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And so we meet again. Lisboa.

by Véronique and Mike

14 January 2014 • This was the 4th time for us in Lisbon and we were happy to be in this city again.

Before our cruise on M/V Funchal we stayed one night in Bed & Breakfast  Janelas com Vista. Conveniently located in Bairro Alto, the area where most of the restaurants and bars are located. It’s a lovely place with a living room you will not want to leave. The cosy room has everything you need. Breakfast (with many choices) is in the living room filled with all kinds of vintage furniture.

It is a perfect starting point if you have little time in Lisbon to explore. The city centre is nearby with nice shops, cute streets and of course the port is minutes away. We loved Jardim da Estrela with its kiosks.

Jardim da Estrela even has a library kiosk

The next day we boarded M/V Funchal. But more on that in another blog post.

Stairs & coloursJust colours

After our cruise we stayed two more nights in Lisbon. Well actually I stayed three nights. Mike left for Oslo one day before. We choose LX Boutique Hotel, mainly because of its location near the harbour and the positive reviews. You cannot imagine how happy we where when we arrived late at night and received an upgrade to a room with river view. 

The room was pretty perfect with an enormous bed and a bathroom in the room – with a shower with two rain showerheads. What I liked most was the window alcove to work and sit and look at the river. In this hotel they offer a great breakfast buffet. They understood that coffee is important so they offer the possibility to make your own espresso next to the regular coffee. Perfect start of the day. When we saw the next morning the M/V Funchal graciously sail by we realized once again what a lucky people we are.

There she is, there she is

For my last night I choose Guesthouse Lost Lisbon. I loved this guesthouse near the port in an old building on the third floor. The building also houses Garland, a maritime transport company. I got the nicest welcome ever from the hostel staff. That made me instant happy even after carrying my heavy suitcase up three stairs. My bedroom was as big as a small apartment and was just perfect. Not to forget the view on the river and the 25 de Abril Bridge. Guests share spotless clean bathrooms. They have an open fridge policy; this means you can take whatever is in the fridge. Fresh bread comes at 9. 

View from my room in Lost Lisbon

Thanks to the lovely staff I discovered the best places in town to chill. It was rainy so I just wanted to go to nice places, read, have a drink and eat something. It took me some time to find them but they were all worth the visit.

Some of my finds and suggested places:

With our friends Luis and Inês we ate at O Barrigas. Authentic Portuguese food in a nice setting.

Royale Café, Pastelaria Pão de Canela and Quinoa for lunch.

Hostel Independente and its bar and restaurant The Decadente.

Embaixada, a building where many creatives have their own little space/store, they also have a restaurant and bar.

Café Fabulas  for a fabulous & delicious meal in a cosy interior and with friendly staff. They play good music too. I love this place.

On my last day strolling in the port area I found another gem. Restaurant Adega Dos Canarios. I was just looking inside out of curiosity as the waitress came out and asked me if I wanted to come in. So I did, drank coffee and enjoyed the nice interior and friendly atmosphere. Another one to come back for. 

The DecadenteQuinoa

Just before I left the sun finally showed its beautiful face again. Perfect for me to enjoy my last coffee and pastel de nata, comfortable in a beach chair, with a view on the Christo Rei Statue and the 25 de Abril Bridge at Quiosque Ribeira das Naus. 

 

Text: Véronique

Pictures: Mike & Véronique