The People’s Guide to Lisbon

The People’s Guide to Lisbon

Featured Articles

When the Saints Go Marching: Santo António Day Explained
What to Expect in June: Festas de Lisboa 2019
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 June Events

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 Jun 27 | OPEN-AIR CINEMA | Being John Malkovich, Pulp Fiction, and much more | Chiado | 12€
to Jun 27 | OPEN-AIR CINEMA | Being John Malkovich, Pulp Fiction, and much more | Chiado | 12€
to Jun 16 | BOOK FAIR | Feira do Livro Lisboa 2019 | Marques de Pombal | FREE
to Jun 16 | BOOK FAIR | Feira do Livro Lisboa 2019 | Marques de Pombal | FREE
to July 28 | ART EXHIBIT |
to July 28 | ART EXHIBIT | "Oil Room" by Per Barclay | Martim Moniz | 2€
to July 25 | MUSIC | Swing Jam Sessions at Little Big Apple | Olaias | 2€
to July 25 | MUSIC | Swing Jam Sessions at Little Big Apple | Olaias | 2€
to July 27 | STREET MUSIC | Gypsy Jazz Jam Get Together | Areeiro  | FREE
to July 27 | STREET MUSIC | Gypsy Jazz Jam Get Together | Areeiro | FREE
to Jun 8 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | NOS Primavera Sound 2019 | Porto | 110€+
to Jun 8 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | NOS Primavera Sound 2019 | Porto | 110€+
to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT |
to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | "Among Dinosaurs" | Príncipe Real | 5€
to July | FILM FEST | Grand Art in the Cinema | São Sebastão | 5 - 7€
to July | FILM FEST | Grand Art in the Cinema | São Sebastão | 5 - 7€
to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€
to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€
Weekly | JAZZ | Titanic Jazz Jam | Cais do Sodré | FREE
Weekly | JAZZ | Titanic Jazz Jam | Cais do Sodré | FREE
ROCK CONCERT | Scorpions' Crazy World Tour 2019 | Parque das Nações | 32€ to 54€
ROCK CONCERT | Scorpions' Crazy World Tour 2019 | Parque das Nações | 32€ to 54€
Monthly | FLEA MARKET | Art & Flea at Anjos70 | Anjos | FREE
Monthly | FLEA MARKET | Art & Flea at Anjos70 | Anjos | FREE
to Jul 22 | FILM FESTIVAL | Doclisboa 2018 Films | Chiado | 5€
to Jul 22 | FILM FESTIVAL | Doclisboa 2018 Films | Chiado | 5€
Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra | Alfama | FREE
Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra | Alfama | FREE

Essentials for Visitors

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
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all-day to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argenti...
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argenti...
Jun 20 all-day
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argentine Film Festival 2019 | Avenida | 4€ @ Cinema Sáo Jorge | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
Argentina. You’ve probably heard of it. European colonizers called it Argentina (from the Latin term “argentum,” which means silver) thinking they would find silver there. They were wrong. But the name stuck. Argentina is, however,[...]
12:00 to Jun 27 | ART EXHIBIT | “Place...
to Jun 27 | ART EXHIBIT | “Place...
Jun 20 @ 12:00 – 23:00
to Jun 27 | ART EXHIBIT | "Placeless" by Elena Valsecchi | Alcantara | FREE @ Manchas de Tinta | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
Elena Valsecchi is a local artist originally from Italy. Her work has been displayed in many places, among them Italy, Portugal, France, Belgium, Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Here’s how Elena describes her new show at[...]
16:00 MINI MUSIC FESTIVAL | Villa Omni...
MINI MUSIC FESTIVAL | Villa Omni...
Jun 20 @ 16:00 – 23:30
MINI MUSIC FESTIVAL | Villa Omnichord | Leiria | 10€ @ Villa Portela | Leiria | Leiria | Portugal
Festival a Porta opens its doors to Portugal this weekend, and anyone who knows anything knows that. But, did you know that there is a festival inside the Festival a Porta? Yep. It’s called Villa[...]
19:00 to Jul 22 | FILM FESTIVAL | Docl...
to Jul 22 | FILM FESTIVAL | Docl...
Jun 20 @ 19:00 – 23:00
to Jul 22 | FILM FESTIVAL | Doclisboa 2018 Films | Chiado | 5€ @ Cinema IDEAL | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
What’s up, Doc? Doclisboa (or, “6.Doc”) is back in Lisbon with its 2019 edition. That’s what’s up. Doclisboa 2019 is coming in October, but here’s your chance to avoid the whole festival atmosphere and just[...]
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Interviews

  • Being Healthy in Lisbon: A Chat With Local Nutritionist Janneke van Dijk - Originally from the Netherlands Janneke van Dijk came to Lisbon just over a year ago and has already established herself as a nutritionist and health coach and published an eBook on healthy living. That kind of motivation, combined with Janneke's down-to-earth demeanor, got us curious.
  • Digitizing Lisboa: A Q&A with Illustrator Gonçalo Viana - Gonçalo Viana's illustrations bring to mind a simpler time when postcards were a thing, yet his subject matter is very much of the moment. And his clear, child-friendly technique means that his illustrations go perfectly with the articles he's commissioned to illustrate — and, of course, children's books.
  • In a League of Their Own: Gaelic Football in Portugal - Since June, the LX Celtiberos have been regularly playing a game most people outside of Ireland probably don’t know much about: Gaelic football. It's a community effort to bring a beloved Irish sport to the masses, without the stress.

History and Customs

  • Cristiano Ronaldo: The Portuguese Captain - Most people are pretty familiar with the name Cristiano Ronaldo. However, it’s the world cup so we thought we would take a look at the Portuguese captain.
  • Museu da Marioneta - Lisbon's Museum of Marionettes in Santos (Rua da Esperança, 146) houses a huge number of strange, spooky, and wonderful puppets from around the world and around the ages. Seemingly just for children - it hosts puppet shows for the kids and offers classes in mask and puppet-making - this museum is not just for the young ones: it's a great assortment of […]
  • Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro: Father of the Portuguese Everyman - An artist of many talents, Bordalo created cartoons that are still popular today and some of the most iconic Portuguese ceramics around.

Lisbon Street Team

  • Carnival Portuguese Style: the Caretos - Dating back to the Celts, the caretos are perhaps the oldest tradition alive today in Portugal though for many years the practice became nearly extinct.
  • Drug Levels in Lisbon: The 2018 Report - Drugs are doing funny things in Europe, with some dropping off and others on the rise. The 2018 European Drug Report examines trends within Portugal.
  • 2018 LISB-ON Jardim Sonoro LISB-ON 2018: A Festival in the Heart of Lisbon - We could really feel a family atmosphere at LISB-ON: people talking and laughing like old friends, and organizers mixing with the scattering of artists. Michael Mayer told us how special Lisbon was to him as he has been coming here for more than 20 years. The guys who were running around organizing everything were old friends of his from the late ’90s and early ’00s, he told us. They were the guys booking him back then. This family feeling was starting to make sense.

Trips outside Lisbon

Portugal's Best: Eleven Beaches You Shouldn't Miss
Portugal's Best: Eleven Beaches You Shouldn't Miss
The Portuguese Coastal Route to Santiago de Compostela
The Portuguese Coastal Route to Santiago de Compostela

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