We have been to Lisbon twice, and it is one of our favorite cities in Europe. Lisbon has a unique charm with all the beautiful old buildings and colorful tiles all around the city. Besides, it offers many amazing viewpoints, fun tram rides around the city, and great day trips. We feel like we would never feel bored while in Lisbon, there are so many amazing things to do around the city. In this guide, we share our 13 best things to do in Lisbon, including our favorite places to stay and eat in the city.
13 Best things to do in Lisbon
Wander around Alfama
Alfama is the historical part of the city. It offers lots of beautiful viewpoints, beautiful old buildings, and the Castelo de Sao Jorge, a castle where you can enjoy amazing views. We love strolling around this neighborhood and getting lost in the streets while hunting for the most beautiful tiles.
Miradouro Santa Lucia
Take a ride around the city with the famous Tram 28
Sunset at Castelo de Sao Jorge or Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
Explore Bairro Alto and Principe Real
Ride one of the 3 Elevadors in Lisbon (Cablecars)
Take a walk around the bustling center Baixa and Praca do Comercio
Walk on a pink street
Visit the colorful castle of Sintra on a day trip
Spend a day around Belém
LX Factory – don’t miss the best place to visit in Lisbon
Visit the national tiles Museum – Museu do Azulejo
Discover the most incredible Street-Art
Best places to eat in Lisbon
We found it very easy to find delicious, vegan food in Lisbon, and there are our favorite restaurants:
- Eight – The Health Lounge, perfect for Lunch with delicious healthy bowls, wraps, and smoothies
- daTerra, for a very delicious vegan buffet with a fair price – they offer vegan pasties de Nata
- The Green Affair, a fancy dinner spot with an all-vegan menu, very delicious but a bit more pricey
- AO 26 Vegan Food Project, offering traditional Portuguese food in vegan versions (they have a second restaurant called O Botanista)
For the traditional Mediterranean, Portuguese food Taberna da Rua das Flores is the best place to eat in the city. It’s vegetarian friendly.
The Time Out Market Lisboa is a great place to come for lunch with friends. It’s a market hall with many different kinds of food you can choose from. Everyone can take what they like, and you can meet at a table in the middle to eat together. We love this kind of concept. But we must admit that we have been there years ago and don’t know if there is lots of choice for vegan/vegetarian eaters like us.
How to get around Lisbon
Most of the time we spent in Lisbon, we walked around the city, which we love because we are usually discovering the lesser-known places. Admittedly it’s quite an active time you have walking around this city because it’s many ups and downs.
One of the easy and fun ways to get around are the trams in Lisbon. Especially if you explore the old town neighborhoods like Bairro Alto and Alfama, it’s a great way to get around. For the further areas of the city like Belem, you can take a bus to get there. The smartphone app Moovit is a handy tool when exploring the city by public transportation.
Another great service/app is FreeNow, which is like Uber. You can download the app and call a taxi or private person via the app. It’s much cheaper than the usual taxi prices.
Where to stay in Lisbon
The most convenient option for travelers is the eSim Card (digital SIM card) from Airalo. You can download and install a digital data pack and get connected anywhere in the world as soon as you land, so there is no need to waste time looking for a local plastic SIM card.
Lisbon is, for us, one of these cities where it would never get boring. There are so many amazing things to do and several different neighborhoods to discover, which all offer other special things. We recommend spending at least 4 days in Lisbon to enjoy the city fully. If you plan to visit Sintra from Lisbon, you could consider staying even longer because this will take you at least one day. We will keep going back to this amazing city that for sure because there is always more to discover.