Ready for one of the coolest places in Europe? Lisbon is your next destination. It's getting one hell of a popular city. Every day newcomers are landing in Lisbon for a city break or holiday. Digital Nomads and remote workers are planning a longer stay, since it's a cosmopolitan, yet friendly city. Local dishes like 'bacalhau à brás' and traditional sweets like 'pasteis de nata' are delicious and can be enjoyed in small, authentic, family-owned restaurants. The narrow streets and architecture are breathtaking, the sun is shining, the nightlife is vibrant, and on top of all this, the ocean is just a 20-minute drive away.
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9h00 Breakfast at saloia #wifispot
When you walk into Saloia, you’ll be surprised by the smell of flowers :-) You will soon find out why—it’s an open space, where the tiles on the floor give a Portuguese feel. If you are around, go and have your breakfast at this place, read your newspaper or just check some emails before you walk up to Jardim da Estrela.
10h00 Morning park walk
Clear your mind and make yourself ready for the day during a walk in the botanic park, Jardim da Estrela. This is one of our favourite spots in Estrela, a neighbourhood in Lisbon. If you’re into running, just pop into your running shoes and run a few laps. If not, just walk and wander around before you start working.
10h30 Get some work done #wifispot
Enjoy your morning shot of caffeine at this small coffee shop ‘Cafe Jardim Estrela’ in the park. You probably have some work to do, so grab your laptop and go! Inside this place the WiFi is great (outside, not always), and the lunch is better than their sweets. This place let you escape the rush of the city, that’s why we kept coming back.
12h30 Visit Basilica
A quick visit to the neoclassical church of Basílica da Estrela is enough to get impressed. It was built in the second half of the 18th century by order of Queen Maria I of Portugal to celebrate the birth of her first (and only) son, José, Prince of Brazil. The pink, grey and yellow marble patterns are beautiful. For a few coins, you can go up the dome and get a view over the city.
13h00 Creamy intermezzo
An Uber driver was the first person to tell us that Gelataria Nannarella has the best Italian-style ice cream in town. So if you are as crazy about ice cream as the Portuguese, get yourself over there for a treat that will make your day! The ice cream is 100% natural and made from homemade recipes.
14h00 Work and late lunch with a view #wifispot
‘Lost In’ is one of our best discoveries. It is in the middle of Príncipe Real, a hip and also a bit fancy neighbourhood in Lisbon. To get to ‘Lost In’, you have to walk around the building by walking into al little street and take the stairs on your left. You will first cross the restaurant with tremendous glass windows that give you a beautiful view over the city. If you walk a little bit further, you will enter a garden filled with colourful sofas. The garden is in the shade, so when the sun is hot this is a great place to work outside. The food they serve is great. One disadvantage: they do not accept cards from outside Portugal so make sure to bring cash.
17h00 Concept Shopping
If you are into shopping, wander around on the Rua Dom Pedro V till the Praça do Príncipe Real, close to ‘Lost In’. Go into the Embaixada, the iconic XIX century new-Arabian Palace that is now functioning as a shopping area. You will find cool national brands and artists. The place is all about Portuguese design, craftsmanship, fashion, and culture. Before you visit it’s a good idea to have a look at their website to see what is going on, since they also organise events.
19h30 Relax with a view
After some food, work, and shopping, you might like to relax for a while. You can walk a little further and enjoy the view over the city at the beautiful Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. There is a kiosk where you can refresh yourself with a drink or snack.
20h30 in case you need some drinks
Jardim do Príncipe Real is for everyone: lovebirds enjoy the benches under the giant parasol-like tree, kids play around in the playground, men play their cards, and lot of people enjoy their drink and food at the kiosks. So if you have some time to kill… go and find this jardim built in 1853.
21h30 Petiscos at Dona Quiteria
Dona Quiteria is located in a former grocery store dating back to 1870. You will be surrounded by authentic decoration while eating “petiscos”, the Portuguese tapas. The people are friendly, the ambiance is amazing, and the food is delicious and traditional. We would definitely go back to this place.
9h00 Cultural start of your day
Castelo de S. Jorge is definitely worth visiting, mainly because of the unique view over the city and its water. I couldn’t find a Miradouro that beats this view. My advice: grab some food somewhere and have your breakfast in the garden of the Castle. Don’t forget to also visit the castle ;-) We haven’t been during high season.
Alternative breakfast spot
If the Castle is too busy, I strongly recommend skipping it :-) and having your breakfast at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.
10h15 Photography walk
Camilla Watson has been around as a photographer for over 25 years. A visit to CreativeMornings Lisbon introduced us to her and her work. She spoke about her fascination for communities and her focus on exhibiting her work in outdoor spaces. Portraits she made of the old citizens of Lisbon are out on these streets: Beco das Farinhas, R. Capelão.
Map of portraits of Camilla Watson: http://www.camillawatsonphotography.net/664246/alma-de-alfama-lisbon/ te voegen.
11h00 Work & healthy lunch #wifispot
Nicolau Lisboa is a perfect place to work, have lunch, or plan meetings. The ambiance is relaxed and green :-) They don’t appreciate laptops during lunchtime, fair enough! So put away your laptop during lunch and order one of their amazing fresh dishes like homemade granola, green smoothies, pancakes, avocado toasts, and salads. If you are looking at staying and working in Lisbon for a bit longer, there is a co-working space above Nicolau you might want to check out.
13h30 City walk
A 5 minute-walk will take you to the most famous square of Lisbon, Praça do Comércio. As the name already tells us, the square used to be a square for trade and was built after the earthquake in 1755. This great earthquake destroyed the entire Baixa district. We always liked walking back to our apartment along the Tagus River, where people are relaxing, playing sports, and enjoying the view of the ’25 de Abril Bridge’ and the ‘Santuário Nacional de Cristo Rei’, the national Sanctuary of Christ the King.
14h00 Our love for kiosks
We are extremely in love with the characteristic kiosks of Lisbon. They are situated all over the city and they all tend to have their own specialty; coffee, sandwiches, cocktails, or even books! Some are mostly frequented by locals, and others are more touristic. Walking a bit further along the Tagus River, you will find ‘Quiosque Ribeira das Naus’: although a bit overpriced, their relaxing chairs let you enjoy a tea or wine to the fullest.
15h30 Arty drinks #wifispot
If you are into (street) art, you will enjoy Montana Lisboa, located a bit further along the bank of the Tagus River (Cais do Sodré). You will find inspiring exhibitions, and they sell spray paint and markers as well as local art and sketchbooks. In the restaurant, the coffee is delicious, and the colours of the bagels will surprise you as much as the names of their dishes: order a Duckface Killah, Childish Panino, or a Devil’s Pie! Other than their good food, drinks, and coffee, it’s a nice place to work— inside they have huge tables with outlets, and outside you can work in the shade.
19h00 Sunset drinks (check what time the sun goes down)
At sunset, there is a gathering of all kinds of people around the Miradouro de Santa Catarina. Everyone enjoys a drink while watching the sunset over the city. Get drinks at the kiosk or bring your own, a great moment to share with professional friends and talk about your ideas!