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Where to Eat in Lisbon: Cheap Eats Under €30

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Did you know that they eat snails in Lisbon? Portugal’s capital, Lisbon has a large variety of meals on offer but if you are an affordable travel fan like me (Gemma), you’ll devour our tips on where to eat in Lisbon for under €30 (for 2!)

I’ve also thrown in Lisbon food prices and a health warning to this cheap eats in Lisbon guide – ‘avoid at all costs’ recommendation.

If you are looking for a more general guide of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods and what to do in them, check out our city guide here.

Where to Eat in Lisbon For Under €30

Breakfast in Lisbon

I absolutely adore the busy cafe life found in Lisboa.

We consumed many a sandwich from the local pastelarias for breakfast.

These cafes also serve coffees, teas, bread, and cakes.

While Pastelaria Camões was our go-to, there is no shortage of these cafes in the city, just look for the locals standing at the counter throwing a short coffee down their neck!

Alternatively, buy a bifana to take out and grab a coffee at one of the cute coffee shops in the middle of the local squares. 

  • What to eat: Bifana (pork sandwich)
  • Price: €1.70 – €2.40
  • Hot spot: Pastelaria Camões
  • Address: Pastelaria Camões, Rua Luis de Camões nº 34, 2490 Ourém

Pastelaria Camões I Lisbon Restaurants under 30 Euros

Dear Breakfast 

Prefer flat lays of your flat white?

Dear Breakfast is a bright white Instagram-friendly breakfast joint. 

Pastel-coloured menus offer pink lattes and ovos, eggs, in a variety of servings. 

Acai and quinoa bowl also available. 

Not the cheapest of options at Deer (get-it?) Breakfast but you are paying for the setting and fresh produce. 

Popular Lisbon brunch spot. 

  • R. Gaivotas 17, Lisbon 1200-201

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Avoid Being Ripped Off at Breakfast 

We were massively ripped off at a pastelarias called O Brasão. 

A little hazy, we ordered a plate of eggs and another with sausage, two hot drinks, and two orange juices.

The total? €28 – the same price as the nice meal at The Decadente (see below), for breakfast!

So why did it come to so much?

The waiter added a plate of croissants, cheese, and rolls.

Little did we know that these small plates are called couvert – small plates with a big charge to your bill.

We were aware of this happening at lunch and dinner with olives and bread but not before midday!

Our Portuguese friends say that you should ask for couvert to be removed from your bill if you are put in this situation, regardless if you’ve eaten them.

Learn from our ‘first-day tax’ – say no to sides if you don’t need them. 

  • Address: Largo do Conde Barão 18, 1200-118

Dinner and Lunch in Lisbon

So now we’ve got the most important meal of the day sorted let’s look at the best places to eat in Lisbon for lunch and dinner.

Food Experience at LX Factory 

As mentioned in our things to do in Lisbon for under €18 article, brunch at the hipster LX Factory in Lisbon is a good move.

This space is littered with eateries as well as markets selling trinkets.

The first restaurant (Cantina) we tried to brunch at had no seats, the second (A Praça) forgot about us, third time lucky we dined on pizza and salad at A Mesa Do LX.

The format of this Italian is that everyone eats together at a long picnic-like table covered in cute checkered table cloths.

We didn’t have to speak to our neighbours, thankfully.

I recommend trying the local craft ginger beer, LX Beer.

LX Factory definitely plays host to cool restaurants in Lisbon.

  • Price: 1 salad, 1 pizza, 3 beers €28
  • Address: R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal

LX Factory Street Art I Lisbon Restaurants Under 30 Euros

Bairro Alto Restaurants
The Decadente

Across from the lovely Jardim São Pedro de Alcântara viewing point, you will find the luxurious The Decadente.

The aesthetically pleasing throwback to the Gatsby era makes The Decadente one of the top restaurants in Lisbon (from my 10-day experience anyway).

It can be found tucked away in The Independente hostel but shouldn’t be mistaken for typical backpacker grub.

There is a really tranquil outside patch too.

