I have rewritten my 2 days in Lisbon itinerary after visiting Lisbon for the second time and in total Portugal 5 times.

It was my second time in Europe when I got to visit the sunny Lisbon. After spending months in Europe’s colder countries, Lisbon felt like a much-needed summer breeze that instantly made me happy.

I couldn’t help smiling when I saw the soothing colors of pastel yellows, warm blues, and peach tones all over the city house. It was such a contrast to the grey German buildings that I saw at the start of my Euro trip. I felt like I was a part of a Wes Anderson movie!

Lisbon’s slanted streets, intricate Azulejos, and bright yellow and red trams moving at a slow pace instantly made me fall in love. Azulejos are handpainted Portuguese tiles. And from some other streets, one could see the Tagus River – wow!

Lisbon View from Miradouro da Graça
Lisbon View from Miradouro da Graça

Another thing that instantly surprised me was how friendly and affectionate Portuguese people are. Just the same way Italian, Spanish, or Indian people are. I think it is about the warm climate that changes the temperament of people from country to country.

We arrived in Lisbon on a flight from Zagreb (Croatia), met the world’s happiest immigration officer, took an old-school metro to the city center, and got lost on the streets.

I will talk about a few important things that you need to know before booking your Lisbon trip, but if you want to skip that and jump to the itinerary, then press the above button.

Which neighborhood in Lisbon is the best to stay in?

Walking around in Alfama, Lisbon
Walking around in Alfama, Lisbon

So where should you stay in Lisbon? Let me help you decide.

Just so you know, Alfama is the prettiest part of Lisbon with loads of viewpoints. If you are a sucker for viewpoints and want to see as many, then look no further.

Alfama is an adorable small district, which is located on one of the seven hills of Lisbon. Being the oldest and safest neighborhood in Lisbon, Alfama is still very lively.

Surrounded by a rich history and culture, you will not want to leave here. The locals are also the most helpful people in the entire world. Here, you can also sit and enjoy the neighborhood from plenty of local bars and restaurants, while tasting delicious and traditional Portuguese food!

Alfama Lisbon's oldest district
Alfama Lisbon’s oldest district

Also, this part of Lisboa has the cutest streets, old pastel houses, tram 28’s scenic route, and authentic restaurants with Fado Show (Faro is Portuguese blues music). In 2023 I stayed in Alfama and loved it.

The only negative in staying in Alfama is that it isn’t exactly in the middle of Lisbon. If you want to visit places like the Belem Tower, then Alfama is on one end and you’d be more comfortable near Rossio Square or Baixa. On my first visit to Lisbon, that’s where I stayed.

The Best 2 days in Lisbon happy in Alfama
The Best 2 days in Lisbon happy in Alfama

Honestly, I enjoyed staying in Alfama more, even though Rossio was more convenient for exploring the rest of Lisbon. But I got to stay in the most charming part of Lisbon with the oldest buildings and tram 28 went right outside my door, so I loved it.

One neighborhood that you might want to avoid is Bairo Alto because it is the party district and it will get noisy at night. Unless you’re looking for something like that.

For my first trip, I stayed somewhere near Rossio Square, but I did it better the second time in 2023 and picked a place in the heart of the old town – Alfama. Seriously it was the BEST DECISION ever.

My pro tip for exploring Lisbon: Make sure you wear the most comfortable shoes while exploring Lisbon. Yes, you must have heard it for literally every destination but it is the most true for Lisbon considering the steep hills and slippery cobblestone streets. Check out my post about what to wear in Lisbon.

How Many Days do you need for Lisbon?

Most of the people arrive in Lisbon before they make their way to other Portuguese destinations like Lagos in Algarve, Benagil, Nazare, or Porto, hence the visits are quick.

Please stay here for at least 2 days, if not more. It will be worth it, I promise because Lisbon is amazing. I will be honest, my time here was longer than 2 days but based on my experience, I have made this itinerary to include all the amazing things in Lisboa in 2 days.

2 Days in Lisbon

Lisbon view from the top
Lisbon view from the top

This itinerary for Lisbon includes a lot of walking but you can take a metro or tram too and I will mention the options to do that.

If you are thinking of visiting a lot of historical landmarks and using public transport, then you should consider getting a Lisbon Card for a duration of 24 or 48 hours. Even if you are in Lisbon for two days, you can probably make do with just a 24-hour card since on the first day you won’t need the card as per this itinerary.

