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5 little-known spots in Lisbon (shared by a local)

by Aurora Brink

Now that we have toured “Lisbon through the eyes of a local”, you can say that we know it like the palm of our collective hand. The time has come to dive deeper into the city and go to those spots that only locals know about. Shared by Carolina Cardoso Alves.

Viewing Platforms of Lisbon

Lisbon is also known as the city of seven hills, which means that there are plenty of places you can go to enjoy the Portuguese capital from up high. My advice is to visit at least a few of the viewing platforms, called miradouros in Portuguese. Some of the more famous ones are Miradouro da Graca, Miradouro da Penha da Franca, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, Miradouro de Santa Katarina, Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, and Mirarouro do Castelo de Sao Jorge.

Bairro Alto

This is Lisbon’s liveliest nighttime neighborhood. The colorful facades and fences, covered in graffiti, are camouflage for numerous restaurants, serving local and international food, Fado houses, bars, and alternative shops, which remain open to visitors until late at night.

Fado House Tasca do Chico

This is the oldest Fado house in Bairro Alto. Here you won’t simply hear the music, you will experience it.

Docks of Santo Amaro

The docks underneath the bridge 25th of April, stretch through the Alcantara neighborhood, from Baixa to Belem. This is one of the most relaxing places to enjoy a late afternoon drink, while in the evening the docks become cheerful and crowded. Abandoned warehouses, with a view of the yacht port, have been transformed into cosmopolitan bars, clubs, and restaurants for every taste. If you prefer leisurely walks, then this can be your starting point to the landmarks of Belem. Getting there takes about 30 minutes by foot, through the lush meadows around the river.

LX Factory

In the Alcantara neighborhood you will find LX Factory – a chain of boutiques, galleries and restaurants, situated in old manufacturing plants.