  • Price: 1 starter and 2 mains €29
  • Address: R. São Pedro de Alcântara 81, 1250-238 Lisboa, Portugal

The Decadente I Lisbon Restaurants under 30 Euros

Taberna Alentejo

I want to say this tavern recommended by our walking tour guide is a local haunt however, on arrival of Taberna Alentejo we were faced with a sea of tourists.

This didn’t put us off, and it shouldn’t put you off either if you are looking for a cheap bite to eat.

To get to this taverna, walk through the beautiful grand Moorish building of Casa Do Alentejo but don’t confuse its expensive restaurant which is next door. 

  • Price: 2 plates of meat, bread and 1 beer €13
  • Address: R. das Portas de Santo Antão 58, 1150 Lisboa, Portugal

Taverna Alentejo I Lisbon Restaurants Under 30 Euros

Tasca Mastai 

Found hidden up a secluded side street in Lisbon’s famous Bairro Alto, Tasca Mastai is a treasure trove of weirdness.

Gawk at the décor, read a vintage book or sip on a fruity sparkly wine mixer (yeah, that was me!)

A genuinely nice restaurant in Lisbon with friendly staff and peculiar décor.

  • Price: 2 lasagne, 1 x wine and beer €12
  • Address: 387, R. da Rosa 14, 1200-387 Lisboa, Portugal

Las Ficheras Mexican

Hola! Welcome to Mexico! Looking for some spice, we wandered along party Pink Street to Las Ficheras Mexican.

Off the tequila, to the waiter’s distaste, we dined on tuna steak and chilli!

That fish dish is the best I’ve ever had.

  • Price: 2 mains €20
  • Address: R. Remolares 34, 1200-371 Lisboa, Portugal

Las Ficheras Mexican I Lisbon Restaurants Under 30

Santo Amaro Docks 

Head to the iconic 25th of April bridge – the one that looks like San Francisco – and you’ll discover Santo Amaro Docks – a stretch of bars and restaurants occupied by locals and travellers alike.

We chowed down on burgers while watching the birds and boats in the marina.

Santo Amaro Docks has Lisbon restaurants with a view as well as Lisbon restaurants where locals eat – winning!

If you plan to cycle to Belém, you will pass these docks on the way there or back which makes for a nice pit stop. 

  • Price: 2 burgers €15 (with a beer and a cider €23.40)
  • Address: Doca Santo Amaro Armazém CP, 1350-353, Alcântara, Lisboa, Portugal

Santo Amaro Docks I Lisbon Restaurants Under 30 Euros

Lisbon Tarts

One of the best things to do in Lisbon is to taste a sweet and delicious custard tart! The top of the pops place to try a tart is Pastéis de Belém in the west of the city, Belém.

This area is definitely worth a couple of hours of your trip and if you have the time, a day trip.

Belém Tower is stunning, Jeronimos Monastery is jaw-dropping, and the Berardo Collection Museum is free to get in!

Check out our post for more on Belém and other day trips from Lisbon.

  • Price: €1.05
  • Address: R. Belém, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal

Pasteis de Belem ILisbon Restaurants Under 30 Euros

Pasteis de Belem ILisbon Restaurants Under 30 Euros

 

Lisbon Food Market

Tigger warning: I did not fall for the Time Out Market Lisbon but many tourists do.

What do you get when you take one popular magazine, over fifty Lisbon street food restaurants, and hundreds of tourists?

A very challenging experience.

Lisbon’s Time Out Market is like a school canteen for big kids – noisy, messy, and full of people trying to nab your seat.

I was sorely disappointed with the counter, Asian Lab. 

After waiting fifteen minutes in line, watching food go cold, staff flail about getting orders wrong, I made it to the cashier.

Pad Thai was in sight!

The employee then tells me that all orders will take a further thirty minutes.

Cue hanger rage.

I honestly don’t understand why the message wasn’t shared as we waited in line.

The menu only offers four main options, shame to witness that they cannot handle the heat.

Time Out Market is a fun concept that doesn’t work in practice.

On a positive note – Santini ice cream is delicious, try the nata flavour!

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Tip – if anywhere in Lisbon has rows of tuk-tuks outside, it’s most likely a tourist trap!

An alternative Lisbon FOOD Market which can be found at Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo 8A.  

