Excuse me for beginning my London blog posts with an exceptionally cliché location, but I haven’t been here for very long so, right now, I’m still thriving off all of the touristy spots! Portobello Road Market is a complete contrast to its surround streets and like a step back in time. It’s just great. Keep on reading!
I’d coaxed my sister, Katie, into joining me for a cooking class whilst in Lisbon. Begrudgingly, she said yes… excellent. Keep on reading!
Ah, the last of the trilogy, and in the spirit of saving the best until last… here comes all of the food and drink highlights!
Dear Breakfast – Very minimalist in decór, but definitely not minimalist in customer quantity or portion sizes! I’m normally a savoury breakfast girl, however, this super indulgent chocolate, berry and meringue pancake stack was perfect fuel for a day of sightseeing!
Bowls and Bar – Paired with a florist and a bookshop, this café made for the dreamiest breakfast setting – especially with its traditional Portuguese tiles! Lots of healthy and delicious options, we tried the smoothie bowl and the baked eggs – amazing!
Early Birds – The early bird catches the… poached eggs? We loved the chilled vibe here, and the neon fried egg that I was more than willing to take home for my own dining room! I loved every ingredient of the “avo toast” apart from the avo – you can imagine the confusion when trying to translate “avo toast, no avo” into Portuguese (I know, not liking avocado, in this social age – CRIMINAL!). See below for photographic evidence of the success…
Palacio Chiado – Holy wow, absolute GOALS of a dinner setting – we genuinely felt like royalty walking up the stairs and through the private dining areas. Stunning place, stunning food and stunning service. 10/10.
Timeout Market (Marlene Vieira, Asian Lab & Ground Burger) – Timeout Market was heavy raved about online and I love having the options available to please everyone to whatever cuisine they fancy all at once! Be prepared to queue and be prepared to pounce as soon as a table/ chair/ square-inch of breathing space becomes available. We loved all of the food from the stalls we tried, I only wish we had more time and bigger stomachs to be able to have tried more! It must be a sign that we’ll have to return…
Heif – A perfect lunch spot when in Cascais. Overlooking the sea and the small square, we dined in a private cave-like balcony and I had possibly the tastiest salad I’ve ever eaten!
Village Underground – Located next to Pillar 7, it actually makes heading that way worth it! Very cool setup created from storage containers and an old double-decker bus – it’s amazing what you can salvage with an ounce of creativity and a lick of paint. You can even dine on the top-deck of the bus!
Nogueira’s – This was our first night dinner and I would have happily made it our dinner location for every night. The owner could not have been more hospitable and we felt so valued and welcomed. Not to mention, the amazing steak that my sister devoured and the same went for my cod dish!
Pastel de Bacalhau – The queue was trailing down the street so we knew something good was happening inside this place, and we weren’t wrong! Almost like a cheese melt-in-the-middle fishcake, yes you may walk down the street with melted cheese dribbling down your face, but I can assure you that it’s worth it.
Pasteis de Belem – Ah, the infamous Pastel de Nata bakery. A queue like I have never quite seen before for a bakery. However, I can only credit the staff for their efficiency to whip these pastries out to a top standard and at a top speed. You realise the true meaning of Lisbon when you eat one/ ten of these – not to be missed!
Amorimo Chiado (Ice cream Parlour) – The picture says it all. 5 flavours of pure deliciousness and topped off with an ice cream macaron. My kind of dessert… or breakfast, or lunch, or dinner for that matter…
Local – A lush health kitchen, serving healthy(ish) gins. One I wish we’d tried the food at!
Pink Wine Point – Great spot for a late night cocktail and a wicked playlist.
To say that we ate and drank well would be an understatement. The plethora of restaurants, cafés and bars to choose from only add to the enjoyment to your trip, or at least they did to ours. Once a pig, always a pig…
“Portugal was the beginning, where I began to notice the things that were missing from the average American dining experience.” ―
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I spent several weeks prior to our trip foraging information about attractions in Lisbon, from natural to manmade, and from charged to completely free. I even produced a very comprehensive table full of the details for each attraction, too much? Well, I had to do something with my time to distract me from the important university that I actually should have been doing… You really can tailor any trip to cater for your budget and still get so much out of your experience. Keep on reading!
The annual sister trip was upon us again in April and Lisbon was the chosen destination. I acquired the inspiration from all of the amazing travel accounts that I follow that were just oozing with stunning pictures of Lisbon! Keep on reading!
In a previous post I’ve harped on about how you do not have to travel far for the experience to be fabulous and I’m still a firm believer of this. MAYBE this is because I’m young, dumb and broke at the moment, trying to claw my way through my final year of university, and therefore do not have the time or funds to travel anywhere further… but MAYBE not. Keep on reading!
Continuing on from my Paris blog post about making the most of what you see… Ella and I spent Saturday afternoon meandering around the streets of Shoreditch with no real destination. Keep on reading!
This is the final post in my Paris trilogy and it’s all about making the most of what you see – not just in Paris, but anywhere! Keep on reading!
If you’ve been reading my blog posts since I started published, then you will know that good food is life.
Paris is strewn with chic cafés and restaurants and they are the perfect spots to sit for hours and watch the world go by (or, if you’re like me, conduct some extensive people watching). Outdoor drinking and eating seems to be season-less in Paris, with outdoor heating, I’ve never eaten outside so much in December with temperatures of about 5 degrees – it’s ace! Keep on reading!
I’ve decided to break our Paris trip down into three parts (shock horror, I have lots to say) so, check back for ‘Part 2’ next week…
Our trip to Paris was almost completely forgotten about having booked it on an impulse when travelling back from our last New Year’s adventure to Newquay. We loved celebrating the new year somewhere new and, with a booking.com sale, it was too good to resist! Keep on reading!