We stayed at Hotel Lisboa Plaza
We visited record store Louie Louie
I should probably mention how extremely hot it was – 30C plus. The next day, a little wine weary, we gung-holy set off post breakfast into the midday sun and after 10 minutes of labourious walking (and Gus not really walking!) we ducked into the first cafe we saw. Coincidently it turned out to be one I’d seen mentioned in a guide book, Coffee Grill, and it did not disappoint with its lovely interior with light spilling in off the pavement. We fuelled up on coffee – although I did order what I thought was an iced latte and ended up with just a straight black one!) and popped into a nearby record shop Louie Louie where my husband has friends (super chuffed my pic of this made VSCO Selects!).
The trams are so wonderful to behold. Though I kept my eyes peeled for the 1930s ones, which are the only ones that can traverse some of the narrower, windy streets, so amazing! Eventually we jumped on one which took us all the way to Belem where you’ll find the Torre de Belem and the famous Pateis de Belem bakery – the queue wound down the pavement. It was pretty busy, and all the top-rated restaurants were booked out. But as luck would have it we found a table in the lovely Belem 2 A 8 where upstairs it’s a lot quieter and genteel which was just what we needed to cool down. I had the most delicious seafood arroz I think I’ve ever tasted – I still think about it.
Tired out we jumped in a taxi for a short ride back to our hotel for a little downtime before ice-cream time. Oh my goodness, the ice-cream parlours, it’s a serious thing. Much like visiting San Remo in Italy when I was little, the ritual of going for (and queueing!) is deepset. We went for Santinis, because there was such a big queue (right!) and Gus couldn’t bear to search any further! Oh my goodness it was worth, soooo delicious. We wandered slowly as the sun went down and made our way to an outdoor cafe for a glass of vino. I haven’t felt so pleasure-dedicated for a long time! We moved seamlessly onto supper and ate in a courtyard of restaurants and went for Italian – Mezzogiorno in Chiado packed full of Italians, so always a good sign and it was just perfect for each of our favourites – pizza (Gus & Myles) and lasagne (me)!
The next day – still oh-so hot! – I was keen to get some beautiful rooftop shots so we headed for one of the many famous miradouro Portas do Sol. Initially we wanted to take the tourist-magnet Tram 28 but in the end the queue was just too long and by good fortune we jumped on the much quieter Tram 12, took a lovely little wind up the hilly streets and jumped out at just the right place. So stunning, I could have stayed all day taking pictures. Dragged away, we explored the tile-heaven backstreets before taking a punt on Mozambique restaurant ZamBeze – just went for more of a typical chicken and chips type meal! – for our last lunch with views onto the sea and surrounding city.
We had such an incredible time but I feel like we only scratched the surface and I can’t wait to go again and discover more. I hope you enjoyed the pics!
We stayed as guests of Hip Hotels and Hotel Lisboa Plaza (part of the Hoteis Heritages group).