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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.
Neighborhood
“Bohemian, no traffic, excellent restaurants and bars. Alternative Stores & Galleries”
  • 554 locals recommend
Castle
“Located on the highest hill in Lisbon, and with a heady view of the city, São Jorge Castle allows us to take a trip back in time.”
  • 474 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Belem Tower, centuries ago it was one of the fortresses guarding the entrance of the river, protecting the city from invasion.”
  • 217 locals recommend
Pie Shop
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“At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, in Belém, next to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (the Heironymite Monastery) there was a sugar cane refinery attached to a small general store. As a result of the 1820 liberal revolution, all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down in 1834, the clergy and labourers expelled. In an attempt at survival, someone from the monastery offered sweet pastries for sale in the shop; pastries that rapidly became known as ‘Pastéis de Belém’. At that period the area of Belém was considered far from the city of Lisbon and mainly accessed by steam-boats. At the same time, the grandeur of the monastery and the Torre de Belém (the Belém Tower) attracted visitors who soon grew used to savouring the delicious pastries originated in the monastery. In 1837, the baking of the “Pastéis de Belém”began in the buildings attached to the refinery, following the ancient ‘secret recipe` from the monastery. Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the pastries in the ‘secret room’, this recipe remained unchanged to the present day. In fact, the only true ‘Pasteis de Belém’ contrive, by means of a scrupulous selection of ingredients, to offer even today the flavour of the time-honoured Portuguese sweetmaking.”
  • 335 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Jeronimos Monastery, when it was built, the waterline was just at its doorsteps. Built on the site of a small church that supported the seafarers, it commemorates the discoveries. It's style is unique, inspired in symbols of the sea and shipping.”
  • 240 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Young couples and groups of tourists head up here just to see the sunset. It's also from here that you get a view over almost the entire city.”
  • 320 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 289 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.”
  • 266 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“The Alfama neighborhood is very charming with all its' little streets. Alfama is the oldest part of Lisbon. It resisted the terrible earthquake in 1755”
  • 231 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
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.”
  • 367 locals recommend
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
Cultural Center
“Museum, music, theatre, opera, dance, cinema, exhibitions - in short, all things cultural. ”
  • 156 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The Elevador de Santa Justa stands 147 Ft (45m) tall and the structure is built in the same style as the renowned French architect, Eiffel. The similarity between his designs and this Elevator is not accidental, as it was built by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard, who was an admirer of Gustave Eiffel and applied the same techniques used in some of the funiculars in France of the time. The Lift has a stunning observation deck at the top and offers magnificent views over Baixa. Since it was opened to the public, it has become one of the most popular viewpoints in Lisbon.”
  • 213 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.”
  • 240 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

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. ”
  • 289 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!”
  • 109 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Chapitô is a circus school that's actually become better known for its restaurant and bar. It has a very inviting terrace with fantastic city views, where you're served a menu of contemporary Portuguese cuisine. The more formal and romantic interior dining area has even better views. Downstairs is the bar ("Bartô"), which opens at night, often staging alternative theater and live music performances. Our recommendation is to go there on Tuesdays, when they have Live Fado Music!”
  • 110 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. ”
  • 81 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
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
Portuguese Restaurant
“Try the typical Portuguese regional cuisine from Alentejo (South) in a beautiful palace from the 17th century”
  • 93 locals recommend

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