The Portuguese capital also offers UNESCO World Heritage: Since 1983, the Torre de Belém and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) are part of it. Two of the outstanding buildings of the „manueline style“, a portuguese variant of late Gothic, which survived the huge earthquake of 1755.
Inhabitants: ca. 550.000
Area: 84,92 km2
Famous Landmark: Vasco-da-Gama-Tower
If you travel by boat to the Tejo estuary, you will experience one of the most beautiful harbor entrances in Europe. Halfway between the ocean and the old town, the waterfront is transformed into a white wave: Behind the narrow window front hides the „Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)“. With the unique tile facade of the museum, the architect Amanda Levete and her London office AL_A have achieved a special eye-catcher. The building envelope consists of 14,751 custom-made ceramic tiles. Tile facades have a long tradition in Portugal – the traditional white-blue azulejos can be seen in Lisbon in many forms. The MAAT facade thus interprets an old architectural theme in a new and spectacular way. The museum complex, consisting of an old thermal power plant and the new landmark, contributes to the regeneration of the riverbank and is definitely worth a visit – both inside and out.
Address: Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal
The LXFactory is situated on a huge factory site, where since 1846, fabrics and yarns have been made until the production stopped due to industrial change. Today, there are over 150 hip restaurants, designer shops and creative minds on the former industrial site. Here you can eat, shop or simply chill. On Sundays, there is also an organic market taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..
Address: The LXFactory is situated in the Alcântara neighborhood, next to the „Ponte de 25 Abril“ bridge, halfway to Belém. Tram lines 15E and 18E stop at Calvário station, just 200 meters away from LXFactory.
If you are in the mood for something culinary, you will surely find the right thing on the TimeOut Market. The food court is located in the western part of the famous Mercado da Ribeira market and offers everything your heart desires: sushi, burgers or stockfish croquettes – some of them even at star level. The market hall is open between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and on weekends even until 2:00 p.m..
Address: Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa, Portugal
The old palace „Palacete Ribeiro da Cunha“ houses the „Embaixada Concept store“ with many (pop-up) shops today, inviting visitors to discover (still) unknown brands. The Neo-Moorish palace is located in the Príncipe Real district, opposite the „Jardim do Principe Real“ park, and is an eye-catcher from the outside and the inside. The 19th-century décor contrasts with a wide range of shops offering interior decoration, fashion, paper, jewellery, accessories, make-up and soap. The pretty staircase leads from the ground floor to the first floor, where art also has a place: artists can use a temporary showroom, so you can always visit an interesting exhibition – for free. The mix of shops, restaurant, showroom and gin bar makes the „Embaixada“ a lively meeting place where people browse, stroll and enjoy.
Address: Praça do Príncipe Real 26, 1250-184 Lisboa, Portugal
The „Tapisco Lisboa“ is a modern restaurant whose name is made up of the terms „tapas“ and „petiscos“. Here you can not only get excellent food, but also share with friends, because many dishes are made for this. If you want to visit the stylish gourmet restaurant, you should reserve or adjust to longer waiting times. But it’s worth it: In addition to the excellent food, there is a very well-assorted wine and champagne selection. You can also watch the chefs making tuna tartare, codfish or mussels.
Address: R. Dom Pedro V 80, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
The Pastel de Nata or Pastel de Belém is a pudding tart that was probably already made before the 18th century by the monks of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) in the Belém district of Lisbon. Since 1837 the Pastéis de Nata are baked and sold by Pastelaria Casa Pastéis de Belém as Pastéis de Belém. The visit is also worth it because of the beautiful interior design of the café and the well-preserved „azulejos“, the typical portuguese wall tiles. Pastéis are often offered with cinnamon or icing sugar on top. They taste best ttogehter with a Galão, the typical Portuguese coffee with milk.
(The easiest way of preperation is in a muffin mold)