​Website:
A lot of the shopping in Lisbon is now housed in enormous shopping centres such as Colombo and Amoreiras, or in smaller gallerias. The city’s old centre, Baixa, retains its identity as a traditional shopping district, where you walk on the streets (some of them traffic-free) between the shops, with the sun in your face. Chiado is close to Baixa, and has the reputation of being the city’s finest shopping district. Chiado successfully manages to combine the gallery model with open shopping, blending the best of both worlds.
Santos Ofícios Artesanatos

This store houses the best examples of Portuguese traditional art and handicrafts, without the usual tiresome tourist range at your heels.

​Address: Rua da Madalena 87, 1100-319 Lisbon ​Phone: +351 21 8872031​Website:
Coisas Do Arco Do Vinho

Their scale and selection make them the best wine shop in Lisbon, especially in regards to Port wine. Literature and all kinds of wine accessories are also on sale.

​Address: Rua Bartolomeu Dias Loja 7, 1400-026 Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 642 031​Website:​More info: Located next to the Centro Cultural de Belém
El Corte Inglés

Lisbon’s only true department store is Spanish, but the Portuguese put aside their suspicions of their larger neighbour here. The range of goods is quite varied, with international brands and a number of Portuguese designers, together with the store’s own low-price lines. There is a large food hall and gourmet shop downstairs, restaurants and cinemas – and direct access to the Underground.

​Address: Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar 31, Lisbon​Phone: +351 213 711 700​Website:
Fátima Lopes

One of Portugal’s most successful designers, whose clothes are famed for their in-your-face sexiness. Her shop is also a workshop and a bar, with late hours.

​Address: Rua da Atalaia 36, 1200-041 Lisbon​Phone: +351 21 324 05 46​Website:
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Lisbon Airport

Lisbon Airport, Portela, is so close to the centre that it is going to be relocated, but, until then, it is quick, easy and cheap to get to and from. There are one airport bus (Aerobus) with two lines operating from 7.00-23.20. Aerobus line 1 connects the airport and Cais do Sodré, departing every 20 minutes. Aerobus line 2 links the airport with the financial centre, Av. José Malhoa, and departs every 40 minutes. Public transportation such as metro and public buses are also available. A taxi to the centre takes between twenty minutes and a half an hour. The traffic is also somewhat higher during nights and weekends.

​Address: Alameda Comunidades Portuguesas, 1700-007 Lisbon​Phone: +351 218 413 500​Website:
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