Lisbon's Renaissance

We booked flights to Lisbon a couple of months ago looking for somewhere cheap and sunny to go in October, when our summer holiday will be a distant memory and the onset of winter will be well and truly upon us. I hadn't heard much about the city, just that it was a nice place to go for a city break. Since booking those flights, everywhere I turn I seem to read a different article about Lisbon, whether it's about the cultural renaissance the city is experiencing, or the young creatives that are flocking there from London. Here are some of the places I'll definitely be visiting in October.

Where to stay?

Memmo Alfama

Located in the heart of the most typical district of Lisbon - Alfama is the first boutique hotel in the city's historic area, with it’s narrow streets, traditional shops and the famous Fado restaurants.


The Independente

A stylish hostel for the discerning traveller that's still on a budget. The palace next door to the hostel houses 18 suites.


Palacio Belmonte

More than 3,800 blue-and-white Portuguese tiles from the 1700s cover the walls of this former residence of a noble family dating back to 1449.


Where to eat?

Bica do Sapato

This super stylish dockside venue is full of glass walls, artful lighting and airy river views - and apparently is part owned by John Malkovich.



Two Michelin starred Belcanto was named by the NY Times as one of the 4 restaurants not to miss in the city.


Bistro 100 Maneiras

100 Maneiras is located in the trendy Bairro Alto district and is popular with the locals.


Decadente (The Independente)

Part of the Independente hostel and suites, The Decadente is a hip hangout for brunch or dinner with a lively vibe and young clientele.


I'm going to take a look at the best places to visit and the best shops too. Are there any other places you recommend we visit?