ask Rafaela about
art galleries • museums • wine bar • cafeteria • breakfast and brunch • viewpoints • parks
What are the Lisbon spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Lisbon is full of amazing spots for first-timers. The Miradouros are inevitable and the perfect place to check the beautiful sunsets we have all year. São Pedro de Alcântara and Graças are my favorite ones. Get lost in Alfama, walk aroung LX Factory, having as many nata and cod fish pastéis as you can and check the MAAT are a must here.
Do’s and don’ts in Lisbon: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Walk as much as you can - it's the best way to know the place. Avoid super touristic spots during the weekend - Lisbon is super crowded right now. Be patient with the public transportation - not the best, but it works. Tipping is always good!
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
Lisbon is democratic. During summer try one of the many free events going on, but also, if you are into something fancy, there are a lot of excellent bars and restaurantes in town, so it can be €5 or €60 per night.
Which Lisbon shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
I try to hang on to my old clothes as much as I can - a) I like them, b) I try to be eco-friendly and sustainable, c) My style is the same forever - but the Príncipe Real area is on of the best ones for alternative shopping.
Your all-time favorite musicians:
Nina Simone, always and forever. Also, I am very proud of the great music Brazil produces like Caetano Veloso, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Gal Costa... All great examples of timeless and high quality music.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Marvila, an up and coming zone in Lisbon, full of galleries to check during the day, breweries and restaurants to enjoy at night.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Probably Rua Augusta. Too many tourists.
What’s the one place in Lisbon you think is underrated?
Campo de Ourique (thankfully).
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Start at Café Garagem for the perfect view of the sunset or the Calouste Gulbenkian gardens for a picnic, followed by a walk through Alfama and possibly, some dinner at my favorite Taberna, a very casual but very tasty place. It's not a fancy date, I would say!
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Lisbon?
At night, probably to my favorite mexican (Pistola y Corazon). And during the day too. Addicted!
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Gallery and Museum day! You can go to Belém and check MAAT, Museu Berardo and Mude in a simple walk and while there, maybe have some delicious Pastéis de Nata. That will warm your body and heart!
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara after a meal at a great Tasca or a modern Portuguese restaurant.
Your go-to brunch spots:
Dear Breakfast, Ela Canela and Café Janis.
Your perfect night out in Lisbon includes:
Natural wine. Try Café Tati or Comida Independente for the first drink.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Lisbon. How do you spend it?
Having at least 3 Pastéis de Nata and walking around the old neighborhoods like Graças and Alfama.