What to do in Lisbon after the Web Summit?

The Web Summit is over, but there are those who take the opportunity to stay a few more days in the Portuguese capital. Find out what to do during this time.

Photo of Lisbon taken from a viewpoint, where you can see houses, the river and the 25 de Abril bridge.

Lisbon loves startups and the vibrant spirit of entrepreneurs; and entrepreneurs are also falling in love with the city. So we decided to give you some tips on what to do in Lisbon after the Web Summit. After all, this is not only the sunniest city in Europe, but also a place that has been on the radar of many international companies and entrepreneurs.

Here are 4 tips for you who want to enjoy the best the city has to offer:

#1 - Meet the people

If there is a friendly and welcoming people, it’s the Portuguese people. If you're an extrovert, you'll love making conversation with random people on the street. Maybe you'll find people with similar interests, and new friendships or even new opportunities will arise! Lisbon is a good place to interact and engage with people, whether on the streets, tourist spots, restaurants, bars, among others. In addition, a good part of getting to know a city is also getting to know the experiences of those who live there.

#2 - Enjoy a variety of dishes and restaurants

Sometimes the best way to close a deal is at the table or with a glass in your hand. Why not invite the people you’ve met at the Web Summit for dinner or a drink?

Portugal has good cuisine and Lisbon is no exception. Especially if you are a fan of fish and seafood, as Portugal is a country with a great coastline and with a strong maritime tradition. If that's the case, you can have dinner at Cervejaria Ramiro. You will not be disappointed. But make sure you book a table in advance as this place is very popular!

If seafood isn't your thing, there are plenty of other options in Lisbon. You can find varied options of cuisines from all over the world: Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Nepalese, among others. Or you can visit the most typical restaurants, in Bairro Alto for example. Bairro Alto is full of bars, restaurants and fado houses that encapsulate Lisbon's popular culture and are worth exploring.

We also advise you to visit Time Out Market, a marketplace with several options, from local food to international food. It's a very touristy place and it's always full, but it's also a great place to interact with people and have a good glass of wine!

If you are simply looking for an option for a drink and enjoy a good view, these are some of our favorite rooftops: Park rooftop bar, located on the 6th floor of a parking garage in Bairro Alto; TOPO, in Martim Moniz or Chiado; Silk Club in Chiado; or Sky Bar on Avenida da Liberdade.

Finally, we couldn't fail to mention the famous Pastéis de Nata! Coming to Lisbon and not tasting this delicacy is the same as going to Rome and not seeing the Pope. This is a traditional sweet, with a “custardy” filling, that you will LOVE. The most famous place to try them is in Belém: the well-known Pastéis de Belém. In this place, the recipe is old and unique and it has never been shared with any other pastry shop. But there are other delicious options, like Fábrica da Nata and Manteigaria. Try and see for yourself!

#3 - Walk through the city streets

There's so much to see it's hard to know where to start. But you'll find that getting lost in the streets is much easier. Every corner brings a new discovery and you will easily fall in love with the city's architecture, the tiles that decorate the buildings, the characteristic trams, the urban art, the gardens and much more!

One of the best known streets in Lisbon is the Pink Street. A literally pink street. Here you can find a variety of bars, restaurants and cafes. During the day it's great to take a colorful picture for social media. At night, the street is even busier, as it’s one of the most famous places to go for a drink.

Another thing you'll see is the amazing Bordalo II installations. These are located either in old quarters of the city - more aged and deserted areas - or in places of mandatory passage.

Don't forget to bring comfortable shoes and enjoy this city full of colours!

#4 - Get to know the main tourist spots

There are several spots that you can't miss if you come to Lisbon. One of the best known is perhaps Elevador de Santa Justa. This tourist spot is close to Praça D. Pedro IV, and has a beautiful view from the top. As one of the must-see spots, there is usually always a line to get in.

Another well-known point is Castelo de São Jorge, from where you have an amazing view of the city and the Tagus river, and where you can learn a little more about Lisbon's heritage.

In Belém, you can't miss Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument to honor the historical figures involved in the Portuguese Discoveries. We also advise you to visit the famous Torre de Belém. This 16th century monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an icon of a country historically shaped by its proximity to the ocean and the maritime Discoveries.

A city of opportunity

Lisbon is a place of innovation combined with heritage, where opportunities for entrepreneurs increasingly arise thanks to a vibrant and growing business ecosystem. This is a city open to innovation and new ideas, so it's a great place to develop your potential and seize new opportunities. Therefore, there are several initiatives and entities committed to attracting and supporting new ideas and entrepreneurs.

BGI - Building Global Innovators is building connections between deep-tech startups, corporations, and investors, in order to take innovation further. If you’re a Lisbon-based startup or if you are thinking of implementing your company here, talk to us and we will be happy to meet you and discuss new synergies!

Also read: Azores: a Blue Ocean of Opportunities for Startups

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