Time Out Market I Lisbon Restaurants Under 30 Euros


Lisbon Food – What to Eat 

So now you know where to dine, let’s look at what to eat in Lisbon. 

  • Bifana – pork sandwiches
  • Sardines – grilled as street food or at a restaurant 
  • Pasteis de Nata – custard tarts
  • Cozido a portuguesa – Portugese stew
  • Caracois – snails, not just for the French! 

Lisbon Drinks

  • Portugal is famous for its wine and port!
  • Don’t panic if you can’t make it to Porto to try some, there are vineyards within an hour of Lisbon which we had the pleasure of visiting during a day trip from Lisbon.
  • Ginjinha – Portugal’s sour cherry liquor – sipped not shot!

Wine I Lisbon Restaurants Under 30 Euros

Ginjinha Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15
Final Words

Pastries to pizza, soup to sausage – I hope that this coverage of my personal top 10 restaurants in Lisbon sets you up for some good scran!

Do come back and tell me what you tried, liked, would add to this list of where to eat in The City of Tolerance!

And don’t forget to check out my advice on things to do in Lisbon then how to get out of the city via Lisbon’s best day trips.


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5 Day Trips from Lisbon: Tarts, Castles + Beaches

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Looking for tips on the best day trips from Lisbon? Look no further! While the city of Lisbon, with its tiles, tantalising tarts, and trams, is so lovely there is a good excuse to leave. Not far from the Portuguese capital you will find vineyards, beaches, castles and palaces. So let’s take a look at these recommended (by us, Gemma and Craig) Lisbon day trips so you can start planning your itinerary. Don’t miss our guide on things to do in the city and where and what to eat too. 

If you are doing an independent day trip, do check out our road trip packing guide before you hit the road. 

Best Day Trips From Lisbon

1. The Beauty of Belém

Although often referred to as a popular day trip, Belém is technically in Lisbon and visitors should not bypass this bustling section west of town. 

This area of the city is only 3.7 miles from the centre and 2 miles from the Ponte 25 de Abril/25th of April Bridge. That’s the one that looks like San Francisco’s little sister. 

Our trip to Belém was one of the best day trips in Lisbon we did and also a highlight of the 10 days for me!

There are several ways to get to Belém. 

Firstly, take the number 15E tram or 729 bus from downtown and leave the tram at Jeronimos Monastery. This journey takes a maximum of 30 minutes.

The second option is to visit as part of the Lisbon hop-on hop-off double-decker bus experience. 

Alternatively, hire a bike in the city and bike to Belém (40 mins) as we did.

The easy trail is scenic and shadows the River Tejo, takes you under the 25th of April Bridge, and arrives smack bang in front of Belém Tower, and the crowds that come with it!

Tip: Enjoy a pit stop under the bridge at DOCAS, Santo Amaro Docks. 

If you prefer a guided bike tour, this four-hour option makes two stops for a local snacks and drink and is hosted by a knowledgeable tour guide. 

Santo Amaro Docks Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15

Things to Do in Belém

Tower of Belém

One of the most iconic images of Portugal, after those glorious coasts. is the tower of Belém which sits at the River Tejo and acts as a signpost for Lisbon’s harbour.

Belém Tower was constructed in 1514/15 by Francisco de Arruda as a fortress to stop unwanted arrivals by sea.

Today Belém Tower is a magnet for tourists, especially in the hot summer months of June – September.

It is reassuring to see that UNESCO has listed the bewitching building as a World Heritage monument.

If you plan to visit the tower and the monastery (below) you may want to consider the Lisbon City Card which covers skip-the-line to both attractions. It also covers your transport costs. 

Belem Tower, Lisbon I Lisbon Day Trips

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos Descobrimentos/Monument to the Discoveries is the cemenet and rose-tinted stone monument pokes out over the Tagus River. 

Its rectangular block pierces the sky while the limestone sculptures face out to sea.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos was under construction when we visited but hey, that’s the reality of travel. 

Padrao dos Descobrimentos in Belem I Lisbon Day Trips

Hot for Tarts?

…then taste the treats from Pastéis de Belém.

Portugal is famous for its custard tarts and the most favoured of them all are created at this eatery.

