Things to do in Lisbon - An essential guide for those visiting Lisbon for the first time.
Updated: May 27
Best places to visit in Lisbon
A lot of things to do in Lisbon are made known by our free tours. In the centre of the city, we additionally recommend visits to the Tile Museum, Ajuda Palace and Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. We recommend a tram tour, of course, but if you can avoid the tram 28 after 8:30 in the morning, the lines are very long. If you have time, enjoy the end of the day at the Torel Garden.
São Jorge Castle
Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Santo Estêvão Church
São Vicente de Fora Church
Feira da Ladra
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
Church and Convent of Carmo
Santa Justa Elevator
Praça Dom Pedro IV
São Domingos Church
Rua Augusta Arch
Praça do Comércio
Where to sleep in Lisbon
There are hundreds of accommodation options in Lisbon, not only hotels but also hostels and apartments. The following recommendations are made based on personal impressions of city dwellers and opinions of tourists who have taken our Take Free Tours in Lisbon. Our main interest is that your stay in Lisbon is the best one possible.
We Love F Tourists | € | R. dos Fanqueiros 267
Goodmorning Lisbon Hostel | € | Praça dos Restauradores 65
Home Lisbon Hostel | € | R. de São Nicolau 13
Yes! Lisbon Hostel | € | Rua de S. Julião 148
Hotel White Lisboa | €€ | Av. da República 9
Tings Lisbon | €€ | Rua da Senhora do Monte 37
Alecrim ao Chiado | €€ | Rua do Alecrim, 73
Torel Palace | €€€
Hotel da Estrela | €€€
As Janelas Verdes | €€€
My Story Hotel Rossio | €€€
Hotel da Baixa | €€€
Where to eat in Lisbon
You always ate well in Lisbon but in recent years the supply of restaurants has exploded. Restaurants from Cape Verde, Armenia, Georgia, Peru, Syria, join the most common international offers. There are ten Michelin-starred chefs, five street food markets, Pan-Asian restaurants, burlesque, erotic, in short, there's everything for everyone. But Take Lisboa is "alfacinha de gema", truly Lisbon, so our suggestions are all about Portuguese food the old-fashioned way. Some restaurants are instagrammable, others are the opposite, some have cloth napkins, others have paper towels, but all without exception are an anthem to traditional Portuguese food. There is no disguised commercial interest here; we just want you to make the most of Lisbon apart from Take Lisboa's free tours. The recommendations are all supported by the opinion of Lisboners who love to eat.
Laurentina O Rei do Bacalhau | Avenida Conde Valbom 71A
A Casa do Bacalhau | Rua do Grilo 54
Restaurante Ti Natércia | Rua das Escolas Gerais 54
Marlene Vieira Food Corner | Time Out Market Mercado da Ribeira | N.A.
Clara Jardim | Campo Mártires da Pátria 49 | 21 885 3053
D’Bacalhau | Rua do Bojador 45 | 21 894 1296
Bifanas do Afonso | Rua da Madalena 146
O Trevo | Praça Luís de Camões 48 | 21 346 8092
A Tasquinha do Lagarto | Rua de Campolide 258 | 21 388 3202
Estrela de Ouro | Rua da Graça 22 | 21 886 5230
O Poleiro | Rua de Entrecampos 30 A | 21 797 6265
Bife à Café (no coffee in it)
Café do Paço | Rua Paço da Rainha 62 A | 218 880 185
XL | Calçada da Estrela 57 | 213 956 118
Café de São Bento | Rua de S. Bento 212 | 213 952 911
Portuguese Traditional Food
Com Certeza! | Rua da Padaria 12 | 21 886 3930
Solar dos Nunes | Rua dos Lusíadas 68 | 21 364 7359
O Fernandinho | Rua do Duque 15 | 21 346 8555
Taberna da Rua das Flores | Rua das Flores 103
Maçã Verde | Rua Caminhos de Ferro1100 | 965 512 266
How to get to Lisbon by Car
The city of Lisbon is 314 kilometers from Porto and 625 kilometers from Madrid (Spain). We recommend that you organize your trip with the Google Maps route planner. There are several parking lots in the city and different parking meter zones. The company that manages the parking meters is Emel and has punctual zones in the city where you can park all day for only 2 or 3 Euros. These are called Daily Ticket Zones. The best recommendation we can make is to install the ePark application on your mobile phone (link here: https://www.emel.pt/pt/onde-estacionar/via-publica/meios-de-pagamento/epark/instalar-o-epark/) and search for the Daily Ticket zone on Avenida Lusíada, Avenida Brasília, Rua Sanches Coelho or Rua Jorge Castilho.
There is also an outdoor park Empark that has a daily maximum of 7 Euros: https://goo.gl/maps/T2wUi8Va1VUvZRrH9.
How to get to Lisbon by Train
From Porto there are trips to Lisbon almost every hour and the train arrives at Santa Apolónia station in the city center. Depending on the departure time, the trip with fewer stops lasts about 2h50m and costs 31.70 Euros in 2nd class; the one with more stops lasts about 3h15m and costs 25.10 Euros, also in 2nd class. But if you buy 8 days in advance, the values can drop to almost a third of the original price! Please check the schedule on CP's website here: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en.
When arriving at the station, you can always take the metro at the station (Blue Line). Check the Lisbon metro map here: https://www.metrolisboa.pt/en/travel/diagrams-and-maps/.
How to get to Lisbon by Bus
The bus trip from Oporto to Lisbon is a little slower than the train trip, 3h20m, and the schedule doesn't depart so often. The value is 20 Euros, higher than the promotional price of the train, so we do not recommend this option.
How to discover Lisbon?
Of course with Take Lisboa. Discover our Lisbon Free Tours in www.takefreetours.com