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Things to do in Lisbon

As one of the first European countries to send ships into the unknown during the Age of Discovery, Portugal boasts a rich and storied history – a lot of which can still be seen on the streets of Lisbon. Between visiting the Belem Tower, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de Sao Jorge, there are so many things to do in Lisbon for history buffs.

Built over seven hills, Lisbon offers spectacular views to those who brave a hike to the top. The Elevador de Santa Justa rising above the streets of Baixa and the Mirardouro das Portas do Sol in Alfama are just two outposts where you can take in Lisbon’s breathtaking cityscape.

Still wondering what to do in Lisbon? Check out one of the city’s many museums. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum houses work by Rembrandt and Monet, and a trip to see Warhol, Picasso and Dali in the Berardo Museum will cost you nothing.

Other things to do in Lisbon include listening to traditional Fado Museum, riding the historic Tram 28 and sampling traditional Portuguese custard pastries at Pasteis de Belem.

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  • A Capela

    The sound system is extra powerful and the crowd is scruffy-cute—intentionally so. Frequented by intellectuals and people from the arts, theater, a... More
  • Aleksandar Protich

    A delicious array of rainbow-colored, fashion-forward dresses, skirts, and tops hangs from meat hooks in this converted butcher shop. More
  • Alves/Gonçalves

    The Portuguese society set shops here for sensual but practical ready-to-wear suits and couture gowns designed by a two-man team that's on its way ... More
  • Belém Cultural Center

    Located next to the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Cultural Center (Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém, or CCB, to natives) comprises five main area... More
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

    The late Armenian oil tycoon's exhaustive collection, housed in a former estate, is considered by many to be the finest private art collection in t... More
  • Casa do Fado e da Guitarra Portuguesa

    Fado, a melancholic style of acoustic Portuguese music dating back to the 1820's, is still an intricate part of the culture. It's mostly found at l... More
  • Casa Pereira

    This Art Nouveau jewelbox in the center of Chiado is the place for chocolates, fine coffee, and other gourmet treats. Created by the editors of T+... More
  • Caza das Vellas Loreto

    For a taste of the past, step into this shop that has been producing handmade beeswax candles in more or less the same fashion since 1789. There ar... More
  • Centro Vasco da Gama

    One of America's most significant retail exports is the mega mall, so it's fitting that Lisbon's version is named after the New-World explorer. You... More
  • Clube de Fado

    Clube de Fado is one of the top hot spots to hear Portugal's folk music and owner and guitarist Mario Pacheco has assembled a strong roster of trad... More
  • Confitería de Belém

    Pasteis de Belém, the city’s famous custard tart, is sold in a lot of places, but the freshest come from this small confectionery near the Jerónimo... More
  • Deli Delux

    Fine foods and wines (assemble a case to ship home some of the local vintages). More
  • Fábrica Braço de Prata

    Don’t let the seemingly shady surroundings deter you from an evening visit. The 1908 arms factory is home to a cultural center consisting of exposi... More
  • Fátima Lopes

    In 1992, "bad-girl designer" Fatima Lopes opened her self-named shop and started her own brand of clothing in Bairro Alto. Lopes drew the fashion w... More
  • Galeria Reverso

    This 11 years-old Santos pioneer is local Paula Crespo’s temple to contemporary jewelry design. More

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