The People’s Guide to Lisbon

The People’s Guide to Lisbon

Featured Articles

Overtourism: Should Lisbon Take a Cue from Amsterdam?
Best of Lisbon 2020
Lisbon According to Ginjinha Sem Rival's Nuno Gonçalo Lourenço
Anthony Bourdain’s Trip to Lisbon Bite by Bite
Mercado da Ribeira and TimeOut Market — exploring the great divide under one roof.
TimeOut and Ribeira: The Lisbon Market With a Split Personality

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 February Events

to Apr 19 | PUPPET EXHIBIT | Tim Burton: The Animation Puppets | Santos | FREE-2€
to Apr 19 | PUPPET EXHIBIT | Tim Burton: The Animation Puppets | Santos | FREE-2€
MUSIC, ART, BEER | Electric Funeral Carnaval | Penha | FREE
MUSIC, ART, BEER | Electric Funeral Carnaval | Penha | FREE
CARNAVAL PARTY | Proibidão: Baile Funk | Cais do Sodré | FREE-10€
CARNAVAL PARTY | Proibidão: Baile Funk | Cais do Sodré | FREE-10€
FOOD PARTY | Underworld at No Ponto. | Alcântara | TBD
FOOD PARTY | Underworld at No Ponto. | Alcântara | TBD
PARTY | Desert'Smoke and Friends | Anjos | FREE
PARTY | Desert'Smoke and Friends | Anjos | FREE
CARNAVAL PARADE | Baque do Tejo 2020 | Mouraria | FREE
CARNAVAL PARADE | Baque do Tejo 2020 | Mouraria | FREE
to Feb 26 | PARADE WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS | Carnival Holiday at Mini-Hangar | Graça | 15-75€
to Feb 26 | PARADE WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS | Carnival Holiday at Mini-Hangar | Graça | 15-75€
MUSIC SEMINAR | ArtCitizenship Seminar # 2: Musical Genres | Anjos | FREE
MUSIC SEMINAR | ArtCitizenship Seminar # 2: Musical Genres | Anjos | FREE
POETRY | LabIO Slam | Anjos | FREE
POETRY | LabIO Slam | Anjos | FREE
SUSTAINABILITY EVENT | Planeta A | Entrecampos | FREE
SUSTAINABILITY EVENT | Planeta A | Entrecampos | FREE
DINNER AND CONCERT | Fado meets Tango | Alfama | 5€+
DINNER AND CONCERT | Fado meets Tango | Alfama | 5€+
FOOD AND MUSIC | DOMINGO 2: A Dourada | Bairro Alto | FREE
FOOD AND MUSIC | DOMINGO 2: A Dourada | Bairro Alto | FREE
WORKSHOP | Japanese Bookbinding | Anjos | 36€
WORKSHOP | Japanese Bookbinding | Anjos | 36€
CONCERT | Beautify Junkyards | Belém | 11-13€
CONCERT | Beautify Junkyards | Belém | 11-13€
CONCERT AND DJ PARTY | HOMs with Mel Keane, Dream~cycles, Henry Earnest, Sean Being | Intendente | FREE-3€
CONCERT AND DJ PARTY | HOMs with Mel Keane, Dream~cycles, Henry Earnest, Sean Being | Intendente | FREE-3€
MUSIC | Basspool + 3Wyzemen | Intendente | FREE
MUSIC | Basspool + 3Wyzemen | Intendente | FREE
VALENTINE'S DAY PERFORMANCE AND DJ SET | This Has No Future + Candy Diaz | Graça | FREE
VALENTINE'S DAY PERFORMANCE AND DJ SET | This Has No Future + Candy Diaz | Graça | FREE
ART INAUGURATION | Andreas H. Bitesnich: Deeper Shades | Belém | FREE
ART INAUGURATION | Andreas H. Bitesnich: Deeper Shades | Belém | FREE
MUSIC | Islandia Voodoo | Cais do Sodré | FREE
MUSIC | Islandia Voodoo | Cais do Sodré | FREE
to Jun 25 | DANCE CLASS | Female Dance & Glass Of Wine | Anjos | 10-32€
to Jun 25 | DANCE CLASS | Female Dance & Glass Of Wine | Anjos | 10-32€

Essentials for Visitors

Best of Lisbon 2020
Best of Lisbon 2020
Lisbon According to Ginjinha Sem Rival's Nuno Gonçalo Lourenço
Lisbon According to Ginjinha Sem Rival's Nuno Gonçalo Lourenço
Why You Should Visit Baleal and Ferrel: Two Small Towns That Are Making Big Waves
Why You Should Visit Baleal and Ferrel: Two Small Towns That Are Making Big Waves
Anthony Bourdain’s Trip to Lisbon Bite by Bite
Anthony Bourdain’s Trip to Lisbon Bite by Bite
What to See, Do, and Eat in Ericeira: The Prettiest Town on Portugal’s Central Coast
What to See, Do, and Eat in Ericeira: The Prettiest Town on Portugal’s Central Coast
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
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
Portugal’s Public Wi-Fi. Aka the White Elephants
Portugal’s Public Wi-Fi. Aka the White Elephants