I normally love visiting not just the famous scenic spots, and old buildings but also trying to find out about some arty or offbeat spots. This two-day itinerary for Lisbon contains a bit of both.

If you’re thinking of exploring Portugal beyond just Lisbon, then consider driving through the country.

We actually drove through the middle of Portugal to admire the hilly landscape and then drove along the coast. The sights are truly spectacular and so are the small local restaurants where you can buy a lot of snacks for cheap.

Arrive in Lisbon or Portugal and rent a car from there to explore the country. You can compare the car rental prices from different companies and pick the one that suits you the best.

Day 1 in Lisbon: Old Town Alfama, Viewpoints

I have made an amazing walking map for you for the first day and you will walk in a circle. Save the below map on your phone before you start your trip.

Perhaps the walk doesn’t look like a lot but as mentioned over and over, Lisbon has steep hills so walking 100 meters can also sometimes be too much.

Pastel de Nata Breakfast

When in Portugal, you have to eat Pastel de Nata. It is a simple custard tart or egg tart that makes the most amazing breakfast. Pair it with Portuguese coffee (Bica) and you will have enough energy to last you for many hours.

Pastel de Nata - a must have in Lisbon

Head to ANY bakery nearby and enjoy Pastel de Nata. One that’s close to your first destination is “Pastelaria Santo António” which is near Sé de Lisboa and Castelo de São Jorge.

A little history about Pastel de Nata: This Portuguese egg tart dusted with cinnamon was originally created in the 18th century by catholic monks because the monasteries used large quantities of egg whites for starching clothes, and the leftover egg yolks were used to make cakes and pastries.

During the Liberal Revolution of 1820, which prohibited religious orders, monks wanted to find alternative income sources. That’s why they started to sell Pastéis de Nata at a nearby sugar refinery.

Pastel de Nata with Coffee in Lisbon
Pastel de Nata with Coffee in Lisbon

After a couple of years, the monastery was closed in 1834, and the recipe was sold to the sugar refinery, whose owners in 1837 opened the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém. And today, you can still buy one of the best Pastéis de Nata in the entire Lisbon.

There are only three family members who know the original secret recipe, but luckily you can buy this delicious tart in most bakeries across the country.

You don’t need to eat Pastel de Nata only in the most famous bakeries but they taste good everywhere. I enjoyed Pastel de Nata in Porto, in Algarve, in Coimbra, and also in Nazare. They tasted almost the same everywhere and were always good. The only difference was the varying levels of sweetness.

Castelo de São Jorge / St. George’s Castle OR Bell Tower

St George Castle in Lisbon
St George Castle in Lisbon

Castelo de São Jorge is a historical castle in Lisbon that you should try to visit. It is situated on top of a hill in Santa Maria Maior and super close to Alfama. Castelo de Sao Jorge is often called St. George’s Castle in English.

I have mentioned a visit to São Jorge as the first thing to do on the first day because it queues up pretty fast. The only time to visit it is early, else you have to wait in line or you can just forget about it. I have a second option for you below if the queue is too long.

Walking to Castelo de São Jorge in Lisboa
Walking to Castelo de São Jorge in Lisboa

Moreover, you have to climb steep hills in order to reach São Jorge Castle, so it is better if you do it early while you still have the energy. (haha)

If you want to see Lisbon’s historical buildings, then this is it. São Jorge castle’s oldest fortification dates back to the 2nd century BC and it was occupied as early as the 8th century BC.

Once inside, get on top tp enjoy the view. You will have to climb lots of steps to reach the top, but that’s what Lisbon is all about. Set aside at least two hours for this along with the climbing to reach.

Torre da Igreja do Castelo de São Jorge, Lisboa instagram spots
Torre da Igreja do Castelo de São Jorge, Lisboa Instagram spots

Guess what, if you aren’t able to visit São Jorge Castle because of the long queue then don’t be sad. Walk for just 10-20 steps from the entry area and you will reach São Jorge Castle Bell Tower, or Torre da Igreja do Castelo de São Jorge.

You can go to the top of the São Jorge Castle Bell Tower for an amazing view. I do talk about this spot in my post about top Instagram spots in Lisbon. It has a separate entry for EUR 5, which includes a free drink of your choice. I picked port wine.

Walk in Alafama and Follow Tram 28 Route

Follow Tram 28 Route in Alfama Lisbon

A few years back I would have said that the best way to explore the historic parts of the city is definitely by using the tram but today I think differently. Don’t get on tram 28 but follow it.

