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
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.
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.
Saturday in Lisbon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.