Enchanted by Saudade: My Love Letter to Lisbon

Ellis is an expert on Lisbon and the art of saudade. Here she is celebrating Portuguese Carnival.

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Lisbon. Hilly streets, buildings with history and a soft sea breeze. These are my first memories of Lisbon, a city I visited for the first time in 2007. Over a decade later a lot has changed, much due to a harsh […]

What Time Do People Eat in Portugal?

Wondering what time do people eat in Portugal? If it's late afternoon, it's time for lanche, the Portuguese meal between lunch and dinner.

Wondering what time do people eat in Portugal? While there’s no one watching the clock, it’s always good to know the best time to walk into your local restaurant or café. So what time do people eat in Portugal? There might be strict meal schedules during the week, but when the weekend comes, it’s a […]

A Love Letter to “The Triangle”

Inside Companhia Portugueza do Chá, one of the shops where to buy Lisbon souvenirs

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Lisbon. My relationship with Lisbon over the last 20+ years hasn’t always been undisturbed. I suppose that’s what happens with most long-term relationships. But if there is one thing Lisbon does well, and has done so since the Great […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Portuguese Wine

If you want to experience the best Portuguese wine, you must visit the Douro Valley, one of the oldest wine regions in the world!

When you think of wine Portugal doesn’t always spring to mind but trust us, this country is a wine lover’s paradise. For a long time, Portugal flew under the radar of tourists, and so did its wine. By now, you’ve probably heard of Port wine, but what about Madeira wine or Moscatel? Are you confused? […]

Lisbon Then & Now: The Local Economy

The Vasco de Gama bridge is an icon of 2000s confidence in Lisbon's local economy.

As the capital of Portugal, the history of Lisbon’s local economy mirrors that of its mother country. It’s a tale that takes in empire, trading, earthquakes, collapse, and rejuvenation. Photo Credit: Images Money, Text Overlay: Devour Lisbon Food Tours A City by the Sea If one thing defines Lisbon’s history, it’s the sea. From its beginnings […]

Lisbon Then & Now: Trams

It’s hard to imagine there was ever a Lisbon without trams. Today, these yellow streetcars are so iconic they became one of the city’s main attractions. Lisbon is full of narrow streets, and to reach them you’ll often need the tram, or as we Portuguese call it, the elétrico. Before they became the background of […]

Lisbon Then & Now: Trams

It’s hard to imagine there was ever a Lisbon without trams. Today, these yellow streetcars are so iconic they became one of the city’s main attractions. Lisbon is full of narrow streets, and to reach them you’ll often need the tram, or as we Portuguese call it, the elétrico. Before they became the background of […]

What is Fado & 5 Places Where You Can See It In Lisbon

Looking for the best fado in Lisbon? At Mascote da Atalaia you can listen to different fadistas every day, like Joana Melo pictured here.

In Lisbon, everything stops when fado is on. Silence rules the room, the lights dim, and only then the show begins. Fado isn’t just a traditional music style—it’s an emotional experience. It’s hard not to feel touched by the vibrant performances of fadistas (fado singers), even without grasping the lyrics. Walk into the neighborhoods of […]

What is Fado & 5 Places Where You Can See It In Lisbon

Looking for the best fado in Lisbon? At Mascote da Atalaia you can listen to different fadistas every day, like Joana Melo pictured here.

In Lisbon, everything stops when fado is on. Silence rules the room, the lights dim, and only then the show begins. Fado isn’t just a traditional music style—it’s an emotional experience. It’s hard not to feel touched by the vibrant performances of fadistas (fado singers), even without grasping the lyrics. Walk into the neighborhoods of […]

A Love Letter to Lisbon: Miradouros

Miradouro das Portas do Sol is one of the best Lisbon miradouros overlooking the historic neighborhood of Alfama.

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Lisbon. Photo Credit: cityodes, Text Overlay: Devour Lisbon Food Tours You can whine about the hills in Lisbon, but the splendid views above them are worth every climb. When someone asks me what’s my favorite thing about this city, I have to say […]

A Love Letter to Lisbon: Miradouros

Miradouro das Portas do Sol is one of the best Lisbon miradouros overlooking the historic neighborhood of Alfama.

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Lisbon. Photo Credit: cityodes, Text Overlay: Devour Lisbon Food Tours You can whine about the hills in Lisbon, but the splendid views above them are worth every climb. When someone asks me what’s my favorite thing about this city, I have to say […]

A Love Letter to Lisbon: City of the Sea

A love letter to Lisbon, city of the sea, where the Praça do Comércio (pictured) sits right at sea level.

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Lisbon. In Lisbon, the sea suffuses every aspect of local life—especially when it comes to cuisine.  When I first caught sight of Lisbon, I could barely keep my eyes open. I was fresh off an overnight transatlantic flight, and […]

A Love Letter to Lisbon: City of the Sea

A love letter to Lisbon, city of the sea, where the Praça do Comércio (pictured) sits right at sea level.

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Lisbon. In Lisbon, the sea suffuses every aspect of local life—especially when it comes to cuisine.  When I first caught sight of Lisbon, I could barely keep my eyes open. I was fresh off an overnight transatlantic flight, and […]

A Love Letter to Lisbon: Graça Neighborhood

Looking for a nice viewpoint in Lisbon? The Miradouro Senhora do Monte in Graça has one of the best views in town!

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Lisbon. Photo Credit: cityodes, Text Overlay: Devour Lisbon Food Tours Coming from the seaside town of Cascais, Lisbon felt like a foreign land at times. I never even heard of Graça before I moved here and it would have probably […]

Ordering in Portugal: The 10 Things You Need to Know

People eating and others waiting for a table at Cervejaria Trindade in Lisbon

To successfully navigate a meal in Portugal, you’ll need to understand the country’s eating culture and habits. Having a meal is more than a basic need—it truly is a cultural event, even if it’s just lunch with friends. From understanding the menu before ordering to asking for the check, here are ten useful tips for […]

Ordering in Portugal: The 10 Things You Need to Know

People eating and others waiting for a table at Cervejaria Trindade in Lisbon

To successfully navigate a meal in Portugal, you’ll need to understand the country’s eating culture and habits. Having a meal is more than a basic need—it truly is a cultural event, even if it’s just lunch with friends. From understanding the menu before ordering to asking for the check, here are ten useful tips for […]

How to Order Coffee in Portugal Like a Local

You can find some of the freshest espresso and best coffee in Lisbon at The Mill.

In Portugal, every street corner has a café, and every small town and village has a Café Central that doubles as a meeting point. Yes, café culture is quite strong in this country, and going out for coffee is often used more as an excuse to catch up than to enjoy the delights of the […]

How to Order Coffee in Portugal Like a Local

You can find some of the freshest espresso and best coffee in Lisbon at The Mill.

In Portugal, every street corner has a café, and every small town and village has a Café Central that doubles as a meeting point. Yes, café culture is quite strong in this country, and going out for coffee is often used more as an excuse to catch up than to enjoy the delights of the […]