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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“Towering dramatically above Lisbon, these mid-11th-century hilltop fortifications sneak into almost every snapshot. Roam its snaking ramparts and pine-shaded courtyards for superlative views over the city’s red rooftops to the river. Three guided tours daily (in Portuguese, English and Spanish), at 10.30am, 1pm and 4pm, are included in the admission price (additional tours available).”
  • 479 locals recommend
  • 6 Experiences
Neighborhood
“Lisbon is also known for its very lively and busy nightlife. After an afternoon shopping in the elegant Chiado district, there’s nothing like a late afternoon at one of the viewpoints of Santa Catarina or São Pedro de Alcântara, then staying for dinner in the Bairro Alto. It’s the place to be for those who enjoy a night out having fun.”
  • 562 locals recommend
  • 62 Experiences
Place of Worship
“Lisbon has two unique monuments which are World Heritage Sites. The "Jerónimos Monastery" and the"Tower of Belém". They are two jewels of the Gothic Manueline style that easily impress. Apart from the vaults carved in stone that are a remarkable piece of engineering.”
  • 241 locals recommend
  • 17 Experiences
Pie Shop
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“Sweet-tooths the world over come to Lisbon to sample the city's real-deal pastel de nata, the famous egg-custard tarts invented by Catholic monks at Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and most famously served (as pastéis de Belém) at Antiga Confeitaria de Belém since 1837 (and everywhere else in town these days). These crisp pastry nests, filled with custard cream, are baked at 200°C until crusted golden, then lightly dusted with cinnamon on their way to a happy ending in nearly 15,000 mouths per day (50,000 on Sunday).”
  • 337 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Monument / Landmark
“Jutting out onto the Rio Tejo, this Unesco World Heritage–listed fortress epitomises the Age of Discoveries. You'll need to breathe in to climb the narrow spiral staircase to the tower, which affords sublime views over Belém and the river.”
  • 220 locals recommend
  • 42 Experiences
Scenic Lookout
“The most beautiful view in the city and the highest point in Lisbon. Beautiful relaxing spot. ”
  • 321 locals recommend
  • 11 Experiences
Seafood Restaurant
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“One of the best place for eating sea food. The waiters are rude, service is poor, you will be waiting for a long time for a table. Yet, food is out of this world. ”
  • 291 locals recommend
Art Museum
“In the modern part of this wonderful museum you get a really good overview of art connected to the political situation in Portugal over the past 100 years.”
  • 267 locals recommend
Event Space
“The most ancient market of Lisbon. It is beautiful and in the mornings you can buy fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. It has lots of restaurants inside”
  • 270 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Event Space
“I have spent many Tuesdays and Saturdays here. I love this historic flee market. If you have a good eye for little fun things at a reasonable price, then this is the place for you. Please be careful of pickpockets. If I have guests with me a take the historic tram 28 up there if you can squeeze yourself in.”
  • 368 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Wander downhill (to save your legs) through Alfama's steep, narrow, cobblestoned streets and catch a glimpse of the more traditional side of Lisbon before it too is gentrified. Linger in a backstreet cafe along the way and experience some local bonhomie without the tourist gloss.”
  • 240 locals recommend
  • 90 Experiences
Art Museum
“Portugal's "national gallery" is the Ancient Art Museum, opened in 1884 in a 17th-century palace. Its most significant works include Hieronymus Bosch's "Temptation of Saint Anthony" and Albrecht Dürer's "Saint Jerome," but the main highlight is a 15th century masterpiece attributed to Portuguese artist Nuno Gonçalves, called the "Panels of St. Vincent." After a visit to the museum, relax in its delightful garden with river views, where you may sit enjoying a drink or meal from the café.”
  • 203 locals recommend
Aquarium
“The Lisbon Oceanarium is located in the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Expo '98. It is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. Their Mission: To encourage people to learn more about the oceans and make all citizens aware of their duty to conserve their natural heritage, by changing their behaviour.”
  • 161 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“You cannot miss it when you pass it while ambling through the downtown district. It offers enviable views over this old part of Lisbon, and it is a privilege to travel in this elevator designed by Ponsard, a disciple of the great master of iron works, Gustave Eiffel, more than a hundred years ago.”
  • 215 locals recommend
  • 31 Experiences
Cultural Center
“Museum, music, theatre, opera, dance, cinema, exhibitions - in short, all things cultural. ”
  • 156 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Owned by John Malkovich, this is Lisbon's most famous club and the amazing view over the river might be one of the reasons why.”
  • 241 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“One of the best place for eating sea food. The waiters are rude, service is poor, you will be waiting for a long time for a table. Yet, food is out of this world. ”
  • 291 locals recommend
Department Store
“The newly opened food court on the 7th floor has some of Lisbon's best chefs -- the view is nicer and it's less busy than the Timeout Market (Mercado da Ribeira) and there is even our favourite ice cream place Nannarella!”
  • 110 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Great atmosphere, good view, inserted in the building of the Circus School where there is also a shop, a bar and regular shows.”
  • 111 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Sea Me has super fresh, delicious fish cooked both traditionally (grilled with salt and vegetables) and in a contemporary way (try the sardine or the robalo sushi, their incredible!) It’s a little pricier, but super high quality. You’ll find half the tables full is locals and half tourists. Make sure to reserve a table. Kitchen is open until 1 am Friday and Saturday. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Bar
“Great views. This is a popular place so reservations are recommended. Also great for drinks with a view. In Bairro Alto”
  • 86 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Another ultra-cool rooftop space opens in Lisbon. This time in Martim Moniz with extraordinary views of Lisbon, from São Jorge Castle and Mouraria, to the viewpoints of Graça and Senhora do Monte. Topo is sure to become the classic spot for after-work drinks, sunset dinners and evening cocktails.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“You'll love dining at the Páteo, savouring a well succeeded refresh version of traditional portuguese flavours. The taberna is great for a light lunch.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“One of the hidden treasures of Lisbon. You would not enter if you look at it from the outside. Full of surprises. Just try it out.”
  • 95 locals recommend

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