I just came back from holiday a few weeks ago, after spending 12 amazing days in and around Lisbon. Being a travel lover, I love sharing my experiences with you, as it might be helpful for when you ever go there, or it might just be a fun read (which maybe will make you want to go to Lisbon). So I’m going to share the top places I recommend visiting in and around Lisbon, including some places that serve amazing food.

Terreiro do Paco

Being one of the most popular squares in Lisbon, this is a place I definitely recommend visiting. It’s surrounded by beautiful buildings and has one statue in the middle. The square is close to the Tagus river (which is also worth visiting) and leads to the ‘main’ shopping street in Lisbon by walking through the the arch.

Avenue da Liberdade

Want to go designer shopping? Well this is the place for you. This beautiful street in the middle of Lisbon has a large variety of designer stores. From Gucci to Michael Kors to Miu Miu, it’s all there. I personally went here to purchase a bag at the Furla store, which I will share soon on the blog too. So stay tuned if you want to see which exact bag I got!


Belem is located just outside the city center and very easy to reach by train. Belem has some beautiful buildings, statues and parks. It’s a very popular place for tourists, but again, definitely worth a visit.

Beautiful architecture everywhere, just walk around!

This would be my main advice when going to Lisbon city. All the places I visited were beautiful, and the architecture is just amazing. So just walk around, explore, and I’m sure you will find many great places. I loved wandering around in the city, enjoying the pretty buildings and the small little streets. I feel like this is the best way to see the city.


Cascais is the place we stayed in, and definitely worth a visit if you’re around. It’s about 35 minutes away from Lisbon by train, and the connection with public transport is great. Cascais has some beautiful beaches, a nice boulevard and good places to eat (which I will share below).

Now on to some food places that I really enjoyed. We found it quite hard to find nice places to eat in Cascais, but I personally really loved these two places:


This Italian restaurant has a beautiful location with view of the sea. It mainly serves pastas and pizzas, which is right up my alley. The pasta I had was really delicious, and the Sangria they served was amazing too! The interior of the restaurant was really white (again, right up my alley and also perfect for photos), which I really loved.

Hamburgueria do Bairro

This was by far my favorite place to eat! We’ve been here several times because it was so good. This place only serves hamburgers (a lot of vegetarian options too!) with fries, but they put their own twist to it. I’m vegetarian myself, and honestly I’ve had the best vegetarian burgers ever here! They also serve the most amazing sweet potato fries! And to top it all of, the interior of the little restaurant was amazing. I’m talking about marble tables, mirrors and cute decorations.

Pastel de Nata

This is the very famous typical Portuguese pastry that is basically sold everywhere you go in and around Lisbon. It’s a small little pastry with cream in the middle and they taste really good! It’s one of those things you just have to try when you’re there.

Overall, I really loved Lisbon and I think I will definitely come back one day. Lisbon is the perfect combination of having beautiful weather and a beach on the one hand and an amazing city with great architecture on the other. A perfect balance between a sun holiday and a city trip!

Have you been on holiday this summer? If so, where did you go?

Kirsten x





    • KirstenHartman
      July 31, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much, that is so nice! Definitely visit Lisbon when you get the chance, it’s so worth it! x Kirsten

  1. August 3, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Lovely photos! Looks as if you had a great time.

    • KirstenHartman
      August 3, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you so much! I did have a great time!

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