The Honeymooner's Guide to Exploring Lisbon
Here's how to enjoy the Portuguese capital, straight from a recent traveler.
If you ask Brooke Porter Katz, a Martha Stewart Weddings editor, how she feels about Lisbon, she'll tell you that she's fallen (hard!) for the Portuguese capital. Fresh off a recent trip, Katz shared everything future honeymooners need to know about the romantic city-including where to stay, what to eat, and what to do. From meandering through the bustling streets (get ready to stumble upon the sweetest shops!) to finding sunny and luxurious eateries, her first-hand advice is sure to help you plan a trip-and it just might encourage you to take the plunge and book your flights to Lisbon.
Get ready to walk everywhere.
My one piece of advice after visiting Lisbon is this: Walk, walk, and walk some more. How else can you gaze up at the buildings encased in patterned tiles, or azulejos? Or admire the mosaic-stone sidewalks underfoot? Had my husband and I waited for Tram 28 to take us to São Jorge castle-as everyone instructed-we never would have stumbled upon A Loja, Lisboa (3 Rua de São Cristóvão), an amazing pottery shop tucked away into the Mouraria area. Exploring on foot also reveals each neighborhood's distinct personality.
Head to a rooftop for the best views.
Stay at the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa Hotel on the extra-wide Avenida da Liberdada-a lane lined with high-end shops and luxury properties. The residence has a rooftop bar that's a magnet for stylish locals. Hotel guests get a private area to take in the sweeping views.
Shop the local goods.
Just south of the hotel is the boutique-filled Príncipe Real. Prepare to spend hours at the Embaixada, a neo-Moorish palace turned mall selling local designs. Farther south-and uphill-is Bairro Alto (also called the "Upper District"). Here, the streets fill up with revelers at night but are utterly peaceful before sunset.
Get ready to eat.
Nearby Chiado, however, buzzes all day-though there was no wait at the historic Manteigaria (Rua do Loreto 2), a tiny bakery that turns out pastéis de nata (egg-custard tarts). Save room for dinner at the sunlit Páteo at Bairro do Avillez from It chef José Avillez. The lobster-and- crab rice and baked cod will fortify you for (what else?) the walk back to your hotel.
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