The actual surroundings are pretty noisy, the building itself has a haunting echo of people chatting but there are two solutions to improve the experience.

Firstly, ask for a seat outside.

We were seated in the garden café area and it was just darling to eat a cake amongst the flowers!

Alternatively, you can take away these sugary delights (although they are delicious warm).

Or do both.

If you cycled to Belém you can afford the calories. 

  • Tarts: €1.05
  • Address: R. Belém, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal

Pasteis de Belem I Lisbon Day Trips

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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

When you witness how extravagant Jeronimos Monastery is, you’ll think it is no surprise that the affluent and elite used to hang out in Belém to escape city life. 

After the monastery was dissolved, this ridiculously large building became home to an orphanage and is now a walk-through museum.

Purchase your skip-the-line ticket here.

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos I Lisbon Day Trips

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos I Lisbon Day Trips

Berardo Collection Museum

An overlooked Lisbon activity is a visit to the modern and contemporary art haven, the Berardo Collection Museum

The museum has a variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions from a mix of decades.

Artwork includes print, photo, structures, film, and my favourite – lights!

  • Address: Praça do Império 1449-003 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Price: Free

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2. Sintra Day Trip

Sintra is a town at the bottom of the Sintra Mountains, a perfect spot for a royal hideout or two. 

I’ve honestly never been to a location that has such a high concentration of palaces, castles and important houses. 

With that appeal, Sintra draws in many visitors all year round. 

During summer, Sintra feels like Disney, without the sophisticated ticketing system and single rider options.  

If you plan to make the Lisbon to Sintra trip independently, which is easy to do, leave early and be prepared to wait in long lines or invest in line skips or it will be a long day trip. 

Wear comfortable shoes and make use of public transport around the town to save time. 

Alternatively, hire a scooter, as we did, and zip around the park with palaces. 

Sintra boasts of ten national monuments for tourists to visit.

These include the National Palace, Moorish Castle, and Pena Palace.

National Palace

  • Price: €10

National Palace Sintra

Pena Palace

  • Price: €12 – Reserve your skip-the-line ticket here

Palace of Pena in Sintra. Lisbon

Moorish Castle

  • Price: €8

Castle of the Moors at Sintra

Lisbon to Sintra

Lisbon is very well connected by trams, buses, trains, and taxis (including Über).

One of the most popular Lisbon day trips by train is to Sintra, which is an easy journey taking the 434 train from Rossio Station.

The journey is approximately 40 minutes and costs around €4.30.

Alternatively, hire a scooter for under €50.

Prefer to let someone else do the driving? 

This Sintra day tour leaves Lisbon and takes small groups to Sintra for lunch and to visit Pena Palance.

Other stops include Cape Roca and Cascais so if you are searching for a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais, that could be your tour. 

Quinta da Regaleira well

Quinta da Regaleira Well, Sintra

Getting Around Sintra

It should not be underestimated how hilly Sintra is.

The national monuments are spread out over the town which makes navigation quite difficult.

There are Sintra-centric buses which run in a loop from the train station, through the town and up the hill for €5 (bus 434 information).

We arrived by scooter which was hired in Lisbon and used the parking close to each monument.

Unfortunately, Sintra was not somewhere this Rapunzel could let her hair down.

Unlike Granada (Spain), where you can stroll through the gardens of the Alhambra without going into the palace, there is no option to explore the city without digging pocket deep.

The national monuments are pretty pricey for travellers on a backpacking budget and we definitely felt excluded.

Don’t just listen to us though, the Lisbon day trip to Sintra is adored by many.

If you like castles, check out this guide to more of Lisbon’s day trips including Óbidos which has a medieval wall.

3. Cast Your Eyes On Cascais

Blue, yellow, blue – that’s how I like my summers and Cascais certainly knows how to do beaches and blue skies.

This area of Portugal is incredible.

Cascais includes Carcavelos beach to the Guincho Beach making it the perfect spot of topping up your tan close to Lisbon.

In addition to nice beaches, Cascais itself has lots of culinary delights which would make a perfect city/beach combo holiday.

We actually took a scooter ride from Lisbon to Sintra, through to Cascais, returning back to Lisbon, and although slightly hot, would recommend this route.

