ALFAMA

ALFAMA

By Annabel Parsons

Alfama is a quaint, charming, medieval district overflowing with charm.  It is the oldest neighbourhood in Lisbon, and the second oldest in Europe. It’s winding, tiled streets survived the earthquake, fire and Tsunami of 1755 and they remain in the same format as before the disaster until this day. 

 

Go for the stunning view points, street art and river views, balconies strewn with hanging laundry and the smell of grilled fish around every corner. Try some authentic Portuguese food and enjoy the ambience of this magical quarter just 5 mins walking from our door. (The We Love F****** Tourists Hostel, Baixa).

Se Cathedral - Alfama
Viewpoint - Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Chiado

Chiado

By Annabel Parsons

CHIADO is an elegant metropolis of shops, cafes, book stores, restaurants, museums and bars. Most of the buildings in the area date back to the 1700s but this neigbourhood will transport you back to the romantic times of the “Belle Epoque”. An era of the 19th and early 20th century when Fernando Pessoa (Portuguese Hemingway of sorts) was penning some of his greatest poetry at the now historic art deco style cafe, BRASILEIRA.

LARGO DO CHIADO
RUA GARRETT - MAIN AVENUE OF CHIADO

SHOP

Shop your little heart out in CHIADO ! I know that you can see the presence of a lot of chain stores but I promise you there is much more to discover than what first meets the eye. 

 

If you want some fast fashion go ahead and attack the racks at Zara, H&M, Brandy Melville, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius and more. 

BUT, there are also many hidden gems that represent the history of the area, as well as the best of Portuguese and international independent brands. 

 

THE BEST SHOPS IN CHIADO – ACCORDING TO WLFT HOSTEL LISBON

1. “A Vida Portuguesa” – (Rua Anchieta 11) Filled with Portuguese products and craft, this store is a plethora of all things Portuguese made by Portuguese people. Forget the convenience store magnet and go here to get an authentic product. Famous soaps, jewellery, kitchen ware, wine, liquors, perfume and more. 

2. “Louie Louie”  (Escadinhas do Santo Espirito da Pedreira) Funky Record store.

3. “Cante” – (Calcada Nova de Sao Francisco, 10) Super cute well crafted Portuguese bikini boutique. 

4. “Luvaria Ulysses” – (Rua do Carmo 87-A) 1920’s art deco store selling fine leather gloves. It can fit only one customer at a time as it is only 4 metres squared. What this shop lacks in space it makes up for 10 fold in style. 

5. “Zilian” – (Rua Garrett 112) Portuguese shoes ! 

6. “Tous” – (Rua Garrett, 50) The building exists since 1909, with an interior decorated in the style of Louis XV, well worth a stroll around inside. 

7. “The Feeting Room” – (Calcada do Sacramento 26) Shoes, clothes, swim, homewares, and more from upcoming designers and brands. 

CHAFARIZ DO CARMO - KNOWN ARE LARGO DO CARMO - PUBLIC SQUARE IN CHIADO
STATUE OF ANTONIO RIBEIRO - TOP OF RUA GARRETT - CHIADO
SINCE 1905 - CAFE A BRASILEIRA - CHIADO
CAFE A BRASILEIRA - CHIADO
LUIS DE CAMOES SQUARE - BETWEEN CHIADO AND BAIRRO ALTO

EAT & DRINK

1. “By The Wine” – (Rua das Flores 41/43) A Beautiful wine bar with quality Portuguese wines and “Petiscos”, Portuguese tapas. Book ahead of time if you can. 
By The Wine - In Chiado

EAT

2. “Boa-Bao” – (Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, 30) A tasty mix of the Far East and Southeast Asian flavours. Great vegan and vegetarian options also. Amazing dumplings, curry’s, soups and cocktails ! 
Boa - Bao restaurant in CHIADO

EAT

3. “Palacio Chiado” – (Rua do Alecrim 70) A collection of different restaurants within this stunningly restored 18th Century Palace. Perfect for a cosy evening or a dreamy date night. All menus are small and very elegant. Book in advance if you can. 

