From Lisbon with love

I visited Lisbon in May with one of my longest friends from London, fell in love with the city and still need to show you parts of the giant photo album that I brought back from there. The city has so many different temperaments and vibes, it was the diversity and occasional random mix of both that probably makes it the most relaxing short trip I ever had. We walked up the Castelo de Sao Jorge, took a quick train to Cascais and chilled at the beach, marvelled at the street art in south Lisbon next to the sea and ate so many Portuguese custard tarts. What’s not to love!

I’ve spilled the beans about Lisbon’s best restaurants, bars and cultural spots over at Travelettes and you can find lots of useful advice for a quick and easy trip there, but here are two foodie places that I particularly loved: The Orpheu Caffe is located in the northern part of Lisbon and admittedly a bit of a hassle to get to if you’ve abandoned public transport and decided to walk everywhere. But the interior is super dreamy, super floral and super cosy and the outside terrace makes for a great lunch break tan.

We came across the Cantinho Do Bem Estar by accident in an attempt to find a cheapish place for dinner. After getting lost near Cais do Sodre, we were stopped by a charming and persistent waiter, Victor, who is possibly the best salesman I ever encountered. If you’re reading Sir, you should think about going into PR! Within about 60 seconds, he recited the restaurant’s history, its menu, the shimmering review in The New York Times and the overly handsome chefs. Who can say no to that. We paid about €12 for a massive shared platter of fresh and well-seasoned food and red wine (free top-ups). Yes please. I’m already looking for excuses to return in autumn…

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