City Manager Lisbon

City Manager Lisbon

Good To Know

1. The Weather: Portugal is Europe’s West coast, mostly surrounded by sea, light and sunny days. The Europe’s West Coast capital, Lisbon, is a vibrant and versatile city, where modernity and great history get along perfectly, together. Lisbon is a bright city full of light, reflected by the Tagus river and, further on, the Atlantic Ocean: and when the sun touches the sea, it is almost as if the sky was more blue and the light was more white! And this al-so means that, in the same day, you can have historical tour through Lisbon’s most beauti-ful monuments after diving into the Atlantic Ocean or having a drink at one of its sandy beaches.

2. Where a great past meets a bright future: Lisbon is a multicultural city, full of Fashion, Design and amazing Nights out, along with great History, Architecture, Gastronomy and Culture. The streets are full of young people, from all over the world, many of them with alternative, fashionable or unique styles. But even though the main streets are wide, alive and full of visitors, the historical narrow neighborhoods of Alfama and Mouraria are still a symbol of Lisbon’s truthful roots and traditions. It is a place surrounded by little cute houses where everybody knows each other, hangs clothes by their window and cook their dinner by their doors. There is the smell of “White&Blue” soap along the streets and the Fado music starts to be heard after the sun goes down. Who would say that behind the effervescent streets of Rua Augusta and Rossio there would be such a precious and pure tradition to be discovered?

3. The view from the hills: Lisbon, as well as Rome, is known for the city of the seven hills. In fact, if you picture Lisbon it almost feels as the city center has been layered up, ending up on a church, on a castle, on a great basilica… This also means that at the top of each hill you’ll find a superb view! The most famous ones are Miradouro da Graça and Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, but there is one in almost every corner. Let me show you where to find them!


Fastest way: Most of times taking a taxi is usually the fastest and more comfortable way (around 25min). But depending on the traffic and on the queue, the Metro can sometimes be faster.

Cheapest way: Metro (Take the red line and then just take the right connection to your final stop: Alameda – Green line; Saldanha – Yellow line; São Sebastião – Blue Line). This will take around 35min, and a ticket costs around 1,45€ (+0,50€ for the reusable card).


Police: 112

Ambulance: 112

Taxi: +351 21 811 9000 / +351 21 793 2756


To use any of the Lisbon’s public transport you’ll need to buy a rechargeable Viva Viagem card (0,50€), that you can find in any of the automatic machines inside of any of the Metro stations. There are many options to charge your ticket, but the easiest and more convenient one is the “Zapping” mode, since you can use it with any kind of public transport within Lisbon (Metro, Carris, Tram, Fertagus, CP Train). If you think you’ll be travelling in and out a lot during the day, you can take a 24h daily ticket (from 6,15€ to 10,15€, depending on the transports you want to use).


Specialties of the town to eat

Pastel de Belém: This is a kind of custard tart that you can only find in one place in the world: Belém. The Antiga Confeiaria de Belém was founded in 1837 and, since then, has kept the recipe as a secret. But don’t let the queue outside fool you: most people don’t know that the huge line outside is usually for the take away. Just get inside and wait in any of the tiled decorated rooms for a free table.

Cod fish: In portuguese “bacalhau”, is probably the most versatile of our ingredients. It’s not really “ours” since we don’t fish it in the Portuguese coast, but we just LOVE it! You can find it cooked in a million ways, but please try Bacalhau à Brás (olives, French fries, eggs and cod fish), Bacalhau com Natas (Cream, potatoes and cod fish) or the little pastries Pastéis de Bacalhau.

Sardines: In Portugal we have an amazing coast line with amazing fish, meaning amazingly fresh fish at your table, all year long. Nevertheless, in Lisbon the most adored and traditional one is Sardine. Mostly during the summer, you’ll find some traditional parties along the Lisbon’s narrow streets and, along with the music and the beer, people will be grilling sardines just outside their door.

Specialties of the town to drink

Ginjinha: Ginjinha is a liqueur made of ginja berries – a kind of sour cherries – and usually aguardente. It is served in a shot form glass and you can have it with a ginja inside. Even better: you can have it in a chocolate shot glass, isn’t that great?

Tipping: Tipping is polite, but not mandatory. If you are really happy with the service, then feel free to tip! For sure you’ll put a smile upon someone’s face, but it is entirely up to you.

Tap water: Unless stated otherwise, the water in Lisbon is safe to drink from the tap.


A cup of coffee in the restaurant: 0,60€ - 1,00€
A lunch menu in the restaurant: 7€ - 15€
A ride in a taxi: start fare around 3,25€ + 0,50€/Km


Where to go out: You really have to go to Bairro Alto. Bairro Alto means something like “High Neighborhood” and it’s a place where you’ll find all types of bars, pubs and local restaurants. It is a historical old neighborhood, full of narrow and colorful streets, almost empty during the day but amazingly full during the night. From hip hop to rock n roll and from the underground to the classy, amongst its hundreds of different bars certainly you’ll find yours.

If, instead, you wish to party until dawn, then I’ll recommend you to go to Lux (a club close to San-ta Apolonia), Urban Beach (this one for younger groups, in Santos) or even try the classy Docas, in Alcântara. Cais do Sodré is also slowly becoming into one of the coolest spots for a night out, with several small clubs and one of the most iconic bars: Pensão do Amor.


Shopping areas:
The biggest shopping mall within Lisbon is Centro Comercial Colombo (Metro: Blue Line, Station Colégio Militar). When visiting Parque das Nações, you can also find Centro Comercial Vasco da Gama (Metro: Red Line, Station Oriente).

