One day guide to Lisbon

On our anniversary trip to Lisbon, Portugal I made a promise to Sean that I would not do blog work on the trip..though I did manage to get a food tour in there and how could I not write about that?! Sample picture below 😉

Mussels on the Lisbon Food Tour | Taste of Lisboa

The thing is, many people fall in love with Lisbon and just can’t stop talking about it, so at the very least, I wanted to share some photos of Lisbon with you so that you can get at least a little bit of a peek of what the city is like in the spring and give you a one day guide to Lisbon. 

I love Europe because there are a ton of beautiful places with their own personalities. Lisbon is certainly no exception. If you want to go someplace with history, good food, great day trips, and beaches, this is a winner!

Looking for a two-day itinerary for Lisbon? Got ya covered there, too!

Visit the Santa Justa Elevator and Carmo Convent

Lisbon elevator

Carmo Convent

The Santa Justa elevator is an art piece in its own right. It’s a beautiful structure in and of itself but also gives great views. If you find your way to Carmo Convent and then walk around it to the right and go alongside it, you get to a set of stairs that leads to a restaurant and that metal walkway you see above. Just at that level, the views are amazing and you don’t have to pay a thing!

You can also head to R. do Carmo (Google Map link here), walk up those steps to where a patio opens up, find the next set of steps, walk up those, and the you are also right by the Carmo Convent and the Santa Justa Elevator. That’s a little secret just for you 😉

Visions of Lisbon

If you go down the stairs by the restaurant instead of up the stairs, you’ll get to a lovely area with a cool view of the elevator (the first photo) and the photo below. You’ll find a cafe and some chairs just to sit and watch the world go by in that same area.

View of Lisbon

One of the visual things about Portugal that I love is how much love they put into their tiles. It’s a beautiful thing. Portuguese tiles make everything better. If I could tile my house in them, I totally would!

Portuguese tiles

Have lunch at the Time Out Market

The food in Lisbon is ah-mazing. Really. One of the best places to experience this is at the Time Out Market. When they built the market, they invited the best of the best here. You get it all in one place! While genius, it’s also very crowded, so try to visit during off-peak times.

Time out market

You’ll find Portuguese, American, Italian, Asian, seafood, fine dining, and so.much.more here! It’s the perfect spot if you only have a day or two in Lisbon. Basically, they choose the best of the best to have in the Time Out Market. Before you go, be sure to grab some Pasteis de nata for the road!

Time Out Market food

Wander the streets of the neighborhood of Alfama

Even just walking down the street is a treat. I always like to think about what it would be like to live on one of these streets. What would be your morning routine if you lived in Lisbon?

Ok, so you don’t have to walk Alfama since any neighborhood is going to be this photogenic.  But if you are in this neighborhood, then you’ll be close to what’s coming up next!

Streets of Lisbon

Streets of Lisbon 2

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Looking up in Lisbon

Alleys of Lisbon


Looking up in Lisbon

Visit the São Jorge Castle

Those castle views! Wow! I mean. I was seriously in awe over this place. São Jorge Castle is the spot for some of the best Lisbon-watching. There was a stone seat right where I took this picture and I just wanted to plop down and not move.

Jessica picture taking

Over Lisbon

Lisbon through the window

Sitting on a castle in Lisbon

Have dinner at Mini Bar

Lisbon should be fun, and that’s exactly what MiniBar is. We highly recommend that you get one of the tasting menus.

fish cone at Mini Bar

It’s very theatrical, entertaining, and delicious! Sean and I went on this trip but I also took my friends there on our next visit. Totally worth it.

Mini Bar Lisbon

Expect creatively plated dishes with epic flavors. Just remember–not everything will be exactly what you think they are 😉 If you drink alcohol, ask for a cocktail recommendation because they are just as fun and delicious!

So, what do you think? Is Lisbon somewhere you want to visit? It is just so pretty!!
As always, wishing you love and travels!

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