The People’s Guide to Lisbon

The People’s Guide to Lisbon

Featured Articles

When the Saints Go Marching: Santo António Day Explained
How To Become a Legal Resident in Portugal
Fish Tales: The Story Behind our Favorite Conservas
Electric Scooters in Lisbon
Electric Scooters: A Deadly Menace?
Flour, Water, and Salt: the Best Sourdough Bread in Lisbon
Food, Kittens, and Cuteness: Q & A with Abacaxi Lab
Like many things, the Pirates' Code was invented by a Portuguese.
Bartolomeu Português: Father of the Pirates' Code
Things Hard to Get in Lisbon — and Where to Find Them

Things to Do

Events Calendar

There’s a lot going on in Lisbon, but we curate what’s up so you know…

Museums

What are the top places for art, history, puppets, and more? We’ve done the legwork.…

Parks and Gardens

Lisbon’s top outdoor spaces range from miradouros, to green parks and gardens, and yes, cemeteries.…

Shopping

We love Lisbon because it’s a small town wrapped up inside a big city. Prices…

Restaurants

Restaurants, cafes, kiosks, and more, Lisbon's got all kinds of kitchens, and we've reviewed them…

Bars

With incredible vinho and cheap beer everywhere, you'll need a guide to get your drink…

Clubs

Put on your dancing sapatos! Party ’til sunrise like a Lisboeta at one of these…

Golfing

If you judge a course by its par threes, these two courses near Lisbon won’t disappoint…

Biking

It may be hilly and bumpy, but bike lanes are popping up in LX and…

Surfing

Here’s some info on the top three spots to grab a wave and get maps of dozens more surf…

Rock Climbing

There’s tons of climbing around Lisbon, even multi-pitch trad if you…

Featured August Events

to Aug 30 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | Sonhos em tempo de Verão | Alvalade | FREE
to Aug 30 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | Sonhos em tempo de Verão | Alvalade | FREE
to Aug 17 | OPEN-AIR THEATER | Troianas at Convento do Carmo | Chiado | 16€
to Aug 17 | OPEN-AIR THEATER | Troianas at Convento do Carmo | Chiado | 16€
to Sept. 7 | FREE OUTDOOR FILMS | CCB Summer Open Air Series | Belém | FREE
to Sept. 7 | FREE OUTDOOR FILMS | CCB Summer Open Air Series | Belém | FREE
to Sept 29 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Somersby Out Jazz 2019 | Lisbon | FREE
to Sept 29 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Somersby Out Jazz 2019 | Lisbon | FREE
to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€
to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€
to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 - 32€
to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 - 32€
to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€
to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€
to Aug 25 | ELECTRONIC MUSIC FEST | Festival Forte | Montemor-o-Novo | 100€-160€
to Aug 25 | ELECTRONIC MUSIC FEST | Festival Forte | Montemor-o-Novo | 100€-160€
to Aug 17 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019 | Viana do Castelo | TBA€
to Aug 17 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019 | Viana do Castelo | TBA€

Essentials for Visitors

TimeOut and Ribeira: The Lisbon Market With a Split Personality Mercado da Ribeira and TimeOut Market — exploring the great divide under one roof.
TimeOut and Ribeira: The Lisbon Market With a Split Personality
What's On in Lisbon in August
What's On in Lisbon in August
What’s on in Lisbon in July
What’s on in Lisbon in July
Hot and Hungry: Where to Get Ice Cream in Lisbon
Hot and Hungry: Where to Get Ice Cream in Lisbon
Is Lisbon Safe? You've Asked, We've Answered
Is Lisbon Safe? You've Asked, We've Answered
When the Saints Go Marching: Santo António Day Explained
When the Saints Go Marching: Santo António Day Explained
What to Expect in June: Festas de Lisboa 2019
What to Expect in June: Festas de Lisboa 2019
Portugal’s Public Wi-Fi. Aka the White Elephants
Portugal’s Public Wi-Fi. Aka the White Elephants

