A Perfect Day in Lisbon

The best plate of charcuterie and four other ways to spend 24 hours in the Portugese capital.

10 a.m.

Belem Tower

You can thank the Catholic monks of Belém, the historic quarter west of Lisbon, for bringing the little egg-based tarts we now know as natas to the general public back in the early 19th century. Today those in the know go to the Pastéis de Belém factory, which has been baking these sweets since 1837 according to the original recipe: crunchy exterior and creamy inside, sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar. Get a table and enjoy the pastries hot or eat them on the go as you stroll over to the Belém Tower, a few steps away.

Rua de Belém, 84-92, pasteisdebelem.pt

11 a.m.

Berardo Museum

From Warhol to Miró and Pollock, the collection of modern and contemporary art at the Berardo Museum is one of Europe’s finest. Works owned by wealthy Portuguese businessman José Berardo are on permanent display alongside temporary international exhibits. Don’t forget to stop by the covered terrace of the Commenda restaurant, where the city’s art-loving crowd gathers over glasses of vinho verde.


1 p.m.

O Epicurista

A former industrial area, the neighbourhood of Santos has been reborn as a creative hub, thanks to the revitalization efforts of local merchants. Stop in at O Epicurista to sample niche perfumes by Dyptique and Acca Kappa; then head for the LX Factory, where bookstores, art galleries and gourmet food stores share space.

LX Factory: Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103, lxfactory.com
O Epicurista: Largo do Conde Barão, 49, oepicurista.pt

4 p.m.


Cork goes beyond the wine bottle at the Pelcor design shop. This award-winning brand – its name is a contraction meaning “cork skin” – is known around the world for its eco-friendly products made with cork, from tablet and smartphone covers to laptop sleeves and the most waterproof umbrellas you’ll ever duck under.

Rua das Pedras Negras, 28, pelcor.pt/en

9 p.m.


Housed in a former convent, Largo cooks up Portuguese cuisine as reinvented by celebrity chef Miguel Castro e Silva. (Think bacalhau and quenelles with wild mint.) They also serve the best gin and tonics in town; order one with Beefeater 24, juniper berries, coriander seeds and orange zest, and take in the decor by Miguel Cancio Martins, who designed Buddha-Bar Paris. The minimalist furniture and phosphorescent jellyfish aquariums make for an unusual mix.

Rua Serpa Pinto, 10A, largo.pt

11 p.m.

Solar do Vinho do Porto

You don’t have to go all the way to Porto to sample its famous port wines. Solar do Vinho do Porto, located in an 18th-century building, offers over 200 varieties. Sink into a leather armchair, and put together your own tasting menu of tawny, ruby and late-bottled vintages from the bar’s huge wine list or follow your server’s recommendations. Our best find was the 1988 Barros Colheita served with a plate of Portuguese charcuterie.

Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, 45