30 Jul 2018 3699
Sandra Nobre www.shortstories.pt

What can you do with 3 days in Lisbon?

There's a new store, gallery or museum around every corner. So much to see, so little time. This is the best part: there's always a reason to come back . ..


Day 1

It's a good idea to start early, put on some casual clothes and tennis shoes and explore Parque das Nações. There's a walkway and lanes for walking, running or even bicycling. If you want to catch your breath, just hop on the cable car and shorten your trip. 

Return by Metro to the PortoBay Marquês to freshen up and have lunch at the Trato32 restaurant – on the way, stay glued to the window to appreciate each of the stations, unique works by renowned artists.

In the afternoon, walk down Avenida da Liberdade and browse the stores selling leading brands in international fashion – Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Zadig & Voltaire – not to mention the Fashion Clinic and Stivali sales outlets. 

On the parallel street Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, you will find the niche perfumes of Embassy, works by international designers at Comcor and tailor-made suits "by appointment" at Ayres Bespoke Tailor.

If you have to stop shopping, you're just steps away from the hotel, before discovering JNcQUOI, a deluxe emporium in the Tivoli BBVA theatre, covering three floors, including the bar with the famous macarons by Ladurée. You can have dinner there, at the deli bar or in the restaurant. How about a nightclub to finish off the evening? Cross over to Rua do Salitre, number 5, where you'll find Lisbon's best cocktail bar, the Red Frog.

Day 2

In the Chiado, discover the shopping delights between Rua Alecrim and Rua das Flores – from the A. Trindade antique store to the D’Orey tile and antiquities store, the BdMania American comic book shop and Clockwork Stores for tattoos, punk and heavy metal. Among other things, the Coffee Roasters factory calls for a pause for a cup of filter coffee.

For lunch, Taberna da Rua das Flores has become a cult location for traditional food. You can also buy canned goods, olive oil, wines and craft beers.

In the afternoon, go to Rua das Janelas Verdes (no. 128) to see the Wozen contemporary art studio and gallery, or the Museum of Ancient Art just a few metres away, if you prefer the most classic of the classics.

Continue on to Estrela, before 6:30 pm, to go up to the Basílica terrace – with 112 steps and a magnificent view. Cross the gardens to finish the trip.

Settle in at the PortoBay Liberdade and, without any rush, surrender yourself into the hands of the chef at the Bistrô4 restaurant. Be prepared for a unique experience. If you're up for five minutes of jazz, go down to Praça da Alegria to Hot Clube de Portugal.


Day 3

Cross the city to LX Factory, in Alcântara. Discover the countless alternative stores, the Ler Devagar bookstore, and linger among writers in the café. 

In the same area, visit Village Underground Lisboa, in the Carris Museum, a space for artists and start-ups among ship containers and old buses. Have lunch in the cafeteria.

Belém is a hotspot in the afternoon, with the National Coach Museum and the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT). Go to the roof to watch the sunset, and enjoy the view over the River Tagus.

Time Out Market is an option for dinner, where you can discover the specialities of the many Portuguese chefs with a presence there. Refresh your red lipstick to go to Rive-Rouge, between the bar-lounge and discotheque, with an eclectic selection of music. 

And there's still so much more to see . ..

Stopover

Lisbon halfway !!

Now you can get to know two destinations for the price of one flight !! TAP airlines has created the Portugal Stopover Programme which lets you make a stopover of up to 5 days in Lisbon. Take advantage of this offer to get know the PortoBay Liberdade or the PortoBay Marquês hotel on your way to Madeira, the Algarve or Brazil . ..

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