Living in Lisboa

Portugal’s Public Wi-Fi. Aka the White Elephants
Portugal’s Public Wi-Fi. Aka the White Elephants
Things Hard to Get in Lisbon — and Where to Find Them
Things Hard to Get in Lisbon — and Where to Find Them

Latest Restaurant Reviews

Lisbon Events
Aug
19
Mon
21:30 to Sept 30 | OPEN-AIR FILM CYCLE...
to Sept 30 | OPEN-AIR FILM CYCLE...
Aug 19 @ 21:30 – 23:30
to Sept 30 | OPEN-AIR FILM CYCLE | Spaces that have no place | Alfama | FREE @ Casa da Chada | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
Mário Dionísio was a Lisbon-born, -bred, and -buried painter, writer, professor, and critic from the last century. He had a big influence on the arts here. About a decade ago, a bunch of his family[...]
23:00 Weekly | JAZZ | Titanic Jazz Jam...
Weekly | JAZZ | Titanic Jazz Jam...
Aug 19 @ 23:00 – Aug 20 @ 02:00
Weekly | JAZZ | Titanic Jazz Jam | Cais do Sodré | FREE @ Titanic Sur Mer | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
Winner of several Atlas “Best of Lisboa” awards, Titanic Sur Mer is stepping up its jazz game with weekly jam sessions on Mondays. For free. Considering the talents Titanic pulls for its variety of musical[...]
Aug
20
Tue
08:00 Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra...
Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra...
Aug 20 @ 08:00 – 18:00
Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra | Alfama | FREE @ Feira da Ladra | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
The biggest and still the best outdoor market in Lisbon, every Tuesday morning and Saturday pretty much all day. “Ladra” means “thief” – while you can get some nice artisanal jewelry, 17th-century tiles, copper pots,[...]
09:30 to Aug 29 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | ...
to Aug 29 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | ...
Aug 20 @ 09:30 – 18:30
to Aug 29 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | Linha Recta Linha Curva | Belém | FREE @ Casa da América Latina | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
Linha Recta Linha Curva (“Straight Line Curved Line”) is a joint effort by three artists exploring the idea of “nature and the city.” Painter Pascal Ruesch has lived in Brazil for over 20 years. He[...]
Blog Categories

Interviews

  • Contributors in Viajantes Viajantes: Poetry, Photos, and Maps for the Love of Lisbon - When we think of Lisbon, what comes to mind are the churches, monasteries, castles, and azulejos. We think of fado, and, naturally, the writings of Camões and Pessoa. But that's not all the city has to offer. Portuguese writing has evolved like the city itself. It is built on the same foundations, but what is […]
  • ModaLisboa 2019: Insights from Joana Jorge - ModaLisboa is gearing up for their newest Fall/Winter incarnation entitled "Insight." We caught up with project director Joana Jorge to get the inside scoop.
  • In Conversation with 35mais1 - 35mais1 is a collective of four photographers and film developers who aim to revive and encourage the art of analog photography. Based in Lisbon, the group have brought their artistic and technical skills and knowledge to create a business selling vintage cameras, developing film, and providing other photography services.

History and Customs

Lisbon Street Team

  • A Walk Inside the Abandoned Trafaria Prison - Presídio da Trafaria was where opponents of the Salazar regime were tried, defended by crooked lawyers, beaten seven ways from Sunday, and then jailed and left to rot.
  • A Decade of Change: Lisbon’s Most Dangerous Neighborhoods Then and Now - It’s hard for many visitors and expats to imagine that Lisbon has a dangerous underbelly, with few venturing outside the progressively hip center. But in the 1970s, neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city started growing — and they quickly gained a reputation for being hotbeds of criminal activity.
  • Capital Filmmakers Festival Lisbon review Capital Filmmakers Festival in Review - Our correspondents report from the first Capital Filmmakers Festival to take place in Lisbon. Read about the fest's independent films tackling issues ranging from the migrant crisis to the appropriation of African-American music.

Trips outside Lisbon

Hiking Around the Santuário da Peninha in Sintra
Hiking Around the Santuário da Peninha in Sintra

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