If you are a digital nomad and never went to Lisbon, you’re making a huge mistake. And we at Hand2Hand don’t like to see you making these mistakes.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, a country founded in 1143 and the first one in the world with border-lines defined. Lisbon is also the second oldest capital in Europe, right after Athens.
If you are a digital nomad you’ve probably heard of it by now: we’re talking about a city that besides all the magnificent history surrounding it, is also one of the most innovating cities in Europe, a place full of young talents and the home of Web Summit for the second year in a row. On Web Summit 2017 there will be attending about 60.000 people. There are some people that say Lisbon is Europe’s Silicon Valley.
So now, without further ado, we’ll list you, our fellow digital nomad, a few of the coolest spots to visit and revisit while staying in this sunny city.
Monuments and must-see places:
• S. Jorge’s Castle – This castle is dated from the 14th century and it’s named after the saint who protected the knights and the crusades. As a military monument, it has a great view over the city.
• Jerónimos Monestery – Was built in 1502, ordered by D. Manuel I. It’s protected by UNESCO and shows the Portuguese adventure over the Discovery era.
• Santa Justa Elevator- also called “The Carmo Elevator” was built in 1900. If you ascent to the top beside the fantastic view you’ll encounter, you can also enjoy a great coffee shop to relax for a little while.
• Miradouro da Graça – If you enjoy urban landscape this is the place for you. From this spot you can take the most beautiful photos of the city.
• Alfama – Is the oldest and more typical local in Lisbon. It was built by the arabs before the Christian conquer, and it has until today the urban lines. Must-see.
Museums and Cultural points of interest:
• CCB Museum – Located in the Empire Plaza, in Belém, was constructed in 1993. It’s finality was to gather the HQ of the European Community Portuguese presidency.
• MAAT – This museum is one of the most recent ones in Lisbon. This beautiful building located right by the river side holds it’s name for Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.
• Fado Museum – Who could think of visiting Lisbon without hearing Fado, the typical Portuguese genre? It holds documentation center, a theme shop, an auditorium and a restaurant, beside the permanent expos.
• Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Built in 1955, the founder gave his cultural collections to this institution. In there, you can visit the library, two museums and hear their magnificent orchestra, choir and watch some shows.
• Zoo – Founded by Duarte d’Abranches Bizarro in 1884, it holds more than 332 species and it’s one of the most important zoos in Europe. It’s located in Sete Rios and you have no excuse not to visit because you have a lot of public transportations to take you there.
• Martim Moniz ethnic market – In these narrow streets located in the center of the city, you can find here all the tastes in the world.
• Feira da Ladra – This flea market began in the 13th century. It’s located in Campo de Santa Clara and you can find all types of memorabilia and trinkets in here.
• Mercado do Jardim – It’s a design and craft market in one of the most fabulous gardens in Lisbon. Beautiful ancient trees and fishes swimming the ponds are the scenario to this idyllic fair.
• Mercado de Alvalade – If you feel like staying at home and cook your own meal for the day, there’s not a better place to purchase your fresh vegetables and fish than in here.
• The Biological Market – Horticultural products, herbs, cereals, wine and soaps. These are a few of the things you can find in this local market in Principe Real.
Restaurants and “petiscos”:
• Mercado da Ribeira (Time Out Market) – Open since 1882 and restored in 2001, it’s now explored by Time Out and holds a social and cultural side. You can also find here cool restaurants and craft shops.
• Casa da Mariquinhas – Remember when we talked about Fado? Well, this is the place to go if you’re in the mood for “Saudade” and eating traditional dishes like codfish in the oven and “Cozido à Portuguesa”.
• Chinês Clandestino (Clandestine Chinese) – You can’t see it but its right in front of you. In Rua do Benformoso you have this secret spot to eat good Chinese food… and also feel a little rebellious.
• Burger Factory – In Alcântara you can find this Burger shop whre you can taste all kinds of burger mixes. It has a great ambience and you can also go for a walk around after your dinner.
• Pharmacia – the name speaks for itself. This restaurant is decorated just like a pharmacy and has a terrace with a view to the river Tejo.
Coffee Shops and a bite:
• Pastéis de Belém – Since 1837, this factory of cream custards has shown the world how much everyone has a sweet tooth. You can taste this little pieces of heaven in the exact same luxurious factory.
• Pois, Café – Vegan friendly, it’s a lovely place with an awesome decoration, where you can relish in a hot beverage at the end of the evening, eating, working or reading.
• A Brasileira – The second home of Pessoa, one of the most brilliant Portuguese writers, it was founded in 1905 and it’s always an emblematic spot to grab a cup of coffee and watch the crowd walk by.
• Versailles – Feeling fancy for breakfast? We got you. This majestic bakery shop makes all your dreams come true.
• Fábrica Coffee Roasters – It’s an artisanal coffee shop where you can taste all kinds of coffee aromas. If you’re into caffeine, this is the place for you.
Pubs and Night Out:
• Darwin’s Café – this café is a bar, lounge and restaurant, all rolled into one. Has a decoration that takes you to the naturalist universe of this British biologist.
• LX Factory – An old factory in Alcântara was taken to be one of the coolest and hip places in Lisbon. Alongside with architecture offices, a library and ethnic restaurants, you can relax and enjoy a drink in any of their fantastic pubs.
• Ginjinha – Actually, this is also the name of the drink that this shop sells. It’s made from a fruit dipped in aguardente, this sweet tang shop began in 1840.
• Pensão Amor – This pub is for lovers or someone who wants to get a drink with friends in a sexy place.
• Bairro Alto, Alfama, Martim Moniz and Cais do Sodré – These are the names of two of locals in Lisbon. The reason why we put them together is because they are so near from one another that the fun extends from one side to the other. Dozens of pubs offer you beer, ethnic drinks, whiskey, cocktails and music.
This is our summarized list. If you are a digital nomad you can take your computer, your camera and your work to any of the above places because, yes, most of them have Wi-Fi. For someone who works abroad, Lisbon is a very beautiful, sunny and relaxing city – the perfect place for digital nomads.
By the way, since you have your smartphone with you, download now for free the Hand2Hand app here, because you really must take to your next destination some Portuguese products that this city can offer you.
Hope you all took notes, see you next time,
The Hand2Hand Team.