Portugal’s capital brings together historical charm with trendy bars, exciting parties and an emerging art scene. Once you’ve enjoyed exploring the sites, check out our top 5 alternative things to do in Lisbon.
5 Alternative Things to do in Lisbon
This thriving coastal city is packed with interesting things to tease the senses from the beauty of the waterfront architecture to the delicious custard pastries. With amazing panoramic views, the Atlantic Ocean and picturesque old town, Lisboa is a great place to explore for yourself. From the beautifully lit São Jorge Castle to melancholy fado music, soak up the sites, then head away from the tourist trail and see some of our local alternatives!
In between downtown Lisbon and neighboring Belem is the former industrial warehouse area along the waterfront where fabric factories were built in the mid 19th century. Today LX Factory in Alcântara is the former industrial site of one of Lisbon’s most important manufacturing complex’s – the “Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense”. This industrial space has been transformed into a creative space – and full of start up businesses, artist studios, street art and of course some trendy places to shop and eat. This is “a place belonging to everyone, for everyone”. There’s plenty to see here – just wonder and explore. They even have a farmer’s market on Sundays for 9.30 to 4pm.
With amazing views of Lisbon to be had all over town you will be spoiled for choice, but Chapito has a winning one. One of our favourite places in Lisbon for delicious local food and an amazing panoramic view – and for something completely different. The performance school here trains for circus and stage skills – with workshops, classes and a programme of events. Find out more on their website.
You may think a Tile Museum is a strange thing to visit on your weekend away – but did you see the famous Azulejo tiles in Lisbon?? The Museu do Azulejo has an amazing selection of these beautiful traditional tiles and is housed in a lovely historic building with a chapel, cloisters and lush gardens. From the nearby park there’s a great view of Lisbon’s waterfront from the other side, with the iconic Vasco da Gama Bridge across the water. Opening times for MNAz are 10am – 6pm Wednesday to Sunday for 5 euros, 2.5 euros for students.
This new restaurant is recommended by locals as THE place to eat in Lisbon – and to comida sin verguenza – “eat without judgement, shame or pretension”. It’s a taqueria serving Mexican food and amazing cocktails to a local crowd. Check out their website for the “Taco Pornografia” section – that will persuade you to make a visit!!
Lounging, drinking, watching burlesque – there’s lots going on at Pensão Amor. This lounge bar is worth visiting just to see the interior decor, it’s a completely original style. They also serve amazing cocktails here, have some quiet space to enjoy some reading, or plenty of shows. This place is pretty unique so if you’re into something a little different then check out this local bar. Find it at Rua do Alecrim nº 19, 1200-292
Stay at Equity Point Lisbon
Located in an astounding historic palace in the heart of the old town, Equity Point Lisbon provides well located budget accommodation. With a choice of private and shared rooms, great facilities and an historic setting, we offer all you could want in a stay in Lisbon. Find out more about our hostel here
We hope you enjoyed 5 Alternative Things to do in Lisbon!