Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Lisbon for foodies and history buffs

Tips on what to see, do — and most importantly, eat — in Portugal's capital.

Balcony shot of Lisbon skyline.
Balcony shot of Lisbon skyline.

Last summer, I visited Portugal to witness one of my closest friends get married. It was a short, whirlwind trip that I will never forget. I promised myself that I would return in 2018; here I am, just having returned from a two-week adventure in Portugal. I am thankful to have set aside enough time to give the country my undivided attention.

I did not fall in love with Lisbon on first impression. The city seemed to be overly congested, sterile, and unwelcoming. In hindsight, I attribute my indifference to jet lag and having only a few hours to form an opinion.

Careful planning of my return completely turned the tables; I fell in love everywhere I turned.

Where to stay (and eat)

Jetlag can be downright awful after sitting on a plane for half a day. My favorite hotel to catch some shuteye and wake up feeling refreshed is Shiadu. They offer boutique apartments, guesthouses, and rooms for all price points.

I urge travelers to get settled and head across the street to Time Out Market for some much-needed grub. Time Out Market is the perfect place for picky eaters like myself. The options are endless; there's something for everyone. Into Japanese? Have a plate of salmon tataki. Like Italian? They've got pizza and pasta. Want to try traditional Portuguese food? They have that too. Whatever you do, make sure to pick up a box of delicious macarons on your way out.

The Belém Tower dates back to the 16th century.

What to do (and eat)

Once sated, explore the many districts of Lisbon. My friend decided to show me around Belém. The Belém Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; there's plenty of history to immerse yourself in. I also suggest a visit to the Monastery of Jeronimos where you can pay homage to Vasco da Gama.

The best way to recharge after walking around is to grab a pastry at Pasteis De Belem. The bakery is located around the corner from the monastery and has been making pasteis since 1837! There are two types of pasteis: "Pastéis de Belém" and "Pastéis de Nata." An interesting blog post by BBC Travel goes into the curious history of the variants. Personally, I prefer pasteis de Belem because it is creamier with a flaky crust.

In the afternoon, take a taxi or public transportation to LX Factory in central Lisbon. It's where you want to be for the latest in arts, music, and culinary experimentation. I have tried several restaurants in the area, and none of them disappoint. The local artists open their studios to the public; it's interesting to check out their eclectic work. To make a San Diego comparison, LX Factory seemed like an equivalent of North Park's hipster scene. There's always something new and exciting going on within the shops and in the lively streets.

Sunset at Ponto Final.

Here is where it gets complicated: an evening excursion to have dinner at Ponto Final. Yes, your GPS is going to lead you to a dead-end street (instead of driving, take the ferry across the bay). Yes, be prepared to walk...a lot. Yes, the restaurant is in a gritty neighborhood. However, the trek is worth it; Ponto Final's tapas and seafood are out of this world!

I recommend spending a few hours at one of their quirky yellow tables. Buy a few plates with wine and take in the beautiful sunset. It was the perfect way to end my day in Lisbon.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Discovery of priest’s letters reveals tension between church, locals

Culture Clash
Next Article

Tahona Bar takes it to the street

Perks include cemetery view dining, and cocktails out of a VW bus
Balcony shot of Lisbon skyline.
Balcony shot of Lisbon skyline.

Last summer, I visited Portugal to witness one of my closest friends get married. It was a short, whirlwind trip that I will never forget. I promised myself that I would return in 2018; here I am, just having returned from a two-week adventure in Portugal. I am thankful to have set aside enough time to give the country my undivided attention.

I did not fall in love with Lisbon on first impression. The city seemed to be overly congested, sterile, and unwelcoming. In hindsight, I attribute my indifference to jet lag and having only a few hours to form an opinion.

Careful planning of my return completely turned the tables; I fell in love everywhere I turned.

Where to stay (and eat)

Jetlag can be downright awful after sitting on a plane for half a day. My favorite hotel to catch some shuteye and wake up feeling refreshed is Shiadu. They offer boutique apartments, guesthouses, and rooms for all price points.

I urge travelers to get settled and head across the street to Time Out Market for some much-needed grub. Time Out Market is the perfect place for picky eaters like myself. The options are endless; there's something for everyone. Into Japanese? Have a plate of salmon tataki. Like Italian? They've got pizza and pasta. Want to try traditional Portuguese food? They have that too. Whatever you do, make sure to pick up a box of delicious macarons on your way out.

The Belém Tower dates back to the 16th century.

What to do (and eat)

Once sated, explore the many districts of Lisbon. My friend decided to show me around Belém. The Belém Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; there's plenty of history to immerse yourself in. I also suggest a visit to the Monastery of Jeronimos where you can pay homage to Vasco da Gama.

The best way to recharge after walking around is to grab a pastry at Pasteis De Belem. The bakery is located around the corner from the monastery and has been making pasteis since 1837! There are two types of pasteis: "Pastéis de Belém" and "Pastéis de Nata." An interesting blog post by BBC Travel goes into the curious history of the variants. Personally, I prefer pasteis de Belem because it is creamier with a flaky crust.

In the afternoon, take a taxi or public transportation to LX Factory in central Lisbon. It's where you want to be for the latest in arts, music, and culinary experimentation. I have tried several restaurants in the area, and none of them disappoint. The local artists open their studios to the public; it's interesting to check out their eclectic work. To make a San Diego comparison, LX Factory seemed like an equivalent of North Park's hipster scene. There's always something new and exciting going on within the shops and in the lively streets.

Sunset at Ponto Final.

Here is where it gets complicated: an evening excursion to have dinner at Ponto Final. Yes, your GPS is going to lead you to a dead-end street (instead of driving, take the ferry across the bay). Yes, be prepared to walk...a lot. Yes, the restaurant is in a gritty neighborhood. However, the trek is worth it; Ponto Final's tapas and seafood are out of this world!

I recommend spending a few hours at one of their quirky yellow tables. Buy a few plates with wine and take in the beautiful sunset. It was the perfect way to end my day in Lisbon.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Ocean Beach trash altruist

Cameron Reid covers Niagara and Narragansett, Sunset Cliffs to Abbott.
Next Article

North Park – the prime quartier

30th Street parking, Georgia Street bridge, PSA crash, water tower, North Park Main Street
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close