Let’s face it. You won’t be able to get on tram 28 unless you waste one hour in a line. I wasn’t able to do this in 2016 and then I decided it was better to actually walk on the streets of Alfama where tram 28 goes.

So when you get out of the castle, get to a street called Rua De São Tomé. If you stand here for a few minutes, you will see loads of red and yellow trams go by one after another.

Walk on the street called “Calçada de Santo André” in the direction of a restaurant called “Yak and Yeti”. This entire street is slanted and you will find loads of amazing spots for seeing the adorable tram 28.

The queue for Tram 28 near Rossio Square
The queue for Tram 28 near Rossio Square

In an ideal world, if there were no lines, you can tour the city for just €2.90, if you buy a ticket onboard or €1.45 with a prepaid transport card.

The tram usually comes around every 10 minutes and can only seat about 20 people, which means that even if you catch the tram, you will probably have an uncomfortable 7 km ride, squeezed with lots of people.

But if it is something that you want to experience, it is well worth it, because you will get to see all the incredible historical spots which are also highly photogenic.

Lisbon’s trams were developed in 1914 to make it possible for residents to go from the central Baixa district to neighborhoods like Graca and Estrela.

Yellow Tram in Lisbon with Tagus River in the background
Yellow Tram in Lisbon with Tagus River in the background

The city used to have a lot of tram lines but they disappeared over the years due to an extended underground metro system. Today, there are currently only five tramlines left across the city.

There are two types of trams; the historic Remodelado ones, and the modern Articulado trams. The Remodelado trams are the yellow-colored trams that go through the narrow streets of Lisbon. And of course, the most iconic one is Tram 28, which crosses the Alfama district.

My friend and I often joked that the tram 28 is the real celebrity of Lisbon!

Lunch in Alfama

Grilled Octopus at Santo André, Alfama
Grilled Octopus at Santo André, Alfama

Speaking from experience, you will get hungry after visiting Castelo de São Jorge and walking on the slanted streets because of the amount of climbing, so now is the perfect time for lunch. The next few stops are next to each other and you will do them quickly.

The restaurants right next to the castle are obviously touristy but on your way to Rossio Square, which is next spot pick a place to eat. Of course, the restaurants right at the Rossio Square are more expensive.

Prawns at Santo André, Alfama
Prawns at Santo André, Alfama

For me, the street “Calçada de Santo André” had some really good options. These are smaller residential restaurants and if you find a window seat, you will see the tram 28 pass by.

I traveled with a friend who’s vegan, so we often went to Yak & Yeti and she found a lot of interesting vegan options. This entire street also has a few traditional Portuguese restaurants. I tried Santo André a traditional Portuguese restaurant and ate seafood here.

One of the things you should eat in Lisbon is Portugal’s beloved bacalhau, which is dried and salted codfish. If you feel fancy, you can order bacalhau à Brás, which is a shredded cod with onions, eggs, and potatoes.

While in Lisbon, you can have lots of fresh seafood like octopus, tuna, monkfish, shrimp, sardines, and clams as well. If you want to eat red meat, don’t forget to try the Alentejan beef with a side of Douro wines.

Rossio Square to Baixa

Geometrical flooring at Rossio Square Lisbon
Geometrical flooring at Rossio Square Lisbon

After a nice meal in Alfama, get ready to walk to our next destination – one of the main town squares in Lisboa – Rossio Square or Praça Dom Pedro IV.

On your way to Rossio Square from Alfama, you will also cross Sé de Lisboa – the Lisbon Cathedral. Spot it photograph it and then move on.

One of the most striking things that will catch your eye when you first arrive here is the flooring – it is a wave pattern that looks super interesting.

Spot the Column of Pedro IV, the south fountain with a round pool, and the interesting buildings all around.

Rossio Square Fountain, Lisbon
Rossio Square Fountain, Lisbon

There is a Ginjinha stand here where my friend and I always had a shot or two, for just EUR 1 per shot. Ginjinha is a Portuguese sour cherry liquor that Phill from “Somebody Feed Phill” got a tad drunk on.

Of course, if you have more time, you can go to the famous Ginjinha Sem Riva which is right around the corner here but for us, it was easier and quicker to drink from a roadside stand.

Ginjinha Stand at Rossio Square, Lisbon
Ginjinha Stand at Rossio Square, Lisbon

So take a break, spot this ginjinha stand, and drink a shot or two with a friend before you move further.

