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Best things to do in Lisbon

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Castle
“Castelo. The view from under the umbrella pines on the Castle’s esplanade takes in Alfama, the Baixa, Bairro Alto on the hill opposite, and the river. The light here is particularly warm in the late afternoon, encouraging you to linger.”
533 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“picturesque little neighbourhood with many typical buildings to see during the day and busy nightlife until 3am.”
567 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. The country’s most important monument displays the exuberant, almost oriental ornamentation that is a chief characteristic of the Manueline style Few of Lisbon’s monuments are overly grand – and while this historic monastery is imposing, its proportions remain approachable. Built from the beginning of the 16th century by Diogo de Boytac and finally by Jerónimo de Ruão, Jerónimos is a celebration of Portugal’s territorial expansion and an expression of a uniquely national style. It’s also a monument to Portuguese identity, housing tombs of navigator Vasco da Gama and poet Luís de Camões.”
249 locals recommend
Pie Shop
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“You must have heard of it. But we locals think these custard pies are really special. You'll see many other custard pies in the city but non are good as these ones.”
351 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Torre de Belém. The defensive tower at Belém is a jewel of the Manueline architectural style, combining Moorish, Renaissance and Gothic elements in a dazzling whole. At the time of its construction, the tower stood on an island in the river Tejo, about 200 m (650 ft) from the northern riverbank, and so commanded the approach to Lisbon more fully than it does today. The land between the tower and the Jerónimos monastery has since been reclaimed from the river. Even if you do not plan to visit the inside (I never did it) it’s still worth the trip just for the walk near the river and the view from outside. While you are in the zone you can visit also the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the Centro Cultural de Belém and the museum Berardo. Do not miss to taste the Pasteis de Belém in Rua Belém 84-92 (avoid rush hours)”
225 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Mirador do Senhora do Monte, located in the neighborhood of Graça, offers a unique panoramic view, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful views of Lisbon, especially since it is one of the highest points of the city. lady-of-the-hill-2 The half-moon shape provides a wider view of Lisbon, and it is possible to see the Igreja da Graça, the Tagus estuary and the other bank, the São Jorge Castle and the roofs of Mouraria. Further down is the low Pombaline, the ruins of the Convento do Carmo, the Serra de Monsanto and Penha de França. These points are signposted on a tile panel in the belvedere, so visitors can identify the monuments.”
349 locals recommend
Event Space
“The most ancient market of Lisbon. It is beautiful and in the mornings you can buy fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. It has lots of restaurants inside”
282 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Our favourite museum in Lisbon. Look out for their classical music concerts during the year.”
273 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A Lisbon seafood experience, this institution is so well-known they don't take bookings, its first come first served so go early to avoid the queues.”
318 locals recommend
Event Space
“This lively and joyous market appeals to all - anti-materialists and consumerists. It has a strong local flavor because it has more variety of curios than similar European venues yet the sellers are more composed than those of African souks. Even the very old goods items or handicraft are quite affordable, not to mention ridiculous cheap second-hand clothes. Your new-old find will be a good quality price ratio, unique & environmentally friendly souvenir/gift. The downside: PLEASE, pretty PLEASE, do me and all shoppers a favor and don't forget to haggle.”
385 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The Elevador de Santa Justa stands 147 Ft (45m) tall and the structure is built in the same style as the renowned French architect, Eiffel. The similarity between his designs and this Elevator is not accidental, as it was built by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard, who was an admirer of Gustave Eiffel and applied the same techniques used in some of the funiculars in France of the time. The Lift has a stunning observation deck at the top and offers magnificent views over Baixa. Since it was opened to the public, it has become one of the most popular viewpoints in Lisbon.”
224 locals recommend
Aquarium
“The Lisbon Oceanarium is located in the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Expo '98. It is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. Their Mission: To encourage people to learn more about the oceans and make all citizens aware of their duty to conserve their natural heritage, by changing their behaviour.”
174 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This museum has a beautiful Garden with view over the city and a good food for lunch. Next to a beautiful hidden local viewpoint. ”
220 locals recommend
Garden
“A true paradise in the middle of the city, this is a great hangout spot for families. In the summer, it sometimes has live music.”
231 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The name of this shopping center is a tribute to Christopher Columbus. The architecture of the space, as well as its original decoration, were adapted to the time of the Portuguese discoveries, one of the most important periods in the history of Portugal. The squares and streets inside the center have names alluding to the 16th century, such as the Avenue of the Discoveries and the Tropic of Cancer Square. It has enough commerce, clothes shops, food stores, stationery, a chapel, a hypermarket, etc. It also has cinemas, sporadic exhibitions, and gardens with several restaurants. It is now the largest shopping center in the Iberian Peninsula with a total of 338 stores and 6.326 parking spaces.”
118 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Owned by John Malkovich, this is Lisbon's most famous club and the amazing view over the river might be one of the reasons why.”
272 locals recommend