There are countless reasons why Lisbon remains a popular tourist destination. From the fab Lisbon weather in November (and October) to its incredible foodie scene, Lisbon offers a bit of everything to all kinds of travelers (especially those that want to explore the city on a budget)! Though attractions like Pink Street and the Tower of Belem remain the city’s popular attractions, there are many other attractions that curious travelers should set their sights on—heading to Lisbon this year? Don’t forget to check out these unique—and somewhat unusual—attractions in the colorful city!
10 Azulejos Museum (The National Tiles Museum)
- Address: Rua da Madre de Deus, 4, Lisboa
One cannot miss the beauty of azulejos when roaming around Lisbon. This traditional Portuguese telework can be recognized based on its intricate designs and blue colors. Wide rows and columns of azulejos cover countless buildings and homes in Lisbon, making them an integral part of local architecture. Now, visitors can learn more about this beautiful telework at the National Tiles Museum, also known as the Azulejos Museum. Appreciate the vast collection of painted tiles at the museum, housed in the Monastery Mosteiro de Madre de Deus, dating back to the 16th century.
9 Hospital de Bonecas
- Address: Praça da Figueira 7, 1100-240 Lisboa, Portugal
Also known as Lisbon’s Doll Hospital, the Hospital de Bonecas has been around since 1830! Though the place is a wellness center for damaged dollies, the Doll Hospital has a museum featuring hundreds (if not thousands) of vintage dolls, toys, and other memorabilia. On top of that, customers can get their special toys (and other collectibles) restored here!
8 Livraria Simão
- Address: Escadinhas de São Cristóvão 18, 1100-213 Lisboa, Portugal
Bibliophiles may want to check out the Livraria Simão, the smallest bookshop in Portugal. Curious buyers can find titles in various languages and genres, reportedly selling only a couple of thousand books. Lucky buyers may also find rare books in this cozy bookshop tucked away in the Escadinhas de São Critsóvão.
7 Museu da Marioneta
- Address: Rua da Esperança 146, 1200-660 Lisboa, Portugal
Also known as the Museum of Puppetry, this special museum dedicates itself to puppetry's history, practice, and art. Visitors can appreciate and learn more about this ancient art form that’s made children (and adults alike) laugh out loud for centuries. Moreover, the museum features memorabilia, artifacts, and an array of souvenirs related to puppetry from all corners of the globe.
6 Estufa Fria Greenhouse
- Address: Parque Eduardo VII, 1070-051 Lisboa, Portugal
Need some peace, away from the busy city? Luckily for those visiting Lisbon, the Estufa Fria Greenhouse sits in the city's heart! Located in Parque Eduardo VII, this century-old greenhouse is “cold” because it relies on a natural system—rather than machinery—to control the internal temperature (while providing sufficient light to the plants). Unwind at the greenhouse for a couple of hours and take in the sights of nature after spending countless hours trekking around Lisbon.
5 Lojas Com História Shops
Thanks to Lisbon’s Lojas Com História initiative, it’s easy (and quite an experience) to find smaller shops with a vital cultural heritage and tradition lacking in modern department stores and massive chain shops. Throughout the city, from Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood of Alfama to the streets of Baixa—curious travelers can discover unique boutiques that offer a one-of-a-kind experience. Get a haircut at Chiado’s Barbearia Campos or dine in the cozy ambiance of Bonjardim. So after dinner, why not grab a drink at A Ginjinha in Baixa?
4 Lisbon Street Art
Though Lisbon’s Pink Street is a sight to behold, the city is also known for one thing: street art. Crafty artists paint their works of art on countless buildings (some of which are abandoned) across the city, waiting to be appreciated by curious travelers. Be sure to check out the Pastel Horse by Spanish artist Ariz—Lisbon’s tallest street art—standing at 59ft (or 18m)! Alternatively, art lovers may love visiting the Lisbon neighborhood of Marvila. Regarded as Portugal’s Brooklyn, the area is famous for its bright murals and street art.
3 Café Klandestino (For Pastel De Nata Cocktails!)
- Address: Café Klandestino, Rua do Benformoso 256
Sure, the Pasteis de Belem is a must-try when in Lisbon. One may argue that a trip to Portugal is not complete without trying these delicious egg tarts! However, after trying one (or a couple) of pasteis de nata, why not try a drinkable version of the beloved egg tart? Lisbon’s Café Klandestino offers a cocktail version of this popular Portuguese pastry, perfect for happy hour!
2 Loreto Underground Gallery
- Address: Praça do Príncipe Real, 1250-096, Lisboa
Though the Catacombs remain undefeated as Europe’s most popular (and expansive) underground tunnels, Lisbon offers their secret underground tunnels. Underneath the bustling city of Lisbon lies secret tunnels, some dating back 2,000 years! Curious travelers can witness a piece of this secret by visiting the Loreto Underground Gallery or the Galeria Subterrânea do Loreto, a former aqueduct that’s open year-round.
1 Martim Moniz
- Address: Praça do Martim Moniz, Lisboa
Undoubtedly, Time Out Market Lisboa is a popular attraction for hungry tourists. The vast array of food options leaves tourists (and some locals) undecided on what to eat because there is too much to choose from! However, visitors seeking a quieter locale for some good grub can visit Martin Moniz. Hungry tourists can find various food—from all corners of the globe—at Martim Moniz, from classic Japanese fare to Brazilian eats.