From Rossio Square, walk to the direction of Baixa. This is the busy area of Lisboa with a lot of tourists and expensive shops.

Soon you will reach Rua de Santa Justa, from where you will see an interesting-looking tower peeking – that’s the historical Elevador De Santa Justa.

Santa Justa Lift

Santa Justa lift - Rua de Santa Justa Baixa Lisbon
Santa Justa lift – Rua de Santa Justa Baixa Lisbon via Unsplash

If you are visiting Lisbon in summer, most likely you will see a massive queue in front of Elevador De Santa Justa (or Santa Justa Lift). More than anything, the Neo-Gothic-style elevator tower is pretty impressive.

If there’s a queue, then just photograph this iconic tower from the street and move on. Nothing is worth waiting 2 hours for when your trip duration is just 2 days.

In case there’s no queue outside the Elevador De Santa Justa lift, then go ahead and get on it. It will take you up to Chaiado.

Elevador De Santa Justa was designed in the 1900s to take the residents of Lisbon from Baixa to Chaiado. In 2023, it costs EUR 5.60 per person to ride this lift.

Livraria Bertrand

Remember reading about Livraria Lello in my Porto itinerary? Just like that, there’s Livraria Bertrand a famous bookstore in Lisbon that’s historical and is just 280 meters away from the Santa Justa lift.

Livraria Bertrand was founded in 1732 and has 59 branches all over but the one we are talking about is the original store in the Chiado. Interestingly, it has been declared the oldest bookstore in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. So that demands a visit, right?

Arco da Rua Augusta & Praça do Comércio

Rua Augusta in Lisbon
Rua Augusta in Lisbon

Walk on Rua Augusta, one of the most iconic and busiest walking streets in Lisbon. This street has some of the busiest restaurants and shops. Hopefully, you ate lunch already because this street has expensive restaurants and they are usually full.

If you want to make a stop for a snack there’s Fábrica da Nata for Pastel de Nata. It is worth mentioning that this street also has the best cocktail bar that I visited in Portugal – it is Imprensa Cocktail & Oyster Bar.

Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisboa
Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisboa

Walk a little further, you will arrive at the iconic Arco da Rua Augusta. It is a magnificent 30-meter triumphal arch. From here you will clearly see the Tagus River too. This little walk around this area is one of the many free things to do in Lisbon.

In the center of the arch, you will see the composition of Glory, which is crowned with laurel wreaths Valor and Genius. On the other hand, this arch has famous historical figures, such as; Marquis Pombal, Vasco da Gama, Nuno Alvarez Pereira, and Viriat.

Next to Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisboa
Next to Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisboa

From here, if you look towards the sides, there is an arched boulevard on each side where you can walk. There are more restaurants here with outside seating.

A few more steps and you will arrive at Praça do Comércio. The square generally features characteristics of the Enlightenment era. It is known that King Jose I preferred not to restore the Ribeira palace because he wanted to focus on the clarity of the geometry of the square.

Praça do Comércio Lisbon
Praça do Comércio Lisbon

Having one of the best locations, this square was once where the glorious Ribeira Palace used to stand.

Meaning the Trading Square in English, Praça do Comércio initially had government offices in charge of customs and the affairs of the port of Lisbon.

In the middle of the square, you will see the grand bronze monument of King Jose I, which was built in 1775 by one of the most famous architects of that era, Joachim Machado de Castro.

Sadly, due to a massive earthquake, which was followed by a devastating tsunami and a fire that happened in 1755, most of the spectacular buildings of Lisbon were destroyed.

You can also admire this geometry from the bird-view photos of this area.  Another great part of the Praça do Comércio is that this square has the oldest cafe in Lisbon, which is called Café-Restaurante Martinho da Arcada.

Walk along the Tagus River, sit on the marble steps

Walk next to Tagus River
Walk next to the Tagus River

As you walk from Praça do Comércio to the water, you will see Cais das Colunas. These columns mark the 18th-century quay on the Tagus River.

There are plenty of marble steps here and places for people to sit. As the evening approaches, the atmosphere turns pretty amazing in this part of Lisbon. I saw musicians busking here a few years back but not in 2023. Instead, I also saw mojito cocktail stalls here in 2023.

Walk along the river if you have any energy left. I understand that Lisbon can make even a physically fit person fatigued because of the steep streets. You don’t have to talk much but there’s a pastel blue building called Doca da Caldeirinha next to the water. Spot it.

