A CHARMED AFTERNOON ADVENTURE
Take a brief boat ride, via the commuter ferry, across the Tagus River to Almada. Once you’re off the ferry, a half-mile walk along the river leads you through a formal industrial fishing zone, past rows of dilapidated buildings covered in layers of incredible graffiti. At the end of the path, peeks of yellow signal you’ve arrived at El PONTO FINAL, set on its own private pontoon. With wide-open views of the river and Lisbon on the other side, it’s the ideal spot for a lazy lunch. Enjoy the deeply traditional Portuguese home cooking, then ask the wait staff to call you a cab to take you across the bridge to Belem and the MAAT MUSEUM. Cap the trip off with a stop at ANTIGA CONFEITARIA to pick up one of Lisbon’s most famous pastéis de nata before heading back in to the city. (Also on the way back: LX FACTORY).
Stroll through Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, at night. It’s touristy, for sure, but there’s still magic in walking up and down the endlessly revealing stairs and alleyways. Hear fado being sung through the windows of fado bars, and sneak precious glimpses of locals in their home turf. We were totally charmed by a woman selling home-grown shots of ginjinha (a traditional local sour cherry liqueur) from a table in front of her door.
FEIRA da LADRA This flea market in Alfama has been going since the 12th century. Every Tuesday and Sunday, there are treasures to be found. Just be prepared for some serious hunting.