Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly capital city, situated right on the coast. This stunning city is full of bright pastel shades, steep cobbled streets and beautiful waterways. From the architecture to the delicious food and drink or the sandy beach, Lisbon offers something for every traveller, no matter what the budget. Here is our ultimate Lisbon city guide, and don’t worry, there are plenty of beer spots on our list!
Where to find the best beers…
It wouldn’t be a complete Lisbon city guide to great beer if we didn’t give a mention to Delirium Cafe Lisboa. 25 beers on draught and an extensive bottle list, that is almost unrivalled across Portugal. Moules & Beer is a fantastic spot that celebrates the classic pairing of beer and mussels. The venue is bright and airy, a great blend of quality produce and service in a casual setting. The Cerveteca Lisbon is another cracking spot. They showcase some of the best breweries in the region, as well as some of their favourites from around the globe. They also serve up some great bar nibbles to compliment the beers on offer.
Top locally brewed beers to look out for…
There are some fantastic breweries and taprooms tucked away in Lisbon, and here are just a few of our favourites. Dois Corvos was founded back in 2013, but the brewery space and kit weren’t completed and in use until 2015. This award-winning young brewery has a taproom with 12 taps, pouring the freshest beers from their kit. Another firm favourite is Duque Brewpub, who have 9 taps and over 50 bottles on their list. They pour their own brews, as well as many others from around Portugal. LX Brewery are really popular with locals, and they produce five different beers in both bottle and keg. Keep your eyes peeled for them.
Our Lisbon City Guide to great eats
The great thing about eating in Lisbon is that no matter what your budget, you can find something absolutely delicious. For a variety of smaller bites, check out the Time Out Market. Here you’ll find a vast variety of dishes, from pizza and sushi to local specialities. Pastéis de Belém make the most delicious Portuguese egg custard tarts, they even use a secret ancient recipe. If you’re looking for a little cooling sweet treat, you can’t go far wrong with Nannarella, who have the best gelato in town. For a fantastic cup of coffee, there’s Copenhagen Coffee Lab, who also serve up some delicious and healthy breakfast options. And if you’ve got a big budget, you can’t afford to miss out on the dining experience at Feitoria. Chef Joan Rodrigues creates stunning small plates at this Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the Tagus River.
The best sights in Lisbon
Last up on our Lisbon city guide is sightseeing. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to palaces and castles. You’ve got the ancient brick walls of Moorish São Jorge Castle overlooking the city centre and the river Tagus. Or you can discover the opulence of the Palace of Mafra, famed for its Baroque design and extensive library. If you are travelling with the whole family, Lisbon Oceanarium is a real favourite with kids. This is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, and was the centrepiece of the World Expo in 1998. For a great day trip, head over to Sintra, a resort town nestled in the foot of the mountains. There is a beautiful national Palace here, and the views are exceptional. And for unusual souvenirs, look no further than Feira Da Ladra. This bizarre little fleamarket is open on Tuesday and Saturday, and stall holders sell an array of clothing, homewares, antiques and everything in between.
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