Sunset Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint in Lisbon
Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint in Lisbon

Do you know what makes Lisbon even more special? It stands on seven hills, as a result, there are several slanted roads and multiple viewpoint possibilities. Yes, these viewpoints are called “miradouros” and they are everywhere (especially in Alfama).

Miradouro de Santa Luzia is one of the most famous photo spots in Lisbon because the sunset viewing experience from here is always good. To be honest, the sunrise experience is even better because it overlooks the east, but I don’t wake up at 5:30 on a holiday, and I’m sure even you don’t.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia in Lisbon
Miradouro de Santa Luzia in Lisbon

It is at the start of Alfama and isn’t much of a walk from where you are. You can also take an Uber to Miradouro de Santa Luzia if you’re tired.

The best time to arrive at Miradouro de Santa Luzia is just 15-20 minutes before sunset. Find a spot to sit. Even in peak tourist season, there was always a spot that freed up for us to sit.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia - Lisbon Instagram spots
Miradouro de Santa Luzia – Lisbon Instagram spots

There is an arched passage with amazing tile work and benches with views where people can sit. Each sitting place has its own arch like a window.

This is the best spot for photos because you can sit on the arch that makes the perfect photo frame so click loads of them.

Miradouro das Portas do Sol – Cocktails with a view

Portas do Sol - Instagram spots in Lisbon Portugal
Portas do Sol – Instagram spots in Lisbon Portugal

Now it is time to go to my favorite viewpoint in Lisbon, which also has a cocktail bar with outside seating. It is right on top of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, and the experience is completely different.

Portas do Sol is not just a viewpoint or a bar but an entire belvedere so it has a lot of space. The atmosphere around is pretty lively. In my opinion, it is one of the best places in Lisbon to sit back and relax with a drink in your hand because you are in the open, there’s fresh air and the best views all around.

While I was here, I realized that this is the spot where some of the most famous photos of Alfama’s pastel houses are clicked with the background of the Tagus River.

We were at Portas do Sol just by chance and ended up spending hours here. We saw the sunset here and drank our cocktails with an amazing view. Ordered more cocktails and saw how everything changed as the sky darkened.

You walked a lot today, so this is your time to chill and just have fun. This is the place to do it.

Just like this spot is another one nearby – also Miradouro da Graça. That’s also a stunning viewpoint with a bar, a garden with WC, and an amazing vibe. But if you are in Lisbon for 2 days then you can’t do every single viewpoint so that’s why I suggest Miradouro das Portas do Sol.

Dinner in Alfama with Fado Show

Santo André with Fado in Alfama near Graça

The reason why I suggest you at the beginning of this post is to stay in a place in Alfama so that you can truly experience traditional Portuguese evenings with delicious food, wine, and Fado.

Fado is Portuguese blues music and it sounds very emotional it is worth experiencing a night of traditional music in Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood.

Right next to Portas dol Sol where you had cocktails, is Fado na Morgadinha – which is a simple Portuguese restaurant with Fado show.

As you walk further into Alfama, you will find more. Santo André has Fado on most days except Monday. I don’t know why their food isn’t rated high, I definitely had a decent meal here.

Day 2 in Lisbon: Rossio, Baixa, Center

As always, I have created a map for you for this specific day. Save it on your phone so that you can access it even in offline mode.

Don’t take the “3-hour” walking time as a real thing because you will be doing a part of it on Uber. And one of the optional stops is across the river and you have to get on a taxi/bus or a ferry for that.

Remember how the first day was a complete circle? Well, the second day will be a straight line. You will start at one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lisbon and then walk in a line to the center. If today isn’t a Monday, then you will also enjoy some of the nightlife options that I have mentioned below.

Jerónimos Monastery

Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon
Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon via Unsplash

If you are staying in Alfama, then get on an Uber to reach Jerónimos Monastery and from here you can do most of the itinerary by walking.

The reason why this is the first spot on the itinerary is because it opens at 9:30 am and if you arrive later then the queues get crazy long. Moreover, the next spot – Belem Tower opens at 10:30 a.m.

If you did get the Lisbon Card, then skip-the-line is often offered here. The website says “Skip-the-line is not always possible at attractions but is offered at Jerónimos Monastery”.

Jeronimos Monastery is also Hieronymites Monastery and along with Belem Tower is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is beautiful and peaceful inside and that’s why there are usually long queues of people in school holiday months. If you are in Lisbon for only one day, then consider skipping this spot to utilize your time better.

Even if the queue is long, it moves fast because everyone just buys online and scans their QR code at the entry point. If you arrive here at a comfortable morning time – 11 am to afternoon, then the queue wait time usually takes longer.

