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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
“Saint George Castle (700meters, 12 minutes walk) is a historic castle in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, located in the freguesia of Santa Maria Maior. Since the 12th century, the castle has variously served as a royal palace, a military barracks, home of the Torre do Tombo National Archive, and now as a national monument and museum.”
  • 478 locals recommend
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
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
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.”
  • 336 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“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, the wealth of decorative elements linked to maritime aspects and the voyages of the Navigators is fascinating.”
  • 219 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The most beautiful view in the city and the highest point in Lisbon. Beautiful relaxing spot. ”
  • 321 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. ”
  • 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
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
“One of Lisbon's oldest neighborhoods, this neighborhood is full of charm and stunning view points. ”
  • 239 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
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
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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