My first proper solo trip! I spent 3 nights in Lisbon in October 2021, it was a trip I’d asked from Ihaia for my birthday in September. I wanted to go before the summer ended and it was definitely one to remember!
I survived and thrived from my first solo trip where I went for no other reason other than to purely explore and do it all on my own. Its not hard for me to enjoy alone time and my own company, as much as all the other personalities I am, its important to me to be able to do stuff on my own too.
The weather was super warm, there were a lot of people around the city and I had planned my time to the fullest. I really wanted to see as much as I could of the city in the time that I was there and I felt that I really succeeded with that.
Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel. I was very comfortable and felt safe and secure here. They had lots of freebies, always came back to a snack in my hotel room, at reception there was drinks, ice cream and fruit offered. Free walking tours and I also tried to book the free 30 minute massage they offered butttt they had no times left that worked for me which was a shame. But overall, enjoyed my stay here.
TimeOut Market. A big warehouse with lots of different food options and communal eating areas in the middle. I came here twice or three times during my stay – there was a bit of everything! Highly recommend.
Pink Street, a street of restaurants while also being… pink! It used to be Lisbons red light district back in the day and now is a really lively area.
Comoba cafe. Stopped here for an iced oat caramel latte which was delicious. Their menu looked good too!
Dear Breakfast. I had breakfast here and it was really good.
Mercearia da Mila. I stopped for an iced coffee here.
Fauna & Flora. I had brunch here and liked it! Nice garden vibes cafe.
Boa-Bao. Asian fusion cuisine. I had a few baos for dinner here that were yum!
Coyo Taco. Had dinner here and had some good tacos.
I booked a solo TukTuk tour around the city. Linked here. Lisbon is very hilly so I wanted a way to get up to the many look outs without walking and also wanted to learn about the city from a local. I was a little nervous about the tour beforehand but my tour guide, Anna, was so super nice and I really enjoyed the 2 hours with her going around Lisbon.
I also booked a sunset cruise that I paid only 39euros for. Linked here. Great 2 hour sunset cruise on the water. The 2 guides/skippers on the boat were kind and attentive, always keeping our glasses full and telling us information on the city as we liked. Wine, chips and blankets provided and a pastel de nata still warm from the oven as the sun went down. Really enjoyable experience. There was a group of about 10/12 of us on board and I didn’t feel out of place or awkward.
Lookouts – Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro da Graca.
Santa Justa. Historical lift in the town, a few euros for the lift up and down. Nice 360 lookout over the city at the top.
Mercado de Santa Clara flee markets.
LX Factory, an industrial site that has many eateries and shops. Super cool space to walk around and get a meal or drink and look around the different shops.
Praca do Comercio, a big arc in the main square. Its a couple of euros to enter and then a lift and some stairs up to the top. Nice lookout over the city and ocean.
Belem Tower. I’m actually not sure of the history of this but its on the water and has nice surroundings. Lots of grass space and some places to get food and drinks.
Wander around the city. Always the best way to explore.
Shopping around Avenida Liberdade.
Livraria Bertrand, the worlds oldest bookstore!
Catch Tram28 for a scenic route around the city.