We recently met up with family for a holiday in Carvoeiro, a township in the Algarve region of Portugal. We had the pleasure of staying at a beautiful villa that has been in the family since the 1960’s and were served traditional Portuguese feasts cooked by Julia who has seen four generations of the family. We hired a car for the week and decided to take a day trip to explore Lisbon.
Eat + Drink
Hello Kristof – first stop for the day had to be coffee. We were headed to a recommended cafe called Dear Breakfast but stumbled across this little coffee shop on the corner of the same street, which was just what we were looking for.
Time Out Market – this gourmet food hall is full of options. With 24 restaurants and eight bars you’re bound to find something that appeals to your taste buds. Naturally there were a lot of non-vegetarian options (it’s Europe after all) but we still managed to find something delicious to eat. We went for Croqueteria and Asian Lab and were not disappointed.
Manteigaria – bakes fresh pastéis de nata and is located within the Time Out Market. You will find these delicious little custard tarts all over Portugal. We particularly liked the ones from Manteigaria because they were topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and icing sugar. You can order an espresso and pastéis de nata from most cafes for around 1-2 euros. Needless to say we ate them daily.
Things To Do
Barrio Alto & Alfama – we had a limited amount of time so we decided to spend the day exploring the old town. The streets are lined with tiled buildings in soft pastel colours, the photo opportunities are endless. We wandered aimlessly from Barrio Alto to Alfama and stumbled across little tucked away shops, cafes and restaurants. We walked along Rua Augusta, past the Rua Augusta Arch and across the Praca do Comercio to the water front. You will see loads of little trams in the old town but the best spot for a photo is in Barrio Alto here