Living in Lisboa

Best of Lisbon 2020
Best of Lisbon 2020
Portugal’s Public Wi-Fi. Aka the White Elephants
Portugal’s Public Wi-Fi. Aka the White Elephants
How To Become a Legal Resident in Portugal
How To Become a Legal Resident in Portugal
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
Feb
21
Fri
23:00 CARNAVAL PARTY | Proibidão: Bail...
CARNAVAL PARTY | Proibidão: Bail...
Feb 21 @ 23:00 – Feb 22 @ 06:00
CARNAVAL PARTY | Proibidão: Baile Funk | Cais do Sodré | FREE-10€ @ Titanic sur Mer | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
From Wikipedia: “Funk carioca, aka favela funk and, in other parts in the world, baile funk, is from Rio de Janeiro, derived from Miami bass and gangsta rap music. ‘Baile funk,’ in Brazil, refers not[...]
Feb
22
Sat
all-day HEADS UP!| MAAT Museum CLOSED un...
HEADS UP!| MAAT Museum CLOSED un...
Feb 22 all-day
HEADS UP!| MAAT Museum CLOSED until Mar 27 (maybe) | Belém | 2,50-5€ @ MAAT - Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
Heads-up, people. Lisboetas know the MAAT as one of the city’s most popular destinations for art, culture, weird architecture, history, and a nice view. And if you have been cruising the internet recently looking for[...]
08:00 Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra...
Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra...
Feb 22 @ 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,[...]
09:00 Weekly | MARKET | Used and Antiq...
Weekly | MARKET | Used and Antiq...
Feb 22 @ 09:00 – 18:00
Weekly | MARKET | Used and Antique Books | Chiado | FREE @ Feira dos alfarrabistas do Chiado | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal
Feira dos Alfarrabistas (used book dealer fair) is a great place to break up the monotony of chain stores in Chiado and pick up something truly unique. Most books here are in Portuguese, but there are[...]
Blog Categories

Interviews

  • Atlas Goes Cycling with Eliseu on the “Rota por Lisboa em Ruinas” - In it for the view: Atlas correspondent climbs through a hole in the ceiling at Monsanto's Restaurante Panorâmico. Story and pictures by Levy Mealone em português Da cobertura do Restaurante Panorâmico de Monsanto, a vista é esmagadora. Está um dia límpido e ameno - dois inauditos ciclistas entretêm-se a identificar pontos icónicos da sua cidade, […]
  • Francisco Pinheiro: Standing on the Divide of “Clinamen” - Pinheiros pieces have been inspired by the fine line that divides that which is natural, and that which is human.
  • Pole-Dancing: Not just for the Ladies Anymore - If you thought pole-dancing was only for high-heeled, g-stringed strippers at clubs like Ménage in Cais Sodré, think again. Pole classes are being taught in fitness studios strictly for exercise purposes (no heels and no costumes—just some spandex and a water bottle). Also commonly taught is the dance-based pole technique that involves acrobatics combined with conventional Latin, jazz, or hip-hop dance […]

History and Customs

  • Severa: Fate of a Prostitute and Birth of a Fado Myth - Born to a gypsy father from Santarém and a famous prostitute nicknamed A Barbuda (the bearded) from Portalegre, Severa's exotic beauty and dramatic singing style, attributed to her gypsy blood, won the capital’s bohemians over.
  • Nova Ordem Social and Their Homage to Salazar - With an election approaching in Portugal, will the country go the way of other European countries that are seeing an upsurge in right-wing movements? Here's our correspondent's take from the Nova Ordem rally last Friday.
  • Why do Lisbon Bars Play Elevator Music? - This is not elevator music, this is Bossa Nova, which is being played in the bars and restaurants of Lisboa ever more frequently.

Lisbon Street Team

  • 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.
  • Hot and Hungry: Where to Get Ice Cream in Lisbon - Looking for the best ice cream in Lisbon? We’ve got the inside scoop. Well, now that's out of the way, let’s actually take a look at some of the tastiest, creamiest, and most refreshing parlors in the city — and there’s no shortage. Santini Rua do Carmo, 9, Chiado These guys have been serving up […]
  • Lisbon Implied, or How to Talk About Locations Like a Local - If a Lisboeta tells you to go to a certain place whose name you've never heard — and you're not quite sure where to find it — here's what they mean.

Trips outside Lisbon

Why You Should Visit Baleal and Ferrel: Two Small Towns That Are Making Big Waves
Why You Should Visit Baleal and Ferrel: Two Small Towns That Are Making Big Waves
Hiking Around the Santuário da Peninha in Sintra
Hiking Around the Santuário da Peninha in Sintra

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