Don’t hesitate to go off the beaten track in Lisbon. This city has a lot of secrets and unknown stories hidden around nearly every corners. Here are 10 secret spots that we want to share with you. For more, play any of our Lisbon discovery games.
1. MIRADOURO SENHORA DO MONTE
Miradouro Senhora do Monte is located on the highest hill of Lisbon, in the Graça neighbourhood. You can enjoy a spectacular view from there. Fun fact: as you may know Lisbon is said to be a city of 7 hills, but this one isn’t counted in that number!
2. JARDIM CERCA DA GRAÇA
This park was closed to the public for centuries, but luckily for us, it’s now a huge green space where you can easily spend half a day relaxing and enjoying the views (of the castle as well as the bridge!). The park is also family friendly as it has a small playground, and if you get hungry or thirsty, the small kiosk serves small snacks and refreshing drinks.
3. OLD COLLEGE OF YOUNG ORPHANS
Next to the Martim Moniz square, you’ll see a police station. Inside of the police station, you’ll find an old College of Young Orphans, with 18th-century tiles… the tiled art tells stories of different biblical scenes.
4. JARDIM BOTÂNICO DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Need a green break on your city trip? This gorgeous botanical garden is perfect for that. The botanical garden was designed to be a scientific garden, so the diversity of plants is incredible. At several spots in the garden, you can feel the tropical vibes as there’s an extensive collection of palm trees from all over the world!
Neighbourhood: Príncipe Real
In the neighbourhood of Principe Real, you’ll find Embaixada. The word ’embaixada’ translates to ’embassy’, but that’s not what this is. Not even close. You’ll enter a beautiful building inside of which you’ll get to explore restaurants, and independent Portuguese stores. This is actually a former palace, originally called Palacete Ribeiro da Cunha. On the first floor, there’s a space for arts and culture.
Neighbourhood: Príncipe Real
6. TASCA DO CHICO
There are actually two Tasca do Chicos in Lisbon, one in Alfama and another in Bairro Alto. Both of them are from the same owner and have the same concept. It’s a must-see place if you are a fan of Fado, traditional, melancholic Portuguese music. Here you can have a dinner, or small bites and a good glass of wine, while listening some Fado. The fado sessions are on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 21:00, we recommend arriving on time to ensure a place there.
Neighbourhood: Alfama & Bairro Alto
7. BASILICA DA ESTRELA & JARDIM DA ESTRELA
The marble Basilica da Estrela is worth a visit. From its tower, you can enjoy a nice view of Lisbon. Jardim da Estrela is a magical park just next to Basilica da Estrela. You can enjoy a sunny day there and have a drink from a small kiosk. Every Sunday there is a small market – lovely for a leisurely browse/stroll.
8. DOIS CORVOS BREWERY
Craft beers are gaining popularity in Lisbon. In this brewery, you’re in for a treat. You’ll see with your own eyes how the beer is brewed and you can try all of the beers that they have on offer. Dois Corvos Brewery is located a little bit out of the city towards to Oriente station, in the up and coming (creative!) neighbourhood of Marvila.
9. ANJOS 70
Anjos70 is an association that is located in old industrial style building. It’s run by young independent artists. They organise workshops, events, classes and many another gatherings, for example, weekly jam sessions and movie screenings. They also have a small bar/cafe and they welcome digital workers to use their space for free during the day.
10. MIRADOURO PANORAMICO DE MONSANTO
This secret viewing point has a 360-degree view! It is a building that is now covered in graffiti… though it once was a restaurant! In the late 1960’s, due to bad investment decisions, the restaurant was shut down. The building was abandoned for many years before it reopened as a viewing point.
11. PENSÃO AMOR
Pensão Amor is located on Pink Street, just a few minutes away from Time Out Market. It’s an interesting bar to visit due to its history. This area used to be a ‘Red Light District’, and in the building of Pensão Amor, the ladies would come to entertain their customers. You can still see the past there, the faint lighting combined with burlesque-style pictures and furniture that fits the style sets the mood.
Neighbourhood: Cais do Sodre