The most central and Elegant shopping mall within Lisbon is Amoreiras Shopping Center (Metro: Yellow Line, Station Marquês de Pombal + 15min walk), or even El Corte Inglés (Metro: Blue Line, São Sebastião).

Opening hours: 10am to 12 pm


Continente, Pingo Doce, Jumbo, Lidl, Mini Preço


- The metro lines close at 1am, so make sure that you stay up all night (until 6:30) or down-load the apps Uber or MyTaxi.

- We call our small glasses of draft beer (20cl) “Imperial”, usually filled up with Super Bock or Sagres beer. It is the most common drink, and you’ll find everyone drinking it outside in a summerly afternoon.

- Lisbon is bursting of narrow hidden streets full of charm and not so many tourists. Go to Alfama, Mouraria ou Graça to run away from the crowds.

- There are many other beautiful places to be seen outside Lisbon’s city center. Try Sintra for a scenic view and enchanted palaces, or Cascais for some elegancy and sun. For both of them, just take the CP train from Cais do Sodré (around 25min – 45min travel time).

- If you wish to try something different that you will only find in Lisbon, try live Fado. Fado is a UNESCO world heritage and it is also our most typical type of music that you really need to feel and listen. So hey, don’t chat while listening to it: if someone shush you, that is just part of the tradition.


Hello: Olá
Thank you: Obrigado
You are welcome: De nada
Goodbye: Adeus


There is no free city WiFi that covers the whole city, but you will be able to find it in most of bars and restaurants. Try the big Chains for a complete free access, like Starbucks, McDonalds’ or Burger King. When taking the Metro, you’ll also have free WiFi all along the Red Line or in Baixa Chiado, where the Green and Blue Lines Meet. All of the Carris buses are also equipped with free Wi-Fi.


My souvenir recommendations

Cork Products & Design

Cork Products & Design

Portugal is the world’s main cork producer and now you can find it in almost everything. From fashion, furniture, to jewelry and accessories, everything is possible to be made from this natural material. You’ll be able to find these pieces of Design all over Lisbon, but Cork & Co. has some of the nicest designs.

R. das Salgadeiras 10, 1250-396 Lisboa

Pátio do Tijolo, nº 16 1250-096 LISBOA

Pastel de Nata (Custard Tarts)

Pastel de Nata (Custard Tarts)

These delicious pastries were considered to be, in 2011, one of the 7 wonders of Portuguese gastronomy. If you can, try to eat them while they are still warm, with a bit of pow-der sugar and cinnamon on top, at Pastéis de Belém (let’s say these are the “original” ones); If you don’t have the chance to do it, or if you simply want to bring them home to share this piece of heaven with your loved ones, you can find them in most Bakeries along Lisbon.

Antiga Confeiteria de Belém Antiga Confeiteria de Belém , R. Belém 86, 1300-469 Lisboa, Portugal

Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108 Lisboa

R. Francisco Metrass 67, 1350 Lisboa

Tiled Art

Tiled Art

This is one of Portugal’s “national art”, and you can find many beautiful pieces even on Street Markets. From the most classic “White and Blue” ones, to the ones with paintings of the Lisbon’s yellow trams, this is – without a doubt – one of the most emblematic signs of Lisbon

R. do Alecrim 95, 1200-015 Lisboa

Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 12, 1100-070 Lisboa

City Managers favorite places

Conserva-Te

Restaurants

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LX Factory

Shops and markets

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Fábrica Lisboa

Coffee, Tea and Gelaterias

Travel back in time in this century old bakery, where everything looks – and is – antique. Here you’ll find some of best croissants in town, with around 12 fillings for you to choose from.

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Chapitô

Nightlife

A restaurant, a bar and a stage. This is an artsy like place that gathers all kind of art and entertainment. From Fado live concerts to Circus shows, this is a place where Arts gather people. It’s a O...

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Antiga Confeiteria de Belém

Coffee, Tea and Gelaterias

This is the only place in the whole world where you can find the original Pastel de Belém, a unique and delicious kind of Custard Tart (pastel de nata). The Antiga Confeiaria de Belém was founded in 1...

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Tram 28

Adventure, Leisure Time, Guided Tours

This is one of the Lisbon’s famous yellow trams. The Tram 28 is an historical journey through the hills and main points of Lisbon. You’ll only have to pay a normal ticket and then you can enjoy the wh...

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4/5

Bairro Alto

Nightlife

This old neighborhood is one of the pearls and one of the most emblematic symbols for the local residents, specially during the night. In fact, Bairro Alto completely changes from day to night: the em...

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Top 10 for first-time visitors

5/5

Comércio Square (Praça do Comércio)

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

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Nations Park (Parque das Nações)

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

This is where Expo 98 took place and it is now a place full of modern architecture and innovation. It was built along the Tagus river and it has a perfect view over Europe's longest bridge: Vasco da G...

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Alfama Neighborhood (Bairro de Alfama)

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

This is one of the most traditional and timeless neighborhoods in Lisbon, one of the most pure places, heart and soul of Lisbon. It is the second oldest neighborhood in Europe and it one of the few pl...

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Antiga Confeiteria de Belém

Coffee, Tea and Gelaterias

This is the only place in the whole world where you can find the original Pastel de Belém, a unique and delicious kind of Custard Tart (pastel de nata). The Antiga Confeiaria de Belém was founded in 1...

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Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

Sights

This monument is considered to be a World Heritage by UNESCO, as well as one of Portugal's seven wonders. It's built partly into the river and partly into the ground, and apart from its marvelous deco...

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