Grab an ice cream at the beach of course!

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Cascais I Lisbon Day Trips

4. Wine Tasting Near Lisbon 

Yes, the northern part of Portugal is renowned for its wine and port but did you know that you can whet your palette close to Lisbon too?

We ventured on this day tour of the enchanting Arrábida region of Portugal with Filipa and André aka Portuguese for a Day.

The cheese-eating, wine tasting Lisbon day tour kicks off with some Portuguese coffee and a trip to José Maria da Fonseca vineyard.

José Maria da Fonseca is a family-run business who have been producing wine for over 100 years and is now being run by the sixth and seventh generation!

If you are a wine lover and are heading north, do check out our foodie friends over at Savored Journey’s review of Porto port houses

Jose Maria da Fonseca Vineyard I Lisbon Day Trips

After a few (three) glasses of Portugal’s finest liquid, your chauffeurs will drive your along the coast to Setubal to watch the fishermen, then on to Arrábida to the beach which a popular Lisbon day trip for locals.

The northern shore of the Sado River is rarely ventured to by Lisbon tourists and it is absolutely breathtaking so you can feel smug about being one of the first. 

However, as the saying goes ‘it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey’ and we certainly felt that way about our new friends, Filipa and André. 

During the tour, this adorable couple discussed everything with us from life in Portugal, snails (they love them!), and why the police carry scary guns in Lisbon, while we took in the scenery from their trusty van. 

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We’ve recently heard from Filipa and André, they got in contact to let us know that they’ve had bookings off the back of this article.

This makes us very happy!

Do come back and let us know how you got on in Lisboa and beyond. 

  • Meeting point: pick up at accommodation or arranged point
  • Price: €70 for the full-day tour including vineyard
  • Website: Portuguese for a Day
  • Contact: [email protected] / +351 913 958 803
  • Thanks to Filipa & André for spending the day with us, an honest review as always
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Arrabida beach I Lisbon Day Trips

5. Porto 

Porto is a colourful and photogenic town located in the northwest of Portugal. 

It is famous for being on the coast with a medieval riverside district, cobbled streets, food and port naturally! 

There is also a library that has been taken over by Instagram fans which you can read more about in my good friend, Allison’s 2-day guide to Porto. I will be visiting this October! You? 

While a Lisbon to Porto day trip is possible it is around three hours drive from the city so we would recommend that you give at least a night to the city.

Porto Cable Cars

Final Words

From beaches to buildings, wine to water – there is an eclectic mix of Lisbon excursions to meet every budget!

I honestly fell hard for this city and its surrounding areas and would love to head back to explore more of what the country has to offer (more wine? Ok then!)

Heading to Lisbon? Don’t miss our post on 15 things to do in Lisbon for under €15 for advice on where to stay in Lisbon, things to do in Lisbon, and how to avoid getting ripped off!

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18 Things To Do In Lisbon For Under €18

Tram 28 Things to in Lisbon

Portugal’s capital Lisbon is bouncing! The city is crammed with winding streets, street art, delicious food and a vibrant music scene. The city boasts of beautiful viewpoints and a bar by the beach. It is easy to lose a day, spend a long weekend or even an extended break in Lisboa, if you throw a few day trips in too! Here’s our best things to do in Lisbon guide, for those looking to avoid spending lots of euros in the city built on seven hills.


» You may also like: our guide to Lisbon’s best day trips


Things to do in Lisbon for Under €18

1. Get Lost in Alfama in Lisbon

The oldest district of Lisbon, Alfama, is one to get lost in!

Wander around the impressively tall buildings and narrow streets, stopping off for a coffee or port to recharge the batteries.

These roads will take you from the São Jorge Castle down to the Tagus River, ogle at the pretty tiled buildings along the way.

I can only compare Alfama to the maze that is Edinburgh’s Old Town but on a much larger (or narrower?) scale.

Expect to come across anything from hanging washing to hanging bunting, street art to spectacular views.

This area is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lisbon and features on many guided tour routes but it is very hilly.

If this sounds like a challenge to your style of travel, check out our tips on the cheap tram ride below.

