7 Top Fun Things to Do in Lisbon

Last Updated: October 31, 2019

Looking for fun things to do in Lisbon?

You’re in luck cause we’ve prepared a whole itinerary of fun things to keep you busy for days. Explore this colourful city with us, we’ll show you a good time.

The first thing you’ll probably notice is the vibrance of the city and the sheer energy.

Peel back the first layer and you’ll see behind it a beautiful mix of old school and contemporary. Ancient architecture combines with modern boutique shops making Lisbon a truly one of a kind experience.

Well enough blabbing, let’s get on with our day.

You must be hungry so first and foremost let me recommend some dining options and must-try places.

This brings me to the first item on the list.

1. Go Eat in Lisbon

The first thing you must do when visiting Lisbon is EAT!

In case you didn’t know, Portugal is known for its fresh seafood (possibly freshest in the world) and the famous Pasteis de Nata.

Pastel de Nata

What is Pasteis de Nata?

Only the best pastry in the history of mankind! You have to try this.

Imagine the most golden, flaky pastry and in the middle is this warm creamy egg custard mixture.

One bite and you’ll be back for more. Get yours at Pasteis De Belem.

They specialize in this delicious treat and make it with a secret century-old recipe! Don’t miss out.

TRAVELLER TIP: Expect a line-up and go early. Make sure you order a few cause I betcha can’t eat just one.

Get directions to Pasteis De Belem

Best Restaurant for Foodies

Feitoria – If you’re a foodie this one’s for you.

Experience fine Portuguese cuisine at this Michelin star restaurant. Marvel at the creations of renowned chef João Rodrigues.

TRAVELLER TIP: Try the 6-course tasting menu which showcases the fresh seafood from the region. I love the presentation of the fish and shrimp. You’re not just getting food here you’re getting a perfect dining experience. They even prepared the sauce table side which was a nice touch.

Get directions to Feitoria

Bonus: Feast of St. Anthony Sardine Festival

If you’re lucky enough to visit Lisbon during this holiday (every year in June) get ready to party!

One thing you have to try are the fresh sardines which are grilled to absolute perfection.

You can immerse yourself in Portuguese culture at the biggest block party in Lisbon where they also serve beer and sangria.

2. The Waterfront Neighbourhood of Belém

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There’s enough things to do here to keep you busy for a whole day so plan accordingly.

If you’re looking to take pictures for the ‘gram, you must visit here.

This is where you’ll find the most iconic landmarks. If your mouth is watering from reading about the Pasteis De Nata, then you’re in luck cause this is where you’ll find the legendary Pasteis De Belem.

Bike Around the River

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One of the best ways to explore an area is on a bike. Take a scenic ride by the river if you need to burn off those extra calories.

Belém Tower

belem tower portugal

Let’s take a walk by the river. Here you’ll find the iconic Belém Tower, otherwise known as the Tower of St. Vincent.

How’s that for an Instagram snap?

This world heritage site used to be a fortress and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

Walk up the narrow stairway and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view.

Get directions to Belém Tower

Monument of Discoveries

Monument of discoveries lisbon

Let’s take a short walk over to the Monument of Discoveries, built to honour the achievements of explorers during the Age of Discoveries!

It was designed by the Portuguese architect José Angelo Cottinelli Telmo in 1960.

Get closer to admire the detailed monument and whip out your phone cause it’s time to start spamming your IG followers!

Get directions to Monument of Discoveries

Jardim Botânico Tropical

Done with the crowd? Let’s take a walk in the park now at the Jardim Botânico Tropical.

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to have lunch, this is the spot.

With all the craziness going on around you this is where you’ll find some peace.

Take a stroll and recharge cause we’re moving on to the next spot.

Get directions to Jardim Botânico Tropical

3. Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Museu Coleção Berardo is another quiet escape from the bumpin’ streets of Lisbon. Art lover or not, you’ve gotta see this amazing collection.

The first thing you’ll notice is the impressive building it’s in and it also doubles as a cultural centre.

Once in there, explore the vast museum which contains a large variety of some very famous art pieces.

Hands down one of the best galleries in Portugal.

Get directions to Museu Coleção Berardo

4. The MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

What’s that spaceship looking building by the river? It’s the MAAT or Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.

Check out all the awesome exhibits!

TRAVELLER TIP: There’s a great view from the roof of this building. Catch a sunset here.

Get directions to MAAT

5. Wander Around in Alfama

alfama skyline

Take a time machine back to the oldest part of Lisbon. Alfama can be described in one word, picturesque.

Get lost in the labyrinth of cobbled streets, ancient houses, and winding alleys.

What’s with all the graffiti?

The streets of Alfama is known to have an artistic flair, including many eye popping pieces of street art.

I’ll list a few things to keep you busy here.

Castelo de São Jorge

Castelo de Sao Jorge lisbon

Keep wandering and you may stumble upon a castle. Yeah you read that right a castle ?

Take in amazing views of the area and the river here. Catch a brilliant sunrise or sunset from Miradouro das Portas da Sol.

Get directions to Castelo de São Jorge

6. Take the Tram 28

tram 28 lisbon

Tired of walking? Let’s take the tram.

This is one of the most awesome ways to get around in Lisbon and it’ll take you to all the touristy areas of the city.

TRAVELLER TIP: Keep an eye on your stuff cause this tram is a pickpocket’s paradise.

7. Enjoy the Nightlife

lisbon nightlife

If you’re looking for authentic local cuisine and music this is where you want to be.

Lisbon wakes up at night and there’s no better way to end your day in the city.

LUX Club

One of Lisbon’s most famous nightclubs playing a wide variety of music including famous international DJs.

This nightclub’s patio provides scenic views of the river and it’s open Tuesday to Friday from 10pm to 6am.

Yeah, that’s right. 6AM.

Get directions to LUX Club

I hope you enjoyed your day in Lisbon! As always, if you have any questions leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to get back to ya 🙂