72 Hours in Lisbon
Ever since my first trip to Europe in college, I’ve been fascinated by the European culture and lifestyle. I’ve been lucky enough to travel extensively all over Europe but this was my first trip to Portugal and I LOVED it! Seems like all the travel bloggers are flocking to this beautiful country and now I know why. My gal pal, Leigh Navarro, and I stopped in Lisbon as the last leg of our adventure after visiting Madrid and Marrakesh. I highly recommend a Lisbon/Marrakesh combo holiday. The flight between Lisbon and Marrakesh is a short and you have to stop over in Europe on your way to Morocco anyway, so why not sneak in an extra destination? This is a fabulous itinerary for design lovers and textile hunters!
We stayed at Memmo Principe Real and it was the perfect place to retreat after the hustle and bustle of Morocco. We booked our hotel room last minute and couldn’t have been more thrilled with the location and modern amenities. It’s located in hip neighborhood Principe Real, where lisbon's chic restaurants, bars, and shops are nestled. The city view was picturesque and the rooms were huge (especially by European standards.) Since there was cool weather, we didn’t have a chance to swim, but the pool overlooks the city and would be fantastic during the summer months. lumiares is another hotel in the fantastic neighborhood of Principe Real. I didn’t personally visit it, but it’s on my list for next time.
Every day, Leigh and I strolled down the main street, Principe Real, and wandered through the eclectic array of stores. We stumbled into Vintage Department, which has the best selection of vintage furniture and contemporary accessories - including an olive green De Sede chair (that I’m still drooling over) and a rare Vernon Panton dining set that I want in my house right now. I was in vintage heaven and would have bought out the entire store if it was closer to Austin! I also would've purchased everything from the world renowned store, Solar - as they sell the most amazing antique portuguese tiles dating all the way back to the 15th century. it's a must-stop for anyone into design.
Another must-see in the neighborhood is Casa Pau BraSil, a concept store focused on Brazilian makers, I bought several handmade Amazonian bead bracelets. Since I’m turning into my Mother, I buy Christmas presents all year round, and I bought a ton of gifts in Lisbon! While I was on a shopping spree for others, I was also hunting for another denim jacket (because I only have about a dozen) and I found the most unique denim jacket full of patches at amélie au Théåtre. The boutique is feminine (yet fierce), with the building's original pink marble walls and floors.
Definitely make sure to check out Feira da Ladra (a flea market) – antiques, handmade jewelry, vintage vinyls, junk, books galore. Leigh and I got there at 3:00, right as people were wrapping up, which was the best time to score deals. Take a bottle of water and a hat so you can browse with leasiure.
Drink & Eat
the food was amazing, in short. A local recommended Bistro 100 Manieras - and it was delicious. I like to eat early, so we made 7PM resos and, of course, the place was empty- score! we also ate at zero zero a few times during our three days in lisbon. they had fantastic wood-fired pizzas, as well as a solid wine list. Make sure to try the truffle pizza, the diablo or the fresh arugula salad with gorgonzola and pear. to break up your day of wandering, try pub lisboeta; and definitely eat at kuppo, a chill and delish ramen place where we spent our last night in Lisbon. we couldn’t have asked for a better way to round out our European trip. I’m all about that hi/lo balance.