Barra has a small menu of oysters, charcuterie boards (from 17.50 euros), wines and cocktails.
  
Farrobodo is for sharing plates like roast suckling pig tacos with truffle sauce…(14,50 euros) Ceviche and more. 

 Seed will tempt you with Poke bowls, curry, crispy pork belly ramen (16.50 euros) and the like.

 Rosmarino for punchy Italian dishes like fetuccine with artichokes and crispy duck (17.50 euros) 
Azimuth serves up some famous Portuguese classics like Cod fish Loin (25 euros) and baked Octopus “A Lagareiro” (26.50 euros) as well as more fish and seafood dishes. 

Cutelo house of meat, dishes from 16.50 euros up to 70 euros a plate depending on how fancy you’re feeling.

 Confeitaria Do Palacio to finish the night with Portuguese desserts and ice creams (most are 7 euros) 
Palacio Chiado - "Barra" Restaurant

Principe Real

Principe Real

By Annabel Parsons

5th coolest neighbourhood in the WORLD, as voted by Timeout magazine in 2018. With its amazing viewpoints, hipster friendly concept stores as well as trendy bars and restaurants its easy to see why it ranked so highly. 

VIEWS

 

 

Take the ELEVADOR DA GLORIA from the square RESTAURADORES up to the MIRADOURO DE SAO PEDRO DE ALCANTARA. This will bring you from our neighbourhood of BAIXA up to the beginning of PRINCIPE REAL, starting with the viewpoint ! If you want to be a true Lisboeta you will be walking up CALCADA DA GLORIA and not taking the elevator…admiring the street art on the walk up and flashing a smug smile to the F****** tourists in the elevator as they go by. 

Once you have reached the viewpoint grab a refreshment from Kiosk ! We suggest a crisp Portuguese green wine “Vinho Verde” in the summer, and a rich red wine from the Douro Valley in the winter, if its a bit chilly just ask for a blanket from the Kiosk. 

MIRADOURO DE SAO PEDRO DE ALCANTRA

EAT

 

 

Principe Real is a cultural melting pot full of flavours from around the globe. Sample some Ceviche at CEVICHERIA, pop into MISS JAPPA for some sashimi and Sake, grab a curry at CHUTNIFY, dive into a pizza at ZERO ZERO or try some Iranian specialities from CAFEH TEHRAN. Or if you want a more Portuguese vibe head to FAZ FRIO or TAPISCO to taste the national flavours.     

 

CAFEH TEHRAN - PRINCIPE REAL
FAZ FRIO - PRINCIPE REAL

SIP

 
PAVILHAO CHINES is running for over 30 years and is a local favourite. Sip on one of our favourite cocktails “Balalaika”, and enjoy the bar/museum vibes, play some pool on their vintage table and inspect the endless walls of cabinets full of antique WW1 and WW2 toys and artwork.  
   
PAVILHAO CHINES - PRINCIPE REAL

SIP

 
For cosy casual drinks with a great crew head to THE BAR, if you love a perfect Negroni then we will see you there ! 
 
   
THE BAR - PRINCIPE REAL
THE BAR - PRINCIPE REAL

SHOP

 
Head to EMBAIXADA, a concept store created inside inside a palatial neo-Moorish building from the 1800s. In over a dozen rooms of the old Embassy building you are spoilt with a selection of Portuguese and foreign designers. From swimwear to baby clothes to hand crafted mens leather products. There are a few restaurants inside as well as the amazing garden which is the perfect spot to sample some Portuguese Gin from GIN LOVERS.     
 
 The whole street of Rua Da Escola Politecnica which continues into Rua Dom Pedro V all the way down to Camoes Square is lined with Boutiques, cafes and funky shops. 
EMBAIXADA CONCEPT STORE
GIN LOVERS - INSIDE EMBAIXADA - IN PRINCIPE REAL