The Insólito (Bairro Alto): Located on the rooftop of the hip Independente Hostel & Suites (a vintage meets art deco mansion), Insólito is a beautiful dining spot offering sweeping panoramic views of the city. The restaurant itself is bohemian, quirky, but elegant at the same time. They have a great cocktail menu, an extensive wine list and the food is fresh and delicious; try the octopus fritters with bell pepper coulis and saffron aioli as well as the pan-fried filet of fish with broad beans, cherry tomato, red onion, spinach and cockles (did not care for the cockles).
Time Out Market (São Paulo): Brought to you by Time Out, a huge, curated food hall with some of Lisbon's best restaurants that have been tried & tested by an independent panel of Time Out's own food critics. Every eatery that has been brought into Time Out Market is rated no less than 4 or 5 stars and only the leading representatives of the Lisbon food scene are present. You can't go wrong with any of the food here. I definitely recommend Asian Lab for fresh pad thai (yes Portuguese pad thai is bomb) and dessert from Manteigaria.
The Decadente (Bairro Alto): Also located in the Independente Hostel & Suites, though on ground level, the Decadente is another great restaurant for hip, authentic Portuguese cuisine in a bustling space. Come for dinner or swanky cocktails.
Cantina LX (Alcântara): Dining al fresco. Traditional Portuguese restaurant in the heart of LXFactory. A former industrial space with rustic accents, mismatched chairs, quirky wall furnishings and a courtyard patio covered by trees, Cantina serves a variety of fresh fish and meat dishes as well as vegetarian options and great smaller sharing plates.
Bairro do Avillez (Bairro Alto): A collection of restaurants from double Michelin starred, José Avillez, one of the most renowned Portuguese chefs. Mercearia for your grocery needs offers a variety of cheeses, charcuterie meats, canned goods and wines, Taberna for some of the best authentic Portuguese cuisine, Páteo for amazing fresh fish and seafood dishes, and several other eating areas. Páteo is a bit of a pricier dining option but well worth it.
Heim Cafe (Santos-o-Velho): Opened by Ukrainian couple, Hanna & Misha, Heim (meaning "home") Cafe is a cozy spot to have breakfast/brunch or a coffee while people watching or sitting down with a good book. The food is delicious, definitely recommend the green brunch board (toast with avocado, tomato, mixed salad, 2 sunny eggs, granola, fruits and fresh oj).
Wish Slow Coffee House (Alcântara): Wish Slow Coffee is located inside LXFactory and is both a cafe and home goods shop selling clothes, accessories, paper goods, kitchen objects, crafts and other trinkets. The cafe is cute too, they have yummy snacks and great drinks (with a variety of non-dairy milks).
Hello, Kristof (Santa Catarina): Scandinavian-inspired coffee shop with communal tables, specialty coffee and independent magazines lining the white concrete walls.
Topo (Bairro Alto): Super chic cocktail and light tapas bar with a great rooftop terrace. Extraordinary views of Lisbon should you come before the sun sets and a lively nightlife complete with a DJ playing 90s and 00s tunes.
Park Bar (Santa Catarina): Super tough to find, but once you've located the parking garage that Park Bar rests on, take the elevator up all the way to the rooftop and emerge onto a beautiful terrace with superior views, amazing cocktails, a vibrant crowd and fun music for dancing.
LXFactory (Alcântara): A great place to walk around, shop & eat. The historical LXFactory is a converted industrial area just off the main strip and has been completely transformed into an outdoor art centre full of unique restaurants, bars, boutiques and cafes.
MAG Kiosk (Alcântara): A tiny boutique selling only magazines situated inside a shipping container at the entrance of LXFactory. Huge selection here from independent publications all over the world ranging between tons of categories like architecture, art, design, photography, film, fashion, music, cuisine, economics and more.
Alfama: One of the oldest districts in Lisbon, Alfama is filled with cobblestone streets, colourful and ancient homes, authentic restaurants serving traditional Portuguese street food, intimate cafes, Ginjinha bars, street parties, iconic fully packed trams and more. If you want to learn a bit more about the neighbourhood's history & culture, it's a great idea to opt for a guided walking tour from a Lisbon local but you could also just roam around without an agenda and see where you end up.
Day Trip: Sintra
Sintra: Sintra is slightly northwest of Lisbon, you can hop on a train from Rossio train station and arrive in around 40 minutes. Once there, you have to pay for a ticket to access the tour bus, and you can choose which sights you want to see. Definitely recommend going to Pena Palace, the 19th century hilltop Romanticist palace on a former monastery site, surrounded by beautiful views, forrest and gardens. Rich with history and a great audio tour is provided for a small fee, Pena Palace is not to be missed.