There are fantastic things in Lisbon that make it one of the most beautiful cities in the world and one of the best places to live in, but the city also has very secret spots.
Some spots are already known by the big crowds, the tourists and the masses. They’re on all the guidebooks: they come on Lonely Planet, have thousands of reviews on Trip Advisor, and leaflets on every hostel’s lobby. A few others are only known by those who live in the city. These are my top secret spots of Lisbon:
Graça is one of the most typical districts in Lisbon and the one which has, in my opinion, the best views of the city. And I don’t mean its most famous viewpoint, Miradouro da Graça. If you walk a little further you’ll find other viewpoints, which are much more discreet such as: Senhora do Monte and Monte Agudo (this one very close to the Graça district but already in Anjos district).
Take an afternoon off to stroll around this neighbourhood, read a book at Monte Agudo viewpoint, admire the sunset at Senhora do Monte and you’ll see why this is one of Lisbon’s best secret spots. Make the most of it and nibble some roasted cheese and drink some of the house wine at the Botequim, a really great bar and restaurant near Miradouro da Graça.
Although Lx Factory is starting to be known as one of the trendiest places in Lisbon, it’s still mostly known to the locals. Spend a Sunday here to enjoy the Lx Market (from 11am to 6pm), exploring the different shops and stalls on the street. Eat a slice of Marta’s cake at the gorgeous Ler Devagar bookshop, and for those who enjoy a riverside view, you can have a drink at Rio Maravilha, the city’s current must-go spot.
The Martim Moniz neighbourhood is one of the most interesting areas of Lisbon because of its multicultural characteristics. Take a day to visit the Mouraria shopping centre and the shops around that area; drink Lisbon’s best and cheapest ginjinha at Ginjinha da Severa (in Mouraria) or a caipirinha in Botequim do Moniz (in Largo do Martim Moniz); and, at night, go to Intendente to visit Casa Independente, which has a very good artistic and cultural scene.
Amoreiras garden right below the aqueduct is lovely and should be visited because of its kiosk, where on Fridays you can listen to live music, eat fine pastry and enjoy a juicy refreshment. Close to this garden is one of the oldest and more discreet bars in Lisbon, the Procópio. If you like an old-fashioned traditional pub, don’t miss it!
Everybody knows the Pastéis de Belém because they’re Lisbon’s gastronomic star. However, the Belém/Restelo neighbourhood hides another delicacy that sweetens the afternoons of every local: Careca’s croissants. Visit Pastelaria Restelo and ask for a sugar-coated croissant; you won’t regret it!
This post was written by guest writer Carolina Valentim, an advertising and marketing student.
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