Most crowds can be found about the castle area.

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2. Beers at Bairro Alto

The neighbourhoods you want to visit in Lisbon are all very close to each other.

It is likely that you will take a new street and be in the next area without realising it.

Bairro Alto is the zone where the nightlife in Lisbon kicks off.

By day it simply looks like streets with eateries, by night these streets come alive.

More than often, it feels like you are having drinks in your Grandma’s living room!

Personally, I would avoid accommodation in Bairro Alto, unless you are the party.

Again, this a hilly area so be cautious of your footing or any attempts to carry luggage around the district!

3. Get High in Lisbon

Reaching the stars for the best views of the city has been a running theme in our European city guides of late.

Lisbon has no shortage of rooftop viewing platforms and luckily for us, most come with a cool drink in your hand!

Check out the laid-back Park Restaurant and Bar for lovely 180 degrees views which include the 25 de Abril Bridge.

One of the many hipster things to do in Lisbon but they make you work for that craft beer.

To get to Park Bar you have to go up an elevator in a car park. Cryptic!

  • Address: Park Bar – Calçada do Combro, 58 1200-115 Lisbon, Portugal

4. Miradouro de Santa Catarina – Sunset Viewing Point

Don’t miss Miradouro de Santa Catarina viewing point at sunset where you can take a carryout beer and hang with the locals.

Swing by Manteigaria Portuguese pastelería to pick up some famous Portuguese custard tarts as part of your picnic.

Views aren’t the best in the city but so if you are limited on time and love a sunset, go for Park Bar instead.

5. Jardim São Pedro de Alcântara Restaurant Viewpoint

The vantage point, Jardim São Pedro de Alcântara, directly across from The Decadente Restaurant has the best views of Säo Jorge Castle.

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Park Bar, Lisbon

6. Lisbon’s Unique Transport System

Struggle with hills?

Check out Lisbon’s four elevators – three are yellow and run on tracks, Lisbon’s trams!

The fourth is the Santa Justa Lift (Carmo Lift) found in Baixa which is more like an elevator you would find in a shopping centre/mall.

These elevators are also known as funiculars which are quite common in some European cities (Paris, Budapest, Kyiv).

Their purpose is simply to help locals and visitors navigate the steep hills of the city but have become a symbol of Lisbon along the way. Especially one special yellow tram…

7. Cheap Lisbon Tour on Tram 28

When wondering what to do in Lisbon on a tight budget consider the affordable local tram #28.

While the tram makes getting around famous attractions such as Castle Sao Jorge and districts like Bario Alto easier, you do need some patience.

This tram is jam-packed with site hungry tourists looking to get a glimpse of the most popular Lisbon sightseeing, all for under €3!

There is no audio guide but the cool breeze from the window seat is included.

In all honesty, I did not find this ride as exhilarating as others have but I did leave it until day eight of our Lisbon itinerary so had seen much of what was on offer, plus the rail to the castle was closed.

Ps. read the comments below – this tram journey is for locals and tourists using it as a tour bus appears to annoy them.

Looking for something less touristy to do?

Check out the historical Livraria Bertrand bookshop (R. Garrett 73 75). It’s the oldest operating bookstore in the world!

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8. Lisbon Card – Transport + Skip Lines

A budget-saving tip is to consider the 24, 48 or 72-hour Lisbon Card which provides access to unlimited travel on city transport as well as free admission to the top Lisbon activities.

This is especially helpful for those who find walking uphill difficult as the access includes use of the busses, trams and cable railways.

Another bonus is that some train lines are also included such as the trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais (such a gorgeous part of Portugal).

You can also get to the popular Sintra via train using this card.

Read the comments below and you will see how busy Lisbon is, especially during the summer months.

The Lisbon Card provides skip the line access to Jerónimos Monastery.

It also includes entry to Belem Tower, Marfa National Palace and Santa Justa Lift.

Buy your Lisbon Card online here at GetYourGuide and then exchange it for the magnetic card when you arrive at the airport or the city.

9. Even More Lisbon Tours

I have never seen a city with so many tours!

Segway, tuk-tuk, street art tour, a bus that turns into a boat…

We opted for the traditional and reliable Lisbon walking tour, which guided us around the historic old town.

