Here is the complete itinerary to one perfect day in Lisbon, Portugal! This post includes all destinations to visit, 3 restaurants and walking maps.
Is one full day in Lisbon enough?
Lisbon has so much to offer! One full day in Lisbon is not enough time to see everything. That being said, if you only have one day, I'm going to share an amazing 12 stop itinerary!
What to see in Lisbon in one day?
If you only have one day in Lisbon, you must see Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Castelo de São Jorge, Arco da Rua Augusta, Praça do Comércio, Time Out Market, LX Factory and Largo Portas do Sol.
Maps for one day in Lisbon
To help those who are more visual, I created walking maps. There are two maps.
The entire day is walkable except for the trip to and from LX Factory. Trust me, it's worth the 17 minute train ride!
Map 1 starts with breakfast and ends in the afternoon.
Map 2 starts in the afternoon and ends with dinner.
Where to start?
Since we recommended staying in Alfama in our Where to Stay in Lisbon post, I'm going to start the day at a location in Alfama.
1. Breakfast - Copenhagen Coffee Lab
The first stop is breakfast because who wants to skip breakfast? Not us. Head to Copenhagen Coffee Lab. The address is Escolas Gerais 34, 1100-213 Lisboa, Portugal. Make sure you double check the address because there are multiple locations.
This place is such a vibe. It's a typical aesthetic cafe. I bet what you're picturing in your head is exactly right. They have amazing sweet treats like cardamom buns and breakfast specials. The prices were great as well.
2. Viewpoint - Miradouro de Santa Luzia
After you fill your belly, head to Miradouro de Santa Luzia. The address is Largo Santa Luzia, 1100-487 Lisboa, Portugal. This is a beautiful viewpoint where you can get some wonderful pictures.
3. Castle - Castelo de São Jorge
Once you snapped some photos, head to Castelo de São Jorge. The address is R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa, Portugal.
My number one tip for this castle is to buy tickets in advance or you will run the other way when you see the line. If you have your tickets ready to go when you arrive you will walk right past the scary line and get in. We bought our tickets directly on the castle's website HERE. The tickets cost about 15 euro each.
The castle is not very beautiful, but the views are 360 degrees. It's fun to just walk around, explore and get some more photos.
4. Lunch - Lisboa Tu e Eu 2
You've done a lot of walking at this point so I bet you're working up an appetite. It's time for a stroll to lunch. Have lunch at Lisboa Tu e Eu 2. The address is Escadinhas das Portas do Mar 4, 1100-410 Lisboa, Portugal. The food here is absolutely delicious. It's traditional Portuguese. You will be able to try all the typical cuisine. I recommend the garlic shrimp.
I love the look and energy of the restaurant. It sits at the top of a mountain of stairs. There is writing all over the walls of the restaurant and there is an older Portuguese woman who seats you. It just feels like home. Keep in mind, this restaurant is cash only and they don't take reservations.
5. Arco da Rua Augusta & Praça do Comércio
Now, it's time see the touristy things. You've probably seen pictures of Arco da Rua Augusta. The address is Augusta 2, 1100-053 Lisboa, Portugal. The arc sits at the entrance to the famous square called Praça do Comércio. The square faces the Tagus River. I suggest roaming around this area for a bit. Again, take lots of photos!
6. Time Out Market
Yes, it's touristy to go to the Time Out Market, but it's worth it. The address is Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa, Portugal. I don't think it really makes sense to eat a meal at the market. There are restaurants all over the city with better food and cheaper prices.
I don't think there's anything wrong with getting a pastel de nata here aka the BEST custard tarts in the world! They happen to have a Manteigaria stand in Time Out Market. Manteigaria is basically the number one place to go for pastel de nata in Lisbon. It's rated a 4.8 on Google. Is the actual location better than the stand? Maybe? I don't understand how it could be because I would personally rate the pastel de nata I ate from the stand a 5! Let's also not forget, I am a recipe creator so I know good food. 😉
Grab a pastel de nata and an espresso and check out the market. I'm actually drooling as I write this. I've never had a pastel de nata in the United States that even came close to that!
7. Take the train from Cais do Sodre Station to LX Factory
Walk to the Cais do Sodre Station from Time Out Market. The address for the station is Praça do Duque de Terceira, 1200, Lisboa. Give yourself a break from walking and take the train to LX Factory. It's about a 17 minute ride. You could also take an Uber there from Time Out Market. The train will be the cheapest option. It's around 1 euro.
8. LX Factory
This area is artsy fartsy at its finest and I loved every second of it. The address is R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501 Lisboa, Portugal. The street art was awesome and the stores were super unique. If you're into pottery, art in any form and local artists creations, you're going to be in heaven. Michael and I bought bags from a local designer who we actually met there. THIS is the designer's website. There is also an Aperol Spritz truck there. We couldn't resist. It wasn't cheap (about 8 euro) but we had to.
9. Take the train back from LX Factory to Cais do Sodre Station
Once you've had enough of all of the art, take the train back to Cais do Sodre Station.
10. Viewpoint - Largo Portas do Sol
From the station, walk to Largo Portas do Sol because you didn't see enough beautiful views today. Largo Portas do Sol is a square with a viewpoint right near where the journey started at Miradouro de Santa Luzia. The address is Largo Portas do Sol, 1100-411 Lisboa, Portugal.
11. Sunset drink at SOL Restaurante e Jardim
You can't pass up the opportunity to watch the sunset with drink in hand. Sit and enjoy at SOL Restaurante e Jardim. It's literally right at the viewpoint.
12. Dinner - Beco a Sério
After your drink, walk to Beco a Sério for dinner. The address is Calçada de São Vicente 42, 1100-570 Lisboa, Portugal. We went to this restaurant twice during our trip. It was beyond cheap, had amazing service and the food was next level. Please do me a favor and order the octopus, chorizo and flourless chocolate cake. You will truly be missing out if you don't. I dream about this restaurant daily.
I hope you found this post to be a helpful outline for things to see in Lisbon in one day!
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If you're staying for a few days in Lisbon, check out 3 Days in Lisbon: Must-See Attractions and Hidden Gems!
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