Eat The One And Only Pastel de Natawhat
Pastéis de nata are also known as portuguese custard tarts. In case you haven’t try them, you don’t know what you’ve been missing all your life. They taste as delicious as they look and are available in virtually EVERYWHERE in Lisbon. Together with a bica, a portuguese espresso, is the favorite snack for Lisboners.Best places to eat egg tarts in LisbonThe original ones are made in Pastéis de Belém factory, in Belém district. This place is often packed, particularly on weekends, but they are very good.Interestingly enough, they never won the annual award for the best Pastel de Nata in Lisbon (yes, this is actually a real prize!).My favorites are from the superbly located Manteigaria, in Largo de Camões. These are creamy as ever and come fresh out of the oven: it’s impossible to eat only one.
EDIT: They now have opened in Time Out Mercado da Ribeira in Cais do Sodré!
Go Off The Beaten Track
Explore the tiny streets in Lisbon and get lost at the typical neighborhoods of Graça and Alfama. This is where you will find the real city. Older people shopping for groceries on local shops and boys playing football on the narrow streets while they mothers chit-chat about the neighbors nearby. Bairro Alto is another of those picturesque places, but this comes with a plot twist. At night, specially during the weekends, eclectic crowds rush to turn the neighborhood into Lisbon’s vibrant nightlife mecca. Here you hang out in the street chatting with your friends with a glass in your hand. Yeah, Lisbon is that easy-going.
Live a Fairytale In Sintra
In case you are single, you have all the ingredients to find your life partner in Lisbon. With the warm weather, beautiful sun-kissed people and the great Portuguese wine, the odds are EVER in your favor. But the fairytale I meant is a place called Sintra, a village where imposing castles and ancient palaces live in harmony with exotic gardens and greenery. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason.Undoubtedly, the main attraction is Palácio da Pena, a colorful palace brimming with over-the-top designs that seems to come straight out of a fairytale. It is located on top of a hill and from up there, you can delight yourself with breathtaking views from all the Sintra-Cascais-Lisbon region.
Go For a Ride on Tram 28
Try the Famous Lisbon LiqueurPortugal has been famed for wine for centuries, but in Lisbon there’s another alcoholic drink that defines tradition. Lisboners love ginjinha – a delicious sour cheery liquor made with aguardente. You can choose to drink yours com ela (with the berry) or sem ela (without) in the very traditional A Ginjinha (Largo São Domingos, 8).Note: I used to recommend a ride in the legendary Tram 28 as one of the best things to do. But in recent years, it has became impossibly crowded, pickpockets are frequent and sadly it’s not a local experience anymore.