30 November, 2020
We love Lisbon! The temperature, the tiles, the friendly people and the food, it was our favourite European city this time.
We checked into Baixa House, which was in a super convenient location down by the water. It's a block of 13 cutely decorated apartments, each named after after a different park in Lisbon.
Baixa House was everything you could ask for while staying abroad. It was well priced, clean, big, beautifully designed and it felt like you lived there. You never saw staff but somehow your room was kept clean and every day at 8am fresh bread was hung on your door and the fridge was filled with house made jams, cheese and muesli pots.
Lisbon was one place where every meal we had was great! The seafood was fresh, the cocktails were cold, the natural wine was epic and even the coffee was pretty damn good.
It goes without saying that you will and should eat many Portuguese tarts. The original cafe to get these is called Pasteis De Belem and they say these are the best. However when we turned up there was a line around the block. Not one to wait in a queue, we ditched it and went to a cafe a few doors up and they were amazing. In fact, every tart we ate was.
This was an interesting but excellent experience. Be prepared to wait for an hour or so, but while you are waiting have a few 2€ handy. There is an outdoor beer machine that will keep you occupied and hydrated while you are listening out for your number to be called.
Don't expect any greenery here, the only thing you can order is seafood. They also supply the table with buttery garlic bread that's perfect for mopping up the sauce from your delicious prawns and lobster.
Slightly on the finer side, Prado is well known for their paddock-to-plate style dishes and natural wine selection. The decor is minimal but well thought out, the food was creative and the service was very attentive.
If you don't feel like dining in, just around the corner is Prado Mercearia where you can buy fresh produce, wine and goodies to take away.
This little gem is found in Santos, an upcoming trendy area. Comida is a specialty grocery store that has an incredible selection of natural wine from all around the world. Do a wine tasting, select something from their deli and take home some tinned sardines.
Hello Kristof was the cutest little cafe! They made a 10/10 coffee and had the best selection of independent magazines to peruse while sipping your beverage... The spiced carrot cake was pretty good too.
This was the best dining experience we had. Located up a steep hills, this little restaurant was completely vegetarian and their natural wine list couldn't be beaten. The French waiter was so knowledgable and passionate about the wine makers and the food producers that it made the entire experience even more enjoyable. Plates are small so you can eat as many or little as you like.
From galleries to strolling the streets on a hunt for cabbage leaf ceramics, Lisbon was one city that had many fun things to explore.
Take a little walk around the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. It doesn't take too long and the building is very special.
While a little touristy, it was fun to hire Lime scooters and rid by the Belém Tower and along the water.
Located in an industrial state, LX Factory is a hub for cool cafes, trendy bars and great shops. Well worth a walk around but go hungry!
A day trip to Sintra takes about 45 mins on the train. It's a cute and old little town where you can explore old castles, have a shot of Ginja, buy ceramics and over look the city.
A nice thing to do on an afternoon is to go up to this cool castle. Here there are little wine carts where you can get a glass of red and over look the city. It was breath taking.
Costa Da Caparica
One of the best things to do in summer is get an uber to Costa Da Caparica. It's a long beautiful beach where the locals go. We sat at Posto 9, drank spritz and swam in the ocean.
A couple of things we also loved were the old flea markets where we picked up some antique tiles. The tiled buildings and walkways are what make Lisbon such a beautiful city.
Recently we were selected by JETRO (Japanese external Trade organisation) to visit the prefecture of Nara, Japan. While it was a very short trip, we met many talented makers, visited significant cultural landmarks, hung out with the deer and fell in love with the locals. Here’s our little overview and some tips for you.