I didn’t live in Lisbon for long, just short of 2 years. I was born in the north of Portugal so Lisbon was always seen as the big, scary capital of the country. Before moving, I had this grandiose idea of the city, of great achievements and busy people. After I moved, my heart fell in love with Lisbon.
This is where I reencountered the love of my life, where I met people who are still my best friends, where I had my first job. Lisbon takes me back to incredible people, fantastic weather and exceptional traditions. Traditions which include food… a lot of food. Traditional food is part of our culture, almost as important as our language. While most of Portuguese food includes fish and meat (a LOT of meat), the vegan scene is starting to grow.
One of my best friends was vegan “before it was cool”. Living in Lisbon, she struggled for many years. However, there are now vegan restaurants and shops popping up – even vegan festivals!
With a little bit of research, you’ll find some incredible food right at the city centre. Most hotels and cafés already have soy milk and you can eat fruit jams without any issues.
I also love my Portuguese coffee, it’s strong and leathery. The best coffee in the country is considered to be at the Café A Brasileira. Many famous people had their coffee here, including the famous poet Fernando Pessoa. It’s also right next to the most traditional neighbourhood in Lisbon – Bairro Alto. There is a great restaurant nearby, Terra, with delicious food.
If you’re looking for some great views of the city you can go to the famous Miradouro das Portas do Sol or Miradouro da Graça. There are some great crêpes at Sama Sama and don’t forget to visit the waste-free, bulk shop Maria Granel.
Lisbon is full of beautiful sights. From city life to great architecture, incredible beaches and enchanted forests, this is a city you should visit and where you you’ll find plenty of delicious food.
Let me know your favourite sights and food in Lisbon, and what you loved the most 🙂