The entry is free with the Lisboa Card. Also, if this is the first attraction that you’re entering with the Lisboa card, then you have to redeem the QR code across the street. It is important to know this before you start in this line.

Pastéis de Belém (Quick Snack)

Curious to see the oldest bakery for the most famous Portuguese breakfast tart? It is Pastéis de Belém and is right here next to the Jerónimos Monastery. Remember the history that I mentioned earlier how the recipe was sold from the monks of the monastery to a bakery? That’s Pastéis de Belém.

Stop here for a quick look or eat Pastel de Nata with Coffee before you take the rest of your second day in Lisbon.

Belém Tower

Belem Tower in Lisbon
Belem Tower in Lisbon via Unsplash

After spending enough time at Jerónimos Monastery, walk a kilometer to Belém Tower (or Tower of Saint Vincent). On your way, you will also see a historical lighthouse Farol de Belém.

Belem Tower is at the other end of Lisbon on a tiny river island on the Tagus River. It is a fortified medieval tower dating back to the 16th century that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In order to enter Belem Tower, the fee is EUR 6 per person. There are circular staircases inside and a vaulted ceiling. The view from the top is beautiful. The space on top is huge, so you can relax and spend a bit longer than you have to here on top as you admire the view.

If you are visiting on a Saturday or Sunday in the summer months, then be aware that the queue to enter might be too long, so you can just skip it on those days.

Honestly, in order to appreciate the beauty of these historic buildings it isn’t always necessary to go inside. You can actually see it better from the outside. I realized that when I visited places like Statue of Liberty or Burg Eltz. It is better to see them from outside or far away.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Lisbon
Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Lisbon via Unsplash

Padrão dos Descobrimentos or the Monument to the Discoveries is a monument along the Tagus River that marks the 500 years since the death of Henry the Navigator.

Most likely, you will spend a long time looking at this massive riverside monument with intricate details. There’s a figure of Henry the Navigators along with 32 other figures and it appears as if he is encouraging the others to embark on a journey of discovery.

It is located at the spot where historically the ships sailed to the Orient and India for trade. This, it celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discoveries or the Age of Exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Spend a few minutes here, click photos, or sit nearby for a quick break.

LX Factory (Lunch & More)

Inside LX Factory in Lisbon
Inside LX Factory in Lisbon

LX Factory is an arty area built on an abandoned industrial grounds where you will love spending a few hours. It has some seriously amazing restaurants, cocktail bars, and a beautiful bookstore that’s recently become a rage on Instagram.

Located under the 25 de Abril Bridge, the LX Factory can be reached by trams or buses heading west from Cais do Sodre.

There is artwork at random spots in LX Factory and some of them really stand out, after all, it is a creative space.

Bee artwork in LX Factory Lisbon
Bee artwork in LX Factory Lisbon

Walk around in the LX Factory, admire street art, and find a nice restaurant where you’d like to eat. My friend and I ate at A Praça where I had seafood, and then later had Margaritas at Ni Michi.

We just picked these two places to eat and drink randomly and had a good experience.

My lunch - prawns in LX Factory
My lunch – prawns in A Praça restaurant in LX Factory

I remember when we arrived at LX Factory, we saw just one toilet on the main road and there was a queue of people outside. Thankfully our restaurant had its own toilet that we were able to use.

I honestly think that Portuguese people make the best food in Europe. I like how they don’t shy away from using flavors and butter. Also, the margaritas that I have had in Portugal are the best in the world.

Ler Devagar Bookstore in LX Factory

Ler Devagar Book Store in LX Factory - Lisbon Instagram spots
Ler Devagar Book Store in LX Factory – Lisbon Instagram spots

When you are done eating, walk over to Ler Devagar, a lovely bookstore which also has a collection of Jazz music records.

We ended up spending a long time in Ler Devagar and enjoyed this quirky bookstore. On the first floor is the area for jazz records and on top of that they have their own printing press. I would have liked to visit the printing press but it wasn’t for visitors.

Christo Rei (Optional)

This stop is ONLY for those who don’t mind a super-packed itinerary. If you are in Lisbon with children, then definitely don’t try to do everything but cut all activities in half.

Christo Rei in Lisbon
Christo Rei in Lisbon

Also, do this only if you are able to get on a taxi or an Uber from LX Factory to take you to Christo Rei because from there it isn’t far on the car since it is just on the other side of the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge. Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct bus to it, but only on the way back there is.

