5 days in Lisbon - Travel tips & most Instagrammable places in Lisbon

Recently we were visiting Lisbon for inspiration of our upcoming wallpaper collection Azulejos. And as we know, lately people travel and do everything 'for the gram', so while there we have narrowed down our favourite experiences to have and Instagrammable places to visit when in Lisbon. Our Lisbon travel guide has everything you need to know to plan your perfect 5 day trip to the trendiest place in Europe!

Wander around Baixa and Chiado districts

Lisbon travel tips, Baixa and Chiado district
The very first day (or evening) in Lisbon must be spent simply by walking around and taking in the new culture & vibe of this beautiful part of Europe. We suggest to start with Baixa and Chiado neighbourhoods as they are the most touristy parts of the capital, and so provide a very aesthetic walking experience accompanied with lovely boutiques, restaurants & pastry shops.
Lisbon travel tips, the oldest flower shop in Lisbon

You can then stop by Cafe Manteigaria and grab an espresso and some of their incredibly delicious Pastel de Natas - egg custard tart topped off with a lot of cinnamon and a dash of sugar. Hands down, this could be the most delicious pastry we have ever tasted!

After this heavenly experience you can try to catch the iconic Tram 28, but we suggest this only if you do it in one of the first days of your arrival. This route will take you all around must visit places of Lisbon, but try to catch it very early in the morning or very late in the evening from one of the final stops (Martim Moniz or Campo Ourique) to avoid tourist crowds and get a chance to sit and admire the city views.

Lisbon iconic tram 28When you have built your appetite for the evening, head out to Time Out Market in Cais do Sodre. This is a place with the some of the best Lisbon's restaurants under it's roof, so you are sure to get to know the best foods & tastes of Lisbon. Grab a couple of plates from variety of restaurants, a glass of Vinho Verde, find a seat and enjoy. Here you can feel like a part of the bunch while people watching & even make some new friends! Oh, the benefits of large dining tables.. When you head back to the hotel, make sure to grab some more of the Pastel de Natas from the Time Out Market. Believe us, you will be thinking of them later on anyways..

[Travel tip - pack comfortable shoes. Lisbon is a city of 7 hills, so if you like to wander around, this is a must-have!]

Bohemian part of Lisbon - the Alfama district

Most Instagrammable places in Lisbon - National Tile Museum

After exploring the main tourist roads, we suggest to dive into the history and visit one of the oldest parts of Lisbon - the Alfama district. A picturesque place full of narrow streets and old houses with the original azulejos and bohemian vibe. For a romantic stroll and a fabulous view of Alfama & the Tagus river visit Miradouro de Santa Luzia - a terrace located by the church of Santa Luzia. Find a spot, sit back, relax and enjoy the architecture & do some people watching.

Most Instagrammable spots in Lisbon, Lisbon National Tile Museum
The Alfama neighbourhood is also very close to the National Tile Museum, which is actually a very Instagrammable place to visit. For as less as 5 Euros you will find many Instagramworthy shots with exquisite patterned tiles and stunning architecture as the backdrop. And the best part? Without the crowds of tourists. And as this neighbourhood is considered to be the most authentic one, it is a good idea to do some shopping here as well. Traditional style knick-knacks with those beuatiful tile patterns & locally made sweet treats will make a fabulous souvenirs for your loved ones. 

[Travel tip - Alfama is considered a place where to go to listen to a truly authentic Fado music. Visit Alfama later in the afternoon so you can leisurely wander through this part of the city and catch a performance late in the evening while enjoying a glass of red vine.] 

Delicious evening at the hipster part of Lisbon - Alcantara

Lisbon blue and white tiles Azulejos

If your looking for the hipster part of Lisbon definitely consider to visit Alcantara neighbourhood. Here you will find LX Factory, which is an old industrial complex now packed with hippest bars, restaurants and some seriously delicious coffee! Make sure to reserve a whole evening for this place, there's a lot to see and do. Including the Pinterest's famous bookstore Ler Devagar, as well as several concept stores for nearly every taste. As we are huge coffee addicts, & Lisbonians prefer mainly espressos, it is quite hard to find a cup of latte or cappuccino to sip joyfully while strolling through the city. And because of this we were very excited to find Wish Coffee & concept store who have probably the best coffee in town - along with amazing sweet treats & design knick knacks - a perfect combo! 
Dear Breakfast interior with blue velvet chairs and marble tables
Another favourite coffee and breakfast place of ours was Dear Breakfast, which is located near Bairro Alto neighbourhood.  They offer a very Instagram worthy hot beverage - pink latte. As it is made out of beet powder, it tastes much more sweeter than a regular cup of coffee and might not be the first choice for everyone, but this superfood drink looks too good not to be ordered, even if just for the gram.. 
Along with these tasty lattes they offer a superb (& healthy) breakfast menu which you can see all over their Instagram account & it includes acai bowls, quinoa bowls, avo toasts and many more delicious and Instagrammable options. The interior of this breakfast spot is also fabulous and definitely deserves a visit for a lazy morning brunch. Yumm!

[Travel tip - if you plan to go to Dear Breakfast, be ready to wait in line. This place is very popular for locals and tourists alike, but it's definitely worth it!]

Escape Lisbon to visit Sintra

Colorful Pena Palace in Lisbon, most Instagrammable spots of Lisbon
Sintra is a very magical town in Portugal only an hours train ride away from Lisbon. Here you will find all of the exquisite castles and mansions you have seen all over Pinterest, and this place truly is as inspiring as it seems. These palaces where once the home of the royalty of Portugal, and you can feel it even now.
Pena Palace in Portugal, beautiful photo spots in Lisbon
The most popular (and colorful) one is the Pena Palace, located at the very top of the mountain. Given that you will spend the whole day hiking through the hills of Sintra, we highly suggest to hire a tuk-tuk to visit the Pena Palace first & then work your way down to the other castles. Firstly because it will be less tiring & secondly because it is the tourist hot-spot, so get there as early as you can to take those dreamy tourist-free snaps.
[Travel tip - to beat the ques at the entrance of Pena Palace head first to the Moorish Castle to buy a combo ticket for Pena Palace + Moorish Castle.]  

Breathe in the air of the ocean at Cascais

Beautiful streets of Cascais in Portugal
To experience that sea-side feeling, spare a day to visit Lisbon's beach town Cascais. It is a fabulous town with tiny houses and narrow streets located next to the ocean where you will find little beaches like  Praia da Rainha (Queen's Beach) to catch the sun and enjoy the fabulous weather. 
Luxury neighbourhood in Portugal with blush pink walls and tropical plants
If you feel like walking, take a stroll next to the coastline to visit Boca do Inferno - oceanfront cliffs with an open cave. It is very calming to simply sit there & admire the noble vastness of the ocean in front of you. As Cascais is a cosmopolitan suburb, you will also find several cafe's and restaurants as well as numerous villas along the coastline. A beautiful place for a relaxing stroll with the calming sound of ocean waves next to you.
Apartment in Lisbon with a stunning street view
[The most important travel tip - you most likely will not be able to see, do and experience everything in this short time when you are visiting Lisbon. I would suggest to understand which places & experiences might be the most valuable for you and not stress too much of missing out on something. You can always return for part 2.] 
I hope you found some valuable tips or directions of where to go and what to see, but if you still have any questions or recommendations about Lisbon experiences, please leave them in the comment section below!

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