As if eating, drinking wine and walking around the alleys of Alfama isn’t enough, Lisbon has a lot of activities to offer.
Markets are a big part of the Portuguese culture, the days of the week for example are not named after Gods or the stars but from second to sixth fair/market (Segunda-feira, Terça-feira, Quarta-feira, Quinta-feira, Sexta-feira).
The flea market is open every Tuesday and Saturday and it’s a Lisbon must. You can find anything from second hand clothing, furniture, tourist souvenirs to old records and tiles.
LX Factory describes itself as “a creative island occupied by corporations and professionals of the industry”. There, you can find a giant book store, cafés, a tattoo parlour, shopping and much more. On Sundays, there’s a second hand market.
Not far from LX Factory is Village Underground – a café, gallery, cowork space, recording studio and event space. I’ve only visited the café, which is located in a two story bus. If it’s too warm inside, you can enjoy the sun from their patio.
The botanical garden of Lisbon is beautiful and wild. Not as organised as other botanical gardens I’ve visited. The palms don’t need a green house so most of the garden is outdoors. Instead of neatly planted flower beddings, you can find giant Monstera creeping up the palm trees.
Lisbon’s best shopping, in my opinion, is in Príncipe Real, above Bairro Alto. On the main street, Praça do Príncipe Real, there are a lot of concept stores with local and both well and less known brands. If it’s sunny, you can rest your feet at the café in the park Jardim do Príncipe Real.
We waited a few months before going up to the castle, thought it was just a tourist trap. And while it is, the 360-view of the city makes it worth it – if you have some time to kill.
Lisbon is definitely not the best bike city, with all its hills. But, if the weather allows it and you have plans to go to Bélem, I recommend renting a bike. It’s around 8 km so not too far, and the tram to Bélem is always packed with people.
If you’re planning on staying in Lisbon for a while and need a desk or place to work, I recommend Cowork Central. People there are really nice and helpful. It’s not too big so you can get to know people but big enough to have a spot if you book a few days in advance.
This city guide is divided in three parts. You can also find Lisbon City Guide – to drink & eat and Lisbon City Guide – to see.