To tell you the truth I was a little afraid of travelling to Lisbon. Not because it’s a particularly scary kind of place. But because I considered moving to Barcelona or Lisbon last year without having been in either of the two cities before. As you know, I opted for Barcelona and feared I would fall head over heels for the Portuguese capital now. Let’s say I have a serious crush but my love for Barcelona remains incontestable. But now it’s time to focus on that little love affair with Lisbon for a few images and lines (sorry Barcelona!).
I arrived in Lisbon late at night and headed straight to my lovely Airbnb. Bob Dylan over the bed, Woody Allen in the living room and beautiful views from anywhere in the apartment made this place the perfect basis for a weekender.
As it was my birthday the next morning and I had only 1.5 days in the city, I decided to spend a very easy, laid-back city trip. I started strolling the streets of Bairro Alto, along beautiful facades and up some of the seven hills of Lisbon.
Basically the only the thing I really look up before my travels is coffee places. This time I did look some up but ended up going to entirely different ones. Luckily. The Mill happened to be on my way and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I went on to spot more beautiful doors, tiles and views and of course to have some decent ice cream (it was my birthday after all!). Vanilla basil at Gelato Therapy was the perfect flavour for a hot summer day.
Happy as can be I climbed up to Alfama and finally learnt the hard way what consequences a three-year-exercise-“pause” has. You might easily figure now why living in Barcelona and visiting Lisbon was the better choice for me. But hands-down, those peaks definitely have their perks.
Arrived on top, I gained some strength upon a casual lunch at Tipografia.
And finally it was time to head back to my Airbnb and unwrap some presents, including a lovely package by the new brand Funky Buddha Germany. I’m not the person for sponsored postings, which is why I will give away some great pieces on my Instagram the next weeks. But their white blouse was just too easy to fall for and the perfect companion for a summer city trip.
The sun began to set over Lisbon’s orange rooftops and I headed out to enjoy some first-class red wine and tapas at Grapes & Bites.
The next day called for some seriously relaxed strolling again and – rumour has it – another cup of The Mill coffee. (If you ever wonder whether I in fact get sponsored by coffee places: I’m not. This is where 80% of my salary goes.)
No trip to Lisbon without Pastels de Belém they say, so I had three just to be sure.
On my way to the city centre I passed by the most beautiful second hand store Reuse. If only I had had more than just hand luggage!
As a consolation it was time for more coffee and some creamy carrot cake at Fábrica Coffee Roasters.
And the last minutes before heading back to the airport took me along some minimalistic, modern buildings and the gorgeous art decó Teatro Éden, which I now share a weakness for together with Wim Wenders.