Lisbon and lunch @ Royale Cafe

This is the first part of my 48 hour tour in Lisbon.  What to do, where to eat and what to see if you only have 48 hours.

T and I went to Lisbon last weekend for what happened to be one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to.

We arrived in Lisbon on Friday night and were immediately enchanted. We stayed at a lovely apartment found on Air  BnB on Campo de Santa Clara, just in front of the national Pantheon of Portugal.

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On saturday after a good night sleep we put on our walking shoes and decided to start exploring the city.

Lisbon is charming and incredibly beautiful. The area we were staying in, the Alfama, is the oldest quarter of the city and somehow enhances the feeling of decadent beauty that permeates the portuguese capital.

1. We started off by having a light breakfast with dark coffee and Pasteis de Nata in a cafe at a tiny piazza just in front of the Museu Do Fado. We then walked our way towards the center, got lost several times, which I think is the best way of getting a  unique experience of this city.

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2. We got up to the belvedere of the Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcantara, which shows one of the best views of the city.

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3. Walking further up we found a lovely park in the Praça do Principe Real, with a couple of spots to have a little aperitivo made of Alvarinho wine. We were lucky and also stumbled upon the antiques market, which sold much more than antiques and went around the entire park.

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4. After our “little” walk around we finally decided to sit down to Lunch. Cafe Royale was a personal recommendation from the bride; and an absolute success !

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Cafe Royale is a chic restaurant on Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, a very centric road of the Barrio Alto (the high quarter). It has a beautiful and green terrace to enjoy a wonderful meal and Lisbon’s sun.

We started off with some home made hummus and pita bread and some beer and Kir Royal as drinks.

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Followed by grilled Octopus seasoned with paprika lemon and coriander, with baked potatoes.

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And the most outrageous burger (had to include two pictures).

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Somehow we got through to dessert.

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I would like to dedicate this post to Maria and Pedro for making possible a wonderful weekend and showing us how to enjoy their city.

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