Our guide, Carla, energetically marched us through the tiny streets of Alfama while sharing tales of war, natural disasters, religion, and economic downturns.

All of these events contribute to Lisbon’s new badge of honour as a city of tolerance.

If you are not so keen on group tours, check out this audio walking tour of Lisbon by fellow blogger, Julie Dawn Fox, a British ex-pat in Portugal!

  • Price: Paid through tips
  • Duration: 2–3 hours
  • Meeting point: Rossio / D. Pedro IV Square (the one with two fountains)

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10. Square Deal

Lisbon has lots of squares!

Rossio Square/D. Pedro IV is the one with two fountains.

Praca do Comercio (aka Terreiro do Paço Square) in Baixa has a big yellow building with an popular photo spot arch called Arco da Rua Augusta.

This is where we watched the semi-final of the European Cup, a massive TV was set up for all to see.

Camões Square is my favourite square. Many a Bifana (pork sandwich) was consumed while watching the world go by here.

One of the cutest things about the local community squares (and each neighbourhood has one) is the tiny bar where you can buy a coffee!

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Rossio Square/D. Pedro IV

11. Down The Hatch – Ginjinha

Served in a shot, but must be sipped – Ginjinha is a sour cherry liquor best enjoyed after midday.

Recommended rocket fuel to get you up those hills.

One of the most unique things to do in Lisbon because you aren’t doing it anywhere else!

  • Price: €1 – €1.40

Ginjinha Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15
12. Chow Down on Cod

Salted, canned, fried – apparently, there are 365 ways to cook cod so that’s one dish for every day of the year.

You’ll discover where cod is being sold by smell before sight!

Not a fan of fish? The Portuguese sure know how to do a sausage! And snails…


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Food in Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15

13. Party on Pink Street

Guess what colour the ground on this street is?

Yes! You guessed it, pink.

The infamous party street is lined with the ‘best clubs in Lisbon’ so not for faint-hearted travellers (actually seemed pretty tame!)

A trip to Pink Street is one of the popular things to do in Lisbon at night and it is also a very popular photo spot on Instagram.

  • Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho

Pink Street Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15

14. Lunch at LXFactory

LX Factory is pretty fancy and I am sure most of the visitors to this arty lunch spot are tourists but the area is still a pleasant place to brunch in.

Don’t forget to check out the street art behind the main drag and pick up some vintage gifts at the market.

Word of warning – when you are offered olives, bread, etc this is called a couvert and it is not free.

Each item will be added to your bill which is a total contrast to ‘free’ tapas in Granada, Spain!

So if you’d prefer not to get stung with the side dishes politely send them back.

Learn from our mistakes! We were hit with a €28 breakfast of eggs and bread because of this couvert offering.

Check out this E-book on Portuguese food if heading to Lisbon.

You’ll notice that we don’t discuss the Time Out Market in our guide.

While many tourists rave about it, we found it hard work.

The canteen-style dining was noisy, we had to wait for an age for food which came at different times. Staff seemed unhappy.

I normally love this communal kind of dining but it felt more high school than high class.

  • Address: R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal

LX Market Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15

Street art at LXFactory in Lisbon

15. DOCAS in Lisbon

Close to the 25 de Abril Bridge, you will find Santo Amaro Docks – a small stretch of bars and restaurants mostly occupied by locals.

I always feel pretty smug when I discover less touristy spots and this area certainly was that.

Check out the boats in the marina while having a beer under Lisbon’s San Francisco Bridge, enjoy Lisbon like a local!

  • Doca Santo Amaro Armazém CP, 1350-353, Alcântara, Lisboa, Portugal

25 de Abril Bridge Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15
16. Bounce to Belém

So many fun things to do in Lisbon but leaving the centre is also recommended.

Belém is a very cute area of Lisbon just a short tram ride away.

Feeling energetic?

Hire bikes and pedal the 40-minute bike route which takes you along the River Tejo, under the bridge, past the boats to Belém Tower.

More on Belém to come in our guide to Lisbon’s best day trips. Definitely one of my favourite Lisbon attractions.

