Those who know me know that I come from one of the prettiest, most culturally rich cities in the world – Lisbon, Portugal (though I might be a bit biased saying this). Pursuing a future here has never been an option for me because, as of yet, there aren’t many opportunities in the fashion world, but I truly, deeply love this city. It’s filled to the brim with gorgeous architecture, ancient pieces of history, quirky shops and fantastic food.
So if you ever find yourself in Lisbon, I suggest you visit the following places:
- A Outra Face da Lua – slightly expensive but worth a long look, it’s a vintage shop with everything ranging from hats to dresses, some of the best pieces labeled by year. I still remember a friend of mine trying on a long, pink ball gown from the 1960s.
- Lomography Shop – if you’re into analog photography like me, you’ve probably heard of the lomography phenomenon. One of many ’embassies’ around the world, the lomography shop focuses on its own brand of low-fi film photography and sells both amazing plastic cameras and a huge range of 35mm/120mm films. The best for experimenting with analog photography.
- The Chiado & Príncipe Real areas are full of wonderful independent designer shops. The best commerce is street commerce. Take a day to walk the whole way up to Príncipe Real and down the entire avenue! Along this avenue you’ll find artist and young designer ateliers with unique pieces you can’t buy anywhere else. There’s also an American Vintage somewhere!
- Café Royale – absolutely amazing food with influences from both Mediterranean and middle-eastern cuisine, this café/restaurant also has wifi and is constantly playing 70s, 80s and 90s music. Ask for the Tzatziki as a starter and the lemonade with mint.
- Pedro e o Lobo – gourmet food inspired by traditional portuguese dishes; expensive for the youngster, so make sure to go there if you’re with your parents.
- Primeiro Andar – open since very recently, they serve delicious food and drinks; currently only open for dinner and for groups, but if you ask for a table for two and some snacks you won’t be disappointed! Absolutely wonderful environment and very good live music. The best place to take your friends.
- Tease – THE cupcake place in Lisbon. Completely worth the price. They’re all enormous, they’re all delicious, and there’s a huge range of mouth-watering flavour combinations to choose from – my favourites are the peanut butter one, the chocolate and Oreo one and the mint and chocolate. There’s also the red velvet and the ‘dulce de leche’ ones that you absolutely have to try.
- Fábulas – A restaurant/café that serves the best chocolate cake and homemade teas, consisting of a refurbished ancient dungeon and an outside eating area. The inside, however, is absolutely fantastic, furnished with only vintage and mismatched sofas, armchairs, dining chairs and tables. Some of the tables are made out of old iron sewing machines, where you can rest your feet on the pedal.