Yes there is a ferry too but that’s from near Augusta Arc, and we don’t want to do that, but it only makes sense to get on the ferry on the way back.

Cristo Rei resembles the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. It is the statue of Christ with raised arms that blesses the city. The monument was constructed in the 1950s to reverence for Portugal avoiding the Second World War.

The view from Christo Rei in Lisbon
The view from Christo Rei in Lisbon

Yes, you can go on top of Cristo Rei’s 80-meter-high viewing platform to check out the splendid panoramic views over Lisbon. The view from the top was really good and we could see the massive shadow of the Christo Rei statue on the houses.

Keep in mind that the entry to the viewing deck closes at 6 p.m. We were lucky that we arrived here at 5:45 and just made it in time.

In order to come back using the bus, you can take a direct bus back. Bus numbers 3701, 3710, 3711, and 3716 from Pragal (Portagem) bus stop near Christo Rei will take you to Lisboa (Av Ceuta) Alcântara, which is near Lx Factory.

Bica Funicular, Rua da Bica (Sunset)

Elevador da Bica with tram 28 - Lisbon, Portugal
Elevador da Bica with tram 28 – Lisbon, Portugal

From LX Factory, take an Uber to the prettiest street of Lisbon – Rua da Bica, where the Bica Funicular is situated. If you did make that optional detour to Christo Rei, then you just have to get on to the Cacilhas to Cais do Sodré ferry to Almada.

Ever seen photos of a super slanted street in Lisbon with old houses, with yellow tram 28 climbing up and blue river Tagus in the farsight? Most of them were clicked from Rua da Bica and any serious photographer knows it.

Elevador da Bica Lisbon Portugal
Elevador da Bica Lisbon Portugal

This is why I saw some Instagrammers here, but no it wasn’t crowded like all the other touristy spots in Lisbon.

Cars don’t drive on Rua da Bica but there are just tram lines here. But again, a spot like this is high on my list because I like to see pretty streets and click photos.

If you are with children, they won’t be super excited here unless they love seeing trams, but it is a fun place for solo travelers, groups of friends, or even couples.

Time Out Market / Mercado da Ribeira (Dinner)

Time Out Market / Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon
Time Out Market / Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon

Just 450 meters away from Bica Steet is the Time Out Market – a massive food court that has some of the best restaurants in Lisbon. Yes, this spot was also covered in Somebody Feed Phil’s Lisbon episode. It is also called “Mercado da Ribeira”.

Time Out Market is an epic culinary market curation. The gourmet food hall of this market has 40 kiosks, which offer delicious meals from Michelin-star chefs for food court prices.

The only tip I have for the Time Out market is to arrive early. Decide on a place fast and stand in the queue as quickly as possible to order. All eateries have their own little queues and there are many of them.

Inside Time Out Market Lisboa
Inside Time Out Market Lisboa

The entire Time Out Market is a massive hall with restaurants all along the perimeter and a sitting area in the middle.

There are shared dining areas where you have to keep a quick eye to find seats as soon as they vacate. Sounds stressful? It is worth it if you want to have some delicious food.

My friend and I ate our meal from a stand called “Asian Lab”. She’s vegan so she researched well in time to find decent vegan options and found this place. I had seafood here which was pretty decent too.

Our dinner from Asian Lab in Time Out Lisboa
Our dinner from Asian Lab in Time Out Lisboa

In the middle part of Time Out Market are the bars where you can get cocktails and other spirits. We found the food and drinks in both LX Factory and Time Out Market a bit pricier than Alfama but they were all worth it at the end of it.

While we were leaving, we realized that there were food stalls at the outer ring of Time Out Market which weren’t crowded at all. We should have gone there first but we didn’t know. So make sure you check these out if the inner ones are crowded.

Pink Street & Bairro Alto (Nightlife in Lisbon)

Lisbon's Pink Street - Photo spots in Lisbon
Lisbon’s Pink Street – Photo spots in Lisbon

Lisbon has many spots for experiencing the nightlife like Bairro Alto, and Chaido – and one of them is Pink Street. This street is just 300 meters from the Time Out Market and is dotted with bars and restaurants on each side.

Pink Street is actually pink in color and has umbrellas on top. The reason why I have included this as a nightlife option and not Bairro Alto is because it is so close to Time Out Market.

We did go to Bairro Alto too but we found the atmosphere too loud, smokey, and not good for our liking.

