Laura's Guide to Lisbon


A girlie city trip was decided very quickly in January to get rid of the blues and with Lisbon being an unanimous choice, a March break was booked. Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus fly direct and with only a two hour flight time we were set for a great weekend ahead.

Lisbon airport is located just 10 kilometers from the city so no long taxi drive was required and we were lucky to have a very knowledgeable driver who informed us on the history of the city and main attractions.

The chief on tour found the most perfect accommodation. Spotted on Wallpaper, the guest house run by Lost Lisbon was located just off the Marina (which is the central point of the city) and with a price tag of €30 per night (including a continental breakfast) we really couldn't have done any better.

Weather wise we got lucky! 20 degrees each day meant long lunches were enjoyed at the grand plaza which seemed to be where tourists and locals merged with one shared agenda - to watch the world go by. 

We were spoilt for choice when it came to food and drink. Very affordable, Lisbon prides itself on fresh local produce and with so many Michelin chefs dotted around the city, the standard of food is very high! A tip from a friend about Restaurant Pharmacia was definitely a highlight. Located in Museu de Farmacia on Rua Marechal Saldanha in the Santa Catarina district the restaurant is based on a 1950's traditional pharmacy with drinks served in giant medicine bottles and cocktails names after medical essentials such as Ibuprofena and Morphine. Small plates called Petiscos (Portuguese for “tapas”) were shared with some highlights including a goats cheese and mango sorbet salad as well as scallop linguine all ranging in price from €8-14.

The city comes to life post-midnight with bohemian bars and late-night street parties taking place on the narrow cobblestone lanes. We stumbled across a very cool cocktail bar called Cinco Lounge and danced the night away in Lisbon's trendiest nightclub Lux, owned by Hollywood actor John Malkovich.

DON'T set an Agenda, discover Lisbon at your leisure and explore the many back streets and stumble upon the cities fabulous cathedrals, boutiques and local bars and restaurants.

DO book a three night break. We only did two and definitely wanted to stay!

DON'T bring the Louboutins on tour - Lisbon has cobbled, hilly streets so flat shoes are essential.