Planning a trip to Lisbon? Think about connecting with locals for secret sources, hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track finds that won’t have you waiting in line! Aside from the usual travel guides, the best way to get the latest and greatest tips for the city, is through Lisbon’s residents. Luckily, we have a plethora of local talent who share their finds through beautiful Instagram posts, blogs, and websites. Here are our top 10 websites and blogs for learning about local Portuguese must-sees, artisans and shops (in no particular order!).
Food stylist, recipe developer, and photographer Sanda Vuckovic, offers a chic, minimalist take on Lisbon through her Lisbon Stories series. Check it out for tips on must-see cafes, boutiques, and experiences.
Not based in Lisbon, but almost a local because she visits Lisbon so often! Fashion blogger and world traveler, Asiyami Gold offers travel inspiration and fashion photography with Lisbon as a backdrop through her blog and jaw-dropping Instagram. We had the pleasure of hosting her for lunch at Lumni a few weeks back and had the most fun afternoon, impromptu photo shoot and chat with this talent!
Delve into details and planning for your Lisbon trip with Lisbon Lux, an insider’s guide to the city. This website is as thorough as the best travel guides, but bang up to date with the latest information. They have all the pertinent information you need (addresses/hours/descriptions), not to mention fantastic advice for the best places to eat, neighbourhoods to explore and boutiques to visit.
Step inside hidden artist ateliers and bespoke interiors to experience Lisbon through a local with Paula, a French-Portuguese Lisboeta who shares off-beat but luxurious tips, and tours by other locals. You’ll come away with a great list of art studios, cafes, and scenic viewpoints to take in during your trip. In addition, Paula shares the stories behind iconic Portuguese brands like Arcalo and Benamor to give insight into the back stories and culture behind some great local products. Please note, the blog is written in French and English.
More insider tips from Edgar and Diana, a Portuguese and Romanian living in Lisbon who share their best tips for Lisbon and beyond. Favourite posts include their visit to Lisbon’s oldest coffee roastery and a guide to the best viewpoints in the city. Practical tips and beautiful photos combine for an inspiring and helpful blog for mapping out your trip!
Get the insider’s scoop on Portuguese cuisine and the stories behind the food producers in and around Lisbon. A small group of friends run this website which offers tips to Lisbon and around Portugal with a focus on food and drink.
We love the visual inspiration on Instagram from Lisbon Me Please, a Lisbon resident who originally hails from Japan. Delve into the blog for not just gorgeous photos but for top tips and touring ideas for Lisbon like how to take the ferry across the Tagus River!
Not technically a blogger, but this Instagram account is a must-see for the greatest and latest places to sip a coffee, buy a pastry, enjoy brunch, or sit down to a seafood feast in Lisbon. Drool over their Instagram feed, and make your plans for eating while in the city!
Originally from Switzerland, Liliana Belchior’s Instagram and website feature her scouting trips to Portugal for her online store which specializes in Portuguese wares. Follow her for stunning photography, behind the scenes stories of Portuguese artists, and tips on experiencing Lisbon.
This Instagram features up to the minute updates from Lisbon with detailed locations – so if you see something which piques your interest, you can bookmark it for your trip. This is a fun and carefree look at Lisbon and the Portuguese life.
Though a more traditional publication, Time Out Lisboa also has a great Facebook page and is an essential for trip planning. Written in Portuguese and English, the local magazine has a comprehensive list of restaurants, rooftop bars, local events, shops, cafes, and neighborhoods to explore.