Pink Street with Umbrellas looks good at sunset time, Lisbon
Pink Street with Umbrellas looks good at sunset time, Lisbon

Arrive on Pink Street just before the sunset and see how the pinkish hue looks even more warm. The warm lights make this street glow and the atmosphere is super fun.

Of course, if you’re looking for just a photo here then nighttime isn’t the best because then the pink colour doesn’t show and it is full of people.

If you do want to go pub hopping, you can do that on Pink Street and then if you still want more, you can walk 800 meters to Bairro Alto.

Imprensa Cocktail Bar

Happy at Imprensa Cocktail Bar - the best cocktail bar in Lisbon
Happy at Imprensa Cocktail Bar – the best cocktail bar in Lisbon

So we did do bar hopping, searched for the best cocktail bar, and somehow ended up in Imprensa Cocktail Bar – first on Rua Agusta and then at their branch in Chaido when the first one closed at midnight.

I enjoyed some of the most amazing cocktails in these two cocktail bars. Moreover, they had the liveliest atmosphere and bartenders. No wonder both these cocktail bars are rated 4.9 on Google Maps!

So yes, it isn’t on Pink Street and also not in Bairro Alto. I’m sure you will find your way here if you are really looking for the best cocktail bar in Lisbon.

How to Get Around Lisbon

Inside Lisbon's Metro - 2 days in Lisbon
Inside Lisbon’s Metro – 2 days in Lisbon

When you arrive at Lisbon airport, you can simply take the metro to reach anywhere. Being very accessible, the metro is the main transportation system in Lisbon. You can also find many useful information and maps in English as well.

Make sure to buy a Lisboa City card, which will allow you to have unlimited use of the metro, bus, tram, and elevators in the city center.

We were just lazy in 2023 and took Uber and realized it was very cheap in Portugal. But yes, we would have saved money on the transport and attractions if we had bought Lisboa City Cards instead!

On a ferry in Lisbon - itinerary
On a ferry in Lisbon – itinerary

Once you reach the city center, you can use trams as well. The taxis and buses, on the other hand, are pretty affordable and fast, but public transportation in Lisbon sometimes has strikes. That’s why it is better to plan your transfer to the airport if you are in a hurry.

We also traveled on a ferry when we visited Christo Rei and it was a memorable experience. Keep your mind open to using different modes of public transportation while you’re in Lisbon.

A Shiny Yellow VW Camper Van in Lisbon
A Shiny Yellow VW Camper Van in Lisbon

We often travel within Europe on our camper van but we avoid taking it inside big cities like Lisbon and Porto because of the parking situation.

If you’re road-tripping in Europe then you may want to find a camping place or a parking place outside Lisbon so that you can explore the city using its easy public transportation.

Where to Stay in Lisbon?

Based on my multiple trips to Lisbon, I have a few carefully selected recommendations for you for different budgets.

WHome – CSA18 Premium Design Apartment

This is an affordable apartment in the heart of the old town right opposite Yak & Yeti restaurant on a slanted street where the tram 28 goes.

It is an entire apartment, so if you stay here, you can cook your own meals and save money.

Click here to book this apartment. Honestly, we realized that we didn’t need to cook our own food in Lisbon because everything was so affordable and yummy outside. But at least we were able to make our own coffee.

For us this location was spot on and close to everything – Miradouro da Graça, Portas do Sol and St. George’s Castle.

Olissippo Castelo

This is a 4-star hotel with views of Lisbon and is along the walls of St Jorge Castle. It is a luxurious place with amazing terraces and breakfast.

If you are traveling with children or are on a romantic trip in Lisbon, then this is it. Click here to book this place.

Costa do Castelo Terrace

This is an entire apartment in Alfama on Rua dos Lagares that’s close to Miradouro da Graça viewpoint and St. George’s Castle. Click here to book this apartment.

Lisbon Gambori

Even though this place is a hostel, we booked a private room in Lisbon Gambori and loved it. It was close to everything – St George’s Castle, Alfama, and Praça do Comércio. We could just walk everywhere from here.

Closing Thought on 2 Days in Lisbon

I have said it before but I’d like to reiterate it in case you missed it. Lisbon is built on steep hills and that’s why walking even 300 meters feels like a kilometer. So take things slow, relax, and don’t try to do everything on this list.

I did close to 20,000 steps in Lisbon per day and that’s even after getting on Uber a few times a day. So be kind to your feet and wear the most comfortable pair of shoes that you have ever owned.

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