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With it’s glowing afternoon light, captivating energy, and alluring tax incentives, it’s easy to see why Lisbon is top on the must-visit lists. Known for its endless rows of colorful buildings, vibrant culture, and painterly ceramic tilework, it’s hard to experience all that Lisbon has to offer in just one short trip.
EUROPE'S SOUTHERN CITY OF LIGHT
01/ PREUSING GRAÇA & ALFAMA
The narrow neighborhood streets of Graça and Alfama, not too far off from the big name retail shops of Chiado, are a nice break from the hustle and bustle. Start the day sifting through the seemingly endless stalls of vintage finds from housewares and fashion to art and media at the Mercado de Santa Clara. Head up the bouganville dotted streets to Miss Can for a tapas lunch featuring some of Lisbon’s best canned fish (a portuguese staple). Pop a few doors down to Ceramics de Antonio, a tiny shop with Azulejo tiles dating back to the 16th century. Climb up to the Miradouro da Graça for sweeping views of the sunset before heading down to enjoy a regenerative meal at Sem restaurant, a tiny and charming newcomer with an incredibly warm staff and inventive plates all made using fresh local and organic ingredients.
02/ ARTESÃO EXPLORATION
From tilework to textiles and everything in-between, Lisbon is not short on handmade artisan crafts. Historic mainstays and contemporary curators alike share a passion for the art-filled traditions throughout Portugal rendering Lisbon full of shops that celebrate these pieces. A Vida Portuguesa is a great place to start, with the best of all that Portugal has to offer from homewares to pantry staples and beyond at varying prices. Discover incredible textiles at Burel’s showroom, who's historic mountainside organic wool factory is sister to one of Portugal's most gorgeous hotels, Casa de São Lourenço (worth a visit if you have a few extra days to explore outside of Lisbon. Finally, a stop at Caza das Vellas Loreto to purchase handmade taper candles in a rainbow of colors or fruit and flora shaped options that will add a touch of whimsy to your home's tabletop.
03/ THE FADO: SOULFUL PORTUGUESE EXPRESSION
A deep expression of Portuguese tradition through song and food, the Fado is a soulful live dinner & music experience which is said to have originated in the Alfama district in the early nineteenth century. What was originally tavern songs sung by sailors is now a cafe culture staple for all classes and tourists alike. A Baiuca, set in a small outdoor courtyard is delightful on a cool summer evening while Sr. Fado de Alfama is the perfect cozy setting to experience a Fado in the winter months.