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How to spend 48 hours in Lisbon

You've got two days to immerse yourself in the Portuguese capital and its broad range of cultural offerings... go!

Castelo de São Jorge

Spending a weekend anywhere in the world is always a challenge, time constraints mean you have to be pretty sharp to be able to squeeze everything in without overdoing it. Here we present a guide to the eats, drinks and tourist hotpots in lovely Lisbon, where it's so easy to lose yourself in its evocative streets.

Friday in Lisbon

7pm: Park

Arrive, take a look around ... and your jaw will drop. This bar is a great place to contemplate Lisbon’s charms, located as it is in a veritable urban garden on the seventh floor of a multi-storey car park, with a fine view over the city. 

 

Chiado/Cais do Sodré

9pm: A Cevicheria

One the hardest places in town to get a table – you really do have to queue for a place – and also one of the hippest. Peruvian- style food, made with Portuguese fish, in a cool, stylish setting.

Princípe Real

Midnight: Damas

Located in Graça, in an area short on bars, but worth the trip. It has regular DJs and concerts, ensuring a good ambience and above all good music.

São Vicente 

Saturday in Lisbon

10am: Tartine

Breads, cakes, croissants, eggs... it is hard to know how to start your day at this, one of the city’s best bakeries-cum-pastry shops. Good luck!  

Chiado

11am: Príncipe Real

Lisbon’s best shopping district, full of showrooms for local fashion designers, stylish cafés, kiosks where you can easily while away an hour or two, and squares full of trees offering a break in the shade. 

Princípe Real

2pm: Das Flores

Portuguese pot cooking, made according to traditional recipes, in a tiny family restaurant that only opens for lunch. Totally authentic and excellent with it.

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Chiado

3pm: Arco da Rua Augusta

Have your camera at the ready: the view from the top of this monumental arch makes for great panoramic postcards. To one side is the grid of streets in the Baixa, to the other the River Tagus. 

Baixa Pombalina

4.30pm: Castelo de São Jorge

There are classics that should not be ignored and St George’s Castle, whose foundations were laid many centuries ago but which was extensively rebuilt in the mid-20th century, is definitely worth visiting.

Castelo de São Jorge

7pm: BA Wine Bar

One of the city’s best wine bars, with more than 400 Portuguese wines that youcan order by the glass and three sommeliers to answer any questions you might have about them. 

Chiado

9pm: Belcanto

Recommended

Two Michelin stars and the city’s most renowned chef, José Avillez, at a restaurant where every meal is a unique experience. You should take your time here. 

Chiado
Midnight: Rua Cor-de-Rosa

Midnight: Rua Cor-de-Rosa

The real name of ‘the Pink Street’ is Rua Nova do Carvalho, it is in the Cais do Sodré neighbourhood, and it has literally dozens of bars to pop in and out of. Or to dance in, of course. 

2.30am: Lux Frágil

Recommended

Evenif youhavehadafew too many by now, you should not miss Lux. The city’s best club has three floors and always great music.  

São Vicente 

Sunday in Lisbon

11am: LX Factory

This hub of creative industries also has shops, cafés, a very stylish bookstore and, on Sunday mornings, a market where you can pick up accessories, handicrafts, clothing and other cool stuff. 

1.30pm: Rio Maravilha

A gastrobar in the LX Factory complex with an incredible view over the city and a touch of Brazilian style, this is overseen by one of Lisbon’s leading chefs, Diogo Noronha.

Alcântara

3.30pm: Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Digest your lunch with a stroll through the galleries of this, one of the city’s top museums, harbouring art that dates from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. 

Estrela/Lapa/Santos

5.30pm: Ribeira das Naus

Near Cais do Sodré, right on the Tagus, there is space here to stretch out in the sun, a riverside terrace where you can sip a drink, and eminently Instagrammable views. 

Chiado/Cais do Sodré

7pm: Time Out Market Lisboa

Recommended

End your stay in Lisbon with a full stomach. At the revamped Mercado da Ribeira market hall you will find a selection of the best food in town. You have our word for it. 

Cais do Sodré

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julio bruno
julio bruno moderator

I'm doing just this next weekend I visit. I love to see the best for last, Time Out Market! I am a bit biassed, I know, but this is a great, great, plan :)