Lisbon oozes with history and is full of young creatives taking advantage of the city’s inexpensive rent and low living costs. It’s a city filled with grand architecture that sits alongside grittier 1960’s tenement blocks covered in bill-posters and graffiti. The contradictory ascetic works due to the warmth of the Lisbon people and wonderful views from some of the best rooftop bars in Europe. Go for great food, the rooftop bars, wonderful trams and a quick day trip to Sintra is a must.
A Vida Portuguesa
The founders of this Lisbon retail institution have scoured Portugal to highlight the quality of Portuguese manufacture and to showcase Portugal’s many brands with impressive heritage and craftsmanship. Everything in this flagship location of A Vida Portuguesa is made in Portugal. The focus here is on brands that have endured for decades or uphold tradition, from vintage-inspired ceramic bowls and plates, shaving cream from circa-1920, to hand made pencils and soaps. Its packaging heaven…..
Rua Anchieta, 11, 1200-023 Lisbon, Portugal
+351 21 346 5073
Behind a neo-classical façade on Lisbon’s fashionable Rua do Carmo is Luvaria Ulisses – Lisbon’s last manufacture of made-to-order leather gloves. Luvaria Ulisses was established in 1925 and still occupies its original retail store that you find today – its heaven, real time-warp retail… Most of the gloves on offer are unlined for a sleek silhouette, but silk, cashmere and rabbit-fur can be added. Bespoke gloves can be turnaround in around 24 hours. It’s a very special place even if you don’t really need a pair of gloves…
Rua do Carmo 87-A, 1200-093 Lisbon
+351 213 420 295
EAT & DO
PARK is a roof top bar on a former parking lot on the Calçada do Combro has probably the best views on offer in Lisbon. After 7 flights of stairs you will find a rather kitsch plastic deer, PARK’s mascot, sat happily in this suspended garden. From your seat you will be able to see the Abril bridge and the Santa Catarina Church towers. Great music and drinks. Open every day from 13h00 to 02h00. Also Park sometimes have outdoor movie screenings.
Calçada do Combro, 58 Bairro Alto, 1200-115 Lisbon
+351 215 914 011
Sintra is only a forty-minute drive from Lisbon, so it's quite an easy day trip. Sintra is situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra, extravagant palaces, ruinous castles and opulent mansions dominate this cinematic fairy-tale destination. Lawrence's Hotel is a great bed and breakfast with incredible views from each room. Lawrence’s Hotel is the oldest hotel on the Iberian Peninsula, guests such as Lord Byron and the great Portuguese writer, Eça de Queirós have all stayed here. There are only 16 bedrooms so it’s worth booking well in advance.
Consiglieri Pedroso 38, 2710-550 Sintra, Portugal
+351 21 910 5500
Baixa House is a charming apartment building located in the heart of one of Lisbon’s historical districts, Baixa, a 5-minute walk from Praça do Comercio, Praça da Figueira and Rossio and is 10 minutes from Chiado. The airy apartments at Baxia House are wonderfully designed mixing traditional Portuguese ceramic tiles and contempary furniture and styling. Touches such as fresh flowers and home-baked bread hung on your door in the morning make this wonderful place feel truly like you are living the Lisbon life.
Rua dos Fanqueiros, 81, 1100-227 Lisbon