  • Bike hire: €10 – €15 (4-hour hire)
  • Tram to Belém: 15 or tram 127 from downtown (get off at Jeronimos Monastery / approx. 30 minutes))

Belem Tower, Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15
17. Sweet for Custard Tarts

If you only do one thing in Portugal it should be this – eat a custard tart.

The crème de la crème (see what I did there?) can be found in Belém at Pasteis de Belem for under €2 per tart.

Just look for a stupidly large line and you are there!

We were advised to wait in line for a seat (as opposed to take-away) for speedy service but the wait was still around 10 minutes.

  • R. Belém, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal

Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15
18. What to do in Lisbon on Day Three – See Sintra

Sintra, the city for tourists with deep pockets.

Many holidaymakers adore this day trip from Lisbon.

This is where you can visit more than ten national monuments, once they have won the lottery.

Monuments include the National Palace, the Moors Castle and the Pena Palace.

I can’t deny that it is an interesting looking city but I preferred our scooter ride home via Cascais, that’s where we filmed our very last video from the 17-month career break to travel the Americas and Europe.

  • Transport: Train 434 route / Station: Rossio / 40 minutes

Practical Lisbon Travel Advice

Accommodation in Lisbon

We were slightly taken aback at the prices of accommodation in Lisbon with central hotels reaching a whopping €500 per night.

As we were on a tighter budget we stayed in the Santos area of the city.

It is close to Bairro Alto (15-minute walk) but far enough away to not hear any noise but still close enough to the top things to see in Lisbon.

Chiado is another nice area which is a little livelier than Santos but not party central.

Santos Hotels

  • Lisbon Check-In: Old tenements, soundproofed clean rooms with aircon. Very affordable.
  • Palacio-Ramalhete: 18th-century palace with a swimming pool and buffet breakfast. Estrela district.

Lisbon Hostels

Lisbon hostels are cheaper, starting at €14 for a dorm bed (low season).

Airbnb in Lisbon

Airbnb is available in Lisbon but it gets a bad rep.

While we do book self-contained apartments during our travels, we are always cautious of where we book private accommodation and why type of place it is.

We make every attempt to avoid fleecing the Airbnb mafia’s pockets who are the teams of property owners who buy up accommodation in popular cities, outpricing locals from the property market.

Check the profile of the Airbnb host carefully and read the reviews to avoid adding to the overtourism problem in Lisbon.

Weather in Lisbon

Blue skies are enjoyed in July and August but with this being the warmest time of the year (extreme high of 36 degrees) you can expect it to be the busiest.

November to March can get rainy with February being the wettest month.

Transport in Lisbon

Lisbon is pretty well connected with a tram system, buses, and trains to get out of the city.

Taxis also operate as well as the cheaper taxi service, Uber. Don’t rule out a bike ride either!

Getting to Lisbon

The popular Aerobus is an affordable airport to city transfer which takes around an hour and stops at multiple locations in the city.

Lisbon Map

Check out this neat interactive map of Portugal’s capital city. Remember, most of those streets are hills!

Currency in Lisbon

Lisbon is part of the European Union and uses the Euro. For the most up to date rates see here.

Santo Amaro Docks Lisbon I 15 Things to in Lisbon for Under €15

Lisbon Packing List

  • A waterproof coat like my Marmot Precip US / UK
  • Comfortable walking shoes – I wear Salomon Ellipse trek shoes US / UK
  • Camera and battery
  • Battery pack like Anker’s range US / UK
  • Eco water bottle like the practical Tree Tribe US / UK
  • Filter and purifying water bottle such as Water To Go [quote TSA15 at checkout for 15% off]
  • Bamboo cutlery set US / UK for zero waste travel
  • Skross universal travel adaptor with USB slots US / UK
  • Pacsafe safety net US / UK
  • Hydration tablets US / UK if participating in some Portuguese wine tasting!

Final Words

Portugal’s capital is a city that has something to offer every type of traveller on any kind of budget. It would make the perfect long weekend, with heaps of things to do for under €18 over two or three days or an ideal extended trip for the slow holidaymaker who is fond of day trips! I left my heart in Vancouver, my head in Sarajevo, and my liver in Lisbon!

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